Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre

Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre is an Oliver & Osoyoos based, charitable, not-for-profit organization that was incorporated in 1998. At Desert Sun Counselling, there are no fees for services, and self-referrals are accepted for all services. Desert Sun is governed by a local Board of Directors. All of our staff work and live in the area, making us active stakeholders in the community.

Our Impact Why We Exist

The Vision of Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre is for a community where all citizens have the opportunity to be healthy, participating community members.

The Mission of Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre is to facilitate improvement in the quality of life for individuals, families and the community.

Our Story What We Do

Initiatives we have taken on, on behalf of the Oliver, Osoyoos and Regional Districts

  • Homelessness Study
  • Community Kitchen
  • South Okanagan Women’s Crisis Line
  • Methamphetamine Community Education Project
  • Men’s Counselling Program
  • Literacy and Parenting Program
  • Food Certificate Program for pre and post natal women.
  • Media, Culture and Healthy Relationships Program to Grade Nine Students
  • Violence is Preventable Outreach Program to Elementary Schools

Our Programs How We Do It

South Okanagan Safe Home (Oliver/Osoyoos)

Confidential & Free

24 HOUR WOMEN’S SHELTER AND HELPLINE250-485-7777TOLL FREE: 1-877-723-3911

Is anyone:

  • Hitting You
  • Pushing You Around
  • Calling You Names
  • Preventing You from Seeing Friends or Family
  • Touching You in Ways You Don’t Like
  • Keeping Money from you/taking your money

If you have answered yes to anyone of these, you are being physically, emotionally, or financially abused.


You and your children have the right to safety. We offer, free and confidential help. We offer temporary safe shelter for women and children who are being victimized by threats, intimidation, physical, financial and emotional abuse by their partners. We provide a warm place to stay, where the basic necessities are taken care of. We can help provide information about legal and financial rights, with referrals to community resources that can serve you best.

Women’s Counselling

Desert Sun Counselling provides individual and group counselling to women over the age of nineteen who have experienced childhood abuse and have lived or are currently living in an unhealthy/abusive relationship. | | Legal Aid | Legal Information

Children & Youth Counselling

Individual and group counselling for children 3-18 years of age, exposed to intense family conflict and/or abuse.(Funded by Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, and The United Way).

Program Purpose:

  • To support children and youth and help them learn new skills.
  • To promote attitude and behavior change in ways that will help the child or youth feel safe, and better able to succeed socially and academically

CWWA Program Goals:

To directly help children and youth exposed to violence in relationships.To provide a safe and playful setting for children and youth 3-18, within which to discuss their trauma and learn to manage their response to their exposure to domestic violence.To develop parental awareness of how domestic violence affects their children.To interrupt, break the cycle of violence.

Men’s Counselling

Provides individual and/or group counselling based on the needs of men who would like to improve their relationships, reduce stress and manage conflict.

For more information please email | |

Community Kitchen

Where? Desert Sun Counselling offers the Community Kitchen in Osoyoos.

For more information call 250-498-2538, Email:

Lunch and nutritious meals to take home for $3.00, information on preserving, freezing, budgeting, nutrition, food preparation, pre/post natal vitamins, and vitamin drops for pregnant women.

The Parent Connection

A place for parents/care givers to meet and share their parenting concerns.  The Parent Connection is an interactive participant focused program which offers a variety of supports to families. We offer, Mother Goose, Nobody’s Perfect, Baby Talk, tips on parenting, nutrition, budgeting, information on community resources, gently used clothing exchange, car seat lending program plus much more.

Call 250-498-2538 or email

South Okanagan Better at Home

Giving seniors a hand.

Better at Home is new program designed to help seniors remain independent at home. The United Way of the Lower Mainland supports seniors to age with dignity, and with money provided by the BC government.  Through professional and volunteer support, Better at Home helps seniors with simple-day-to-day tasks, thereby helping seniors maintan their independence and stay conneted with their community.

Fees for Better at Home are determined on a sliding scale based on an ability to pay, and are subject to some local variables. Services offered reflect the different needs of each community. Examples include:

Yard Work|Home repair|Snow Shovelling|Housekeeping|Grocery Shopping|Transportation to appointments|

For more information,become a volunteeror to book an appointment(Oliver or Osoyoos) call 250-495-6925

Visit the website!

Community Outreach

Community Outreach is a Desert Sun service that provides information, referral services, advocacy, support and assistance for individuals and families accessing legal, provincial or federal services. Development of educational material on healthy living. Funded by BC Gaming and Community donations

What You Can Do

Make a Donation

As a charity, we welcome donations from individuals or organizations. Whether the donation is monetary, volunteer time, or items, all are appreciated.

Income tax receipts are provided for donations, which are accepted through as well as PayPal.


There are a number of ways to get involved with Desert Sun:

Become a board member

  • Attend our Annual General Meeting held in September
  • Volunteer to help at Fundraising events
  • Volunteer in our Income Tax Preparation Program,
  • Donate to the Safe Home and other programs
  • Attend the Fundraising events
  • Buy a t-shirt to support programming for the Children and Youth Counselling


Tamara Aspell
Executive Director

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Finance & Governance