Jose Salazar, peer support supervisor, Duncan Ritchie, peer support worker, and Shyan Baker, peer support worker, are some of the staff at Cariboo Chilcotin Foundry working to prepare for a grand opening at the centre. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Jose Salazar, peer support supervisor, Duncan Ritchie, peer support worker, and Shyan Baker, peer support worker, are some of the staff at Cariboo Chilcotin Foundry working to prepare for a grand opening at the centre. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Cariboo Chilcotin Foundry invites community to grand opening June 16

The Cariboo Chilcotin Foundry is prepping to host their grand opening on June 16.

Programs are underway to support youth ages 12-24 with social, medical and mental health services.

On Friday, June 16, from noon to 3 p.m., the public is invited to come and visit the centre, enjoy some snacks, meet staff and check out the amazing facility developed with input from youth, for youth.

“Foundry Cariboo Chilcotin will fill a much-needed role in the community to uplift and support youth, as well as bring together resources and services from our partner agencies. I’m really excited about this project as a youth and professionally as someone invested in the well-being of youth around the Cariboo Chilcotin. As a youth, many of my friends and acquaintances feel isolated and powerless, and I really think that Foundry Cariboo Chilcotin could be a big part of the solution to this problem that so many local youths face today,” said Rylee Smith, a peer support worker at the new Foundry in Williams Lake, in a release when the facility was getting ready to open their doors.

Foundry Cariboo Chilcotin provides young people aged 12 to 24 and their families free and confidential age-friendly services to fit their unique needs, such as mental-health and substance-use counselling, medical services, peer support and social services.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Foundry falls under the Child Development Centre.

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