People for a Healthy Community

People for a Healthy Community (PHC) has evolved and grown with the needs and requirements of the community. We are for everyone on Gabriola. We believe that all of us are needed to help fulfill our aim of an inclusive, strong, prosperous community that is responsive, caring and sustainable. By building local capacity and connections we strengthen the social networks that make Gabriola a safe and healthy place to live.

Stocking the shelves with Village Foods.

Our Mandate
People for a Healthy Community on Gabriola Island (PHC) is a non-profit social service agency and community resource centre. We have been operating on Gabriola since 1996.
We believe that the contribution and input from all Gabriola residents is necessary to fulfill our aim of an inclusive and strong community that is responsive, caring and sustainable.  By building local capacity and connections we work to strengthen the social networks that make Gabriola a safe and healthy place to live.

Seniors Luncheon at the Rollo Centre.

We work to support the health and well-being of all members of our community including seniors, children, families, and individuals by offering a range of essential and participant-centred services.


School Children in the gardens!

We often work in collaboration with other non-profits and service organizations on the island, and we are generously supported by local businesses. All of our programs are run with the input, support and hard work of more than one hundred committed volunteers.

We maintain our robust menu of programs through the financial support of individual and corporate donors on Gabriola, as well as foundations and public support programs.

Contact Us

Play For All

Wednesday, January 30th 2019
9am – Noon at the Gabriola Community Hall
Free, Drop In. Everyone welcome. 

Gabriola Health & Wellness Collaborative presents
A playful community is a Healthy Community

Join us for a general meeting of the Collaborative and hear updates on accomplishments, awards, and projects. Listen to the keynote presentations by two UBC Okanagan scholars on how incorporating elements of play into our daily lives can ensure Gabriola is a vibrant, healthy community for all ages.

Dr. Beverlie Dietze – Outdoor Play: Creating Wonder in Childhood that Lasts a Lifetime

Dr. Sharon McCoubrey – Art as Play

Better Housing & Care for an Aging Population

Part of the “New Age of Aging” series sponsored by People for a Healthy Community

Friday, January 18th, 2019
1:00pm – 3:00pm
at the Rollo Centre

Rudy Friesen will give an overview of the spectrum of eldercare, showing cost-effective, wholesome and creative examples from around the world. These include various forms of home care, independent living, assisted living, and long-term care, plus integrated facilities that are embedded in community.

Rudy Friesen

Rudy is a retired architect who has spearheaded innovated solutions for elder living for more that 40 years. He researches facilities and models of eldercare and shares his knowledge though articles and conference presentations. He has presented at conferences in Canada, the US and overseas. Rudy has also served on several boards of elder facilities and is currently serving on the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Age Friend Housing Options Task Force.

This presentation is offered at no charge to participants. Please register your name by Wednesday, January 16th by contacting OR call the PHC office at 250-247-7311.

Food Program Assistant On Call

PHC Gabriola Gardens

Join the PHC Food Program Team! We are looking for a flexible part-time
on call food bank assistant. This is typically a relief position for
holidays, and peak program times. Typically on Monday, Tuesday or
Wednesdays $15/hr. Must be physically fit, and work well in a busy team

Hospice Volunteer and Program Coordinator Position

December 11, 2018

People for a Healthy Community on Gabriola Island Society Launches New Hospice Program

About a year ago, the Gabriola Health and Wellness Collaborate established two community health priorities.  The first was to develop new supports for young families, children and youth. The other was to address a growing need for improved palliative care on Gabriola.  Both these initiatives will be reported on at the upcoming Collaborative community meeting on January 30th.   

The Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice on behalf of the Health and Wellness Collaborative secured funding which has led to improved palliative clinical services and a local hospice program.  People for a Healthy Community (PHC) has agreed to be the lead organization supporting the hospice program; providing leadership and coordination of community services, home and family supports and volunteers.  Island Health has agreed to contribute partial funding to develop program, local supports and services. PHC has joined the Vancouver Island Federation of Hospice and the BC Palliative Care Association.

A part-time staff person will lead the development of the program, and recruit, train, deploy and support volunteers for home and family support.  If you are interested in the position you may view the job description at this link : 

Hospice Volunteer and Program Coordinator job doc 2018

INTERVIEWS for this position will occur on either Jan 3 or 4 2019 

If you are interested in being a volunteer, or would like to speak to the new coordinator please contact Brenda Fowler at 250 -247 -7311.  Training for volunteers will take place before the end of March, 2019.

The Gabriola Health and Wellness Collaborative is a network of over 20 organizations on Gabriola who have an interest in improving health and wellness of residents.  Many thanks to members of the working committee, who have contributed their experiences, ideas, and thoughts on how we can all work together to embody the spirit of the hospice movement.




Introduction to Advance Care Planning

Part of the “New Age of Aging” series sponsored by People for a Healthy Community

When: Friday, December 14th 2018 from 1pm-3pm
Where: Rollo Centre

Advance Care Planning is making a plan for your future health care. Even if you’re doing well now, it’s a good idea to prepare for a time when you might not be able to care for yourself. Planning for the future can help you to:

  • Learn your options for care
  • Save your loved ones the stress of making hard decisions for you
  • Make sure your wishes are respected when the time comes

Come to this introductory session to learn about this very important aspect of your health care plan, and how to get started.

Presenter: Ila Patel, MSW, RSW

Seniors Health Clinician, Island Health

Presentation is offered at no charge to participants. Please register your name by Wed Dec 12th by contacting, OR call the PHC office at 250-247-7311

Fall Prevention Clinic – November 9th, 2018

What: Fall Prevention Clinic
Where: The Rollo Centre, 685 North Road
When: Friday, November 9th, 2018 – 1pm-3pm

 – Understand potential risks
– Learn preventative solutions for falling & injuries
– Receive an individual assessment & tailored exercise program

Vicky Scott, RN, PhD, Clinical Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC. Vicky is a global expert on the prevention of falls and related injuries among older adults.

Suzette Delmage, Seniors Program Coordinator, People for a Healthy Community, and Peer Led Exercise Program Coordinator.

Presentation and assessment are offered at no charge to participants. Refreshments are also provided.

* Space is limited – please register your name by Monday, November 5th by contacting or call 250-247-7311.

Annual General Meeting – November 19th 2018 at 7pm

What: Annual General Meeting
When: Monday, November 19th, 2018 at 7:00pm
Where: PHC Office at the Gabriola Commons

Please note: Anyone wishing to nominate community residents to the Board of Directors must contact the secretary of PHC at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Click here for the 2018 AGM AGENDA