CISS Open House

We had our Leap Year Open House on Monday February 29, 2016. Leap year 2012, was the day that we moved into Melissa Park the 29th of February is a special date for us.

As we were preparing for this important day we made some wonderful upgrades to Melissa Park for the public to see. Peter and Mary Jo Dawe were crucial in this preparation and took on the upgrades in the Board Room. You can see their good work in the Board Room. With a new coat of paint, the room has a warmer. A new cabinet was custom built and holds the equipment and materials that are used in this space. Graphic Designer, Bev Olaybal, created some visual work for the walls of the board room to help the users see our vision, direction, values. Our caterers were hired to bake several dozen cookies and our janitorial staff had the house prepped.

The Go Getters (Self Advocates) completed their Charter of Rights and their ideas are expressed on the walls throughout the building helping us to emphasize the importance of supporting their rights.  The event was wonderful and we had a great turnout with the Mayor of Port Coquitlam Greg Moore, Vancity Branch Manager Susan Devlin and Assistant Manager Jennifer Taylor, CISS BOD Members Peter (Mary Jo) Dawe and Laura Taylor, Kathy Dudley and Steve McBride both from the School District 43 and many families, individuals in service, employees and their families and a couple of people looking for new services. Self-Advocates Adam and Jonathan led tours of Melissa Park; this was a great way for individuals in our programs to tell their Story to our visitors. Shana and Chantal were great hosts preparing the Catering and serving in the kitchen.


OpenHouseCateringMelissa Park Caterers made a variety of homemade cookies to serve our guests, good practice for their 1400 cookie order for the Inclusion BC Conference in June.



OpenHouseAdamHAdam Holmes set up a display to advertise his computer repair business, he has done exceptional upgrades on our website which demonstrates his vast knowledge and expertise.


Snapd (online media) Tri-Cities photographer Kristie de Jong attended our Open house and posted some pictures to their website

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Thank you to everyone that turned up for the event!