Social Development

The Social Development Department provides leadership to the City of Penticton's work with partners to create a healthier and more vibrant community. Our team's primary goal is to support Penticton's safety and well-being by working with partners on age friendliness, child care, housing and homelessness, strong neighbourhoods, and substance use.

The City is currently developing a Social Framework to inform the City's future priorities, areas of investment, and advocacy. An update on the project was presented to City Council on September 6, 2022. The development of the Framework is comprised of two components:

While local governments do not deliver or fund the delivery of social services, the City of Penticton has played and will continue to play a strong supportive role in the health and safety of Penticton. 


Penticton Social Development Team

Have you met the members of the Penticton Social Development Team?

Jamie Lloyd-Smith

Jamie Lloyd-Smith (she/her) is the Social Development Specialist with the City of Penticton, and oversees the day-to-day management of the department. She has a background in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Cultural Studies from the University of British Columbia. With over ten years working in the not-for-profit sector, Jamie now supports Penticton's local social services sector and provides leadership to the City on complex issues such as affordable housing and homelessness, community safety, childcare, food security, and substance use. 

Sarah Desrosiers

Sarah Desrosiers (she/they) is a Social Development Coordinator with the City of Penticton. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of British Columbia. She takes a close look at age-friendly initiatives, accessibility planning, investments for at-risk youth, immigration programs support, grant management, and collaborative community development. She is passionate about working with vulnerable populations, having previously worked as a behavioural intervention counsellor, a program coordinator for youth with disabilities and a case manager. 

Practicum Students: 

The Social Development team supports various practicum students, as possible. Currently there are no practicum students working with the team.

Contact Us

Social Development
Phone: 250-490-2512, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.