History of IDM

 

Todd McDonald created IDM Youth Services in 2010. The company opened its first resource, which could accommodate three male youth in care. It was through a dedication to simple philosophies like restorative practices, client strength based initiatives, and therapeutic care that IDM Youth Services was able to create early success. Shortly after the creation of IDM Youth Services, Todd was fortunate to hire Crystol Corby – our current General Manager. Together they put in grueling hours and the company expanded rapidly.

In early 2011 the company hired Kalie Dyer – our current Support Services Coordinator. It was with this exceptionally talented addition to the team that a second home for male youth was opened. IDM Youth Services continued to expand and by the year’s end had a dozen employees whom served ten male youth.

In 2012 a third resource was opened to support female youth. The talented team of specialized caregivers now consisted of Terry McDonald, Matt Quick, Kenedy Colgan-Scallen (current Operations Manager), and Jessica Cebulka (current Training Coordinator). It wasn’t long before many other dedicated youth workers joined the team and began to shape IDM into an agency known for helping youth who are most in need and experiencing traumatic crisis.

In 2013 IDM opened a fourth home for male youth. It was this expansion that took the company in the direction of using the British Columbia provincial initiative for a Complex Care Intervention model.  The talented and highly skilled likes of Marina Pagnotta, Connie Chuiten, Carling Battistuzzi, and Ashley Bonner joined the IDM ranks and started to make differences in the lives of the youth and staff within IDM. The company began the processes of becoming licensed by VIHA and accredited by CARF International.

In 2014 two more Complex Care Intervention (CCI) based homes were opened and the company continued to receive the good fortune of hiring many dedicated and enthusiastic employees.
Even with such rapid growth, the IDM team never lost focus on the goal of providing superior youth care. The team continues to evolve their practices in the domains of restitution and strength based therapy models, and recently added an additional emphasis on Trauma Informed Care.

In 2017 IDM Youth Services achieved a three-year accreditation from CARF international, the highest standard that a group home company can achieve. Also in 2017 all employees of IDM Youth Services were trained and certified by Jessica Cebulka in the Mandt system of Non-Violent Intervention Training. IDM is proud of everyone who has ever dropped sweat – given blood – shed tears – shared laughter – imparted wisdom and lived this crazy, amazing life with and for the IDM youth served.