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Children and youth committee visits Castlegar

The all-party Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth is holding a public hearing in Castlegar on Thursday, May 23, 2019, to receive input on children and youth with neuro-diverse (e.g., ASD, FASD, developmental delay) special needs.

The committee invites parents, caregivers, service providers and advocates to share their experiences and challenges with assessment and eligibility processes, and their recommendations for improvement.

The public hearing will take place at the Sandman Hotel Castlegar (1944 Columbia Ave.) in the Kootenay Room, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. British Columbians can participate in the public hearing in person or by phone. Registration is available by calling the Parliamentary Committees Office at 250 356-2933 or 1 877 428-8337 (toll-free in B.C.) or on the committee's website: www.leg.bc.ca/cmt/cay

The committee also welcomes written comments, which can be submitted via its website. The consultation continues until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019. The committee will consider all input and make recommendations to the legislative assembly in a report, which is expected to be released in the early fall.

The members of the committee are:

* Nicholas Simons, MLA Powell River-Sunshine Coast (chair)

* Michelle Stilwell, MLA Parksville-Qualicum (deputy chair)

* Sonia Furstenau, MLA Cowichan Valley

* Rick Glumac, MLA Port Moody-Coquitlam

* Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA Courtenay-Comox

* Ellis Ross, MLA Skeena

* Rachna Singh, MLA Surrey-Green Timbers

* Laurie Throness, MLA Chilliwack-Kent

* Teresa Wat, MLA Richmond North Centre

For further information:
Jennifer Arril
Committee Clerk
Room 224, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, B.C., V8V 1X4
Telephone: 250 356-2933 (collect)
Toll-free: 1 877 428-8337
Fax: 250 356-8172
E-mail: ChildrenandYouthCommittee@leg.bc.ca (mailto:ChildrenandYouthCommittee@leg.bc.ca)