Cariboo Regional Educator
100 Mile House
Bree has several years of work experience assisting individuals living with varying degrees of mental health related issues in a variety of settings. She has worked in Child Development, Youth and Adult Employment programs, school district career development programs, and was most recently the Community Wellness Manager for Williams Lake and area. This position required me to facilitate the development and maintenance of strong working relationships with the community as a whole; promote mental health and wellness and decrease associated stigmas; as well as assisting in strengthening provincial disaster recovery frameworks for mental health and wellness.
When did you start working with BCSS?
My contract started in March 2020
What brought you to BCSS (i.e. why did you want to work for BCSS; why is schizophrenia important to you)?
I am passionate about facilitating workshops and assisting people in recognizing their strengths and abilities to overcome or balance obstacles. I strive to provide an open, engaging and transparent environment to connect and communicate with others. I understand the importance of learning all that you can about mental health when traveling through the recovery process and helping to break stigma. I recognize how important a strong support team is in assisting families and their loved ones to move through recovery. BCSS is a great place to start helping family members and break stigmas in the Cariboo region.
Please describe your role (what services you offer and the region (cities/towns) you offer them in).
I provide support and education for family members who have a loved one with a severe mental health issue. This includes emotional support, education on mental health, resources, navigating the mental health system, connecting family members together through the family support group. I am currently running a Family Support group in Williams Lake. I look forward to being able to provide Strengthening Families together and a Partnership program in Williams Lake and 100 Mile House in the near future. I connect and collaborate with mental health professionals and partnering agencies in the Cariboo region in order provide the best possible family support I can.
Why are you a good fit for your position?
I believe it takes a great deal of family, friends, community and government support to help those living with a mental illness build a life conducive to belonging and acceptance. This position allows me to assist families in providing good support, connecting them to supporting community partners and assisting them to advocate for their loved one, while breaking stigmas along the way. I also have the opportunity to collaborate in building better systems at a higher level.
What do you do when you’re not working (i.e. what are your hobbies/interests)?
I enjoy outdoor adventures like; bike touring, hiking, kayaking, and, most recently motorcycle adventures. I love spending time with my two sons, family, friends, dog and cat.