ABOUT SALMO COMMUNITY RESOURCE SOCIETY
- 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
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Maureen Berk, Executive Director
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 Bonderoff, Administrative Assistant
Charlene is a long-time resident of Salmo and has over 25 years of secretarial experience. At Salmo Community Services, Charlene is generally the first person to greet you, she is also the Volunteer Driver Coordinator and Facilitator of the Women’s Group. Charlene is an avid volunteer in the Community and loves to laugh and make people smile.
Sabina Fleschutz, Child and Youth Counsellor
Sabine’s bio to come shortly.
Theresa Swan, Women's Counsellor
Theresa has long been passionate about working with women in many different contexts. She has been working with women who have experienced abuse in a professional setting for 5 years, and joined the amazing team at Salmo Community Services three years ago. She loves this work and puts her heart into it. She has a BA in Psychology and a Master’s equivalent in Art Therapy. She wrote her thesis on working from a feminist perspective with women who have experienced abuse. She firmly believes that you can recover and live a life beyond your wildest dreams!
Kim Hartzell, CAPC Coordinator
Kim’s bio to come shortly
Diana Gonzalez, Victim Services
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.
Sandra Thomas, Adult Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor
Sandra recently moved to the Kootenays from Vancouver where she worked for six years in a variety of community mental health and substance use programs. Sandra has a Master’s degree in Social Work and additional training in Motivational Interviewing, CBT and Narrative Therapy. Her approach is trauma informed and grounded in a commitment to recovery principles and client self-determination.
Gabriel Keczan, Child and Youth Counsellor for the PEACE Program
Gabriel is a Child and Youth Counsellor and Art Therapist at Salmo Community Services. Originally from the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario, Gabriel has lived in the unceded homeland, xa?xa?tumxwula?xw, of the Sinixt people since 2002. He resides in beautiful Nelson with his family.
Lorraine Kruezer, Family Support Worker
Lorraine has been providing Family support to Salmo families for 10 years, the last 4 with Salmo Community Services. Her Human Service background includes ECCE, Supported Childcare, Respite care and Behaviour Intervention work. She is mom to two fantastic kids who have been her best teachers and toughest bosses to date. Lorraine enjoys working and playing in the beautiful Salmo Valley, which she thinks is the prettiest place on earth.
Mary Ann Gould, Food Security Coordinator
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 Oldershaw, Age Friendly Seniors Coordinator
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.
Theresa Dornan, Financial Assistant
Terry has been working as a bookeeper for over 25 years, most of that time was in the BC Interior. Terry gained experience through working for Chartered Accountants as well as running her own bookkeeping business. Terry and her husband, Dan, relocated to Salmo in the fall of 2008 and Terry joined the staff at SCRS in October 2015. Terry enjoys the challenge of her work at SCRS, keeping the books in order for the multiple programs offered. Terry and Dan enjoy the Kootenays and love to get out fishing and camping.