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By Lindsay Kasting
Community Living airs on Vancouver Co-op Radio Friday afternoons from 2:00-2:30pm and focuses on people with special needs and disabilities in British Columbia. The show looks at issues affecting people in the community living with special needs and disabilities. People who help support that community are included and advocacy is an important aspect of the show.
Original hosts Dave and Laurie Sherritt, Rich MacDonald, and Paul have been producing the show since the 1980s through a few name changes, including “The Self Advocates” most recently, and Kelly Reaburn and Michael have become increasingly involved in the last five and two years respectively. Hosts from this show participate in producing other shows for Co-op as well as CITR and youtube. “Soap box radio” has been born somewhat as a spin-off of “Community Living.”
Some recent highlights of the show include interviews with NDP MLA Jenny Kwan and Peter Bourne from Victoria. In the future, Community Living is looking at bringing in more of an advocacy focus and bringing guests who are doing work to bring together their community. The show is hoping to expand, getting into more remote parts of the province and becoming a part of the national radio association. Making connections with other like minded shows and stations across Canada is another goal of this show, which is already working with a show in Montreal, Quebec.
More about the Peter Bourne interview here.