Sorrento-Blind Bay Incorporation Advisory Committee

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) is looking for volunteers interested in joining the Sorrento-Blind Bay Incorporation Advisory Committee.

Expression of Interest forms can be submitted online or obtained from the CSRD office at 555 Harbourfront Drive NE, Salmon Arm. The deadline for submission of these forms is Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

The primary purpose of the Incorporation Study is to provide the electors of Sorrento and Blind Bay with the information and understanding required to make an informed decision on incorporation. The study will conduct a thorough, objective and technical examination of the incorporation option and its implications for residents in the proposed area. It will also contrast the findings with those associated with the proposed "default option" of dividing the existing Electoral Area C into two separate Electoral Areas. 

The CSRD is looking for 10 to 12 citizens interested in the possible incorporation of Sorrento and Blind Bay to join this committee. To join, potential members must fill out an application form available on the CSRD website, www.csrd.bc.ca under the Electoral Area C tab or by clicking this link. The deadline for submission of Expression of Interest forms is Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

Potential committee members should be:

  • Residents of the proposed incorporation area - Sorrento or Blind Bay;
  • Willing to volunteer their time;
  • Representative of various community demographics and interests;
  • Able to consider the issues surrounding incorporation in a fair and balanced manner.

The time commitment for committee members will consist of monthly meetings with the project consultant beginning this fall. Following this, committee members will be involved in the public engagement process, which will involve four community meetings throughout the study area. 

For more detail on the study and the process involved, or to fill out the Expression of Interest form, please go to  www.csrd.bc.ca under the Electoral Area C tab or click this link

Advisory Planning Commissions

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) is looking for volunteers interested in joining their local Advisory Planning Commission (APC).

Expression of Interest forms must be submitted online

APC members work together in making recommendations to the CSRD Board and Staff on planning and land use related matters (community planning, zoning bylaw amendments, Agricultural Land Reserve applications, Development Variance Permits etc.) within the Electoral Area. The APC typically meets once a month, or less, depending on the number of referrals they receive.

Training will be provided and all expenses incurred by members will be reimbursed.

Individuals who best demonstrate the following will be recommended for appointment:

  • an interest and passion for balanced community development;
  • a desire to share knowledge and experience in a range of subjects relevant to planning and development (e.g. housing, agriculture, construction, parks, environment, youth, seniors, business, geography, engineering, education, arts and culture etc.).

Please note that 2/3 of the members of an APC must be residents of the Electoral Area.

Current Opportunities:  
Electoral Area B (Rural Revelstoke/Trout Lake/Galena Bay) APC Apply
Electoral Area D (Silver Creek/Salmon Valley/Falkland/Deep Creek/Ranchero/Gardom Lake) APC Apply
Electoral Area C (Sunnybrae, Tappen, White Lake, Blind Bay, Sorrento, Eagle Bay and Notch Hill) APC Apply
Electoral Area E (Rural Sicamous/Malakwa/Swansea Point/Annis Bay/Anstey Arm) APC Apply
Electoral Area F (Lee Creek, Scotch Creek, Celista, Magna Bay, Anglemont, St. Ives and Seymour Arm) APC Apply

Fire Suppression

Members of each fire department, usually residents of the department's fire suppression area, have a strong knowledge of the area and its residents. Their weekly training sessions ensure the best possible response time, knowledge of the most appropriate techniques for each situation and familiarization with the very specialized equipment required for firefighting and safety. They are members of the community with a will to improve their skills while protecting life and property.

Volunteers are always welcome.

Fire Practice is on Tuesday at 7 PM for most volunteer fire departments. However, Falkland practices on Wednesdays  Silver Creek on Thursday nights. If you are interested in volunteering or simply want more information about your local fire department, please contact your area Fire Chief or the CSRD Fire Services Coordinator.

Contact Us

Fire Services Inquiries/Information
T: 250.833.5950

Shuswap Emergency Program

Want to give back to your community, make a difference topeople affected by disaster, develop new skills and meet new people?

As a volunteer with SEP you will be helping to make the Shuswap and Area safer, stronger and better prepared for any future emergency or disaster situation.

SEP volunteers and associated services assist their communities in many ways. You can meet and greet, care for pets, learn about amateur radio, provide emotional support, run messages and much more. It takes the efforts of many to ensure that, if an emergency occurs, there is someone to respond.

Volunteers are essential and often critical for the success of a community Emergency Program. SEP is always looking for volunteers to assist in various capacities depending on experience and availability.  Contact SEP for further volunteer information.

Contact Us

Cathy Semchuk
Shuswap Emergency Program
T: 250.833.5927