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Volume 3, Issue 3

MARCH 2012 Managing Editor Cheryl Doolan


‘Off the Curb’ is published by ASK Wellness Centre

John A. Seymour, Editor

Main Office

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ASK Goes to India Bowling Nite 2 Bob’s Blurb


Kindness Off the Curb


Forever More (Poem)


ASK Annual Homeless Count


Merritt Workshops


HAP Update


SHOP Programming Kamloops 8 Help for Troubled Teens


Interior Métis Announcement


Turn Up the Heat


Phoenix Centre Heat


Celebrate Recovery


Holistic Health Care


DOFL hunts for restaurants


Community helps fire victims


Co-Ed HIV/Hep-C Support Grp 12 ASK Programs & Supports


ASK Coupon Book


Client Resources


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Cascade Creek Publishing George A. Moore


ecently, a situation occurred here that caused me to reflect on why some folks do what they do. There could be a whole variety of reasons, none of which may be acceptable, but at least it might explain their behaviour. Throughout history there seems to be no shortage of stories where a person or group of people have been singled out and bullied. It does not seem to matter how much we may think we have evolved in society. There will always be those who feel they can impose their will on others, either by brute force, threats or intimidation. The danger in appeasing these types is that it usually encourages the bad behaviour. Bullying or just bad behaviour happens everywhere on a daily basis. Bullies also come in all shapes, sizes, age groups and both genders

from school grounds to your workplace, a neighbour, a government official, perhaps a local medical worker, there are many examples of people being treated inappropriately. There is no ‘one size fits all.’ A little power and control in the wrong hands can create devastating results. The opposite may also be true. Feeling powerless can cause people to behave quite erratically. I sincerely believe in the importance of treating all people equally with dignity and respect regardless of their social standing. I’ve always thought, geez, it’s so easy to be nice, how can ya screw that up? In most cases you get back what you give out. However, there does come a point where you may need to stand your ground, even in the face of demeaning behaviour. Sometimes that’s a lot easier said than done. Bullying is never acceptable, however, it’s not always what the bad guys do, but rather what the good guys allow.

Save the Date!

The 2nd Annual ‘Dining Out For Life’ takes place on Thursday, April 26th, 2012! Restaurants throughout the community, from family-style casual to elegant dining establishments, participate by donating a portion of their revenue earned during this important event. Community members enjoy a meal knowing they are contributing to a great cause; local restaurants benefit from increased business, and the global community benefits through building a community sustainable project and providing HIV/AIDS education and outreach. See our website at for updated information, as well as additional details on page 2 of this issue of “Off the Curb.”

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Bob’s Blurb Bob Hughes, Executive Director

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ASK Goes to India Presents

Tight and Bright 80’s Bowling Night! All funds raised will go directly towards the ASK Global Citizen

trip to India in November 2012! Friday, March 30, 5:00 to 8:00 pm At ‘Bowlertime’ 1200-8th Street $25 per team member, four members per team. The lane and shoes will be provided to you. You will bowl two games and the team with the most points will win a prize!

Prizes will be awarded at 8:00 pm for

Best Costume Ladies Best Costume Men

Most Sportsmanlike Team

Team with the Most Points To register your team contact Kyra at

250-376-7558 ext. 237 or 2


Taking Stock - Part One

t is an interesting crossroads for our organization and for my leadership. We are approaching the 20th anniversary of the Kamloops AIDS Society (ASK Wellness Centre) and I have just crested five years at the helm of this amazing agency. Over the years ASK Wellness has adapted to the changing needs of the community and to the realities of HIV/ AIDS in our community. Throughout the province in the early 1990s, AIDS Services Organizations (ASOs) sprouted in many communities. In the Nelson area, ANKORS was established and in Kelowna, Living Positive Resource Centre (LPRC) opened its doors to serve with a mandate to support those with HIV/AIDS to access adequate health and financial resources and to tackle the stigma and discrimination that existed for anyone who had contracted the virus. But as the nexus of transmission shifted from the gay male population into the IV drug using population in the mid-90s, so did the need for change within the ASOs in our province. Harm Reduction initiatives began to take centre stage in the Public Health battle to prevent the spread of the disease and ASOs, some against their will, were required for funding purposes to provide these supplies and modify how their services were delivered to meet this need. For ASK Wellness, this transition was much easier than for some of the agencies located in the Vancouver area where the gay male population was much higher and stronger in their desire to retain services for this population. In Kamloops, with a much more hidden gay male population, the agency could more easily accommodate this change and was at the forefront of Harm Reduction initiatives in the late 1990s and early 2000s by focusing its services on those who were struggling with serious addictions, mental illness and street involvement. Our Kenny Salter, along with Ronnie Purscuinak, set out into the community armed with needles, condoms and a willingness to help the most street entrenched access health services. Linkages with Street Nurses and the legend that is Dr. Fike, were embedded into the agency with the first Street Clinic located within the ASK offices where Frankly Coffee is now located. By 2005, Harm Reduction supplies and education around safe injection use, coupled with a shift from heroin to crack cocaine, had resulted in a significant decline in the transmission of HIV/AIDS and in many ways the pressure to address the epidemic as a singular goal had abated. One of the challenges of managing and leading any organization, whether for profit or as a non-profit, is delivering a product that is both needed and wanted. You can’t stay in business or maintain contracts to keep your doors open if

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what you offer is not relevant. And it is this argument that thing special. And yet after all this growth there comes a time works for both sectors noted above and is what my predeceswhen we need to stop and take stock … to decide whether we sor Jo Rothenberg faced as she realized the agency needed to have lost anything along this bumpy road we have traveled broaden its services to remain viable. As she said to me in my with a mad man at the helm telling the horses ahead to run one week orientation in early January 2006, there just aren’t faster. enough people with HIV/AIDS in the region to warrant the Someone once said that I was like the pilot of a chuckwagon presence of an ASO. She even went so far as to say that one flying along, and if I didn’t watch out or have somebody lookpractical and realistic option was to merge with another noning behind, we might lose things that are precious. And now, profit organization in the community as a means to keep the coming later this month in follow-up to a very thorough and mandate and purpose alive. But she had wisely recognized broad reaching performance review of my work, the Board of in the year leading up to her departure that helping our cliDirectors and many of the staff will gather to consider the dient group; those on the margins of our rection we should go in the next few community struggling with poverty, “…when I hear staff members years. Should we consider the debad luck, bad choices and all the bevelopment of more housing, should haviours in between who needed to say the organization is like a we expand into research, should we find housing, was an area the agency family, I know we have some- diversify more, should we look at should pursue. So the seed was plantamalgamating with another agency, thing special.” ed upon my arrival to broaden our or should we simply consolidate and service delivery model and yet stay stay steady in our current form. These true to the founding principles of being client oriented, the are big questions; very important questions to ask and the anpursuit of social justice and the provision and philosophy of swers have significant bearing on how the agency should be harm reduction. led. The result has been enormous growth from seven staff and In the coming months, ASK Wellness will be taking the time half a million dollars worth of programming, to fifty-eight to invite some of you­— our readers — to help us consider staff and over three million in annual programming dollars. where we should go. It will be both exciting and revealing We now operate or own 143 apartments and offer everything to be part of an organization’s soul searching exercise. It is from our original HIV/AIDS services and supports to street my hope these efforts will only strengthen and solidify this outreach to employment programs. We have also focused on agency’s role in the community and will affirm what I believe defining a culture of caring and respect for creativity and perto be one of the most unique and rewarding places to work in sonal growth within the staff, and when I hear staff members this community. say the organization is like a family, I know we have some-


We need your help! A number of our programs provide breakfast for those who are struggling and hungry. Can you help contribute one

item per week? We are in desperate need of the following basic items: fresh fruit, veggies, eggs, ham, milk, yogurt,

cheese, juice and cereal. Please remember us the next

time you are grocery shopping and drop all donations off at the ASK Wellness Centre, 433 Tranquille Road, Kam-

loops, or call Cheryl at 250-376-7558, Ext. 226 to arrange for pick-up.

Thank You!

Our Office Wish List Can you help ASK by donating some basic items? We always need the following • Wrapped candies for S.H.O.P. kits • Paper (8-1/2 x 11 inches) • Boxes of pens, marker and pencils • Tape • ‘Staples’ gift certificates • Postage stamps • Envelopes • Coffee, tea and hot chocolate • File folders • Post-it notes • Kleenex tissues • Hand sanitizers If you can help, please contact Cheryl at 250-376-7558 Ext. 226 or


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Kindness Off the Curb Kamloops Office COBS BREAD for their generous weekly donations to several ASK Wellness programs! HEATHER COOK for donating two dozen eggs to the Crossroads Kitchen for the AASH Program!

Forever More It’s only been a short time since the day the music died But my grief covers me like a shroud and how I have cried For it seems no matter how many times we experience an end To a story untold and what, if any, does a message send To all our friends, coworkers and loved ones dear

SIMMONS, BLACK & EMSLAND for a dozen flat-screen computer monitors and keyboards!

We do not know if we have yet another day or year

JACQUELINE KNAPP and GRANT SMITH for the donation of two televisions to Crossroads!

Let our love shine, let it be bright

ROXANNE for a big bag of teddy bears plus a big bag of children’s sized clothing! THE WOMEN’S EMERGENCY SHELTER for some large bags of ladies jeans, as well as sharing other donations from WAREHOUSE ONE! MATT’S MOM for donating ladies hygiene items! CANADIAN RED CROSS for donating a bed and mattress to Crossroads! GLORIA and GEORGE MOORE for the donation of socks for our clients!

Merritt Office AVA DEAN for the donation of soap, shampoo, tooth brushes, three pairs of boots and insoles! RYAN THOMPSON for the television with TV stand!

So it seems to me we should hug them all tight Show no shame, nor guilt for our display of affection Fear not rebuke or awkward rejection We are all so vulnerable and prone to worry There’s always tomorrow, so what’s the hurry Well the funny thing is, that’s exactly what’s wrong We live our lives like there will always be song But the truth is we just don’t know Will we always have time to reap what we sow I never got to tell my friend Dan as much as I wanted Forever more I’ll regret, and be forever haunted So when my time comes I hope I will have shared My feelings with loved ones and how much I cared John Seymour

ASIA for the towels!

Do you need housing help? ASK Wellness prints the latest listings every day and housing help is available each day from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at ASK Wellness Centre 433 Tranquille Road, Kamloops 4

ASK Annual Homeless Count Ken Salter RSW, Street Outreach Worker


am writing this in response to some criticisms I’ve received around the Homeless Count not being conducted in a scientific manner. First of all, I agree, the count is not done in a scientific manner, partly because I don’t know how it could be. How do you scientifically enter a crack shack and count the number of addicts who happen to be sleeping there at any one time? How do you find every hidden camp in the city on any given day? How do you get information from agencies that are not interested in cooperating in the count? First, a bit of history. The Annual Homeless Count has been conducted by ASK

Safe Secure Storage On Site Resident Manager Various Sized Units Reasonable Rates Outdoor Storage for Boats, RVs, etc.

Wellness for the past four years because nobody else in the community was doing it. I participated in the city funded count five years ago, and found it to be of value for a number of reasons that I’ll get to shortly. The following year I inquired into who was doing the count and realized nobody was. The result was, we did it and have ever since. As the facilitator of the count for the past few years, I have never claimed our numbers were definitive or scientifically gathered. In fact, I have shared with the community that we use a formula given to us by Judy Graves, homeless advocate for the City of Vancouver for over twenty-five years, working with many on the downtown east side: if we find 100 homeless people in a community, we can multiply that by 1.5 times, and that would include the hidden homeless. That would be our best guess for that day. For me, the count is not about numbers, I already know them. For me the count is about public awareness around the issue of homelessness. It’s a chance for the average citizen to get out into our community and see the issue in reality. It’s one thing to read about a homeless person or camp in the media, it’s quite another to actually stand in a homeless camp, whether active or abandoned, to see where our fellow citizens live at times, or see the places in the alleyways where people sleep, and also to take a good look around their own neighbourhood. The people who come out to participate in the count are incredible to watch. Some are astounded at what they found, some knew what to expect, some are disappointed they didn’t find anything. They are all interested in the results and I believe they all have an awareness-raising experience as they share their day with each other. The count is for me, also an acknowledgement for my clients; that they too are a part of this community … they live here just like you and I. We know they are out there and some people are looking for solutions. That is what the homeless count does.

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Merritt Workshops v Diabetes Self-Management

March 7th to April 11th - (Wednesdays, time to be announced.)

April 22nd to May 27th - (Sundays, time to be announced.)

v Chronic Disease Self-Management

January 13th to February 17th - (Fridays 10:00 am to 12:30 noon.)

March 9th to April 13th - (Fridays, time to be announced.)

April 24th to May 29th - (Tuesdays, time to be announced.)

August 8th to September 12th - (Wednesdays, time to be announced.)

v Chronic Pain Self-Management

March 5th to April 9th - (Mondays, time to be announced.)

April 26th to May 31st - (Thursdays, time to be announced.)

June 14th to July 19th - (Thursdays, time to be announced.)

For additional information please contact Rebecca Stent at 250-378-5107 ext. 8509 or

Do you need STI, HEP-C, or HIV testing or information?

Just ASK! 250-376-7558, Ext. 232




SK Wellness is a community partner in the Kamloops Homeless Action Plan; we are well into year two and have seen several successes! We look forward to utilizing our momentum through 2012 to help create housing and programs that will meet the range of needs in our community.

Successes • Steering Advisory Group Formed – (HAP SAG) meets month-

ly to form objectives and direct actions. It includes representatives from community agencies and the City of Kamloops. • Coordinator Hired – The Coordinator responds to the SAG request and develops initiatives in partnership with the community. • HAP Website & Social Media Launched – The HAP website, Twitter, Facebook and Blog are excellent places to get the latest information from the HAP – • Leadership Council Formed – (HAP LC) meets bimonthly to discuss policy and regulation reforms. Includes cross-sector representation from all levels of government, business and non-profits. • Kamloops Housing Board Formed – (KHB) meets bimonthly to assess affordable housing in the community. Includes cross-sector representation from all groups associated with affordable housing. • Sites for Affordable Housing – Four new sites were rezoned for use by community agencies with Housing Agreements in Partnership with the City of Kamloops. • Hidden Homeless Count with SPARC BC – The Social Planning Research Council of BC conducted a study in five medium sized communities in BC to begin to understand levels of Hidden Homelessness. It is estimated that over 2010 there were over 1,100 individuals living in hidden homelessness in Kamloops. • Updated Non-Profit Housing Inventory – The Non-Profit Housing Inventory is available at the HAP website and lists all the non-profit housing in Kamloops. See: http://www. Visit the Seniors Outreach Services Society for listings of Affordable Housing for Seniors. http://www. • Outreach Workers Group Formed – (KICC) Kamloops Integrated Community Collaboration meets weekly to find direct solutions for individuals who are homeless. • Calculation of the Living Wage in Kamloops – $17.27/hr for a

Current Initiatives

Life Skills Training Development Many thanks to the Vancouver Foundation and the Tula Community Fund ( for the generous donation of $6,000 that will go towards a community-wide assessment of Life Skills Training Programs. Vancouver Foundation helps build more vibrant and resilient communities in BC. They do this by harnessing the gifts of energy, ideas, time and money from caring citizens to make meaningful and lasting impacts. They are Canada’s largest community foundation and have been investing in communities since 1943. To find out more, please visit

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the Spring of 2012 an information session will take place for builders, contractors, developers, landowners and anyone interested in creating affordable housing in our community. Contact the HAP for an invitation at • Development of a Community-Wide Housing Needs Assessment – While non-profit housing makes up a portion of affordable housing, there are also market units that can be classified as affordable. A comprehensive analysis of how much affordable housing we have will take place in 2012 through the Kamloops Housing Board. • Support Service Inventory – A comprehensive inventory of all the support services in Kamloops will help people seeking services and those providing them as well. Many thanks to TRU Social Work and Nursing departments for their ongoing assistance with this project. • Partnering with TRU for Research – The Social Work, Nursing and School of Business Departments at TRU, as well as the Community University Research Alliance (CURA) are all involved in developing local community-based research crucial to developing and measuring outcomes. • Development of Financial Alternatives – Along with members of Changing the Face of Poverty, the HAP is working towards measures that will increase access to banking and financial services. • Communication Planning – A team of talented individuals will meet regularly to develop the marketing strategies for the HAP starting in 2012. • Business Sector Engagement – Many people in the business sector have tools and resources to help in the fight to end homelessness. We hope to engage and involve many people who may not have related to the issues in the past. • Development of Life Skills Training – One of the keys to transitioning beyond homelessness is the right Life Skills. The HAP will work with the agencies who are currently providing Life Skills to assess needs and respond to needs in the community.


• Development of Affordable Housing Information Session – In

For the next phase of the Life Skills Project, the HAP has been recommended for Federal funding through the Homelessness Partnership Strategy. If approved, this funding will be utilized to develop Life Skills Training in the community, based on recommendation from the evaluation process. A huge thank you is in order to Teck-Highland Valley Industries for the $50,000 donation that will be used to create Life Skills Training programs in our community. Life Skills are essential to helping the people bridge to sustainable financial independence and Teck has played a huge part in ensuring many individuals’ success!

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two child, two parent home, calculated in partnership with the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) School of Business and the United Way, Thompson, Nicola and Cariboo.

For more information please visit or call 250-571-9665 #15 - 219 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2A1

Our Clients Always Need Warm, thick socks, underwear Gloves, mitts, scarves & hats Grocery vouchers Take-out containers for leftovers Plastic bags Ziploc bags (all sizes) Baby Wipes / Wet Wipes Band-aids Blankets Bus Passes / Tickets Combs / Brushes Deodorant Personal hygiene products Feminine hygiene products Adult diapers Wrapped candies Garbage bags Razors, men’s and ladies’ Shaving cream or foam Chap-Stick Toilet paper Kleenex tissues Toothbrushes & toothpaste Travel-size soaps and shampoos Telephones If you can help please call Cheryl

at 250-376-7558, ext. 226


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Help for Troubled Teens SHOP Programming Kamloops 4 SWAT ~ (Sex Workers Addressing Treatment) ~ runs every Friday at 3:00 pm. Dinner is served at 5:00 pm. 4 Women Only Narcotics Anonymous ~ runs every Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. downstairs. Please ring doorbell for entry. 4 A Place to Go for All Women ~ every Tuesday at 1:30 pm. Come join us for great company, community resource connections, good friends and a delicious home-cooked meal by the wonderful ‘Martha’s.’ Street nurses available every Tuesday. 4 Wednesday’s Coffee Shop ~ come and join Nicole and Carmen Wednesday afternoons for coffee. 4 A Place to Chill for SHOP Women ~ every Friday from 2:00 to 8:00 pm, come and join us for our ‘Drop-In.’ Crafts, good conversation, laughs and movies. Pick up can be arranged if needed … just ASK! 4 Remember SHOP is the place to find ~ condoms, hygiene products, shampoo, toothbrushes and pregnancy kits. We can help you with a variety of needs … JUST ASK!

Can You Help Us? SHOP is still looking for donations to start its BOOK CLUB. We are hoping to get 4 to 6 of the same book to get us started. Your help would be greatly appreciated! 8


Neil Steinke, BEd, MA Admissions, Venture Academy

aving spent thirty-five years in public and private education, and twenty-six of those years as an administrator, I realized there were youth at risk with needs that the resources and supports of the local schools and social service care providers could not meet. A new environment was needed with support, thorough assessment and new relationships with adults developed for some students. Families may have a desperate need to reconnect with their teenaged son or daughter who may be under the influence of a negative peer group, maybe involved in drug and alcohol abuse, have lost relationship with their parents or caregivers or other significant factors that put a youth at risk. Venture Academy is an option for those families in this position and my goal is to inform parents and education and social service professionals of the services offered that may be of assistance during this time of trauma and stress.

Venture Academy at a Glance Venture Academy provides help for troubled teens in Canada including troubled teens who are experiencing family conflict, negative peers, school suspensions, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, drug and alcohol abuse, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder, anxiety, depression, other clinically diagnosed disorders and other significant behavioural challenges. Our residential treatment centres are located near Barrie, Ontario and more locally, in Kelowna, BC. The care is 24/7 and focuses on Assessment and Intervention for the first 30 days, followed by an individualized treatment plan that will determine the length of the stay. Our clinical approach is based on Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s work on attachment (How to Hold on to Your Kids – Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers, with Dr. Gabor Mate). Enrollment can take place at any time and there is provision for joining the program within a few days in a crisis situation. Educational needs are assessed and individualized attention is given to have students progress using BC Ministry of Education approved distance learning materials. The goal is always reintegration into the community as soon as possible which is when significant change is realized. For more information on our program you may go to our website at or call me at 250-376-0281 or 250-575-6561, I can personally assist any family through the admissions process..

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e are proud to announce we have officially changed our agency name from “Interior Metis Child & Family Services” to “Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services.” The name change reflects our Michif language and the Métis people. “Otipemisiwak” The Métis were — and are — a people distinguished by their independence, individuality and resilience. The Cree referred to Métis people as Otipemisiwak, which, loosely translated, means “the people who own themselves,” or “the people who govern themselves.” Métis people have a history of independence, self-governance and democratically elected leadership that endures to the present day. They have consistently and continuously sought the recognition and protection of inherent rights in all aspects of their lives. Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family & Community Services will continue to provide support services and cultural programming to children, youth and families of Métis ancestry. Further, we are continuing our journey towards becoming a fully delegated Métis Child and Family Services agency. The agency will continue to operate in its current structure and your contacts will remain unchanged. The old email addresses will continue to be operational for the foreseeable future and our web domain will for now remain unchanged. Be sure to enter our logo contest…

Adult Addictions Supportive Housing Wish List

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Interior Metis Child & Family Services Name Change

Can you help ASK out by donating any of these items? At present we are in need of the following …

Mops Buckets Garbage pails Alarm clocks Some sort of shelving Blankets Sheets (queen and single) Pillow cases Book cases Two dressers Two lamps Computer desk Two couches Pots, pans, dishes, utensils Can openers Four end tables Air mattress Area rugs If you can help, please call Cheryl at 250-376-7558, Ext. 226 or send her an email 9

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Phoenix Centre TURN UP THE HEAT Campaign

White Buffalo Aboriginal Health Society


n February 1st, Phoenix Centre launched their TURN UP THE HEAT campaign for the express purpose of raising sufficient funds to replace their aged and ailing, significantly expensive heating system. Over 30 years old and 5 years beyond its expected lifespan, repairs are becoming more frequent with parts becoming more difficult to locate. A new heating system is essential! If the system were to fail, this important Kamloops’ facility would be forced to close its doors. This would mean the 20-bed, medically supported withdrawal management program (detox) for adults would no longer be capable of taking in new patients, and their outpatient programs for youth and families no longer able to provide service. To find out how to donate to this essential project, please contact Sian Lewis at the Phoenix Centre at 250-374-4634 or by email to


It’s time to Celebrate Recovery!

Think for a moment about your life, Can you think of a HABIT, HURT or HANG-UP That is causing you distress? Here are some examples: Codependency - the compulsion to rescue and take care of others, difficulty setting boundaries or recognizing your own worth. Chemical dependency (alcohol / drugs) Physical, emotional and sex abuse Adult children of family dysfunction—the family Problem of alcoholism made us ‘co-victims’ Sexual addiction Eating disorders and food addiction Love and relationship addiction Anger management issues Financial bondage Then: Celebrate, RECOVERY is for YOU! The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to provide fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the eight recovery principles found in the Beatitudes and Christ — centered 12 Steps. WHEN – Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm WHERE – Salvation Army, 344 Poplar Street, Kamloops Need more information, call 250-554-1611.



Holistic Health Care

boriginal Family Health & Addictions Program has established an Aboriginal Youth Mental Health & Addictions Committee. This committee works to make certain that appropriate planning, emergency response and health strategies are in place for Aboriginal youth dealing with mental health and addiction issues.


White Buffalo Aboriginal Health Society hosts a variety of free education and awareness workshops designed for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health providers, social service providers and community members. The primary focus is on issues concerning Aboriginal youth mental health and addictions. Workshops occur throughout the year. Please contact White Buffalo Aboriginal Health Society & Resource Centre for a schedule, or to be contacted about upcoming events. We are always looking for speakers willing to present on relevant and interesting topics related to Aboriginal holistic health. If there is a topic you would like to see addressed or want to speak on, please contact the Health Coordinator to discuss your ideas.

Contact / Referral Service

The Aboriginal Health & Addictions Program maintains a community health database of existing and new health and social service programs inclusive of addictions and mental health services, child and family services, family counseling, housing and other relevant medical or community needs. Our contact/referral service system works to enhance the coordination of mental health and addictions services. It also promotes improved access to mental health and addictions services and to ensure culturally appropriate services are in place and made in a timely manner.

Primary Health Clinic

White Buffalo Aboriginal Health Society has a Family Nurse Practitioner who provides client-centre health care including:

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Men’s/Women’s Family Health Ordering of diagnostic screening tests Treatment of acute and chronic illnesses Referrals to specialists when required Prescribing of most medications No narcotics will be prescribed or kept on site

Every Wednesday between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm For more information on our programmes, please contact us at 517A Tranquille Road, Kamloops, BC V2B 3H3

Telephone: 250-554-1176 • Fax: 250-554-1157 Mobile Phone: 1-888-554-1176


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Dining Out for Life 2012 is on the hunt for restaurants!

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Dining Out for Life is a national event that helps to raise funds for AIDS organizations. If you are a restaurant and would like to participate, please contact Cheryl at 250376-7558 ext. 228 or The following restaurants have shown their support and will donate 25% of their food proceeds the night of Thursday, April 26th, 2012: The Art We Are (246 Victoria Street) The Commodore Grand Café & Lounge (369 Victoria Street) Flavours of India (550 Columbia Street W) Hoja Mongolian Grill (256 Victoria Street) Minos Restaurant (262 Tranquille Road) Ora Restaurant (1250 Rogers Way) Ric’s Grill (1175 Rogers Way) Terra Restaurant (326 Victoria Street ~ see focus below) We are hoping to add seven more restaurants! If you would like to volunteer for this fun event, please contact Cheryl at ASK Wellness, by phone or at the email address noted above. Thank you!

Our Dining Out for Life Featured Restaurant… Terra Restaurant opened last July in down-

town Kamloops in the space formerly occupied by Bistro 326. After a combined thirty years in the hospitality industry, David and Andrea Tombs had a simple plan in mind:

serve seasonal, sustainable ingredients that showcase the best our region has to offer.

Menus change monthly to offer guests the opportunity to experience seasonal ingredients at their peak. The welcoming atmosphere is clean and uncluttered, leaving the focus on the food and attentive service

from the knowledgeable staff. Terra, as the name indicates, is about the earth and a respect for her bounty. Through relationships with farmers, ranchers, artisans and others, we aim to allow diners to experience the

broad spectrum of exceptional ingredients available in our region. The sense of community is reflected in the events we have participated in since opening: ‘farm2chefs,’ a fund raiser for the Thompson Shuswap Chef

Farmer Collaborative; Chefs in the City, to support local culinary bursaries with Rotary; and, coming up on

April 26th, Dining Out for Life, an annual fund raiser for ASK Wellness Centre. Terra is located at 326 Victoria Street. Open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Dinner is offered six nights a week from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Closed Sundays. Reservations can be made by calling 250-374-2913.


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Community Rallies to Help Fire Evacuees Jason Hewlett, Daily News Staff Reporter

On Sunday, March 4th, volunteers with truck and trailers showed up to pay it forward. Over 40 local Kamloops households and some businesses stepped up to donate mattresses, bedding, kitchen items, TVs, couches and other household items to help those affected by the lower Sahali fire in Copper Ridge Court apartment complex.



eft with no place to live after one of the city’s biggest fires in recent years, the 100 residents of Copper Ridge Court have been met with offers of clothing, furniture and even a place to live. The blaze, which burned through five of the 52 units at the Summit Drive apartment building, was out by Thursday morning. Fire and Rescue Captain Sheldon Guertin said there is limited smoke damage to the rest of the building but every level sustained heavy water damage. At the peak of the fire fighting effort, crews blasted the flames with 3,100 gallons of water a minute. Guertin said water flooded its way to the ground floor. “I can’t see this building being ready to go [for residents] any time soon,” he said. “People will need to look for a new place to live.” That is the predicament Keshav Sharma has found himself in. The fire, which started in a laundry room Wednesday afternoon, burned to within an apartment of his home on the fourth floor. He and other residents met with emergency personnel at the Interior Savings Centre on Thursday morning. They were told they had five minutes to venture into the building that afternoon to grab necessary belongings. Tenants will be provided with accommodations and food for up to 72 hours. After that they will need to find a place to live, said Sharma. “It’s probably going to be a couple of months before we can go back,” he said. He lived at Copper Ridge with his wife and daughter. Sharma’s parents are also visiting from India. “We will have to look at alternatives.” Sharma had no insurance but, as long as the heat and smoke didn’t damage his family’s belongings he expects there will be little they will need. “It’s a shocking situation,” said Sharma. Residents approached by The Daily News after the meeting were still coming to terms with what happened. “It was my life. Everything I owned was in there,” said Chris Shaw, who lived on the building’s second floor. He can stay with friends for now but wondered how much of his clothing and furniture was damaged by the water. Shaw said he would grab what he can. “It’s not a whole lot of time to grab very much,” he said. But several landlords have offered the Copper Ridge tenants

places to stay, said Shaw. This gesture is appreciated. Christine Johnson doesn’t know where she will go, but appreciates emergency services providing her with a place to stay. “I still have a few days to sort things out,” she said. Numerous community groups came forward Thursday offering services or asking people to donate clothing, furniture, towels—anything a person needs to start over. Bob Hughes, Executive Director of ASK Wellness, said his organization will connect people with landlords, provide them with moving trucks and even help people move. Hughes said the disaster put dozens of people in a precarious position and his agency needs to make sure everyone gets through it okay. “Even caring for the short-term homeless is part of our job,” he said. “Hopefully we can keep people safe and secure.” ASK has partnered with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Random Acts of Kamloops Kindness to help fire victims. People are asked to phone 250-376-4208 for a list of places to drop off items, which ASK staff will pick up on Sunday (this report was filed the week of February 26th. Ed). The Salvation Army is taking donations at their Thrift Store on Tranquille Road. Heather McQueen, administrative assistant for the Army’s community and family services, asked evacuees to go to the office on Poplar Street and pick up a voucher. The voucher will allow evacuees to get what they need from the thrift store for free, said McQueen. Fire and Rescue Chief Neill Moroz said the Copper Ridge Court blaze is one of the biggest the department has fought for a long time. He said the fire burned in the walls and trusses, which made it a complicated one to fight. However, crews did a great job limiting the damage. Guertin said several animals were rescued from the building, including a cat that was found Thursday morning. “We’re able to reunite someone with their pet. That feels good,” he said. At least 25 Thompson Rivers University students lived at the building. People are asked to contact the TRU Foundation at 250828-5264 or to make a donation.

CO-ED HIV/Hep C SUPPORT GROUP If you are living with HIV, Hep C or affected by someone who is, there is an HIV/Hep C support group for persons dealing with these health conditions. The group meets every Wednesday at 7:00 pm. I invite you to share your concerns, ideas, experience and strength in a friendly and confidential environment. Talk, listen and learn with those who can relate. We can all benefit from support! Want more details? Contact Larry at 250-376-7558, ext. 232

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Crossroads Inn o A 50-unit semi-supported housing facility. (Building owned by ASK Wellness and funded by the Government of Canada). Tina Baptiste Suites o An 11-unit building, non-supported low income (suites leased to ASK Wellness through the Kelson Group). (Market funded) Assistance with Housing Issues o A client who walks through the door of our North Shore Office — 433 Tranquille Rd., Kamloops, telephone 250-376-7558 — will have the ability to sit with a social worker to assist with all their housing issues. We provide rental top-ups or damage deposit assistance, transportation to interviews with landlords, arrangements for moving furniture, emergency repairs, funding for security deposits as well as rent and rent subsidies. We also work with the client to develop life skills such as budgeting, basic cleanliness and communication skills to ensure they have the best chance to succeed in their housing environment. (Funded by BC Housing) Property Management Assistance o ASK Wellness Centre has also taken the initiative to work directly with local property owners to develop goals and initiatives when dealing with clients. Our staff and programs help in a variety of ways. We provide mediation to negotiate mutually agreeable solutions between landlords and tenants, or provide support to improve buildings be it through repairs, painting and cleaning, in or outside of the building. (Funded by BC Housing)

n Other Services Crisis Funding for Families o By way of a donation made through the Boogie the Bridge Society of Kamloops, we are able to provide crisis funding to families who are in need of rental/damage deposits, food and utility payment assistance. (Funded by the Boogie the Bridge Society) Health Navigation, Blood Borne Infection Management and Harm Reduction o We have on staff a team of social workers and counselors to help clients improve their health. Whether it be to provide assistance to manage medications, attend doctors’ appointments, to help understand your answer, to assist in finding a doctor or drive to Vancouver for specialist appointment, we are able to help and provide hope. Through this service, we create a common purpose of building capacity to have a positive impact on the quality of life of individuals living with complex health needs. We provide needle exchange and harm reduction supplies at all of our agency’s locations and supportive housing buildings. (Funded by Interior Health) Adult/Youth STD and Harm Reduction Education/Hi5 Run Club o We have a community educator who teaches the ABCs of HEP-C, HIV/ AIDS awareness and prevention, sexual health for life. These sessions

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Henry Leland House Kamloops o A 28-unit, 24 hour supportive housing facility. Housing the most challenging and hard to house. Through on-site support, program participants create a wellness plan and work on integrating back into the community after two years. Program participants are also able to participate in an employment program for community clean-up through TNRD. (Funded by BC Housing)

include: information related to STDs and STIs; harm reduction tools and different kinds of testing available; sexual exploitation and human trafficking. (Funded by Interior Health) o Hi5 Run Club – Our community educator meets a group of clients twice a week during the spring/summer/fall months to learn the benefits of healthy eating and exercise and complete two 5k races. This successful program was highlighted on CBC Radio nationwide in 2010. (Funded by Interior Health)


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Creating Social and Health Options (SHOP) o Through our SHOP Program we assist individuals in exiting the Sex Trade and in maintaining their exit, advance education and community awareness regarding issues surrounding the sex trade, promote partnerships between sex workers, residents, community groups, businesses and government, improve the health and safety of individuals and our community through crisis intervention and harm reduction strategies. (Funded by the City of Kamloops and the United Way) Street Outreach and Third Party Benefits o Our staff collaborates with other agencies, RCMP and City By-Law to keep the streets safe. We run a homeless count annually and gather 100 volunteers to comb the streets, alleyways and beaches. (Funded by Interior Health and CLBC) o We provide assistance to clients who are unable to attend at the Ministry as a Third Party. (Funded through the Ministry of Social Development.) Recovery and Independent Supportive Housing (AASH) o AASH – Adult Addiction Supportive Housing – In partnership with CMHA we provide supports and housing to those individuals who have successfully gone through detox and wish further assistance to become contributing community members. Through 24-hour supports, wellness planning and group meetings, many have seen success. This program always has several people on a wait list. (Funded by Interior Health) Mental Health and Independent Supportive Housing (MASH) o MASH – Mental Health Adult Supportive Housing – In partnership with CMHA we provide supports and housing to those individuals who are struggling with mental health issues and wish further assistance to become contributing community members. Through 24-hour supports, wellness planning and group meetings, many have seen success. (Funded by Interior Health) Community Integration and Developmental Disabilities Supports o Through a contract with Community Living BC (CLBC), a provincial crown agency, we assist by delivering supports and services to adults with developmental disabilities and those struggling with mental illness to create communities where people have more choices about how they live, work and contribute. (Funded by CLBC) Opportunities Program/Youth Skills Link Program o Through our program, persons with disabilities or those struggling with getting back on their feet after abuse, addiction or life struggles, and youth between the ages of 19 and 30, are offered services to instill hope and purpose. Through giving back to their community by providing clean-up, landscaping, small repairs, painting, weeding and odd jobs, are taught responsibility as well as how to work as a team. (Funded by the Government of Canada) For additional information please go to or call 250-376-7558


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The ASK Wellness Centre would like to invite your business to be part of the new ASK 2012/2013 Coupon Book. Do you have some stock you would like to clear, and item or service you wish to promote? The coupon is your choice, be it 10% off all clearance items, a 2 for 1, free dessert with a purchase of an EntrĂŠe. Deadline for submission: March 23, 2012, 4pm

This is the format for the coupon. We make it easy for you! All you need to do is provide the following and we do the art work: Details of business (name, address, number and website) Coupon offer Photos and Logos Expiry date (2013 dates only please) Send to Cheryl Doolan at Any questions? Call Cheryl at 778.220.8900 A draft of the coupon will be emailed back to you for final approval. Front


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Cause-related marketing is an activity in which businesses join with charities or causes to market an image, product, or service for mutual benefit. Embracing a cause makes good business sense. Nothing builds brand loyalty among today's increasingly hard-to-please consumers like a company's proven commitment to a worthy cause. Other things being equal, many consumers would rather do business with a company that stands for something beyond profits. Where will our profits go? The ASK Active Global Citizen Project

Through the local Kamloops non-profit agency Developing World Connections (, the team will travel to Udaipur, India to complete a community sustainability project, provide outreach to the children in the surrounding villages and provide hope and compassion to the community as a whole.

Why are these funds going global? ASK Wellness provides many services in and around the Kamloops Area which are funded by 13 different funding sources and could not ignore the global need. Last year The ASK Active Global Citizen travelled to Swaziland, Africa and made a difference by providing propane for the next year so that one preschool can provide two meals a day, every school day! We provided hoses to each of the gardens we dug, so that water does not have to be transported by hand. We completed the construction of a preschool, provided HIV/AIDS Outreach to the community, sponsored a student to go back to school, dug and planted 1,550 plants in six large gardens, purchased a rain barrel for a struggling family, introduced cold frames so they do not have to buy expensive seedlings, educated the people on how to construct a composing bin with an additional four constructed boxes with instructional information. At the end of it all we celebrated and fed over 500 people!

How much will the books be sold for? $25.00 When will they be sold? Starting April 2, 2012 Where will they be sold? Through individuals, in schools, at businesses and non-profits Need more information or have questions? Cheryl Doolan, Office Manager and Event Coordinator ASK Wellness Centre ~ 778.220.8900 ~

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Client Resources Aboriginal Employment Services 250-554-4556 ASK Wellness Centre 250-376-7558 Toll Free: 1-800-661-7451 Alcohol/Drug Information/Referral Services Toll Free: 1-800-663-1441 Brain Injury Association 250-372-1799 Christian Hostel 250-372-3031 Canadian Mental Health Association Toll Free: 1-888-674-0440 Emerald on Third 250-374-1090 Employment Insurance Toll Free: 1-800-206-7218 GT Hiring Solutions 250-374-7748 House of Ruth (Women Only) 250-376-5621 Kamloops & District Elizabeth Fry Society 250-374-2119 Kamloops Immigrant Services 250-372-0855 Interior Community Service 250-554-3134 Interior Indian Friendship Society 250-376-1617 Interior Indian Friendship Society Alcohol and Drug Counselor 250-376-1296 Kamloops Food Bank 250-376-2252 Kamloops Safe Housing Society 250-851-2720 Kamloops Work Search Centre (South) 250-372-3803 Kamloops Work Search Centre (North) 250-376-3111 Kids Helpline Toll Free: 1-800-668-6868 Labour Ready 250-376-9116 Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family & Community Services 250-554-9486

Mothers for Recovery 250-377-6890 Ministry of Children & Family Development 250-371-3600 Narcotics Anonymous Toll Free: 1-800-414-0296 Native Housing Society 250-376-6332 New Life Mission 250-372-9898 Ministry of Housing & Social Development Toll Free: 1-866-866-0800 Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General, Community Corrections Kamloops: 250-828-4008 Merritt: 250-378-9355 Phoenix Centre 250-374-4634 RCMP Kamloops 250-838-3000 St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store 250-554-0098 Salvation Army 250-554-1611 Sage Health Centre 250-374-6551 Sexual Assault Counseling Centre 250-372-0179 Shuswap Training and Employment 250-554-4556 Street Outreach Nurse Gaudenza: 250-319-6783 Lisa: 250-318-4611 Suicide Distress Line Toll Free: 1-800-784-2433 United Way of Kamloops 250-372-9933 Venture Academy 250-376-0281 Cellular: 250-575-6561 Volunteer Kamloops 250-372-8313 White Buffalo Aboriginal Health Society & Res. Centre 250-554-1176

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More locations soon! Would you like “Off the Curb” at your location? Help us promote wellness in your community! Contact Cheryl at 250-376-7558, Ext. 226 or

A & W, 350 Lansdowne Street ASK Wellness Centre, 433 Tranquille Road The Art We Are, 246 Victoria Street At Second Glance Used Books, 448 Victoria St. Blendz Coffee, 210 Victoria Street Café Fresh, 324 Victoria Street Crossroads Inn, 569 Seymour Street Erwin’s Bakery, 369 St. Paul Street Fratelli Foods, 223 Victoria Street Frou Frou Monkey, 263 Victoria Street The Grind, 5th and Victoria Street Hello Toast, 428 Victoria Street

Hoja Mongolian Grill, 256 Victoria Street Kamloops Downtown Library, 466 Victoria Street Kamloops Fit Families, 783 Notre Dame Drive Kamloops Immigration Services, 109 Victoria St. Kamloops Northshore Library, 693 Tranquille Rd. Little Shore Store, 413D Tranquille Road Motivo Café Downtown, 229 Victoria Street Motivo Café North Shore, 449 Tranquille Rd. Oops Café, 274 - 3rd Avenue Passek’s Classic Café & Catering, 120 - 3rd St. Zack’s Coffees Teas & Gifts, 377 Victoria St.


‘Off the Curb’ is a monthy newsletter published by ASK Wellness Centre in Kamloops, BC.