Skwlax Wellness Centre

The Skwlax Wellness Centre provides:

 Health and Social Development Programs and Services

Physical Location: #15 – 1528 Little Shuswap Road, Squilax, BC

Mailing Address:
#15 – 1528 Little Shuswap Lake Road
Chase, BC  V0E 1M2

Hours of operation are:

Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm   closed from 12 noon to 1 pm.
Friday                        8:00 am to 3:00 pm  open during lunch hour.

Phone     250 679 3702
Fax         250 679 3742

Email – General enquiries:


  • Mandatory health programs – public health nursing including immunization and communicable disease control
  • Community health programs – education programs, workshops, nutrition for expectant and new mothers, patient travel, addictions counselling and referral, health information and referral
  • Social development – Income Assistance, supports for low income people and people with disabilities
  • Mental health counselling and referral
  • Community projects such as workshops, summer day camp programs, annual community events
  • Dental treatment including exams, fillings, extractions and dental hygiene
  • Child welfare liaison with MCFD and support to families
Health Director Desira John
  • Provides leadership in community health programs such as Injury Surveillance, Maternal Child Health, Home and Community Care
  • Provides leadership in all administrative duties such as program development and delivery, budgeting, evaluation, and reporting
  • Manages staff and Human Resources
  • Provides program administration including authorizing expenditures and monitoring expenditures
  • Liaison with Band Administration, Band Departments, partners and visiting professionals
Assistant Health Director Dawn Francois
  • Assists with health programs including planning and coordination
  • Assists Health Director with budgets and work plans
  • Provides ongoing Secwepemc Tradititonal Wellness programming and Wellness Centre building maintenance
  • Provides program administration including authorizing expenditures and monitoring expenditures
  • Liaison with Band Departments, partners and visiting professionals
Health Receptionists (PT) Bernadette Dennis (Tuesday, Thursday), Jacob Seymour (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Provides reception duties, monitoring building security
  • Schedules appointments with visiting professional
  • Health Receptionist
Personal Care Aide (PT) (Vacant Position)
  • Provides personal care in the home, home care assessment, duties include: assisting client to access health services, managing medications, addressing social and emotional needs, personal care including foot care, bathing
Financial Aid Worker (PT) – 2 days/week Amy Tomma
  • Intake for Income Assistance
Youth & Family Worker Andrea Stelter
  • Plans and organizes social, recreational, educational and Secwepemc Traditional Wellness activities for youth and parents
  • Facilitates fundraising for youth activities
Data Clerk – (PT) Bernadette Dennis
  • Assists with electronic medical records – data input
Homemaker – (PT) Helen John
  • Provides housekeeping for clients such as vacuuming and laundry
  • Assists with shopping, cooking and other household activities
CHR (PT, 3 days/week) Amy Tomma
  • Provides support services to parents of young children including home visits, assistance accessing services, parenting support, child development assessment
  • Assists CHN manage resources and supplies
  • Provides health education programs and services in consultation with Wellness staff
  • Supports and advocates for community members to access health programs and services
  • Good food Boxes available for caregivers with children from the age of 0 – 2 yrs old – contact front desk for details
Social Development Director and Social Worker Terra Harrison
  • Manages Social Development program including program delivery and reporting
  • Administers Band Member Assistance program
  • Refers employable applicants to Employment Counselling
  • Consults with and participates in child protection issues
  • Liaises with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, courts, and probation
Addictions Support Worker  Rachel Kilback
  • Provides one to one counselling for addictions
  • Provides community education and awareness – newsletter, informational & educational workshops
  • Provides referral to addictions treatment services
  • Provides post-treatment follow up services
  • Offers community programming and support activities
Public Health Nurse and Home Care Nurse  Tina Brown
  • Provides immunization for children and adults (eg. flu vaccine) and communicable disease control (eg. TB, Hepatitis)
  • Screens for hearing, vision, dental and health status
  • Monitors community members with chronic disease (eg. diabetes, respiratory conditions)
  • Delivers prenatal and post natal programs
  • Screens, assesses and admits clients to Home Care program and develop care plans for clients, provide clinical supervision of Personal Care Aides and deliver Nursing services (eg. wound care)
  • Liaison with Chase Health Centre, local Doctors and other health services
Other Services Provided
  • Bus Shuttle Service available for community members
  • Coming soon – Traditional Healers schedule – contact front desk for details


Family Support Worker Check with front desk
Contracted between 4 bands
Psychologist  Jane Wakefield      1day/month contact front desk for schedule
  • One to one, family, group counselling
  • Consultation to staff and community
  • Trauma debriefing
Nurse Practitioner  2 days/month starting end of February 2019 check with front desk
  • Primary health care outreach service from IHA
  • One to one appointments for assessment, diagnosis and treatment of health conditions
  • Referral to other health services
  • Liaison with health services and follow up as needed
Dentist  Dr. Corbin Sallis 1 Monday/month (varies) contact front desk for schedule
  • Provides basic dental care including exams, fillings, and extractions
  • Referral for complex dental needs
Children’s Oral Health  Program (COHI)   Crystal Chartrand in partnership with Qwemtsin Health Society       Check with reception for schedule
  • Provides dental health education and awareness with a focus on birth to 7 year olds and their parents and caregivers
  • Assesses oral health, referral and follow up for children birth to 7 years
  • Provides a fluoride varnish program
  • Consults with wellness staff and community members on dental health
Child and Youth mental Health Clinician  Please check with front desk for schedule
  • Provides one to one counselling to children and youth from 5 – 18 years
  • Provides mental health assessment, referral and advocacy for children and youth and their families
  • Provides information and support to children, youth and families on mental health issues