Family, Community & Civic Organizations
The Association des francophones des Kootenays Ouest promotes French language and culture throughout the West Kootenay region.
Everyone is welcome to visit the community centre to learn about their numerous services and activities. Au plaisir!
The Balfour Recreation Commission operates and maintains community use facilities in the Balfour area. The BRC aims to promote healthy living and community spirit while building a network of community resources as a base for future events and community development.
The Balfour Recreation Commission presently provides the following facilities:
Golf Course – http://www.golfbalfour.com
Tennis Courts – by membership or day use
Sportsfield – hourly & daily rental availability
Gazebo & BBQ – hourly & daily rental availability
Fitness Centre – 3, 6 & 12 month meberships
Boat Ramp – free for use. No moorage available
Community Hall – hourly & daily rental availability
If you wish to join a club or use one of these facilities please contact Balfour Golf & recreation at 250-229-5655 for further information.
Our mission is to protect ecosystems and communities by preventing and reducing the harmful impacts of invasive species. An invasive species is a species that is not native to a specific location, and that has a tendency to spread to a degree that causes damage to the environment, human economy or human health.
The Chamber of Mines of Eastern British Columbia is a not-for-profit organization providing authentic, reliable information to the general public and the mining industry. Our members include everyone from individual prospectors to large mining and engineering companies.
We advocate for the mining industry, especially for prospectors and explorationists, as well as serving as an information and resource library with an extensive collection of geological information, maps, as well as rock and mineral specimens. We host elementary to high school classes as well as providing prospecting and other courses. Our graduates have had great success and are responsible for bringing millions of dollars worth of investments to the Kootenay-Boundary region.
We are a community of inspired clear minded individuals creating a relational centered, sustainable lifestyle that we have found naturally catalyzes the evolution of human consciousness. From our earthy off-grid farm setting in the Selkirk Mountains we supply the West Kootenays & Okanagan with organic Microgreens. We grow year round in our annualized geo solar greenhouse that is predominantly heated and powered by the sun.
The Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) administers and manages arts and culture granting programs on behalf of the Columbia Basin Trust.
Here you will find information on the annual arts and culture funding programs, contacts for local arts councils in the Columbia Basin, lists of arts, culture and heritage projects that have been funded by the Trust through the CKCA, arts links to funders and arts, culture and heritage resources, and an on-line art gallery showcasing the work of Basin artists.
“The Community First Health Co-op operates the Nelson and Area Wellness and Education Centre with volunteers and a volunteer Board of Directors. This Centre houses providers supplying acupuncture and natural health, Chinese medicine, chronic disease support, community services, counseling, educational programs, housing outreach, kinesiology, massage, pre- and post-natal maternity support, pain and addictions management, seniors’ support, social work, and street outreach, together with physician, psychologist, and chiropractic practices.
– lease/rental space available for health/wellness professions and education/community services groups.
– secure inside storage rooms for rent to the public accessible 24/7: email@example.com
– meeting room for rent to the public (20 people, large table, internet) and an open presentation/meeting room to showcase your product available seven days/nights of the week on a per session basis – Madeline 778-919-5946 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to providing rental space for health/wellness related professions, trained health-care volunteers give free support and education for various chronic issues and seniors care such as ALS, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Brain Injury, Cancer, Friends of Family, Heart and Stroke, Hospice, Kidney, Kidsport, Lung, MS, Nelson Elders, Overeaters Anonymous, Parkinson’s Seniors, and TOPS.(Take Off Pounds Sensibly).”
Community Futures Central Kootenay is a not-for-profit community economic development organization. We are committed to helping people in the Central Kootenay region who are either operating or are planning to start their own business.
Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society (FOKLSS) is an inclusive, stewardship organization dedicated to sustaining a healthy Kootenay Lake for future generations. Our mission is to improve the health and stewardship of Kootenay Lake through monitoring, habitat restoration, capacity building, and the empowerment of local communities, First Nations, and stakeholders.
|The Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST), established in 1998, is a critical economic driver and innovator in southern BC’s Kootenay region. Our mission is to foster inclusive economic opportunities and job creation through science, technology and innovation.|
Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation is governed by a group of dedicated volunteers whose purpose is to raise funds for the medical needs of our community hospital. The Board of Directors consists of 12 directors who each serve a 3-year term.
Our directors bring to the Board a variety of backgrounds offering their unique skills and talents to ensure the Foundation’s success.
The Foundation Board is a working Board elected by its members. Directors and members serve on various committees such as the Events Committee, Golf Committee, Community Relations Committee, or the Finance Committee.
All directors and members contribute their time and effort without any payment or benefit other than the satisfaction of contributing to the community.
The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute (KATI) is dedicated to the belief that the creative process is healing and life enhancing and that the use of the expressive arts can contribute therapeutically to both individual and community health.
KATI offers a two-year diploma program in art therapy.
Students can take the program in one of two formats: on-campus or blended distance. The curriculum uses a relational model which emphasizes the therapeutic needs of rural communities, the importance of Indigenous approaches to art therapy and research, and the value of maintaining a sense of connection with the natural world.
KATI offers a host of art therapy services throughout the Kootenays through student clinical placements, the local school districts, and partnerships with local service agencies.
Make A Change Canada was established in 2005 as a national nonprofit and charitable organization that provides employment and skills training to Canadians who face challenges in finding or maintaining employment in today’s labour market. We are accredited (since 2015) through the Imagine Canada Standards Program, one of just over 200 charitable organizations in Canada to have achieved this important standing. Make A Change Canada is exempted from certification under the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, and is a certified educational institution under Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). This means we are authorized to provide students with T2202A certificates to claim a tuition tax credit. Make A Change Canada has assisted hundreds of individuals in the local community to attain the skills they need to move on to meaningful careers and increased earnings. The net benefit extends to our clients’ families, to local businesses requiring employees with essential technology skills, and to the local economy. Help us celebrate our upcoming 15-year anniversary when we host the Montreal Canadiens Alumni in a charity fundraising game this January 23, 2020. We’ll be celebrating “The Canadian Way of Life!”
|Nelson CARES Society sponsors a wide variety of community programs and services including the Advocacy Centre; Earth Matters; Services for Community Living – supported housing and career development; Ward Street Place and Stepping Stones for Success emergency shelter. Nelson CARES Society may be Nelson\’s most diverse non profit organization. We\’ve been a long term catalyst (since 1974) for initiating community services and resources that respond to emerging needs. Not only has our 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 our project and program work for the Community – some very visible and some simply ongoing and quietly invisible.|
A compassionate and empowered community where families, youth and individuals receive the supports and services they need to live dignified, resilient and hopeful lives.
To support the well-being of families, youth, and individuals in our community by providing counselling, housing, support, and outreach services.
OUR SERVICE PHILOSOPHY
Nelson Community Services believes that all families, youth, and individuals, 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.
The club has been an active participant in the pursuit of its goal with involvement in projects such as:
- enhancement Projects for Fish and Wildlife;
- securing Habitat for Fish and Wildlife;
- educational workshops and programs for youth and new participants in Wildlife and Outdoor related activities;
- feeding Wildlife programs as required;
- donations to several like minded organizations.
The club facilities are available to other community groups and organizations, however the primary purpose is to provide a base in the community in which to achieve the afore-mentioned goals.
Nelson Rod & Gun Club was organized on the 22nd day of August 1918.
This club is organized for the promotion of good fellowship among the sportsmen in the Nelson district and to:
- promote conservation of the wildlife, scenic and outdoor recreational resources of British Columbia, the land and water base on which they depend;
- promote the retention and maintenance of the highest possible quality of environment for all to benefit;
- foster a code of ethical and safe conduct among all people using the outdoors;
- actively co-operate with other organizations in the proper management of natural resources;
- assist in the maintenance and conservation of habitat for fish and wildlife;
- assist and promote youth and related organizations in all the afore-mentioned pursuits.
Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism is a Destination Marketing Organization in British Columbia that represents all the communities along the shores of Kootenay Lake: Nelson to Meadow Creek, and Kootenay Bay to Wynndel. The region is quaint, quirky and sophisticated and hosts things to do all year-round. Photos by RPM Photography
Located in the restored CP Station in the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce.
We strive to provide visitors and locals with a variety of information and maps of our local area, West Kootenay Region.
One stop, provides: maps, local knowledge, brochures and guides and a great atmosphere. WiFi, coffee shop and parking for visitors.
The place to go to find out about everything in the West Kootenay region and beyond. Travelling to the area? Need a place to stay? Want ideas on what to do in the area?
The Royal Canadian Legion operates a lounge with dart boards, pool tables, crib. We have a Liquor Primary Licence. We hold a meat draws and 50/50 draw every Saturday at 3 pm with lots of great prizes. All proceeds go to local charities. The lounge is also available for event bookings after 7 pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm, with a full service bar/bartender and a capacity of 100 people. Please contact us for details. We are always happy to have new members and volunteers.
The bright & beautiful, newly-renovated Taghum Hall is located along the shores of the Kootenay River, 10 kilometres west of Nelson. It is operated by an independent, community-based society of members and volunteers. The hall offers vibrant & varied community programs of special events and ongoing activities, which are continually updated on the website taghumhall.ca. Come join the fun!
Taghum Hall is affordably available for rent for public or private functions, has a capacity for 174 people, and is wheelchair accessible. The hall proper includes a proscenium stage with adjustable lighting, and a 30’ x 70’ multi-functional open hall for any banquets and festivities. A fully-equipped kitchen can serve large numbers. There is ample parking, and space for both indoor and outdoor functions. A stunning wrap-around deck takes full advantage of the Kootenay River & mountain views.
“West Kootenay EcoSociety is a non-profit, community-driven organization, that works to bring together local residents to protect the natural environment while building just, equitable, healthy, and livable communities in the West Kootenay region. The three main pillars of our work are: taking action to reduce the crisis of climate change, promoting sustainable local food systems, and preserving wild places, ecosystems, air and water for future generations. If you’re looking to get involved in the community, EcoSociety’s a great place to learn about local issues and how make a tangible, positive impact in your community.”