Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson announced $150,000 in provincial funding to train new community support and mental health care workers in the Campbell River area. Photo by Province of B.C.

Province invests $150,000 to train community support and mental health care workers in Campbell River

Program to begin Aug. 24 at Discovery Community College

More than $150,000 of provincial money will help support a new class of community support and mental health care students in the Campbell River area, the province announced this week.

Discovery Community College will receive the funds from WorkBC’s Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) Project Based Labour Market Training to provide in-class training and work experience to up to 15 students.

READ ALSO: Campbell River restaurant to be converted into housing for people experiencing homelessness

“We know that health care workers are in demand right now all over the province, including mental health care and community support workers,” said Shane Simpson, minister of social development and poverty reduction in a press release. “Training like this not only helps to meet the need for community health care workers, but also provides British Columbians a clear path to a rewarding, long-term career.”

The project also involves the Campbell River and North Island Transition Society, the Campbell River Beacon Club and the John Howard Society Campbell River.

Shelly Kernovich, housing manager with the Campbell River and North Island Transition Society, said they’re grateful for the investment.

“It’s really important we start growing our own workers here,” she said, “because it’s beneficial for everyone when we invest in those who live and work in our community.”

READ ALSO: ‘Overdose crisis is the province’s worst public health crisis in decades’ – Minister

According to the press release, the program will prioritize students who are Indigenous, immigrants, youth, “multi-barriered” or survivors of violence or abuse.

After their training is done, they’ll spend two weeks receiving employment support to get them ready to work as a community support or mental health care worker in the Campbell River area.

“Knowing that we’re supporting people in Campbell River to get the skills they need to fill in-demand jobs, while helping community members, is heartening,” said North Island MLA Claire Trevena. “Having additional community support or mental health care workers in Campbell River will go a long way in battling the unprecedented dual public health emergencies we’re facing with COVID-19 and the overdose crisis.”

The program begins Aug. 24 and runs until April 16, 2021.

READ ALSO: Affordable housing for women and children coming to downtown Campbell River


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

Campbell River

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Comox Strathcona Waste Management expects to go to tender this summer for the regional organics compost facility in Campbell River. File photo/Black Press
Comox Strathcona compost site should go to tender this summer

The regional organics facility is on target to open for the fall of 2022

WestJet in flight. Black Press file photo
Two COVID exposures on WestJet flight into Comox

The BC Centre for Disease Control has posted advisories for two separate… Continue reading

Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Busy day for Campbell River fire crews

Three incidents in rapid succession keep crews on their toes

New electric buses are coming to school districts. (Submitted photo)
New electric school buses will drive North Island forward

Travel on electric school buses is smoother, quieter, and healthier than traditional diesel buses

A bullet hole is seen in the windshield of an RCMP vehicle approximately 4 km from Vancouver International Airport after a one person was killed during a shooting outside the international departures terminal at the airport, in Richmond, B.C., Sunday, May 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Homicide team IDs man in fatal YVR shooting as police grapple with spate of gang violence

Man, 20, charged in separate fatal shooting Burnaby over the weekend

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are in the Comox Valley for their annual spring training. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Suspected bird strike on Snowbirds plane during training in Comox

Pilot followed protocols and landed the aircraft on the ground without any problems

The Village on Third in Nanaimo won the Judges’ Choice award as top overall entry at the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards. (Photo submitted)
Top developments north of the Malahat honoured by Vancouver Island Real Estate Board

Nanaimo’s Village on Third takes top honour at VIREB Commercial Building Awards

BCIT. (Wikimedia Commons)
BCIT apologizes after employee’s ‘offensive and hurtful’ email leaked to Métis Nation

BCIT says employee’s conduct has been investigated and addressed

An adult male yellow-breasted chat is shown in this undatd photograph on lands protected in collaboration between the En’owkin Centre and Penticton Indian Band with support through ECCC. The rescue from near extinction for a little yellow bird hinges on the wild rose in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, a researcher says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, A. Michael Bezener/ En’owkin Centre 2020 *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Rare yellow birds need wild roses to survive in British Columbia: researcher

The importance of local wild roses emerged over a nearly 20-year experiment

RCMP officers search around rows of luggage carts as screens block off an area of the sidewalk after a shooting outside the international departures terminal at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., Sunday, May 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Police say gang conflict in Metro Vancouver may be behind shooting death at airport

Police said this generation of gangsters is taking things to new level and have no regard for community safety

RCMP are looking for information on an alleged shooting attempt near an elementary school in Smithers March 10. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)
UPDATE: Man killed in brazen daylight shooting at Vancouver airport

Details about the police incident are still unknown

Pieces of nephrite jade are shown at a mine site in northwestern B.C. in July 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Tahltan Central Government MANDATORY CREDIT
Indigenous nation opposes jade mining in northwestern B.C.

B.C.’s Mines Act requires operators to prepare a plan to protect cultural heritage resources

The body of Brenda Ware, 35, was found along Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park on Thursday, May 6, 2021. (RCMP handout)
RCMP ask for tips after woman’s body found in Kootenay National Park

Brenda Ware was found along Highway 93 in the park, 54 kilometres north of the town of Radium

Most Read