CLBC board takes in Castlegar community picnic

CLBC board member Jane Holland (right) met Marissa Metcalfe and many others who receive support through Kootenay Society for Community Living (KSCL).

In June 2018, a group of CLBC board members spent the day visiting individuals, families and service providers in the beautiful city of Castlegar, B.C. Provided here are a brief description of the visit, and a pictorial of the annual community picnic.

Former board chair Tom Christensen and current board members Jane Holland, Mike Watson and Diane Friedman visited the Kootenay Society for Community Living (KSCL) to learn more about the various programs they offer, such as their employment program that focuses on individualized supports so both the individual and employer can reach their employment goals. They were also able to sit down and speak with those who are directly accessing CLBC services to hear their personal stories of struggles and success.

The highlight of the day was attending CLBC’ West Kootenay Community BBQ. This annual event brings together over 200 people from Castlegar to Nelson, Trail and beyond. CLBC invites community members, service providers, families and CLBC supported individuals to come together to have a BBQ and play games, meet new friends and reconnect with old ones

Getting feedback, ideas and suggestions from such a wide audience was a unique and important opportunity to make sure that CLBC is always doing their best when it comes to service delivery and inclusion.

Staff and people supported by Kootenay Society for Community Living (KSCL) graciously welcomed CLBC board members to learn more about the programs and services.

The highlight of the day was the annual West Kootenay Community BBQ, which brings together people from across the region.

Tom Christensen, former CLBC board chair, enjoys the BBQ with members of the local Kootenay Community Council.

Terry Turner, Mike Watson (CLBC board member) and Stephanie Henley share a laugh at the BBQ.

Board members joined in on a spirited tug of war.

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