- To provide a facility that is fully accessible and suited to the needs of participants and staff.
- To build on current programs, based on priorities established in consultation with the community and service network.
- To work in partnership with the people and organizations of the Salmo area
As an Agency, we provide service that, to the extent of our resources and abilities, is:
- Responsive to the diverse needs of people in our community
- Supportive of all people, regardless of their choices
- Specific to the personal interests and circumstances of the participants
- Connected to the community and to the service network.
Salmo Community Resource Society (SCRS) develops, delivers, and maintains a broad range of services that help individuals and families in the Salmo area deal effectively with personal, social, and poverty-related issues.
Why Was SCRS Created
The Salmo Community Resource Society was incorporated under the Society Act in British Columbia on November 4, 1988. Originally, it was intended to serve as an “umbrella organization” for a range of community activities including the coordination of recreational, cultural, and historical service. It evolved primarily into an organization offering social services and adjusted its constitution accordingly.
Salmo Community Resource Society works with participants that include very young children, children and youth, families, and adults. There is a staff of eight who work out of 311 Railway Avenue. Some of our group activities for young children meet at the Salmo Valley Youth and Community Centre. Salmo Community Resource Society is a member of the Kootenay Boundary Community Services Co-operative
SCRS Team Members
Maureen joined the Salmo Community Service team in September of 1994 as the Family Support Worker, after completing the Social Service Worker Program at Selkirk College. After 18 years of working with families, she decided to make a career change and applied to the vacant Executive Director position. She was hired and has since served as team lead, working with a solid group of staff and volunteers. Maureen is committed to ensuring Salmo Community Services delivers a variety of programs that serve the ever increasing community needs.
Charlene is a lifelong resident of Salmo. After graduating from Selkirk College in 1988, Charlene worked in Nelson as a legal secretary until she started at Salmo Community Services in 2004. At Salmo Community Services, Charlene is generally the first person to greet you. Working at a small agency gives her the opportunity to have many hats such as Volunteer Driver Coordinator, Safe Homes Liaison, computer technology, administration and by her accounts the “Photocopier interpretter” and “gutter cleaner.” Charlene is an avid volunteer in the Community and loves to laugh and make people smile.
Rainey has been a part of the team at Salmo Community Services since 2019. She is compassionate and caring and believes in a person’s innate capacity to heal…body, mind and soul. She carries a broad understanding of trauma and the numerous ways that it can affect us. It is her intention to remain curious and open as she supports others to navigate their healing journeys.
In her spare time, Rainey enjoys kayaking, camping, skiing and growing food. She loves the outdoors and has a deep connection with nature.
Diana joined our team through the Salmo RCMP Victim Services in 2016, and brings experience in crisis response, trauma informed practice, has interest in providing information and support to Salmo families during an emotional difficult and vulnerable time.
Mike is a Psychiatric Nurse and has been with the team since 2019. He has worked Adult Mental Health and Addictions throughout his career providing services locally, the lower mainland and remote Northern Communities. Mike enjoys accessing the bountiful outdoor experiences that the Kootenay’s provides.
Lorraine has been providing Family Support at Salmo Community Services since 2014. She has a Diploma in Child and Youth Care and a certificate in Classroom and Community Support Work from Selkirk College. Her history in working with children and families includes ECCE, early intervention, behaviour intervention, respite care, attachment parenting education, communication education for couples, positive parenting, and using family strengths, values, and culture as a basis for planning. She worked for several years in business and banking before her heart called her back to work with children and families. Lorraine enjoys working and playing in the beautiful Salmo Valley, which she thinks is the prettiest place on earth.
Mary-Ann coordinates and develops programs, such as the Food Bank Garden, Harvest share and soup delivery. Mary-Ann also works as a Paramedic, volunteers as a girls’ softball coach and volunteers as ski patrol.
Helen currently lives in Ymir and has 25+ years of Accounting and Administration background. She is the Salmo Age Friendly Seniors Coordinator and helps out part time with Reception/Administration. Helen is friendly, warm and has an infectious laugh. She has a passion for canning and bottling and is often found on summer days near the Salmo River.
Jordyn joined the SCRS team in the summer of 2021.
Jessica began working with the PEACE Program in the winter of 2021 and is graduating from the Kutenay Art Therapy Institute in Nelson–she also has a degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria. Jessica has been a visitor in Ktunaxa, Sinixy, and Syilx territories for three years and hopes to call this land her forever home. Her ancestry is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe from Fort William First Nation Thunder Bay Ontario), Finnish, English, Irish and French. Having a Trauma-Informed, Relational-Indigeneous and Feminist focus is integral to her therapeutic art practice, as well as recognizing attachment, intergenerational knowledge and historical trauma.
The summer is Jessica’s favourite time of the year because she can garden, travel, hike and swim, dance in pow wows. She especially enjoys making regalia, such as moccasins and jingle dresses, and is passionate about expressive arts and traditional dance.