Author: Astrid Feschuk

On a beautiful spring day, I met with Sandra, the manager at Newcastle Place to interview her about the program, the upcoming transition to HEARTH, her staff, and a bit about her background. Newcastle Place started in 2018 when BC Housing purchased property at 250 Terminal...

Orca Place is a site for support and care – a refuge and a home for people from the Oceanside area who have experienced housing and health challenges. Situated in a bright, modular style apartment building built by BC Housing on land owned by the...

In early spring I had the pleasure of interviewing Ronell Boswell, Samaritan Place manager, in the Community Space. Ronell spoke about Samaritan Place, the different programs that they run, her role as the manager and the work she and her team does. Ronell has been...

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Sharon McIntosh, ICCS’s Community Program Manager, at Orca Place in Parksville to talk about the community programs that ICCS offers. As a Manager, she oversees our Community Housing Program, Project Rise, LifeSkills, the...

Our current Project Rise cohort participants are well into their work placement part of the program after having finished their in-class training portion. Training looked a bit different this cohort as it had to be relocated to a room at the Aquatic Center due to...

Volunteers are crucial in so many ways at ICCS. Not only do they support clients directly, they also support staff and other volunteers and provide support within our programs. This month, we would like to recognize and give thanks to our volunteer, Jayne....

Meet Heather, our Island Crisis Care Society “Volunteer of the Month.” Heather grew up in the Edson and Hinton areas of Alberta. The daughter of two teachers who were “amateur naturalists,” she spent much of her childhood outdoors. Her parents’ Christian faith was also modeled...

It is a question that has been at the forefront for Sue Fichtler, member of the support team at Orca Place Supportive Housing program throughout the past few months after the untimely loss of her son Evan. It is the kind of thing that can break...

Our current Project Rise cohort participants have all finished the in-class training portion of the program and are well into their work placements. It has been an amazing experience for our participants so far and three of them were happy to share some of their...

By Deb Crosby, ICCS Volunteer Writer Our volunteer of the month, Jeremy arrived in Nanaimo five years ago and has served on the ICCS Board of Directors for about a year. He grew up in a minister’s home and with his vocation in ministry these past...