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VIDEO: Keeping Hope, B.C. alive as overdose deaths rise.

“Meet the community leaders on the front lines of the toxic drug crisis in the small community of Hope, B.C.” Video includes an interview with our Executive Director, Gerry Dyble. 

Published February 5th, 2024 by CBC.ca

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Cultivating hope: Meet the community leaders trying to curb toxic drug deaths in Hope, B.C.

“Gateway town has the highest drug poisoning per capita death rate in the province”

Published February 5th, 2024 by CBC.ca (photo by Ben Nelms/CBC News)

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2021 Message from Our Executive Director

I want to acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō) and Nłeʔkepmx Tmíxʷ (Nlaka’pamux) territories.  Specifically, the communities of Peters, Sho’hamel, Chawathil, Yale, Union Bar, Spuzzum, Boston Bar and Boothyrod.  We are embraced and protected by the mountains and are nourished by the flow of living waters from the Coquihalla River down to the Fraser River.  The richness of this natural beauty sustains and breathes life into us.  Thank you for sharing your territory with us.

The horrors that have been uncovered in our neighboring community of Kamloops and the discovery of 215 little souls has left me in shock and with many questions. For substantive change to happen, for true reconciliation to occur, we as humans need to listen, hear, understand and be part of the change to right the wrongs of our Indigenous brothers and sisters.  As an agency that provides services to Indigenous people, we need to continue to raise our awareness, we need to be open to learning, and asking questions.  We grieve for the loss of potential for these little lives, the generational impact that Residential Schools has had on the Indigenous people, as we work through those feelings of grief and sadness, it will be time to rise up, be a witness and walk alongside of our Indigenous people, to speak to the fact that change and action must happen, action is needed now. My commitment as Executive Director is to continue to encourage awareness, education, cultural teachings, to encourage us to celebrate our culture and heritage.

This past year has been a year a year like no other.  I have been doing this working for 25 years and I have never been witness to what we have gone through and continue to go through with COVID 19.  I have said before you are my heroes, working with our vulnerable people amidst a global pandemic, the unknown and the uncertainty.  An image comes to mind, of Isabel in a full hazmat suit at the Colonial, our Isolation center, who would have ever thought that we would have hazmat suits for working in Social Servces. Early on when the town was literally shut down, we had a port a pottie brought in so our clients had a place to use the washroom, a hand sanitization centre was set up.   We had families, truck drivers and our community people using these facilities as everything was closed.  Thank you to each one of you who suited up, cleaned port a potties, put out hand sanitization supplies, meet with clients virtually, masked and gloved up.  Thank you is not enough.

To our community partners and funders who collaborated on how to work collectively yet keeping a 6-foot distance we truly showed what community spirit looks like.  Proud to be part of doing this work.

Finally, thank you to the Board for always having our backs, we faced a challenging Fall/Winter with the public hearing for rezoning for the supportive housing, the negativity that some members of this community demonstrated was nothing short of hate and discrimination toward those who are marginalized and oppressed.  The final decision of Council to not vote in favor of rezoning knocked the wind out of us.  We have however, gotten back up and will continue to do the necessary work of shining the light on social issues and how these issues impact each of us as humans.

I look forward to another year leading this organization into housing our homeless, bringing much needed services to our community, listening to the community and responding in a way that brings credibility, integrity and authenticity to our work.   As always it has been my pleasure.

Looking forward to in-person meetings where we can celebrate together.  Remember continue to be the light.

Hope and Area Transition Society provides services, advocacy and education to build resiliency, empowerment and inclusion.

Main Office: (604) 869-5111

400 Park Street, PO Box 1761, Hope, BC V0X1L0

House of Hope Emergency Shelter: (604) 869-7574

650 Old Princeton Hwy. Hope, BC V0X1L4

Jean Scott Transition House: (604) 869-5191

I acknowledge our agency provides services within the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Stó:lō and Nlaka’pamux.