Gabriola resource centre opens its doors

Gabriola Islanders celebrate a boost in health care Saturday (Sept. 22).

Gabriola Islanders celebrate a boost in health care Saturday (Sept. 22) with the opening of the People for a Healthy Community resource centre.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gabriola Professional Centre, 8-590 North Rd.

The resource centre provides services to seniors, families and individuals on the island.

Services for seniors include an information hotline to connect seniors with supports on Gabriola, Nanaimo and the rest of British Columbia. The aim is to help seniors access all the resources they deserve and qualify for, including: SAFER grants for housing, guaranteed income supplements, Vancouver Island Health Authority services, respite care and free or low-cost income tax services.

Services for families and individuals include free and low-cost professional counselling services, prenatal education and parenting groups, information-sharing talks, film nights, and a small meeting space for local groups. PHC’s Circle of Care program will also be run from the new centre.

The centre is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Programming and appointments will also be offered in the mornings and evenings.

For  more information, please call 250-325-2273 or e-mail