Quesnel Tillicum Society

At The Quesnel Tillicum Society / Native Friendship Centre, we are a committed community partner dedicated to encouraging healthy lifestyles and restoring balance to relationships. We offer a variety of different programs to help individuals, couples, or families. 

Available Programs

Provides resources, education and support to individuals and families with children aged 0-6, living in conditions of risk.  Information and support for pregnant women and their families, coordination of events, groups and community programming.

The Community Cultural Facilitator program’s mandate is to work with the people of the Aboriginal community, QTS staff and other service providers, in particular the Family Finder coordinator, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Outcomes include:​

  • Increase the number of Aboriginal children in care (ACIC) who have culture and permanency plans, that include biological family, in place through working with their families, communities and social workers
  • Increase the number of Aboriginal children who are residing safely with immediate and/or extended families
  • Increase the number of Aboriginal children staying in their own cultural communities by identifying “Aboriginal safe places”

This program is in the first year at QTS. Key short-term outcomes revolve around increasing awareness and use of the Family Cultural Planning conferences.

The Cultural Programmer position consists of developing and implementing cultural activities and events.

  • Cultural events will include; 
    • sweats, pow wows (singing, dancing and drumming )
    • traditional gardening
    • Creating story books to teach oral communication
    • Rites of passage ceremonies (fire ceremony, going out on the land, welcoming circle & feast, and canoe carving)
  • Promotes and markets cultural events and outings to community, Aboriginal agencies, First Nation communities, School District 28, RCMP, Kith and Kin, Kinship caregivers, elders and children, youth and parents, and anyone connected to the children and families

This worker is a liaison with First Nations Communities and the Ministry of Children and Families.

  • Provides support to families and individuals
  • Assessing the clients needs, referring them to the appropriate community and medical agency, and accompanying them as necessary
  • Crisis intervention is also provided for both families and individuals in the case of suicide, medical, emotional issues
  • Networks with other community agencies such as Income Assistance programs, Children and Family Services, Doctors, Lawyers, Community Law, Probation, Amata Transition House and the Courts, RCMP, Season’s House, QUESST and Quesnel Mental Health and Addictions, and Hospital
  • Promotes the integration of First Nations people in all communities
  • Provides support of counselling and referral to treatment programs

 

The Early Years program has different programs running throughout the year.

Stop ‘N Play Drop In is for children 0-6yrs of age. Children play with the indoor or outdoor toys/equipment while parents/caregivers can sit and talk. Coffee/tea/water and snacks are provided. Happens every Monday (unless closed for holiday) at The Little House, 375 North Fraser Drive.


Baby Signs® is a 6 week program for parents/caregivers and babies 0-2yrs of age. We will work on basic baby sign language to promote communication between baby and parent/caregiver. Please follow our Facebook page to see dates for this program or call the number below.

Littlest People Playtime is a drop-in group that runs every Wednesday (unless closed for holiday) at the Little House, 375 North Fraser Drive. For parents/caregivers and their children ages 0-2yrs of age. Coffee/tea/water and snacks are provided.

Exploration Station is a registered playgroup that runs from September to November and February to April. Tuesday OR Thursday groups get to explore different sensory items, do science experiments, try new foods and play with children around their age. Quick circle time and snacks provided. *put on hold*

One on one visits at home or The Little House is also available if parents are needing to talk about their child’s development or have questions regarding their child.

Contact: Debbie Lojstrup, Early Years Coordinator.
Phone: 250-992-8858
Office address: 375 North Fraser Drive
Facebook: CAPC and Early Years Programs at Quesnel Tillicum Society

Works with clients to identify employment barriers, by:

  • Assist clients in establishing an action plan to enhance their employability
  • Works with CCATEC regarding training and employment opportunities
  • Directly solicits information from employers
  • Provides information on the local labor market and update as required
  • Provides follow-up and supportive assistance to new clients and to clients that have been successful in finding jobs
  • Refer all Employment Insurance and Social insurance Enquiries to the Quesnel HRCC office
  • Refers clients to other community agencies as necessary
  • Provide information sessions on resume writing, interview techniques, and job search skills

Provide advocacy and support by accompanying clients to initial court appearances and directing clients to family duty counsel lawyers or other court staff and facilities;

  • Provide information in the form of printed materials, online research, and verbal information
  • Assist in preparing: Provincial Court forms and applications, FMEP applications, financial statements, legal aid applications and appeals, indigent desk order divorce, other family law documents
  • Help clients access community resources and services that would be of assistance
  • Facilitate other services in relation to family law matters

This worker is a liaison with First Nations Communities and the Ministry of Children and Families. The focus is to provide:

  • Support to families and individuals.
    • This includes assessing the clients needs, referring them to the appropriate community agency, and accompanying them as needed
  • Crisis intervention is also provided for both families & individuals in the case of suicide, medical, financial, emotional and legal issues
  • Follow-up of all Aboriginal children in care including the foster families and parents/extended families is also provided.
  • The worker networks with other community agencies such as Income Assistance programs, Children and Family Services, Doctors, Lawyers, Community Law, Probation, Amata Transition House and the Courts. 

This worker is on-call 24 hours a day- 7 days a week with MCFD/RCMP. 

  • To reduce the number of Aboriginal children & youth in care
  • Prevent children & youth from entering care by providing culturally based community service & approach
  • Identify and locate kith & Kin who could support or be involved with children & youth in care

Provides service to individuals with mental health concerns

  • Individual counselling and support
  • Provides assistance to individuals dealing with concurrent disorders such as mental health and addiction
  • Provides information and referrals to other appropriate community resources 
  • Works in conjunction with other service providers to ensure clients the best possible care ​ 

Ensure all individuals have fair and equal access to the law and that their rights are upheld

  • Provide clear and meaningful information with respect to your legal matters
  • Provide advocacy and support to individuals who are not eligible for legal aid
  • Assist with appeals
  • Assist individuals with document completion
  • Attend hearings and prepare individuals  for court
  • Negotiate 3rd party settlements and/or prepare and provide self-help information
  • Conducts legal research
  • Provide appropriate referrals
  • Liaise and assess the needs of individuals and community groups
  • Present legal education workshops
  • Creates new programs and projects for the friendship centre that benefits the community
  • Organizes the major programs such as the Powwows and the National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Looks for funding and applies for said funding for various different programs

Works with the youth to help identify their life skills and needs within the community 

  • Information about drug and alcohol abuse
  • Referrals to counseling, life skills programs, employment programs, education programs, MCFD services, MSDES services, etc
  • Help find available housing
  • Linkage with youth’s family
  • Youth worker will work cooperatively with other programs serving youth
  • Provide information to youth’s community and MCFD regarding patterns of needs that youth have
  • Teach youth to advocate for themselves
  • Supporting youth within the Justice system
Kong Sing, Marvin and George Baker on horseback probably photographed by Albert J. Wilson. (Probably early 1920s) - Courtesy Quesnel & District Museum and Archives

Job Opportunities in Quesnel

For more information regarding current employment opportunities in Quesnel or for help with applying please contact Kathy at 250-992-8347 to make an appointment. You may choose to meet with Kathy here or she will meet with you at a place that you are comfortable with. In addition to this page, The Quesnel Tillicum Friendship Centre has a job listing board at the Centre with up to date job listings. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you in your job search.

Job Description: Receptionist / Front Desk Person
Works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director – within the scope of the Friendship Centre’s aim and objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities
Answer phones and take messages from the Front Desk – for all staff in the building
Strong people skills and awareness of surroundings at all times – courteous and friendly
Directs Clients and visitors to appropriate places or person
Registers all incoming and outgoing mail every day
Some filing – able to work independently and as part of a team
Self-directed and flexible
Assist to develop and maintain client programs and records documents – Data Entry
Understanding of a variety of cultural differences
 
Qualifications
Grade 12 or equivalent experience. Experience with and ability to deal with all people. Good command of the English Language, both written and oral.
Valid BC Drivers’ License and own vehicle/transportation.
Willing to volunteer outside of own job.
Computer literacy is necessary. 
Be able to take direction from the Executive Director
Preference will be given to a person with Aboriginal Ancestry
 
Wage
$18.82 per hour plus benefits
 
Hours of Work
Full Time – 8:00am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday – may require evening and weekend work, which will be compensated with equivalent time off, only as approved by the Executive Director.
 
Please drop off resume and cover letter attention to Tony Goulet – Executive Director
Job Description: Community Action Program Child Coordinator (CAPC)
Works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director – to plan and implement programs that are within the scope of the Friendship Centre’s aim and objectives.
 
Duties and Responsibilities

Work sensitively with people who have a variety of Cognitive Levels Understanding of a variety of cultural differences
Able to work independently and as part of a team Self-directed and flexible
Organize activities or implement a curriculum that allow children to learn about the world and explore Watch for signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring the problems to the attention of the parents
Assist to develop and maintain client programs and records documentation according to the contract and standards
Co-lead and/or lead parent/child play groups
Co-facilitate parenting groups and parenting programs FASO Knowledgeable

Qualifications

Diploma in human or Social Services or an equivalent in training and experience. Experience with Children and Families. Experience with and ability to deal with all people. Good command of the English Language, both written and oral.
Valid BC Driver’s license and own vehicle/transportation.
Willing to volunteer outside of own job.
Computer literacy is necessary.
Be able to take direction from the Executive Director.

Hours of Work

Part-Time – 25 hours a week- Monday 9am to 2:00pm, Tuesday 8:30am to 4:00pm, Wednesday 8:30am to 4:00pm and Thursday 8:30am to 3:00pm -may require evening and weekend work, which will be compensated with equivalent time off, only approved by the Executive Director

Preference will be given to a person with Aboriginal Ancestry
Please drop resume and cover letter; Attention: Tony Goulet – Executive Director

 

Hall Rental

The Quesnel Tillicum Society/ Native Friendship Centre hosts a variety of events in our hall and boardroom.

The hall has an occupancy of XX people, measuring approximately XX square feet and is a licensed facility with an attached kitchen for food prep and serving.

Our spacious upstairs boardroom overlooks the scenic Fraser River and downtown Quesnel, with a capacity to host up to XX people.

To book the hall or boardroom for an event please call 250-992-8347, or send us an email via our contact page.


 

 

 

QTS Friday Breakfast Program

The Quesnel Native Friendship Centre is proud to give back to our community by providing Breakfasts every Friday morning from 9:00 to 10:00am.

Please be aware the breakfasts are provided in a pickup and go manner.

 

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