"So many dreams at first seem impossible. And then they seem improbable. And then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable."
~ Christopher Reeve

Sunday, February 3, 2008

PLAN Announces New Online Courses

FEATURE WORKSHOP - TAX TIPS
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
PLAN Office, Vancouver, BC

Chartered Accountant Eric Fielden will share his expertise with families. He will explain the Disability Tax Credit, the Medical Expense Tax Credit, the Caregiver Tax Credit, and discuss Tax Planning including RRSPs, RESPs and the new Registered Disability Savings Plan.


I. TAX TIPS WORKSHOP
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Time: 7pm - 9pm (PST)
Location: PLAN office: Suite 260-3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $60.00/Individual $90.00/Couple (CDN)

Click here to register online.

Register early! Registration is limited to 12 participants so that all questions can be answered.

For more information or to register by phone, call: 604.439.9566
or email: inquiries@plan.ca

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II. PLANNING TO SECURE A GOOD LIFE

Planning for the future changes the present. Join Pat Tesan, parent and family leader, for a one-hour telelearning conversation that will explore the elements of a good life: loving relationships, financial security, creating a home, supported decision-making, and the importance of contribution. During this interactive session, you will start to develop a plan to secure a good life for your relative.

Available anywhere by telephone

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm (PST)
Cost: $30.00 (CDN) includes a copy of Safe and Secure ($15 value)

Click here to register online. Registration is limited to 12 participants.

For more information or to register by phone, call: 604.439.9566
or email: inquiries@plan.ca

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III. WILLS, TRUSTS and ESTATES SEMINAR

PLAN has a new online course to enable you to learn from the convenience of your own home. Through a combination of videos, interactive activities and forms, you'll learn everything you need to know about how to set up your will, including the different types of trusts you may want to include to leave an inheritance for your child with a disability. You'll also learn about the Registered Disability Savings Plan and how it will impact your estate planning.

This course will be offered every other month starting in March 2008 and takes between 3-5 hours to complete.

An up-to-date will ensures that your wishes for your relative with a disability are honoured after you are gone. Co-presented by an experienced lawyer and parent, these seminars answer your questions about discretionary trusts, planning your will, and choosing executors, guardians, and trustees. By the end, you’ll be better prepared to have a lawyer draft your will, saving you both time and money.

FEBRUARY WORKSHOP
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Time: 7pm - 9pm (PST)
Location: PLAN office: Suite 260-3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $60.00/Individual $90.00/Couple (CDN)

Click here to register online for the February workshop.

MARCH WORKSHOP
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm (PST)
Location: PLAN office: Suite 260-3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $60.00/Individual $90.00/Couple (CDN)

Click here to register online for the March workshop.

Register early! Registration is limited to 12 participants so that all questions can be answered.

For more information or to register by phone, call: 604.439.9566
or email: inquiries@plan.ca

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IV. TRUSTS

This new telelearning seminar will teach you about trusts and non-discretionary trusts, and will also discuss the impacts on disability benefits – all from the convenience of your own telephone! This seminar is most applicable to BC residents, and we invite registered participants to email their questions to us prior to the seminar.

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Time: 12pm - 1pm (PST)
Cost: $30.00 (CDN)

Available anywhere by telephone

Register early! Registration is limited to 12 participants

To register online, click here

For more information or to register by phone, call: 604.439.9566
or email: inquiries@plan.ca

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V. THE JOY OF STRESS

Presented by Ted Kuntz, M.Ed, Past President of PLAN

The Joy of Stress workshop will explore:

the difference between stress and distress
strategies to increase your peace, joy and happiness
thinking that feeds your negativity

For everyone going through the stresses of today’s fast paced world, this presentation is a must.

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Time: 7pm - 9:30pm (PST)
Location: Peter Kaye Room
Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia, Vancouver, BC

SPECIAL WORKSHOP FEE ONLY $15.00* (CDN)
*Because of the special discounted fee this workshop is not available for any further discounts.
We recommend that you register early!

To register online, click here

For more information or to register by phone, call: 604.439.9566
or email: inquiries@plan.ca

Ted Kuntz
Ted and his family became one of PLAN’s first younger Lifetime Members and he has grown to become an active part of PLAN’s corps of volunteers. He served on the Board of PLAN for many years as President. Ted is a psychotherapist in private practice in Vancouver.

He is also the published author of Peace Begins With Me and his successful workshop “The Joy of Stress” has been presented across Canada to corporations large and small.

Ted embodies the spirit of community, which is in fact the name of the award he has established to honour community contribution in the Tri-Cities area. His community activism has won him many awards.

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VI. HOME OPTIONS

Owning a house and creating a home are two different things. This one-hour telelearning session will help you learn about different housing options so your relative with a disability can have choice, control, and security in their home. You will hear about solutions other families have used, look at the issues involved with the coordination of home and support, and explore options for ownership.

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Time: 12pm - 1pm (PST) or
4pm - 5pm (PST)
Cost: $30.00 (CDN)

Available anywhere by telephone

Register early! Registration is limited to 12 participants

TWO TIMES TO CHOOSE FROM:
Click here to register online for the 12pm session.
Click here to register online for the 5pm session.

For more information or to register by phone, call: 604.439.9566
or email: inquiries@plan.ca

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VII. REGISTERED DISABILITY SAVINGS PLAN

In planning for the future, you need the most current and relevant information. The Disability Savings Plan will become available in 2008. It will provide another tool for you to plan with. Join us in this FREE telelearning seminar to learn about the details, its implementation and how it will work for your family.

Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm (PST)
Cost: FREE

Available anywhere by telephone

Click here to register online. Registration is limited to 12 participants.

For more information or to register by phone, call: 604.439.9566
or email: inquiries@plan.ca

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VIII. SUPPORTED DECISION MAKING

Families often walk a balancing act between respecting choices and ensuring the safety and well-being of our family members. Although stressful, families and individuals alike gain freedom as they explore decision-making. We will discuss how you can support your relative to make good decisions. We’ll discuss decision-making tools, including Representation Agreements. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Time: 12pm - 1pm (PST)
Cost: $30.00 (CDN)

Available anywhere by telephone

Register early! Registration is limited to 12 participants

Click here to register online

For more information or to register by phone, call: 604.439.9566
or email: inquiries@plan.ca

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IX . HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

This interactive engaging online course explores the different home options available for your relative with a disability. Videos and stories showcase inspiring living situations, checklists and interactive forms help you think about everything you need to consider when thinking about creating a home for your relative with a disability. This course comes with a downloadable practical guide and lots of inspiring ideas to help you start dreaming. The first course will be offered in May, 2008

For more information about this new online course, please call the PLAN office at 604.439.9566 or send an email to: inquiries@plan.ca

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