Posted Thursday April 11, 2019


Expanding Partnership and Exploring Synergies

Interfaith Counselling Centre and Carizon Family and Community Services are partnering to bring more responsive service to our community.

Interfaith and Carizon have a long history of collaboration. Recently, the Boards of Directors of Carizon and Interfaith have been considering how they can better share internal resources and specializations to address current needs. Carizon’s Director of Counselling is leaving on a maternity leave at the end of April. In addition, Carizon is implementing a common client management system that Interfaith has been using for the past decade. Interfaith wants to provide mental health supports for professionals working in the field, and both agencies are looking to expand their trauma treatment services. As such, both agencies have agreed to contribute resources over the next 13-month period to address gaps and advance these objectives together.

Interfaith’s Executive Director, Lisa Akey, will have a dual role for the next 13-months. She will continue in her role as Executive Director at Interfaith but also take on the Director of Counselling role at Carizon. “In this capacity, Lisa will bring a wealth of counselling knowledge and also provide strong leadership to the implementation of the new client database at Carizon,” says Carizon’s Chair of the Board Holly Harkins-Manning.

Team members from both Carizon and Interfaith will provide additional supports as Lisa takes on this additional responsibility, sharing their skills and specialties with each other. Both agencies will contribute resources with an emphasis on collaboration and improved services to the community. Areas of coordination will include overseeing the Internship programs, joint supervision, training and orientation, advancing trauma services, and addressing supports for professionals who work in mental health.

“We are excited to advance our partnership and explore the wide range of possibilities as we further develop our relationship and learn from each other,” says Interfaith Board Chair Deborah Hoffman. “We look forward to strengthening our individual agencies as we journey together over the coming months.”

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