Social Development

About Us

Our department is here to empower our people and build solid foundations through social development. We aid community members through the following: 

  • Aboriginal Infant Development Program
  • Family Support services
  • Child Protection & Safe Home programs
  • Head Start program
  • Identification Support
  • Summer camps
  • Income assistance
  • Adult support services
  • Supportive housing
  • Food bank & thrift store
  • Youth program

Dear community,

The Social Development department exists to promote the well-being of all members in the Tsay Keh Dene community. We offer various support services for all members to promote self-growth through a trauma-informed approach while showing respect, care, and cultural sensitivity for each individual.

Programs and Services

  • We draw on both the Family Support and Counselling services programs when we work with youth 
  • We will work in the best interests of both our youths and our community; if it is determined that we have a high-risk youth in the community and that it is in their best interest to be out of community, we meet with the parents and discuss options.
  • We connect youth in community to attend gatherings and other youth events in BC. 
  • We connect youth with in-community youth activities every two weeks. Our youth worker coordinates various youth groups through the YVA (Youth Voice Association) as well as a Youth Committee. 
  • We gather information on and assess family functioning problems, needs, and risks in order to develop the proper guidance and support. Our team develops and implements intervention plans through high-success rate techniques such as active listening, conflict resolution, and psycho-educational group methods to resolve any identified problems, needs, and risks. 
  • We participate in the development, modification, and evaluation of children and families at risk care plans with service providers and relevant health staff. 
  • We provide information on program schedules and events, and we also provide referrals to other community service providers, resources, and professionals as required. 
  • We provide referrals to clients for parenting skill-building on issues such as parent-child interaction, child development, home safety, nutrition, and Little Eagles child care, and how to work with community programs such as AIDP. 

The Infant Development program offers the following services to parents of prenatal children and children up to 7 years old:

  •  Developmental Activities 
  • Respite Care
  • Cultural Activities
  • Home Visits
  • Baby Formula Program 
  • Referrals 
  • CDC referrals for occupational and speech therapy
  • Newborn birth registration (birth certificate, care card, SIN card, child tax and MSP enrollment)
  • Status registration or replacement for children 0-7 years
  • Developmental Assessments (ages 2 months to 5 years)
  • Prenatal & Postnatal care and support
    Parent and Guardian workshops, education, and support

Contact Us

1940 3rd Ave, Prince George, BC V2M 1G7
Office Hours: Monday to Friday | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Tsay Keh Dene Social Development office is located at the “old clinic”.
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (with phone availability after hours)
The office is closed from 12:00 – 1:00pm for lunch.

Main office phone: 250-993-2068
Fax number: 250-562-8899

Our Team

Ashley Matzen

Ashlee Matzen

Social Development Manager
Ally Smith

Ally Smith

AIDP & ECE Educator Lead
Decorra_Friessen

Decorra Friesen

Early Childhood Assistant (ECA)
Orianna_Dennis

Oriana Dennis

Childcare Worker
Hayley Pierre

Hayley Pierre

Childcare Worker (part-time)
Laura

Laura Russell

Social Development Liaison

Vacant positions:

  • Youth Coordinator
  • Youth Support Worker
  • Family Support Worker 1
  • Family Support Worker 2
  • Social Development Worker (adult services)
  • Social Development Coordinator

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