For all media inquiries please contact:
Jamie Shinkewski
Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Kelowna Councillor Announces Tributes For Teens Fundraiser

Kelowna Councillor Announces Tributes For Teens Fundraiser

  • April 17, 2019

Kelowna councillor Ryan Donn is hosting “Tributes for Teens: Arrival and Dreams,” presented by Valley First Insurance to raise funds to build a youth treatment centre in Kelowna. The concert will take place at the Kelowna Community Theatre on October 25 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Arrival – Canada’s tribute to ABBA – and Dreams – the ultimate tribute to Fleetwood Mac, as well as special guest performances. Music lovers can expect two authentic sounding six-piece tribute performances in full costumes with similar styles, looks and sounds to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees. “I’ve been inspired by my…

Read More

Etcetera: Showcasing Our Glitter Critters

  • March 27, 2019

Etcetera has been doing great. We have more staff; Freddie Kabok co-facilitates group and Tai from the Boys and Girls Club creates curriculum and leads group. We’ve seen an increase in persons reached, around 15 to 30 Glitter Critters come each week!  Our partnership with Kelowna Women in Business is going well. We attend their events to promote Etcetera and they offer contacts and hope to donate $10,000 to us in September 2019. Community awareness of Etcetera is increasing - a cool event called Kelowna4Love donated over $2,600 to Etcetera in February and the Pride Resource Center at UBC Okanagan…

Read More
The Bridge Hosts Coffee With The Mayor & Social Services Leaders

The Bridge Hosts Coffee With the Mayor & Social Services Leaders

  • February 15, 2019

  Mayor Colin Basran met with Kelowna’s leaders of the social services sector over coffee Wednesday morning at The Bridge Youth & Family Services to further engage in discussions about how to strengthen the community. The informal meeting was a continuation of a conversation held during the recent municipal election on how to support the community’s disenfranchised and promote Kelowna’s diversity, compassion and inclusion. Housing continues to be at the forefront of discussions. With funding for the Cornerstone emergency shelter set to end in 2019, establishing help for people who access this service and continuing to assist people access housing…

Read More

Kelowna Nurse Honoured

  • December 27, 2018

The Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC) held its 2018 Nursing Awards of Excellence gala in Vancouver on December 17th honouring individuals who have exemplified outstanding nursing in the province of BC. Kelowna Registered Nurse, Brenda Epp was among the recipients, recognized in the category of Excellence in Nursing Practice. Brenda was recognized as an outstanding nurse leader and clinician in her work as the Program Manager and Registered Nurse for a twelve-bed Withdrawal Management Unit, operated by The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society in Kelowna. She leads a team of more than 20 staff and together they…

Read More

So much more than a gift…

  • December 8, 2018

The staff of The Bridge Youth & Family Services are overwhelmed by the generosity of Melanie and the Life After Laundry Ladies Club volunteers. For the second year, Melanie has been gathering donors and donations to make Christmas a little brighter for the participants in The Bridge Youth & Family Services Recovery and Addictions Programs. Eight volunteers spent the evening of December 3 sorting, wrapping and packing gift bags for 20 individuals who will be receiving treatment services the week of Christmas. Adult Withdrawal Management Program Manager, Brenda Epp summed it up beautifully when she explained to the volunteers just…

Read More

Time to Listen: Youth Voices on Substance Use

  • November 16, 2018

NOV. 15, 2018  Youth substance abuse. Working after 55. Jennifer Charlesworth, British Columbia's Representative for Children and Youth, Elizabeth Saewyc, the University of British Columbia's director of the School of Nursing, and Jamie McGregor, the Bridge Youth and Family Services' manager of its youth detox program. Alexander Bell, community and business engagement coordinator for the Pacific Community Resources Society. Shared from Listen to CBC Radio's live streams and shows on demand. Read the full report here

Read More

What the candidate says…

  • October 17, 2018

Our Board of Directors asked all candidates in the upcoming Kelowna municipal election two questions related to The Bridge Youth & Family Services’ mission and values.  Check out what they had to say.  Make all voices count: please vote October 20th. Candidate Responses  

Read More

$10M Campaign to Open Youth Recovery House

  • June 21, 2018

Early supporters attended an event at The Kelowna Art Gallery on June 20th where The Bridge Youth & Family Services announced the start of their campaign to raise $10M over the next two years to build a live-in Youth Treatment program in the Central Okanagan. Executive Director, Celine Thompson explained that The Bridge receives calls weekly from families in distress, looking for treatment for their son or daughter – only to be told that none exist here. According to Thompson, the extensive wait lists for the mere 45 publicly funded spaces in all of British Columbia wastes the small window…

Read More