Social Development Department

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:

Phase One: Targeted surveys, interviews, and a workshop from May to September 2022

Phase two: Anticipated to start in the fall of 2022 and will include participation with individuals with lived and living experience

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 supporitve role in the health and safety of Penticton. 

If you have an idea, or would like to discuss the framework further, please contact the Social Development team! These are some current priority areas.

Penticton Social Development Team

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

Adam Goodwin

Adam is the Social Development Specialist and Emergency Support Services Coordinator. He oversees the City's Social Development Department. Day-to-day he focuses on supporting BCPNP, Child Care Action Plan, and works closely with Community Action Team. 

Jamie Lloyd-Smith

Jamie is a Social Development Coordinator. Her current focus is on housing and homelessness. She works closely with groups such as 100 More Homes. She is supporting the implementation of recommendations from No Where to Go. She is beginning to support work in the area of mental health.

Sarah Desrosiers

Sarah is a Social Development Coordinator with the Social Development team at the City. She takes an age lens to her work, including the Age Friendly Action Plan, and leading the City's work on working with the federal government to invest Penticton's Building Safer Communities Fund allocations locally. 

Vicky Horton

Vicky is the Penticton Emergency Support Services (ESS) Director. Social Development supports the Penticton Emergency Support Services team day-to-day. Vicky oversees the 40-60 active members of the Penticton ESS team, and acts as the main Reception Centre Manager during large disasters/emergencies. 

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.
Email: socialdevelopment@penticton.ca