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DDA takes pride in being an essential service and advocate for those with developmental disabilities in Vancouver and Richmond. Our support staff and management are doing double duty to ensure our clients are well supplied, well protected, and are maintaining social distancing as best as possible during the COVID-19 crisis. As an essential service we are following any and all provincial government protocols when it comes to cleanliness for all of our residential homes, daycare centres, and drop-in centres. We have also taken the step to have any office staff work from home if possible.

DDA is a champion of the LGBTQ2+ community. We are now a proud part of the Vancouver Police Department’s Safe Space Program.

A reminder that DDA no longer accepts clothing or household donations. Please connect with Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver or Value Village directly.

If you are looking for someone to talk to about this, a National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available 24/7 to provide support to former residential school students and those affected. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling 1-866-925-4419.

B.C. could nearly wipe out COVID-19 by September with 70% contact rate and high vaccine uptake: officials

Global BC – Provincial modeling shows British Columbia could nearly wipe out COVID-19 by September if vaccination uptake for second doses is high and personal interactions remain well below pre-pandemic levels.

According to the data presented Thursday by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, a 70-per-cent interaction rate, combined with high vaccine uptake, would mean close to zero new cases a day by the beginning of that month.

In comparison, with lower vaccine uptake and an 80-per-cent interaction rate, B.C. would likely record 200 new COVID-19 cases a day at the beginning of September.

B.C. COVID Statistics as of Friday, June 11th:

  • B.C. recorded 180 new cases over the last 24 hours for a running total of 146,176. 

  • 142,526 people have fully recovered.

  • There are 1,880 active cases in B.C.

  • There has been 1 new Covid-related death reported in the last 24 hours. B.C.’s current total of deceased is 1,730. 

  • 162 British Columbians remain hospitalized with 45 of those cases in ICU.

  • There are currently 5 Long-term care homes with outbreaks and 2 in acute care for a total of 7.

  • 75.1% of all adults in B.C. and 73.1% of those 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In total, 3,893,581 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 497,932 of which are second doses.


B.C. Will Begin Step 2 of Its Reopening on Tuesday, June 15th: Here’s What is Allowed:


New things you can do

Personal gatherings
  • Outdoor personal gatherings up to 50 people (birthday parties, backyard BBQs, block parties)
  • Playdates
Organized gatherings
  • Indoor seated organized gatherings up to 50 people with a COVID-19 Safety Plan

Consultation with the sector begins for next steps on indoor and outdoor organized gatherings. 

  • Provincial travel restrictions lifted
  • Recreational travel within B.C. allowed
  • BC Transit and BC Ferries offers increased service as needed
  • Liquor served until midnight
  • Banquet halls can operate with limited capacity and a COVID-19 Safety Plan

Consultation with sector associations begins for next steps on easing restrictions. ​

Offices and workplaces
  • Continued return to the workplace
  • Small, in-person meetings allowed
Sports and exercise
  • Indoor high intensity group exercise allowed with reduced capacity
  • Indoor games and practices for both adults and youth group/team sports allowed
  • No spectators at any indoor sport activities
  • Outdoor spectators up to 50 allowed

Canada to Donate 100M Vaccines to Developing Nations

CTV/OTTAWA — Canada is planning to contribute up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries, including both actual doses and through previously-announced funding to the COVAX global vaccine-sharing initiative.

The sharing of doses will happen once Canada’s domestic vaccine rollout is complete, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set to unveil more details during the G7 Summit in the U.K, according to a government source.

High Commissioner for Canada in the U.K. Ralph Goodale later confirmed Canada’s commitment would include both actual doses and cash donations.

Someone Sick at Home with COVID? Tips to Stay Safe from BCCDC

Common symptoms for COVID-19, which may take up to 14 days to express, include:

To limit contact with others, you should:

  • Stay home

  • Avoid those who have chronic conditions, compromised immune systems, and older adults

  • Avoid having visitors to your home

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing

If you have questions about COVID-19, please call:

  • COVID-19 Questions: 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319)

  • BC HealthLink: Dial 811

Work at DDA Today

DDA is an essential service for our clients. That means we keep the doors open to make sure our clients are as protected as possible by following government guidelines very closely. We currently have vacancies for DDA Support Staff in many of our group homes and daycare centres. For a list of current opportunities go here. Apply today and make a difference in someone’s life.

*Due to COVID-19 and the need to practice social distancing, the interview process for DDA and prospective employees may be delayed. Thank you for your understanding.

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For questions, concerns, and advocacy connect with DDA today:

Call us: 604 273 9778

Email us: hello@develop.bc.ca

Posted by dda-editor in: Daily Updates