IWS was formed over 30 years. The society has undergone some name changes along the way butwe have worked to stay true to our roots and continued to strive towards our mission statement: to provide a variety of services in a safe and supportive environment. These services help to promote empowerment, overcome trauma, address violence, promote equality and enrich the lives of children and families on Haida Gwaii.
It was all started back in 1983 by a small group women who gathered on a regular basis to address the main issues that they were facing at the time. This group quickly became a Society, in order to be eligible for Women’s Centre funding. In the early 1990’s policies, consensus decision-making, mission statements and Women’s program funding were the main topics on the agenda.
Over the next two decades, the Society grew by adding the Victim Assistance Program, the Women’s Counselling Program, the Outreach Program, the Child Care Resource and Referral program and then the Children Who Witness Abuse Program.
In 2013, we embarked on a new adventure as Islands Wellness Society and celebrated thirty years of offering services on Haida Gwaii. We unveiled our new hummingbird logo, and have been working towards being a resource organization for all families in our communities.
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Board of Directors
Our wonderful, amazing, talented, and inspiring Board of Directors currently consists of:
Our board of directors, like our organization, is an evolving group. All members have a keen interest in seeing IWS progress and move forward into a more dynamic organization to support the families and communities of Haida Gwaii. Their interest and volunteer status shows their commitment to ensure that Provincial funds are stretched to cover every possible aspect of our island’s families. If you are interested in joining the board at IWS, we would love to hear from you!
Administration is the support system of the programs at Islands Wellness Society. Our Adminstrator os responsible for the behind-the-scenes activities that our good standing with the Ministry, that the lights turn on, the door is open and there are happy people on the inside to help you with whatever you need.
Calida Erickson has worked for IWS since the beginning of 2016, first as part of the CCRR program, and now as the Administrator. She grew up in Queen Charlotte, has two babies she loves (even when they won’t refuse to put their boots on in the morning) and spends most of her spare time outside. She feels lucky to be a part of the IWS team and a resident of Haida Gwaii!