New programs are starting April 1, 2019 so be sure to come visit the centre soon!
Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre was first incorporated in May 2002. A small group of community members had a desire and passion to provide support services for off-reserve Aboriginal populations across Mount Waddington. This same group had established a Development Committee and subsequently negotiated contracts with local funders for nearly a year, which was needed before the centre was in full operation.
Together, the enthusiastic group developed a constitution and bylaws in order to register as a non-profit organization/society with B.C. registries.
To make everything the centre has today possible, Chris Parker of North Island Crisis and Counselling Centre (the name at that time) had generously offered SWFC a room and equipment for its first year of operation, which Dean Wilson managed not only the facility, but three staff members.
With humble beginnings, the centre had one computer, a filing cabinet, and two desks and a budget to employ a full-time Early Childhood Development worker and Family Development worker in addition to a part-time Social Worker/Executive Director. After another year of negotiating and saving funds, Dean acquired a space at Thunderbird Mall.
Finally, the centre would have a space of it's own, which staff could then create a space which brought a sense of community for people from across B.C. and Canada.
In January 2011, Dean left the centre and Janet Hanuse was then hired to take on the position of Executive Director. At that time, the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Centres invited the society to become a member, which would make SWFC the 25th centre to join. The association is the second largest in Canada. Due to joining the association, core funding was made available to the centre; the centre would be able to expand.
We gratefully acknowledge our cherished partnerships with Adult Mental Health and Addictions, Building Blocks, North Island College, North Island Crisis and Counseling Centre, School District 85, the District of Port Hardy, and John Howard Society.
We have also had the privilege of building partnerships and connections with organizations across Vancouver Island which would allow us to build our capacity, strengthen and broaden services, and stabilize our delivery of programs.
The centre has employed many gifted and unique individuals - many of whom have had a lasting impact on our programming. Today, our team continues to thrive with such uniqueness which brings warmth and a welcoming spirit to the people they serve. The well-rounded staff and board of directors were and still are integral to the society since its beginnings.
We appreciate the support from Kwakiutl First Nation, Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nation, Quatsino First Nation, 'Namgis First Nation, and Ministry of Children and Family Development, B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, the Sedin Foundation, Mount Waddington Health Network, District of Port Hardy, Thunderbird Mall staff and manager, the centre's team, volunteers, and, of course, everyone who participates in our programs and groups.
The centre hosts craft groups, support groups, cultural workshops, recreational activities, life skills, advocacy, one-on-one support, group supports, community engagement, and much more. If you're interested in more information please contact any of our program staff or the program director. Everyone is welcome to the centre.