OUTREACH and VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
We are available Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Call anytime to make an appointment or ask questions; confidentiality is assured. We understand and value your right to privacy and respect. We can be reached toll free at 1-877- 559-8843 or email victimservices(at)islandswellnesssociety.com
In case of emergency, you can text me at 250-637-1500.
The mandate of Victim Services is to provide practical and emotional support to ALL victims of crime. We can liaise with justice personnel, attend court and meetings with you as an advocate, help navigate the justice system, provide referrals, and provide critical incident response and safety planning. We can work with the community on issues of crime prevention, public awareness and educational programming.
Outreach is a program that coordinates with other agencies on-island to identify and address the service needs of women and their families. We endeavor to deliver culturally relevant public education and raise awareness around violence prevention, the effects of violence on women and children, and provide direct service through supportive listening as well as practical supports.
Transportation, advocacy, accompaniment to appointments, referrals, assistance finding housing, life skill development, safety planning and taking third party reports are all part of the program coordinator’s role.
We are fortunate to partner with Skidegate Health Centre to provide service in Skidegate most Friday mornings.
My name is Bonnie Olson and I have been the Coordinator of Victim Services and Outreach programs at IWS for almost three years. I am known to many community members through my former role as owner of Queen B’s Café.
It seemed like a natural progression to move from serving people delicious food for the body, to supporting them in times of crisis and trauma. I have been blessed to live on Haida Gwaii for 20 years and I am happy to be able to pay forward the help and support given to me over the years.