Lardeau Beach use needs Area D input/vote

The Regional District of Central Kootenay acquired waterfront beach in the small community of Lardeau under a License of Occupation (LOO) about 9 years ago. The original request from the Lardeau Yacht Club was for the purpose of building a wharf. This acquisition and management of the land falls under the shared Kaslo and Area D Recreation Service.

Upon election in 2014, both Mayor Hewat and myself received numerous inquires into the state of the land and dispute over how best it should be created into park and managed. We initiated two consultation processes that rendered few results for the population base that would be paying- all of Kaslo and Area D. As well, what was received as input conflicted with the original purpose of building a wharf.

Many indicated that they would like it left as is and returned to the province. However, as crown land can be applied for as tenure, there would be no community input, control nor ownership should we return it to the crown.
We determined that we go back to the drawing board, again, as this is high value land that should be protected for park and green space. But – as the residents it belongs too- what do you want to see here?
– wharf?
– green space?
– picnic/beach area?

The last consultation was via mail and did not render a robust response let alone one that provided clear guidance to Mayor Hewat and I.

The results of this survey will be tabulated late December and brought back to community meetings spring 2019 as draft plans.

Trying again, here is the link the first of many opportunities for community input on what the RDCK should focus on in the creation and management of Lardeau Park. Email, share with anyone who is an Area D or Kaslo resident.…

Sad news, funding cuts to the Family Centres


Bear Hug

Hi everyone,

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society has received some very disappointing news about one of our major funding sources for Family Centre programs. The Provincial government has cut our most significant source of funding that supports the Kaslo and Meadow Creek Family Centre programs and their staff.

This cut to funding will mean:
* Cancellation of the Tuesday evening Strong Start dinner program in Kaslo
* Loss of the second facilitator who works in the Strong Start Parent and Child Time program 3 sessions/week. We will need to operate with only one staff member present which will decrease the quality of the program and services we are able to offer to families
* The Mothercare Pregnancy program will be reduced to only being offered twice per month without lunch provided.
* Loss of gas vouchers to attend Family Centre programs and Emergency Food vouchers for families who live with a low income
* Cancellation of the Annual Kaslo Children’s Fair
* Loss of staff coordination hours and wages which will result in fewer services being offered to families
* Termination of monthly visits from community and regional Service Providers during the Strong Start Parent and Child Time program (for example having the Public Health Nurse, Speech and Language Pathologist, Counsellors, Advocacy Centre, etc. come to connect with families during the program).

NKLCSS will be writing a letter to express our concern about this cut to funding and the various ways it will impact services and supports for families living in our rural and remote communities. We invite you to write letters to express your concerns regarding the loss of funding to these valuable programs and services to submit along with our letter.

Your letter could be addressed to the following:
Michelle Mungall, MLA Nelson-Creston
Rob Wicharuk, Director of Operations, MCFD
Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development
John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia

Our hope is to submit our letter along with any letters you would like to include as a package in hopes of making the most impact. If you feel inspired to make a contribution, please submit your letter to me in person at the North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society office (336 B Ave) or by email to ( by Tuesday, December 4^th.

Thank you for your support,

Sarah Evans, BA, RT
Early Years Coordinator
Youth Art and Culture Program Coordinator

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Parent/child art making workshop at Jewett Family Centre

A parent workshop in Meadow Creek

** “Using Art with Young Children”
“Using Art with Young Children”: A workshop for parents with Suzan Clancy, art therapist.  Explore:
* Simple ways to enjoy art together and strengthen your bond
* How making art can lead to emotional regulation
* Using creativity to support brain development
* How to choose activities for specific needs (both parents’ and child’s)
* Making the most of your recycled materials-art doesn’t need to be expensive!

This will be a workshop for the adults with some hands-on art making and lots of information, activity ideas and discussion.
Thursday, December 13th.  9:30-11:30.  Meadow Creek Family Centre (in Jewett school)

Childcare provided.  Registration required.  Register at Strong Start or contact Barb Cyr at 250-353-7691 or .  Offered by North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society and proudly supported by Columbia Basin Trust.
Please provide the following information when you register: your name, phone number, names and ages of any children you will be bringing and a list of food allergies.

Lardeau Regional Park Management Plan


Lardeau Regional Park Management Plan – Community Survey

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) needs your input in the preparation of a Park Management Plan for the Lardeau Regional Park. Regional parks are public recreation assets that are significant not only to their immediate communities but the entire Kootenay region and beyond. The Lardeau Regional Park is owned by the Province of BC and is currently operated by the RDCK through a License of Occupation (LoO); an arrangement that commits the RDCK to provide appropriate facilities that encourage responsible use, protect natural resources and reflect the character of the community. The RDCK has committed to continuing public engagement to inform a park management plan that provides strategic direction for how the park is managed in the long term.