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A year of change and re-connection post COVID, a message from Valerie Janz, Executive Officer
2022 was a year of change, learning, opportunity and growth at Interior Community Services.
We welcomed back face to face services and programming that was suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic and have adapted some new ways of doing business because of the pandemic. To say the last 2 years have been challenging would be an understatement. Not only did the pandemic isolate and exacerbate the inequalities and barriers of the people we serve, there was also an opioid crisis to contend with. Tragically, ICS Youth Services Team saw more youth succumb to fentanyl overdoses during the pandemic than prior years put together.
2022 brought back celebration and togetherness. In August 2022, ICS Safe Spaces program had a float in the annual PRIDE parade with many staff and program participants represented. In November 2022, the first staff appreciation event since 2019 was hosted. This event recognizes milestones of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years with ICS , this year the first 35 year staff was honoured! Although we pride ourselves on the retention of many ICS staff, we are also aware that younger generations are moving around more frequently in their lives and careers, so the retention trends are definitely changing.
Needless to say, we are happy about the ability to reconnect in fulsome ways as our social care work is relationship based and the human to human connection is paramount in this field. We are hopeful that 2023 is uneventful and provides staff and the people we serve some stability and well-deserved relief from everything COVID.
Tracy Hoot – President
Board Member since 1996
- Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Thompson Rivers University
- Basketball Referee (including wheelchair)
Bob Smillie – Secretary
Board Member since March 2014
- Retired Physician
- Executive Director of Kamloops Blazers Sports Society
- Member of Kamloops Hospice Association Board
George Campbell - Vice-President
Board Member since May 2012
- Businessman - Owner of Overland Press
- Member of Kamloops Rotary and BC Interior Community Foundation
Kristine Allegretto, CPA, CA - Treasurer
Board Member since 2019
- Operations Accountant, Horizon North Logistics
- Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia
- Masters of Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan
- Born and raised in Kamloops and an active board member in the community – Canada 55+ Senior Games
- Coached KYSA team, and current member of KWSL
Ted Kowalsky - Director
Board Member Since January 2020
- Retired from Cabinet and Renovation Business
- Spent five (5) years as president of the Kamloops Curling Club
- Spent five (5) years as president of KIBIHT
- Ted and Maryanne have been married for over 50 years. They have two married children, with their daughter giving them three (3) grandsons.
Kaitlyn Cumming – Director
Board Member since May 2016
- Lawyer at Fulton & Company LLP, graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of Alberta in 2015
- Developing a litigation practice in municipal, commercial, employment and personal injury law
- Attended the University of Victoria in the Bachelor of Commerce program prior to law school
- Player and executive member of the Kamloops Rugby Club
- Player on the British Columbia Senior Women’s 15s and 7s rugby teams
- Volunteer at ASK Wellness, previous volunteer work at the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, the Calgary Food Bank, and Calgary Legal Guidance.
- Completed a low income & the law practicum with Legal Aid Alberta in the area of criminal law
Jeremy Heighton - Director
Board member since 2023
- Executive Director, Kamloops North Shore Business Improvement Area Association
- Principal, Heighton Strategies – People, Process, Profit
- 1st Vice President, Business Improvement Areas Associations of B.C.
- Member City of Kamloops “Grow Kamloops” Committee
- Member - City of Kamloops “Alternate Transportation” Committee
- Member - Kamloops Business Council
- Member - Community Advisory Board (Reaching Home)
- Member - Community Action Team