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

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


On Saturday July 14 between 10:00am and 3:00pm volunteers, staff and board members from PHC will be in the Village Foods parking lot to receive donations to fill the shelves at the food bank.

Summer may bring more vegetables and garden fresh foods, but the food bank is busy as ever this time of year and the non-perishables are an important part of the staples which help our participants.

There are 3 ways you can contribute to the Fill the Truck drive.  See poster for the details:

We hope to see you there!