Cameray Child & Family Services is a community-based agency committed to the strengthening of individuals and families through a spectrum of services including counselling, education outreach and advocacy. We offer a range of programs and services to children, youth and their families in Burnaby and New Westminster.  All of our services are free of charge.Continue reading

Thank You for a Successful Open House

On Tuesday, September 26 Cameray Child and Family Services opened its doors to their community partners and funders for an Open House to celebrate Cameray’s 45th birthday! We also were celebrating our 25th anniversary at our location on Imperial Street in Burnaby, and the grand opening of our new expanded space at that location!

We had a great turnout. Guests enjoyed guided tours of the program space, an opportunity to place their handprint on our Cameray Tree and to make a “mindfulness jar” (an example of a therapeutic craft often done in counselling sessions), an abundance of food, and some great doorprizes.

Guests of note were Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds, and Bernard Richard, the Representative for Children and Youth in BC.

The event culminated in a ribbon cutting to mark the grand opening of our newly expanded space. Ribbon cutters included (as pictured from left to right) : Bernard Richard, BC Representative for Children and Youth; Jennie Ireland, Director of Operations, MCFD Burnaby; Tracey Rusnak, Executive Director; Raj Chouhan, MLA; and Don Macdonald, President of the Board of Directors.




EVENT: Community Kitchens in Burnaby


Come and join us for our Community Kitchens groups at

Lochdale Community School (6990 Aubrey St. Burnaby)

  • Wednesdays: October 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2017 (9:15am-12:15pm)

Windsor Elementary School (6166 Imperial Street, Burnaby)

  • Tuesdays: November 14, 21, 28 & December 5, 2017 (9:15am-12:15pm)

Click here for more information.

To register contact: Patricia Davison at: 604-764-1358 or


Part Time Counsellor – Burnaby Youth Clinic 

  • One Counsellor needed for Burnaby Youth Clinic
  • Must be registered with professional body (i.e. RCC, CCC)
  • Three to four hours on Tuesdays between the hours of 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and to start October 2, 2017
  • $34.40 per hour
  • Counsellor must have experience working with high risk youth, and be comfortable working in a drop-in environment

Please send resume to by September 22, 2017

In honor of World Refugee Day on June 20, 2017

In honor of World Refugee Day on June 20, 2017, we’d like to share an art piece created from a 16 year old female’s passion for learning more about the experience of a refugee.

Below are the words of this artist explaining what inspired this beautiful piece of work:

“The refugee crisis is the story of our time. How we are dealing with it is defining who we are.  I can’t not deal with it in my work.  To create is to be curious, engaged, awake, and in earnest dialogue with the unknown.  And truly, it is through dance that I have the best hope of honoring a subject I care so deeply about” –Crystal Pite

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TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: Using Expressive Therapy with Children & Youth: Building Your Toolbox



This fast-paced one-day workshop features four models of expressive therapy! It is appropriate for child and family therapists, psychologists, school counsellors, mental health clinicians, social workers, members of school-based teams, youth and family workers and community service providers. It is designed to provide specific tools to professionals who work with children and youth.


    • Art Therapy Interventions: Beyond Arts & Crafts presented by Lesley Holm, RAT
    • An Introduction to Trauma Informed Yoga presented by Nicole Marcia, MA, C-IAYT, YACEP, TCTSY-F


    • Getting to Know You: Exploring Emotions and Behaviours with Music Therapy presented by Tatyana Dobrowolski, MTA
    • Family Play Therapy Techniques presented by Phoebe Tsang, RMFT-S, RPT & Rosamond Chan, MC, RCC


EARLY BIRD RATE: Only $160 per person – lunch included
AFTER September 30TH, 2017: $175 p.p.
Student Rate $120 p.p. (limited seats available)


Welcome Christian Monks to the Management Team!

PictureWelcome Christian!

Christian Monks has been a valued member of the Cameray team since 2008.  He is both a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Registered Art Therapist, and he brings his engaging personality and his skills in Mindfulness, EMDR, AEDP, and Art Therapy to his work as a Child and Family Counsellor in the Counselling Program.  He has also specialized in working with children under 12 with sexually intrusive behaviours in our SHIP program, and has consulted with the community on this issue. We are excited to announce that Christian will now be providing clinical supervision and program coordination and management, alongside Michele Holding, as our Counselling Program expands.  We will miss him greatly on the front line, but are so happy to benefit from his skills in this new role!