Our Society

The North Island Crisis and Counselling Centre Society is a community-based, not-for-profit charitable organization, registered under the Societies act in the Province of British Columbia and a charitable organization registered under the federal Charities Act of Canada. We offer a broad range of counselling and support services in the Mount Waddington Regional District and central coast. Our programs are delivered in diverse ways to best suit the needs of those we serve, and in a variety of locations. These services are professional, prompt, confidential and are, mostly, provided free of charge.

Our Board

The Society is governed by a 5-person Board of Directors. Our Directors have the obligation to act in the best interests of the Corporation and to exercise the care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances.   Individual members are representative of the Mt. Waddington community, including youth, seniors, First Nations, men and women, and have professional and lived experience with those we serve.

Our Staff

Our Board, staff and volunteers are made up of more than 50 people, all of whom are committed to helping families and individuals in our North Island Communities. We are conscientious in our hiring practices to ensure that everyone has the appropriate skills and experience to meet your needs.

Our History

The North Island Crisis & Counselling Centre began in 1981 as the Port Hardy Crisis Intervention Society. The Society was formed almost entirely as the result efforts of Gillian Rippingale and Sally How.

Both women recognized a crying need for counselling and support services in the community. They worked together to lobby for funding while at the same time, providing many of these services themselves on a volunteer basis.

In 1981 the S.A.F.E. Family Project (Stop Abuse in the Family Environment) was begun, along with a 24-hour crisis line. It became evident that battered women needed a safe place to go and in 1983, M.S.S.H. contracted the society to provide a Safe Home program on a per diem basis.

In 1985 the society received funding from the Secretary of State and a Canada Works Program to hire a coordinator and staff for a variety of programs.

The Society continued to grow, accepting new programs from different ministries, branching out to preventative services along with direct crisis intervention.

Over the years the focus of the Society has shifted slightly and both our name and constitution has reflected these changes.

In 1986 the name was changed to the North Island Crisis Centre. This was in recognition of the fact that our perspective in lobbying for services is regional and that wherever possible, we provide direct services to the neighbouring communities.

In 1989, both our constitution and name changed to reflect the changing focus of the society from crisis intervention to prevention.

Ethical Practice

The North Island Crisis and Counselling Centre Society is committed to practices and decisions that:

  • are based on ethical consideration and reflections
  • are collegial and use a consultative approach that recognized the diversity of communities, cultures and individuals
  • treat everyone with dignity, respect and civility
  • are consistent with the vision, mission and goals of our Society.