Applications Being Taken for New Accessibility Advisory Committee
Applications are now being taken for the newly-established East Kootenay Accessibility Advisory
“As part of the new Accessible British Columbia Act local governments are required to establish
an accessibility committee, develop an accessibility plan, and create an ongoing way for the public
to provide feedback regarding accessibility,” explains RDEK Community Services Coordinator
Sandra Haley, who is leading the project on behalf of the participating local governments. In
addition to the RDEK, the participating municipalities include the City of Cranbrook, the Village of
Canal Flats and the District of Invermere.
The Advisory Committee will help the RDEK and member municipalities identify and address
accessibility barriers. Input from the Committee will guide the participating local governments in
creating an accessibility plan that considers principles like adaptability, diversity, collaboration,
self-determination, and universal design.
“By joining the Committee, you will have the opportunity to share your perspective and assist in
building local communities that are accessible to everyone. As a member of the Advisory
Committee, your insights will support the Board of Directors and Municipal Councils to make
decisions about policies, programs, and infrastructure that consider the needs of individuals with
disabilities and will foster equality and inclusivity within the communities,” adds Haley.
Applications can be filled out at engage.rdek.bc.ca/accessibility or picked up at the Columbia
Valley or Cranbrook RDEK offices. The deadline to submit applications is August 28, 2023.
For more information on the East Kootenay Accessibility Committee, or to access the online