My name is Farron Soukochoff, and I come from the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Inlet.
I have spent most of my life in Kingcome, besides boarding out of the community for schooling purposes.
I work for the band as the Community Health & Income Assistance Manager, stationed at the Health & Social Development Centre. My responsibilities are to manage and administer the programs that fall under my Responsibility, and they are as follows:
a. To provide and monitor 24 hour Emergency Medical Response service to the Community; 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
b. To manage Emergency On-call Medical Responders
c. To work closely with the Community Health Nurses in providing health care and educational information sessions with all groups of the Kingcome Community.
d. To collect, incubate and culture water samples on a weekly basis, sending results to our Environmental Health Office based in Campbell River, BC.
e. To facilitate and Monitor the bi-weekly clinic day with our Primary Health Care Team provided by the Vancouver Island Health Authority.
a. To Oversee the Administration of the Income Assistance Program
b. Taking Income Assistance applications from applicants.
c. Taking the required supplementary documentation (Job separation slips, rent receipts, shelter cost receipts, bank statements)
d. Assessing each application and the applicants’ circumstances to establish needs.
e. Completing Budget and Decision sheets to determine eligibility for Income Assistance.
f. Assisting employable recipients to seek and secure employment, training or education programs.
g. Interpreting policy and procedures to clients for their better understanding of the purposes, services and requirements of the program, including clients’ obligation to report income and changes in their circumstances, and accept work, or to undertake training when available.
h. Explain to applicants the right to appeal where disagreements exist and the procedures exercising this right.
i. Maintaining confidential files on each client which is to include cares recording and copies of all required forms in connection with application assistance.