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. 

July Newsletter

By Andrina Tenisci on August 4, 2021

The ASK Wellness Society is a non-profit organization operating in the B.C. Interior offering services in Kamloops, Merritt, and Penticton. ASK works with our community's most disadvantaged and under-served citizens to walk with them on their path to wellness while also enriching the community by reducing stigma and collaborating with other service providers, government, and the public.

This monthly newsletter is designed to share some of the stories from our program participants, staff, and programs. We so often hear about the negatives in our communities when it comes to homelessness, substance misuse, and mental health issues, so let these stories be a chance to share and learn about the positives that come from the work we do here at the ASK Wellness Society.

We are happy to be working collaboratively with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society and Interior Community Services to support Envision in North Kamloops. Envision is one of two new day spaces, along with The Gathering Place downtown, created to support individuals who are facing homelessness.

The day programs are being funded short-term by the City; Click here for Kamloops This Week article.

New Penticton Recovery-Based Housing Permit Approved

Alongside our partners from BC Housing and Ooknakane Friendship Centre, we presented our proposed unique supportive housing project to Penticton city council. The presentation sought a development permit, to allow construction to proceed.

To read more about our CEO, Bob Hughes, explaining how the project is a diverse form of supportive housing, check out the following article.

To learn about the specific criteria that Penticton city  council has set as a requirement, subject to the permit agreement, click here.

Business Excellence Awards
Finalists Announced

On July 28th, the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce announced the list of finalists for the 35th Annual Business Excellence Awards. ASK Wellness Society is one of four finalists for the Kamloops Chamber Not-For-Profit of the Year, alongside Mount Paul Community Food Centre, Mustard Seed Kamloops, and Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society.

For the full list of award categories and confirmed finalists, click here.

What’s New

Feel the Love Program Spreading Kindness

Interior Plumbing and Heating is a proud participant in the Lennox Feel the Love Program. The program lends a helping hand to deserving community members, through providing a new HVAC system, free of charge!

For more on this project or to nominate a deserving community member in need, click here.

Wildfire Safety and
Evacuation Preparedness

BC’s 2021 wildfires have already burned more than half a million hectares of land across the province. As the BC Wildfire Service warns of significant growth with these above-average statistics, it is essential for residents to be prepared. They have provided the following information page, which includes many helpful links.

Looking for a resource that covers everything from preparedness to a step-by-step checklist before leaving to evacuate? Print off this PDF.

World Hepatitis Day 2021
“Hepatitis Can’t Wait”

On World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28th every year, we aim to call on people across the globe to raise awareness and encourage a call to action.

For more information about hepatitis; causes, treatment, and ways to decrease and ultimately aim to eliminate the disease, check out our recent blog post.

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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Contact:
Darlene A. Webb
Coordinator of Population Health and Second Stage Housing
250 214 5948
The ASK Wellness Society is working towards providing and improving the available resources for 2sLGBTQ+ individuals in our communities by implementing 2SLGBTQ+ outlets at our sites and through advocating for 2SLGBTQ+ rights and respect. We welcome all and any members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community to access our resources.
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