COVID-19 Updates

Current Program Closures

CCRR Playgroup
IDP Playgroup
Spring Break Camp – Garibaldi Highlands
Parent-Tot
Strong Start
Healthy Pregnancy Outreach Program Drop-in

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.

Past Updates

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: