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.
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
Elaine Watt – Secretary
Executive Director: Vanessa Riplinger
Finance Manager: Stephanie Ferguson
Intake Manager: Danya Amery
Operations Manager: Melissa Fournier
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.