More about the Sooke Region Communities Health Network (SRCHN)
Since 2003, the Sooke Co-operative Association of Service Agencies (CASA) and the grass roots Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) have worked together to benefit the Sooke Region from Port Renfrew to Beecher Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. In 2015 the two merged their resources and officially changed its name to Sooke Region Communities Health Network (SRCHN).
SRCHN VISION: Healthy thriving communities within the Sooke Region.
SRCHN MISSION: To support healthy lives in healthy communities through innovative, collaborative development and improvement of services for everyone.
SRCHN works collaboratively with citizens and community partners to achieve common goals for a healthy community. SRCHN’s projects address aspects of individual and community health using the definition from the *Public Health Agency of Canada's 12 Determinants of Health:
Income and Social Status
Social Support Networks
Education and Literacy
Personal Health Practices and Coping Skills
Healthy Child Development
Biology and Genetic Endowment
*For more information on Canada’s 12 Determinants of Health click here.
What are some past projects I might recognize? SRCHN’s partnerships reflect the scope of the factors determining health. It has nurtured the Open Spaces Forum, FoodCHI, developing the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre, and a Sooke Region Foundation. Initiatives with involving youth included the Youth Council, One Stop Shop, and the Youth Friendly Business Project. CHI has advocated on behalf of the region with agencies such as VIHA and the UBCM that provide funding and services to promote health. Through a survey of Sooke Region resources, SRCHN developed and manages www.sookeregionvolunteers.org, providing a community calendar, volunteer opportunities listings, listings of regional groups that contribute to health and more. Check it out to see what is available and what is happening in the Sooke region.
Who can participate? Anyone! While there are 76 people on the CHI membership list (including people representing local and provincial government and our local health authority), approximately twelve people currently form the Steering Committee Local citizens represent a wide range of interests and community services, including health, education, social services and recreation. The membership varies, often people join to help implement particular projects.
Address: 6672 Wadams Way, Sooke, BC, V9Z 0H3
For more information check out the SRCHN website.