Programs

Merritt Moms and Families

A drop-in centre for all families expecting a baby (0-6 months), and Urban Aboriginal Families with children (0-6years old).

Reasons to Participate

  • To find out more about nutrition
  • To increase awareness about FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)
  • To make new friends
  • To learn about pregnancy and birth
  • To learn how to take care of your baby at home
  • To learn about your child’s development
  • To find out more about Aboriginal culture and to meet elders
  • To interact with your children
  • To find out about the effects of smoking and substance use for you and your baby.

And many more….

Prenatal/Postnatal Services

  • Prenatal/Postnatal Classes
  • Prenatal Hospital Tours
  • Prenatal Vitamins and Vitamin D drops
  • Nutrition Counselling
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Home Visits
  • Swim/Bus Passes/ Gift Cards
  • Infant Massage

Some Family Services at no Extra Cost

  • Learn about Early Childhood Development.
  • Offer one to one Support.
  • Access information about local programs and services.
  • Weekly Lunch Club
  • Cooking Classes/ Food preservation
  • Crafting and Sewing
  • Learn more about Nutrition
  • Life Skills Training
  • Bus passes to access local programs and services
  • Clothing Exchange
  • Swim Passes
  • Gift Cards for food
  • Opportunities to become aware of traditional teachings and activities.
  • Family Celebrations

NOTE-TEMPORARY CHANGES DUE TO CORONA VIRUS

Due to the COVID-19 Issue some of the programs could not be available or are being delivered in a different way.

For more information contact

Prenatal Support Worker/ Family Outreach worker

pwhiting@conayt.com     250-378-8516

Family Development Coordinator
mfc@conayt.com              250-378-8517

Prenatal Coordinator
psw@conayt.com              250-378-8518

Fax number: 250-378-6676

A Calendar of events for June 2020

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Youth and Family Support Program

This service is for Youth and Families to help breakdown barriers for a healthy way of life.

The YAFS worker provides:

  • Individual/ Group Support
  • Education/ Pre-Employment counselling
  • Life Skills Development
  • Set Goals for Success
  • Provides Helpful Advice

Intended Outcomes:
Work together to identify risks, address issues, create a safe environment for Adolescent Youth, and Families to feel welcome and heard.
Adolescent Youth: 12-18 years old
Youth in Transition to Adulthood: 19-25 years of age
Families: Parents and their children, Grandparents caring for their grandchildren, Foster Parents, and Guardians.

Temporary Changes due to COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 issue some of the programs could not be delivered or are delivered in some other way
Some ways in which this program is delivered is- in the form of Videos, Blogs, Facebook groups

A Facebook group managed by the Program Coordinator
“youth & family support” group.

For more information related to the program
Contact
Mark Coutlee   –  yafs@conayt.com

Nurse Practitioner

The Nurse Practitioner provides primary care to patients of all ages who do not already have a family doctor. The scope of a family NP includes health promotion, disease prevention, chronic disease management,prenatal care, well-baby clinics, elderly care, mental health, and any other care required along the life spectrum. It is by appointment only. Our clinic hours are Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am too 4:00 pm. NP’s can make a diagnosis,order tests, prescribe medication, and refer patients to specialists.

Temporary Changes due to COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 issue some of the programs are not available or are delivered in a different way.
Some ways in which this program is delivered is- appointments on phone or by Video Conference on zoom.

For more information about this program
Contact
Lori Anderson(Medical Office Assistant)      conaytmoa@conayt.com

Elders Program

A group of elders meets regularly at the Conayt Friendship Centre. Highlights of their program include:

  • Tuesday and Thursday Conayt Elders Drop in Centre
  • Monthly Pension Day Breakfasts
  • Elder’s Trips to the mountains to gather berries, medicines, and roots
  • Regalia making, naloxone training, cook book club, baby blanket making
  • Weekly Elder’s meeting on Thursdays

Temporary changes due to COVID-19
Due to COVID-19 some programs may not be available or are delivered in a different way
Some of the ways in which this program can be delivered by is a phone call
For more information about this program
Contact
Jackie Smithers (Elder Coordinator)   jsmithers@conayt.com

Drug and Alcohol Services

Richard Jackson Jr., Certified Addictions Counsellor, offers counselling for individuals, groups, couples, youth, and families as well as referrals to further resources. This program is aimed to provide out patient counselling for those in the Nicola Valley affected by substance abuse, as well as prevention services.

Temporary changes due to COVID-19
Due to COVID-19 some programs may not be available or are delivered in a different way
Some of the ways in which this program can be delivered by is a phone call
For more information about this program

Contact
Richard Jackson Jr. (Alcohol and drug Counsellor)   ads@conayt.com

Housing Program

We have 41 housing units with a diverse population including Aboriginal people,  families, people with disabilities, seniors, and post-secondary students. There are 2,3 and 4 bedroom units, 3 handicapped units, and 5 duplex units. Some units include washer and dryer hook ups. There are coin operated laundry facilities, an underground sprinkler system and grounds, building maintenance. The rent is geared towards low income housing. You must be 19 years of age or older and of Aboriginal ancestry.

Due to COVID-19 some programs may not be available or are delivered in a different way
For More information about this
Contact-Alana Cowan (Facilities Manager)     housing@conayt.com

Download - Housing Program Application Form