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

Gabriola Home Hospice Program is looking to expand by bringing new volunteers into the team.

Volunteers will attend 5 days of training on Monday January 13th, 20th, 27th and February 3rd and 10th, 2020. Once trained, volunteers visit hospice and community clients in their homes, to offer emotional support, companionship and respite care.

Volunteers are given ongoing training and support. 

If you are interested to learn more or to join the program, please email Claudia Brann, the Program Coordinator at

Job Posting – Community Navigator

Join the PHC seniors circle of care support team in a new role as Community Navigator. 

This is a 2 1/2 year contract position funded by the United Way .

This is a new position. The details of the position may change but essentially includes but not limited to the following. 

-working with Executive Director, other PHC  team members, and members of the Community Health and Wellness Collaborative  design and develop Gabriola’s seniors’ prescribing model and implementation plan

-identify processes for referral and information exchange between participants and community organizations and PHC staff

– schedule Live Life to Full, Living with Chronic Conditions and University of Victoria Telephone Support System

– establish evaluation criteria, track and prepare reports using output/ measurements

– create new innovative communications for wellness such as podcast or facebook

-establish working relationship with Better at Home, Island Health, Community Paramedics 

-facilitate meetings to improve health system referrals


 -Degree in Social Work or equivalent  community development academic program

-Track record in  program development using components such as ; CBT self care training programs with UVIC, CMHA representatives, referrals from physicians, tracking, evaluating, reporting

-Ability to support vulnerable seniors

-Liaise with  community organizations, extending participation opportunities for seniors  


-Compassionate communications techniques

-Group Facilitation skills especial on interagency workflows, process improvement, and system change

-Ability to work with complex system change initiatives 

-Program development 

-Expert Computer skills 

-First Aid

-Must have a driver’s license and be a resident of Gabriola Island

Job Posting – PHC Seniors Activity Day Program Assistant

Hours of work: 10-14 hours/week

Rate of pay:       $18- $23/hour

Working under the direction of the Seniors Program Coordinator, the Activity Assistant assists in planning implementing and evaluating the Activity Day Program, contributing to improvements in the physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual health and wellness of participants.

The responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:  

  • Provides support in carrying out recreation program activities including:  arts and crafts, music, social events, inter-generational programs, cooking, entertainment, games, mental stimulation activities and group exercises;
  • Encourages and supports individual and group participation and social interaction;
  • Monitors and maintains supplies and organization of activity materials;
  • Assists with attendance records, monthly event calendars and promotional materials;
  • Provides participants with a safe and comfortable environment by following risk management practices;
  • Provides tea and coffee and assists with meals for participants when required;
  • Provides guidance, assistance and support to volunteers in a strong teamwork environment;
  • Assists Program Coordinator in maintaining excellent documentation records by monitoring participant progress within the day program;
  • Assists in the transport of residents to and from recreational activities when required;
  • Provides support with the monitoring of the recreation budget;
  • Participates in strategic planning, quality program management practices, and staff development opportunities;
  • Ability to follow directions, as well as working independently in certain activities, or when acting in a vacation relief capacity for the coordinator; and
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education, Training and Experience: 

  • Graduation from a recognized recreation, gerontology, or social services program, plus one year’s recent related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience;
  • Basic First Aid and CPR (or willing to obtain);
  • Current BC Care Aide and Community Registration an asset;
  • Valid Class 5 vehicle license; and
  • A warm personality with a demonstrated empathy and understanding of the needs of older adults and individuals with early memory loss.   

Skills and Abilities:

Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Ability to deal with others effectively. Physical ability to carry out duties of position. Ability to supervise. Ability to organize work. Ability to operate related equipment. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.  Proficient in Microsoft Office with a working knowledge of Word and Excel programs.

Email resume and covering letter by noon on September 27th to Brenda at or drop off at 675 North Road Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 2:30 pm.

VIHA Health Care Assistant Training

Don’t miss this exciting educational and job opportunity!

– Join 18 other residents
– Attend government funded classes on Gabriola
– Earn a VIU health care assistant certificate
– 6 months of training, most days on Gabriola
– Tuition, books, supplies and other expenses are covered

To find out more, drop in:

Thursday, June 13th 2019
4:00pm – 6:30pm
Gabriola Library
695 North Road
Can’t attend? Please email:
People For a Healthy Community –

Successful graduates will be offered a permanent position on Gabriola through Vancouver Island Health Authority.

F.A.Q about this opportunity:

Q: Do I need a car?

A: Yes a valid drivers licence is required.

Q: I’m over 45 can I still apply?

A: Yes! There is no age discrimination at VIHA, however, the job does require strength, the ability to lift and the ability to be active for a full day.

Q: I have small children. Will daycare be provided?

A: No, daycare will not be provided but on a case by case basis, funds may be available to cover childcare expenses at another location.

Q: Can more than 1 family member apply?

A: Yes

Q: What expenses are covered by the training?

A: All tuition fees, all books, ferry and mileage off Gabriola. books, uniform, shoes,

Q: I want to quit my job to take this training. Will my salary be covered?

A: We are currently trying to make those arrangements either through government grants or through bursaries, scholarships or low to no interest loans with a generous pay back period.

Q: Do I have to work for VIHA at the end of the program.

A: No there is no requirement to work for Island health at the end of the program.

Q: Is there a penalty if I don’t finish the training?

A: No, but all financial supports will terminate upon leaving the program. If a loan had been made, it would have to be paid back immediately.

Q: I have a friend who is moving to Gabriola. Are they eligible?

A: Yes, if they plan to be permanent residents of Gabriola with a fixed address they are eligible.

Q: Are there other requirements?

A: Yes, you must be fluent in English, you must have food safe, first aid and WIMIS. Participants will have the opportunity to take these programs on Gabriola in either August or September.

All participants who want to take the training must attend a pre-job interview with Island Health.

Q: How do I submit my name for consideration?

A: Please send us an email with your name and contact info to

Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program

The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program (FMNCP) is a healthy eating initiative that supports farmers’ markets and strengthens food security across British Columbia. Community partner organizations provide coupons to lower-income families and seniors participating in their food literacy programs. On Gabriola, the partnership is between the Gabriola Agricultural Association Co-op and People for a Healthy Community.

Coupons can be spent at all BCAFM member farmers’ markets that participate in the FMNCP, and can be used to purchase vegetables and some additional food items within criteria. Each household enrolled in the program is eligible to receive a minimum of $21/week in coupons for 16 weeks, beginning June 16th. Our participating market is the Saturday Farmers Market at the Agi Hall from 10am-1pm.

There will be opportunities for participants to take part in food literacy workshops, and there will also be an orientation for the program participants.

We are also supporting a paid research study component of the program through the Canadian Institute of Health Research, and if you are not selected for the initial program spots, you may have an opportunity to participate through the research study, with more details to come.

Please complete and return this application hard-copy :

BC FMNCP application for participants

to Kenda (Food Programs Coordinator) at People for a Healthy Community located at 675 North Rd., across from the elementary school. Or, alternatively, email to or fill out  this online google form. Applications are due by May 28th. If there are still spots available applications will be accepted past the due date.

For questions or support with the application please reach out the Kenda:
250-247-7322 or 250-247-7311

For additional information:

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.

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