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Return to Work Guidelines – Seymour Office & Legal Services Office

As we look to have everyone return to the office, it is important that we do our very best to keep ourselves and our co-workers safe. We recognize that Provincial public health and WorkSafe BC guidelines are changing in response to COVID-19 rates and we will continue to be responsive in meeting these recommendations on keeping everyone as safe as possible.

The following guidelines are subject to change as per public health guidelines.
All staff are to return to the office effective June 1, 2020 and follow the following protocols: Those with children and facing child care concerns are to speak with their Manager.


Office Protocol

  • Wash hands immediately upon entering office, sufficient soap and/or alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be provided
  • Maintains 2 meters distance from others at all times – Adhere to floor markings in high traffic areas and follow directional arrows
  • Masks are provided for optional use, required for when social distancing is not possible
  • Office doors to remain closed, with office windows open or use of fan for those without windows that open
  • Sanitize shared office equipment and communal areas after each use (i.e photocopier, water cooler, kitchen areas)
  • Seymour office: 1 person at a time to use lunchroom, disinfect surfaces when done
  • Boardrooms usage: Practice social distancing and disinfect services when done
  • Avoid usage of communal dishes, bring your own lunch ware and cutlery. Wash and dry dishes after each use, do not leave in drying rack or sink. –
  • No travel between worksites, if you require anything from another worksite please speak with your Manager and we will arrange to get this to you in the safest manner possible
  • Each morning at the beginning of your work day send an email to your Manager confirming you and any members of your household are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 and you have not travelled internationally in the last 14 days, this protocol to remain in effect until notified by Management.


If you feel sick; At the first sign of a cough, fever or any COVID-19 related symptoms you are not to come to work and to consult your Manager – Complete a COVID-19 Self Assessment: https://bc.thrive.health/ – Self isolate for 14 days, a negative COVID-19 test result will need to be provided to return to work prior to the completion of the 14-day isolation – If anyone is your household presents with COVID-19 you will need to self-isolate for 14 days

2020 Women’s Educational Bursary

Kamloops Elizabeth Fry Women’s Educational Bursary Application

Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society is a community based non-profit agency that offers programs and services in the areas of housing and community justice to people in the Kamloops area, with a focus on women and youth.

This bursary has been established to offer financial assistance to women, as the Society seeks to support applicants both practically and emotionally, and to foster personal growth and empowerment.

The purpose of the Kamloops Elizabeth Fry Women’s Educational Bursary is to offer financial assistance to women, 18 years and older, who are moving to enhance their economic independence and self-sufficiency. The bursary will be awarded to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who will be attending a recognized Canadian College, trades school, or university.  Any program will be considered, with the ultimate goal of obtaining a certificate, diploma and/or a degree.  Current or past clients of Elizabeth Fry are encouraged to apply. 

Applicants are requested to fill out the attached application form and provide all the information required. Please ensure that all necessary documentation is completed, signed and that all supporting material is enclosed (copies are acceptable as applications will not be returned).

Applications will be accepted from February 15, 2020 to April 01, 2020.

Late, unsigned or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Should you have questions or need assistance filling out your application, please do not

hesitate to contact the Society.

Please note the following:

  1. Candidates cannot be employees, family of employees, or Board members of KDEFS.
  2. KDEFS staff is unable to provide letters of reference for applicants.
  3. The bursary is awarded upon proof of registration from the institution’s registrar, and will be dispersed directly to the educational institution.
  4. Should you withdraw from the educational institution, please contact KDEFS to discuss your options.

Lizzy’s Closet

Free, quality clothing for low income women !

Lizzy’s Closet is a free, used, quality clothing program for women, ran by women. The main focus is to help women who are in need of clothing for court appearances, job interviews, attending school, in crisis, and low-income situations.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

Due to the COVID-19 virus, as a precaution, Kamloops & District Elizabeth Fry Society will not be holding our regular Lizzy’s Closet dates or be taking any donations until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.

Location: 827 Seymour St. Kamloops BC V2C 2H6

Clothing Donations:

For more information please contact Chantelle at 250-374-2119 ext. 213 or email chantelle@kamloopsefry.com

Kamloops & District Elizabeth Fry Society
827 Seymour Street, Kamloops
250-374-2119 Ext 200


Rent Bank

We’ve been in the news! We are so excited to be opening doors to Kamloops Rent Bank this February. Rent banks provide emergency loans at a low interest rate for people who are going to be evicted from their housing or cut-off from their utilities. Rent banks are for low-income wage earners. People who qualify will have stable income and will have been in stable housing for over a year, those who don’t qualify will be connected with other supports.

These emergency funds keep people with nowhere else to turn from becoming homeless and entering the cycle of poverty. The Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society administrates this program, which is overseen by a community board.

Want to see what others are saying?

Kamloops Daily News: Kamloops Rent Bank Opens Doors In February

http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/article/20130114/KAMLOOPS0101/301149991/0/kamloops/rent-bank-opens-doors-in-february

Kamloops This Week: Kamloops Rent Bank Opens in February

http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/news/187001831.html

Kamloops Daily News: Gilchrist: Rent Bank Benefits Outweigh Any Costs

http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/article/20130118/KAMLOOPS0304/130119852/-1/kamloops/gilchrist-rent-bank-benefits-outweigh-any-costs

United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo blog: Kamloops Rent Bank Starting in February 2013

Recap: Taxes and Finances

Did you miss our January group session on new tax law and managing personal finances? In case you did, here’€™s the resources we discussed:

New mandatory legislation comes into effect Spring 2013- learn about it here: www.cra-arc.gc.ca

Budgeting- what is it, how can it help, where to start- resources here: www.itpaystoknow.gc.ca & www.debtfreeforever.ca