Community is for All
We work to foster relationships of equality and mutual empowerment.
Communitas has a long history with Peer Support in the Fraser Valley. We hired our first Peer Support manager in 1998. Since then, we have worked closely with Fraser Health to standardize services across all regions, training Peer Support Workers, developing Recovery Peer Support Training, and delivering and providing training of WRAP® (Wellness Recovery Action Plan).
Training has become an important part of our services. Communitas has also been delivering WRAP since 2002 and have trained staff to be Advanced Level Facilitators, enabling us to train others to facilitate groups.
Communitas has been directly involved with the development of standards and competencies of delivery of Peer Support in Canada. In 2011 one of our staff, Patrick Raymond, was nominated to represent Peer Support Workers (PSW) for BC to serve on the Peer Project. Working in collaboration with Mental Health Commission of Canada, this project evolved into Peer Support Accreditation Canada, creating national standards for all PSWs. Patrick was one of the first people in Canada to be certified as a PSW. In 2015, several of our staff took part in the certification process to became the first group from an organization to receive their PSW certification.
From those early days when we were responsible for Peer Support in the eastern Fraser Valley only, Communitas is now the sole provider of Peer Support Services for the entire Fraser Health Authority Region.
Our Team Philosophy & Certifications
Communitas Peer Support is associated with Peer Support Canada and integrates Peer Support Canada’s core values, competencies and code of conduct into the support we provide. By gaining certification from Peer Support Canada, our staff continue to grow their competency in several key areas: interpersonal relationships, demeanour, communication, critical thinking, hope, self-management and resiliency, flexibility and adaptability, self-awareness and confidence, initiative and commitment, teamwork and continuous learning and development.
Communitas Supportive Care Society is a faith-based, registered charity providing care in communities across British Columbia to those living with developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and acquired brain injury. We provide services ranging from 24-hour residential care to skills-based day programs to respite care for families. We also support people living with mental health challenges in BC through initiatives like Peer Support and WRAP facilitation. At Communitas, we support people of all abilities, from all walks of life, regardless of faith, social standing, race or ethnicity.
We are Accountable
The Council on Accreditation (COA) has certified Communitas since 2005. This distinguishes our organization as having met high quality performance standards. We are recognized leaders in Group Living Services, Developmental Disabilities, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Respite Care, Supported Community Living, Volunteer Mentoring, Vocational Rehabilitation and Counselling, and Support and Education.