COVID-19:  WHERE ARE WE NOW?

It has been 10 days since we posted the precautions FAIR is taking in working to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  There have been many changes in our communities and lives in those days – this is what’s happening at FAIR:

Most of our services are still available through phone and email or Zoom contact. These include Family Advancement, Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR), Community Based Victim Services, Advocacy Program, Mental Health and Substance Use Support, Transition House and the Crisis Line.  You can get more information about how to connect by calling us at 250-364-2326.

We have added the social distancing protocol to the enhanced cleaning and hand washing practices. Staff schedules have been adjusted to have fewer people in our buildings at one time.

Groups have been cancelled until further notice including:

  • Building Beautiful Babies
  • Muffins and Munchkins
  • Motherwise
  • Women’s Tuesday Drop In
  • Mental Health Family Support Group
  • CCRR Friday Playgroup
  • Strong Start (Fruitvale Elementary School)
  • COINS’ Family Gathering
  • COINS’ Healing Talking Circle

We strive to find creative ways to provide support for the many unique needs this crisis has created as well as for the other issues that continue to impact peoples’ lives despite an active pandemic.

The staff, volunteers, management and contractors at FAIR are working to promote everyone’s health and wellness.  We wish you the best of health and security.

For more information on programs and support call us at 250-364-2326.  If you have any concerns or questions please contact Janet MacNeil, Executive Director at the above number  (ext 224 or JMacNeil@trailfair.ca.

Interior Network Crisis Line is available 24/7 at can be reached at:  1-888-353-CARE (2273)

CCRR Revised Availability

The CCRR office is temporarily closed for in-office visits.  However we are here to answer emails & phone calls to support and hopefully to meet your needs.

Here is our schedule starting Monday March 30th.

  • Mondays 8am – 1pm:   Chrissy –  CCollins@trailfair.ca
  • Tuesday & Wednesdays 9-2pm:  Sue – SMcintosh@trailfair.ca
  • Thursdays 9-2: Kathy:  KMorrish@trailfair.ca

Our answering machine is always on.  Feel free to call us at 250-364-2980 or 1-800-223-8966, leave a message and we will get back to you.

We are here for you! Together we can do this! Stay Safe!

Important Notice re: COVID-19.

Important Notice:

As you may be aware, Canadian public health authorities have escalated measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

FAIR’s number one priority will always be the health and safety of our clients, staff and the communities we serve.  With that in mind, we are taking precautionary efforts and working with our partners to minimize the risk of exposure and to promote the health and wellbeing of all people, particularly those with significant vulnerabilities.

The following measures will take effect today Monday, March 16, 2020:

  • Enhanced cleaning protocols at all FAIR worksites
  • Staff and volunteers who have traveled out of the country will stay away from worksites for 14 days
  • Staff, volunteers and community members are asked to refrain from coming in to any of FAIR’s sites if they are ill (ie. cough and fever)
  • Travel to, and planning of, conferences and events are suspended until further notice
  • Group meetings will be scheduled only using teleconference or video conference technologies
  • The CCRR Toy Lending Library will be closed until further notice.
  • All groups are suspended until further notice including –
    • Building Beautiful Babies
    • Muffins and Munchkins
    • Motherwise
    • Women’s Tuesday Drop In
    • Circle of Security
    • Mental Health Family Support Group
    • CCRR Friday Playgroup
    • CCRR Workshops
    • Violence is Preventable workshops in schools

Please note that our Columbia Ave building remains open and staff will keep appointments unless otherwise notified.  The Interior Network Crisis Line will continue to be available 24/7 as usual and can be reached at 1-888-353-CARE (2273)

FAIR continues to monitor developments and will follow the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada, the BC Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control.

If you are unsure about your symptoms or have questions or concerns, contact HealthLinkBC (8-1-1).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Janet MacNeil, Executive Director

jmacneil (at) trailfair.ca  250-364-2326 ext 224

**POSTPONED** Circle of Security Spring session

The popular Circle of Security parenting group has been postponed.    

FAIR continues to monitor developments and will follow the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada, the BC Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control and will re-schedule this group when cleared to do so.