EKASS Blog

WE ARE HIRING!
                                                          Executive Director 
 
Founded in 1978, East Kootenay Addiction Services Society (EKASS) is a registered charitable non-profit organization that works to foster the well-being of people and communities through counseling services, education, and harm reduction programs in the East Kootenay.  
 
Funded by the Interior Health Authority, EKASS provides free services adhering to the biopsycho-social-spiritual model of addictions and from a harm reduction philosophy, with offices in Cranbrook, Kimberley, Fernie, Invermere, Creston, and Golden.  

Reporting to the Board of Directors and based out of the Cranbrook office, the Executive Director is the chief executive officer and is responsible and accountable for providing leadership in all aspects, services, and activities of the Society. This includes program planning, human resources, and fiscal and operational management.  The Executive Director ensures the development, implementation, and evaluation of the EKASS’s strategic and operational plans. The Executive Director fosters and leads EKASS’s relationships with the Board of Directors, funders, all levels of government, advocacy organizations, other community agencies, private and public sector organizations, special interest groups, and members of the public.  This position is .8 FTE with a salary range of $80,000 - $92,000 depending on experience.                                 

The ideal candidate will hold a Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline, combined with at least 5 years of experience in a senior leadership position in the community services or broad public service sectors. The applicant will be an outstanding advocate of our mission and work to achieve sustainable solutions by melding service delivery, advocacy, and community development. With detailed knowledge of the overall operations of a not-for-profit service society in a unionized environment, the successful candidate will be a catalyst for positive change, development, and innovation across the organization.  

To apply, please forward your resume and cover letter to the EKASS Board Chairperson, Charlene Sperling at: [email protected]  

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. 

Job Posting closes May 13, 2022. 

Posted On: 20-Apr-2022

Addictions Treatment - Different options
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Posted On: 14-Feb-2020

Addictions Treatment – What it is, and what it isn’t
This is the first of two articles regarding information about treatment -- what it is and what it isn't' and the different formats that describe treatment. The series is written by East Kootenay Addiction Services' Executive Director, Dean Nichol..

Posted On: 03-Feb-2020

Ready for the Holiday Season
This is the third article in a series on Mindfulness written by Maureen Smith. Maureen is a Substance Use Counsellor at East Kootenay Addiction Services who has an interest in Mindfulness and finding creative ways to incorporate it into her counselli..

Posted On: 14-Dec-2019

What is Harm Reduction?
This article examines the Philosophy of Harm Reduction and was written by East Kootenay Addiction Services' Executive Director, Dean Nicholson. The article below does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of East Kootenay Addiction Services...

Posted On: 30-Nov-2019

Slay the procrastination dragon
This is the second article in a series on Mindfulness written by Maureen Smith. Maureen is a Substance Use Counsellor at East Kootenay Addiction Services who has an interest in Mindfulness and finding creative ways to incorporate it into her counsell..

Posted On: 06-Aug-2019

Body Mindfulness
This is the first article in a series on Mindfulness written by Maureen Smith. Maureen is a Substance Use Counsellor at East Kootenay Addiction Services who has an interest in Mindfulness and finding creative ways to incorporate it into her cou..

Posted On: 09-Jul-2019

Adolescent Drug Use Survey
In March 2019 East Kootenay Addiction Services Society (EKASS) conducted the ninth Adolescent Drug Use Survey. The region-wide survey, first undertaken by the Agency in 2002, includes all students in Grades 7 – 12 in the East Kootenay. The ..

Posted On: 16-Mar-2021

Teens and Marijuana: Sorting Through all the Information
This is the third article in a series regarding changes to marijuana legislation in Canada. The series is written by East Kootenay Addiction Services Executive Director, Dean Nicholson. The article below does not necessarily reflect the views and..

Posted On: 01-Mar-2019

Marijuana Myths
This is the second article in a series regarding changes to marijuana legislation in Canada. The series is written by East Kootenay Addiction Services Executive Director, Dean Nicholson. The article below does not necessarily reflect the views and op..

Posted On: 22-Jan-2019

Discussion to Changes to Marijuana Legislation
This is the first article in a series regarding changes to marijuana legislation in Canada. The series is written by East Kootenay Addiction Services Executive Director, Dean Nicholson. The article below does not necessarily reflect the views and..

Posted On: 07-Jan-2019

McCreary Study of the 2018 Health of Youth in BC released
McCreary Centre Society announcing the results of the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey East Kootenay adolescents more likely to be physically active but also to be vaping McCreary Centre Society today released the East Kootenay regio..

Posted On: 15-Dec-2018

Selling Alcohol in Grocery Stores
This month marked a policy change in BC which permits select grocery stores to sell alcohol. This post originally appeared on the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health blog, however, while this blog is from Ontario, many of the points are now releva..

Posted On: 13-Apr-2015

MDMA Vs PMA

Para-MethoxyAmphetamine An ecstasy user would like their pills to contain just one active ingredient - MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine). But because banned drugs are unregulated, they can contain other drugs, and sometimes no MDMA at..

Posted On: 13-Apr-2015

Brain Awareness Week
March 16 - 22nd is Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. In recognition of the week, EKASS has created a list of resources which highlight the ways in which brain research.

Posted On: 27-May-2021