All programs have a family centered practice as their philosophy; the staff believe that parents know their children best, and should be actively involved in all decisions about their children.
There is no charge for counselling services offered at Community Connections.
The professional counsellors at Community Connections are committed to building constructive and collaborative partnerships with individuals and families seeking support. Our practice is inclusive, client-centered and sensitive to culture, gender and spirituality.
Counselling services provided at Community Connections include individual, family and group. We work with challenges such as:
• Sexual, Physical and Emotional Abuse
• Parent/Child Conflict
The services provided by the professional counsellors at Community Connections are grounded in principles of a collaborative approach to working with individuals, families and groups.
Child and Youth Services
Children and youth are confronted with many social and emotional issues everyday. Some problems are simply part of growing up while others may be the result of troubling or traumatic experiences.
Community Connections offers a range of services to children and youth, including:
Healthy social opportunities are provided to youth with a focus on participation in arts and cultural activities.
Skill Development Programs:
Children and youth are given opportunities to develop skills including:
• Life Skills
• Social Skills
• Independent Living Skills
• Job Preparation Skills
A range of therapeutic services are provided:
• Individual Counselling
• Family Counselling
• Group Counselling
• Adventure Based Learning
Educational and Consultation Services
The professional staff at Community Connections provide educational/consultation services to the community including workshops and seminars addressing a variety of issues/topics such as:
• Women’s/Men’s Health
• Dealing with Separation/Divorce
• Managing Conflict
• Self Defense
• Dating Violence
• Healthy Relationships
Counselling services are supported by the Government of British Columbia through the Ministry of Children and Family Development and Ministry of Community Services as well as contracted Employee Assistance Program Providers.
- Youth Program
The Community Connections Youth Program is designed to provide events and activities for the youth in Revelstoke.
The project aims to provide healthy social opportunities for youth by focusing on participation in arts and cultural activities. This project ensures that all youth have equal access to events through the provision of “free” activities. It also strives to develop the leadership capacities in local youth by including them in all stages of the planning process. Youth will be able to improve their self-confidence and build on their internal assets by being directly involved in determining which events should be held, finding venues for events, participating in the events, and evaluating the events. This program enables youth to expand their repertoire of social and recreational activities while simultaneously increasing the profile of youth in Revelstoke.
For more information on the Youth Program, please contact Sheena Bell at 250-837-2920, ext. 39.
The Mentoring Program offers opportunities for individuals to share experiences and knowledge, set goals and collaborate on experiences together.
Our mentoring programs include:
• One to one mentoring
• Small group mentoring
• Activity based mentoring
• Youth to youth mentoring
• Connecting moms
School Mentoring Program
For more information, please contact Kelly Silzer at 250-837-2920 ext 27
If your child has participated in the school mentoring program, please take the time to fill out the quick survey!
Create your own user feedback survey
The mentoring program would also like to thank our community sponsors:
• Stoke FM
• Sangha Bean Cafe
• Sky Trek Adventure Park
• Balu Yoga Studio
• City of Revelstoke
• Revelstoke Museum and Archives
• Three Valley Gap
• The Modern Bakery
• Revelstoke Okanagan College
• Skookum Cycle & Ski
• Revelstoke Mountain Resort
• Stoke Youth Network
• Revelstoke Arts CouncilBecome A Volunteer MentorMentee Referral and Application
For more information on the Mentoring Program, please contact Kelly Silzer on 250-837-2920, ext. 27.
- Infant and Supported Child Development
The Infant and Supported Child Development Programs support families who are raising young children at risk for a delay or with a developmental delay or disability. This can be any area of development – fine or gross motor, speech, behavior, or social/emotional – or any area that is of concern to the parent. The Infant and Supported Child Development Consultant visits families in their homes and provides ideas to help with the child’s development. Visits can also take place in the preschool or daycare that the child is attending. Extra staff support can be provided to ensure the child can fully participate and be successful in all aspects of preschool or daycare. The program can also lend toys, books and equipment if required. Frequency and length of visits are determined by the parents.
The Consultant supports parents as they learn about their child and can conduct developmental screenings and/or assessments. The Consultant can also arrange for appointments with specialist therapists like a Physical Therapist, an Occupational Therapist and a Speech Language Therapist.
Any parent who has questions about their young child (birth to six years) may contact the Infant and Supported Child Development program.
For more information on the Infant and Supported Child Development Program, please contact Erin MacLachlan and Andree Rioux – Supported Child Development Coordinators.
Family Support Program
The Family Support Program is for children who have developmental difficulties or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Programs are tailored to meet each child’s unique needs and interests. Examples of program activities include participating in a variety of recreational and leisure activities (swimming, bowling, hiking, biking), developing life and social skills and work experience placements.
Respite is available for families whose children have a diagnosis of developmental delay, autism or a physical handicap. Parents may provide their own caregiver or the program can find an appropriate caregiver for families. Children can be cared for in their own home, or the caregiver’s home – this is arranged between the parents and caregivers.
For more information on the Family Support Program, please contact Andree Rioux on 250-837-2920, ext. 36 or Erin MacLachlan on 250-837-2920, ext 37.
Community Connections Family Centre – Childcare
Our Beliefs about Children
We know that children absorb every sight, sound, smell, taste and touch around them. We firmly believe that children learn by interacting with people and environments. Toddlers and preschoolers are capable people and we have designed a childcare space that is based on this belief. Our centre design respects children as active agents in their early learning.
Child-directed learning is based on the idea that children are naturally curious learners who will independently seek out learning opportunities. Therefore, educators working from this belief are tasked with observing children’s interests and designing programs to be offered that might allow the child to expand their learning on something of interest. Our educators support the growth of children in their learning journeys by integrating questions and activities based on consistent observations of the group’s desires and interests.
We invite you to participate in our program: providing feedback and ideas related to the daily schedule and/or program, providing insight into your child’s behaviour and/or development and participating directly in the program.
We recognize that some parents are interested in their child participating in a structured daycare program in preparation for school entry. We have designed a morning program influenced by a traditional daycare program offering opportunities to participate in a learning circle and story time that will gently challenge preschool children preparing for kindergarten.
We will make every effort to accommodate your childcare needs, however we may not always be able to do so. In this circumstance please meet with us so we can look at alternate scheduling.
Full day—$40 (Maximum 8 hours per day—additional charges will apply after 8 hours)
Half day—$25 (Maximum 4 hours per day)
Community Connections Family Centre is open
Monday to Friday
7:30am to 6pm
Please contact us to register your child or with questions.
250-837-2920 ext. 24
- Parents and Community Together (PACT)
PACT is a family support program that is open to any parent in Revelstoke (birth, foster, step or grandparent).
The drop-in group is a relaxed, informal, inclusive place for parents of young children to socialize, share experiences and access resources to support them in the demanding job of raising small children. The facilitators provide information on topics related to family life, demonstrate play and craft activities, lead discussions on parenting and personal issues and make referrals to other services families may need.
Drop-in every Monday and Thursday from 9:30am – 12:30pm at Community Connections Main Office located at 314 Second Street East.
Columbia Park PACT – Drop-in every Friday from 9:30 – 12:00
Summer Day Camp 2017
Summer Day Camp is for children ages 6 – 11
This camp is offered to children including those who need extra support.
Adventurer’s Summer Day Camp runs:
Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Dates for this years camp: July 10th – August 24th
Registration available June 5th. See schedule below
This year’s schedule:
Each week has a different theme
July 10 – 14 Explore Nature ($275): Sky Trek, Tree Planting & learn about Parks Canada
July 17 – 20 Discover Revelstoke ($200): Explore local attractions and parks
July 24 – 28 Wet n’ Wild ($200): Waterslides, slip n’ slide, water fights and more!
August 1 – 4 Outdoor Adventure ($200): Hiking, tie dye, obstacle course and more!
August 7- 10 Wet n’ Wild ($200): Waterslides, slip n’ slide, water fights and more!
August 14 – 18 Mad Scientist ($200): Experiments, demos, and creative engineering
August 21 – 24 Wet n’ Wild ($200): Waterslides, slip n’ slide, water fights and more!
To download a copy of the schedule click here
Registration requires child’s care card and medical information, and payment is by cash or cheque.
Registration is on a first come first served basis and can be done in person at the Community Connections Main Office.
If you have any questions, please contact Community Connections @ 250-837-2920 .