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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

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

Board of Directors

Marshal McLernon

Acting President

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Jessica Sidhu


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Jack Watson

Acting Vice President and Chair of the Facility Planning Committee

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Hana Felix


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Joanne Hurtig


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Joe Cardle


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Patti Faulconbridge


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Susie Girling


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Staff Directors

Holt Sivak

Director of Programs

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Joan Chalmers

Director of Finance and Operations

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Scott Bradford

Executive Director

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Our History

THRIVE has being doing amazing work in the greater Victoria area since its inception as Nisika in the mid-80’s then evolving to a registered non-profit in 2006 as Phoenix Human Services.  In April 2022, the agency changed its name to THRIVE Social Services - a name which reflects our ongoing mission of helping those we serve find and reach their full potential.

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

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

In one word: Empowerment. We’re here to empower people in need to live fulfilled lives where they have 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.


  • Respect and dignity
  • Potential to thrive
  • Recognizing capability
  • Goal-orientation
  • Inclusiveness
  • Social responsibility
  • Diversity
  • Caring
  • Genuineness
  • Fun

Thrive acknowledges that we live, work and play on the Traditional Territory of the Lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples. It recognizes the First Nations governments across this region — Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees) and Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) Nations in the core area, the W̱SÁNEĆ Nations {W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱,(Tsawout) W̱SIKEM (Tseycum)} out on the Saanich Peninsula and Gulf Islands, to the west Sc'ianew (Beecher Bay), T’Sou-ke, and Pacheedaht, and MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) and Pune’laxutth’ (Penelekut) Nations.

Statement of Reconciliation

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