About Us

What we do 

 Our Vision

North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society is the leading community social agency that aspires to strengthen the family through healthy relationships.

Our Mission Statement

North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society provides a broad range of social programs reflecting the dynamic needs of our community that strengthen, nurture and protect the healthy development of our children, youth and families.


How we started

Our Hisory

NOYFSS was founded in 1974 by a group of concerned citizens and leaders from health, education, business and government. NOYFSS was founded to meet the needs of the children, youth and families in the North Okanagan.

The first service operated by NOYFSS was Mara House, which opened its doors in 1974. Mara House added an Intensive Support Program to assist foster parents and developed into Residential Services. In response to community needs, Community Based Services evolved to assist children, youth and families with a variety of programs. Residential Services and Community Based Services continue to evolve to reflect the ongoing commitment of NOYFSS to the needs of the people of the North Okanagan.

What we stand for

Our Core Values
NOYFSS believes that trust between individuals is the basic element of meaningful interaction
NOYFSS behaves honestly, sincerely and without judgment when working with individuals
NOYFSS holds respect as the single most important aspect of authentic communication and interaction
NOYFSS acts on the commitment to collaboration and community involvement
NOYFSS is focused on the belief that every child deserves to be safe and is dedicated to each individual we serve
NOYFSS strives to understand each individual’s situation by listening to every story

Who we are

A dedicated team.


OUR BOARD: Krista Ingram - Chairperson, Ron Birch, Derryanne Hubbard, Gord Adams, Ryan Molitwenik, Bev Rundell, John Maguire, Jason Bilodeau


NOYFSS primarily receives funding from the following agencies:

  • The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD)
  •  Interior Health Authority
  •  The Ministry of Attorney General
  •  School District #22
  •  Community donations
  •  Gaming
Organizational Memberships

NOYFSS is a member of:

  • The Federation of Child and Family Services of BC
  •  Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA)
  •  Social Planning Council