Community Events and Resources

In the interest of community, we’re keeping tabs on all the cool stuff happening across BC. Check back often for updates!

Upcoming Events

  • Parenting Support Services Society of BC – Parenting Support Circles – Find a safe, supportive place to connect and share concerns, ideas, and information with others who are in a parenting role – Meetings are ongoing weekly
  • Parenting Support Services Society of BC – Multicultural Parenting Support – Provides a safe, supportive place to connect with others who may also be new to parenting in Canada – Meetings are ongoing weekly
  • Nanaimo Foodshare – Homegrown Youth Employment Program – 16-week training and employment program for youth aged 15-30; get paid $15.65 per hour! – apply by email or by phone – – 250-668-6763
  • Nanaimo Childhood Development Centre – Young Adult Social Group – Young adults 18-28 years old can meet new friends, socialize, and enjoy great activities – Sept. 12-Dec. 12
  • Nanaimo Youth 20/20 Can – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – Ceremony and protocols to honour and remember the children, families and communities harmed by Residential Schools, followed by an afternoon event focused on community connection and resilience with sporting, cultural and wellness activities for all ages – Sept. 30
  • Vancouver Island Regional Library – Youth Art Extravaganza – Fine Arts graduates from VIU will teach youth aged 15-29 how to create art on a canvas that will be hung in the library as part of an exhibition. No experience necessary; paints and supplies will be provided – Oct. 1
  • Nanaimo Youth 20/20 Can – GoByBike BC Weeks – Together we will track our kilometres biked to see how many kilograms of greenhouse gases we save – Oct. 3-Oct. 16
  • Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta (CYCAA) – Reaching for a Better Tomorrow Conference – Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the CYCAA with this highly informative and transformative conference – The conference signifies our hope to come together once again as a collective for connection, inspiration and learning – Oct. 5-7
  • NARSF – Y Mind Teen Mental Wellness Information Session – Free early intervention program for teens struggling with anxiety and stress – Call Lindsey at 250-754-2773 (ext. 102) for more information – Oct. 6
  • Nanaimo Youth 20/20 Can – Bee Hotel Building Workshop – Build a bee hotel and learn all the cool stuff there is to know about wild bees! – Oct. 7
  • Nanaimo Youth 20/20 Can – Youth Art Extravaganza Opening – Check out the link for more information! – Oct. 13
  • Power Up Sexual Health – Sex Trafficking… In Our Backyard – Shining light on a dark topic. This full-day workshop for social workers, law-enforcement, educators, medical professionals, and other community members will explore the impact sex trafficking has on individuals and the community – Oct. 14


Community Resources

  • Youth Employment Outreach Coordinator from Work BC for job opportunities – Michelle Backé – 250-714-0085 –
  • Power Up Sexual Health – Nanaimo-based sexual health workshops for educating children and families
  • Nanaimo FoodShare Programs – Support people with low-income, disability, rehabilitation access to nutritious food and knowledge. Workshops, employment, and volunteering opportunities for youth – 250-753-9393 –
  • Family Support Institute of BC – Supporting families with disabilities – 250-237-2403 –
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters In-School Mentoring Program – The in-school mentoring program pairs a qualified mentor with a mentee. They meet on school grounds for one hour, once a week, throughout the duration of the school year.  Mentoring has the power to increase self-confidence, provide stronger social and coping skills, stronger pro-social behavior, a more positive school adjustment, and higher quality relationships with adults.
  • Bladerunners Program – Youth can gain 3 weeks of construction training and 1 week of work experience – Free tools and equipment – Call 250-754-1989 to learn more
  • NARSF Transition Program – Provides withdrawal management and supportive recovery for youth ages 13-19 who would like to take a break from substances.  The programs take place in supportive, family environments we call care homes. Participants will have their own room, be provided with transportation, and will share meals, chores, and maybe even new hobbies.
  • NARSF Teen Mental Health Program – Free seven-week program for teens struggling with anxiety and stress. Facilitated by mental health professionals. Helps promote mindfulness and reduce anxiety. No diagnosis required to participate. Call Lindsey at 250-754-2773 (ext. 102) to get started. 

Courtesy of, here’s a handy reading log to keep track of all the books you’ve read! You can print out the picture and write the title of each book on the spines of the books in the picture. Feel free to add colour as you wish!