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About Us

About Us

Our Mission

We work to create change in the lives of young people by promoting the adoption of healthy attitudes through service that inspires them to be engaged in their well-being, build a sense of self-efficacy and connection to their community.

Our Vision

We envision a world where individuals have a sense of belonging in their families and community.

Our Values

We value: Integrity, Transparency, Relationship building, Responsiveness, Inclusion, Respect, Safety, Security.

AHAYFS ACHIEVES INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION

AHAYFS has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). It took AHAYFS 12 months to achieve accreditation.

Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of AHAYFS’s programs, services, management, and administration.
COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance.

The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. The standards driving accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce.

COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.
To achieve COA accreditation, AHAYFS first provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards. Thereafter, a group of specially trained volunteer Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with trustees, staff and clients.

AHAYFS ACHIEVES INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION

AHAYFS has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). It took AHAYFS 12 months to achieve accreditation.

Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of AHAYFS’s programs, services, management, and administration.
COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance.

The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. The standards driving accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce.

COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.
To achieve COA accreditation, AHAYFS first provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards. Thereafter, a group of specially trained volunteer Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with trustees, staff and clients.

What That Looks Like

  • Focus on harm reduction and stabilization at risk/ entrenched youth
  • Focus on strengths and the development of necessary life skills
  • Support healthy relationships with family, where appropriate
  • Assist individuals in creating SMART personal goals and support in the achievement in these goals. Reviewing and updating as necessary.
  • Promote positive self esteem, personal growth, and encourage healthily choices
  • Encourage positive community involvement and education engagement
  • Work with young people and their care team to support them to achieve their goals for independence.

Our Founders

Evelyn Liwsze

Evelyn has been working in Care Service for young people for over 30 years.
Originally from Montreal, Evelyn studied Special Care Counselling at Vanier College and worked with youth with high behavioural needs, autism, mental health, and young offenders.

Evelyn soon developed a passion for ‘high risk’ young people in a care service provider program and was committed to dedicating herself to her work. Evelyn was and continues to be committed to fostering change, independence and contributing to a stronger more resilient youth! It is because of Evelyn’s vision, compassion and beliefs that AHA and its design was founded.
Over the years in BC, Evelyn worked the front line as a caregiver.  She was a long-time contractor with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) in and around the Lower Mainland in various care service settings. Evelyn was able to bridge her education and care service experience to her work in building programs within the resources.

Evelyn’s abilities contributed with the increased needs of the young people and individuals in the various care service models. Young people have always been the primary focus. Young people in transition initially sparked the desire to want to do more outside the traditional works already established. Challenges with the education and employment strategies led some individuals to a sense of hopelessness and for many of these a sense of homelessness.

In her own words

“Young people need more than just a safe place. Youth need a place to call home.  This is a huge challenge for young people who also struggle with trauma, loss, mental health, alcohol, drug addiction, poverty, the circles of violence and the inequality and imbalances that is a reality in our society.
It is my belief that a strong sense of self and security can be achieved in safe care services. It is with those fundamentals that I am proud and committed to AHA, its staff, community and the young people it serves!”

Jane Ployart

Jane Ployart has been working with young people and families in transition for over 30 years.
While living in Montreal, Jane studied at Concordia University and was mentored by some of the most influential Montrealers working to give strength, independence and resilience within young people.

From smaller agencies like The Park Extension Youth Organization to national organizations like the YMCA, Jane has demonstrated solid leadership in developing creative approaches to: young people outreach, young offender restitution, leadership, asset development, security and self defense, conflict resolution, anger management, freedom of expression and peace building initiatives. Jane is passionate about creating harm reduction residential models along with other training opportunities and programs.
Working with young people has always been Jane’s focus — beginning with Diversion and moving into Youth Justice Alternative Measures programs.

She has witnessed many of the challenges youth face today first hand, and she believes one of the gaps that needs to be filled is Housing Resources. Through AHA, she works to fill this gap, giving young people tools and support as they face the challenges of life in care.

In her own words

“My belief is the more we empower our young people to have a voice the more resilient they become. The more resilient they become, the more they learn how to teach others how to cope, and how to heal. Every young person has the right to safety, wellbeing and a sense of belonging. It is with those fundamentals that I am proud and fiercely dedicated to leading this team and AHA”

Adopting Healthy Attitudes

PO Box 454
Maple Ridge, BC
V2X3P2

Office: 604-498-4919
Fax: 604-498-4918
info@ahayfs.com