The CDC has operated continuously since 1975 and provides assessments, treatment, education and assistance to children with special needs and their families. Over 600 children and their families in the Williams Lake area received services from the CDC in 2016/2017.
The CDC services are supported by government contracts, fees for service and donations. In 2011/12 the provincial government provided 86% of the annual operating budget of $1.9 million. The major funding source is the provincial Ministry for Children and Family Development that contracts with the agency for children and youth with special needs, children in care and youth justice services.
The CDC also supports itself by earning 9% of the annual operating budget in a variety of ways including fees for service (preschool), rental income, interest income and community-based project management. The remaining 5% of the annual operating budget comes from generous contributions of individual and business donors, foundation funding and corporate sponsorships.
Board of Directors:
Our Board is made up of 12 volunteers including local professionals, teachers, business owners and parents take an active interest in the well-being of children and families in our community. The Board meets at a minimum of 7 times a year and the annual general meeting is scheduled annually in November.
The elected board is as follows:
Funding:We are supported by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Williams Lake Bingo Association, Variety – The Children’s Charity, Parent Fees, and community donations (receipts provided). We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia. Fundraising and donations provide specialized equipment, toys, books, videos, and assists with capital projects.
Our Referral Process:
Anyone can make a Request for Service on behalf of a child. If you are not the parent/guardian please let them know about the request.
Once a request for service is made, the Intake Manager, Coleen Onofrechuk, usually contacts you within a week. Coleen will set up an initial meeting to talk to you more. You will be asked to give permission to discuss your concerns with staff members. A staff member is then assigned to your request and will contact you for further service. That may include an assessment and an Individualized Service Plan. The Plan includes your priorities for your child and goals to help your child achieve their potential.
In some cases, we may not be able to help you, with your permission, Coleen may refer you to another organization that best suits your needs.