The ASK Wellness Society would like to acknowledge that our programs and facilities operate on Secwepemcúl'ecw, Nłeʔkepmx Tmíxʷ, and Syilx tmixʷ traditional and unceded territories.

The ASK Wellness Society

History

Our roots go back to a basement couch where HIV/AIDS activists sought out to support those in their community who were struggling. Originally founded in 1992, as the AIDS Society of Kamloops, the Society was formed to promote health and wellness and to provide education to strengthen the Kamloops community. The Society soon recognized the need to house individuals before they could focus on their health. From there, the housing first initiatives began. Others soon called on the Society to help all who were seeking assistance to find HOPE, shelter, and support. In 2016 the Society changed its name to the ASK Wellness Society to reflect the initiatives to serve all in the community who struggle with their housing, health, or employment to the ASK Wellness Society.
Vision
The vision of ASK Wellness Society is to work towards a society that recognizes the value and potential of each individual.

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 throughout the B.C. Interior in Kamloops, Merritt, and Penticton.
Mission
The mission of the Society under our constitution is:

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.
To 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.
Values
The key to helping people to become self-sufficient is through HOPE.

A healthy community is a one that is INCLUSIVE.

TRUST is at the heart of community both in ASK Wellness Society and in the communities we serve.

COMPASSION ensures no one gets left behind.
Guiding Principles

Housing First

The Society believes all individuals have the right to safe and affordable housing.

We are charged with the task of assisting those who are homeless or 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.
LEADERSHIP TEAM

Bob Hughes

Chief Executive Officer
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Kim Galloway

Chief Operating Officer
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Cher Doolan

Director of People Experience and Employment Development
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Rebecca Doyle

Director of Resource Development and Property Services
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Natascha Strauss

Chief Financial Officer
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Kyra Matheson

Director of Accounting Services
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Keri Cooke

Director of Merritt Operations
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Jeremy Cain

Director of Outreach and Clinical Supports
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Board of Directors
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Stan Fike - Chair
Stan Fike is a retired family physician, having worked in Kamloops for 37 years. He attained an Honour’s bachelor’s degree at the University of Calgary, a Master’s degree in Psychology at Carleton University, and a Medical degree from University of Ottawa. He completed a two-year residency at the University of Calgary.

Stan is also on the board of Phoenix Centre, and his Rotary club. He has been on the board of ASK Wellness for 9 years.

Stan has been a Rotarian for 34 years. He lives with his wife and is an avid gardener and curler.

He worked with ASK when it was still the Aids Society of Kamloops, for over 20 years. He joined the board to assist with the mission and the work that ASK Wellness does. It has been an honour and privilege to serve this agency, with remarkable staff.
Gary Limpright - Treasurer
Garry Limpright is a retired Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) and former businessman with over 40 years of business experience. His experience includes 28 years with Shell Canada. He started with several locations in Manitoba and then moved to Kamloops in 1994.

Garry has been married to Mary for over 30 years. They have four children together, two in Winnipeg and two in Kamloops, and eleven grandchildren. Garry has previously been an active participant in sports such as curling, and bowling; he continues to be a sports spectator.

Garry serves on the board of other Non-Profit Organizations in Kamloops as he endeavours to give back to our community.
Gina Dillon - Secretary
Gina Dillon is a long time Kamloops resident with over 15 years of management experience in the hospitality and retail industries. She recently completed her Bachelor of Business Administration at Thompson Rivers University in Human Resource Management and Leadership and is currently working towards her professional designation in Human Resource Management (CPHR). She has previously served as the Kamloops Unit President for the Canadian Cancer Society, Subject Matter Expert for the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council, Co-President for the TRU Human Resource Management Club, Student Caucus Member for the TRU Student Union, and Treasurer for a Parent Advisory Council. Gina has also volunteered for a number of other organizations and has served on various committees both at TRU and through previous employment.

Gina believes that everyone has the potential to be successful and they deserve an equal opportunity regardless of background and economic circumstances. She joined the ASK Wellness in March 2020 as a way to give back to her community, and to support the organizations mission to provide the assistance that many marginalized and at-risk people require to be able to work towards their potential.

Gina lives with her husband of 16 years and is the mother of two elementary school aged children and one child in post-secondary. In her spare time, Gina enjoys researching her family’s history, reading true crime novels, and spending time with her family.
Brad Alberts - Vice Chair
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Trudy Marsh - Member
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Neil Menard - Member
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Paul Varga - Member
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Londea Riffel - 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:
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