Surveyor Jess Wishart recently arrived in Invermere to collect information about sexual health and family planning methods for the Canadian Sexual Health Survey (CSHS), which is a provincial study from the B.C. Womens Hospital and Health Centre. She is currently surveying local women and girls. If you are interested call 1-888-300-3088 ext 4871 or email cart@cw.bc.ca.Photo by Breanne Massey

Surveyor Jess Wishart recently arrived in Invermere to collect information about sexual health and family planning methods for the Canadian Sexual Health Survey (CSHS), which is a provincial study from the B.C. Womens Hospital and Health Centre. She is currently surveying local women and girls. If you are interested call 1-888-300-3088 ext 4871 or email cart@cw.bc.ca.Photo by Breanne Massey

A partnership between the Village of Canal Flats and the Family Resource Centre aims to improve access to social services programming.

The grand opening of the Family Resource Centres new satellite office in the Canal Flats Columbia Discovery Centre is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. on June 2nd.

The Village of Canal Flats has agreed to rent a room in the Columbia Discovery Centre to the Family Resource Centre for a lump sum payment of $1 for the next five years.

Were excited about being able to offer services in Canal Flats, said Michele Neider, Family Resource Centre director of program management. Its been a long time coming and we want to thank the Village of Canal Flats for providing us with this space.

The opportunity to expand community programming to Canal Flats has encouraged positive change, according to Family Resource Centre executive director Pat Cope.

There will be services such as the Youth Outreach and Engagement, Family Services and an Early Learning Centre for children under the age of six and their families offered through the new satellite office in Canal Flats, to help Canal Flats families access these programs where they live and in an attempt to attract new families to the community.

Neider added there will also be programming available for seniors.

There will be cake and dessert served to the visitors who attend the grand opening night to start off the evening.

Canal Flats mayor Ute Juras is cutting the ribbon to mark the start of the new partnership around 6 p.m.

The community will be invited to take a tour of the new location and ask questions to staff until 7 p.m.

Its going to be pretty informal, except for the ribbon cutting at 6 p.m., said Neider. Its open to everybody and anybody. Were hoping the people in Canal Flats will come out to see their new location.