School District #71
665 16th Street, Courtenay, V9N 1X6
Phone: 250-331-4040
Fax: 250-331-4041
Email: Aboriginal.Education@sd71.bc.ca
Website: http://www.sd71.bc.ca/school/abed/Pages/default.aspx or Facebook: Aboriginal Education (School District #71: Comox Valley)

Contact: Bruce Carlos, District Principal Aboriginal Education - bruce.carlos@sd71.bc.ca

Our vision for Aboriginal students is to have a balance between academic performance and Aboriginal culture and identity that will foster the value of life long learning.

Programs & Services

Aboriginal Education District Staff
Aboriginal K/1 Program
Aboriginal Student Graduation Celebration
Aboriginal Support Workers
Cultural Presenters
Curriculum Implementation
K'ómoks First Nation Big House Experience
Nala'atsi Alternate Program
Recognition Ceremony
Student Leadership

Last updated: 2017-01-09      Print Listing     


Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry
956 Grieve Avenue, Courtenay, V9N 2T9
Phone: 250-334-2477
Fax: 250-334-2419
Email: cvahs@shawcable.com

Contact: Terry Louden (Coordinator) -

The Head Start Program is an early intervention program to prepare preschool Aboriginal children for school by meeting their spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical growth through Aboriginal Head Start’s six components:  Culture and Language, Education, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Social Support and Parental & Family Involvement.  The aim is also to foster a desire for life long learning and to support parents, guardians, and extended family as the primary teachers and caregivers of their children.

Programs & Services
Free preschool program for children of Aboriginal ancestry ages 3 to 5 (status, non-status, Métis, Inuit)
Registration is taken any time throughout the year
Meals and transportation are included

Last updated: 2014-07-02      Print Listing     


300-845 Cambie Street, Vancouver, V6B 4Z9
Phone: 604-482-3195
Fax: 604-893-8934
Toll Free: 1-877-762-6664
Client Phone: 604-878-7400
Email: help@accessprobono.ca
Website: www.accessprobono.ca


To promote access to justice in British Columbia by providing and fostering quality pro bono legal services for people and non-profit organizations of limited means.


1. To relieve poverty by fostering, organizing and providing quality pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations of limited means.

2. To facilitate access to justice by persons and organizations of limited means and to promote and strengthen the provision of pro bono legal services in British Columbia by:

(i) improving the quality and capacity of existing pro bono and other legal service programs;

(ii) developing and operating, or assisting in the development and operation of, programs that enhance access to justice and to legal services in communities throughout British Columbia, including pro bono programs and community clinics offering free legal advice and assistance; and

(iii) assisting organizations to establish pro bono or volunteer components to their services and programs.

3. To provide training, resources and information to individuals and organizations facilitating access to justice or providing pro bono legal services;

4. To conduct research into issues which relate to access to justice, the provision of pro bono legal services and volunteerism in the legal sector.


1. Pro bono legal services are those legal services that are provided to people and non-profit organizations of limited means without expectation of a fee.

2. Pro bono legal services should be designed and provided according to the changing social and legal needs of the people and non-profit organizations of limited means for whom they are intended.

3. Pro bono legal services should be provided to people and organizations of limited means according to the same standards of dedication, excellence, and professional ethics as paid legal services.

4. Pro bono legal services should serve to complement and not replace government-funded programs advancing access to justice; a collaborative pro bono system should not substitute for a properly funded legal aid system

Programs & Services

Access Pro Bono Programs

We offer several programs serving the critical legal needs of BC's individuals and non-profit organizations of limited means, ranging from summary legal advice clinics to full legal representation services.

Summary Advice Program

APB operates an extensive network of summary legal advice clinics throughout the province. Clients can make appointments through our Vancouver office and, in some instances, directly through the local clinic. Our volunteer lawyers provide up to a half-hour of free legal advice to clients, and additional appointments may be available.

Civil Chambers Program

The Civil Chambers Program provides legal assistance and representation services to low- and modest-income individuals engaged in civil (non-family) chambers litigation matters before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal in Vancouver.

Roster Program

The Roster Program provides pro bono representation services for particular case types to qualifying individuals and non-profit organizations. Client applications are screened by APB staff and volunteer coordinators, and then sent to a number of lawyers for their consideration. If a lawyer responds to the particular case, they choose the scope of their services. Insurance and disbursement coverage is made available to roster lawyers.

Mental Health Program

The Mental Health Program provides pro bono representation services to individuals contesting their involuntary detainment under the BC Mental Health Act.

Residential Tenancy Program

APB has worked with Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) and the Tenancy Resource and Advocacy Center (TRAC) to launch a program designed to represent low-income individuals (qualifying tenants and landlords) appearing before the Residential Tenancy Branch.

Solicitors' Program

The Solicitors’ Program is designed to facilitate the provision of pro bono legal services to charitable and non-profit community organizations of limited means.

Paralegal Program

APB has partnered with the Vancouver Justice Access Centre and the Law Courts Center to provide support for self-represented litigants who need assistance in preparing court documents. The Program operates as a weekly evening clinic at the Vancouver Justice Access Centre at the downtown Vancouver courthouse.

Wills Clinic

APB, in partnership with the federal Department of Justice and the provincial Ministry of Justice, operates a weekly Will and Representation Agreement preparation clinic at the Vancouver Justice Access Centre for low-income seniors (ages 55+) and people with terminal illnesses.

Last updated: 2017-01-06      Print Listing     


Lewis Centre - 489 Old Island Highway, Courtenay, V9N 3P5
Website: www.cvaccess.ca

Contact: Heather Crites (Chair) - Contact Form on Website

The Comox Valley Accessibility Committee is dedicated to maximizing opportunities for people with disabilities. Our goal is for people with disabilities to be full and active members of the community. Our committee is concerned with improving accessibility for everyone including people with mobility or other health challenges.

Programs & Services

We provide advice and work with local governments on making decisions and promote the concept of a barrier-free society through educational programs.

Our meetings are a place where persons with disabilities can voice their concerns about housing, transportation, employment, culture, recreation and public involvement/education services.

Last updated: 2017-01-09      Print Listing     


Ministry of Children & Family Development
PO Box 9705 Prov Govt, Victoria, V8W 9S1
Phone: 1-250-387-3660
Fax: 250-356-1864
Toll Free: 1-877-387-3660
Website: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/life-events/births-adoptions/adoptions/search-reunions-registries/adoption-reunion-registry

Programs & Services

Reunion services are only for adults (19 years +) who were involved in an adoption that took place in B.C. (to find people adopted outside of B.C., contact the province where the adoption was finalized).

Adopted adults can search for:

Birth parents who placed a child for adoption can start searching for them as soon as they are 19 years of age.

Siblings of a child who was placed for adoption can search for an adult sibling only if the birth parent they share is deceased.

Children or grandchildren of an adopted adult who is deceased can search for:

Last updated: 2017-01-09      Print Listing     


200 - 7342 Winston Street, Burnaby , V5A 2H1
Phone: 1- 250-230-1224
Toll Free: Toll Free for Vancouver Island: 1-866-334-3873 Local calls: 1- 250-230-1224
BC Waiting Child Line: 1-877-ADOPT-07 (1-877-236-7807)
Website: www.bcadoption.com Blog: http://vancouverislandadoption.blogspot.com

Contact: Shannon Shepley Adoption Support Co-ordinator for the Central/North Island - sshepley@bcadoption.com
Programs & Services

Last updated: 2015-01-23      Print Listing     


Comox Valley Community Adult Literacy and Learning Society (CALLS)
1507A McPhee Avenue, Courtenay, V9N 3A6
Phone: 250-338-9906
Fax: 250-338-9226
Email: admin@cvalc.ca
Website: www.cvalc.ca
Hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Thursday

Programs & Services

Last updated: 2014-08-26      Print Listing     


BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
204 - 456 West Broadway, Vancouver, V5Y 1R3
Phone: 604-875-0188
Fax: 604-875-9227
Toll Free: 1-800-663-1278
TTY: 604-875-8835
Email: feedback@disabilityalliancebc.org
Website: http://www.disabilityalliancebc.org/
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm (by appointment only)

Programs & Services

Our program works to secure the necessary income supports for low-income people with disabilities to live with dignity.  Our program assists clients to:

Last updated: 2017-01-25      Print Listing     


Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

Call Toll Free: 1-866-660-3194 outside lower mainland for emergency

(Monday to Friday 4:30pm – 12:30am and Saturday & Sunday 10am – 12:30am)


Ministry of Children and Family Development

Child protection concerns contact Toll Free: 1-800-663-9122 (24 hours)

Programs & Services

Financial workers could possibly assist with emergency:

Last updated: 2017-01-25      Print Listing     


Courtenay, Phone: 250-338-7400

Contact: Sarah Sullivan (AIDS Vancouver Island) -

AHERO’s aim is to identify the need for emergency services, encourage their development and help coordinate their delivery.

Programs & Services

Last updated: 2014-08-26      Print Listing     


355 6th Street, Courtenay, V9N 1M2
Phone: 250-338-7400
Fax: 250-334-8224
Toll Free: 1-877-311-7400
Email: sarah.sullivan@avi.org
Website: www.avi.org
Hours: Monday to Thursday 9am - 4pm Positive Wellness Counselling and Advocacy Monday to Thursday 9am - 4pm harm reduction services Fridays 11am - 3pm via rear of the building harm reduction services

AIDS Vancouver Island provides accessible and effective education, prevention, care, treatment and support services to the residents of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and also Hepatitis C and/or other co-infections.  Also, they aim to improve the health and well being of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C, and/or other co-infections. 

Programs & Services

Support, counselling and advocacy to those living with HIV/AIDS  and/or Hepatitis C, their partners, families and friends
Client drop in – coffee available between 9:00-12:00 Monday to Thursday
Educational presentations to schools, community groups and workplaces
Extensive information resources for free distribution
Harm reduction program to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C including needle exchange, safer smoking supplies, safe disposal of used syringes and condom distribution
Public Health Nurse on Monday mornings (10:00–11:00) provides vaccinations and STI testing
Community Health Nurses on Tuesday mornings (9:30-12:00) – provide wound care, foot care
Services are provided free of charge
No public washrooms available
Nurse Practitioner available Wednesdays (1-3pm)

Last updated: 2017-01-25      Print Listing     


Phone: 250-338-2947
Website: www.al-anon.org

Contact: Jan -

To help families of alcoholics, by practicing the twelve steps, welcoming and giving comfort to those families and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

Programs & Services

Last updated: 2014-08-26      Print Listing     


Information Service Office
2 - 2020 Douglas Street, Victoria, V8T 4L1
Phone: 250-383-4020
Email: alanonvictoria@gmail.com

BC / YUKON WEBSITE:  www.bcyukon-al-anon.org

WORLD SERVICE WEBSITE:  http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/

Last updated: 2014-08-26      Print Listing     


543 6th Street, Courtenay, V9N 1M5
Phone: 250-338-0041
Email: crtnyalanoclub@shaw.ca
Website: alanoclub.comoxvalley.com

Programs & Services
Alcohol and drug-free social club - family/group functions monthly
 Information about drug/alcohol services, volunteer opportunities, community hours, etc.Restaurant – homemade baking, soups, etc - healthy choices/reasonably priced!
12 step meeting in the back room
Meeting room rentals available

Last updated: 2014-08-26      Print Listing     


c/o BC211, 330-111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, V6B 1H4
Phone: 604-875-0885
Text: 604-836-6381
Email: info@bc211.ca

Programs & Services

Last updated: 2014-08-26      Print Listing     


Box 1337, Comox, V9M 7Z8
Phone: 250-338-8042

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.  Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Programs & Services

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


North & Central Vancouver Island Resource Centre
#200 - 1585 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo, V9S 1G4
Fax: 250-734-4173
Toll Free: 1-800-462-2833
First Link: 1-888-734-4171
Website: www.alzheimerbc.org

Contact: Jane Hope - jhope@alzheimerbc.org

The Alzheimer Society of BC exists to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, to promote public awareness and to search for the causes and the cures.

Programs & Services

Information and resource centre on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
Referrals to local support groups and services
Dementia Helpline: 1-800-936-6033 
Education programs
First Link:  early intervention, information and referral service

Last updated: 2016-10-20      Print Listing     


Phone: 250-356-0052
Toll Free: 1-800-665-7199 (within BC)
Email: BCASBill@bcehs.ca
Website: www.bcas.ca/fees (for fees and appeal)
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm (except Statutory Holidays)

Programs & Services

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


North Central Island Chapter
1233 - 13351 Commerce Parkway, Richmond, V6V 2X7
Phone: 604-278-2257
Fax: 604-278-4257
Email: donaldandglenda@aol.com or ncic@alsbc.ca
Website: www.alsbc.ca

Contact: Glenda Reynolds (President - Qualicum Beach) -

The mission of the ALS Society of BC is to find the cause and a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

We provide support to ALS patients, their families, and caregivers.

ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Programs & Services

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


PO Box 2623, Sidney, V8L 4C1
Phone: 250-818-0288
Fax: 250-655-0247
Email: angel@angelflight.ca
Website: www.angelflight.ca

Programs & Services
Angel Flight of BC is a charitable organization.  This organization is a network of pilots and other volunteers who provide free, accessible air transportation, for cancer patients (fully ambulatory), who have to travel significant distances for diagnosis, surgery and other treatment not locally available.Angel Flight will also carry a traveling companion such as a friend, parent or spouse
Funds are raised through corporate, and private, donations as well as through fund-raising events

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


Campbell River & North Island Transition Society
PO Box 548, Campbell River , V9W 5C1
Phone: 250-287-7384 (office)
Fax: 250-286-6252
Toll Free: 1-800-667-2188
Help Line: 250-286-3666
Email: aeh@annelmorehouse.ca
Website: www.annelmorehouse.ca

The Ann Elmore House is operated by the Campbell River and North Island Transition Society, a non-profit, registered charity. CRNITS was established in 1985 to provide services and education aimed at ending family violence.  Our programs include emergency shelter, victim counselling, services to affected children, public education, speaker service and intervention training to professionals.

Programs & Services

For any of the services listed below please call 250-286-3666.

The Ann Elmore Transition House: a short-term emergency shelter which provides safe shelter for emotionally, sexually and physically abused women and their children. The shelter provides food, some clothing and basic personal necessities.  Referral and advocacy services are also available to the residents of Ann Elmore.
Children’s In-House Counselling Program: for children who are residents at Ann Elmore House. One-to-one sessions with qualified child support workers combine a variety of techniques to help children cope with the trauma of family violence.
24 hour Telephone Help Line: to serve women in crisis and anyone who needs help in dealing with issues of violence and abuse in their lives, or in the life of someone they know. Counselling and Support: for women who are resident at Ann Elmore House and community-based programs for women who do not come into the shelter.  In person or by phone.
Gold River and Cortes Island Safe Home Program: a safe shelter for women and their dependent children in the Gold River or Cortes Island areas who have experienced, or are at risk of abuse, threats or violence.
Stopping the Violence Counselling in Gold River: for women who are dealing with issues of present or historical abuse.
Support groups:  emotional support and education for personal change (phone for times).

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


Toll Free: 1-800-321-1433
Email: info@bc.arthritis.ca
Website: www.arthritis.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm

Programs & Services

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


14 – 2544 Dunlevey Street, Victoria , V8R 5Z2
Phone: 250-595-4448
Fax: 250-595-2926
Toll Free: 1-800-909-6303
Email: hoffice@bc-counsellors.org
Website: www.bc-counsellors.org
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 4:30pm

Programs & Services
Members of the Association must meet rigorous academic training (Masters – level equivalency), clinical experience and supervision requirements as part of BCACC's entry criteria. Prospective members are also reviewed through a criminal record check and must submit references from recognized mental health practitioners.
BCACC permits members to identify themselves as "Registered Clinical Counsellors" (R.C.C.) and holds them accountable to the Association and to the public through our Code of Ethical Conduct and Standards of Clinical Practice and its complaints, investigation and discipline procedures.

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


Vancouver Chapter
PO Box 74670, Vancouver, V6K 4P4
Phone: 604-222-4043
Email: chaddvan@gmail.com
Website: www.vcn.bc.ca/chaddvan

CH.A.D.D. Canada is a charitable organization that aims to help support, educate, and ultimately better the lives of individuals with ADHD, and those who support them.

Programs & Services

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


Box 180 Stn A, Nanaimo, V9R 5K9
Phone: 250-714-0801
Toll Free: 1-888-437-0880
Email: astuart@autismbc.ca
Website: www.autismbc.ca

Contact: Alexandria Stuart -
Programs & Services

ASBC provides support through:

Information, referral and self-help
Advocacy for parents and professionals
An extensive lending resource library
Online support to valuable free on-demand information and discussion forums
A network of Community Groups throughout BC, facilitated by volunteers
Promoting community education and awareness

ASBC assists families financially through: A limited reimbursement program for your child's summer activities

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing