Who is Vela?
Vela is a non-profit society originally formed to offer subsidized housing to people with developmental challenges in the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia. In 1989 the board members of Vela Housing Society recognized that living in community housing, even if affordable, did not ensure membership in that community. As a result, the Vela board developed a pilot project to facilitate three Microboards in Vancouver. Since that time, Vela has supported the development of over 800 microboards throughout BC There are currently over 600 active Microboards in the province of B.C.
The Vela Microboard Association Board of Directors consists of members from all over British Columbia. 50% plus one of Vela's Board of Directors must be members of an active Vela Microboard. Vela's board members have first hand knowledge of what a Microboard is and they work with their staff to support Vela Microboards around the province.
There are currently five staff working to support Vela Microboards. There is a full time executive director, three facilitators, and a part time Volunteer Coordinator.
Vela Microboard Association dedicates itself to honouring the rights of, and eliminating the barriers for, people with disabilities. This includes the right to freedom, equality, control over their own lives, and to be fully included as valued citizens in the relationships and the opportunities of community life.
The mission of Vela
Microboard Association of B.C. is to promote and secure innovative and
individualized community options and supports for people with disabilities
or chronic illness.
Vela Microboard Association upholds values of integrity, respect, dignity and compassion for all persons and strives to honour each personís unique needs. Vela is dedicated to ensuring that each individual and family receives the highest quality of service.
Vela Microboard Association of British Columbia is a
registered non-profit organization dedicated to exploring,
facilitating, and supporting innovative community living options for
people with disabilities.
Many people with disabilities live in the community, but are not integrated within their neighbourhoods. Placing people with disabilities in typical homes or apartments does not ensure they will become included and accepted within their communities.
Vela Microboard Association strives to develop and
support living options that facilitate true interdependence,
integration, and membership in the community.
Vela Microboard Association of B.C. in involved in two
main functions within its current mandate. The first is to facilitate
the development of Microboards and provision of on going support to
Microboards for people with disabilities throughout British Columbia.
The second function is to provide affordable housing for people with