You can help shape the way the CBT supports our community

online-cbt-graphicColumbia Basin Trust is asking residents where it should focus its efforts to best support residents and communities in the Columbia Basin now, and into the future.

A statement issued on Friday, September 12, said the Trust is kicking off a year-long public engagement process starting with a series of drop-in community workshops and an interactive engagement website. Called Our Trust, Our Future, this process will discover what’s important to Basin residents and build on the input they may have provided in the past.

CBT representatives will be holding a workshop in Revelstoke on October 30 from 11 am until 2 pm and again later in the day from 4 pm until 8 pm at the Community Centre.

“We’ll be connecting with Basin residents to reflect and celebrate our collective accomplishments over the past 20 years, and also to imagine what the next 20 might look like,” CBT Chairman Greg Deck said in the statement. “In the next three to five years the Trust’s revenues are expected to double. As our delivery of benefits to the region grows, it’s important that residents continue to provide guidance in charting that future.”

The Trust will be reaching out in various ways across the Basin. Expect to find it hosting drop-in community workshops, presenting at community and agency meetings or staffing a booth in a public space. Residents can also send comments by mail or provide their thoughts online. Everyone who participates will have a chance to win $1,000 to donate to the local non-profit of their choice.

“Some residents have already provided input to us in the past—now we want you to expand on those ideas,” said CBT President and CEO Neil Muth. “What’s most important to your community? What should we do more of? What are your ideas? We hope you will be part of this conversation and help us shape how we support your efforts now, and into the future.”

For more information about the process and to have your say in person or online, visit

Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, visit or call 1-800-505-8998.

Please click here to read a backgrounder with more information.


CommunityDateLocation Time
BurtonOctober 14Burton Community Hall4-8pm
CastlegarDecember 3Castlegar & District Community Complex11-2pm and 4-8pm
CranbrookJanuary 20Cranbrook Railway Museum11-2pm and 4-8pm
CrestonDecember 1Creston & District Community Complex11-2pm and 4-8pm
EdgewoodOctober 16Legion Hall4-8pm
GoldenSeptember 18Seniors Centre11-2pm and 4-8pm
InvermereJanuary 21Lions Hall11-2pm and 4-8pm
JaffrayDecember 3Jaffray Community Hall11-2pm and 4-8pm
KasloOctober 29Legion Hall11-2pm and 4-8pm
Meadow CreekOctober 30Lardeau Valley Community Club4-8pm
NakuspOctober 15Nakusp Community Centre11-2pm and 4-8pm
NelsonOctober 15Nelson Rod and Gun Club11-2pm and 4-8pm
RevelstokeOctober 30Revelstoke Community Centre11-2pm and 4-8pm
SparwoodNovember 26Sparwood Recreation Complex11-2pm and 4-8pm
TrailNovember 26Cominco Arena Gymnasium11-2pm and 4-8pm
ValemountSeptember 24Valemount Community Hall11-2pm and 4-8pm