Our Vision

  • We envision a thriving, connected and resourceful community where all families and individuals are valued and feel a sense of belonging


Our Values (In Action)

  • Adaptable (assess changing needs, being flexible, being responsive, building and maintaining relationships)
  • Continuous Quality Improvement (performance evaluation, assessment, planning, and improvement)
  • Empowerment (encouraging active participation in people’s life changes; belief in their capacity and self-worth)
  • Equity (creating safe space, embracing diversity, intersectionality, social location, wise practice lens)
  • Optimism (believing in positive change; dignity; instilling a sense of hope and respect to resiliency)
  • Professionalism (confidentiality, integrity, respect, code of ethics)
  • Self-Determination (respecting choice; respecting autonomy)
  • Shared accountability (collaboration, partnerships, team, Board, community)
  • Transparency (commitment to do what we say we will do; reciprocity; openness communication)



Our Mission

In collaboration with the community, Salmo Community Resource Society (SCRS) is committed to developing and delivering a range of counselling, support, food security, and outreach services that help individuals and families in Salmo & area reach their desired potential.

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.


The Organization

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.

Kim Hartzell has been working for Salmo Community Services since 2012. She loves her job as the CAPC Coordinator, working with families in Salmo and Ymir. Kim thrives in this environment;  where children are at play, and community ties are being developed and maintained. Kim finds that the building of relationships between children, caregivers and herself to be one of the most rewarding elements to working with the people in her community. She aspires to remain a continual support to families for years to come.
 In her spare time Kim enjoys languages, art, music, math and being outdoors.

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.

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. 

Jordyn has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and completed a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Art Therapy at Kutenai Art Therapy Institute in Nelson. Jordyn’s approach to therapy is guided by a trauma-informed, positive framework, focusing on illuminating one’s own capacity to live a vibrant, authentic, and meaningful life. 
Outside of the office, Jordyn can be found at the rink, figure skating, or on the mountain, doing a variety of extreme sports. This influences her views on holistic health in all facets -mind, body, and spirit. 

Blake Henry (she/her) is an art therapy clinician, child and youth counsellor, and PEACE counsellor, of mixed ancestry (Metis & Ukranian) and believes in supporting individuals through an anti-oppressive approach informed by trauma theory.  Blake believes in radical acceptance, advocating for space for all voices to be heard, and that we can heal in meaningful ways through relationship.    

Blake has work experience in a wide range of clinical and community settings from across Turtle Island and is honoured to have landed in the Kootenays to play and work.

Outside of the office, you can find Blake making art, laughing with friends, dancing, climbing, boarding, or hiking in the mountains with her dog.

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