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Meditation Groups

Sahaj Marg Meditation
a system of Raja Yoga, is a heart centered practice which is offered free of charge. Easily integrated into daily life it leads to a calmer, more balanced mind. “First you have to learn to love yourself. That is why perhaps we meditate on our own heart. We learn to love what we find inside.” Article - More about Sahaj Marg and Meditation To find out more about the practice of Sahaj Marg, please visit www.srcm.org or www.sahajmarg.org. Contacts in the Okanagan: Penticton: Leslie Westgate 250-492-4458, Nelson: Eleanor 250 352-3366. In Western Canada: Christine Prisland 604-888-6941 In Eastern Canada: Kim Hansen 416-590-9454.

Weekly Meditation & Discussion - Penticton With Norma Cowie
Every Wednesday - 7.30 – 9.15pm. By Donation. [also see upcoming workshops]
Facilitator: Norma Cowie - Norma is a spontaneous, fun-loving person who believes that life is here to be lived to the fullest. She enjoys teaching what she has learned through her years of being a student on the “journey of life”. She is a well-known radio and T.V. personality and her books have been well received by people who want to learn the many different techniques she has personally learned and adapted to support their spiritual, metaphysical journey. Phone. 250 490 0654 for more details Web Site: www.normacowie.com

Heartwood Meditation Center in Kelowna has support groups and meditation
Call Sarani 778-478-7862 for more details. .

The North Okanagan Centre for Spiritual Living
2913 - 29th Avenue, Vernon. Regular ongoing programs include weekly meditation groups, Monday night Men's Group, Sunday night Braveheart Women's group, Spiritual Cinema Circle Movie Nights, A Course in Miracles study group, newly expanded book store, and Science of Mind spiritual study. For any questions or more information, call Lynn 250-308-4665

Tibetan Buddhist Study/Meditation Group  - Terrace, BC
Open group for those interested in the study & practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Everyone is welcome. Every Thursday at 7pm, Contact Penny for more information at 250-615-3272  
 
Shambhala Meditation Centre
- Nelson
Join us Monday nights @ the Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre (3rd Floor -444 Baker St.). This is a friendly introduction to meditation practice, Shambhala Buddhist teachings and our community. 7 p.m. - Meditation instruction and practice; 8 p.m. Talk and discussion; 9 pm. Tea. All welcome...Free of Charge... 250-352-5560.
 

For meditation classes, retreats & gatherings - see event calendar

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Support Groups - All Areas

Al-Anon 
Family Groups in Prince George. The contact number for information is: 250-561-3244.

Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada
Anxiety Disorders are the most common mental health concern in Canada. They are also highly treatable. Our organization seeks to educate consumers, professionals and the public at large about anxiety disorders so that together, informed treatment choices can be made. www.anxietycanada.ca

BC Bereavement Helpline
BC Bereavement Helpline - A province-wide, safe, free, confidential line for anyone who has lost a loved one to call for support, helpful information and referral to a support group or agency in your town. Caregivers, both volunteer and professional, welcome to call for access to resources and bereavement support networking. Toll free 1-877-779-2223 or 604-738-9950 in Greater Vancouver. BC Bereavement Helpline - Putting Life, Loss and Love into Perspective. www.bcbereavementhelpline.com

BC NurseLine.
British Columbians have 24-hour, toll-free access to registered nurses specially trained to provide confidential health information and advice on the telephone. BC NurseLine. Within Greater Vancouver, call (604) 215-4700 Toll-free elsewhere within B.C., call 1-866-215-4700
Deaf and hearing-impaired toll-free throughout B.C., call 1-866-889-4700

Family Support Group for families who have a child with a disability
Join other parents and come together for support, information and DINNER, on the 3rd Wednesday each month 5-7pm.  Children are welcome and child care may be arranged if needed.  1295 Manitoba St. Penticton.  Please contact the Infant Development Program at 250-493-0512 ext.115.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous 

Is your eating out of control? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a Twelve Step program for anyone suffering from food addiction, overeating, bulimia, under-eating or food obsession. If you have trouble controlling the way you eat, are obsessed with weight/dieting, are underweight/overweight, bulimic/anorexic and need help, please feel free to email. No dues, fees, or weigh-ins. For more information call Glenna at 1-250-513-1131, or email Click here to E-mail or visit www.foodaddicts.org Strictly confidential.

SOFA: South Okanagan FM-ME Association - Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (non-profit helping since 2004). Coffee Time Out, the 2nd & 4th Tuesday, several months throughout year, please check with society. Programs and services such as Disability Application Assistance, Individual & Family Supports, Doctor/Naturopathic Info etc. available. Please Phone: (250) 493-2002 Mon-Thur 10AM - 3PM or go to www.sofafmme.org & on Facebook. Fibromyalgia National Awareness Day is May 12

Problem Gambling Help Line BC Toll Free: 1 888 795-6111 Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week Deaf and hard of hearing callers: TTY 604 875-0885 (collect calls accepted) or Text 604 836-6381

Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service 604 660-9382 or BC Toll Free: 1-800-663-1441 Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week. Deaf and hard of hearing callers: TTY 604 875-0885 (collect calls accepted) or Text 604 836-6381

VictimLINK BC Toll Free: 1 800 563-0808 Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week For deaf or hard of hearing callers: TTY 604 875-0885 (collect calls accepted) or Text 604 836-6381. VictimLINK is also available to Yukon residents. VictimLINK is a province-wide telephone help line for victims of family and sexual violence, and all other crimes.

Youth Against Violence Line BC Toll Free: 1 800 680-4264 Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week. Deaf and hard of hearing callers: TTY 604 875-0885 (collect calls accepted) or Text 604 836-6381. The Youth Against Violence Line is a 24 hour, province-wide help line that offers young people one-on-one support and information to help them deal with issues of youth violence or crime. It is a safe and anonymous way for them to report - or prevents - violent incidents and criminal activity, or get assistance with other problems such as bullying, gangs, harassment, intimidation, or sexual exploitation. They can talk anonymously - and in their own language - to a trained support person.

Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division Has a wide variety of info and resources including fact sheets on mental health and addictions issues. Have several branches in the lower mainland. Run the BC Mental Health Information Line 1-800-661-2121 or 604-669-7600 a province-wide, toll-free, semi-automated information and referral service with automated scripts and resource lists during business hours, you can also get more help from a volunteer.

PENTICTON AND SOUTH OKANAGAN AREA

Alzheimer's - Support group for care-givers & family members of those with Alzheimers or related dementias at Oliver Senior`s centre 1pm call Laurie ar 1 888- 318 1122

 

Bereavement Support
Counselling for those who have experienced a recent loss; the death of a spouse, family member or other significant person in their lives. Individual, couple, family counselling and support groups. Grief Groups are 8 sessions long and are held in the Fall and Spring each year at the Penticton Health Center. No fee for services. Contact Penticton Interior Health Social Worker at 250-770-3486.

 

Bereavement Walking Group?? Friday mornings at 9:45 a.m. This group for those who have suffered a loss. Each walk is a time to walk at a relaxed pace with others, benefit from fresh air and from support. Walk together rain or shine at a relaxed pace for an hour. Support and information about grief. Optional coffee time afterwards. Sponsored by Hospice with a social worker and hospice volunteers joining the walks. Venue: Japanese Gardens at the Penticton Art Gallery, 199 Marina Way, Penticton, B.C. Cost: Free. Contact for more details: phone: 250-492-9071 (ext. 2203) orEmail url: www.pentictonhospice.com. Date: Fall Session is September-October; - Spring Session- April - May.

 

Good Grief - Support Group 7pm United Church, Penticton. call 492 4588 for more info

 

Cancer Support 

To give support to anyone who is living with cancer or supporting someone living with cancer. Individual, couple or family counselling and Cancer Support Groups. Cancer Support Groups meets at the Penticton Health Center based on demand. No fee for services. Contact Penticton Interior Health Social Worker at 250-770-3486 or 250-492-8071 x 2203

 

 

Canadian Cancer Society
Programs are on-going and available to cancer patients upon request. All programs are sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society, 1633 Pandsoy Street., Kelowna, BC. Phone 250 762-6381 or Cancer Information service - 1 888 939 3333.
Canadian Cancer Society - Cancer Emergency Aid Program
To ensure that no cancer patient misses treatment for financial reasons. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Phone 250 762-6381 or 1 800 403 8222.

 

Breast Cancer Support Group meets the 3rd Wed. of the month at 7:30pm, at the Cancer Lodge next to the Cancer Clinic. A group meeting is held the 4th Tues. of the month from 1:00 - 3:00pm for those dealing with a recurrence of, or ongoing cancer.

Women's Cancer Support Group
This group of 4-14 women meet monthly to provide support related to the experience of going through treatments, assisting families, physical support to get where you need to go, accompaniment if needed during treatments, sound experienced and professional resource around your emotional path, and laughter. We all need support medically, loved ones, comfort, and experience. We bring in speakers regularly. We meet every 3rd Monday every month at Penticton Health Unit at 550 Carmi Ave, Penticton.  Jennifer 250 770-0205

South OKanagan Breast Cancer Support Group meets every 3rd Monday of the Monday at 7pm, at Penticton Health Center. ( No meetings in July & August). Call 490 9681 for more info

 

Caregiver Support  

Counselling for anyone who is a caregiver. A caregiver is anyone who provides care and support at home or in a care facility to family members or friends who are frail, elderly, chronically ill or have a disability. Individual, couple, family counselling and support groups for caregivers. Caregiver support groups are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Trinity Care Centre and the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at Penticton Health Centre, both groups run from 9:30-11:30 am. No fee for services. Contact Interior Health Social Worker at 250-770-3486

 

Celiac Support Group meets every second month on the third Friday at the Penticton Health Centre main floor meeting room, 740 Carmi Avenue. Family members are welcome to attend. Contact volunteer Les Erucker 493-6381

 

Grandmothers for Africa
This is a non-profit group of grandmothers and grand 'others' in the S. Okanagan. We fundraise for the Stephen Lewis Foundation who in turn sends the money to Aids ravaged sub Saharan countries in Africa, where the grandmothers are now struggling to parent their orphaned grandchildren. We meet the second Wednesday of the month at the Community Centre, at 10 a.m.. For more information contact Norma Lippa, 250 - 492 - 7883.

 

MS Support Group meets the first Thursday of every month at the MS Office at 3373 Skaha Lake Road in Penticton, from 10:30-12. This group is open to those with MS, their friends, family members and caregivers. For more information, please call Sherry at 250-493-6564 or e-mail  

 

MS Oliver/Osoyoos Peer Support Group meets the second Thursday at 10:00 am of every month in the Red Cross Building in Oliver. For more information people can contact the office on Tues, Wed Thurs, from 9-2:30. (250) 493-6564 

 

Mental Illness Family Support Group
Do you have a family member or close friend who is in recovery from a mental illness? We offer a supportive environment with information about most mental illnesses and coping strategies exclusive for family members and friends affect by a loved one’s mental illness.
When: 2nd Thursday every month at 7pm. Where: 205 Martin Street, Penticton BC. Please join Marcia and Jeannette our volunteer family member facilitators. Ph: (250) 493-7338

 

Mental Wellness education & support for family/friends/other members of the circle of support for a person in recovery from a mental illness
1. Monthly Family Support 7pm 2nd Thursday of each month at 205 Martin Street Penticton led by family members

2. Weekly Family Support programs Yvette Zwyssig, Family Support Worker
a) Monday 2-4 pm at Wellness Room Department of Psychiatry, Penticton Regional Hospital
b) Tuesday 10 am to 12noon at Ministry of Children and Family Development, 13211 Henry Avenue, Summerland
for individuals call Yvette Zwyssig at 250-493-7338 for an appointment or drop by the office

3. Peer Support Program Groups 205 Martin Street Penticton Led by trained Peer Support Workers for persons in recovery from a mental illness
a) Women's Group Monday 1.30-3pm
b) Men's Group Friday 1.30-3pm
c) Positively Social Thursday 1.30-3pm A variety of activates to bring a little fun into your life.

4. Community Education opportunities are available call the office to arrange at 250-493-7338

 

Osoyoos Arthritis Community Group Meet 3rd Monday each month at 1 PM Osoyoos Health Centre. More info (250)495-8041

 

SOWINS - South Okanagan Women in Need Society. We are a registered non profit society. Our mandate is to provide services for abused women and their children. What we do: - Offer support and counselling for women and their children. - Operate a twenty-four hour crisis line for those needing information on abuse. - Assist families to start over again by giving them clothing, food and household items through WINGS. - Advocate with local, regional and provincial services on behalf of our clients. - Inform clients of their rights and responsibilities in relationship breakdown. - Refer those needing additional assistance to other community or provincial agencies. Our Transition house provides shelter for up to 14 abused women and children. - Our Outreach program offers help to women not needing the residential portion of our program. - Our Children's program offers counselling and "fun" for kids from abusive homes. - Our Family Support program assists abused women and their kids through parenting skills, community information and support. - Our Children Who Witness Abuse groups assist children to develop safety plans and skills. - Our Silent and Invisible program offers abused women who are over 50 with special services. - Our second hand store, WINGS, offers clients free clothing and household goods. The store supports our other services financially by selling to the public. Tel: (250) 493-4366 ~ Fax: (250) 493-3158  ~ #218-246 Martin Street ~Penticton, BC, V2A 5K3

 

KELOWNA & CENTRAL OKANAGAN AREA

 

Adult Grief Support Group
Central Okanagan Hospice Association offers daytime and evening monthly adult grief support drop-in groups. The group provides a safe space to share your grief journey and is open to anyone who has lost a loved one regardless of the circumstances. It is about listening and being heard, rather than fixing. Programs are held at 104 - 1456 St. Paul Street. Kelowna
Daytime drop-in meets the first Wednesday of each month from 11:30am-1:30pm (except in the summer months)
Evening drop-in meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00pm-8:00pm
There is no cost to attend any of our programs, and you don’t need to register.
For more information phone 250-763-5511 x 104 or email

Asperger Awareness
This site is dedicated to raising awareness of a high functioning form of autism called Asperger's Condition. Kelowna, BC. Canada www.aspergerawareness.com

Diabetes Adult Support Group; held the 4th Wednesday evening of every month except July, August, December and January; 7:00pm at the Seniors Centre on Water Street in Kelowna. For more information call Ed at 860-7099 or E-mail website www.diabetes.ca 

Balancing Life after Cancer is an informal support group for people with cancer and caregivers. Our aim is to support each other and our caregivers, to be able to talk and share in a safe and casual environment, to learn new ideas and occasionally listen to speakers who share their wisdom. Please call Judi (250-764-04430 for more information. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Southern Interior Rotary Cancer Lodge from 7:00pm-9:00pm.

Canadian Cancer Society
Programs are on-going and available to cancer patients upon request. All programs are sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society, 1633 Pandsoy Street., Kelowna, BC. Phone 250 762-6381 or Cancer Information service - 1 888 939 3333.

Canadian Cancer Society - Cancer Emergency Aid Program
To ensure that no cancer patient misses treatment for financial reasons. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Phone 250 762-6381 or 1 800 403 8222.

Kelowna Canoe & Kayak Club
Regular monthly meetings start at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, from April through September, at the The May Bennett Wellness Centre 135 Davie Road. (Corner of Davie Rd & Hwy 33, Rutland) email
Meetings feature news on upcoming trips and activities, education presentations, and slides or videos of club trips.

Celiac Society 994 Tronson Dr. Kelowna 763-7159

The Kelowna Prostate Cancer support & awareness group meets the second Saturday of the month, 9:00am at the Kelowna Health Unit, 1340 Ellis St. For information contact Bren Witt at 762-3168.

Falun Dafa - free drop-in classes
Local assistants and veteran practitioners teach the Falun Dafa exercises, always free of charge, on Sundays at 10 -11am, at Hawthorn Park, Oak Room, 867 KLO Rd, Kelowna. Contact Brad by Email

The Canadian Mental Health Association Peer Support Group is for those working towards mental wellness.Our discussions are designed to foster positive attitudes and are directed towards peer self-help. We encourage peers to become aware of and utilize community resources and discuss wellness topics in addition to providing support to group members. Join us at 504 Sutherland Avenue Wednesdays from 5:30-6 pm for a non-structured social time. Group is from 6-7:30 pm. Call Denise at 250-861-3644 ext. 106 for more information.

New Hope - Grief Support Group - A monthly support group meetings for widows and widowers in Vernon and Kelowna. New group beginning in S. Okanagan: contact Fran at 250-497-7850 or email zeeuwfw@telus.net. Also an annual spring retreat and regular newsletter. For men and women of any age who are grieving the death of a spouse, particularly in the first three years. http://www.newhope-grief.org/

Also there is a Teen Grief www.newhope-grief.org/teengrief

Okanagan Raw Food Potluck
Monthly meeting with raw food enthusiasts to share, learn, and develop friendship while eating delicious dishes made entirely of healthy raw foods. Every third Friday of the month. Hosted by Guylaine Lacerte, Kelowna. 250-861-1115.

Seniors Computer Classes Only six students per class with two instructors. Register in person at the water street senior centre or call Marie at 762 4108

Stride Fitness Adventure Walking Club
Want to create your best day? Well then, start off on the right foot - or the left! Join us for an early morning walk to inspire and invigorate you. Laugh a little, learn a little, meet others, be fit, and feel great. Our walk begins with a warm up and a loop for those who would like a shorter distance, then continues for about 1 hour. We end with a stretch (1 hour option). Cost: Free. When: Every Friday at 8:30 am (please call or check the website for current schedule). Where: Meeting at Nature's Fare, 4624 Lakeshore Drive in Kelowna. Contact: Maggie Dwernychuk 250-764-3295 or 250-764-3295 or Email

Healing Touch Practice sessions : Tuesdays - 7pm. Rehab.rm.125 KGH. Healing Touch Local Meeting Tuesdays 7pm. Rehab. rm.125 Kelowna General Hospital. Sharing of an advanced technique will be spotlighted at this gathering.

Canadian Celiac Assoc.? Kelowna meetings are held the second Sunday of Sept, Nov, Feb, April & June at the Health Unit, Ellis St., Kelowna at 1:00pm. Call Susan 769-7163. Pot Luck Lunch will be Sun Feb 8, 12:30
Please bring a gluten free dish. Call Katrina, 546-3298
See OK in Health's OKanagan & BC Celiac Support Page

Kelowna Caregivers Support Group meetings are as follows: South Okanagan Health Unit, 1340 Ellis St. Tues. & Thurs. 9:30-11:30am. Alternate Fridays for Caregivers with a family member in a Care Facility. Meeting - 1:00-3:00pm. Windsor Manor, Terrai Crt. 9:30-11:00am. Westside Care Centre, Old Okanagan Hwy Tues.-9:30-11:30am.

Rutland Caregivers Support Group meetings are held every Thursday, 9:30-11:30am at the Rutland Health Unit 155 Gray Rd. (Clinic Room) For information call Shelley 491-3734.

Okanagan Visually Impaired Society meets the last Monday of each month at the CNIB office at 247 Lawrence Ave., Kelowna.

Kelowna Stroke Recovery Club meets every Thursday at St. Aidans Anglican Church 10:30am to 2:30pm. Call Eva at 763-0556.

Breast Cancer Support Group meets the 3rd Wed. of the month at 7:30pm, at the Cancer Lodge next to the Cancer Clinic. A group meeting is held the 4th Tues. of the month from 1:00 - 3:00pm for those dealing with a recurrence of, or ongoing cancer.

The Kelowna Prostate Cancer support & awareness group meets the second Saturday of the month, 9:00am at the Kelowna Health Unit, 1340 Ellis St. For information contact Bren Witt at 762-3168.

The Arthritis Society loans videos, books & cassettes. 201-1815 Kirschner Rd. Kelowna, BC V1Y 4N7; 868-8643. Meetings held at Senior Centre, 1360 Water Street, 4th Monday of month at 7:00pm.

Lupus Support Group for individuals with lupus and their families - will meet monthly, 1st Wednesday at the Water Street Seniors Centre starting in September. There are no meetings in July or August. Contact Abe Hamm 868-9627 or Debra Camilleri 764-1234.

The Kelowna & Dist. Genealogical Society hold their meetings the first Monday of the month, in the Oak Rm, Hawthorn Park, 867 KLO at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Call Marie 763-7159 or our website www.rootsweb.com/~bckdgs/index.html

The BC Old Time Fiddlers will hold a dance Friday, May 27th at the Rutland Seniors Centre from 7:30pm - 10:30pm. For more information call 763-4406. Everyone welcome. Lunch free.

The Kelowna Newcomers Club holds meeting with guest speakers the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm at the Water Street Centre, 1360 Water St. For info call Brian Galton 768-4687.

Post Polio Support Group will meet on the first Saturday of the month (not July, Aug, Dec, Jan), 2:00pm at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, Kelowna. For further information call Jeanette 768-5659 or John 878-5082.

The Al-Anon Family Program is for persons who are confused, angry, sick at heart or just plain interested because a loved one or a friend drinks too much or too often, and you don't know what you can do about it. An Al-Anon Family Group meets every Friday night at 7:30pm. in the basement of the Westbank United Church, 3672 Brown Rd. Westbank.

The Kelowna & District Safety Council holds Senior Driver Refresher courses the second Saturday of each month. Learn to build a safety cushion around your car. Call 765-3163.

Kelowna Secular Sobriety Group
The Kelowna Secular Sobriety Group provides peer support in a non-religious environment for those recovering from addictions. Call Van at 250 859 4300

Scandinavian Folkdancers, an evening of fun and folkdancing takes place every Monday, 7:00pm at the Seniors Hall, 1353 Richter St., Kelowna. Beginners of all ages are welcome. For info call 762-6284.

Kelowna Chapter of the Okanagan & Area Eating Disorders Assoc. meets the third Tuesday of each month, 7:00pm at the First United Church, 721 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna.

The Kelowna Respiratory Club holds their monthly meetings every second Tuesday at 2:00pm at the Dorchester, 863 Leon Ave. Kelowna. Anyone with a lung problem is welcome to come & join in, this is a support group for Lung Health. For info call Todd Gale at 979-2157 or Publicity Chairman Walda Reszitnyk at 860-9165.

The Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of Kelowna will meet regularly on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at The Dorchester, 863 Leon Ave. (Library 4th floor) Kelowna, 7:00 - 9:00pm. Call Shaun Foster at 979-5549 for information.

Volunteers needed to visit isolated seniors! One or 2 hours a week with a lonely senior in your neighbourhood. Call Seniors’ Outreach Services Society 861-6180 or email seniorsos@silk.net

Neighbourhood Meals for Seniors “Enjoy a nutritious meal served in a warm, friendly atmosphere in your neighbourhood” $4 Meal, $6 Meal & Transportation. For information or reservations call 868-7707.
Kelowna - Tuesday & Thursday 11:45, St. Paul’s United Hall, 3131 Lakeshore Road; Wednesday 4:30pm, First United Hall, Richter & Bernard
Rutland - Monday and Wednesday Noon, Tuesday and Thursday 5:00pm, May Bennett Wellness Centre 135 Davie Road, (corner of Hwy 33 & Davie)
Westbank - Wednesday at Noon, St. George’s Anglican Hall, 3690 Brown Road

The Interior Alzheimer Society runs a social recreation day program for people in the early stages of Alzheimer disease or related dementia. The program is offered Mondays from 9:00-2:00pm, and Thursdays from 9:00am-12:00pm. Caregivers are welcome to participate or use the time for respite. We are looking for volunteers to help clients to participate in exercises, singalongs, outings, reminiscing, and preparing coffee. We also would like to find someone with cooking experience to help prepare a light lunch on Mondays. There are also openings in the program for new clients. For more information, call Joyce at 762-3312.

Your local Health Units are looking for Volunteer drivers to take people to medical appointments and for grocery shopping. A couple of hours per week can make a difference in many senior’s lives. Please call Bev Dahl at 868-7707 for more information.

TOPS #BC825 meets Thursday from 6:15-8:00pm at the Kelowna Health Unit, 1340 Ellis St., Kelowna. For more info call Cathy at 862-2801.

Westside Health Network is looking for volunteers. Make a difference in your community. Call Sylvia at 768-3305

Gamblers Anonymous If gambling is a problem we are here to help. Call 864-1213. Weekly meetings are Tuesday, 8:30pm, Crossroads Treatment Centre, and Thursday, 7:30pm at 1815 Krischner Road, Kelowna.

Seniors Contact Program Supported by the RCMP, this program contacts the elderly who live alone and who would like a volunteer to call each morning. This is a free call. If you would like to receive this service phone 764-5004.

•A.L.S (Lou Gehrigs Disease) 151 Summerhill Pl. Kelowna 763-0906
•AIDS Resource Centre #202-1626 Richter St. Kelowna 862-2437
•Alertline Emergency Response Society 100-2141 Springfeld Rd. 860-7271
•Alzheimer Society (Interior) #217 - 1889 Springfield Rd. 762-3312
•Brain Injury Society PO Box 16 Stn A Kelowna
•Breathe Free 130 Gerstmar Rd. Kelowna 763-2429
•C.A.T.C.H. 1340 Ellis. St. Kelowna 768-1518
•Canadian Hard of Hearing Assoc. N/A 763-5306
•Canadian Mental Health Assn 504 Sutherland Kelowna V1Y 5X1 (250) 861-3644
•CASEY Community Against Sexual Exploitation of Youth 107 - 347 Leon Ave. 762-0782
•Central Okanagan Family Caregivers Network 1450 Sutherland Rd. Kelowna 860-5616 

 Vernon's Body and Soul show

VERNON & NORTH OKANAGAN AREA

Vernon Prostate Cancer support and awareness group. We meet the 4th Monday of Sept, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May and June. 7.30 pm at People Place in Vernon. Clive 2503091476

Vernon's Monday Night Men’s Group An opportunity for men to share visions and find deeper meaning through modern ritual based on ancient wisdom. 7:00 p.m. – Vernon BC Canada Ph: 250 549 8464

Canadian Cancer Society
Programs are on-going and available to cancer patients upon request. All programs are sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society, #104 - 3402 - 27th Ave, Vernon, BC. Phone 250 542 0770 or Cancer Information service - 1 888 939 3333.

Cancer Emergency Aid Program
To ensure that no cancer patient misses treatment for financial reasons. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Phone 250 542 0770 or 1 800 403 8222.

The North Okanagan Centre for Spiritual Living, 2913 - 29th Avenue, Vernon. Regular ongoing programs include weekly meditation groups, Monday night Men's Group, Sunday night Braveheart Women's group, Spiritual Cinema Circle Movie Nights, A Course in Miracles study group, newly expanded book store, and Science of Mind spiritual study. For any questions or more information, call Lynn 250-308-4665

North Okanagan Reiki & Energy Workers Meetup This is a social meet up for Reiki practitioners, Crystal Healers, and Energy/Light Workers of all levels and disciplines. This group is not intended to be instructional, but conversational. We learn from each other and combine our talents in a combined effort to heal our Valley and our World. Meet-ups are held in Vernon, but you are welcome regardless of where you live. Ph: 250 549 8464

New Hope - Grief Support Group - A monthly support group meetings for widows and widowers in Vernon and Kelowna. New group beginning in S. Okanagan: contact Fran at 250-497-7850 or email zeeuwfw@telus.net. Also an annual spring retreat and regular newsletter. For men and women of any age who are grieving the death of a spouse, particularly in the first three years. http://www.newhope-grief.org/

Also there is a Teen Grief www.newhope-grief.org/teengrief

Amnesty International Group The Vernon group of Amnesty meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month (except July & August) at 7pm at the Schubert Centre (3505-30th Avenue) in Vernon. We get together to write letters and discuss current events and Amnesty campaigns. Newcomers are always welcome! Phone Lee @ 250.938.5789

Vernon & District Hospice Society Caregiver Support Group
Caregivers talk about the concerns they have in giving moral and/or physical support to the terminally ill. Meetings are every Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon at the Vernon & District Hospice office. Please phone 558-1322.
If you have time on your hands, give us a hand. We are always in need of Volunteers. We have positions available in Concession, Coffee Shop and in many other areas. A variety of hours are available: 1/2 or 1 day a week, 1/2 or 1 day a month or whatever time you have available. If you are interested, please call Schubert Centre at (250) 549-4201.

Vernon Better Breathing Bunch meet the third Wednesday of the month (except July & August) 1:00pm at the People Place, Vernon - for people with chronic lung diseases. We have speakers and guests are welcome. For info phone Fran 545-0233.

‘Champs’ Canadian Weight Awareness - Champs Club Inc. is a non-profit weight loss support organization which meets weekly. We are open to Sr. men & ladies who share a common concern of managing their weight sensibly. For info call Elaine 832-7671.

Vernon Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary meetings are held the second Monday of each month (September to June) in the Education Rooms in the hospital at 6:30pm. Go to the Gift Shop to be escorted to meeting. For information call 545-4508.

Vernon and District Hospice Society - Grief & Bereavement Support Groups Lunch Group Mon 12-2pm 6 weeks $30, Finding My Way - Wed 7-9pm 10 weeks $50, Chapter 2 - Men’s Cooking Group - Mon 10 - 1 (no charge- just a willingness cook) Walking Group - Thurs 9-11am. Groups will be starting the last week of September . For more information call 503-1800.

 

KAMLOOPS

KAMLOOPS MEALS ON WHEELS For information on receiving meals or to volunteer to deliver meals call 554-3134 Meals are delivered Tues and Thurs at a cost of $5.50

KAMLOOPS COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX PROGRAMME Starting March 1, volunteers will help seniors complete their tax returns. - #30-789 Fortune Dr. Kamloops. Tel:554-5458

 

NORTHERN  B.C

Attention Dog Lovers  - Terrace, BC. 
Ongoing  -  Inviting all dog lovers to form a dog owners association. Contact Alicia 250 -635-2000 or Heather 250 - 615-2889 
 
Diabetes Support Group  - Terrace, BC
Concerned about your Diabetes? A different subject every week.  Limited seating.  Tues afternoons 1:30-2:45  - 2nd floor, Park Ave Medical Clinic- Diabetes Education Room. Contact Alana- Healthy Terrace Program  at  250-615-5533 

Mental Health Support Group Meeting - Terrace, BC 
A support group for brain disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety disorder, borderline disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, co-occurring and addictive disorder. Mental Health Family Resource Centre, BC Schizophrenia society. Toll free at 1-866-326-7877
 
  

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The KOOTENAYS Area

South Slocan: Heartbeat Community Drum Circle 
Every 2nd Mon. @ the Yoga School House (across from the Dam Inn - 15 mins. from Nelson). Drum, Dance & Have Fun! For all ages and everybody! Beginners welcome! Come and experience the healing powers of Drum and Rhythm. Some drums supplied. Bring any percussion instruments. Contact: Joel @ 250-226-0068

Nonviolent Communication - facilitated weekly study groups (ongoing) Grand Forks. Contact: Peter and Heather (250) 442-2061

Men's Drop-in Support Group Contact: Peter and Heather Grand Forks. (250) 442-2061 

 

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VANCOUVER and Other Areas in B.C.

BC Bereavement Helpline. A BC province wide accessable phone line for grieving individuals providing immediate telephone support and referral to community based grief support that best suits their needs. Also providing a network of support and information for caregivers as well as the bereaved. The service is free, anonymous, and confidential. Since its establishment in 1988, the Helpline has assisted well over 26,000 callers with compassionate care and referral to its members. The BCBH also provides grief support information upon request. www.bcbereavementhelpline.com

Fibromyalgia Well Spring Foundation. We meet in Langley on the first Wednesday of each month. 12:30 - 2 pm @ the Murrayville Library Community Room. Info contact Cheryl @ 604-530-4173. website: www.fibromyalgiawellspringfoundation.org

Prince George - Reiki Circle Everyone is Welcome! No prior knowledge required. Very uplifting and inspirational. Every Friday 6 pm at the Knox United Church 1448-5th Ave Prince George, BC. For more information call Rev.Dr.Jadine Ryder (Reiki Grand Master Teacher ) at 250-562-4401 or the White Rose Metaphysical Shop 250-562-5850

Richmond Chinese Mental Health Support Group. Richmond Chinese Mental Health Support Group. Minoru Boulevard, Richmond, BC V6X 2A9 (604) 273-1791

 

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Why not consider a Web Designer that can help you develop a website that reflects your vision and work. No computer skills required. I can help you design your website and also follow up with hooking you up with a domain and hosting service. All you need to do is talk to me by phone or email me your vision of how you see your website.
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