604-939-8070 [email protected] 2322 St. John's Street, Port Moody, V3H 2A9

Join us and Paint a Pot with CVS on May 16th

Join us for an exciting event hosted by CVS and Palette Posse Paint Parties on May 16th at 6pm where you can paint your own pot!

CVS is partnering with Cat & Fiddle Pub to offer a $10 burger & a beer deal, or you can select anything from their regular menu. As usual, this will be a really fun event and we welcome everyone to come and join.

When you sign up you will get your own paint kit that includes:

  • A pot
  • Plant seeds
  • Paint
  • Brushes

The paint party will be an in person event this year and this event usually fills up quick so make sure to sign up today to secure your spot as space is limited!

Please register with Afroza ([email protected]) or Dawn ([email protected]) and we will see you at the event! 

Welcome to Matt Brownwarr!

As many of you know our current Director of Communications, Miriam Hoolahan, will be going on maternity leave shortly. We would like to welcome Matt Brownwarr to the role of Manager, Marketing and Communications. Matt will be covering for Miriam\’s maternity leave over the next year. Matt started in his role at CVS as of Monday, March 28th and is working with Miriam to learn more about CVS and the various projects coming up throughout 2022 and 2023. Miriam\’s last day at CVS before her leave is April 6th.

Matt has extensive experience in marketing and communications and will be a great asset to the CVS team over the next year. Please watch out for Matt\’s communications in the coming weeks. If you have any communications questions before April 6th, please feel free to continue to contact Miriam at [email protected]. If any communications questions arise after April 6th, please reach out to Matt at [email protected].

Come out to Watch the Coquitlam Express on March 18th & Help Support CVS!

The Coquitlam Express team is hosting a Charity Night on March 18th! Come on out to cheer on Coquitlam Express and support CVS at the same time. For each senior or adult ticket sold, Coquitlam Express will donate $5 to Community Ventures Society. Also, the charity that raises the most money by selling the most tickets will get an additional $250 donation!


To buy your tickets, visit https://happsnow.com/team/Coquitlam-Express. On the checkout page, add Promo Code CVS to ensure your ticket purchase is logged.


We hope you take the time to get out to this special charity event and have a great time!

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Did you know that March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month? At CVS, one of our strategic commitments is to raise awareness of inclusion in the community and educate the public about the needs of this diverse group, so it helps to enable a greater awareness understanding for the wider community.

Although March is a month for raising awareness about developmental disabilities, CVS strives to do this 365 days a year. We encourage you to learn more about topics related to inclusion in your community. Here are some excellent resources to learn more throughout March and in educating yourself all year long –

  • Inclusive Education – https://inclusionbc.org/our-campaigns/inclusive-education/
  • Inclusive Employment – https://inclusionbc.org/our-resources/the-business-case/
  • Inclusive Housing – https://inclusionbc.org/our-resources/home-is-where-our-story-begins/
  • Person Centred Language in the Workplace – https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/careers/all-employees/working-with-others/words-matter.pdf
  • People First Language – https://www.verywellfamily.com/focus-on-the-person-first-is-good-etiquette-2161897

Join Us on February 21st for a Panel Discussion on Inclusion

As a follow-up to the launch of the Inclusion exhibit at Port Moody Station Museum, CVS has been asked to attend a panel discussion going behind the exhibit. This panel discussion will be hosted by Heritage BC and will include members from Inclusion BC, the BC Self Advocacy Foundation, Port Moody Station Museum as well as Linda King (Executive Director) and Miriam Hoolahan (Director of Communications) from Community Ventures Society.

We hope to talk through our collaborative process for getting the exhibit up and running and sharing it with our community. We hope you can join us!

To read more about the event and to register, click here.

February is Inclusive Education Month

February is National Inclusive Education Month. It is a time to promote and raise awareness about inclusive education; share ideas on strategies to enhance inclusion and successful school experiences for every child; acknowledge and recognize the efforts of teachers, administrators, students, and families who contribute to the successful inclusion of students in schools and classrooms.

Read more about Inclusive Education on Inclusion BC\’s website & watch the video below –

Congratulations to Quinn Campbell!

We wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate Quinn Campbell on moving into the role of DisDaBomb Coordinator. Quinn has been working with DisDaBomb for the past couple of years but is now taking the lead in coordinating this important social enterprise at CVS. DisDaBomb is now located at 2342 Clarke Street – pop in to see Quinn and our amazing assortment of bath bombs.

Congrats Quinn!

Changes in the Homes Program

We wanted to take this opportunity to make you aware of a change in the management of the Homes Program here at CVS. Our current Manager of the Homes Program, Gillian Reyes, will sadly be leaving CVS as she is moving to another part of BC. We wish Gillian well on this new exciting opportunity and thank her for her years of service and dedication to CVS.

We are excited to announce that Salima Ladha, currently Assistant Manager in our Shared Living team, will be moving into Gillian\’s role as Manager of the Homes Program. Please join all of us in congratulating Salima on this promotion. Salima brings considerable experience to this role as she worked for the Homes program for many years prior to moving into the Shared Living position.

Gillian\’s last day at CVS will be February 14th and Salima will begin working with Gillian over the next couple of weeks to ensure a seamless handover for the Homes program.

Mental Health Resources as We Continue Through the Pandemic

We are almost two years into the pandemic and we recognize the toll this has taken on many of us in terms of mental health. We wanted to remind you of some mental health resources that you may want to reference as we continue to navigate through this pandemic.

COVID-19 & Anxiety information and resources from Here to Help BC

Mental well-being during COVID-19 from the BC Centre of Disease Control

Virtual Mental Health Supports from the Government of BC – lots of useful resources that can be accessed online

COVID-19 Mental Health Support a resource list from Here to Help BC (lots of links to free resources)

Mental Health & Wellness Resources from Community Living BC (CLBC)

Your Mental Health During COVID-19 useful articles from University of British Columbia (UBC)

At CVS, we are committed to the health and wellness of the individuals we serve, families, staff and the communities we operate in. We highly encourage you to seek out support as we navigate through this challenging time. It has been a very hard time for all of us in many different ways. Hopefully there are brighter days ahead and we hope this list of resources can help you as we move into the future.


Financial Assistance for Recreation in Coquitlam

The City of Coquitlam has shared with us information about receiving financial assistance for recreation services with the City of Coquitlam. Now more than ever we know the importance of investing in recreational activities to help with our physical and mental health.

Financial Assistance for Recreation

The City of Coquitlam strives to make recreation affordable and accessible for all residents and is excited to introduce our new and improved Financial Assistance for Recreation (FAR) Program. This program was formally known as the Get Active, Get Connected (GCGA) program and has undergone a number of updates to make the process easier for those to use.  The City\’s Financial Assistance for Recreation (FAR) is available for eligible Coquitlam residents year round.

Program Components 

Each eligible family member will receive:

  • 50 drop-in passes and;
  • $225 credit towards City of Coquitlam admissions, passes and programs

Application Form

Complete the online Financial Assistance for Recreation Application Form.

If you would prefer to download the application form you can do so here:  Financial Assistance for Recreation application form (PDF)

Application Checklist

Our Application Checklist (PDF) can walk you step by step through the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) will assist you in completing the Financial Assistance for Recreation Application and accessing the program’s benefits. 

For more information, please visit https://coquitlam.ca/499/Financial-Assistance-for-Recreation or contact by email to [email protected] or by phone at 604-927-6076.