This year Connect celebrates 35 years of providing counselling services in the Central Okanagan! Spearheaded by the late Frank McNair Connect was incorporated in 1886 and awarded its first contract with the Ministry of Health in 1987. It has undergone many changes over the years. The numbers of programs have grown from the original Child and Youth Counselling contract to include adult counselling, groups for men, women and children, alongside parenting groups, men’s groups, groups for families and seniors in transition, and services for women in intimate partner violence.
From its humble beginning our focus has always been on providing counselling and education, that makes a difference in the lives of individuals and families in the community. Some 35 years later we carry on with this vision together with our community partners. Today Connect has broad-based funding from a variety of provincial governments and support from local foundations.
This year Connect provided 3114 counselling sessions to 541 individuals with an approximate value of $404,820 of free counselling!
Roxie Van Aller, Executive Director (MA, RCC)