ooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) and Sooke Co-operative Association of Service Agencies (CASA) have been serving Sooke region residents for the past decade, supporting community health and well-being. They are now combining their efforts and will work together as “Sooke CASA doing business as CHI.”
Both group have been very active and have started innovative programs in the community, such as the Youth Clinic, Sooke Youth Council, and Food CHI. CHI is currently developing a Sooke Region Volunteer Centre and is co-sponsoring a Seniors Connections initiative. A newly arrived East Sooke resident Linda Nehra, who comes with extensive experience of running health services in Manitoba, said ”this amalgamation is what we have been waiting for. As a member of CHI I have seen how much of an impact people can have at the local level to improve services in our region. When CASA and CHI join forces, we will have more of a voice to advocate for the resources people need!”
There will continue to be more opportunities to get involved and develop ideas for improving health across the community. A great way to participate will be to join the co-operative and possibly even become a member on the Board. To have a say in this and to learn more please attend the AGM on June 5th, 12 noon at 2145 Townsend Road.
Mitzi Dean, Pacific Centre Family Services Association’s Executive Director is the current chair of CASA and said: “The Sooke and region has a very active, supportive community, it is a wonderful experience to work with everyone and see the changes we make. We’re excited about opening up the membership and working with more people.”