Contact Us

Reach us by phone, fax, email us or drop into the office closest to you. If you are looking for a staff member, use the links below for individual email addresses. Our office hours for all EKASS locations are weekdays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, closed for all statutory holidays. All inquiries are kept confidential. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cranbrook

Office address: 202 - 1617 Baker Street
Phone: 1.877.489.4344  Fax:1.250.489.1020

Dean Nicholson
Executive Director/Substance Use Counsellor
Eleine Gordon
Substance Use Counsellor
Kari Olson
Substance Use Counsellor/            Harm Reduction Team
Maureen Smith
Substance Use Counsellor
Cam Strachan
Substance Use Counsellor
Rob Toller
Substance Use Counsellor
Shayne Bettke
Administrative Coordinator
Stephanie Kress
Receptionist/Administrative Support 

Theresa Bartraw
Regional Youth Substance Use Education Coordinator 

Kimberley

We provide counselling services on Tuesdays at the Marysville Business Centre at #312 304th Street, Kimberley, BC V1A 3H3. For more information call please call 250-427-2449 or the Cranbrook office 1.877.489.4344


Fernie

Office address: 1221-E 7th Ave, PO Box 2049, Fernie BC, V0B 1M1

Phone:1.800.644.6144  Fax:1.250.423.6698


Deb Martin
Receptionist/Administrative Support
Gareth Webb
Youth Substance Use Counsellor

Office address: Golden Family Centre at 421 9th Avenue, V0A 1H0 
Phone: 1.250.344.2000  Fax:1.250.344.5225

Justin Telfer
Youth Substance Use Counsellor

Invermere

Office address: 1022A 7th Ave, Invermere BC, V0A 1K0 

(Entrance in back lane) 

Phone: 1.250.342.3868  Fax:1.778.526.5019

  [email protected] 
  Michelle Biffis
  Youth Substance Use Counsellor  

Matthew Chapman
Adult Substance Use Counsellor
[email protected]

Creston

Office address: PO Box 187, 915 Pine Street, Creston BC, V0B 1G0
Phone: 1.250.428.3036  Fax:1.250.428.5175

Bryce Loughran
Youth Substance Use Counsellor 





 


Recent Posts

  • East Kootenay Addictions- Adult Substance Use Job Posting

    Posted on: 06-Nov-2020

    Posted by EKASS | on 06-Nov-2020 East Kootenay Addictions- Adult Substance Use Job Posting

    EAST KOOTENAY ADDICTIONS SERVICES SOCIETY

    Adult Substance Use Counsellor

    Fernie, BC – Permanent Full-Time (37.5 hours per week)

    Closing Date: November 20, 2020

     

    Job Summary:

    The Substance Use Counsellor will provide screening, assessment and treatment planning to individuals, groups and families affected by their own or someone else’s substance misuse. In addition, the Counsellor will participate in the planning and delivery of treatment programs and community education programs in the Elk Valley area.

    Qualifications:

    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate discipline suitable for addictions work such as Social Work, Counselling Psychology and minimum three-years relevant addictions experience.
    • Experience and training counselling individuals, groups and families with substance use and concurrent disorder issues.
    • Working knowledge of the mental health and substance use system of care, including a comprehensive understanding of current approaches to substance abuse and mental health treatment.

    Skills and Abilities:

    • Able to work with minimal supervision
    • Complete clinical screening, assessment and treatment plans
    • Provide therapeutic counselling services to individuals, groups and families
    • Establish and maintain relationships based on trust and respect, and maintain healthy interpersonal boundaries with work colleagues, community partners and clients
    • Develop and implement public education and prevention activities for various community groups with a harm reduction focus
    • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and maintain accurate and timely reports
    • Be flexible and use analytical and critical thinking to respond to changing work conditions
    • Work with an inter-disciplinary team approach
    • Demonstrate adherence to professional ethical values
    • Maintain valid driver’s license.  Must have own vehicle
    • Hold a Valid first aid/CPR certification
    • Provide a current Criminal Record Clearance

    Salary:  Commensurate with The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association & HEABC, Provincial Agreement, Allied to Social Worker 1, Grid Level 8

    Submit letter of application and resume to:

    Dean Nicholson, Executive Director

    East Kootenay Addiction Services Society

    202, 1617 Baker Street

    Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4

    Fax:  250-489-1020

    Email:  [email protected]

    www.ekass.com

    Only those selected for interview will be contacted.




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  • EKASS is Hiring!
  • EKASS is Hiring!

    Posted on: 06-Nov-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 06-Nov-2020 EKASS is Hiring!

    EAST KOOTENAY ADDICTIONS SERVICES SOCIETY

    Adult Substance Use Counsellor

    Fernie, BC – Permanent Full-Time (37.5 hours per week)

    Closing Date: November 20, 2020

     

    Job Summary:

    The Substance Use Counsellor will provide screening, assessment and treatment planning to individuals, groups and families affected by their own or someone else’s substance misuse. In addition, the Counsellor will participate in the planning and delivery of treatment programs and community education programs in the Elk Valley area.

    Qualifications:

    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate discipline suitable for addictions work such as Social Work, Counselling Psychology and minimum three-years relevant addictions experience.
    • Experience and training counselling individuals, groups and families with substance use and concurrent disorder issues.
    • Working knowledge of the mental health and substance use system of care, including a comprehensive understanding of current approaches to substance abuse and mental health treatment.

    Skills and Abilities:

    • Able to work with minimal supervision
    • Complete clinical screening, assessment and treatment plans
    • Provide therapeutic counselling services to individuals, groups and families
    • Establish and maintain relationships based on trust and respect, and maintain healthy interpersonal boundaries with work colleagues, community partners and clients
    • Develop and implement public education and prevention activities for various community groups with a harm reduction focus
    • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and maintain accurate and timely reports
    • Be flexible and use analytical and critical thinking to respond to changing work conditions
    • Work with an inter-disciplinary team approach
    • Demonstrate adherence to professional ethical values
    • Maintain valid driver’s license.  Must have own vehicle
    • Hold a Valid first aid/CPR certification
    • Provide a current Criminal Record Clearance

    Salary:  Commensurate with The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association & HEABC, Provincial Agreement, Allied to Social Worker 1, Grid Level 8

    Submit letter of application and resume to:

    Dean Nicholson, Executive Director

    East Kootenay Addiction Services Society

    202, 1617 Baker Street

    Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4

    Fax:  250-489-1020

    Email:  [email protected]

    www.ekass.com

    Only those selected for interview will be contacted.


    Fax:  250-489-1020

    Email:  [email protected]

    Only those selected for interview will be contacted.

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  • Y Mind
  • Y Mind

    Posted on: 20-Oct-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 20-Oct-2020 Y Mind

    CMHA Kootenays and East Kootenay Addiction Services Society are proud to partner with the YWCA of Greater Vancouver to deliver this 7 week group for teens aged 13-18.  Y-Mind Teens is a program for teens who experience stress, worry, and/or mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety. The curriculum offers tools and strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as mindfulness. The group will take a strength based approach and assumes that participants have been trying their best to cope with symptoms of stress, worry and mild-moderate anxiety. The tools and strategies provided in this curriculum offer new approaches to coping. Participants will be encouraged to approach these new tools with an open mind, and a willingness to try them; but, ultimately each participant will decide for themselves. The motto is- “take what works for you and leave what doesn’t”.

    This program is offered at no cost, and will provide participants with 7 sessions over 7 weeks. Please note that this is a closed program, and requires participants to be committed to attending these 7 weeks.  The sessions will run for about 1.5 hours, and dinner will be provided at each session.

    The orientation session will be Wednesday, October 21st at 5:00-6:30pm, and the sessions will begin on Wednesday, October 28th from 5-6:30. The location of the sessions will be at CMHA-Kootenays main office 300-1000 21St Avenue North.  Due to COVID-19 protocols, we will only be taking 6 participants at this time.  If you have anyone who may be interested please encourage them to attend the orientation session, so we can meet with the teen, and gather more information with them.

    Who would be an ideal fit for these sessions?

    1)      Teens aged 13-18 years of age

    2)      They express that anxiety is a primary concern and that their anxiety is within a mild to moderate range

    3)      Their schedule will allow for punctual attendance of all 7 group sessions

    4)      They are comfortable or open to work within a group environment

    5)      They are at a cognitive learning comprehension level to be able to interpret metaphors, conceptualize and discuss concepts, and apply them to situational experiences

    6)      They value open mindedness and respect for others’ opinions and experiences and are willing to help foster a safe space for group members to share and receive support



    Y Minds Y Minds (293 KB)

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Upcoming Events

  • International Overdose Awareness Day 2020

    Event Date: 31-Aug-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 18-Aug-2020 International Overdose Awareness Day 2020

    International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year. The day aims raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death. It also acknowledge the grief felt by families and friend remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. 

    To help reduce the risk of overdose:

    • Buddy up when you are using, stay 2 meters (6 ft) from your buddy to remain physically distanced, but remember using with a buddy is safer than using alone!
    • Remember, smoking substances can still lead to overdose, take measures to prevent overdose.      
    • Avoid using different drugs at the same time or using drugs and alcohol together. 
    • Don’t use alone. Leave door unlocked. Tell someone to check on you.
    • If you feel you must use while alone, consider using the Lifeguard app www.lifeguardDH.com which can connect you with emergency medical dispatchers in the event of an overdose. Download at the App Store or Google Play.  
    • Test by using a small amount, then go slow.
    • Carry a Naloxone kit and know how to use it. Naloxone is available at:
      • ANKORS, EKASS, IH Public Health & Mental Health Substance Use Locations
      • Pharmacies located throughout Cranbrook
      • Recognize the signs of an OD: slow or no breathing, gurgling or gasping, lips/fingertips turning blue, difficult to rouse (awaken), non-responsive.
      • Call 9-1-1 immediately It is still safe (and important) to use emergency services during the COVID -19 pandemic
      • Open airway and give rescue breaths using face mask
      • Give naloxone (Narcan) if you have it
    • Check your drugs. Fentanyl test strips are available at:
    ANKORS #209 – 16th Ave North Cranbrook  250-426-3383
    EKASS – 250-489-4344

    www.drugchecking.ca

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  • Y Mind
    Event Date: 20-Oct-2020
  • Y Mind

    Event Date: 20-Oct-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 20-Oct-2020 Y Mind

    CMHA Kootenays and East Kootenay Addiction Services Society are proud to partner with the YWCA of Greater Vancouver to deliver this 7 week group for teens aged 13-18.  Y-Mind Teens is a program for teens who experience stress, worry, and/or mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety. The curriculum offers tools and strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as mindfulness. The group will take a strength based approach and assumes that participants have been trying their best to cope with symptoms of stress, worry and mild-moderate anxiety. The tools and strategies provided in this curriculum offer new approaches to coping. Participants will be encouraged to approach these new tools with an open mind, and a willingness to try them; but, ultimately each participant will decide for themselves. The motto is- “take what works for you and leave what doesn’t”.

    This program is offered at no cost, and will provide participants with 7 sessions over 7 weeks. Please note that this is a closed program, and requires participants to be committed to attending these 7 weeks.  The sessions will run for about 1.5 hours, and dinner will be provided at each session.

    The orientation session will be Wednesday, October 21st at 5:00-6:30pm, and the sessions will begin on Wednesday, October 28th from 5-6:30. The location of the sessions will be at CMHA-Kootenays main office 300-1000 21St Avenue North.  Due to COVID-19 protocols, we will only be taking 6 participants at this time.  If you have anyone who may be interested please encourage them to attend the orientation session, so we can meet with the teen, and gather more information with them.

    Who would be an ideal fit for these sessions?

    1)      Teens aged 13-18 years of age

    2)      They express that anxiety is a primary concern and that their anxiety is within a mild to moderate range

    3)      Their schedule will allow for punctual attendance of all 7 group sessions

    4)      They are comfortable or open to work within a group environment

    5)      They are at a cognitive learning comprehension level to be able to interpret metaphors, conceptualize and discuss concepts, and apply them to situational experiences

    6)      They value open mindedness and respect for others’ opinions and experiences and are willing to help foster a safe space for group members to share and receive support

    Y Minds Y Minds (293 KB)

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  • New additions to the COVID-19 resource section

    Event Date: 31-Mar-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 31-Mar-2020 New additions to the COVID-19 resource section

    East Kootenay Addictions Services is building and adding to the COVID-19 Response Resources section of the website. Follow the link here COVID-19 Resources for more information

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