About Us

Summit Community Services Society

Summit Community Services Society is a non-profit society and a registered charitable organization based in Cranbrook, BC dedicated to promoting community well being by providing a continuum of quality, accessible, client-centred support, childcare, and intervention services.

Founded in 1971 and incorporated in 1973, Summit Community Services Society (SCSS) was created to enrich the lives of local residents by providing community services without stigma. Today, SCSS provides a range of social services including counselling, early childhood development, early years programming, and seniors programming in Cranbrook and Kimberley.

Our two distinct branches consist of: 1) owning and managing daycare centres and 2) providing various forms of counselling services to those in need. Headquartered in the SCSS owned Mike Carey building in Cranbrook, the society has a staff of 35 full-time and part-time employees and is guided by a Board of Directors composed of local citizens who volunteer their time and expertise to oversee the operation of the society.

Our Vision, Mission, Mandate, and Values 


Fostering communities where all individuals and families are supported and empowered to live the lives they desire. 


Summit Community Services Society is dedicated to promoting community well-being by providing quality, accessible, client-centred support and intervention services in a respectful manner, childcare services, and support programs for seniors and other populations with under-served needs.


  • To provide therapeutic counselling services to individuals, children, families, and groups to address a wide range of needs arising from trauma and loss.¬†
  • To provide quality childcare through all daycare programs from infant/toddler to preschool to after school care.¬†
  • To provide a continuum of support services to groups including victims of crime and/or traumatic loss, seniors, underserved men and other individuals, children, families, and groups to address the widest possible range of needs.¬†
  • To provide intervention services that will increase client resiliency and coping skills to improve satisfaction with life and their ability to contribute to their community.¬†
  • To lead the way in Early Childhood Education programming, staff support/development and innovations in care and support of families¬†
  • To advocate for individual, children, families, and groups to help ensure their needs are being addressed and their rights are acknowledged.¬†
  • To provide referrals for individuals, families, and groups to ensure that their needs are addressed.¬†
  • To provide resources that may assist clients and service providers in addressing needs of both individuals and the community.¬†
  • To educate the public and create awareness on significant wellness and social issues.¬†


Summit Community Services Society’s work is founded in the belief that all people have the right to lead safe, healthy and productive lives. 

  • Community Service: Providing services for anyone in need, with no stigma. Addressing critical gaps in community services so that no person is left behind.¬†
  • Compassionate: Serving all individuals and families with care and dignity¬†
  • Dependable: Fully committed to supporting personal resilience and well-being for all clients¬†
  • Equality: Providing services to diverse populations, especially underserved and/or marginalized populations, and supporting equitable access for all¬†
  • Professional: Delivering high quality programs and services in an ethical, accountable, and welcoming manner.¬†
  • Respect: Expressing meaningful recognition and appreciation for Summit staff and all individuals in our community.



Board of Directors


Deb Saffin

Deb is retired from a career human resources, business management and communications throughout the East Kootenay and Southern Alberta.
With her family, she has made the East Kootenay area home for over 40 years and has spent many hours volunteering for various ‚Äėhelping‚Äô groups and organizations both in the East Kootenay and throughout the province.
Deb enjoys hiking year round, kayaking, paddleboarding and finds time most days to be in the environment.
Deb has been on the Board of Directors of Summit Community Services Society since 2017 and currently serves as Board Chair.




Aaron Higgs

Originally from Vancouver, Aaron moved to Kimberley full time in 2007. A geologist by trade, he worked in the mineral exploration industry for 12 years until 2016, which involved working and travelling across much of northern BC, the Yukon and western Northwest Territories.

Aaron currently manages Nupqu Resource Limited Partnership, a local Ktunaxa-owned resource consulting and contracting company.

Recreation and the outdoors are deep passions for Aaron. He spends much of his time out in the woods in motion, connecting with the land and all living things.

With three children of his own, Aaron has direct experience and understands the need for available child care to have a functioning local economy.

Further to the commitment to healthy communities, Aaron believes it is essential for accessible and adequate mental health and support services that empower people and bring them up.  Aaron currently serves a Vice-Chair and Treasurer.


Claire Short

Claire is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is currently the finance officer for the Wildlife Rescue Association, a leader in wildlife rehabilitation across Canada.

Previously she worked in public accounting specializing in assurance services for non-for-profit entities and is now thrilled to be immersed in the not-for-profit sector.

Claire was born in the U.K and relocated to Cranbrook in 2020, she enjoys travelling, fitness and cooking when not busy with her two boys and supporting their various sporting pursuits. Claire has recently joined the Board and is looking forward to contributing to the local community.



Monica Baranski

Monica moved to Kimberley from Toronto 7 years ago, to raise her young family. During this time, she became involved with Summit Community Services Society as she began to navigate the childcare system in the area and has served on the Board of Directors for over 6 years.

Monica currently works as the Chief Operating Officer of a live events production company and enjoys contributing to local groups and societies in her community.





Katrina Heyde

Katrina Heyde has recently returned to her hometown Cranbrook after a 15 year hiatus in Montreal. She has over a decade experience in non profits as a director, and co chaired the board for a small refugee rights non profit for 3 years before moving back here. 

Katrina works for Kootenay Employment Services and is responsible for their WorkBC program across the East Kootenay.






Tanis Richmond

Tanis returned to the Kimberley/Cranbrook area in 2017.

With a passion for policy and a commitment to grounded community development, Tanis strives to blend professional expertise with personal values in the work and projects she undertakes.

Tanis has experience in working with Indigenous and local governments, as well as non profits. She is employed with the Ktunaxa Nation Council Society to support the development of sustainable economic strategies and relationships that honor cultural values and contribute to the vibrant future of the Ktunaxa Nation.



Jenna Gyurkovits

Jenna, a lifelong resident of Kimberley, brings a deep and genuine commitment to community

Jenna has played an integral role in the Kimberley Scouting Group Committee,
contributing her time to support the growth and development of local youth. This interest
extends beyond scouting as she actively participates in the Lindsay Park Parent Advisory
Committee, demonstrating a keen interest in fostering positive educational environments.

Jenna works at Kootenay Employment Services as a Job Developer helping to connect job
seekers and employers.




Kathleen Erdoino

Since moving to the East Kootenay in 2021, Kathleen Erdoino, originally from Muskoka, Ontario, has passionately embraced the region’s natural beauty and outdoor lifestyle, and can often be found planning her next mountain biking adventure.

As a Registered Nurse specializing in critical care, Kathleen advocates for evidence-based practice and the utmost in patient safety. Her diverse experiences living in Alberta, the Yukon, and now British Columbia have enriched her understanding of community dynamics and healthcare needs.

At Summit Community Services Society, she combines her professional expertise with her love for the outdoors to positively impact the community. 









Executive Director Sarah Jacklin

Bio Coming soon…





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