Community Living Month celebrated with a barbecue

Community Living Month will be celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 15 with a community barbecue and entertainment in Spirit Square.

Community Living Month will be celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 15 with a community barbecue and entertainment in Spirit Square, from noon until 2 p.m.

“It’s open to all,” said Sue Means, residential co-ordinator for the Association of Community Living in WIlliams Lake.

“Williams Lake is great and we want to show our appreciation,” Means says.

Means also hopes the day will help raise awareness because she’s been told repeatedly by people they didn’t know ACL existed.

As residential co-ordinator Means runs a group home for two wheelchair-bound people.

“We also try to recruit community members who will share their homes and invite someone to join their family on a permanent basis,” Means said.

The pay is little, in comparison to some of the work required, she admitted, but said Williams Lake has been awesome with helping people who need help.

There is a regime people have to go through in order to take someone into their home.

It involves an interview and if needed then there is training.

At around 1 p.m. the Blue Notes, a local chime choir will perform.

“We have three individuals who come in every Tuesday to the Opportunity Centre for Community Living and practice with them,” Means said. “They are really looking forward to performing.”