The Mission of Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society is to support individuals and families in our community by providing and advocating for accessible, responsive social services.
In providing our services we value:
- Human Dignity
- Connection to Community
- Individuals & Families
By 2022, Community Connections will continue to be recognized by our community, the region and the province as a leader for the provision of quality, responsive and socially just social services
Sheena Bell, MSW, RSW
Board of Directors
Aimee Schalles –Chairperson: Lawyer, Mackenzie Peak Law Group
Michelle Gabriele – Vice Chair/Board Member: Owner, Revelstoke Powder Rentals
Robert Lamont –Board Member: Business Owner
Donnelle Lang – Board Member: Chartered Professional Accountant, DL and Co.
Gillian MacLachlan –Board Member: Retired, Community Member
Peter Dixon – Board Member: Business Owner
Community Connections receives funding and community support from various individuals, businesses and agencies, including but not limited to, the following:
BC Association of Farmer’s Markets
BC Gaming Grants
Canadian Pacific Railway
City of Revelstoke
Columbia Basin Trust
Community Living British Columbia
Food Banks BC
Food Banks Canada
Ministry for Children and Family Development
Public Safety & Solicitor General
Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation
Revelstoke Community Foundation
Revelstoke Credit Union
Revelstoke Early Childhood Development Committee
Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary Society
Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #46
School District #19 (Revelstoke)
Whitevalley Community Resource Centre
Downie Timber and Selkirk Cedar
Take to Heart Sawmill
Revelstoke Baptist Church
Real Estate Foundation of BC
Community Food Centres Canada
Numerous community and corporate grants, and private donations from community members
Community Connections staff also sit as members on various steering and community planning committees
Original 3 Year Accreditation – September 2007
Resurvey – 3 Year Accreditation – March 2011
Resurvey – 3 Year Accreditation – November 2014
Resurvey – 3 Year Accreditation – November 2017
Excerpt from a letter from Brian J. Boon, Ph.D. – President/CEO CARF:
“…It is my pleasure to inform you that Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society has been accredited by CARF for a period of three years for the following services and programs:
Community Services: Child and Youth Services
Community Services: Community Housing
Community Services: Community Integration
Community Services: Community Integration (Children and Adolescents)
Outpatient Treatment: Family Services (Adults)
Outpatient Treatment: Family Services (Children and Adolescents)
This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served. Services, personnel and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of practice excellence.
Your organization should take pride in achieving this high level of accreditation. CARF will recognize this accomplishment in its listing of organizations with accreditation, and we encourage you to make this accomplishment known throughout your community…”
Community Connections and the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
The Province of British Columbia’s Ministry for Children and Family Development mandated that all non-profit organizations receiving funding from their Ministry for $500,000.00 or more achieve an accreditation from a recognized body in order to maintain their contractual relationship with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The accreditation bodies were identified as COA and CARF. Community Connections chose to employ the CARF accreditation process.
Founded in 1966, CARF is an international non-profit organization that promotes high standards of quality in rehabilitation services. CARF uses specific standards to determine how well an organization is serving its clients.
The mission of CARF is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served.
Through responsiveness to a dynamic and diverse environment, CARF serves as a catalyst for improving the quality of life of the persons served by CARF-accredited organizations and the programs and services they provide.
CARF believes in the following core values:
All people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect
All people should have access to needed services that achieve optimal outcomes
All people should be empowered to exercise informed choice
In addition, CARF is committed to:
The continuous improvement of both organizational management and service delivery
Diversity and cultural competence in all CARF activities and associations
Enhancing the involvement of persons served in all of CARF’s activities
Having persons served be active participants in the development and application of standards for accreditation
Enhancing the meaning, value, and relevance of accreditation to the persons served
The CARF standards have evolved and been refined over 40 years with the active support and involvement of providers, consumers, and purchasers of services. The standards are maintained as “international consensus standards” rather than being derived from a research base. CARF recognizes and accepts its responsibility to assess and review the continuing applicability and relevance of its standards. CARF convenes its International Advisory Council; advisory committees; and regional, national, and international focus groups to systematically review and revise CARF’s standards and develop standards for new accreditation opportunities.
Community Connections are committed to continuing their accreditation with CARF and received another 3 years in March 2021 which will extend through to March 2023.