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CTC Sea to Sky-Community Assessments are being updated

As we wrap up 2013, special thanks goes to Liane Van Raalte, Chair of the Risk and Protective Factor Assessment Working Group and her committee members from throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor. You may know the Communities That Care (CTC) Youth Survey was delivered in Grade 6-12 classrooms this fall. Data is currently being reviewed and a draft report will be presented to the Community Boards (Squamish, Whistler and the Coalition of Caring Communities ‘C6’) for feedback early in the new year. The risk and protective factor assessment priorities found in the Community Assessment Reports guide the local Communities That Care tables as they implement actions to make our communities the healthiest they can be for children, youth and families.  A communication plan is being prepared to share the findings broadly with the communities.   For more information about past findings and actions please visit http://ctcseatosky.com/  To get involved, please contact:

Squamish-Carole Caddey (carolec@forcesociety.com) or visit her at the Farmer’s Market on Sundays;

Pemberton-Mt. Currie and the Lower Lakes Communities (C6)-Lizz Kelly (lizz.kelly@sscs.ca) or Jessica Frank (jfrank@sshs.ca); or

Whistler-Claire Mozes (claire@mywcss.org)

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

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(Photo:  C6 Strategic Planning Workshop, 2013).

Corridor hosts Strengthening Families Training

On March 19-20th, we were pleased to have Drs. Kumpfer and Whiteside visit us in Pemberton. 29 people received professional development credits from the master trainers. New and experienced group leaders, coordinators and volunteers from Pemberton, N’Quatqua, Lil’wat Nation, Whistler, Squamish and Nishnawbe Aski Nation took part. Feedback from attendees was very positive. Participants shared how honored they felt to have the opportunity to meet and be trained by Dr. Kumpfer, the founder of the Strengthening Families Program for 6-11 year olds and their families. Our visitors graciously shared their time with small groups throughout the corridor during their stay. The C6 team is energized and ready to launch the next cycle of programming being hosted in Pemberton starting April 8th.

C6 Champion Pat MacKenzie with Drs. Whiteside and Kumpfer.

C6 Champion Pat MacKenzie with Drs. Whiteside and Kumpfer.

Rotary Club of Squamish President Brian Finley presents cheque for $2000 to Communities That Care in support of SFP Training.

Rotary Club of Squamish President Brian Finley presents cheque for $2000 to Communities That Care in support of SFP Training.


Thank you to supporters of the training:
Drs. Kumpfer and Whiteside
Rotary Club of Squamish
Pemberton Valley Lodge
Space at Pemberton Community Centre for Training provided by the SLRD, Area C and the Village of Pemberton
Sea to Sky Community Services Society and
The Ministry of Children and Family Development

CTC Whistler seeking Key Leaders-submitted by Claire Mozes

Do you have what it takes to be a Key Leader? CTC Whistler needs to develop a group of Key Leaders in order to move the process of universal prevention forward. The Sea to Sky Regional Key Leader Board currently includes of representatives from School District No. 48, Whistler Community Services Society, Sea to Sky Community Services, Ministry for Children and Family Development/Child and Youth Mental Health, RCMP, business, faith community and others. At this time the local Whistler steering committee includes representatives from the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Whistler Secondary School Parent Advisory Committee, Elementary school principals, Vancouver Coastal Health, Whistler Community Services Society, WhistlerBlackcomb and community members led by our Champion Norm McPhail and part time CTC technical consultant/facilitator Christine Buttkus.

Key Leaders are Whistler community members who are well known and respected, have the ability to engage resources, can build positive relationships across business and social service agencies and have an interest in prevention programs to create a healthier community for our children, youth and families. Key Leaders will attend an orientation workshop then commit to attending quarterly meetings and approximately 4 to 6 hours/month. In order to get a broad range of support, CTC Whistler is seeking 20 people who are representative of the community to assist in implementing the community action plan as it is formed over the next few months.

A key leader orientation workshop is scheduled for April 24th from 3-6p.m. If you think you can provide support as a Key Leader, please contact Norm McPhail (nmcphail@whistler.ca) or Christine Buttkus (christine_buttkus@telus.net)Image today to learn more about the Communities that Care process and the impact that years of research and proven prevention programs have when properly implemented in a community.

Communities That Care & C6: A Coalition of Caring Communities

What is Communities That Care? What is C6: A Coalition of Caring Communities? What is this all about? What does this have to do with me? Huh?

Over the past nine years I have answered the above questions. . Communities That Care, also known as CTC, is the umbrella under which C6 is organized. Yes, CTC is nine years old in Pemberton, Mt. Currie, N’Quatqua and the Lower Lake Bands.  No, you did not miss the birthday party. We may have one yet!

C6 stands for the six communities which make up the coalition of caring communities in the northern part of this corridor. They are Pemberton, Mt. Currie, N’Quatqua, Skatin, Douglas and Samahquam. WE are the “coalition of caring communities”. You can be part of this organization too!

What we are about is supporting all the people – children, youth, adults and elderly alike- in their efforts to lead healthy and productive lives.

How did we get into doing this you ask? Nine years ago a group of concerned people noticed that some students and families were experiencing problems. This group represented a wide range of people in all the communities from community leaders, recreation leaders, health care workers, religious leaders, and educators. One of the key members at that time was Rob Smith from the Ministry of Children and Families who told us about a program called Communities that Care which Squamish had used to address similar concerns. The rest is history.

With the permission of the school board and parents students in grade 6 – 12 were administered a survey which asked questions about their lifestyle, family, community, peers and school. The results of this survey told us about their strengths or protective factors as well as their weak areas or risk factors.

The survey results showed that strengths buffering our grade 8, 10 & 12 students’ from risk, known as protective factors, averaged out over the three grade levels seven years ago were

–          A belief in moral order (what is right and wrong)

–          School recognition/reward for pro-social involvement

–          Family opportunities for pro-social involvement

–          High protection youth

–          Community recognition/reward for pro-social involvement

–          Family recognition/reward for pro-social involvement

These strong protective factors help kids be resilient when they are faced with challenges or problems.

Weaknesses or risk factors were

–          Early and persistent antisocial behaviour

–          Academic failure beginning in late elementary school

–          Family history of problem behaviour

–          Family management problems

–          Family conflict

–          Extreme economic deprivation

When weaknesses are high in the above areas, there is an increased likelihood that youth will develop health and behaviour problems.

Once these strengths/protective factors and weaknesses/ risk factors were known, a small group broke off from the big C6 committee to look for programs which could address these concerns. This small committee returned with recommendations to implement a number of programs each of which were aimed at different groups of people –toddlers, youth, families, students. These programs were High Scope for pre-school children; Parenting Wisely for parents; Strengthening Families for all members of the family; Positive Action for students and for communities.

Five years later we are looking to determine the effectiveness of these programs. CTC has come full circle! We are now looking at the results of a second student survey which was administered in October. A committee of community Key Leaders will be receiving the report from a committee of local leaders who believe this work is vital to healthy communities.

My next blog will highlight the results of the most recent survey. I will look at what the data says about whether the programs were successful in addressing 2007 risk factors; at the data which will identify protective factors; and at the new risk factors.

Addressing the main conditions which make  the development of healthy youth more difficult will improve the health of children and families. Can you help us do that?

 

Pat MacKenzie

Champion, CTC – C6: A Coalition of Caring Communities

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about us I can be reached at patandmac@hotmail.com. Or you can contact Christine Buttkus, Facilitator for CTC Sea to Sky, at a1a50054@telus.net.

 

Communities That Care Update

Christine Williston from Strengthening Families Program presents evaluation results at Key Leader Board Orientation.

Christine Williston from Strengthening Families Program presents evaluation results at Key Leader Board Orientation.

As we wrap up 2013, special thanks goes to Liane Van Raalte, Chair of the Risk and Protective Factor Assessment Working Group and her committee members from throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor. You may know the Communities That Care (CTC) Youth Survey was delivered in Grade 6-12 classrooms this fall. Data is currently being reviewed and a draft report will be presented to the Community Boards (Squamish, Whistler and the Coalition of Caring Communities ‘C6′) for feedback early in the new year. The risk and protective factor assessment priorities found in the Community Assessment Reports guide the local Communities That Care tables as they implement actions to make our communities the healthiest they can be for children, youth and families. A communication plan is being prepared to share the findings broadly with the communities. For more information about past findings and actions please visit http://ctcseatosky.com/ To get involved, please contact:

Squamish-Carole Caddey (carolec@forcesociety.com) or visit her at the Farmer’s Market on Sundays;

Pemberton-Mt. Currie and the Lower Lakes Communities (C6)-Lizz Kelly (lizz.kelly@sscs.ca) or Jessica Frank (jfrank@sshs.ca); or

Whistler-Claire Mozes (claire@mywcss.org)

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

Communities That Care-Sea to Sky

December updates

As we wrap up 2013, special thanks goes to Liane Van Raalte, Chair of the Risk and Protective Factor Assessment Working Group and her committee members from throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor. You may know the Communities That Care (CTC) Youth Survey was delivered in Grade 6-12 classrooms this fall. Data is currently being reviewed and a draft report will be presented to the Community Boards (Squamish, Whistler and the Coalition of Caring Communities ‘C6’) for feedback early in the new year. The risk and protective factor assessment priorities found in the Community Assessment Reports guide the local CTC tables as they implement actions to make our communities the healthiest they can be for children, youth and families.  A communication plan is being prepared to share the findings broadly with the communities.   For more information about past findings and actions please visit http://ctcseatosky.com/  To get involved, please contact:

Squamish-Carole Caddey (carolec@forcesociety.com) or visit her at the Farmer’s Market on Sundays;

Pemberton-Mt. Currie and the Lower Lakes Communities (C6)-Lizz Kelly (lizz.kelly@sscs.ca) or Jessica Frank (jfrank@sshs.ca); or

Whistler-Claire Mozes (claire@mywcss.org)

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

Communities That Care-Sea to Sky

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(Photo:  C6 Strategic Planning Workshop, 2013).

December news

As we wrap up 2013, special thanks goes to Liane Van Raalte, Chair of the Risk and Protective Factor Assessment Working Group and her committee members from throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor. You may know the Communities That Care (CTC) Youth Survey was delivered in Grade 6-12 classrooms this fall. Data is currently being reviewed and a draft report will be presented to the Community Boards (Squamish, Whistler and the Coalition of Caring Communities ‘C6’) for feedback early in the new year. The risk and protective factor assessment priorities found in the Community Assessment Reports guide the local CTC tables as they implement actions to make our communities the healthiest they can be for children, youth and families.  A communication plan is being prepared to share the findings broadly with the communities.   For more information about past findings and actions please visit http://ctcseatosky.com/  To get involved, please contact:

Squamish-Carole Caddey (carolec@forcesociety.com) or visit her at the Farmer’s Market on Sundays;

Pemberton-Mt. Currie and the Lower Lakes Communities (C6)-Lizz Kelly (lizz.kelly@sscs.ca) or Jessica Frank (jfrank@sshs.ca); or

Whistler-Claire Mozes (claire@mywcss.org)

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

Communities That Care-Sea to Sky

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(Photo:  C6 Strategic Planning Workshop, 2013).

December News

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