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We are a family focussed and individual-focused support services in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, and some services in Chetwynd as well.

 

So we provide support to help people maximize their independence and to help them have a high-quality life. We work with families, we work with children, youth, and adults who have developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury.

Laurie Wilson, Founder & Director

Who are we?

We’re a team that strives to empower, support, and advocate for a high quality of life and belonging alongside individuals, families, and communities.

 

We’ve been providing outreach services and programming to Dawson Creek B.C and outlying communities in the Peace Region since 1994. We have a range of services and programming.

 

Here’s just a few:

Adults and children who have developmental disabilities. 


Children who have a diagnosed mental illness/mental health issues that result in challenging behavior. 

Individuals who have a dual diagnosis (mental health issue and developmental disability). 

Individuals who have an acquired brain injury.

We’re known in the community for our work in enriching the lives of individuals and their families in a culturally sensitive way, and that all the individuals we serve are supported by individual planning that promotes person-centered thinking.

We’re structured to empower our staff and the individuals they support. Our programs are administered by teams, and there is a focus on professional competency as well as empathy for each person served. We have strong, tiered staff development and evaluation programs.

We’re advocates for the quality of life of the individuals we support. We believe that all individuals have the right to be a contributing member of their community, so we strive to empower individuals to achieve their personal life goals in the areas of daily living, vocational, community access, and social and emotional wellness.

We willingly share our skills, knowledge, and resources with the individuals we support and their support systems. Our expertise is often called upon to provide in-service training on subjects in the area of developmental disability, mental health disorders in children, and dual diagnosis issues.

We network with other community organizations so that the basic needs of the individuals are met, and gaps in service can be filled.

 

We enjoy positive working relationships with all levels of management, social workers, resource workers, and front line staff of other agencies. That means we have a rich set of resources to meet housing and other crises that impact the individuals we support.

We’re known for the way we support all people, and we recognize each individual as being priceless. There is a foundation of compassion and care that is embraced by each individual in our organization.

 

Want to learn about our model of care?

Meet Our Team

Laurie Wilson

Founder, Director

I’ve been a caregiver all my life so I think you’re born a caregiver. So it kind of started for me right from when I was a kid, helping kids at school, my peers, and that led to working in old folks home when I was 16.  When at age 20 when I got married, we started our own care home

for my husband and me.

I’ve always had a really strong philosophy that everybody, all of us, has equal rights and should have equal opportunities to live and work in the community and be part of our communities. So when I started INS, I really had a vision for how we were going to roll out our services.

Holly Robar

Assistant Director

I was fortunate enough to watch this agency grow from when I was a young child to an adult, and I’ve had lots of opportunities to be fully involved with everything. I’ve been fortunate to have been mentored by all of our senior program supports within the agency too. I’ve learned so much from each and every one of them.

I started working at INS as a behavioral intervention worker, and I worked with kids anywhere from the ages of five to the ages of 12. With incorporating the circle of courage model in the agency and really understanding the model and how it worked, it allowed me as a frontline staff to be more aware and more observant of where the gaps were for these kids and what I could really do to help them feel whole within the community, within their homes, and within their schools.

Debra Chemerys

Program support for the child and youth residential program

My background is in social work, and I did that for a good number of years. Coming to work with INS is a little bit different for me because I'm on the other side of the fence now. Previously, I came from a  government organization where they are very structured, very black and white, lots of policy, procedure, standards to follow, and a hierarchy that was sometimes huge.

 

But being on the other side of the fence now has given me clarity on how I can develop programs and resources that meet the youth. I can really listen and hear what they're saying and I have the freedom to be creative to try and meet those needs.

Bill Dufour

Assistant program support, staff mentorship resource, and lead worker for child and youth residential

My background was mostly mental health with adults, and I took some education down south. I feel like I was kind of out on my own doing my own thing working.

 

When I came on board with INS and went through the different training, and met with the personalities and attitudes around here, you know the loving-kindness, open sort of arms, has really helped me blossom into a better worker, a better manager, a better coworker, and that at the end of the day helps the people that we serve. 

 

Amanda Arndt

Program support for adult women’s semi-independent living cluster and supportive living outreach

I would like to be remembered for the love and care that I give in my job in my life and everything that I do.

 

I think that pouring love into the community and into what you do shows in the outcome. I think that especially for individuals they come from a lot of various backgrounds and if you can show them that there’s continual support regardless of what’s happening, it makes a difference in their willingness to participate and move forward with you.

Pamela Urquhart

Program support for the adult men’s living cluster

I feel like I really want to be remembered for my kindness, but also the thoughtfulness that I think I display in everyday life. It doesn’t have to matter who or what, a person, animal, or just nature, so I think when you have that generally there’s unconditional energy that is put out there to the universe that makes people comfortable no matter where they are in life.

 

I think that part is the part that makes it easy for the people we serve to feel comfortable with who’s helping them. 

Danelle Kilber

Behavioral consultant and program support

I would like to think that people will remember me for my compassion and my passion within the body of work that I do. The field of work that I do.


As a behavioral consultant, I look at behavioral or challenging issues from a scientific point of view. Collecting data, gathering information, putting the information together, and then sort of doing a functional analysis as to why those behaviors occur in the first place. And then, of course, putting proactive strategies around them and supporting them so that they can change.
 

As program support, I’m in charge of ensuring that the needs of everyone are met, both the supported individual and the staff. I ensure that the staff has what they need in terms of training and providing reports, so that staff knows how to respond to behaviors as they occur. I also ensure that the supported individual’s needs are met, regardless of what they are, and then of course sharing that information back to the executive director.

Mathew Abraham

Program support for community integration

I have a nursing background. I earned my bachelor’s in nursing, then I did my education in business management. While studying business, I took social work courses and worked with individuals. My work and education eventually led me to INS working alongside individuals to help them have a high quality of life.  
 

I want to support the individuals the best I can with all the resources I have at the maximum level. I want to be known as a person who is approachable, empathetic, and resourceful.

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