Lookout Society to Merge with Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia
Goal is to provide an even greater continuum of services for clients across BC
New Westminster, BC – On June 28, 2017 The Lookout Emergency Aid Society (Lookout Society) and Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia (MDABC) finalized approvals to merge the two societies. As part of this amalgamation, MDABC will retain its name and brand as a collection of mental health programs of the Lookout Society.
Merging into one non-profit organization will better leverage the history, successes and strengths of each entity, including service delivery, accreditation and fundraising. Both Lookout and MDABC have a long history of successfully serving vulnerable populations through services in multiple communities across the province. Bringing both organizations together provides an even greater continuum of services for guests in need of mental health supports.
Lookout Society is recognized for its health, housing and shelter operations across the Lower Mainland, while MDABC pioneered ground-breaking practices in treatment and support for individuals living with mental illness. This merger creates a greater opportunity to influence government programs and policy, and access funding streams that enable the long-term sustainability and growth of mental health opportunities under the proven MDABC model of care.
Shayne Williams, Executive Director of Lookout Society
“The need for non-profit organizations like the MDABC is expanding, with one in seven Canadians experiencing a mood disorder at some point in their life. Merging the MDABC and Lookout Society establishes a large, yet nimble organization that is better able to respond to the growing need and access resources across the Province.”
Tom Dutta, Acting Executive Director of Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia
“This merger represents a significant step forward in MDABC’s strategy to sustain and grow its mental health programs and help more people across the Province. Our combined organizations have over 70 years of rich history with significant community impact on individual’s lives. Going forward we are stronger together.”
About Lookout Society
Founded in 1971, The Lookout Emergency Aid Society operates in 32 buildings across nine Metro Vancouver communities; Vancouver, Surrey, New Westminster, the North Shore, Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Mission, Langley and Abbotsford.
Lookout cares for vulnerable people 24 hours a day - 365 days a year, assisting with housing and health solutions. Through our 74 programs Lookout services reach 2,500 people every day and house over 1,200 people every night in our shelters, transitional, supportive and affordable housing opportunities.