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AXIS Family Resources Limited

201-125 10th Avenue South Cranbrook BC (2nd Floor)
Phone (250) 489-4074
Fax: 250-392-3109
Community based social service agency
Services:  Addictions services; special family support; foster parent support & training; children and women's support; youth support; community living services and specialized residential programs.

Better Babies

Address: Cranbrook Family Connections Building  #46-17th Avenue South, Cranbrook BC, V1C 4H7
Fax Number: 250-489-5905
Phone: (250) 489-5011
Contact: Pat Chisholm Email:
Population served by the agency/program: pregnant women
Description of service provided: Pregnancy outreach. Counselling and referrals.
Geographical area served: Cranbrook and area
Referral procedures:self or physician

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Phone: (250) 489-3111 Fax: (250) 489-4216
Population served: Children ages 6-16 and adult volunteers (19+ yrs) in the Cranbrook area
Service Provided: adult volunteers are matched with children who need a mentor and friend; they spend one-on-one time together in community or school-based mentoring programs

Canadian Mental Health Association for the Kootenays

Address: 39 13th Avenue South, Cranbrook BC V1A 2V4
Phone: 250-426-5222 Fax: 250-426-2134
Population served: Families and Youth in the Kootenays
Service Provided: Youth outreach and support: prevention education; crisis intervention for youth & their families; life skills Counselling in non-crisis situations; referrals to other agencies.

Crisis Line 1-800-667-8407

Women's Help & Shelter Line 1-800-200-3003

Community Action Plan For Children (CAPC)

Current address: 1320 2nd St. N Cranbrook, B.C. V1C 4T6
Phone: (250) 421-8096
Contact person(s): Niki Sinhart
Population served by the agency/program: Cranbrook children age 0-6 & their families
Description of service provided: To facilitate the healthy development of young children by increasing the range of positive parenting skills and by strengthening the connection of families to community resources.

Children's First Project

Current address: 1320 2nd St. N.
Cranbrook, B.C. V1C 4T6
Phone: (250) 426-2543
Contact person(s): Gail Brown
Population served by the agency/program: East Kootenay
Description of service provided: To support families and communities in helping children reach their full potential

Community Nutrition (Early Childhood)

Address: 20 23rd Ave S. Cranbrook, BC V1C 5V1
Phone Number: 250-420-2229
Contact: Cindy Jorgensen
Population: Youth 19 and under
Description: Interior Health's Community Nutritionists work with public health staff, community agencies, and grassroots groups to reach target groups

Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club

Address: 1404 2nd Street North Cranbrook BC V1C3L2
Phone: 250-426-3830 or 250-426-3036
Email: Website:
Contact: Gord or Debbie (program directors)
Population served: Children and youth in the East Kootenays
Service provided: Torch Club - group leadership and empowerment program for youth 10-14 years old.

Dynamic Hearing Solutions

Professionals: Brand Meulenbeld, MSc, Aud(C), Clinical Audiologist
Tamarack Centre, 33B-1500 Cranbrook St N, Cranbrook BC. VIC 3S8
Phone:250-426-0075. Fax: (250) 426-0213
Population served: Pediatric to Geriatric East Kootenay population
Description of service: Full provider for hearing related  services including hearing tests, diagnosis of hearing disorders, physician referrals, and treatment of hearing loss through basic to advanced hearing aids and /or assistive listening devices.
Referral procedures: Self referrals or through General Practitioners or other healthcare professionals.

East Kootenay Addiction Services

Address: 202 1617 Baker Street South, Cranbrook BC, V1C 1B4
Phone: 250-489-4344
Fax Number: 250-489-1020
Contact: Dean Nicholson, Rebecca White
Population served: Individuals & their families with alcohol & drug related problems living in the East Kootenay region
Service provided: Counselling, day programs, support groups, home detox, methadone program, prevention education, resource library, and referrals to other agencies.
Referral process: self referral

East Kootenay Child Care Resource & Referral (CCRR)

Current Address: 20-B 12th Ave. N. Cranbrook, B.C V1C 3V7
Phone: (250) 426-5677 or 1-800-661-2445
Cell: (250) 421-1398 Fax: (250) 426-3373
Website: or
Population served : East Kootenay
Service provided: child care information, referrals and support to East Kootenay families, child care providers and community partners. They have a toy, equipment and book lending library. They also distribute applications for child care subsidies.
Area served: Cranbrook & Area, Creston Valley, Kimberley & Area, Windermere Valley & Elk Valley
Referral procedures: Any parent or child care worker may benefit from their services. All you need to do is drop by their office or make a phone call.

East Kootenay Midwives

Address: #12 1617 Baker St. Cranbrook, BC V1C 1B4
Fax Number: 250-489-3198
Contact: Jane Blackmore, Carolyn Thibeault
Description: Personal, individualized care that respects diversity. Offers informed choices in pregnancy and birth, including a choice of birthplace.
Referral Procedure: Self referral

East Kootenay Supported Child Development Program

Current address: 20A-12th Ave. N.Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3V7
Phone: (250) 426-4043 or 1-800-426-4043
Cranbrook-Kimberley: (250)426-2975 Email:
Creston: (250)254-2975 Email:
Elk Valley: (250)425-6499 Email:
Invermere: (250)342-9552 Email:
Golden: (250) 344-6322 Email:
Contact person(s): Beth Carter-Regional Coordinator
& Amanda Scarpelli - Administrative Supervisor
Population served: Children age birth to 12 years old of the East Kootenay
Service provided: They support children, birth to 12 years, who have a developmental delay or disability, to fully participate in inclusive neighbourhood child care programs. They also provide equipment, personnel, consulting and training resources.
Area served: Cranbrook, Kimberley, Creston, Elk Valley, Invermere, and Golden
Referral procedures: Parents may contact SCDP directly or may be refereed by community professionals including Child Care Providers, Infant Development Consultants and etc.

Family Justice

Address: Cranbrook Courthouse - 102 11th Avenue south, Cranbrook BC
Phone Number: 250-426-1660 Fax Number: 250-426-1690
Contact: Joanne Smith
Population Served: Families and youth in the East Kootenays
Service Provided: Focus is on the needs of children and youth when parents separate.

Hope Air

Phone:  1-877-346-4673 
Fax:  416-222-6930
Service:  Hope Air is a nation-wide charity that arranges free flights to get low-income Canadians to specialized healthcare that isn’t available locally.

Infant Development Program

Current address: 1320 2nd Street North
Cranbrook BC V1C 4T6
Phone: (250) 426-2543 or (250) 426-0543
Name of contact person(s): Korri Maloney, Jan McGinn
Population served by the agency/program: Families with infants at risk in the East Kootenay area
Service provided: it is designed to support families with young children at risk or with developmental delays or disabilities
Geographical area served: East Kootenay region
Referral procedures: Parents can contact IDP or Community and Professional Partners can make a referral.

Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child & Family Services

7472 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC V1C 7E5
Phone: (250) 489-4563 Fax: (250) 489-4585
Contact Person: Debbie Whitehead
Population Served: The Ktunaxa, the Kinbasket, and all Aboriginal children & families in the area.
Service Provided: Establish & develop culturally relevant resources to meet the needs of children and families.

SPARK Youth Center

Address: 250 Howard Street Kimberley BC V1A 2G7
Phone: 250-427-7017 
 Population Served: Youth in the Kimberley/Cranbrook area
 The longest running youth Centre in BC, L.E.E.S. Spark Youth Centre provides government funded life skills and employment skills programs for youth at risk.  The programs are designed to help youth transition into adult life and integrate into the workforce. 
Centre activities include life skills classes, computers, cooking classes, musical instruments and bands, shows and dances.  The drop-in facilities include a NEW pool table, Fireplace, Wii, drums, guitar and bass, plus a computer for Internet use and a full kitchen with snacks provided!
The used book and music store sells new and used books, music CDs, and DVDs to people in the community. 

Mother Goose

Current address: 700-24th Ave. N. Cranbrook BC V1C 5P6
Phone: Steeples Elementary (250) 426-3352
Name of contact person(s): CAPC Coordinator: Charlene Stropky
Population served by the agency/program: Drop-in center for all members of the Community.
Service provided: This program is a parent-child drop in center for children ages Birth- 5. The program is free and offers free play, circle time and a free snack. The main focus of the program is school readiness and social interactions between children and parents.
Geographical area served: Cranbrook

Options for Sexual Health

Phone: 250-426-3995
#46- 17th Avenue South
Cranbrook BC V1C5A8
Service: Drop In clinic Wednesday evenings. Comprehensive sexual health services. Pregnancy options Counselling.


Contact: Earl Wagh
2617 3rd Street South
Cranbrook BC V1C4W4
Phone: 250-426-6558
Service Provided: PFLAG is a registered charitable organization that provides, support, education and resources to anyone with questions or concerns about sexual orientation or gender identity. Call or email for information regarding meetings.

Prevention Services Interior Health Authority within East Kootenay:

  • Public Health Nursing
  • Audiology - including Early Hearing Program
  • Speech
  • Dental Services
  • Nursing Support Services
  • Better Babies
  • Prenatal Classes

Public Health Nurse

Current address: 20-23rd Ave. North Cranbrook, B.C.
Phone: (250) 420-2207
Contact person(s): Joanne Wiens Email:
Population served: everyone in East Kootenay region
Service provided: The public health nurse delivers the immunizations, travels to the schools, and deals with many health concerns.

Audiology/Hearing Program

Current address: 20 – 23rd Ave. S. Cranbrook, BCV1C 5V1
Phone: (250) 420-2221 Fax: (250) 420-2295
Contact: Karen Verbeurgt, Audiologist
Population Served: Children 0 – 18 years in the East Kootenay

Description of Services Provided:  We aim to eliminate or measurably reduce the incidence of communication disorders secondary to hearing loss.  Services provided include hearing health promotion, as well as identification, assessment and rehabilitation of children with hearing disorders.  In order to promote early identification we have the BC Early Hearing Program (BCEHP), where a hearing screening is completed shortly after birth to assist in the identification of individuals with hearing impairments as soon as possible.
Referral Procedure: Referrals are accepted from parents, physicians, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialists, Public Health, Speech/Language Pathologists, Infant Development Consultants, Child Development Consultants, Hearing Resource Teachers and other professionals in the School District.

Restorative Justice

Address: RCMP office at 31 11th Avenue south Cranbrook BC V1C 2N9
Phone: 250-489-3471 local 4238 Fax: 250-417-4211
Population served: All individuals, including youth, in the East Kootenays
Service Provided: An alternative to the court system for offenders. Focus is on offender accountability, problem solving and creating an equal voice for offender and victim.

Roots of Empathy

School District #5 940 Industrial Road, Cranbrook BC, V1C 4C6
Phone: 1-866-517-2225
Contact: Anita Chambers
Population Served: selected schools in the East Kootenays
Service Provided: Development of healthy learning communities throughout the Columbia Basin. Promote and develop work to enhance literacy through fully accessible programs and services. Referral Procedures:  Referrals are accepted from parents, physicians, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialists, Public Health Nurses, Speech/Language Pathologists, Infant Development Consultants, Child Development Consultants, Hearing Resource Teachers and other professionals in the School District.

Service Canada Centre for Youth

Address: 1113 Baker Street, Cranbrook, BC V1C 1A7
Fax Number: 250-426-3971
Phone: 250-489-4101 ext.550
Contact: Curtis Martin:
Population served by the agency/program: Youth Age 15-30 Description of service provided: Youth services such as summer employment, resumes, cover letters, interviews, workplace health and safety, employment standards, Canada Student Loans, and other resources. Services available from May to August only.
Geographical area served: Cranbrook and area

Success By Six

Current address: C/O Jacqueline Pinsonneault, Regional Coordinator
P.O. Box 537 Windermere, B.C. V0B 2L0
Phone: (250) 342-0217
Contact person(s): Jacqueline Pinsonneault
Population served by the agency/program: The East Kootenay Region, including the Columbia Valley, The Elk Valley and the Creston Valley.
Description of service provided: Success by 6 supports the Early Childhood Development Teams in 7 communities to build capacity, supports, facilities and programming that promote healthy development for children ages 0-6.
Geographical area served: All of B.C. is served. Each geographical area has a Success by Six Program Coordinator.
Referral procedures: self referral

Summit Community Services Society

Current address: 201 - 125 10th Ave. S.Cranbrook BC V1C 2N1
Phone: 489- 3114
OR: Kimberly Family Resource Center
395 Wallinger Ave Kimberley BC V1A 1Z3
Phone: 250-427-2449
Population served by the agency/program: Cranbrook and Kimberly area
Geographical area served: Cranbrook and Kimberly They occasionally have clients come in from Elkford BC (due to a lack of services in Elkford).
Referral procedures: Referrals are made by the Community, M.C.F.D., R.C.M.P., Victims services, Probation, Family Justice and local schools.

Women's Resource Center

Current address: 32-13th Ave. S. Cranbrook, B.C. V1C 2V3
Phone: (250) 426-2912 Fax: (250) 426-2984
Contact person(s): Vicki Dalton
Population served: Women and their children in Cranbrook and area
Service provided: This is a drop in center for women which provides many services including, Emergency food cupboard, Free computer access, Free store,
lay Counselling, and etc.
Area served: Cranbrook and area
Referral procedures: Drop in or phone Monday--Thursday 10:00am-3:30pm