Community Options

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If you are a parent or grandparent of a child with a disability, or a friend, relative, or another community member who is interested in helping us provide support to our families, we welcome your involvement.

Volunteer help is appreciated with Family Support activities such as SibKids, SibTeens, Parent Groups, and Family Dinners.

Our mission is to provide person-centred quality support and services and information to people with disabilities, their families and the community.

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Join Our Board

Community Options for Children and Families is a unique organization that operates by consensus with Board and Staff interacting to complement and support one another and sharing the ideals and responsibilities of the organization. Our Board is committed to growth, while ensuring all members have a deep personal connection and a sense of caring about people with disabilities and their families. We specifically want members with experience in grant application writing, fundraising, financial management or public relations. A Community Options for Children and Families (COCF) Board member requires skill, diplomacy and flexibility to effectively perform his/her role and must believe in and support the mission and values of the organization.

Accountable to the members of COCF, the Board of Directors is responsible for the fiscal and moral integrity, stability, direction and growth of the organization. Board members and the staff team create policies, develop strategies and maintain organizational standards. 

Board Member Duties

The duties of a Board Member include: attending and participating at Board and Committee meetings; ensuring effective planning, resources and sustainability; developing policies (when necessary); hiring and interviewing staff as needed; providing direction to and evaluation of the Executive Director; and representing the organization within the broader community.

If you are interested in serving as a Board Member for Community Options, or would like additional information, please contact our Executive Director, Linden Collette, at 250-380-6363 (ext. 205) or

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Caregivers are the heart of our respite programs for children and adults! We are often looking for people who are interested in becoming respite caregivers, who have experience in supporting individuals with disabilities. This is a contract position and scheduling is flexible to accommodate the caregiver’s availability. Community Options respite programs offer valuable experience to those with an interest in  social and community supports for people with disabilities. Caregivers help to build community and develop confidence in the individuals they serve, while providing much-needed breaks to their parents and guardians. If you are interested in a contract position as either a Respite Caregiver, a Community Inclusion Worker or Home Share Provider, please see the information below:
Respite Caregiver

We are often looking for people who are interested in becoming respite caregivers.

Caregiver applications
The application process includes:

  • completing a full application form
  • having an interview with a Program Coordinator
  • providing three references (including one personal and two work or volunteer experiences)
  • obtaining a criminal record check
  • obtaining a medical record check
  • having, or be willing to get, a First Aid and CPR Certificate

There may be extra steps in the application process for people wanting to work in the Children’s Respite Program.

The safety and wellbeing of the person in respite care is paramount. Therefore potential caregivers are screened very thoroughly. Once the application and screening process is complete, the application is presented to the Screening Committee, who determines the final approval.

Get In Touch
If you are interested in becoming a respite caregiver, please call our office at 250-380-6363. You will be connected with either a child or adult coordinator who will get some basic information about you and answer any questions you may have. 

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