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The John Howard Society of North Island and Foundry Campbell River was delighted to be nominated and then selected for a Community Advocacy and Integrity Award, one of the first Campbell River Spirit Awards honouring excellence in health care, distributed by the Physician Health and Wellness Committee of the Campbell River and District Division of Family Practice.

The award was gratefully accepted by Stacy Folk, Program Manager of Foundry Campbell River.

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Stacy Folk with Spirit Award March 2021“The Community Advocacy and Integrity Award means a great deal to all of us at Foundry Campbell River. A core part of our service model is to reach young people earlier – before their concerns have a severe impact on their health, relationships, and well-being. We see each youth as a whole person, rather than just their challenges, and empower young people to determine which services and supports would best help them to live a good life. Our goal is to make it simple for young people and their caregivers to find the tools, resources, and services they need, when they need it. Foundry is removing barriers and increasing access to health and wellness services for young people in the community.”

Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 and their families a variety of health and wellness services under one roof at our youth friendly centre. By offering integrated mental health care, substance use services, primary and sexual health care, youth peer support, and social services, Foundry makes it easier for young people to find support. All our services are free and confidential. Foundry Campbell River is one of 11 centres across BC. There are eight more Foundry centres currently under development, including one in the Comox Valley that will also be operated by John Howard.


“Community Advocacy and Integrity” is described as “This award recognizes the contributions of an individual or group with strong moral principles working to improve the health of the communities in which they serve.  It honours those that work or represent organizations across the region that transform, educate, empower, and support individuals in the community through advocacy, and awareness.”