About Our Members

Our members are all non-profit community-based social service societies operating in communities throughout the West and East Kootenay and Boundary region.

Arrow & Slocan Lakes Community Services Society (ASLCS)

Arrow & Slocan Lakes Community Services was incorporated as a provincial non-profit society in 1974 and as a federally Registered Charitable Organization in 1983.

The Society was originally formed to deliver homemaker services to the Nakusp area, and since then has grown to become a multi-program agency encompassing Arrow, Slocan and Trout Lakes region from Edgewood to Nakusp to Silverton.

About 6,000 people live and work in the area, and ASLCS  services impact a wide range of the local population, from children to seniors.

Our vision is for a happy, healthy community — providing community based social service solutions such as affordable housing, outreach employment and regional transit.

 

Contact Information Services & Programs Catchment Area

Website: https:/aslcs.com

Ph: 250-265-3674

Address: 205 6th Ave NW Nakusp V0G 1R0

Community Services, Home Support, Food Bank, Crisis Support Trout Lake, Edgewood, Fauquier, Burton, Nakusp, Summit Lake, Hills, New Denver, Silverton
Boundary Family Services Society (BFS)

Boundary Family Services is a nonprofit society which provides a wide variety of programs to meet children, youth, and family’s interests and needs.

Boundary Family Services (BFS) is dedicated to providing participants with high quality services using a person centred approach that empowers them to define and set goals and assists them to build on their personal strengths and supports.

Mission Statement

We build partnerships with families and community by delivering services which enrich lives and shape our future.

 

A Boundary Family Centre is located in each Elementary School from Christina Lake to Beaverdell with the main hub being the Glanville Family Centre in Grand Forks.

 

Contact Information Services & Programs Catchment Area

Website: boundaryfamily.org

Ph: 250-442-2267

Address: 1200 Central Ave, Grand Forks V0H 1H0

Community Services, Family and Child
Beaverdell, Bridesville, Christina Lake, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Midway, Rock Creek, Westbridge
Castlegar & District Community Services Society (CDCSS)

The staff and board of Castlegar & District Community Services Society are dedicated to their clients and community.

To achieve our Mission, we deliver a wide range of counselling and supports to individuals and families. We are also active participants in collaborative projects with our partners in community.

 

Contact Information Services & Programs Catchment Area

Website: cdcss.ca

Ph: 250-365-2104

Address: 1007 2nd St., Castlegar V1N 1Y4

Community Services, Victim Services, Counselling, Employment, Parenting Support, Senior Support
Castlegar
Circle of Indigenous Nations Society (COINS)

The Circle of Indigenous Nations is an Aboriginal non-profit society that offers cultural services that supports mental health and addictions recovery. They currently deliver services in Nakusp, Grand Forks, Trail, Nelson and Castlegar.

They provide cultural case management and support as well as offering a traditional talking circle twice per month in each community that focuses on addictions and recovery support using traditional ways.

 

Contact Information Services & Programs Catchment Area

Website: coinations.net

Ph: 250-231-4968

Address: 1005 2nd St., Castlegar 

V1N 1Y4
Cultural, Addiction, Counselling
Nakusp, Grand Forks, Trail, Nelson, Castlegar
Columbia Basin Family Resource Society (CBFRS)

The Columbia Valley Family Resource Society has been working with families in the Elk Valley and South Country since 2002. They strive to work with existing services in the area to promote strength and wellness to all families.

They provide support and assistance to families as well as providing programs and services that encourage safe and healthy families:

  • Mandated Family Support, Child & Youth Care and Supervised Access
  • Voluntary Family Support, Child & Youth Care
  • Work for Independent Skills Program (WISP)
  • Support to Children & Youth with Special Needs (CYSN)
  • Support to Adults with Developmental Disabilities
  • Sexual Abuse Prevention Program (SAIP)
  • Family Counselling
  • Lifeskills Group
  • Three Sisters Clubhouse

 

Contact Information Services & Programs Catchment Area

Ph: 250- 423-4687

Address: 691 4 Avenue Fernie V0B 1M0

Children, Families Fernie, Elk Valley
Freedom Quest Youth Services Society (FQ)

Freedom Quest Youth Services Society provides free, community-based,

client-centered, low-barrier, confidential, voluntary, and non-judgmental services

and programming to youth & families who are negatively impacted by substance use in

the West Kootenay Boundary Region. Freedom Quest supports young people & their

families in experiencing new opportunities, overcoming barriers, preventing further

adversity, building positive relationships, and developing the confidence and skills

for life.

 For information on Freedom Quest’s current services & programming, please have a

look at their website: www. freedomquestyouthservices.ca

 

Contact Information Services & Programs Catchment Area

Website:

www.freedomquestyouthservices.ca

Ph: 250-304-2676

Address: 349 Columbia Ave Castlegar V1N 1G6

Youth Addiction/Counselling Castlegar, Trail, Nelson, Fruitvale, Kaslo, Salmo, Slocan, Nakusp, Grand Forks to Beaverdale
Kootenay Career Development Society (KCDS)

The experts at Kootenay Career Development Society – KCDS have their fingers on the pulse of employment support programs, training and education. The team puts together job seekers and employers, helping them both achieve their goals.

KCDS is committed to diversity, inclusion and respect. This means:

  • Hiring employees who represent the population we serve
  • Removing barriers that may prevent equitable employment
  • Supporting respectful work environments where everyone feels included and able to produce excellent results

To support employment equity and diversity in the workplace, we welcome applicants from all groups. This includes women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, or expressions, (LGBTQ2S+) and others who may contribute to the diversity of KCDS.

 

Contact Information Services & Programs Catchment Area

Website: kcds.ca

Ph: 250-231-4968

Address: 203, 514 Vernon St., Nelson V1L 4E7

Employment/Training
Nelson, Kaslo,Balfour, and Slocan Valley
Kootenay Family Place (KFP)

Kootenay Family Place (KFP) was incorporated in Castlegar on January 17, 1972 as a non-profit organization with charitable status. At that time the society had four staff and provided a small child care program called Hobbit Hill Children’s Centre.

KFP now offers 14 different programs in five locations. KFP employs over 45 full and part time staff who serve children, youth and families throughout the West Kootenay and Boundary Region.

 

Contact Information Services & Programs Catchment Area

Website: kootenayfamilyplace.org

Ph: 250-365-8448

Address: 767 –  11th Ave., V1N 1J7

Children, Youth, Employment, Daycare
West Kootenay Boundary
Kootenay Kids Society (KKS)

The Kootenay Kids Society in Nelson provides services and programs designed to help parents give their children the best start possible.

They are a community based non-profit society focusing on the early years, with programs serving the needs of children, parents and caregivers through education, support and childcare centres.

 

Contact Information Services & Programs Catchment Area

Website:  kootenaykids.ca

Ph: 250-352-6678

Address: 312 Silica St., V1L 4M5

Children & Families, Youth, Daycare
Nelson, Balfour, Crawford Bay
Kutenai Art Therapy Institute (KATI)

The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute (KATI) is dedicated to the belief that the creative process is healing and life enhancing. The Institute offers art therapy services to children, youth and adults, an accredited two year post-baccalaureate Art Therapy diploma program and professional development opportunities in expressive arts therapies and ecological identity. The KATI program integrates Art Therapy theory, practice and research.

The Institute is situated in the small heritage town of Nelson, BC, and emphasizes an awareness of the therapeutic needs of rural communities, with a focus on training culturally sensitive and responsive art therapists. The program is offered in 2 different formats: a campus program with planned practica placements; and a distance program with intensive on site course work and individually established practica placements in home communities.

The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute is a community based creative program. We are always doing new things: making art, writing books, making movies, putting on workshops, conferences and symposiums. Check out our workshops and events section. Over the last few years we have hosted national and international art and expressive arts therapists. Monica Carpendale, the founder and director, is a published author, film producer, and international presenter.

 

Contact Information Services & Programs Catchment Area

Website: info.kutenaiarttherapy.com

Ph: 250-352-2264

Address: 191 Baker St., Nelson V1L 4H1

Art Therapy Programs
Nelson, Kaslo,Balfour, and Slocan Valley
Nelson CARES Society (NCARES)

Nelson CARES Society may be Nelson’s most diverse non profit organization. They have been a long term catalyst (since 1974) for initiating community services and resources that respond to emerging needs. Not only has their origins as Nelson District Community Resources Society created crucial services, but hundreds of jobs for the Nelson area and generated millions of dollars for the local economy as well. The finest products of course are the results of their project and program work for the Community – some very visible and some simply ongoing and quietly invisible.

Community-based programs ensure that the quality of life in Nelson improves for all people.

Advocacy for victims of crime, people living in poverty, people with disabilities, and those in conflict with social systems is vital. The Advocacy Centre provides legal information, education and advocacy.

Residential options for people experiencing barriers, including poverty, is a challenge in our community. Ward Street Place is a 38 single-room occupancy apartment block. Stepping Stones provides 17 short-term emergency beds and assists residents with immediate crises. Services for Community Living provides residential support services to individuals with disabilities.

Environmental and Employment options include Earth Matters, a youth-driven environmental program that focuses on community gardening, waste reduction, education, and ecological restoration and Supported Employment that provides employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities as a way to contribute to their community and the economy.

Services such as Nelson CARES’ continue to enrich life in our community.

 

Contact Information Services & Programs Catchment Area

Website: nelsoncares.ca

Ph: 250-352-6011

Address: 521 Vernon St., Nelson V1L 4E9

Community Services, Affordable Housing, Employment, Advocacy
Nelson, Kaslo,Balfour, and Slocan Valley
Nelson Community Services (NCS)

Nelson Community Services (NCS) believes that all individuals and families, at some time, experience difficulties in their lives and that they have an inherent right to be heard and to be supported. Our relational approach to service delivery is respectful of each person’s identity, issues, strengths, culture, needs, and choices. NCS works in collaboration with government and other local and regional organizations to respond to the changing needs in our community.

The Nelson Community Services is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).

The agency provides the following services:

  • Individual, couple and family counselling
  • Counselling for children and  youth
  • Counselling for women and women’s outreach programs
  • Parenting program
  • Family support program
  • Behavioural outreach consulting program
  • Aimee Beaulieu Transition House (emergency shelter and support services for abused women and their children)
  • Cicada Place (10 units of transitional housing for youth ages 16-22 years to help prepare them for independence)

 

Contact Information Services & Programs Catchment Area

Website: servicesfyi.ca

Ph: 250-352-3504

Address: 201, 518 Lake St., Nelson V1L 4C6

Community Services, Counselling, Family Support, Victim Services, Housing
Nelson, Kaslo, Balfour and Slocan Valley
Nelson Women's Centre/West Kootenay Women’s Association (WKWA)

The Nelson and District Women’s Centre provides a welcoming space, support, and free resources for women to learn, connect, and become empowered in their own lives and engaged in their community.

For over 40 years, the Nelson and District Women’s Centre has worked to build healthy community by playing a positive role in the lives of women and families and advancing gender equality. Their umbrella organization, the West Kootenay Women’s Association, is a registered charity founded in 1972. That makes the Nelson Women’s Centre the longest-running rural women’s centre in Canada! To learn more about the history of the West Kootenay Women’s Association and the Women’s Centre, visit their website at nelsonwomenscentre.com.

The Women’s Centre is located in Nelson and serves the West Kootenay region. The WKWA acknowledges that the Women’s Centre is located on unceded Indigenous territory belonging to the Sinixt Nation.

 

Contact Information Services & Programs Catchment Area

Website: nelsonwomenscentre.com

Ph:  250-352-9916

Address: 420 Mill St., Nelson V1L 4R9

Community Services, Referral, Food Bank, Counselling
Nelson, Kaslo, Balfour, Slocan Valley
North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society (NKLCSS)

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society is a non-profit, multi-service organization located in Kaslo. The Society’s mission is to develop and provide services and programs which contribute to a thriving community and enhance the quality of life for North Kootenay Lake residents.

Many different programs and services are offered through this agency, including:

  • Community Counselling,
  • Addictions and Alcohol Counselling,
  • Children and Youth Counselling,
  • Victims assistance and counselling,
  • Family support,
  • Family Centre Lifeline, a personal emergency call button available to elderly or ill persons living alone, and
  • Safe Home, a refuge for women and their children leaving an abusive relationship.

 

Contact Information Services & Programs Catchment Area

Website: nklcss.org

Ph: 250-353-7691

Address: 336 B Ave, Kaslo V0G 1MO

Community Services, Victim Services, Counselling, Food Bank
Kaslo, East Shore, Crawford Bay, Meadow Creek, Argenta, Ainsworth, Lardeau
Salmo Community Resource Society (SCRS)

Salmo Community Resource Society (SCRS) develops, delivers, and maintains a broad range of services that help individuals and families in the Salmo area deal effectively with personal, social, and poverty-related issues.

The Society’s Vision is

  • To provide a facility that is fully accessible and suited to the needs of participants and staff.
  • To  build on current programs, based on priorities established by service providers and community members in the Salmo area.
  • To work in partnership with the people and organizations in the Salmo area.

 

Contact Information Services & Programs Catchment Area

Website: scrs.ca

Ph: 250-357-2277

Address: 311 Railway Ave., Salmo VOG 1Z0

Community Services, Victim Services, Counselling, Food Bank
Salmo
Trail FAIR Society (TFS)

Trail Family and Individual Resource Centre (Trail F.A.I.R Society) has been offering free, confidential, professional services for members of the community since 1977.  

  • For parents they have childcare referrals and resources, parenting workshops, family counseling, and – for families requiring more intensive support – family and children’s support programs.
  • For parents or other caregivers of pre-school children they have drop-in playgroups.
  • For pregnant women and their partners, they have a pregnancy outreach program.
  • For children they have counseling and groups.
  • For community members experiencing dental pain or infection, they have the Dental Access Fund.
  • For individuals with mental health or addiction concerns, their families and friends they have a Mental Health and Addictions Peer Support and Advocate Program.
  • For anyone who has experienced relationship violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, or stalking they have a Specialized Victim Services program.
  • For women and for children who have experienced or witnessed abuse they have shelter, specialized victim assistance, and counseling programs.
  • For anyone in crisis, needing information, or a non-judgmental person to talk to about a problem, they have a regional 24-hour crisis line.
  • Community Services Directory.

 

Contact Information Services & Programs Catchment Area

Website: trailfair.ca

Ph: 250-364-2326

Address: 2079 Columbia Ave., V1R 1K7

Community Services, Victim Services, Counselling
Trail, Fruitvale, Rossland, Warfield, Nelson, Castlegar

Arrow & Slocan Lakes Community Services

Website: cdcss.ca

Ph: 250-265-3674

Address: 205 6th Ave NW Nakusp V0G 1R0

Boundary Family Services Society

Website: boundaryfamily.org

Ph: 250-442-2267

Address: 1200 Central Ave, Grand Forks V0H 1H0

Castlegar & District Community Services Society

Website: cdcss.ca

Ph: 250-365-2104

Address: 1007 2nd St., Castlegar V1N 1Y4

The Circle of Indigenous Nations

Website: coinations.net

Ph: 250-231-4968

Address: 1005 2nd street, Castlegar, BC V1N 1Y4

Columbia Valley Family Resource Society

Ph: 250- 423-4687

Address: 691 4 Avenue Fernie V0B 1M0

Freedom Quest Regional Youth Services

Website: freedomquestonline.ca

Ph: 250-304-2676

Address: 349 Columbia Ave Castlegar V1N 1G6

Kootenay Career Development Society

Website: kcds.ca

Ph: 250-231-4968

Address: 203, 514 Vernon St., Nelson V1L 4E7

Kootenay Family Place

Website: kootenayfamilyplace.org

Ph: 250-365-8448

Address: 767 –  11th Ave., V1N 1J7

The Kootenay Kids Society

Website:  kootenaykids.ca

Ph: 250-352-6678

Address: 312 Silica St., V1L 4M5

The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute (KATI)

Website: info.kutenaiarttherapy.com

Ph: 250-352-2264

Address: 191 Baker St., Nelson V1L 4H1

Nelson CARES Society

Website: nelsoncares.ca

Ph: 250-352-6011

Address: 521 Vernon St., Nelson V1L 4E9

Nelson Community Services

Website: servicesfyi.ca

Ph: 250-352-3504

Address: 201, 518 Lake St., Nelson V1L 4C6

Nelson Women's Centre/West Kootenay Women’s Association (WKWA)

Website: nelsonwomenscentre.com

Ph:  250-352-9916

Address: 420 Mill St., Nelson V1L 4R9

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society (NKLCSS)

Website: nklcss.org

Ph: 250-353-7691

Address: 336 B Ave, Kaslo V0G 1MO

Salmo Community Resource Society (SCRS)

Website: scrs.ca

Ph: 250-357-2277

Address: 311 Railway Ave., Salmo VOG 1Z0

Trail Family and Individual Resource Centre (Trail F.A.I.R Society)

Website: trailfair.ca

Ph: 250-364-2326

Address: 2079 Columbia Ave., V1R 1K7

Membership Eligibility Criteria

The KBCS Co-operative is a unique values-driven organization; it adheres to the international principles of co-operatives. As a member-driven organization, we work in accordance with these values as they are the foundation of developing and maintaining a respectful and collaborative co-operative that meets the needs of our members.

To be eligible for membership in the KBCSC, an organization must:

  • Be a non-profit community-based social sector society registered in BC at least 18 months prior to application,
  • Be willing to adhere to the rules of the Co-operative,
  • Commit to upholding the values of the Co-operative,
  • Provide information about its structure, financial viability, programs and services,
  • Purchase a share in the Co-operative, and
  • Pay an annual membership fee of $250.00.

A copy of the Membership Application Guidelines can be accessed by emailing info@thekoop.ca.