October is Community Living Month in B.C. and to celebrate, the Kootenay Society for Community Living (KSCL) put on the Fall Fashion Show on Oct. 20 at the Fireside Inn.
“Community Living month is an opportunity to make people aware about an inclusive community,” said Betsy Goolieff, executive director for KSCL.
“We did this last year and I think it was really successful. It was a really good way for everyone to mix and mingle and have a good time.”
The seasonal fashion show featured local models taking to the stage showing off fashions from stores such as West’s Department Store, J.J.’s Fashions, and Reitman’s.
“It was the second annual fashion show,” said Goolieff.
“It was great. We had a good turnout. I think everyone had a really good time.”
Appearing on stage was KCSL staff and people they support, as well as community members, friends and family members.
“There was a lot of interest,” said Goolieff. “It’s a fun evening for everyone.” The proceeds from the fashion show, which amounted to $350, will be donated to the Community Harvest Food Bank.
CLC supports children and adults with developmental disabilities in the community. “We have everything from our day program called Community Options to after-school programs for kids,” said Goolieff. “Part of the Options program is working out in the community with supported employment. It’s also learning life skills and recreation in the community. We try to be out in the community as much as possible.”
CLC also operates residential homes with five in Castlegar, one in Nelson, and three in Grand Forks.