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Dawson Creek & District Hospital

Originally operated as St. Joseph’s Hospital by the Sisters of Providence, the Dawson Creek and District Hospital has evolved into a community hospital.

There are 31 acute care beds (15 medical, 10 surgical, 3 higher level of care, and 3 obstetric) as well as a 15 bed regional psychiatric ward.

The facility houses a full diagnostic and treatment centre for local and regional services. There is a complete range of in-patient services in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, psychiatry and rehabilitative medicine.

Also available is a wide range of out-patient services, including day surgery, 24/7 emergency room, x-ray, ultrasound, CT scan and laboratory services. Physiotherapy, occupational, respiratory therapy, and oncology services are also offered.

Specialists such as audiologists, dermatologists, dental surgeons, urologists, ophthalmologists,
otolaryngologists, prosthodonists,  rheumatologists, and paediatricians regularly visit the area. Referrals to physicians/specialists in other urban centres are done on an as needed basis.

Currently there are 23 family doctors, 2 orthopedic surgeons, one radiologist, two psychiatrists, one general surgeon and one internist practicing in Dawson Creek.

The Dawson Creek & District Hospital Foundation focuses on fundraising for capital equipment purchases.  Volunteer opportunities abound in this non-profit, charitable organization. Through many different activities, the Foundation has been able to donate several pieces of equipment not otherwise available.

The Women’s Hospital Auxiliary operate the hospital gift shop and focus on patient comfort and care.

A major capital project to renovate the hospital’s acute care and inpatient wings is in the planning stages with the Province of British Columbia.

Dawson Creek Health Unit

The Peace River Health Unit is located in Dawson Creek. Public health services include:

  • Public Health Nursing
  • Infant hearing testing
  • Dental
  • Nutrition
  • Licensing
  • Long Term Care
  • Home Nursing Care
  • Rehabilitation in Occupational therapy
  • Home Support
  • Health Service for Community Living
  • Community Geriatric Services
  • Adult Mental Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Tobacco Reduction/Enforcement

The Peace River Health Unit is responsible for licensing child care facilities.

Other Health Professionals

Dawson Creek has professionals in the fields of private physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture & chiropractic operating in the city.

For dental care there are several professionals offering dentistry, orthodontic and denture services.

Several pharmacies are found throughout the city.

Animal healthcare is provided by several veterinary clinics and professionals in and around Dawson Creek.

Literacy

The Dawson Creek Literacy Society provides literacy training through the following programs:

Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP)

  • Basic upgrading;  reading, writing, math and develop study skills
  • Adult Dogwood Program
  • College prep
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Small group instruction
  • Drop In service for those that need assistance with all types of government forms and applications
  • Learner advocacy and support

English as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program (ESLSAP)

  • English Language Classes: Beginner, Intermediate and Advance Levels
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Settlement Services for all newcomers
  • Citizenship classes

Through the Career and College Preparation (formerly Adult Basic Education) program, students may achieve a BC Adult Graduation Diploma and other literacy advancements at Northern Lights College.

South Peace Health Services Society

The South Peace Health Services Society is a not-for-profit society dedicated to enhancing medical care in the Region by concentrating its efforts on doctor and nursing retention, and providing affordable accommodations for patients receiving medical treatment in Dawson Creek.

The first major project of the society is the Bultreys Community House. The former doctor’s office located near the Dawson Creek & District Hospital will serve to provide health professionals as well as visiting patients with an affordable place to stay while in the City. The project has received support from several local governments and first nations, as well as funding arrangements through the Lakeview Credit Union.

Dawson Creek Society for Community Living

The Dawson Creek Society for Community Living provides a wide range of services to adults with developmental disabilities and seniors. Services include staffed residential options such as staffed resources, home share and supported living; Community inclusion services such as self help skills, home support, supported employment and a learning centre called the Opportunity Centre. They also provide assisted living services to seniors.

The Society also owns and operates over 130 units of housing for adults with developmental disabilities, families and seniors.

For more information, call 250-782-2611 or visit dcscl.org

South Peace Community Resources Society

South Peace Community Resources Society (SPCRS) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization in the Peace Liard Region, providing community and residential services. 

The Society exists to meet the needs of children, youth and families, individuals who have experienced violence, victims of crime, adults with developmental disabilities, children with special needs, couples, people at risk of being homeless, seniors, and individuals experiencing trauma or difficulties in their life.

Our program offerings include Mizpah Transition House, Reconnect Youth Program, Family Support Counselling, and Legal Advocacy. For further information about the 26 programs we offer throughout the region, including Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd and Fort St. John, Please contact us at 250-782-9174 or visit www.spcrs.ca 

South Peace Child Development Centre

The Centre has offered early intervention services and programs to children and families in the South Peace Region since 1988. The centre offers Infant Development, Building Blocks and Family Education as foundational growth and developmental support for infants and young children alongside their parents / care providers. The centre provides Paediatric Health services; Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech and Language therapy for children 0 – 6 years of age. Our Lifeskills and Respite programs are available for children up to 19 years, once deemed eligible by the Ministry of Children and Family. Referrals to all services can be made directly by the parents or any medical or service provider. We also offer to the public three licensed Preschool programs and every third Wednesday of the month we host free public educational sessions on a variety of foundational parenting topics.

For more information, call 250-782-1161, Toll Free  1-855-782-1160 or visit spcdc.ca

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Nawican Friendship Centre

The Nawican Friendship Centre receives funding from various government agencies and foundations. Current Programs include: The Northern Corridor Aboriginal Jobs Plan, Youth Outreach, Cultural & Wellness Programs, Women’s Empowerment Workshops, Mental Health and Addictions Services as well as a community hot meals and community building events.

In addition, the Nawican Friendship Centre is a drop-in Centre open to all members of the Dawson Creek and surrounding areas. We keep an updated job board, house public use computers and provide a comfortable heated space for community fellowship. We offer culturally sensitive programs and services in a respectful, friendly environment to all who come through our doors.

Geriatric Services

There are different levels of care available in and around Dawson Creek. Housing, care, and services are provided by Rotary Manor, the Southview Housing Society and the Dawson Creek Society for Community Living.

Rotary Manor is comprised of 115 publicly subsidized beds. There are 111 private rooms, 24 of which are dementia care units. Each room has a bathroom for privacy. There are also 2 private rooms for respite care and 2 private rooms for community palliative needs. It also provides day care services for seniors in the community.

The Southview Housing Society operates Southview Apartments (31 seniors units) and 26 assisted living units at Northview (service provided by Dawson Creek Society for Community Living).

Dawson Creek Society for Community Living operates Rotary Village with 31 units of independent living for seniors. They also operate Aurora Housing, which is a 3-part project providing independent living units for low-income seniors, persons with disabilities and low-income families. Dawson Creek Society for Community Living also operates two group homes with a total of ten beds. In total, Dawson Creek Society for Community Living, in conjunction with Southview Housing Society, serves 140 people in 130 units of housing in Dawson Creek and employs around 120 people.

Childcare Facilities

Registered License Not Required

Registered License Not Required Family Child Care is offered in the caregiver’s own home and serves children from birth to age 12 with a maximum of 2 children or a sibling group other than the care provider’s own children. They are registered with the South Peace Child Care Resource & Referral.

Dawson Creek has 1 Registered License Not Required Family Child Care operator.

Licensed Family Child Care

Licensed Family Child Care is offered in the caregiver’s own home and serves children from birth to age 12 with a maximum of 7 children, including their own.

Dawson Creek has 11 licensed Family Daycares.

Preschool

Early Childhood Educators provide part time care (maximum of 4 hours a day) for groups of children ages 30 months to school aged. A group can have up to 20 children, with at least one educator and one assistant.

  • South Peace Child Development Centre
  • Monkey See Monkey Do Preschool
  • Lacy’s Littles
  • Miss Patti’s Preschool

Group Daycare

Group daycare is offered in public facilities with trained Early Childhood Educators providing care for groups up to 25 children, aged 30 months to school age. There must be at least 1 educator for every 8 children.

  • Campus Kids Daycare
  • Kiwanis Child Care Centre.
  • Building Blocks Daycare (South Peace Child Development Centre)

Out of School Care

Out of School Care is provided for up to 24 school aged children before and/or after school and on school holidays. There must be at least one trained responsible adult for every 12 children.

  • Notre Dame After School Care Program
  • Kiwanis Child Care Centre
  • Dick and Jane’s Playhouse (located in Ron Pettigrew Christian School)

For a complete list of the licensed child care facilities in Dawson Creek please contact the South Peace Child Care Resource & Referral office at 250-782-1138 or prococcrrsp@spcrs.ca

Victim Services

Dawson Creek Victim Services provides victims of crime with information, practical assistance and emotional support. They provide support at the hospital, with police and in court. Referrals to other services are made when appropriate. Critical incident stress debriefing is also provided. Victim’s assistance workers also accompany police to assist with death and accident notification, including sudden death calls.

Fire Protection Services

The Dawson Creek Fire Department provides fire and rescue services to the City of Dawson Creek, the Dawson Creek Airport and an 8 km rural area around the city. The department is a full-time fire service comprised of a Chief, Deputy Chief, a Fire Prevention Officer, 16 firefighters and one office assistant. There are also 12 auxiliary volunteer firefighters.

The department has the following equipment:

  • 1 ladder truck
  • 1 pumper truck
  • 1 pumper truck for Rural areas
  • 1 tender (2000 Gal)
  • 1 aircraft crash/rescue truck
  • 1 rescue truck
  • 2 command vehicles
  • 1 – 1 ton truck with water tank for grass & brush fires

The Department also conducts fire code inspection services and public education programs, including Fire Prevention education, Learn Not to Burn and Juvenile Fire Setters. Many children have been treated to a tour of the Fire Hall over the years.

Ambulance

The BC Ambulance Service is responsible for emergency transportation of the sick or injured. The Dawson Creek department has 34 paramedics (4 full-time and 30 part-time) and operates multiple ambulances including 1 full time ambulance, a 90 second car and access to a 3rd car when necessary. A 90 second car is ready 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, and dispatched within 90 seconds of receiving an emergency call. 

The response area from Dawson Creek includes all of the Peace Region and those areas of Alberta close to the border, including Bay Tree, Bonanza and Gundy. The ambulance service in Dawson Creek is dispatched from Kamloops through 911 and responds to approximately 3000 calls annually. Dawson Creek is the regional training centre for paramedics in the Peace District, with other regional training occurring in various locations as warranted. All paramedics have an Emergency Medical Responder certificate or Primary Care Paramedic designation.

Police Services

The Dawson Creek RCMP Detachment polices an area of approximately 6,000 square miles that includes Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Rolla, Groundbirch, Farmington and Kelly Lake. The members of the Dawson Creek Detachment are committed to making Dawson Creek a safe community. RCMP Members are also involved in the community through many programs such as:

  • D.A.R.E.
  • Community Policing
  • Rural Crime Watch
  • Citizens on Patrol
  • Speed Watch
  • Crimestoppers
  • Business Watch

South Peace Search and Rescue

South Peace Search and Rescue is a volunteer Search and Rescue organization, available to support Ground Search and Rescue activities throughout the Peace Region. They are equipped with two trucks, a mobile command post, as well as a litter equipped UTV. Volunteers are certified in First Aid (ranging from Basic Wilderness to advanced Wilderness first responders), There are currently 4 managers, 3 team leaders, 15 active GSAR members with more personnel in training.