COVID-19 Updates

Current Program Closures

Programs are set to resume as of Monday, November 23, 2020.

  • HPOP
  • Strong Start (Valleycliffe, Squamish, Pemberton)
  • Whistler Parent Tot
  • IDP Playgroups
  • CCRR Walk n’ talks,
  • Brackendale Playgroup for Care providers

November 9, 2020

As many of you are already aware, we have received a Government mandated public order to temporarily suspend group activities and programs until Monday November 23, 2020.

Programs temporary suspended:

  • HPOP
  • Strong Start (Valleycliffe, Squamish, Pemberton)
  • Whistler Parent Tot
  • IDP Playgroups
  • CCRR Walk n’ talks,
  • Brackendale Playgroup for Care providers

Programs going virtual:

  • Mother Goose
  • Youth Services

Wherever possible, we will shift our programs and services online or virtually. We will update you with specific details as the days unfold.

Our decisions are based on what Public Health Officials require in order to keep our community safe and healthy as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you for your ongoing support of SSCS and our community – we’ll get through this together.

Past Updates

September 16, 2020
Sea to Sky Community Services (SSCS) continues to provide care, comfort and connection to individuals and families in the Corridor throughout the COVID-19 health crisis. As the Province of British Columbia continues in Phase 3 of its Restart Plan, allowing more businesses to open as protocols and health guidelines allow, we are continuing to adapt how we provide services to our community. This includes offering our programs by phone or via a video platform, as well as in-person and outdoor group settings, whenever possible and practicable. SSCS has also begun the gradual process of easing more restrictions at its facilities, while ensuring the important layers of protection are in place to help keep everyone safe.

For Phase 3, our doors are open and our administrative office in Squamish is accessible to the public Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm and Pemberton office is open Monday to Thursday 9:30am – 3:00pm. Community members are encouraged to wear a mask to enter the reception area and room capacity numbers are posted. We also ask that you sanitize your hands upon entering and exiting the buildings. Please contact us at community@sscs.ca or 604 892 5796 in Squamish or pemberton@sscs.ca or 604 894 6101 in Pemberton with any questions, or to book an appointment.


Childcare Services

SSCS out-of-school care programs re-opened on September 10 for the 2020-2021 school year at all locations in Pemberton and Squamish. Please note that our Brackendale program has changed the before-school care hours to 7:45-8:45am, to reflect the school’s new start time. Children and families must access our programs from the outside doors, as there is no access from inside school buildings. The children will also be spending more time outside during the program hours.

Dandelions & Dragonflies preschool aged full-day care re-opened on September 14 after a two-week break, and will be back to regular numbers with up to 16 children in each classroom each day. Garibaldi Highlands Preschool also re-opened on September 14, for the first time since its closure mid-March.

Families for all of childcare programs will be requested to remain outside and can only enter the facility if necessary to reduce the number of adults accessing the rooms.  Some programming changes have been made to limit group times and increase outdoor play but there will still be many learning opportunities and creative experiences for the children.

We have made the difficult decision to temporarily close the Brackendale preschool program due to low enrolment numbers related to the pandemic.

To register your child online visit  http://www.sscs.ca/child-care/

 

Youth Services

SSCS continues to provide safe and fun activities for youth 12 to 24-years-old. As families and youth return back to school this fall, we are keeping our minds open on the creative ways to engage with one another safely through fun programs. During the third phase of BC’s Restart Plan, we are offering more face-to-face group and individual opportunities, ensuring provincial guidelines and recommendations.

Fall programs to look forward to include dog walks, arts programming, sports and recreation opportunities, and cooking experiences. Keep up to date with the new program offerings by following Squamish Youth Worker on Instagram or Squamish Youth Services on . Additional information and resources can be found at sscs.ca/youth-programs.

For more information on programs contact Youth Services Coordinator Caitlin Anderson: caitlin.anderson@sscs.ca, 604 815 3004.

We are also looking forward to the new Foundry Squamish, a new youth hub that will offer important new supports and services for youth mental health and wellness in our community. Find out more about Foundry Squamish.

 

Childrens Services

Children’s Services continue to offer a mix of in-person and virtual services to the community.

Program More information
Infant development program (IDP) Consultants will meet families in person and virtually. Email laurie.low@sscs.ca for more info.
IDP playgroup (Squamish): Fridays in the Park Email laurie.low@sscs.ca for more info.
IDP playgroup (Whistler): Mondays at Bayley Park Email gabi.moeller@sscs.ca for more info.
IDP playgroup (Pemberton): Thursdays at the Park Email gabi.moeller@sscs.ca for more info.
Early Years: Spark” and “Positive Discipline” virtual sessions will run in late Fall 2020 Check out http://www.sscs.ca/programs/spark/ for more info
Healthy Pregnancy Outreach (HPOP): Squamish: Monday and Wednesdays in the park from 12 noon to 2 pm Online registration necessary. Email Hpopstaff@sscs.ca  for more info.
Healthy Pregnancy Outreach (HPOP): Pemberton: Tuesdays in the park from 12 noon to 2 pm Email loraleeseitz@sscs.ca for more info.
Strong Start: online registration opened September 8 and program opened on September 14. Running from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in all locations Additional information can be found http://www.sscs.ca/programs/strongstart-family-drop-in-and-parent-tot-drop-in/
Whistler Parent-Tot: online registration opened September 8 and program opened on September 14. Running from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Tuesdays an Wednesdays Additional information can be found http://www.sscs.ca/programs/strongstart-family-drop-in-and-parent-tot-drop-in/
Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR): CCRR is continuing to provide a mix of in-person and virtual services

Check out https://www.facebook.com/CCRRSeatoSky for more info.

 

 

Adult and Family Services

Family Development – Family Preservation and Support has been offering a combination of in-person (outdoors, or inside when needed) and virtual support (phone, text, email, Zoom) under Phase 3 of the BC government’s Restart Plan. Family Preservation focuses on adapting behaviours and increasing skills to reduce child maltreatment. Family Support includes: counselling, budgeting and household management help, training, referrals, parent-teen mediation and supervised access visits. Currently, staff conduct a needs/risk assessment at the point of care to help determine with the client (s) the best way to support the individual and family. For more information, contact Manager of Adult and Family Services Brittany Martel at brittany.martell@sscs.ca.

Youth Transitioning to Adulthood – The Youth Transitioning to Adulthood program has been offering a combination of in-person (outdoors, or inside when needed) and virtual support (phone, text, email, Zoom) under Phase 3 of the BC government’s Restart Plan. The program supports youth aged 16-19 who are living independently with: support securing stable housing and income, provide information and referrals, support and advocacy around accessing appropriate social services, and mental and physical health care. For more information, contact Manager of Adult and Family Services Brittany Martel at brittany.martell@sscs.ca.

Counselling Assistance Fund – The Counselling Assistance Fund (CAF) offers subsidized counselling to men (15+), couples and families. Counsellors involved in the program offer virtual or in-person support, depending on comfort and space availability. You can contact the counsellor you would like to work with after you are approved for the program, to talk about how to best participate in the counselling sessions, be it virtual or otherwise. For more information, contact Manager of Adult and Family Services Brittany Martel at brittany.martell@sscs.ca.

Homeless Outreach and Prevention – Homeless Outreach Services continued to be safely delivered in-person during the pandemic. We do this with a combination of working outdoors, wearing non-medical masks and PPE, and contacting clients by their preferred method of communication. Supports for Homeless outreach include: rental supplements, community referrals, and system navigation. Homeless Prevention Services have primarily been delivered over the phone or email, and includes support with rental supplements, moving costs, or storage (as needed). The Homeless Prevention Program supports youth transitioning out of foster care, women who have experienced violence or are at risk of violence, people leaving the correctional and hospital systems, and individuals of Indigenous descent. For more information, contact Manager of Adult and Family Services Brittany Martel at brittany.martell@sscs.ca.

Pemberton Foodbank – During the pandemic, the Pemberton Foodbank went from being open once every two weeks to operating four days a week from 10 am to 2 pm by appointment, to meet the increased demand for food support. It also upgraded the foodbank infrastructure to include plexiglass and a pick-up location so clients do not need to enter the building and COVID-19 protocols are followed. In September, the Pemberton Foodbank will decrease its service hours to two days a week from 10 am to 2 pm. It is also becoming a United Way Local Love Food HUB to address the short and longer-term food insecurity in the more remote and rural areas of the Sea to Sky corridor. If you have questions about the foodbank or need to set up a time to pick-up food, email us at foodbank@sscs.ca.

Strengthening Families – The Strengthening Families Program is a free program for parents and families of weekly workshops. During COVID-19, the program has been adapted to deliver it virtually over Zoom. The first virtual session happened over the summer with families in Squamish and took place over four weeks. The second virtual program will take place this fall over the course of six weeks, and will be extended to residents in Whistler and Pemberton. For more information, contact Manager of Adult and Family Services Brittany Martel at brittany.martell@sscs.ca.

Community-Based Victim Services – Community Based Victim Services provide information, community referrals and emotional, practical and court support to victims of crime and trauma and their families. Support is free and confidential for women, men, youth and children in the Southern Stl’atl’imx Communities who have been victims of violence, abuse, and/or harassment. At this time, Sea to Sky is recruiting a new Victim Service worker from community to provide support over the phone, or in-person (when physical distancing can be observed or PPE is worn). For more information, contact Manager of Adult and Family Services Brittany Martel at brittany.martell@sscs.ca.

Poverty Law Advocacy – The Poverty Law Advocacy Program offers free advocacy support and assistance to financially restricted individuals and families in Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton. Poverty Law has primarily been offered virtually (phone, Zoom) during the pandemic; however, under Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, the Poverty Law Advocate has been meeting clients outside the libraries in Whistler and Pemberton, in addition to virtual support. As we move into the fall and winter, the Poverty Law Advocate will provide return to providing support virtually when the weather does not allow to meet outside or in an inside space with adequate air circulation and space to physically distance. For more information, contact Manager of Adult and Family Services Brittany Martel at brittany.martell@sscs.ca.

Better at Home – Better at Home continues to support seniors living in the Sea to Sky corridor with cleaning, friendly phone calls, grocery delivery, and transportation. Depending on the provincial health guidelines, some of these supports may need to be adapted as we navigate forward through the pandemic. If you have questions, please reach out to the Program Coordinator, Christina Rupp at christina.rupp@sscs.ca.

SAIP – The Sexual Abuse Intervention Program (SAIP) provides therapeutic individual counselling and/or group therapy to children under 19 years of age who have experienced sexual abuse or are suspected to have been sexually abused or assaulted. SAIP Counsellor’s offer virtual sessions over Zoom, or in-person sessions. For more information, contact Manager of Adult and Family Services Brittany Martel at brittany.martell@sscs.ca.

Settlement Services – Settlement Services operates in Whistler and Pemberton. It provides supports to individuals and families who are new to Canada getting settled in their new community. Ways the team can help include: applying for a driver’s license, getting familiar with how to file taxes, and/or opening a bank account. Services have been provided remotely during COVID-19. For more information on how to receive support, you can contact the Manager of Adult and Family Services, Brittany, at brittany.martell@sscs.ca.

 

Community Living Services 

Our Community Living, Adult Life Skills and Community Employment teams continue to engage participants by offering programs such as Life Skills/Employment classes, Fitness, Sports and Cooking. While the weather is still warm, participants are meeting face-to-face for outside activities in the morning and using the Zoom platform for afternoon programs. We are staying connected by meeting online, socializing and playing virtual games!  Participants can also discuss individual supports with support worker as needed and by appointment only.

Residents at Newport House are taking advantage of the nice weather getting out for walks in the fresh air. They continue to socialize virtually within the home by taking part in Zoom activities offered by the Life Skills program. For more info on Community Living programs, please contact gina.dean@sscs.ca.

July 20, 2020
Sea to Sky Community Services (SSCS) continues to provide care, comfort and connection to individuals and families in the Corridor throughout the COVID-19 health crisis. We have stayed on the front lines and maintained the delivery of our services during the pandemic by adapting programs to be offered by phone or video platform. British Columbia has now entered Phase 3 of its Provincial Restart Plan, allowing more businesses to open as protocols and health guidelines allow. SSCS has also begun the gradual process of easing more restrictions at its facilities.

For Phase 3, our doors are open and the main office is accessible to the public Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Community members are not required to wear a mask to enter the reception area, however only one person at a time is permitted. We also ask that you sanitize your hands upon entering and exiting the building. Please contact us at community@sscs.ca or 604 892 5796 in Squamish or pemberton@sscs.ca or 604 894 6101 in Pemberton with any questions or to book an appointment.

View our Program Update page to see how our services are being offered during Phase 3.

March 21, 2020
Help the Pemberton Food Bank get food and basic needs to the people who need it the most. The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation is matching donations up to $15,000. Donate today!

March 20, 2020
Please be aware the Pemberton Food Bank’s hours have changed in an effort to provide greater safety for clients amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Pemberton Food Bank will not be open on Monday but will still be accessible Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm by appointment only. Please call Loralee at 604 698 5521 for more info.
If you live outside Pemberton, temporary Food Bank stations have been set up in Mt. Currie.
Visit https://lilwat.ca/food-bank-service-changes/ for details.

We are grateful for the many businesses, organizations and individuals that support the Pemberton Food Bank, including:

  • The Province of British Columbia
  • The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation
  • Pemberton Valley Lodge
  • Scotiabank, Pemberton branch
  • BC Athletics
  • Mountain FM
  • Pemberton Valley Grocery Store

Please consider donating today.

March 17, 2020
During this uncertain time, Sea to Sky Community Services is doing everything we can to support local, provincial and national efforts to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19 (also commonly referred to as the coronavirus). We are monitoring developments closely, and recognize that this is a very fluid situation and that circumstances are changing rapidly.

All SSCS sites will be closed to the public effective March 18 until further notice. We are encouraging our community to connect with us via phone (604) 892-5796 or email at community@sscs.ca to make an appointment or connect with the supports they need. Tenants are encouraged to make appointments to pick up post-dated cheques or set up direct deposits.

Our child cares facilities are closed until at least the end of spring break (March 27). Circumstances around child cares will be reassessed in the coming days, as new information becomes available, and this will be communicated in a timely way to both staff and parents.

We’re all in this together, and we’re going to get through this – together. SSCS has never been more committed to taking care of this community. We’re here for you, and we’re not going anywhere. As Health Minister Adrian Dix said this afternoon, taking the necessary steps to stop the transmission of COVID-19 is our duty to each other, to our elders, to the people we love, and to the people we don’t know.

Stay well, and be safe.

March 16, 2020
IMPORTANT PROGRAM CLOSURE
As of Tuesday March 17, 2020 the SSCS Spring break camp located at Garibaldi Highlands Elementary will be closed until March 27.
Please check our Facebook page & the SSCS website for updates regarding programming after spring break.
We appreciate your patience & understanding during this very challenging time.

March 15, 2020
At SSCS, we continue to follow guidance and information around COVID-19 from Vancouver Health Authority. At this time, SSCS will not be cancelling licensed child care services. Our cleaning protocols and deep cleaning services have been increased. We are encouraging everyone to take calm precautions and do their best to reduce the risk of spreading illness. Check back here for future updates.

March 13, 2020
Like everyone, we’re following the COVID-19 developments very closely. We continue to monitor the latest advice from our provincial and federal health agencies, and want you to know that we have plans in place to ensure staff and clients continue to get the services they need. Our number one priority is the health and well being of our staff and clients. While the risk of contracting the illness remains low, we recognize that you may have some questions about how we’re responding to this evolving situation. We urge everyone to take calm precautions and do their best to reduce the risk of spreading illness. These are a few easy ways to ensure lower risk of contracting and sharing any virus:

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds after using the washroom, sneezing, coughing, preparing food, and touching public surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Cough and sneeze into the crease of your elbow.
  • Do your best to stay home if you present cold or flu-like symptoms and call 8-1-1 if you think you may have COVID-19 or are experiencing an unexplained shortness of breath.

The following additional agency-wide measures are in place, as we continue to monitor the situation:

Programs and Services:

  • Staff or clients who have traveled outside the country are asked not to enter programs or work sites, before 14 days of self-quarantine.
  • Staff attending home visits, are encouraged to call before entering to ensure everyone is healthy; wash your hands before and after the visit

Sanitation and Cleaning Services:

  • Increased levels of janitorial cleaning for all common areas of all work sites and facilities
  • Hand sanitizers are available at most common areas, subject to availability

We encourage our staff and clients to stay informed about the facts surrounding COVID-19 and recommend the following links to qualified authorities: