Building Friendships

Building FriendshipsWelcoming all people in to the heart of community life

  • Relationships are important
  • Everyone belongs
  • Diversity builds a strong community
  • Everyone has something to contribute
  • Everyone has choices

Who are we?

Building Friendships, part of the Courtenay Recreational Association, is proud to help further its mission to promote healthy active living, volunteerism, multiculturalism, life-long learning, and well-being for all.

We were established in 1993 by a parent group and the vision of John McKnight for an inclusive community.  We are dedicated to supporting, building, educating and promoting an inclusive welcoming community. 

We believe that a community that is open to the diversity of each its citizens will grow and be stronger.  Through participation and contribution to the community, relationships have the opportunity to grow thus providing a sense of belonging and worth.

What we do

We provide support to members of the community that have a developmental disability, to establish and maintain relationships with others in the community.  Through a process of interviewing and exploring the community we assist each person to find their gifts, interests and capacity for active citizenship.  Through this process, everyone’s social circle will become bigger and stronger; providing a welcoming, inclusive Comox Valley.

Our dynamic team at Building Friendships is skilled and trained in many areas of service to people with developmental disabilities.  They are regular, active Comox Valley community members and take pride both professionally and personally in practicing and promoting inclusion for all.

Come meet us at the Lewis Centre.

Staff: Karen Ellis (program co-ordinator), Michelle Sandiford, Corny Martens

Resourcing and consulting

If you are interested in our program but do not qualify for services under Community Living BC, we can help provide ideas and direction.  Please come and see us at the Lewis Centre.  We always like to meet new people.

How to get involved

If you would like to get involved with Building Friendships, call Community Living BC at 250-334-1370 and ask for a referral to the program; or contact us directly at 250-338-5371 or visit us at Courtenay Recreation Lewis Centre. We will assist you with requesting a referral. 

Our sponsors

Building Friendships is very fortunate to have had the long time support of three critical organizations; we couldn’t do what we do without them and they deserve huge thanks:

  • Courtenay Recreational Association, our host agency                       
  • City of Courtenay -  Recreation, co-host and manager
  • CLBC which provides core funding