Wachiay employs professional, educated (Bachelors to Masters degrees), experienced, qualified administrative and program staff. Our employees include:
ex-Provincial Government Senior Administrator
International Business Management Consultant
Entrepreneurs / Business Owners-Operators
Many of our staff have worked with us for 10 years or more; two staff have each been with us for more than 15 years.
Wachiay has the human, cultural, technical, experiential and educational capacity within our organization to enhance, provide, assist, educate and improve the living and lifestyle situations in which our clients and members find themselves.
We actively seek projects that will contribute to improving the living conditions for the socio-economic demographics we serve. Our interaction with this populace provides us with empirical and practical knowledge of their needs. We are in an excellent position to deliver programs and services to our community members that will ultimately improve their well being and serve to facilitate integration into mainstream society and the Canadian economy.
The Wachiay Friendship Centre is a non-profit society whose mandate is to provide services and supports to the urban Aboriginal population in the Comox Valley Regional District. Wachiay is an inclusive organization and our programming is open to people of all ethnicities.
Wachiay delivers more than 50 programs and services to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. The Centre employs a staff of 16-20, including full time, part-time and contract positions. Programs and services are delivered on-site in our 12,000 square foot facility.
Purpose, Members and Clients:
Our purpose is to deliver programs and services that meet the needs of the more than 7000 urban dwelling, off-reserve Aboriginal people living in our region. Our service area includes the communities of Black Creek, Merville, Oyster River and Campbell River to the north, and Denman Island, Hornby Island, Royston, Union Bay, Fanny Bay, Bowser, and Qualicum, to the south. Our local community includes Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland, and K’omox First Nation.
This expanding catchment area includes an estimated Aboriginal population in excess of 10,400 and a general population of over 100,000. Based on the 2011 census data, the population of the Comox Valley Regional District is 63,538, more than double that of Campbell River, and approximately 43% of the Nanaimo Regional District’s population of 146,574.
Wachiay’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal clients and membership include individuals and families that range from homeless, unemployed and under-employed living with poverty issues, to low-income earners who are struggling from month to month. For many, their primary focus is basic survival. This is the demographic we serve. Poverty is not specific to one ethnicity and accordingly, our services are available to all people in need. We recorded approximately 12,200 point-of-service contacts in 2014.