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About Thrive

We are a team of social service professionals with a mission to help the children, youth, adults and families we serve live their best lives by providing high-quality services through a variety of programs.

Thrive is a CARF*-accredited agency offering a broad range of child, youth, and family services, including:

  • family preservation and supervised access
  • parenting support
  • mental health outreach
  • individual and group supports for children and youth with support needs
  • services to youth in and out of government care

*By seeking accreditation from CARF International, non-profits such as Thrive show that they are dedicated to delivering the highest standards of care to their clients and following best practices in their field. The accreditation process involves a rigorous review of organizational practices, policies, and outcomes, providing valuable feedback and recommendations for improvement. Furthermore, CARF accreditation signals to stakeholders, including clients, donors, and funders, that the organization is committed to accountability and transparency. Read more about CARF.

We also offer a host of services for persons with developmental disabilities, including:

  • community-based, community inclusion programs
  • individual and group support for persons living independently
  • group support for persons living with caregivers but wishing to increase their independence and engagement in the community
  • individualized services for persons with high support needs
  • supported employment services


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Staff Directors

Joan Chalmers

Director of Finance and Operations

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Scott Bradford

Executive Director

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Our History

THRIVE has been doing amazing work in the greater Victoria area since the mid-1980s. We are a registered non-profit. In April 2022, the agency changed its name to THRIVE Social Services, which reflects our ongoing mission of helping those we serve to find and reach their full potential.

The agency has maintained its high standards, consistently receiving program accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 2004. The vibrant atmosphere and commitment to service quality inspire a sense of belonging for employees and clients alike.

We’re here to help empower people in need to live fulfilled lives with the skills, abilities and support needed to be independent, resourceful, and connected to the community.

We provide services to individuals and families that create opportunities to build skills, strengths and resourcefulness.

Our vision is diverse individuals and families living empowered and fulfilling lives.


We model and encourage honesty that embraces respect, trust and accountability for ourselves, service participants and the broader community.

We build bridges to improve outcomes through a strengths-based process fostering adaptability, inclusiveness and innovation.

We celebrate resilience and advocate with empathy for perseverance and bravery in challenging adversity.

Our Thrive team acknowledges that our agency stands and works on the unceded Lək̓ʷəŋən territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. We also acknowledge the five W̱SÁNEĆ communities: W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱,(Tsawout) W̱SIKEM (Tseycum) and MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat), as well as the Sc'ianew (Beecher Bay), T’Sou-ke, and Pacheedaht Nations and the Spune’laxutth’ (Penelekut) tribe where our work extends. We are committed to acknowledging our relationship with these unceded lands and communities, at staff and Board meetings, and during our hosted events. We encourage the evolving learning and awareness of our staff, Board, and the Thrive community, discovering and striving for meaning and personal connection within each acknowledgement.

Statement of Reconciliation
Charitable Registration Number: 810569277 RR 0001

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