Hope and Area Transition Society envisions a community that is free from trauma and systemic societal challenges. A community that has vibrant individuals and families who are resilient and have a sense of belonging, acceptance and connectedness to self, family, the community and society.
The Hope and Area Transition Society is a non-profit society in Hope that provides client-centered programs/services to individuals and families. Through a trauma-informed approach HATS will offer to clients and the community; services, advocacy and education to build resiliency, empowerment and inclusion.
The Hope & Area Transition Society’s philosophical underpinnings begin with the inherent value and rights of all people; regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, culture or spirituality. We recognize the systemic power imbalances that exist within our community, society and global village and we will continue to work toward empowering others in the reduction and elimination of these various imbalances that impact on the lives of individuals and our community.
The following guiding principles illustrates how the Hope and Area Transition Society is an advocate and an activist in the promotion of relief, development and structural change in society and within the systems in which we live and work:
- Provide a secure, accepting and supportive environment for all individuals who are at risk of experiencing social ills.
- Provide ethical and professional services to clients, ensuring their rights and dignity are maintained and promote empowerment for the client.
- Offer services such as individual counselling, support groups, information and referral to women, children and men who are affected by social ills. Advocate on their behalf when necessary.
- Encourage clients, women, men and children to develop healthy self esteem and positive problem-solving skills by identifying and building upon their own resources.
- Provide information to clients on the dynamics of social issues and its effect on all family members and the community.
- Provide information and education to our community stakeholders and partners on the services and programs that we offer.
- Provide advocacy for clients in their efforts to gain access to resources and services by working cooperatively with existing agencies, social services and service-oriented clubs.
- Provide information and referrals to other community agencies that meets the ongoing needs of clients.
- Raise awareness in the community about social issues through education and prevention programs.
- Collect information and participate in research to reach a better understanding of the dynamics of social issues.
- Provide ongoing Staff and Board development programs.
The Hope and Area Transition Society value the right of all people to live free from abuse, addictions, and poverty. We provide a variety of programs designed to educate, encourage and support those seeking to change their circumstances while respecting the following values:
- Equality and fairness
- Safety and security
- Empowerment and autonomy
- Opportunity and choice
- Dignity and self-worth
- Compassion and understanding
- Diversity and inclusiveness
- Rights and freedoms
- Family and community
- The promotion of education and
- The process of transition in individual lives
The stated values of the Hope and Area Transition Society are not an exhaustive list, nor can we, as an agency, made up of diverse staff, Board members, and community stakeholders define each value as an absolute. Each value holds a different significance and meaning to the reader.
The purpose and intent of defining the Hope and Area Transition Society’s values is to demonstrate what are important foundational values which are embedded into the delivery and approach of the programs and services that we offer.
Hope and Area Transition Society provides programs and services through a Trauma-informed approach. Through integrating an understanding of past and current experiences of violence and trauma into all aspects of service delivery. The goal of trauma-informed systems is to avoid re-traumatizing individuals and support safety, choice, and control in order to promote healing.
Meet Our Board
The Hope & Area Transition Society is governed by a Board of Directors, which conducts its business practices in a Governance Model.
The Board of Directors is the ultimate authority in the operation of the Hope & Area Transition Society; they are responsible for approving recommended policies, for ensuring new policies are put into effect, and that they are properly administered by the Executive Director.
For more information on becoming a Board member send inquiries to [email protected] or 604-869-5111 ext 231.
I have been a member of Board of Directors of the Hope and Area Transition society for the past four years currently filling the role of secretary.
I am a retired emergency room nurse having worked many years in Burnaby Hospital as Assistant Head nurse and subsequently at Fraser Canyon Hospital. Having been involved first hand in accessing health care and social services for patients/clients in my nursing role, I have been happy to serve this community as a board member of HATS.
Susan was born in Bathurst, NB. Susan Johnston has worked for the Govt of NWT, Yellowknife, NWT and throughout the Eastern Arctic, she has held many notable positions in her career, just to name a few; Susan was a Flight attendant NWT Airways, she worked in Employment and Immigration Security, she worked as a RCMP Civilian Member in Telecommunication and as a Legal Assistant with Kennedy Jensen, Barristers & Solicitors.
Kent McKinnon operates a management consultancy business based in Hope B.C. working with retailers and their manufacturing partners to create efficient business processes supported by technology. Kent began his career at The Overwaitea Food Group while attending Hope Secondary School, working in several store locations in B.C. after graduation before moving to the Langley Head Office as a Business Analyst and then onto the role of Solution Advisor for JDA Software Group in Scottsdale Arizona.
During my twenty years in the classroom, I became a specialist in both Indigenous and Gifted Education, developing a project-based style of instruction that connected students with elders and experts in their communities. I later joined my daughter in running a fun-filled event-planning business that operated between Vancouver and Agassiz.
I value the learning and the connections I have made through volunteering. This has included services for inmates, children in need and mental health. I am particularly grateful for my membership in the Board of H.A.T.S. where I serve on the Finance and Building/Capital Project committees. When I read the pages and pages of summary reports for all of our programs I imagine the faces of real people getting genuine support. I am left hopeful and inspired.
Social programming has been an important aspect of her work.
As home to Marg and her family, Hope remains a quiet, beautiful town, where many of its citizens work together to make it a great place to live. Recreation opportunities such as hiking, cycling, skiing, kayaking, and yoga, are all right outside her front door. How good is that?
HATS Treasurer for a few years, passionate about the multi-faceted work of HATS and the amazing talented staff running many services to benefit the residents of Hope and area, specifically interested in the Transition House and Emergency Shelter. Currently a retired from Real Estate and department store management. Years of volunteer work with Hospice, Arts Center, Music Academy, Symphony Orchestra, Childrens Musical Theatre and BC Hydro Power Pioneers.
We thank Rose for being our board member. Photo and Bio to be updated.
New board member in 2021 — Photo and Bio Pending
Jake joined the board in 2021.
Husband to Beth and father of five boys, Jake has lived in Hope for almost 10 years, serving as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Children at Grace Baptist Church (GBC). Jake is originally from Texas (but asks that you don’t hold that against him)! He has worked in various ministry jobs over the years in TX, IL, TN, and now BC. His work with the children and families of our community (as well as previous work at a children’s home in Tennessee) have convinced him of the need for strong social services and compassionate care providers.
Jake has also volunteered time by coaching the high school boys basketball team.