Courtenay Recreation Lewis Centre
489 Old Island Hwy, Courtenay, Phone: 250-338-5371
Fax: 250-338-8600

Programs & Services

Last updated: 2015-01-23      Print Listing     


Baptist Church, Courtenay Fellowship
2963 Lake Trail Road, Courtenay, V9N 9V2
Phone: 250-334-3432
Hours: Operates Tuesday 1 - 3pm and Sunday 10:30 – 11am

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


1179 Kosapsum Crescent, Victoria, V9A 7K7
Phone: 250-381-7303
Fax: 250-381-7312
Toll Free: 1-888-815-5511 (TTY accessible)
Video Conferencing IP:

Supporting the unique and comprehensive disability, health and resource needs of Aboriginal persons and organizations, through relevant, timely and accessible client services.

Programs & Services

Provides a variety of disability and health related information, support services and resources to Aboriginal communities, organizations and Aboriginal persons living with a disability.

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


Box 53530, 984 West Broadway, Vancouver, V5Z 1K7
Toll Free: 1-877-779-2223

Programs & Services
- helpline for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one
- telephone support and referral to community -based bereavement network
- resource directory of over 300 bereavement support groups/agencies in BC
- brochure "Guide to Bereavement Services" available upon request
- informative website
- multi-lingual and loss-specific brochures
- free support groups for survivors of homicide loss - call for more information

Last updated: 2015-05-19      Print Listing     


#370 - 1199 West Pender St., Vancouver, V6E 2R1
Phone: 604-688-1927
Fax: 604-437-1929

BC CEAS is a non-profit organization that works to prevent elder abuse through raising awareness, educating the public, and providing a range of social and legal services to older adults that have experienced elder abuse.  Programs include the Seniors Advocacy and Information Line, Victim Services Program, Legal Services and Workshops.

Older adults with questions about elder mistreatment or the abuse of the legal rights of an older adult can call: Seniors Abuse and Information line at 604-437-1940 or 1-866-437-1940 (7 days a week, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm). The TTY line and language interpreter line is available Monday - Friday from 9am - 4:30 pm.

Programs & Services
Seniors Abuse and Information line at 604-437-1940 or 1-866-437-1940:
A hotline for older adults with questions and concerns about elder abuse or rights violations.  Call SAIL for referrals to the Victim Services Program and the Legal Services.
Victim Services Program:
Provides information about the justice system, assistance with case-specific information, and emotional and practical support for older adults that have been victims of crime or abuse.  Program staff will respect the older adult’s wish to remain anonymous if desired.
Legal Services:
Legal information and practical support with a number of legal issues commonly faced by older adults, including residential tenancy and government benefits. Also free legal services, several priority areas including older adults that have experience or are vulnerable to abuse; problems with assisted living or long term care; access to government benefits; and issues relating to financial abuse.
Public Legal Information and Education:
BC CEAS provides information and educational resources to the public on elder abuse and other legal issues facing older adults.  To inquire/order our publications, call 604-688-1927 ext. 225 or complete the online order forms at
Seniors Reaching Out to Seniors:
This volunteer-driven educational initiative offers workshops and informational resources, and empowers older adults to reach out to other older adults at risk for elder abuse.  To book a workshop, complete the online form at or call 604-688-1927, ext. 225.

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


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
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Membership fee: $15.00 per year
For over 35 years, the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in the community.We champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.

Programs & Services

Advocacy Access Program:  
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, #204 – 456 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1R3
Phone: 604-872-1278 TTY: 604-875-8835 Fax: 604-875-9227
Toll Free: 1-800-663-1278)   Email:  Website:
Hours:  Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Our program works to secure the necessary income supports for people with disabilities to live with dignity and independence. Our program assists clients to:
- Apply for and appeal the denial of provincial and federal (CPP-D) benefitsObtain the health goods and services attached to disability benefitsUnderstand the rules about asset and earnings exemptions
Access and obtain information on subsidized housing

We also:
Provide information and referrals and workshops on disability benefits
Facilitate 2 pro bono legal clinics and a pro bono social worker who visits our office at least once a week

AIDS and Disability Action Program (ADAP):
An education program that reaches out to all disability communities.  The program provides specialized educational materials on HIV/AIDS for people with a variety of disabilities, raises awareness about AIDS as a disability and works in collaboration with HIV/AIDS organizations on issues of common concern.  Under ADAP, there are two other initiatives:

Wellness and Disability Initiative (WDI):
WDI offers health and wellness information in plain language and alternative formats.  Our Resource Centre helps people to learn how to live well, prevent illness and manage health issues.  Services include a research and reference service, an in-house library and a web site.

Health Literacy Network (HLN):
HLN links disability and other community groups, individuals and health care workers to raise awareness and increase access to health information.

Community and Residents Mentors Association Project (CARMA):
CARMA works with residents and staff of the George Pearson Centre. Through peer support it provides opportunities for collaboration between people with disabilities and service providers, and evaluates and conducts research on the impact of peer mentoring on clients’ quality of life.

Transition Magazine: Yearly subscription: $15.00 (4 issues)
Transition is an informative publication covering a broad range of issues of interest to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers, professionals and the general public.

Farmers on 57th:
Farmers on 57th is an urban farm project at a long-term care facility for people with disabilities. The gardens promote health, beauty, community connection and provide organic food for residents.

Emergency Preparedness Program
Our Emergency Preparedness Project works collaboratively with a broad network of disability organizations, people with disabilities, and the emergency management sector.  We publish reports, present workshops, and are working on a national project with volunteer Canada.

Last updated: 2015-01-23      Print Listing     


Suite 2500, 900 West 8th Ave, Vancouver, V5Z 1E5
Phone: 604-875-6704
Fax: 604-875-0617
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:30pm

The BC Epilepsy Society is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to serving the well being of people living with epilepsy. We empower, educate, and support British Columbians living with epilepsy and their families, and fund research to find a cure.

Programs & Services
Provides a resource library, information materials in various languages, educational events, information and referral services, hospital outreach, support groups, and peer support.  Also offers seizure awareness workshops to schools, community support workers, employers, and community groups.  Provides financial assistance to children and youth so that they can attend summer camp, and awards post-secondary scholarships.

Last updated: 2015-01-23      Print Listing     


Suite 201 - 3440 Douglas Street, Victoria, V8Z 3L5
Fax: 250-475-7551
Toll Free: 1-800-787-2807

Our mandate is to develop, manage and administer provincial and federal - provincial housing and properties.  BC Housing works with non-profit housing providers, co-ops, the private sector and government and health authorities to build and administer subsidized housing.  We also provide services to tenants who currently live in public housing.

Population Served:
Social housing provides shelter for low to moderate income seniors (including frail seniors), individuals with disabilities or special needs, women and children leaving transition homes, families, lower-income urban single adults (Vancouver), and those at risk of homelessness.

Programs & Services

M’Akola Housing - 2060 Laketrail Road, Courtenay BC
      Open only to people of First Nations status.
      To apply call: 250-923-4145

Lions Valley View Estates - 1547 Dingwall Road, Courtenay BC
      To apply call: 250-334-3340

d’Esterre Gardens - 1584 Balmoral Avenue, Comox BC
      Open only to seniors and adults with disabilities.
      To apply call: 250-339-5011  Monday to Friday 9am - 11am

Quadra Gardens - 1742 Beaufort Avenue, Comox BC
      Open only to seniors and adults with disabilities.
      To apply call: 250-339-5011  Monday to Friday 9am - 11am

Kiwanis Village - 635 Pidcock Avenue, Courtenay BC
      Open only to seniors and adults with disabilities.
      To apply call: 250-338-8651  Monday to Friday 9am - 11am

Independent Living BC (ILBC)
     A housing-for-health program, for seniors and people with disabilities who require some care, but do not need 24-hour facility care.

Shelter Aid For Elderly Renters (SAFER) 1-800-257-7756
      Monthly payment to low-income seniors, to help with the costs of renting.  Eligibility criteria apply. 

Rental Assistance Program (RAP)  1-800-257-7756
     Monthly payment to low-income working families, to help with the costs of renting in the private market.  Eligibility criteria apply.  Call for more information.

Last updated: 2015-01-23      Print Listing     

BC MEFM SOCIETY Myalgic Encethalomyelitis / Fibromyalgia Society

Box 462, 916 West Broadway Avenue, Vancouver, V5Z 1K7
Toll Free: 1-888-353-6322

Contact: Brenda at 250-331-8502 ext 38123 (Courtenay) and Nel at 250-339-7765 (Comox) -
Programs & Services
- providing support to people with myalgic encethalomyelitis and fibromyalgia and their families
- helping to encourage early diagnosis and effective treatment
- helping educate physicians, paramedical professionals, family members and the community at
- large regarding myalgic encethalomyelitis and fibromyalgia and their treatment
- promoting research aimed at improving treatment and ultimately finding cures
- complex chronic disease clinic at BC Womens Hospital and Health Centre

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


Head Office
3126 W. Broadway, Vancouver , V6K 2H3
Phone: 604-682-6482

Courtenay Branch (by appointment only)

#D – 2425 Rosewall Crescent, Courtenay BC V9N 8R9

Phone: 1-888-682-6482 (for initial appointment)

Programs & Services
- Individual therapy for male survivors of sexual abuse or male victims of domestic violence
- Educational outreach
- Residential Historical Abuse program and Crime Victim Assistance compensation available.
- Services are also open to transgender individuals, regardless of whether they are male-to-female or female-to-male transgender

Last updated: 2015-05-14      Print Listing     


1668 Ryan Road East, 1668 Ryan Road East, V9M 7Z8
Phone: 250-339-7722
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm

The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia. 

Programs & Services

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


960 Cumberland Road, Courtenay, V9N 2E4
Phone: 250-334-3532
Fax: 250-334-3568

Programs & Services
- A variety of programs focusing on community & personal development
- Involvement opportunities for adults with mental handicaps
- Information and advocacy for people with mental handicaps and their families

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


220 – 1175 Cook Street, Victoria, V8V 4A1
Phone: 250-386-6348
Toll Free: 1-877-826-4222
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm

Programs & Services

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


2001 Black Creek Road, Black Creek , Phone: 250-337-5190
Fax: 250-337-5192
Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am – 1pm Monday to Thursday 4 – 8pm

Programs & Services
- Equipped with a playing field and softball diamond, a children's playground, a fitness studio, a fenced/lighted Basketball / Hockey Court, Double Tennis Court with practice area and pickle ball lines as well as a Nature Trail leading to a Disc (Frisbee) Golf Course.
- A variety of recreational activities for children, youth, adults, seniors and families, including classes, workshops and special events.
- APRIL PROGRAM (Access to Programs and Recreation for Income Limited families & individuals) provides free and discounted access for low income families. Applications available at the Black Creek Centre.
- Hall Rentals for meetings, celebrations, workshops available with options to include kitchen space and access to outdoor facilities.

Last updated: 2015-05-19      Print Listing     


Canadian Mental Health Association
371 Festubert Street, Duncan, V9L 3T1
Phone: 1-250-746-5521
Fax: 1-877-748-2606
Toll Free: 1-866-639-0522

Contact: Lucy Morton - Administrative Assistant -

Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health, Self-Help Program
Stressed? Depressed? and want skills....not just pills?

Bounce Back is an evidence-based, supported self-management program led by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA BC) and designed to assist adults experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate depression, low mood, or stress, with or without anxiety.

Bounce Back offers two forms of self-help:
 - A DVD in English, Mandarin, or Cantonese
 - Workbooks with telephone coaching in English, French, Cantonese or Punjabi

Programs & Services

Important Information for Potential Participants
 - Bounce Back is for adults with mild/moderate depression, low mood or stress
 - It is not intended for severe depression and not for those who want counseling
 - It is a self-help program with a cognitive behavioural DVD for anyone in BC
 - If referred by a BC family doctor or nurse practitioner:
 - There's free telephone coaching with well-written mood-improvement material
 - Participants only focus on personally-relevant topics and skills-building strategies
 - Self-selected workbooks or little booklets are sent by mail one or two at a time
 - Coaching calls are short (approx. 15 minutes), focused on motivation and problem-solving,    self-paced (generally, 2 weeks apart), and self-dosed (usually, 3-5 phone calls)
 - Also an option for one or two 'booster-sessions' within six months after Bounce Back completion
 - Bounce Back was introduced in 2008 and is funded by the Provincial Health Services Authority
 - Bounce Back program is popular with both participants and health care practitioners
 - Bounce Back is effective: symptoms of depression and anxiety are reduced significantly, such that scores are essentially cut in half from pre-to post-Bounce Back participation
- For more information, visit, call 1-866-639-0522 (toll free in BC), or ask your family doctor about Bounce Back

Last updated: 2016-02-12      Print Listing     


367 11th Street, Courtenay, V9N 1S4
Phone: 250-338-7582
Fax: 250-338-7592
Hours: Monday to Thursday 9am - 2pm

Contact: Ian Kalina (Executive Director) Robin Smart (Director, Human Resources, Information Technology and Manager of Programs, Comox Valley) Michelle Carty, Area Coordinator Cheryl Johnson, Human Resources Coordinator Karen Jeffrey, Office Coordinator -

To provide a safe, supportive place where children, youth and families can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. 

Programs & Services

Affordable programs to support healthy youth and healthy families (sponsorships available: please inquire)

Parenting Without Power Struggles: an education and group support program for parents of pre-teens ages 9-13
Parents Together Program: an education and group support program for parents experiencing parent/teen conflict or concerned with their teen’s behavior. Both parent programs require participants to attend an orientation to ensure the program will meet their needs. Email:
Parentline: (250-338-7141) Confidential support and resource referral for parents.
Day Camps: Affordable day camps for children ages 5-12 years. Each camp includes out trips around our Island as well as crafts, games and sports. Offered during school holidays and Pro D days.
Before and After School Program: At Aspen Park Elementary & Brooklyn Elementary. These licensed programs include activities such as arts and crafts, cooking, field trips and indoor and outdoor games.
Youth Leadership: This program includes the OneSmartWorld program while offering both activities and discussion on topics that the youth decide on. Participants will be involved in brainstorming, debate, making presentations, outdoor activities and challenges, games, and much

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


Public Health Nursing: VIHA
961 England Avenue, Courtenay, V9N 2N7
Phone: 250-331-8520
Fax: 250-331-8521

Programs & Services
Breastfeeding support available
Courtenay – Public Health Nursing Centre: Thursdays 10:00 – 12:00

Last updated: 2014-08-28      Print Listing     


Box 9985 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria , V8W 9R6
Fax: 1-855-771-8788
Toll Free: 1-866-866-0800 (press 4 then 3)

The BC Bus Pass Program offers a reduced cost, annual bus pass for low income seniors and individuals receiving disability assistance from the Province of British Columbia. Passes are valid in communities serviced by BC Transit or TransLink. The pass is only valid for the eligible rider and is non-transferable. Handy Dart is not included in this program.

Programs & Services


To be eligible for the BC Bus Pass Program, the applicant must be living in a transit service area where the annual pass is available and meet one of the following criteria:


The bus pass is provided for an administrative fee of $45 per year and is valid for one calendar year, expiring on December 31. The fee is not prorated for applicants applying part way through the year.

For more information on eligibility and cost, please visit website at

Online Request for Service:

Phone number for client use: 1-866-866-0800, press extension 4, and then press ext. 3

Fax: 1-855-771-8788

Last updated: 2015-01-23      Print Listing