2017 Peace Begins at Home Launch

From April 10 – 21, 2017 we are running our annual Peace Begins At Home campaign to end family violence.  

For so many women and children in the Comox Valley, home is not a safe place to be.  The RCMP responded to 163 incidents of domestic violence in 2016.  Through our work, we know that domestic violence is not just physical so we are aware that there were many more local incidents that went unreported.

The motto of this campaign is “Peace Begins at Home” and assumes that there is a home. At the Transition Society, we work everyday with women who don’t have homes and who live every day with extreme vulnerability as a result. We also work with women who are afraid to leave violent relationships because of the lack of affordable housing to move to. 

How can you help?

 *   Speak out against family violence
 *   Take the pledge here: https://cvts.ca/peace-begins-at-home/
 *   Donate to Comox Valley Transition Society here: https://cvts.ca/contribute/
 *   Donate to Too Good To Be Threw which is our thrift store.  All proceeds come back into programs and services
 *   Support initiatives in your community to expand the stock of affordable housing

2 New Triple P Sessions starting soon

There are 2 Triple P Parenting Groups starting soon so please call 250-897-0511 to register!        1. Group Triple P, Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at 625 England Ave., starting April 20th. Registration deadline is April 19th.
2. Family Transitions Group, Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at 625 England Ave., starting April 18th. Registration deadline is April 17th.
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Cheque presentation at Crown Isle

The photo of the cheque presentation at Crown Isle.  These funds were raised at the Crown Isle Christmas Resort Walk and the Gingerbread/Teddy Bear Village and were shared equally between ourselves, Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness and The Boys and Girls Club of Central VI!  Thank you so much to all of the staff at Crown Isle and to the Comox Valley for all of your generous support for our organization.

 

Job Posting – Victim Service Worker

Victim Service Worker

Police Based Victim Services Program

Status:   Union (HSA Grid 11)

Summary:  Working under the direction of the Program Coordinator, provides support services, practical assistance, information and referrals to clients who have been victims of crime or trauma.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts client intakes by performing duties such as obtaining demographic information, providing information regarding the victim service worker’s role and the services offered by the organization, assisting clients in completing intake forms and explaining issues related to confidentiality.
  • Provides emotional support to clients who have been victims of crime or trauma through active listening, debriefing and validating clients’ emotions.
  • Maintains ongoing awareness and knowledge of all client case files, and provide services updates in the absence of volunteer worker assigned.
  • Responsible for critical and/or high profile cases, provides critical incident stress management debriefing as requested.
  • Assesses clients’ need for other services and provides them with information on helping organizations and professional such as community service agencies, counselors, legal aid lawyers, physicians and mental health services. Recommends appropriate services to clients.
  • Provides crisis response and intervention as necessary including responding to requests by police for assistance at crime/accident/sudden death scenes or with next of kin accident or death notifications.
  • Supports clients’ interests and rights by performing duties such as liaising for client with the police, Crown Counsel, Parole board and Crime Victim assistance Program. Obtaining information about clients cases including case status and hearing dates. Provides case-specific updates on proceedings, etc. to clients.
  • Provides support and training to volunteers working within the Victim Services program.
  • Provides information on police, legal and medical systems in general and specific to clients’ cases including witness orientation, courtroom orientation, etiquette and procedures. Provides information on crime prevention to clients to help them avoid re-victimization. May facilitate and/or coordinate safety planning.
  • Arrange, facilitate and/or accompany victims to meetings with criminal justice system personnel (e.g. police, Crown counsel, corrections staff and medical appointments.
  • Accompany victim to court and provide related emotional and practical assistance.
  • Assists clients in completing legal forms such as Crime Victims Assistance Applications and Victim Impact Statements.
  • Facilitates public education on crime prevention and personal safety.
  • Consults and liaises with community service agencies to maintain up to date information on available resources and develop community relations.
  • Maintains and provides statistics and reports regarding service delivery as required.
  • Performs related functions/duties as assigned in the absence of the programming coordinator.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

A.   Education, Training and Experience

  • Diploma in related human / social services field.
  • Or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Two years recent related experience.

B.   Job Skills and Abilities

  • Superior interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills and experience in crisis intervention techniques and practices
  • Well-developed problem solving skills and the ability to work effectively in crisis or emergency situations
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Criminal Justice System and Victim Rights Legislation
  • Understanding of substance use and mental health issues
  • Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain strict confidentiality
  • Ability to motivate and work with volunteers to provide both practical and emotional support and debriefing as needed.
  • Working knowledge of police procedures and policies relating to victim services

Other

  • Strong Computer skills
  • Criminal record clearance and enhanced security clearance.  This position works out of the RCMP Detachment.
  • Must have reliable transportation and a valid BC driver’s license.
  • Ability to respond to 24 hour emergency call outs

Please send resume and cover letter Attention to:  Heather Ney, Executive Director
By Email: Director@cvts.ca
By mail: 625 England Ave., Courtenay BC  V9N 2N5
By fax: 250-897-0595

Closing date is Feb 28th.  Applications received after this date will not be accepted.

We thank everyone who applies but only those shortlisted will be contacted.

 

 

 

 

It’s Cold Out There!

Join us on Feb 25th, 2017 for our second Coldest Night of the Year Walk to raise much needed funds to help the hungry, homeless and hurting in the Comox Valley.  Comox Valley Transition Society and Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness are partnering again this year for this national fundraiser which will take place in 113 communities across the country.  That’s a lot of cold hands but very warm hearts.  

The money that you helped us raise last year helped both of our organizations to house and keep housed more people than we could have otherwise.  So a huge thank you to all of you who joined us last year and we can’t wait to see you all again on Feb 25th.   Visit cnoy.org/location/comoxvalley to register your team, join a team already started or to register as a volunteer.  

It’s cold out there…

Glove Toss with the Glacier Kings

Join us at the Glacier Kings game against Westshore Wolves on Jan 21st for their annual “Glove Toss”. Bring a toque, a pair of mitts or gloves that you are prepared to giveaway. When the Glacier Kings score their first goal, everyone tosses their items onto the ice to be scooped up by the players. All the hats, mitts, etc. are being donated to Coldest Night of the Year. We will also be on hand to do registrations online for the walk on Feb 25th. This is a fun, family friendly event so come on out to support our local hockey team and Coldest Night of the Year!

Upcoming Triple P Workshops

The next Triple P Parenting Groups are starting soon so please call 250-897-0511 to register! Please note dates and times on the posters below. (Click on the individual posters to view as a larger image)

Job Posting – Police Based Victim Services Worker

Position:              Victim Service Worker
Status:                  Union
Grid Level:          11
Reporting:           Victim Services Program Coordinator

Summary:            Working under the direction of the Program Coordinator provides support services, practical assistance, information and referrals to clients who have been victims of crime or trauma.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts client intakes by performing duties such as obtaining demographic information, providing information regarding the victim service worker’s role and the services offered by the organization, assisting clients in completing intake forms and explaining issues related to confidentiality.
  • Provides emotional support to clients who have been victims of crime or trauma through active listening, debriefing and validating clients’ emotions.
  • Maintains ongoing awareness and knowledge of all client case files, and provide services updates in the absence of volunteer worker assigned.
  • Responsible for critical and/or high profile cases, provides critical incident stress management debriefing as requested.
  • Assesses clients’ need for other services and provides them with information on helping organizations and professional such as community service agencies, counselors, legal aid lawyers, physicians and mental health services. Recommends appropriate services to clients.
  • Provides crisis response and intervention as necessary including responding to requests by police for assistance at crime/accident/sudden death scenes or with next of kin accident or death notifications.
  • Supports clients’ interests and rights by performing duties such as liaising for client with the police, Crown Counsel, Parole board and Crime Victim assistance Program. Obtaining information about clients cases including case status and hearing dates. Provides case-specific updates on proceedings, etc. to clients.
  • Provides support and training to volunteers working within the Victim Services program.
  • Provides information on police, legal and medical systems in general and specific to clients’ cases including witness orientation, courtroom orientation, etiquette and procedures. Provides information on crime prevention to clients to help them avoid re-victimization. May facilitate and/or coordinate safety planning.
  • Arrange, facilitate and/or accompany victims to meetings with criminal justice system personnel (e.g. police, Crown counsel, corrections staff and medical appointments.
  • Accompany victim to court and provide related emotional and practical assistance.
  • Assists clients in completing legal forms such as Crime Victims Assistance Applications and Victim Impact Statements.
  • Facilitates public education on crime prevention and personal safety.
  • Consults and liaises with community service agencies to maintain up to date information on available resources and develop community relations.
  • Maintains and provides statistics and reports regarding service delivery as required.
  • Performs related functions/duties as assigned in the absence of the programming coordinator.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

A.   Education, Training and Experience

  • Diploma in related human / social services field.
  • Or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Two years recent related experience.

B.   Job Skills and Abilities

  • Superior interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills and experience in crisis intervention techniques and practices
  • Well-developed problem solving skills and the ability to work effectively in crisis or emergency situations
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Criminal Justice System and Victim Rights Legislation
  • Understanding of substance use and mental health issues
  • Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain strict confidentiality
  • Ability to motivate and work with volunteers to provide both practical and emotional support and debriefing as needed.
  • Working knowledge of police procedures and policies relating to victim services

Other

  • Strong Computer skills
  • Criminal record clearance and enhanced security clearance.
  • Must have reliable transportation and a valid BC driver’s license.
  • Ability to respond to 24 hour emergency call outs

 

Posting Start Date & Time:        Jan 3, 2017
Posting End Date & Time:         Jan 13, 2017

Cover letters and resumes should be addressed to the attention of Heather Ney, Executive Director  during the “Posting Dates”.
Cover letters and Resumes can be sent to Admin@cvts.ca, faxed to 250-897-0595 or delivered in person to 625 England Ave., Courtenay

We thank everyone who applies but only those short listed will be contacted.  Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Job Posting – Maintenance Worker

Position:         Maintenance Worker
Status:             Union
Grid:                  10
Hours:              Work hours are flexible and based on Maintenance requirements

Summary:      Performs maintenance & repairs related to building, grounds and equipment, in one or more areas such as electrical, plumbing, painting and grounds-keeping at various organization sites.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Establishes, monitors, and carries out preventative maintenance procedures and schedules for building, equipment and grounds. Ensures building and equipment meet all safety, security and fire regulations and policies. Makes recommendations for major repairs and purchases to Executive Director.
  • Performs carpentry, electrical, painting, mechanical and plumbing maintenance and repairs such as, but not limited to: replacing lightbulbs, repairing furniture, constructing shelves, installing switches, replacing plugs and other basic appliance repairs, applying paint and other finishes, repairing drywall, disassembling and reassembling equipment or furniture, replacing sinks and toilets and applying finishing material such as linoleum.
  • Sourcing and purchasing materials and supplies as required.
  • Monitors work performed by contractors, prepares estimates of labour and material costs, contacts external contractors and trades people to obtain quotes and arranges for major repairs and maintenance work.
  • Collects and removes garbage and recyclable materials and ensures the safe disposal of hazardous waste.
  • Cleans external areas such as entrance ways, sidewalks and parking lots using manual and power brooms, rakes, shovels and other equipment to remove dirt, leaves, snow and other refuse.
  • Performs minor gardening and lawn maintenance tasks such as mowing, weeding, pruning and watering.
  • Completes and maintains related records such as maintenance logs and security incident reports.
  • Transports equipment, furniture and supplies as needed. Operates a motor vehicle to pick up and move goods and supplies. Arranges furniture for special events.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Abides by Comox Valley Transition Society’s code of ethics.
  • Practices feminist philosophy as defined by CVTS.

 QUALIFICATIONS: 

G.  Job Skills and Abilities

  • Strong verbal communication, interpersonal skills.
  • Good organization and time management skills.
  • Physically fit with the ability to properly lift 100 pounds.
  • Ability to use all equipment needed to fulfill duties.H. Education and Experience
  • High school diploma plus related vocational training
  • Two (2) years recent related experience
  • Equivalent combination of education, training and experienceOther Requirements:
  • Valid BC driver’s license.
  • Relevant Criminal Record Clearance.
  • Clean driving record
  • First Aid
  • Wear approved safety footwear and safety gear

Posting Start Date & Time:        Jan 3, 2016                5:00 pm
Posting End Date & Time:         Jan 10, 2016              5:00 pm

Cover letter and resume should be addressed to the attention of Heather Ney, Executive Director  during the “Posting Dates”.
Cover letters and Resumes can be sent to Admin@cvts.ca, faxed to 250-897-0595 or delivered in person to 625 England Ave., Courtenay

We thank everyone who applies but only those short listed will be contacted.  Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Little Bridges Folk Carols & Winter Songs Concert

Next up in the Little Bridges Folk Carols & Winter Songs concert series raising funds for the Comox Valley Transition Society is Cumberland United Church with special guest Jordie Robinson on Cello!!

Your ticket puts you into a draw to win 6 CDs! Get your tickets at Rare Bird Bookshop, Seeds Food Market, and on line here:

http://m.bpt.me/event/2716945