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Operating continuously since 1975, the CCCDCA has been continuously CARF accredited since 2012/13 and employs 43 employees including Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Pathologists, a Physiotherapist, Youth Navigators, and a Youth Forensics counsellor.

In 2020/2021 fiscal year, 685 unique children, youth and their families, from communities in Williams Lake and surrounding areas, received one or more of our 20+ services.

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Our Board consists of twelve Directors elected on the basis of their expertise, experience, unique perspective, and commitment to child, youth and family development. The Board sets policies for the Executive Director to implement and achieve in administration, finance, human resources, service delivery, health and safety, cultural safety, diversity and privacy. The Executive Director leads the Finance Manager, Intake Manager, and Operations Manager, to meet directives according to CARF standards, develop proposals and initiatives, and serves as a community leader in related child/youth initiatives. The Board meets at a minimum of 7 times a year and the annual general meeting is scheduled annually in January.

Board of Directors

The elected board is as follows: 

Chad Matthies – President
Peter Bowman – Vice President
Eric Johansen – Treasurer

Kristi Hamar – Secretary
Elaine Watt
Kris Ouimet

Margret Menzies

Ralph Fowler

Kevin Church


Management Team

Executive Director: Vanessa Riplinger

Finance Manager: Stephanie Ferguson
Operations Manager: Tammy Deausy

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We are supported by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Interior Health, Civil Forfeiture, BC Gaming, Foundry Central ,Variety – The Children’s Charity, Parent Fees, and community donations (receipts provided).


We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia. Fundraising and donations provide specialized equipment, toys, books, videos, and assists with capital projects.

Our Referral Process


Anyone may request service for a child (birth to 18 years) as long as the legal guardian is aware of the request. Our Intake Manager receives all requests and will contact you within 10 working days.

We recognize that the family is the most important influence in a person’s life. We encourage the family’s involvement in all services.

We aim to meet your family’s needs by modeling activities and strategies to be used in your family’s daily routines.

In order to know what is important to you and your family, we:

•    Schedule an initial meeting with you to discuss your child’s developmental history

•    Ask what your child does well

•    Find out where your child needs help

•    Develop an individualized service plan (ISP) with you

•    Provide a cycle/block of sessions

•    Review your child’s progress with you regularly

•    Complete a 2 month follow up after discharge from the CDC

In some cases, we may not be able to help you. With your permission, the Intake Manager may refer you to another organization that best suits your needs.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre is actively seeking volunteers for various upcoming programs, including swimming, our Christmas toy drive, and fun activities like 'Horsin' Around.'

Additionally, we have established partnerships with local high schools and universities, supporting students in fulfilling their required volunteer hours for program participation and graduation portfolios. We assist by completing necessary evaluation forms and providing recommendation letters for various purposes, such as employment, post-secondary education, and scholarship applications. These services are available to all our valued volunteers, including you, during or after your involvement in our programs.

We invite you to become a part of our fantastic volunteer team! For more details about our volunteer program, please feel free to contact us at

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