May 2022 - Announcements, Updates & Reminders
New Job Posting for Students!
Press Release for our 100,000th Parking Permit Sale
Local Non-Profit Reaches a New Milestone
On Thursday, April 21st, 2022, Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre (NDRC) issued the 100,000th Accessible Parking Permit to Marilyn G. (Pictured to the right with NDRC Executive Director, Ken Kaminski). In celebration of this milestone Marilyn was given a gift basket, a lifetime of free renewals, and a lifetime membership with NDRC.
Thank you, Marilyn for coming in for your renewal. And, thank you to all our members, clients, students, sponsors, community partners and volunteers over the 32 years of NDRC’s operation. We have enjoyed working, learning, and growing with all of you and hope to continue to do so for many years to come.
Did you know? The fees from the sale of parking permits, as well as covering the cost for the Parking Permit Program itself, help fund our free programs and services, along with aid from The BC Community Gaming Grant.
Tax Program Now Closed!
Our Community Volunteer Income Tax Program has now ended for the year! This program runs from March 1st to April 30th. This year we were able to help over 125 people file their taxes. Thank you so much to all 5 of our tax-prep volunteers for all your hard work!
If you are still needing to file, Volunteer Nanaimo has a program that runs all year.
Please Continue to Wear Masks at NDRC
We understand that the mask mandate has been lifted federally and provincially. However, we are a disability resource centre which means we help people who are often medically vulnerable. While the vaccine rollout has definitely lowered this risk we still would like to continue to be cautious in an effort to protect all clients, students, volunteers, and staff.
Earlier this year, NDRC announced our Bursary for Persons with Disabilities. We are giving away a $1000 bursary to a person with disabilities taking any kind of Post-Secondary education (trades, community college, university etc).
Bursary applications are available online here or in person at NDRC! Please get in touch if you have any questions. The deadline is May 31st so don’t wait too long!
What You’ll Need to Complete the Application:
- Proof of acceptance to a post-secondary program in BC
- Confirmation (letter/documentation) of disability from a medical professional or other professional (ex. current or former teacher)
- 3 references (personal, professional or academic)
- A short reflection 300-500 words describing your situation. You may want to include barriers you’ve overcome, how your education will be used, your study of interest, etc.
Please submit an application form using our Google Form to the right.
For those interesting in helping but unable to make a weekly commitment we have our committee positions.
These are a great way to get involved in brainstorming and developing new programs, growing membership, running fundraisers, or helping to bring our quarterly newsletter together
If you are interested in any volunteer position please submit this form and we will get a hold of you as soon as possible.
February 2022- Announcements & Updates
January 2022- Announcements & Updates
As of December 1st, when you purchase a membership or make a donation you will be offered a bumper sticker as a thank you for showing your support!
Our membership base has grown a lot in the previous two years thanks to our generous clients. We now have over 600 members from across the province!
As we come out of this pandemic we hope to be able to offer further membership incentives.
While in the process of purchasing holiday cards and bumper stickers we discovered Printdeals’ “Print with Purpose” and are happy to say they have added us as one of their causes! Quote from their website:
“Printdeals.ca was started as a way to offer high quality, affordable online print products to Vancouver Island businesses and to give back to our local communities.
We work with local Vancouver Island charities and donate 10% of all sales to the charity of your choice.
From Business Cards, Flyers, Postcards to Greeting cards, we have everything you need for your business.”
Now when you make a purchase from Printdeals you can choose to direct that 10% to us, or any of the other very worthy local charities on there.
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BC Vaccine Card Assistance
Do you need help registering for your BC COVID-19 Vaccine Card (colloquially called the vaccine passport)? We at the NDRC Computer School can help!
Just email or call Marie:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-758-5547
Have a paper copy of your QR code and worried about damage? We can help with that too! For a $2 donation we will trim your paper to wallet size and laminate it for you!
Dear Friends and Supporters of NDRC,
Due to rising cases we have decided to step back from our in person services in an effort to protect our clients. Currently the most recent information from the scientific community is that Omicron, if it follows the patterns it has in other countries, should start dying down around the end of January so our intention is to restart these services on February 1st.
NDRC is beyond excited to announce our new Bursary for Person’s with Disabilities!
One bursary winner will be announced a year.
Head over to our new Bursary Page for eligibility