CCB Homework - Week 15

December 13, 2011

On Monday, December 19th we watched and discussed the documentary, "Emmanuel's Gift" (2005), an inspirational film about how Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah uses his personal power, his family's belief in him, his community's support and the insight of his mentors to increase rights and access for people with disabilities in Ghana.  His vision and strength is an inspiration worldwide.  We also watched a follow-up to the film from three years after it was released.

This film is available to borrow from Vancouver Public Library, Burnaby Public Library and Richmond Public Library. 

In the second session, we discussed our experiences trying out the NANNIE method that we learned about last week. We also checked in on progress made with our to-do lists, and updated these lists with our new tasks to be completed when we return in January.

Next, we discussed ways we can 'amplify our voice,' or make ourselves heard. You reflected on ways Emmanuel did this, ways you do this in your own lives, and ways we could do this to create social change. We talked about how to go about writing letters to government officials, from deciding who to write and finding their contact information, to figuring out what to say and how to say it. For some tips, click here. To see a sample letter, click here.

To find the name and contact information for:

Your Mayor and City Counsellors, see http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/mayorcouncil/

Your MLA (provincial representative), see http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm

Your MP (federal representative), see http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/compilations/houseofcommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC 

For homework, you have been asked to write a letter to a government official about the issue underlying your community project. Please bring your letter to our next small class for feedback.

Ryan, Shantel and I wish you all a warm and restful holiday break and we look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year!


Jo Lemay

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