At the end of September, BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) saw the departure of long-time Fraser Central Regional Educator, Nancy Friesen.

Through her many years with BCSS, Nancy worked with families supporting loved ones who have serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia. She delivered compassion and empathy to everyone she spoke with, whether it was a family member reaching out in crisis or a colleague at BCSS. Nancy will be missed and the Central Fraser Region will not be the same without her.

We at BC Schizophrenia Society wish all the best to Nancy and her future endeavours.

Below are just a few of the numerous compliments about Nancy from people she’s worked with during her time:

“BCSS has been instrumental in helping me advocate for my son. He was taken off of his Semi-Independent Living Subsidy. This was an ongoing issue with Fraser Health and the agency that holds the contract. Nancy went above the call of duty by attending every meeting with me even on her days off.”

Family Member

“I always joke about Nancy answering her phone when I call, or at the very least she gets back to me promptly! This may not seem like a big deal, but these days I always feel like I am leaving messages or chasing mental health professionals. I always feel calmer after we talk and she has taught me so much about boundaries and self-care.”

Family Member

“I am confident referring families to the BCSS family support group knowing that Nancy has empathy and an understanding of what families need.”

Semone Trautman, MSW, RSW
Family Support Services Program (FSSP)Clinical Counsellor–Fraser South

“Thank you for being so kind and compassionate with the families we work with. Your enthusiasm, dedication, and resourcefulness are an inspiration.”

Melanie Eaton
Pharmacy Technician, Fraser Health Authority (working with Dr. Debbie Thompson)