Beyond the Book Club
While the line between prosperity and poverty is thin, the gap between understanding and empathy
can quickly widen in Lake Country.
Lake Country, BC is a rapidly growing community that historically has not faced visible drug use and homelessness experienced by neighbouring communities. The recent closure of an LC hotel, which for many years provided unstable and unsafe housing brought new conversations to the community. Some conversations - empathetic. Offers of help came pouring in. And others - some public online comments were negative, inflammatory - creating further stigma for the marginalized people who call LC their home.
In partnership with Community Action Initiative, Interior Health and the District of Lake Country, LCHPS is launching a new community initiative to provide LC residents with the opportunity to explore the realities and unwrap myths of homelessness, mental health and substance use. Peers with lived experience, community workers, advocates and loved ones will share their stories about the impact homelessness and substance use have had on their lives. Participants will be required to attend a three-week series. Weekly sessions will include an impactful share from program guests and facilitated conversation will follow amongst participants.