COVID-19 Global Pandemic Update

Re:   Update from Provincial Health Requirements in accordance with WCB Guidelines,

To all Individuals Receiving Service, Families, Caregivers, and Stakeholders,

Our hope is that this letter finds you all well during this difficult time as we adjust to COVID-19 in our lives. 

As you may be aware, on November 19, 2020 the provincial health officer announced that the there was a “Public Safety Order under the Emergency Program Act” around mandatory use of masks.  On November 24, 2020, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General issues an order requiring all British Columbians, 12 years of age and older, to wear masks in many indoor settings. 

We at Quesnel Community Living Association want to ensure that all persons who receive services, caregivers, shareholders and general public remain as safe as possible.  For this reason, on November 19, 2020 we began implementing “Mandatory Masks” in all our locations.

We are aware that there can be circumstances where this is not always possible.  Many of person’s receiving service are unable to manage wearing masks and for that reason it is important to ensure that the those who are able, do so. 

All staff have received a letter outlining the new Provincial Health Authority policy guidelines and mask policy for providing care to vulnerable populations.  All staff should be aware of the recent policy changes and requirement for mandatory masks.

We are asking that visitors limit the time they need to be on sites, that they check in first with staff.   Due to space limitation we are asking for no more than 6 persons at least 6 feet apart in a space at one time.  Due to the limited size of some of our rooms this may require visitors not being able to stay.

We ask that anyone experiencing COVID-type symptoms, will need to stay home and call 8-1-1 Health Link BC

·       Fever

·       Coughing

·       Shortness of Breath

·       Sneezing

·       Sore throat

If a person arrives sick ongoing or begins to experience unwellness, the person will need to leave the program.  Please ensure that we have current emergency numbers for QCLA to call.

We will be continuing with ongoing precautions for supporting those who are older and have higher health risks, by limiting outings, and finding alternative inclusion.  Everyone’s health and safety are our highest priority.

We are asking each person attending our programs, to bring their own masks, to be used in the community.  We do have masks available at each site if masks are forgotten. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to connect with Management.


 June Pearson / Marina Mitchell                                            Maggie Therrien BScN RN(c)

Co-Chief Executive Officers                                                     Health Manager

250-992-7774 ext.201 / 202                                                   250-992-7774 ext. 203

junep@qcla.ca / marinam@qcla.ca `                                     healthmanager@qcla.ca

Quesnel Community Living Association

Self Help Skills

This program is primarily designed for adults with Diverse Abilities who live on their own, with their families or caregivers.  Program Participants must be able to access the community independently.  Service goals are broad based and include: Employment readiness skills, work experience, community inclusion skills, health and safety, augmentative communication, shopping, budgeting, as well as other life skills.  Services are offered on a part-time or full-time basis and provided in a group setting.  Self Help Skills encourages individuals to use the support systems that already exist in our community to build and maintain independence.

Self Help Skills has a diverse combination of activities and individuals, but overall we are about engaging life.  Community involvement is number one on our list of goals.  This includes exercising regularly at the Quesnel Arts & Recreation Centre, partaking in local activities such as Billy Barker Days and eploring the splendor of our natural surroundings.  We enjoy lunches out at local restaurants and mastering skills with a weekly cooking class.  Occasionally, we have special events, for instance, a trip to Prince George or 10 Mile Lake.  We also lend a helping hand to hometown charities such Meals on Wheels and Pet Safe Coalition. 

Recently starting up is the Empties for Abilities social enterprise.  This program will offer meaningful, paid work for any participants wanting to gain employment experience and make money.  All services are provided in a group setting.

The main areas of focus in Self Help Skills are:

  • Training and skill building in identified areas 
  • Health and Safety
  • Self Advocacy and Peer Networking
  • Community Inclusion
  • Social Enterprise
  • Supported Employment

*Applications for this service are referred through Community Living British Columbia*


  • Swimming and Gym

    Fun in the water

  • Culture and Diversity Activities

    Learning about local history and culture

  • Timber Park Walk

    Some fresh air and fun in the sun

  • Meals on Wheels Volunteering

    Helping people in the community

  • Bowling or Hiking

    Keeping life exciting with two options

  • Library Visit

    Books and reading at the library

  • Baking

    Baking skills and recipes

  • Absolute Art

    Art Classes at the Rec Center

  • Walk in the Community

    Some exercise and fresh air

  • Cooking Skills

    Learn to cook a variety of meals.

  • Dance Class

    Weekly dance class at the Rec Center