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Our Stories. Our Lives.

With compassion, respect, and care, SSCS provides high quality programs throughout our region to enhance the lives of residents at every age and stage of life. Our staff work with the deep conviction that many of the organization’s programs and services can improve the health and wellness of individuals and families going forward.

Each year we are amazed and humbled by the impact our programs have in communities throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor.  Clients, staff, donors, and partners share their stories with us each day. Here are just few from 2021-22.

 

a mother and child sit on a couch in SSCS's affordable housing apartments Centrepoint

A Story of Home

SSCS offers safe, secure, reliable, and affordable housing options in Squamish, and is in the planning stages of developing an affordable housing project in Pemberton.

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Wooden alphabet and playdough sit on a child sized wooden table

SSCS makes child care more affordable for local families.

SSCS provides high-quality programs throughout our region to enhance the lives of residents at every age and stage of life. And child care is no exception…

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Teens create and connect!

Every time Tallula enters her family kitchen, she is greeted with a pleasant reminder that she can accomplish great things. Hanging on the wall near her dining table is a 4-foot …

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‘Friendly visits’ transform into a beautiful friendship.

“Raija and I, we really hit it off from the moment we met. We make each other laugh, and I enjoy her company so much.” When Lisa Fisher moved to Squamish after more than 20 years in Whistler, one of the first things she did was to sign up as a volunteer “Friendly...

Adaptive freewheeling

Plenty of Sea to Sky Corridor residents know the sheer joy of getting on a sweet set of wheels and riding out onto trails full of fresh air and stunning views. For many people, riding a bike on a regular basis has so many benefits, from cardiovascular health and...

The Benefits of Intergenerational Connections

“Can I hold your baby?” These can be magic words for a person adjusting to the demands of parenthood. Sarah brought her baby Zelda to a Mother Goose event, held at a somewhat unexpected location: the Westwinds Squamish Senior Living facility. It was there that Sarah...

Spirit Creek housing a relief

Housing a ‘huge relief’ for many Spirit Creek Residents When Katie Coombs went on medical leave from work in October 2020, housing affordability was only one of the worries on her mind. With disability payments as her main source of income, and the rising cost of...

Building camaraderie through shared experiences

Overcoming isolation, addressing concerns and cultivating camaraderieMoms find comfort and wisdom in shared experiences When Ashu and her husband moved to Squamish from India four years ago, she left behind a tight knit group of family and friends that she saw almost...

Seniors are Better at Home

Having a house in a community doesn’t always mean that you feel like you belong there. Jim Drake found out what it means to truly be a part of the Squamish community when he retired from his commuting job and started volunteering. At first, he helped out at the...

Building relationships to help youth feel welcomed, safe and supported

There are a couple of lines in the popular children’s book The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse that read: “What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever said?” asked the boy. “Help,” said the horse.   That four letter word: H-E-L-P is loaded. Asking for it takes...

SSCS helps locals with affordable accessible housing

Affordable accessible housing offers independence for locals. When Sea to Sky Community Services (SSCS) began accepting applications for 76 market rentals, rent geared to income, and deep subsidy units at Spirit Creek Apartments, we were overwhelmed by the interest....

The Pemberton Food Bank shares food, creates connection this holiday season

This holiday season, families are relying on Food Banks. The Pemberton Food Bank is relying on you. 2023 has been a tough year for so many. The holidays are a time when we think of how we can help others. With inflation, many are stretched to afford healthy food, and...

Celebrating Community Inclusion Month

Every year, during the early days of October, there is a buzz of excitement running through the Community Living programs at Sea to Sky Community Services. Staff, families, caregivers and participants are in deep preparation for the party of the year: the Community...

Annual Canoe Pull Shares Land and Stories with Local Youth 

This year will be the third year that the Canadian government has marked Truth and Reconciliation Day to recognize and honour the children who never returned home from residential schools and the survivors, their children, families and communities. As we continue to...

The Happiness is Contagious as Sea to Sky Eagles Compete at Operation Trackshoes

Earlier this month, participants from the Sea to Sky Eagles team competed in track and field, swimming, softball, basketball, and other games, while their families, coaches and teammates cheered them on. “The happiness and excitement are contagious,” shares Rosa...

Art and Weaving Celebrate Indigenous History Month

“I tell my children, call me when there's something wrong. Let's talk about it, what support can I give you? It's so important that they know I'm here for support. I say, if I just need to sit with you and touch your shoulder, you know I’m here. Let’s talk or just sit...

It’s OK to Make Mistakes. Men In Community Need Support – They Make Us Matter

Life doesn’t always go to plan. Despite the best laid plans and a good map, life throws detours and unexpected rest stops along its winding roads. While we appreciate the high points and incredible views along the way, we all need a jump start to get around some...

Supporting Generations to Thrive in Community

As we know, mothers are valuable, yet sometimes vulnerable members of our community. While caring for their own children, many mothers are also caring for their aging family members. The “sandwich generation,” as it’s sometimes called, refers to the generation who...

More Moms in our Growing Community have Increased Needs — They Make Us Matter.

Adding a baby into your family is a huge life transition. Whether it’s a first born or you are becoming a parent again, postpartum is demanding and can be isolating for many women. Some new moms in the Sea to Sky Corridor have recently relocated to the area and don’t...

Spring brings new adventures for three influential, dedicated team members

The late, great Robin Williams once quipped, “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!’” His words are particularly apropos this season at Sea to Sky Community Services, as staff teams and community members gather to celebrate, honour, and thank three dedicated...

Celebrating Mothers in our Community – They Make Us Matter

Finding the possible in challenging situations is what mothers do. They are the light and comfort that makes bad dreams just that. Patience, endurance, project management, entertainment, chef, cleaner, nurse and more, they make us matter. Mothers are truly the...

Foundry proves that supporting youth supports families: Lisa and Delilah’s story

Content warning: This story contains content about weight loss, eating disorders and anorexia that some readers may find distressing. Weight loss, eating disorders, and anorexia.affect everyone’s physical and mental health differently. While this post shares the story...

TD Bank Group Supports Local Youth with Multi-Year Financial Gift

Youth in the Sea to Sky corridor are affected by mental health challenges at rates higher than the provincial average.  1 in 5 youths have shared that they need mental health services, and yet almost half of them reported they didn’t know where to go to get help....

Work together, learn together

For besties Hannah and Shantel, landing jobs at the newly launched Joe’s Table Café has been a big win. The dynamic duo have been friends for years and can now …

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Feeding your neighbours

What began as a strategy to reduce human-bear conflict has evolved into a program that feeds hundreds of families annually through the Pemberton Food Bank.

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Art cards inspire and support

The Art Card Project is well underway at SSCS, and the printing press would agree, it’s going fantastic! Show some support and purchase these lovely art cards at …

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Primacorp contributes $30K 

Inspired by their recent partnership with the Sea to Sky Community Services’ (SSCS) Community Employment Program, Peter and Stephanie Chung have made a gift of  …

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Respite program for families

With an increase in young families moving to the Sea to Sky region, and an increase in the rate of children being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder …

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Bringing youth together

In anticipation of the arrival of the new Foundry Centre and Youth Hub, Sea to Sky Community Services spent the past year focused on engagement with youth …

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Strengthening food security 

Health and wellness are so much more than food, but they often begin there. Food can unite family and community. farming, cooking, …

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Heck, respite means the world to all of us!  The pandemic is hard….really hard….but
when you have special needs kiddos, it can feel even harder.  We struggle to find time to
ourselves on a normal day but adding in a pandemic just makes us (that’s a huge
generalization, I know) feel even more excluded. I’m grateful.  Thank you!

- Matt Thomas Leery

Recipient family of respite support

A food hub supports the community far beyond just food, it’s really about building connections and community, They offer gathering spaces, so sometimes people will come for food, but then onsite childcare will be offered so they can work on their resume with an Employment Support Specialist or receive medical support or a vaccine.

 

Kendahl Cardinal

Food Security Project Strategist, United Way