Community Resources

kids having funWelcome to our Community Resource page!

As there are a variety of support services for children and their families on the Island, we have compiled a list for easy access. Check out the links below to find out more.

Here you’ll also find links to events happening on Vancouver Island for families.

Support for Families

Island Health Intake (youth and family substance use services)
Offers programs and workshops for youth and family struggling with substance use
Michael (250) 739-5790 email: discovery@viha.ca

Haven Society (housing and support for children experiencing abuse)
Associated with Program for Children and youth Experiencing Violence (PEACE)
Melissa Peoples (250) 756-2452 email: melissa@havensociety.com

Parent Support Services (parental support circles and resources, includes any caregiver)
Sandi Halvorson (Program Coordinator) (250) 468-9658 email: parent@telus.net

Rainbows Canada (grieving services for families)
Isabel VanGrootheest (Director for Rainbows Canada) (250) 751-7888 email: rainbowsnanaimo@gmail.com

Nanaimo Child Development Center (children with developmental needs)
Anastasia Hirst (250) 753-0251 email: anastasia@nanaimocdc.com

Vancouver Island Crisis Society (suicide prevention, mental illness outreach hotline)
Emily Post (Community Awareness Coordinator) (250) 753-2495 email: emilyp@vicrisis.ca

Indigenous Child and Youth Mental health Services
Leah Taylor (Outreach Support Worker) (250) 741-4709 email: Leah.Taylor@gov.bc.ca

NARSF Programs Ltd.
Lisa Marie Barron (Youth and Family Navigator) (250) 754-2773 email: admin.narsf.org

Upcoming Events

Comox Valley

Events and services for children under 6: valleychild.ca

Events for the whole family: discovercomoxvalley.com

Nanaimo

Fun for everyone: tourismnanaimo.com

Exciting things for the kids: harbourliving.ca

Victoria

Cool things to do with the family: tourismvictoria.com

Vancouver Island

Fun stuff for kids and parents all over the island: islandparent.ca

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