By Jessica Bell
If you’re looking for a nice bowl of hot chili on a cold Friday night during the Griz Days celebrations, look no further than the Life Skills chili tent.
The Life Skills Adult Day Program, which runs through the Columbia Basin Family Resource Society, will be offering hot chili and other treats to Griz Days revelers as a part of the group’s fundraising efforts on March 1 outside the Arts Station.
The program, which runs from September until June of each year, provides different skills for everyday living and gives adults with disabilities the opportunity to become more involved in the local community.
This year, the Life Skills program has been actively participating in several activities, volunteering and being a part of the community.
The program takes part in aquafit classes at the Fernie Aquatic Centre and volunteers at seniors’ bingo days at Rocky Mountain Village.
They have also taken on several field trips, including last year’s trip to Fort Steele Heritage Town, visits to the Fernie Police Station, the local Canada Post office, Fernie Alpine Resort, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Isabella Dicken Elementary, the Fernie Museum and the Fernie Fire Hall.
Lieut. Tom Hopkins gave the group a tour at the fire hall and taught the adults to use a real fire hose to put out a “fire” in the parking lot.
The group also recently visited the Fernie Brewing Company for a personal tour, where tour guide Jesse Krienke explained how the brewery process works.
The Life Skills program mission highlights the importance of “personal autonomy, individuality and independence” and strives to give each person who attends the program the opportunity to try new things.
The program would like to thank all of these organizations for giving them great experiences. They would also like to thank Big Bang Bagels, the Free Press and others who have helped in the program’s fundraising efforts both by donating bottles and cans and by helping create community awareness of the program.
The chili tent will be open for business Friday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Life Skills welcome everyone to come out, say hello and enjoy some delicious chili.