Teachable Moments Services (TMS) came into being as part of the concerted effort and planning of Patricia Messenger and her family.  Their intent was to ensure that quality care would continue to be provided for their foster children into adulthood. The goal was for continuity of care to be sustained independent of any individual family member’s capacity, interest or ability to remain directly involved on a day-to-day basis.

Prior to 2012 the current owners, directors and managers of TMS were involved with the provision of services for children with health challenges and/or developmental disabilities. 

The services provided by the TMS management team members has included foster care, home share arrangements, contracted respite care, autism intervention support and other person-centred supports on a fee for service basis through arrangements with the Ministry of Children & Family Development.  

The current operations grew out of our desire to ensure that ongoing, quality care would be sustained for the foster children who have been part of the Messenger Family. After over 35 years as a Foster Family, our goal now is to foster and develop sustainable person-centered care models moving into the future!

More Recent History

From March 20th 2012 to June 2015 our Executive Director Patricia Messenger successfully contracted with Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) as the sole proprietor of Teachable Moments Services, providing staffed residential and community inclusion services for developmentally disabled adults.

Teachable Moments Services Inc. (TMS) was incorporated in April 2015 and formally began operations in July of that year under contract to Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) to provide staffed residential and community inclusion services for developmentally disabled adults.

Since March 2016, TMS has also provided respite care, housing and supervision services for children and youth, under contracts with Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council-Family and Child Services (USMA).  Contracted services include: related support and training for families and/or foster parents; before and after school care; support with school integration; home-based schooling; community integration, cultural and recreational opportunities.

In July 2018, TMS earned a three year accreditation by CARF Canada for our Community Housing programs.


As a CARF accredited organization, we prepare an annual report on our plans and outcomes.    The reports document events, achievents, milestones during the operating year. 

2018 Report on Outcomes

Throughout 2017- 2018 TMS published announcements to help inform stakeholders. Subsequently, our communications tools have evolved to ensure that content specific information is delivered to stakeholders as they require it. Therefore we have discontinued the general announcements tab. Click this link if you need to refer to archived announcements.