Below is a list of organizations in British Columbia that offer educational services, outreach, advocacy, patient and health service resources, clinical placements and informational services.
ALS Society of BC
The ALS Society of BC is dedicated to providing direct support to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients, along with their families and caregivers, to ensure the best quality of life possible while living with ALS. Through assisting research, we are committed to ALS.
The Arthritis Society of Canada
The Arthritis Society is Canada’s principal charitable organization dedicated to searching for the underlying causes and subsequent cures for arthritis, and to promoting the best possible care and treatment for all Canadians who live with this chronic disease. With help from dedicated volunteers and donors, we fund life-changing arthritis research and provide support through our programs and services to enable people to live well with arthritis
BC Bereavement Help Line
The BC Bereavement Helpline is the largest non-profit bereavement support network in BC offering immediate telephone support to the bereaved and their caregivers of BC and offering referral to appropriate community-based bereavement support where and when available. Since its inception in 1986, the Helpline has answered over 30,000 calls and has developed a Resource Directory of over 300 bereavement resources in the Province.
BC Cancer Agency Prevention Program
The BC Cancer Agency Prevention Programs helps to increase public awareness that more than 50% of cancers can be prevented. There are five main preventable risk factors that can be impacted by making healthy lifestyle choices. In addition to the education and promotion of cancer prevention, staff located throughout BC also assist to educate and promote Screening in an effort to increase cervical and mammography screening rates.
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
For over 30 years, the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. BCCPD’s mission is to support people, regardless of their disability, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in society. We champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.
BC Epilepsy Society
The BC Epilepsy Society is a non-profit charitable organization providing education, advocacy, and support for those affected by epilepsy. It offers educational events, resource library, support groups, hospital outreach, a newsletter and website. It provides seizure awareness training, funds children to attend accessible camps, awards post-seconpary scholarships, and distributes information materials in various languages.
BC Persons With AIDS Society
The British Columbia Persons With AIDS Society exists to enable persons living with AIDS and HIV disease to empower themselves through mutual support and collective action. From our personal struggles and challenges come our courage and strength.
BC Neurofibromatosis Foundation
The BCNF was established in 1984 to respond to the needs of individuals with NF and their families. The organization exists today because of one individual – Paul Ralfs. Paul Ralfs’ determination and belief that individuals with NF need not go through their journey alone, drove him to found The BC Neurofibromatosis Foundation. The BCNF continues its work today through the efforts of a Board of Directors, part-time staff and volunteers to educate the public about NF, support NF research, and support the newly diagnosed and their families.
CAFA West (Canadian Association of Familial Ataxia)
CAFA West represents CAFA in western Canada, promoting membership and directing funds to research, in hopes of discovering a cure or treatment for a variety of types of ataxia. We work to raise awareness about ataxia and clarify information about the types of ataxias. Where possible, we also hope to do advocacy work on behalf of individuals with ataxia, and/or advocate for ataxians in general in the community and within the health care system.
The Canadian Celiac Association – Vancouver Chapter
The Association supports those diagnosed with Celiac Disease and assorted disorders such as Gluten Intolerance with assistance with the life long gluten free diet which is the only “medicine” for the condition to put it into remission. The Chapter publishes newsletters, holds member events and participates in awareness events to get doctors to recognize the symptoms of Celiac Disease and to encourage restaurants to have gluten free dining options.
Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Vancouver Chapter
The Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a national, not-for-profit health agency that raises funds and awareness to fight cystic fibrosis (CF). CF is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting young Canadians. We work with patients, families, physicians and other caring Canadians with the common goal of finding a cure of effective control for CF
Canadian Diabetes Association
The Canadian Diabetes Association’s mission is to lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. We are delivering on our mission by: providing people with diabetes and health care professionals with education and services; advocating on behalf of people with diabetes; supporting research; and translating research into practical applications.
Canadian Mental Health Association (Vancouver/Burnaby)
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a registered non-profit, voluntary organization that promotes mental health and recovery from mental illness through education, advocacy, research and service. Services include rehabilitation, community support, recreation, and information services. The CMHA vision is mentally healthy people in a healthy society.
Canadian MPS Society
Mucopolysaccharide (MPS) diseases are rare, progressive, devastating multi-systemic disorders caused by genetically inherited enzyme deficiencies. The Canadian Society for Mucopolysaccharide and Related Diseases Inc. (The Canadian MPS Society) is committed to providing support to affected individuals and their families, educating medical professionals and the general public about MPS, and raising funds for research.
Canadian National Institute for the Blind
CNIB is the primary source of support, information and most importantly, hope, for all Canadians affected by vision loss. We are recognized experts in vision health and have been making a profound difference in the lives of Canadians since 1918. At CNIB it is well understood that there are ways to enjoy a good quality of life for any of us experiencing vision loss, and important preventive steps we can all take to maintain vision health.
The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC
The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC is an independent, non-profit Association that operates as the Knowledge Centre for cerebral palsy (CP) in BC. We provide advocacy and support to British Columbians affected by CP through information and referral services, an extensive resource library, a bursary program, public education material, workshops, and presentations.
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada
The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) was founded in 1974 by a group of parents whose children were diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). From that small but dedicated group, CCFC has grown to become a world leader in IBD research funding. To achieve our goal of finding the cure, CCFC is committed, first and foremost, to raising funds for research into IBD. We also believe it is important to raise awareness about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis by educating people with IBD, their families, health professionals and the general public about these diseases.
Cunucks Autism Network
Founded in 2008, the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) delivers programs and services to children and families living with autism spectrum disorder in British Columbia. Our programs are inclusive, accessible and welcoming to people of all abilities. Our goal is to enhance the quality of lives for those living with autism by providing access to innovative year-round programs designed to meet the unique behavioural, emotional and physical needs of people on the spectrum.
Developmental Disabilities Association
The Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) provides over 50 community-based programs and services for children, youths, and adults. The DDA not only strives to enable people with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential, but also is one of the largest daycare providers in the Lower Mainland.
Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society – Xyolhemeylh
Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society (FVACFSS)-Xyolhemeylh provides culturally appropriate and holistic services through prevention, community development and child welfare programs to Aboriginal children, youth and their families residing on and off reserve throughout the Fraser Valley. For more information call tool free: 1.800.663.9393
Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based organization, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke, and reducing their impact through the advancement of research, promotion of health living, and advocacy. The foundation raises funds to support research and health promotion programs by providing information on heart disease and stroke, in general, based on the best science available.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. LLS’s mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since the first funding in 1954, LLS has awarded more than $680 million in research funding.
Mood Disorders Association of BC
The Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDA) provides self-help support groups, education and information to people living with a mood disorder or other mental illness, and for their family and friends. Free monthly education evenings for the community are offered with professionals and experts on mental health speaking. The Lowdown, a speakers’ bureau of young adults with lived experience of mental illness, addresses stigma by sharing their personal accounts.
MS Society of Canada
The mission of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada is to be a leader in finding a cure for MS and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life. Our two major programs provide hope for the future through the support of MS research into the cause, treatment and cure of the disease and hope for today through our many services that assist people with MS and their families.
Muscular Dystrophy Canada
Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s dedicated volunteers and staff across the country raise funds and work hard to support the independence and full participation of Canadians with neuromuscular disorders, fund research to find a cure and improve the quality of life of people with neuromuscular disorders, assist our clients to participate in the decisions that affect them and collaborate with others for social change.
North Shore Disability Resource Centre
The North Shore Disability Resource Centre (NSDRC) provides programs and services based on the belief that all people are important to their community. We work to ensure that people with disabilities, along with their families and friends, can participate actively as members of the community. We are committed to working toward a community which is free of physical, financial and attitudinal barriers.
Parkinson Society British Columbia
Established in 1969, Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC) is a not for profit charitable organization that exists to address the personal and social consequences of Parkinson’s disease through education, community outreach, scientific research, advocacy and public awareness.
PeerNetBC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and resources to peer groups and peer-led initiatives across BC. People are healthier when they’re connected to each other and their communities. Through workshops, resources and collaborative projects, PeerNetBC works to help people connect and work together, supporting the development of healthy, self-determining communities across BC.
Physical Activity Line
The Physical Activity Line (PAL) is a not-for-profit, innovative, free and interactive online and tele-health resource staffed by qualified exercise professionals. We educate, motivate, prescribe evidence-based exercise recommendations, and refer individuals to appropriate health facilities and other health professionals. Our mission is to improve the health of millions of Canadians through physical activity guidance tailored to their needs and lifestyles.
Positive Women’s Network
Positive Women’s Network provides education, support and resources for women living with HIV and for health and social service providers. As the only HIV organization west of Toronto exclusively serving women, we also provide community development and educational support across the country. We provide support and advocacy, HIV education, and community connections online, over the phone and in-person.
Prostate Cancer Foundation BC
The Prostate Cancer Foundation BC is a non-profit organization under the Society Act devoted to promoting Prostate Cancer health and awareness, assisting support groups, supporting research dedicated to improve treatment, and finding a cure for Prostate Cancer.
REACH Community Health Centre
REACH is a community health centre that has been located on the east side of Vancouver since 1969. Since its inception, REACH has endeavoured to meet the medical, dental, and cultural needs of the community with an emphasis on prevention and the development of programs which reflect the ongoing needs of the ever changing composition of the community. REACH strives to reflect the philosophy of community health centres which promotes a team approach in a non-profit setting with all staff, including dentists and physicians, on salary.
RésoSanté Colombie-Britannique supports the development, integration, and sustainability of French-language health services throughout BC. RésoSanté proposes, develops and supports the implementation of strategies; promotes French-language health services; ensures the sharing of information; promotes awareness and involvement of the francophone population; and proposes and facilitates research on French-language health services in BC.
Richmond Mental Health Consumer and Friends Society
RCFC has been in operation since 1995, but has grown substantially since that time with programs such as Recreation, Peer Support and most recently the Peer Companion program. It is an organization that encourages the participation of people who have experience in the mental health system and we are supportive of members who wish to move along the continuum from volunteer to paid staff.
Salvation Army, Kate Booth House
Kate Booth House is a transition house for women and their children fleeing domestic abuse. Our Children’s Program offers teacher on-site from K to Grade 12, Children who Witness Violence Program and more. Our Women’s Support Program offers supportive counseling, advocacy, community resources and more.
Scleroderma Association of BC
The Scleroderma Association of BC promotes patient outreach, support and education; works to create public awareness and understanding of scleroderma, and encourages and supports research into this chronic autoimmune disease.
Special Olympics BC
Special Olympics BC (SOBC) provides high-quality sports programs and competitions to meet the needs and interests of individuals with intellectual disabilities, enriching lives, and celebrating personal achievement through positive sport experiences. The participation in sport provides opportunities for athletes to develop social skills, cultivate friendships, strive for and achieve goals, and increase their self-esteem – enabling athletes to win in sport, and in life.
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Chinese Help Lines
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Chinese Help Lines is a volunteer based telephone service which offers emotional support, information referral and crisis intervention in both Mandarin and Cantonese to Chinese Canadian Community living in Lower Mainland Vancouver. We are partly funded by Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, and we are a member of Crisis Line Association of B.C. Mandarin Line: 604-270-8222; Cantonese Line: 604-270-8233.
West Coast Assistance Teams
West Coast Assistance Teams is a registered charity that provides highly trained and loving dogs to disabled people in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. We are a small community-based, human service organization that makes a huge difference in the lives of people with disabilities.
Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Established in 1956, the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WIDHH) has provided quality programs and services in Audiology, Employment Counselling, Sign Language Interpreting and Communication Devices for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Our client base continues to grow every year with word of mouth referrals, because of the thousands of satisfied clients we have provided services to.