Kindale moves into Shuswap

The Kindale Developmental Association is opening a thrift shop and expanded programs in Salmon Arm.

An Armstrong organization that helps the developmentally disabled is expanding operations.

The Kindale Developmental Association is opening a thrift shop and expanded programs in Salmon Arm. This will provide opportunities for pre-employment training, retail work experience, meeting space and other activities.

“As the requests for our services have increased in the Shuswap, it makes sense for us to expand our capacity,” said B Elliott, executive director.

Kindale was founded more than 54 years ago by Lydia Boss, a public health nurse and mother of a son, Gary, born with Down syndrome. With the help of the Armstrong Kinsmen Club and many others, a small school was built for nine children with disabilities.

Today, Kindale provides a variety of services for more than 300 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers in communities in the North Okanagan, Columbia and Shuswap.

“Kindale’s services and programming are driven by the needs and dreams of the individuals we serve,” said Sue Phillips, board president.