Child and Youth Counsellor

Family Centre LogoThe Child and Youth Counsellor provides counselling to youth and their families in Port McNeill. This position is funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

The Child and Youth Counsellor is part of the larger regional community-based Child and Youth Mental Health team.


North Island Community Services Society now has an exciting opportunity and is accepting applications for a permanent full-time Child & Youth Mental Health (CYMH) Counsellor, located in Port McNeill. This position provides support services and counselling for youth and at-risk youth with specific life challenges. The duration and depth of service is case specified.

This rewarding position works closely with the individuals, families, schools, Mental Health, and the Ministry to provide support, intervention, education and other services to children and youth groups and individuals.

35 hours a week. Wage is $32.55-34.55 depending on education and experience, plus a comprehensive and competitive benefits package.

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in applicable field OR a Certificate in counselling. Must have own vehicle and clear driver’s abstract. Clear and recent Ministry of Justice criminal records check and current Level One First Aid certificate.

Interested applicants can send cover letters and resumés via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

fax to 250-956-4484 or

mail to:

North Island Community Services Society

PO Box 1028 Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0

Please note, only short-listed applicants will be contacted

Position will remain open until filled.


Toddler Time

toddler timeOur Toddler Time Program is located at Huckleberry House Children's Centre, three times a week.
All parents and guardians are welcome to attend with their children ages 0-6 years.

 The activities are provided to encourage safe and healthy growth for children and their families. Parents have the chance to socialize and interact with their children, while they engage in interactive play.
Our program offers children crafts, educational activities, healthy snacks and motor skill development through play.
This program partners with other community programs: The Family Literacy Program and The Mother Goose Program.

Toddler time is Monday & Wednesday 9:30 - 11:00 and Tuesday 1:00 - 2:30.

 This program is closed during the summer.

Foster Family Support Program Description

Foster Family imageThe Foster Family Support Program provides services to foster families and relatives who are providing care for children on behalf of MCFD within the Mount Waddington Regional District. Referrals for service are made by MCFD.
The goal of the program is to provide support services to Foster families and MCFD Social Workers. The right support can make all the difference to families who have opened their homes to children in need. North Island Community Services Society Foster Family Support program provides consistent and specialized support to foster parents. We work to makes these community placements as successful as possible with a family-focused community-based approach. The Foster Family Support Program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD)
What you can expect from the Foster Family Support Program:
In-home/outreach support by the Foster Family Support Coordinator
Support in legal matters or at planning meetings
Support with the challenges of navigating the MCFD system
A place to connect with other foster parents with common concerns for the purpose of supporting each other
Advocacy for foster families and the children and youth in their care
Referrals to other agencies when necessary to connect a family, child or youth to a formal support/resource
Intervention provided to maintain or prompt a change in behaviour, condition or functioning of children, youth and/or the family (Behavioural Consultant)
Training and Education: improving skills and building awareness of resources in the community

Funded By: Ministry of Children & Family Development

Second Look Thrift Store

Thrift StoreThe Second Look Thrift Store offers quality, gently used clothing, accessories and household goods. The proceeds are utilized to support the NICS family of programs.

The proceeds from The Second Look Thrift Shop provide health packs to the Port McNeill & Port Hardy Hospitals. These packages contain a toothbrush, toothpaste, combs, and shampoo to patients who have extended stays. This organization also provides clothing to patients, when requested.

New volunteers are welcome to apply. This includes students who need work experience opportunities.

Hours of operation are NOW TUESDAY – Saturday 10:00am – 4:oopm
For information on donations or to become a volunteer, call: 250-956-3833

Please donate only resellable items.
Please do not drop off recyclable or broken goods, as we will incur expenses related to the disposal of these items.

Huckleberry House Children’s Centre


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Huckleberry LogoHuckleberry House Children’s Center is a provincially licensed daycare center that includes Preschool for ages 3 and 4, a group daycare, an Infant and Toddler room, a Cool Kids Program, and the Strong Start Program operated by North Island Community Services.

 Qualified licensed personnel provide and supervise learning experiences for the children, in terms of fine and gross motor skill development through coloring, painting, crafts, gym time, and outdoor play. During the school year, the center provides opportunities for students from North Island Secondary school to complete their job experience training. We also support practicum students taking the ECE course.

Huckleberry House is open Monday – Friday 7am – 5:30pm
Pre-School for 4yr is Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 9am – 11:30am and 12:30pm – 3:00
Pre-school for 3yr is Tuesday & Thursday 9am – 11:30am
Registration packages are available at the Centre.

Cool Kids Program is an after School Program for children who attend grades 1-6. This program provides a wide variety of enjoyable activities following school hours. The program includes free time, play, art, crafts, homework assistance, indoor, and outdoor activities. Our Cool kids program runs throughout the day during the summer months. During the summer months, activities such as field trips, swimming and picnicing occur.

(This program is available on pro-D days.)
Cool Kids is open SeptemberJune 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Summer hours are July 1August 31 7:00am- 5:30pm

Strong Start

Strong Start is a free school based early literacy program for children under the age of five and their parents, or caregivers. This program is a partnership between School District #85 and Huckleberry House Children’s Centre. The program is facilitated by provincially licensed Early Childhood Educators from Huckleberry House Children’s Centre and is funded by the Ministry of Education. The program operates five days a week at Cheslakees Elementary School.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday – 9am -12pm, Wednesday from 1pm – 4pm, Wednesday in Woss 9am - 12pm, Port Alice Tuesdays & Thursday 9am – 11am.

2853 Mine Road


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