Kootenay Community Council

Help us make your community stronger

CLBC Community Councils have a dynamic mission to encourage, inspire, lead and support inclusion and the participation of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of the community where they live and work.

The Kootenay Community Council’s goals for the upcoming year are to:

  • serve as a vehicle to inclusion
  • raise public awareness of council’s role
  • continue fostering partnerships with stakeholders in the supported communities
  • facilitate parent and family member involvement with our council
  • participate in local community events
  • recruit of diverse council members to support these goals

Members include individuals with developmental disabilities, family members, professionals from service provider agencies and business and community leaders.

Interested in joining the Kootenay Community Council?

The Kootenay Council is looking for new members to join as we strive to break down barriers associated with disability and help make a difference in the lives of the people CLBC serves in communities across the Kootenay region including Castlegar, Cranbrook, Creston, Fauquier, Fernie, Fruitvale, Golden, Grand Forks, Invermere, Kimberley, Nelson, Nakusp and Trail.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact: Kootenay@CLBCCommunityCouncils.ca

Your Community Council at work

Highlights of recent and upcoming work

We’ve put together a short summary of some of recent highlights and upcoming items we’re working on. These include: increased involvement by our self-advocate members, skill development opportunities, the spring dance (that was attended by 120 people!), sponsorship of an online radio episode, and recruitment of new members.

  • A highlight of the year for the Kootenay Community Council has been its recruitment. Having added 4 new voting members to our table, a new Chairperson and a CLBC Rep, our council has been able to share new skills, experiences and look forward to putting new goals into action.
  • The Council held a hugely successful spring dance on March 18, 2016. More than 120 people attended to enjoy a catered buffet dinner followed by dancing. The dance was held in Creston and people came from other communities such as Cranbrook and Trail to attend. The purpose of the dance was to celebrate the lives of people with diversabilities in our communities and to recruit for the Council.
  • The Council looks forward to some collaboration with other self-advocate groups in the Kootenay Region. The intention is to increase knowledge and understanding of our Community Council, while at the same time, look at topics of interests that would lead to alliances, presentations and community activities.
Make a difference in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities – Kootenay Advertiser

A short profile of the Kootenay Community Council and our work was published in the local newspaper. Click here to read the story.

Council news

Upcoming Council news items will be posted here soon. Stay tuned!


  • Community Council Recruitment Package – This contains information about our Council, including goals for the upcoming year, recent accomplishments, supports available to Council members, profiles of our current members, and of course details on how to join.
  • Annual Report 2014-15 – A report on our key goals, highlights and challenges encountered during 2014-15.
  • Annual Report 2013-14 – A report on our key goals, highlights and challenges encountered during 2013-14.

Upcoming meetings

Time and date of the next upcoming council meeting will be posted here soon.