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Vancouver Island Mental Health Society marks 40 years of service at AGM

June 28th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in events | news & views | people first media - (Comments Off on Vancouver Island Mental Health Society marks 40 years of service at AGM)

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Vancouver Island Mental Health Society (VIMHS) held its 2017 annual general meeting (AGM) on June 26th. Barnabas Walther, executive director, spoke about the Society’s 40-year history and its expanding continuum of care. Board chairperson Valerie Fulford shared a VIMHS client’s personal story of struggle and success. Newly-elected and continuing board members gathered (image above) after the AGM to plan for the coming year.  Audio: 759_valerie fulford_barnabas walther_VIMHS AGM_june 26_2017_40

VIMHS executive director Barnabas Walther focuses on the future at annual meeting

June 26th, 2016 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on VIMHS executive director Barnabas Walther focuses on the future at annual meeting)

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picture 700banner pfrVancouver Island Mental Health Society has seen significant change over the past two years, and the organization expects new programming will be added in the near future

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Report card finds that B.C. fails to make the grade in women’s equality

November 9th, 2015 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Report card finds that B.C. fails to make the grade in women’s equality)

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picture 652pfr banner workingWhile the situation for women in BC has seen minor improvements this year, unfortunately for many women, BC continues to fail to deliver on its responsibilities, West Coast LEAF says

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All the way home: From homelessness to healthy professional helping others

November 9th, 2015 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on All the way home: From homelessness to healthy professional helping others)

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picture 653pfr banner workingDerek Book spent the first 20 years of his life in substantial crisis, but went on to become university-educated, and has been working in the field of social work for over 12 years [image: istockphoto]

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BC Seniors Advocate calls for more help for low-income renters, homeowners

May 25th, 2015 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on BC Seniors Advocate calls for more help for low-income renters, homeowners)

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picture 633pfr banner workingSeniors in every corner of the province of British Columbia are frustrated and concerned about the availability, appropriateness and affordability of housing

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How many youth will be living on the streets in Canada this winter?

November 10th, 2014 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on How many youth will be living on the streets in Canada this winter?)

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Family conflict often underlies youth homelessness, and many homeless youth are fleeing abuse or leaving the care of child welfare services

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Many different terms are used to describe young people who are homeless, including including street youth, street kids, runaways, homeless youth, etc. According to The Homeless Hub, youth homelessness refers to young people between the ages of 13 and 24 who are living independently of parents and/or caregivers, and importantly, lack many of the social supports deemed necessary for the transition from childhood to adulthood.

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