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Challengers Coffee House

Tuesday May 17, 2016
On June 3, the annual Coffee House Fundraiser for this years Challenger trip will be held at DLCC.

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Challengers Fundraising Gala will be held on Friday, June 3 at the Dutch Lake Community Centre.  Doors open at 5 and tickets are $18 for Adults and $13 for seniors and children.  Advance tickets are available at YCS for $15/ Adults & $10/ Seniors & chilren.  Children under 5 yrs eat for free.  There will be a silent auction and live music to enjoy.  Come out and have a great time!

Splash Park Fundraiser

Thursday May 12, 2016
Splash Park silent auction and garage sale held on April 29 & 30.

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Annual Splash Park Fundraiser with silent auction and garage sale was held on April 29 & 30 at the North Thompson Sportsplex. With many items up for auction and in the garage sale, the fundraiser was a great success.  Splash Park soon to be open sometime in mid July 2016.

Babies of 2015 Party

Thursday Mar 31, 2016
Babies of 2015 Party was held in March and attended well. Located at Dutch Lake Community Centre, mums and their children enjoyed lunch and activities.

Barriere Family Fun Night & PJ Party

Monday Feb 8, 2016
This February 7th, 2016 marked the 3rd Annual Barriere Family Fun Night & PJ Party at the Ridge.

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This community event was made possible by the financial generosity of Success by 6 Barriere, the 911 Youth Golf Tournament, the District of Barriere, donation contributions and many dedicated volunteers.

As in years past, entry is free to the public with donations greatly accepted at the door. Party goers enjoy many activities such as a DJ hosted dance (serviced by Charlie Kibble), a bouncy castle (provided by Jump n’ Jax Entertainment), Uncle Chris the Clown, arts and crafts, a baby & tot room, a movie, a low-priced concession (hosted as a fundraiser by, and for, the After School Program), Learning & Literacy table, a cake contest, silent auction, kid-free parental retreat room (with complimentary manicures by Val Bella Studios) vendors, and balloons!

Funds generated are split between Success by 6 Barriere and the Splash Pad Project Fundraiser. This year, an estimated 245 people attended and a total of $ 1,135 was raised in door donations and silent auction proceeds. Many local businesses and individuals contributed to the silent auction (in no particular order): Quality Contractors, Interior Savings & Credit Union, Interior Savings Insurance, Barriere IDA, Barriere TimberMart, Insight Tire & Auto, Armour Mountain Bookkeeping, Bead Freak Boutique, Cranky Crow Designs, Estylo Hair Design, Sam’s Pizza, North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Donna Kibble, Virginia Smith, Dustin Doherty, & Tasha Buchanan.

A number of cakes were submitted for the cake contest this year. Attendees are provided a free ticket to vote on their favorite cake with the cake collecting the most votes winning a $50 Visa Gift Card for its creator. It must have been a tough decision for party goers this year as all of the cakes were spectacularly done but one cake obviously stood out. Brittany Baird (12) & Bishop Lister (6) created an impressive cake titled “Oscar the Owl” and took home the coveted prize of “Most Favored Cake”. Congratulations Brittany & Bishop! A big ‘thank-you’ to all of the children who created a party cake for the event!

In the popular Arts & Crafts Room, volunteer Pat Paula outdid herself with this year’s activity. To celebrate “Family” she created a large mural space, pre-decorated with hand-cut paper flowers, clouds and grass for children to adorn with animal and people families. The mural has now been relocated into the After School Program room for the children there to continue to add to it with more decorated family art.

Finally, the community should know the names of the people who volunteer their time, hard work and ideas that go into putting together a large event such as this. Let’s give a hand to (again, in no particular order): Mayor Virginia Smith & Harley Wright (Front Entrance Station), Councillor Pat Paula & Darwin Johnson (Arts & Craft Project), Councillor Amanda Sabyan (Baby & Tot Room), Councillor Donna Kibble & John Kibble (Bouncy Castle supervision), Glen Stanley (set-up, general event supervision & clean-up), Denine Stanley (clean-up), Wim Houben (Movie Room supervision), Judy Armstrong, Marguerite Armstrong, Sienna Armstrong & Ashley Wohlgemuth (Concession), Antoon Houben (Set-up & Concession), John Morrison (set-up & clean-up), Jill Hayward (Literacy table), Lynn Wright (set-up and Silent Auction supervision), Ellen Monteith (Silent Auction supervision), Bev Murphy (set-up & clean-up), Liz Gilbertson (clean-up), Mackenzie Ross, Chiara Zerr & Georgia Clough (balloons). Also appreciation is given to The Bear 93.1FM Radio Station, the Star Journal, Barriere Elementary & Chu Chua Elementary for helping to promote the event.

Challenger Trip to Pumpkin Patch

Friday Oct 30, 2015
In October, 2015 the Challengers visited a pumpkin patch in Kamloops to find their own Halloween Pumpkins.

Clearwater Teen Night

Friday Oct 9, 2015
NEW Night!! Clearwater Teen Night to start on Oct 23 located at Dutch Lake Community Centre.

Challenger Annual Trip

Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
In September 2015, the Challengers visited Vernon for their annual Trip. Fun and good time was had by all.

Raise A Reader Day & Spelling Bee

Wednesday Sep 23, 2015
Raise A Reader day was on September 22 and had lots of support. The Annual Adult spelling bee was also held in the evening and was well attended.

Clearwater Children's Art Festival

Thursday Aug 6, 2015
Clearwater Children's Art Festival was held on August 5 at the Dutch Lake Community Centre.

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There was a great turn out for this years Clearwater Children's Art Festival. Located at the Dutch Lake Community Centre, Success By 6 held the fourth annual Children's Art Festival.  Many local artists including feature artist, Robin Walker, spent the day with many children (and adults) allowing them to let their creativity shine.

Early Childhood Check-up Day

Wednesday May 6, 2015
Early childhood professionals were available to families and answer questions on May 5, 2015. Event was held at the Dutch Lake Community Centre.

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Early childhood professionals were on hand to meet with families, answer questions, and provide developmental screening in areas such as hearing, speech, vision, nutrition, movement, and more. See Gallery for more....

2015 BC Community Awards

Monday Apr 27, 2015
The Board of Directors of YCS would like to offer their warmest congratulations to Jack and Cindy on being selected to receive the 2015 BC Community Achievement Award.

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Yellowhead Community Services congratulates Jack Keough and Cindy Wilgosh for their great efforts in bringing our community closer together. See Gallery for pictures.


Jack Keough

Jack Keough is a respected community builder whose focus is community wellness. Under his leadership as Executive Director of Yellowhead Community Services for the past 20 years, the programs and services he champions have expanded to meet the growing needs of all age groups in the North Thompson region.

Cindy Wilgosh

Cindy Wilgosh is dedicated to building community capacity to support Aboriginal families in the North Thompson region. She was instrumental in the establishment of the North Thompson Aboriginal Cultural Centre and continues to organize its programs and events. As well, Cindy is active with Aboriginal Engagement Success By 6.

Challengers Coffee House

Friday Apr 17, 2015
Challengers Fundraising Gala on April 25th.

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On Saturday, April 25th the Challengers held their annual Coffee House from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Everyone Enjoyed an evening of entertainment, dinner and the silent auction. See Gallery for more...

Babies of 2014 Party

Friday Mar 20, 2015
The Babies of 2014 event was held at Dutch Lake Community Centre on March 13, 2015.

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The Babies of 2014 event was held at Dutch Lake Community Centre on March 13.  Families were invited to take part in this celebration that provided them with an opportunity to connect with other parents, meet local service providers, and have the birth of their children recognized and celebrated by the community.

Families received door prizes and gift bags with items and information supplied by Success By 6, District of Clearwater, Interior Health, North Thompson Aboriginal Cultural Centre, and Clearwater & Area Literacy Initiative.

A big thank you to Yellowhead Community Services Infant Development Consultant Susanne Butcher, Dutch Lake Community Centre manager Joanna Hurst, District of Clearwater Chief Administrative Officer Leslie Groulx, and Clearwater Public Health Nurse Crystal Wadlegger for all of their help with the event.

See Gallery for pictures. Photos taken by Sarah Affleck. 

Go Wild Kids Spring Camp

Monday Mar 9, 2015
Kids Spring Camp from March 23 - 27. For kids grades K-7 at Dutch Lake Community Centre.

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Go Wild Spring Break Kids Camp. During spring break, from March 23 to 27, kids can enjoy having fun with arts & crafts, drama, outdoor activies and much more. Located at the Dutch Lake Community Centre (209 Dutch Lake Road) from 9 am to 3 pm for children in grades Kindergarten to 7.  Daily rate is $10.00 per day per child and includes snacks. Children must bring their own lunches. 

Space is limited so please register by March 16, 2015 at Dutch Lake Community Centre. Download registration form and poster information.



Speech & Language for Children Workshop

Friday Jan 16, 2015
Speech & Language Development for Young Children workshop on January 21, 2015

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Community workshop offered on January 21, 2015 at YCS main office at 612 Park Drive from 2:00 to 4:00pm. Learn basic strategies for addressing speech delays, basic sign language and when to be concerned and much more.

Workshop is for parents and child care providers of young children. Space is limited to call and reserve a spot at 250.674.2600. Child care is available upon request.

Spelling Bee

Wednesday Oct 22, 2014
Spelling Bee on October 22 held at Dutch Lake Community Centre.

Barriere Youth Group

Friday Oct 10, 2014
Barriere Youth Group starting on Oct 10th. Every Friday from 7-10 pm.

Quilters Clubs donate childrens lap quilts

Thursday Oct 9, 2014
A BIG thank you to both Clearwater and Barriere Quilters clubs for donating lap quilts.

Taxi Voucher program

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
Success By 6 introduced a new Taxi Voucher program to help families with young children in community.

Dental Access Fund

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
Success By 6 offering dental program for families with young children.

Dutch Lake Community Centre Grand Opening

Saturday Sep 20, 2014
Dutch Lake Community Centre Grand Opening a welcomed celebration!

Toy Lending Program

Tuesday Apr 30, 2013
Clearwater Toy Lending Library service is brought to you by Success By 6. Success By 6 sends a big thanks to the project sponsors: Wells Gray Community Forest & TNRD Library staff & personnel.

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On Tuesday, April 30, Success By 6 celebrated the grand opening of the Toy Lending Library housed at Clearwater Library.  Families from the community attended who had a chance to look through the toy bins and be the first to sign them out!  Special thank you presentations were made on behalf of Success By 6 to the project’s supporters and funders, which included Wells Gray Community Forest, Marc Saunder, Director of TNRD Libraries,  Jacquie Kinkay, manager of TNRD Libraries, Clearwater library staff Darlene Cowie and Carol, and a special thank you to the project developer, Michelle Baker and her son Rylan. 

The toy bins will be available for a 2 week sign out, with no late fees attached, as well as no fees attached to lost or broken items.  However, if a family has 3 or more returns where a bin has either a lost or broken item, there will be a temporary hold on their ability to sign out items. 

Toy bins will be cleaned weekly on a regular day and time.  Library staff will “sticker” bins returned to mark for cleaning.  Families may choose to sign out a bin that has not been cleaned, or wait until after the cleaning day to come and sign it out.

The purpose of the toy lending library is to promote play with young children as an integral and important part of their development. Parents and caregivers will be able to provide high quality toys that support children’s development and learning on an ongoing basis.  For all families, it provides an opportunity to change-up the toys they have available for something new and exciting, without having to purchase it themselves. 

Each kit includes the following types of toys: puppets, dress-up play, games, puzzles, figurines, equipment, and a small arts & crafts kit consisting of children’s scissors & a craft idea card.  

Heather Adamson, Success By 6 program manager and Dave Meehn,  president of Wells Gray Community Forest who sponsored the development of the toy lending library project.

The following are the bins that will be available for sign out:

Themes: Science, Winter Sports, Summer Sports, Wild Animals, Farm Animals, House Pets, Kitchen & House Play, Babies & Dolls, Fantasy & Fairy Tales, Boats & Planes, Trains, Trucks & Cars, Construction, Doll House, Dinosaurs, Block Building, Going to the Dentist & Doctor, Aboriginal Culture, Canada, The Four Seasons, Outer Space, Ponds-Rivers-Oceans, Music & Movement, Human Body, Community Helpers, Insects, Families & Feelings, Gardening, Cultures All Around the World, Board Games, Infant Play (0-6 months), Infant Play (6-12 months).


Toy Lending Program
Clearwater Library, 422 Murtle Crescent
Hours of operation: Tuesday-Thursday 10am-4pm, Friday 1pm-7pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Closed Sundays and Mondays