250 352 3504


WOMEN INC: Trauma Informed Pre-employment Program for Women – February 2019


Dates and Times:

Fri. Feb 8 9-12pm  (half day)
Fri. Feb 15 9-12pm   (half day)
Fri. Feb 22 9-12pm   (half day)
Fri. Mar 1 9-2pm   (includes lunch)
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NCS renews its Accreditation with COA

Nelson Community Services has successfully renewed its accreditation with COA — Council on Accreditation.
We are committed to this accreditation process as it vouches for our professional and qualified services,  programs, and administration of Nelson Community Services Society.
About COA
The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization.  Founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service America (now the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities), our mission is to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying and promoting accreditation standards. We envision excellence in the delivery of human services globally, resulting in the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
COA accredits the full continuum of child welfare, behavioural health, and community-based social services. We currently accredit more than 2,200 organizations and programs serving more than 7 million individuals and families.
The Standards for Canadian Organizations were developed in support of enhanced organizational growth and stability, an unwavering commitment to the health, safety, and rights of clients, and producing high quality, measurable results.
Because the Canadian Organization Accreditation process involves the review and accreditation of the entire organization, the standards focus on both its administrative operations and all of its service delivery practices for which COA has an applicable standard.
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Children and youth, three to 18 years of age, who have witnessed or experienced violence, who are coping with major life changes or loss including parental separation and divorce, or who have experienced sexual abuse or may be acting out in a sexualized manner are able to receive counselling and support from this program.

Families or youth can request service directly.
Referrals can also come from:
•   Schools,
•   daycares,
•   social workers,
•   police,
•   advocates,
•   mental health clinicians,
•   Victim Assistance workers,
•   transition house staff,
•   parent educators and
•   family support workers.



In an effort to help children and youth make sense of their experience and feel as safe as possible, we offer a variety of expressive therapies including art therapy, play therapy and sand tray therapy as well as narrative and cognitive behavioural approaches.

We often work closely with NCS’ Parenting Support Program to assist parents in most effectively supporting children through difficult times and through the healing process.  We offer individual counselling as well as group counselling, including weekly groups in elementary and middle schools as a form of early intervention for children identified as potentially at-risk.


This program is funded by the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General’s PEACE (Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment)  Program for children who have witnessed or experienced violence, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Sexual Abuse Intervention Program for children who have experienced sexual abuse or may be acting out in a sexualized manner.

Program Staff:

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Stopping the Violence  (STV) Women’s Counselling Program

The STV Women’s Counseling Program offers individual and group counselling for self-identified women, aged 19 and older, who have experienced relationship abuse, sexual assault, and/or physical, sexual, or emotional abuse at any age. We work from a feminist perspective using a trauma-informed approach to supporting women. The program aims to offer a safe space for women to address issues that have arisen from their experiences and focuses on empowering women to make decisions that feel right for them. This can include naming the type of abuse experienced, exploring and identifying coping strategies, strengths, and increasing a sense of safety in their lives. Women are welcome to self-refer by connecting with Nelson Community Services.
This program is funded by the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General.


  • Jessica Cole

    Jessica has been with NCS since 2017. BA (English), BA (Psychology), MA (Counselling Psychology) in progress.

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WOMEN INC — A four-part series                  DOORWAYS  — A four-part series

Many women and men in our community struggle to gain employment and/or meaningful community involvement due to their experiences of past trauma and other circumstances that have left them on the margins of today’s labour market. Through group-based personal development activities, individual reflection, career assessments, and community presenters, participants in these Pre-Employment group programs identify strengths, build self-confidence, develop job-ready skills, and acquire the necessary techniques for an effective job search in the 21st century.
These programs are funded and co-delivered by Kootenay Career Development Society (KCDS) who receives its mandate from the Province’s Employment Program of BC. As such, the eligibility criteria for these programs include women and men who have experienced multiple barriers to employment, identify as Aboriginal, live with disabilities, have immigrated to Canada, are eligible for the Single Parent Employment Initiative (SPEI), or who are survivors of violence and trauma.
The Women INC
This is an exciting and unique Pre-Employment Program for Women offering a blend of both personal and career development components. Sessions are designed to identify undiscovered strengths, examine and reduce barriers to employment and develop career-related skills.
Open to all women who are experiencing barriers to employment including those who are survivors of violence and abuse, identify as Indigenous, live with disabilities, or have immigrated to Canada. Childcare support and transportation subsidies are available.


The Doorways: Trauma-Informed Pre-Employment Program for Men
           This is a pre-employment group program for men offering a blend of employment and personal development components (formerly called Transitions for Men) designed to build self-confidence, identify strengths, and develop job/community engagement skills.
Eligibility Criteria: Open to all self-identified men who are experiencing barriers to employment including lived trauma, violence, or abuse that limits capacity to participate in community and employment. For men interested in exploring their recovery, personal growth and life/career planning. Childcare support & transportation subsidies available.
For inquiries about group start dates, please call either:
Nelson Community Services  at 250 352 3504 or
KCDS at 250 352 6200.




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Child and Youth Community Mental Health Program


When children and youth are experiencing severe mental, emotional and behavioural problems, both the child/youth and the parents/caregivers need support to help understand and manage their experiences. We provide a safe, supported environment for children and youth to explore their feelings, behaviours, values and beliefs. Children and youth participate in and are actively involved in setting their own goals for treatment. Support is also provided to parents/caregivers in an effort to promote a deeper understanding of the child/youth’s experience and to promote healthy lifestyle choices within the family. We facilitate referrals for further assessments and treatment, if necessary, and provide support throughout this process.


This program works in close collaboration with the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s (the Ministry) Child and Youth Mental Health Program. All referrals to our program must come from the Ministry office.  The Ministry funds this community program.


  • Roger Luscombe

    Roger has been with NCS since 2005. M.Sc. (Behavioural Science), Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Art Therapy.

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Nelson Street Outreach Evaluation Report

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Downtown Nelson Street Outreach
Year One Pilot Project


Lynda Dechief, M.Sc.
Equality Consulting
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Nelson Street Outreach


This program began in October 2016 as a way to provide a caring, comprehensive, and direct response to the immediate and longer-term needs of Nelson’s growing ‘street culture’ population. Services are offered throughout the year from Monday to Friday during daytime hours.


We believe that all individuals who rely on a community’s ‘street culture’ to live and/or survive are valued community members and have the right to receive support and access stabilization services in a manner that respects their dignity, their strengths, and their right to choose.



Our Mission is two-fold:

  1. To work in collaboration with relevant service providers to identify members of Nelson’s ‘street culture’ population, assess their immediate and long-term needs for health, safety, and basic needs, and offer a range of supports and services designed to meet these needs.
  2. To support downtown business owners and the general public in their increased understanding, tolerance, and acceptance of the challenges of the ‘street culture’ population and to foster a culture of mutual respect.



Through a trauma-informed, health promotion, harm reduction, social inclusion, and education lens, we offer:

  • Assessment of needs
  • Support & advocacy
  • Information & referrals Crisis intervention
  • Accompaniment
  • Inclusion activities
  • Public education
This program currently relies solely on grants and donations from our community.
If you support the work of this program and would like to see it continue,
then please consider making a donation.
All donations over $20 are tax receipt-able.
Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!
Here is an opportunity to support this program.


Ryall and Jeremy

Our team is made up of two street outreach workers, two peer support volunteers, and a program manager. Nursing students from Selkirk College accompany us on the streets.

Our training includes Mental Health First Aid, Basic First Aid/CPR, Assessment, Case Management, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Privacy/Info sharing, Drug Information, Naloxone, Mental Health and Substance Use, Health Precautions & Personal Safety



In our Pilot Year, we:

  • Served 284 unique individuals (72% male; 27% female; 1% non-binary; 20% absolute homeless; 30% temporarily housed; 50% housed but at-risk)
  • Made 284 referrals (including 86 to addictions treatment)
  • 2,783 interventions (basic needs, referrals, emergencies, etc.)
  • Made 7 presentations
  • Started “Street Soccer” team
  • Jeremy Kelly

    Jeremy has been with NCS since 2016. background in community support work.

  • Ryall Giuliano

    Ryall has been with NCS since 2016. BA (Philosophy), Graduate Diploma in Environmental Education and Communication.

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Nelson Street Outreach Donations

Ryall and Jeremy

Ryall and Jeremy, our Street Outreach Workers, interact directly with the Nelson “street culture” people, helping them to identify their immediate needs and plan a way forward.

Anticipating another cold winter in Nelson, donations of new gloves, mitts, hats, scarves, and socks are needed.

Donations can be dropped off at Nelson Community Services office, Suite #201 – 518 Lake Street


Making a cash donation through CanadaHelps will let us purchase other items of need for this program.
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