About us

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.

OUR BOARD: Krista Ingram – Chairperson, Derryanne Hubbard, Gord Adams, Ryan Molitwenik, Bev Rundell, John Maguire, Jason Bilodeau, Ian Hawes

How we started

Our History

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 Specialized Homes & Support Services. In response to community needs, Community Based Services evolved to assist children, youth and families with a variety of programs. Specialized Homes & Support 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.


NOYFSS believes that trust between individuals is the basic element of meaningful interaction.


NOYFSS acts on the commitment to collaboration and community involvement.


NOYFSS behaves honestly, sincerely and without judgment when working with individuals.


NOYFSS is focused on the belief that every child deserves to be safe and is dedicated to each individual we serve.


NOYFSS holds respect as the single most important aspect of authentic communication and interaction.


NOYFSS strives to understand each individual’s situation by listening to every story.


NOYFSS primarily receives funding from the following agencies:

  • The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD)
  • 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
  • Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce

Thank You to our Community Partners