The Wellness Centre at Eagle River Secondary is a school based clinic offering comprehensive health care to high school students in the community of Sicamous. Services currently offered include a physician, addictions counsellor, mental health counsellor, sexual health nurse, public health nurse, and group counselling.
Options For Sexual Health with Lelaine Pukas
is centred around a mission of education, open conversations and informed decision making. Options offer confidential, non-judgemental sexual health care, including birth control counselling, low cost contraceptives, STI testing and pregnancy testing. Services are LGBTQ2S+ friendly.
Public Health with Donna Helgeson
A Drop in
Doctor Debbie Phillips with Mental Health and Substance Use Counsellor Terrie Rousselle, with Mental Health Support from Chris Johnson, Denise Butler, Shannon Hecker, Colleen Making and Cappi Bowers.
We have a fully equipped medical clinic (there are no drugs in the Centre) which functions like a walk-in medical clinic. Students can come to the Wellness Centre even if they already have a doctor, in order to have quicker access to medical care.
The multidisciplinary and collaborative nature of the Wellness Centre lends itself well to the management of complex needs. Service providers can refer students directly to colleagues with additional or complementary expertise, often facilitating same day follow-up. Challenging cases can receive clinical care from a physician, an addictions counselor, and/or a mental health trauma counselor all under the same roof, and often in the same day.
There is a Mental Health and/or Substance Use Counsellor or support person available on the days when the doctor is in – drop-in or make an appointment.
Mental Health support provided by Colleen Making of the SAFE Society’s PEACE Program. The Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment (PEACE) Program for Children and Youth Experiencing Violence.