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!

Current and Upcoming Events

  • Parent Support Services Society of BC – Tuning into Temperament – Learn strategies for helping spirited and active children organize their feelings and creating a sense of safety for cautious ones in new scenarios. May 28
  • Parent Support Services Society of BC – 50th Anniversary Gala – Join PSS at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown as they celebrate 50 years of empowering BC families. Participate in an evening of fine dining, live music, and the presentation of the Bill MacFarland award. June 6
  • Kelty Mental Health – Dr. Chris Willard: Cultivating Care for the Caregiver – Join author, international speaker, and Harvard psychologist Dr. Chris Willard as we discover the foundations of resilience and performance. We will look to mindfulness, positive psychology, anthropology, neuroscience, emotional intelligence, and more as we explore tools that have boosted human resilience in the face of adversity for generations. This talk will offer dozens of time-efficient takeaway tips grounded in research for yourself and your organization as we transform challenges into creative opportunities. June 21
  • Ocean Protection Plan – Free Bridge Watch Rating Program – Canadian women and Indigenous people who wish for a career at sea can participate in this free Bridge Watch Rating program. Students will obtain the following certificates: Bridge Watch Rating (BWR), Small Vessel Operator Proficiency course (SVOP), Marine Basic First Aid (MBFA), Basic Safety Training, Proficiency in Survival Craft, WHMIS, Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime Commercial (ROC MC). July 2024 – November 2024
  • Parent Support Services Society of BC – Parenting Book Clubs – Connect with other parents and caregivers as you learn strategies to nurture your child’s development and overcome everyday parenting struggles. Join a parenting book club today!
  • Stronger BC – Future Skills Grant – BC is offering $3500 grants to students aged 19 and up who wish to pursue short-term skills training in post-secondary school. The grants are available regardless of financial need. Apply today!
  • Nanaimo Harbourfront Library – Makerspace for Teens – Teens aged 13-19 can express their creativity in the Harbourfront Library’s makerspace. Learn new skills while utilizing 3D printers, digital design tools, a recording studio, and so much more! – Wednesdays from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm every week
  • 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
  • Nanaimo Foodshare – Homegrown Youth Employment Program – 12-week training and employment program for youth aged 15-30 – apply by link, email, or phone – homegrown@nanaimofoodshare.ca – 250-668-6763
  • Arts Council of Ladysmith and District – 2SLGBTQIA+ Youth Drop-in – This weekly art drop-in provides a supportive space for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth to connect with others and express themselves in their creative process – Every Thursday at 3:15 pm
  • Crimson Coast Dance – Body Talk Youth Program – The Body Talk Youth Program is open to teens who are passionate about performing arts, leadership, and First Nations culture. Weekly gatherings directed by Ecko Aleck (sacredmatriarchcreative.com) weave land-based teachings and natural ways of knowing into the practice of hosting an event. Together the Body Talk Cru produces a Spring Break Workshop that takes place in March. Email: dance@crimsoncoast.org
  • Nanaimo and Area Resource Services for Families (NARSF) – Living in Families with Teens (LIFT) – Provides services to families with youth ages 12 to 18 who are experiencing difficulties within the family unit, including parent-teen conflict, imminent family breakdown, or when youth are at risk of being out of the home.  LIFT provides a range of services over a three-month period, including parent-teen mediation, family counselling, and individual support for parents/caregivers. Complete the referral form to apply.

 

Community Resources

  • Orton-Gillingham Process – Learn all about how to get twisted with our very own Orton-Gillingham tutoring! We outline why Orton-Gillingham tutoring is often recommended, why it’s so effective, and what a typical session looks like.
  • Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre – Rolling with ADHD – Check out this free eight-module series covering practical tools and strategies for parents and caregivers of children with ADHD.
  • Nanaimo WorkBC Website – Get help finding a job or finding employees, and participate in the many workshops and other services that WorkBC Nanaimo has to offer.
  • Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre – Tons of great information and resources for parents, caregivers, and youth who want to know more about mental health and find a support system.
  • Kelty Mental Health – Where You Are Podcast – Through real stories, expertise, and practical tips, this podcast helps families promote their mental health and wellness, navigating important topics to meet you where you are in your journey.
  • Healthy Minds BC – Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators (EASE) – EASE is an online course for educators and parents. A collection of evidence-informed, curriculum-aligned classroom resources help educators and parents teach K–12 students effective everyday anxiety management skills. EASE includes strategies for students to help them cope with everyday anxiety while contributing to the mental health literacy of educators and parents.
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren/Kinship BC Facebook Group – This Facebook group provides a larger opportunity for connection, sharing of resources, and information. Grandparents raising grandchildren and other kinship caregivers in BC can join!
  • 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
  • Nanaimo Parks and Recreation – Keep up with all the cool stuff happening in Nanaimo!
  • Ladysmith Parks and Recreation – Keep up with all the cool stuff happening in Ladysmith!
  • 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. 
  • Rebel Entrepreneur – Calling all youth looking to start their own businesses! Rebel Entrepreneur is a free government-funded self-employment program which includes 10 weeks of entrepreneurial skills training and business plan development followed by ongoing coaching and support.
  • Haven Society PEACE Program – The PEACE Program (Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling, and Empowerment) is a provincial intervention/prevention program that addresses the needs of children and youth aged 3 to 18 who have experienced violence and/or abuse at home. Call 250-756-2452 and ask for the PEACE team to learn more.
  • Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis: Call or Text 9-8-8 wherever you are located in Canada to connect with a trained responder who’s ready to listen without judgment. Support in English and in French, by phone and text. Quick access to support from trained responders, available 24/7/365.
  • Domestic Violence – Haven Society Crisis Line – 1-888-756-0616
  • Crisis Prevention – Vancouver Island Crisis Line – 1-888-494-3888
  • Mental Health Support and Counselling for Youth – Foundry – Safe space for youth to receive focused, non-judgmental support with mental health and substances.
  • Erase Bullying – Anonymously report bullying occurring at any school in BC.

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!