MEET THE FOUNDER

Get to Know Us

Kindred Connections Okanagan was founded in 2016 by Carly Gunn; a Registered Nurse who has been practicing in the area of Mental Health since 2006. Carly has been a long-term resident of Kelowna and currently resides there with her family.
Carly has completed Specialty Nursing Programs in the area of Advanced Adult Mental Health, Child and Youth Mental Health, and Forensic Nursing. Carly has extensive previous experience working as a Youth Crisis Clinician in the Okanagan for Interior Health, and over 10 years experience with Tertiary Mental Health Services for youth.

Carly is passionate about learning and has continued to advance her education and experience since her graduation from UBC Okanagan in 2005. Carly is currently completing her Masters of Nursing with a Teaching Focus, and has worked as a clinical instructor for UBCO Nursing and Medical Programs. She is registered with the Canadian Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia, and as a member of the British Columbia Nursing Union. Carly is a strong advocate of maintaining the CRNABC Standards of Nursing Practice and maintains all mandated requirements laid out by CRNABC as a self-employed Registered Nurse working in Kelowna, British Columbia Canada.

Exceeding Expectations One Client at a Time

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K.C.O provides families with timely, private and discreet crisis intervention and consultation when children or youth are experiencing a challenge with their mental health in the Okanagan. Knowing where to go and how to negotiate the mental health system in any community can be distressing. With K.C.O you will have a community connection that can help make these experiences less stressful, while obtaining the knowledge you need going forward.


MISSION STATEMENT:
Kindred Connections Okanagan believes that every child, youth and family can benefit from a positive first experience when connecting to mental health services. Becoming rooted in a strong community team can only strengthen the individual and prepare them for the future.



OBJECTIVES & KEYS TO SUCCESS:
Our goal is to connect with a family post contact via website, email or telephone in a timely manner once a brief background history has been obtained. This will enable K.C.O in determining where first contact will ideally be made through the mobile service. Our objective is to work collaboratively with the families to determine what interventions are required and best suit their needs.
K.C.O is available to listen and provide a uniquely tailored support system in order to guide families in making informed decisions that are right for them. The goal is to assess, maintain safety and connect to community services while utilizing or recommending hospital services (in-patient) as a last resort for stabilization and safety.

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