BCANDS is proud to be the recipient of the:

  • 2018 Doctors of BC - Excellence in Health Promotion Provincial Award; 
  • 2018 Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health's - Champion of Mental Health National Award;
  • 2016 - Canadian Medical Association's - Excellence in Health Promotion National Award;
  • 2015 - March of Dimes Canada's - Judge George Fergusion National Award
  • 2014 - Social Planning and Research Council of BC - Provincial Deryck Thomson Award
  • 2013 Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Region's - Provincial Dr. Nancy Hall Public Policy Leadership 
  • 2013 Doctors of BC's - Excellence in Health Promotion Provincial Award

2019 Gathering Presenters / Agenda

Currently the BCANDS 2019 Gathering is in development.

2019 Gathering Presenters and the tenative agenda will be updated as the planning moves forward.

Please check back often.


BCANDS 2019 Gathering co-Masters of Ceremonies


Stephen Lytton - BCANDS Board President

Stephen is a member of the Nicomen Indian Band within the Nlaka'pamux First Nation of British Columbia. Stephen has lived with a disability since birth and is a residential school survivor, having spent 13 years in the St. Georges Indian Residential School. An accomplished actor and presenter, Stephen has shared his personal story and experiences of residential school as a survivor living with a disability with organizations and educational institutions across Canada.

Pictured Left: Stephen receives the 2016 Caring Canadian Award from his Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnson - Governor General of Canada. 


Neil Belanger (Maluu'm Amxsiwaa) - BCANDS Executive Director

Neil is a member of the Lax Se el (Frog) Clan in the House of Nika'teen within the Gitxsan First nation of British Columbia. Neil has worked successfully within the health and disability sectors, both in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, for over 25 years.

Over the six years Neil has served as Executive Director of BCANDS he has been proud to see his team and their dedicated work acknowledged as the recipients of two national and three provincial awards for service excellence, in addition to the Society being profiled nationally by the federal government as a "Best Practice" in the delivery of Indigenous Disability services.


2019 Gathering Presenters

*The following is an informational list of Presenters that has confirmed their participation at the BCANDS 2019 Gathering. While the Gathering planning moves forward this outline will be updated including presenter / Speaker topics, themes and desired sessions outcomes. BCANDS will maintain this list as accurately as able, however cannot concretely confirm participation by the outlined Presenters / Speakers at the 2019 Gathering until closer to the Gathering date. Thank you for your understanding.





Dr. Michael J. Prince - Canadina Politial Scientist and Public Policy Scholar

Landsdowne Professor of Social Policy at the University of Victoria in British Columbia and the Board Chairperson of Community Living British Columbia, a BC Crown Corporation serving adults / self advocates living with intellectual disabilities, CLBC's annual budget is approximately 1 billion doillars, Dr. Prince is acknowledged nationally and internationally as a leading authority on Canadian social policy and disability issues.

Dr. Prince has authored 250 publications including 19 books (authored and co-authored and edited); 38 articles in scholarly publications; 59 monographs and research reports; and 74 chapters in books. He has published over 60 articles and opinion editorials in newspapers and professional periodicals.

As a policy consultant, Dr. Prince has been an advisor to various federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal government agencies; four Royal Commissions; and to a number of parliamentary committees both federally and provincially.


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2019 Gathering Tenative Agenda (coming soon)