The Nelson Community Services Centre (NCSC) assists people to define the issues affecting them and to determine their own resolutions in recognition of the fact that all individuals and families at some time experience difficulty in their lives.
Further, the NCSC maintains program flexibility to allow us to respond, in cooperation with government and other organizations, to the changing needs in our community.
Before you go any further, if you believe that you’re at risk of abuse (or even worried that you may be at risk), the NCSC wants you to be aware that every web page you visit is recorded by your web browser.
If this concerns you, please take a moment to learn how to cover your tracks.
If you’re worried that these precautions may still not be enough, please try to visit this site using a PC somewhere safer – like the public library.
Please see What We Do >> Groups for information on the: Bridges Program for Women and the Transitions Program for Men.
We are pleased to announce that Liz Amaral has returned to NCSC as the Parenting Counsellor/Educator.
Please see What We Do and Groups to see Parenting Courses coming up.
Women's Outreach Worker
Ernestine [Ernie] Wood has been hired in this position.
The latest new position at NCSC is that of the Youth Outreach Worker. This has been filled by Kerry Donnelly. This program is in partnership with the Kootenay Lake School District with the intention to begin filling the ever-widening gap between Nelson's at-risk youth and the supports they so absolutely need..
A large portion of Kerry's work will be comprised of roaming around town and connecting with youth. For more information or to make a referral call Kerry at 250-352-9595 ext. 201.
An era is coming to a close with Lena Horswill, Executive Director retiring in July 2013. The Board and staff thank her for 26 years of service to NCSC.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rona Park as the Executive Director of NCSC effective July 22, 2013.
Rona has spent the past 30 years in the non profit social services sector, working both in front-line counsellor/educator positions and in executive management positions. She brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise in the development, implementation and management of children, youth, family, relationship violence, homelessness and housing programming.
Since moving to the West Kootenay in 1994 from Calgary, Rona has worked at Nelson Cares as both its Community Living Program Manager and later as its Executive Director for 3 years. Prior to that she worked as Castlegar & District Community Services Stopping the Violence counsellor and later as its Executive Director for 6 years. Rona's skills, interests and passions lie in ensuring a safe and liveable community as well as easy access to support services for everyone. As a result, Rona places a high priority on quality program service delivery and on community development activities that create positive social change.
For the past two years, Rona has worked for Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) as its Community Liaison for this part of the region. From this experience, Rona brings a broader understanding of community needs, possibilities and opportunities within our region.