About ASK

Our Vision

The vision of ASK Wellness Society is to work towards a society that recognizes the value and potential of each individual and our mission is to provide outreach, housing, health, education, employment and emotional support services for the marginalized and persons at risk.

How is this done?

This requires acceptance of the choices that individuals make and an acknowledgement of the disproportionate impact of harm to certain groups due to individual and cultural realities. The Society is client centered and provides services and support in an interactive manner that is responsive to individual and collective needs. The Society is focused on developing prevention goals and strategies that support a holistic approach to health. With offices in both Kamloops and Merritt we are able to provide services to the communities of Kamloops, Chase, Barriere, Logan Lake, Spences Bridge, Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Clinton, and Merritt.

Mission and Purposes

The mission and purposes of the Society under our constitution are:
To provide outreach, housing, health, education, employment and emotional support services for the marginalized and persons at risk.
To promote financial, emotional and personal care support services to the community for individual/family/friends affected by HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, the marginalized and persons at risk-if and when the need arises.
To liaise with other local/provincial/national organizations involved/interested in HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, the marginalized and persons at risk.
The promote research on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, the marginalized and persons at risk.
To receive donations, grants and funds, and administer same consistent with the objectives of the Society

Core Values

The following values represent the standards that we embrace and support:
ASK believes the key to helping people to become self-sufficient is through HOPE.
ASK believes a healthy community is a one that is INCLUSIVE.
ASK believes TRUST is at the heart of community both in ASK Wellness Society and in the communities we serve.
ASK believes COMPASSION ensures no one gets left behind

Guiding Principles

Housing First
The Society believes all individuals have a right to safe and affordable housing.

We are charged with the task of assisting those who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless, in finding, securing and maintaining suitable housing in the service area.
Client Centered
The Society recognizes the value and dignity of each individual.

We encourage and support our clients to make healthy choices and we respect the choices that they make. We advocate with and on behalf of our clients to improve their quality of life.
Social Justice
The Society believes all individuals deserve equity in accessibility.

We collaborate with community partners and actively participate in community efforts to ensure that basic human rights are protected. We promote shared, private and public responsibility in the delivery of education and awareness activities in the community.
Harm Reduction
The Society believes harm reduction promotes and supports the health and well-being of both individuals and communities.

We believe that all humans have the right to comprehensive, non-judgmental services based on individual need. Through education and prevention efforts, we work to reduce the risk of harm for individuals engaged in or affected by risky behaviours.

You can make a difference!

The ASK Wellness Centre is proud to be a part of the Kamloops community and invite you to participate in the various events hosted around the city.

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Our Team

The ASK Wellness Society is managed by a Board of Directors made up of community professionals and activists so that the needs of the community are fulfilled and the objectives of the society, both short and long term are met. The Board welcomes new members and any interested community member should review the Board of Directors recruitment process and contact the current chairperson through the office.

Society Directors

Bob Hughes

Chief Executive Officer
Bob Hughes has worked in the social services field for the past 25 years in a variety of capacities. Previously, he worked as an addictions counselor/consultant for seven years. He was the team leader for a stimulant abuser program called Meth Kickers in Kamloops and provided workshops and forums around community mobilization for addiction issues. He has presented to various organizations and conferences including an International Harm Reduction conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bob also worked with the Interior Health Authority developing a Youth Addictions program for the Shuswap region.

His other work experiences include the development of a Crisis Response program in Victoria for at-risk youth. This was created in response to the death of Reena Virk and was to help prevent youth from entering the sex trade. Bob has also worked for the BCGEU as a Staff Representative conducting workplace investigations and dispute resolution.

Bob holds a bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University in the field of Communications and Psychology, has a diploma in Brief Systemic Family Therapy, and completed his Master’s Degree in Health Leadership at Royal Roads University in 2014.

Kim Galloway

Chief Operating Officer
Kim Galloway has been with ASK for six years and started as a Housing Outreach Worker. With the increased need for housing supports and expanded rental subsidy program, she moved into a role of Program Coordinator to oversee the market housing team and HPS Housing Program.

In the last year her responsibilities evolved, and she took on the role of Director of Housing. As Director of Housing she is involved with the overall function of all housing programs and maintaining relationships with community partners.

Housing has been at the forefront of her professional career for the past ten years. Prior to her work at ASK, she worked with parolees on community release. Prior to her social work years, she spent several years as the Fundraising Co-ordinator with the Kamloops Art Gallery.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in general studies, a Bachelor of Social Work and is currently in her second year of a Master’s in Education with a focus on Administration and Leadership.

Cher Doolan

Director of Human Resources
Cher Doolan has been with ASK for 12 years watching and assisting the ASK Team grow from seven to over two hundred and forty staff. As the Director of Human Resources for the region, she fills a multitude of roles. She is responsible to oversee human resources practices, provide leadership support and direction, work hard to promote a healthy and supportive culture internally and oversee all fundraising initiatives.

Her other work experiences include supporting multiple law firms with management and paralegal services. Cher also fills her time volunteering to support her community through Dying with Dignity Canada.

Cher holds a Business Administration Certificate from Bow Valley College and a Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Rebecca Doyle

Want to join our Team?

We're always on the lookout for motivated and caring individuals who want to make a difference in their communities and surrounding areas.

If this sounds like you then we'd love to hear from you! Please contact us by clicking the button below and filling out the corresponding form.
Careers

Board

Melanie Reed

Chair

Stan Fike

Treasurer

Sean Monaghan

Secretary

Elizabeth Harris

Member

Chris Rose

Member

Brad Alberts

Member

Cliff Thortenson

Member

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Our Funding Providers

ASK is a non-profit society that relies on local community organizations and government to provide funding that allows us to assist people in need. Here is a list of our current providers:

Reports & Financial Statements

ASK operates within the framework established by the BC Societies Act and is led by a volunteer Board of Directors with expertise in law, health care management, financial administration, community engagement, human resources and information technology. The ASK Board is supported by an experienced management team responsible for day-to-day operations, ongoing consultation, community engagement and ensuring the Society achieves strategic goals. We strive to be as accessible, open and transparent as possible and provide our annual financial statements and reports for anyone to review:
ASK Wellness is COA Accredited
COA accreditation signifies that an organization or program is effectively managing its resources and providing the best possible services to all of its stakeholders. It also signifies that an organization or program meets standards of quality set forth by the COA accrediting body.

For more information about COA accreditation visit coanet.org.
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