Set to open in May 2017, FOUNDRY North Shore held an official launch on February 9th. Attending to mark the event were North Vancouver MLAs Jordan Sturdy, Jane Thornthwaite, Ralph Sultan and Naomi Yamamoto, as well as members of Vancouver Coastal Health, Dr. Steve Mathias, and many youth and families. This provincial integrated youth services initiative is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for youth 12 to 24 years old looking for health care services, including mental health support, social and employment services, and alcohol and addiction programs. At the launch of a similar FOUNDRY site in Kelowna, BC in December 2016, BC Premier Christy Clark said the centres are designed to help make it “as easy as possible for youth and families to take charge of their health by providing a variety of services through an integrated and personal approach” .
News Release: “North Shore to get ‘one-stop shop’ for youth – Service center for vulnerable youth to open in Lower Lonsdale this spring”, by Ben Bengtson