Lower Similkameen Community Services Society

About Us

The Lower Similkameen Community Services Society was established in 1975. This non-profit society and registered charity serves Keremeos and the surrounding areas of Olalla, Cawston and Hedley.

The Society is directed by a volunteer Board of Directors whose duties are to set policies and procedures for the Society and its Programs, and to see to the overall workings of the Society. The Board of Directors has the ultimate responsibility for the Society.

The Board of Directors is elected by the membership at the Society’s Annual General Meeting, which is held in June each year.

The Board is always open to suggestions from the community on service expansion, or new services that would enhance the quality of life for our citizens. All of our services are operated on a non-profit basis, and your ideas on how to offer new services in an efficient and economical way are welcome. Many of the services and events we sponsor are provided to the community through volunteer efforts. We hope that you will contact us today to find out how you can volunteer to help make our community a better place to live.

At LSCSS, we acknowledge our presence and service to the communities on the ancestral, traditional and unceded land of the Similamix (Upper Similkameen Indian Band) and Smelqmix (Lower Similkameen Indian Band) people. We recognize, honor, and respect the tm̓xʷúlaʔxʷ (land) upon which we live, learn, play and work. We acknowledge past and current inequities experienced by Indigenous Peoples and are committed to creating safer cultural environments for all Indigenous, Inuit and Metis Peoples.  

Our people are valued assets of our society and we celebrate differences where each employee, volunteer and board member are treated fairly and respected for those differences; and where every team member has an equal opportunity to contribute to the success of our organization and reach their full potential.

 The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees, volunteers and board members invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our community partnerships and overall achievement as a society. We leverage our commitment to our community partnerships by championing a more diverse and inclusive society that provides a fulfilling place to work where we focus on building engagement with our visitors, tenants and clients.

Our Mission

Lower Similkameen Community Services Society (LSCSS) is committed to provide, facilitate and promote excellent programs that enhance quality of life by improving the social conditions, housing, health and education of our citizens.

Our Vision

We carry out our mission by offering client-centered services and programs that embrace the following values:

  • Independence

  • High quality of care

  • Promoting good physical and mental health

  • Safe and healthy community

  • Building community ties

  • Creativity

  • Enabling Canadian standards of living

2022-2025 Strategic Plan

2022-2023 Annual Report

2022-2023 Audited Financials