Social Development

Main Contact:

Cricket Testawich, Director, Social Development

(250) 493-7799 ext: 135 Fax: (250) 493-0037


Children have always been at the heart of our culture and our communities. Taking care of our children has been the primary foundation of ensuring the survival of the customs and traditions of our ancestors. Children are our future; they are the mothers, fathers and leaders of who we are to become. It is our job and our responsibility to provide positive learning environments, to promote healthy lifestyles and to create opportunities for growth and development.

The Penticton Indian Band Social Development departments programs and services ensure, encourage and establish a positive environment for the growth of Penticton Indian Band members living on reserve. It is our wish to see that all families have access to the local (on and off reserve) resources which will provide family supports and services; and childhood and early childhood development programs. PIBSD main goal is to assist families and children who are on their journey to attaining a social, physical, cognitive, emotional and cultural well-being. In addition, PIBSD provides the necessary services to provide support when the community needs support, assistance when the community needs assistance and intervention when the community needs intervention.

Cricket Testawich
Social Development Director
Phone: (250) 493-7799 ext: 135



The Director Social Development is responsible for the day to day management of the Penticton Indian Band:  Social Development Department. The focus of the Director’s role  is to oversee the Social Development Departments program budget; administration; case management;  supports and services; program plan; filiations and/or presentation of program initiatives; and partnering with community resources to address the needs of Penticton Band members.

Family Preservation Worker
Phone: (250) 493-7799 ext: 140



The Family Preservation program provides supports and services to at risk families, adolescents and children. The focus of this service has been on strengthening the family through preventions strategies’ with emphasis placed on ensuring children’s safety and enhance overall family wellness. The Family Preservation Worker participates in the planning and delivery of family support services, liaise with Ministry of Children and Family Services, deliver community initiates’, and manage case files. Caseloads must be referred by Penticton Indian Bands, Director of Social Development or the Ministry for Children and Families identified as experiencing difficulties or distress.

Audrey Baptiste
Social Assistance Manager

Phone: (250) 493-7799 ext:138
Fax: (250) 493-0037