Month: January, 2012

BCSS Victoria Welcomes University of Victoria Nursing Students

Michelle Dowling and Ineke Rhebergen, in their third year of the nursing program at the University of Victoria, will be gaining some valuable experience at BCSS Victoria during the next few months. They will also be making valuable contributions. The students will be co-facilitating Strengthening Families Together with first time co-facilitator, Peer Support Worker, Kim Ferko.  Ineke and Michelle will also be assisting with two February fundraisers, the Jazz at Cafe Berlin event and the Bungy Jump.  Michelle is planning to work with Jessie Leung-Cottrell on the upcoming offering of Free To Be Me (formerly Kids in Control).  Both students are planning to do some job shadowing at BCSS Victoria and with community agencies.  Welcome Ineke and Michelle!

BCSS Victoria to Assist in Saanich Police Training

The report of the Braidwood Inquiry, which looked into the death of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver Airport in October 2007, has recommended that all police members in the province receive training to better respond to people in mental health crises.   BCSS Victoria has been asked to assist by providing speakers with lived experience of mental illness and family members to present at 10 sessions over the next several months.  The training, done through our Partnership Presentation Program, provides an exciting opportunity to improve the community response to people with mental illness.

Jessie Leung-Cottrell hired as Child & Youth Program Coordinator

Jessie Leung-Cottrell came to  BCSS Victoria in 2011 as a student of the Child and Youth Program at the University of Victoria.  As part of her experience here she co-facilitated the Kids in Control Group.  In January 2012 she joined our staff as our first Child and Youth Program Coordinator.  This February she will be facilitating the  Free to Be Me group (formerly Kids in Control).  Welcome Jessie!

Celebrating the Season: Annual BCSS Victoria Christmas Dinner a Success

The 27th Annual BCSS Victoria Christmas Dinner and Dance, held on Saturday, December 3rd was a memorable evening.  A record number of guests feasted on roast turkey, succulent ham and all the trimmings.  The buffet table was flanked by glistening ice sculptures, one of a swan and the other of an orca.  Heartfelt thanks go out to a crack team of volunteers from  DND who planned, prepared and served the dinner.  A corps of dedicated BCSS Victoria volunteers assisted with every aspect of the evening.  Honorary Board Member Bill Buckle was the master of ceremonies for the evening.  Even Santa Claus (Kees Bastien) dropped in for a visit.  Entertainment was provided by Friends of Music.  Following dinner, those not too stuffed to move danced.

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