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
  • Parenting Support Services Society of BC – The First Year: Laying the Foundation for Communication – Presentation for new and expectant parents exploring the communication development of infants in their first year of life. Presented by speech-language pathologist Arlie Christie – June 16
  • School District 68 Nanaimo and Ladysmith – Summer Break Programs – Exciting summer activities for students of all ages attending school in Nanaimo and Ladysmith, including cooking, painting, dance, tie-dye, basketball, cycling, and even cashier training! – July 5 to August 25
  • Vancouver Island Regional Library – Indigenous Drum Circle Program – Join Stz’uminus and Penelakut knowledge keeper Patrick Aleck Jr. and participate in a drum circle. You can bring your own drum or use one from the library’s collection – July 7
  • WorkBC Nanaimo – Virtual Youth Job Club – Learn valuable information about securing your first job – Open to youth aged 16-30 – June 9 and 23 – Contact Michelle Backé to participate – michelleb@maximuscanada.ca
  • Nanaimo Wellington Library – Intro to Dungeons & Dragons – Learn the basics of Dungeons & Dragons with your first campaign! Ages 13-18 – July 3-Sept. 4
  • Vancouver Island Regional Library – Jungle Macramé for Teens – Make your own plant holder and start your own houseplant jungle! – July 21
  • Nanaimo Harbourfront Library – Back-to-School Fresh Start Event – Read a story or draw a picture and win a free haircut and a backpack full of books, clothes, and school supplies – Email thatbarberdave@gmail.com or nanaimoharbourfront@virl.bc.ca – Sept. 3
  • 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

Community Resources

  • Youth Employment Outreach Coordinator from Work BC for job opportunities – Michelle Backé – 250-714-0085 – michelleb@maximuscanada.ca
  • 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 – info@nanaimofoodshare.ca
  • Family Support Institute of BC – Supporting families with disabilities – 250-237-2403 – sijaz@fsibc.com
  • 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.

Courtesy of Everyday-Reading.com, 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!