• Family Resources

Family Resources and Services

Family Support Workers and local Counsellors offer support and access to resources for vulnerable families. We work with families on an individual basis to build success and promote strengths. The CRC works to ensure that all children across the SGIs have a healthy start in life.

In all our programs we offer a safe and welcoming environment to help support children in reaching their full potential. Our current partnerships are designed to promote positive child development, support school readiness skills, introduce families to resources and supports in their community, and provide individual support and advocacy for families.

A growing area, we currently offer :

  • Mediation (family communication)
  • Individual and family support.
  • Navigation and referral to community resources.
  • Mentoring and coaching.
  • Discretionary and time-limited emergency resources such as food and or transportation.

Please call the SGICRC at 250-629-3665  for referrals to Counsellors and further family assistance.

We are currently assessing the level of difficulties family are encountering during COVID include stress and isolation and abuse. We will be posting information and resources shortly in this area.

Additional Family Support Programs

Craft and Care Kits

Check back for an update in Fall 2021!

Updated March 16 2021 – all kits have been claimed

To relieve some of the winter monotony, DIY Craft and Care kits are also available for seniors and children of low-income families. The kits, prepared and distributed by volunteers across all islands, will include paints and paper etc., craft supplies such a glue and fabric material or wool for knitting depending on the nature of the interest – they will also include child friendly puzzle books, reading books and games.


Galiano: Carol  email

Mayne: Meaghan  email

Pender: Cathie  email

Saturna: Veronica  email

Puzzle Libraries

Free Jigsaw Puzzle Loaning Libraries are being created on each island, this resource is sure to provide hours of entertainment for children and adults alike!  Puzzles are currently available at the Pender Island CRC Office.

Grandparent Storytelling

Many of the Islands’ seniors are eager to pass on stories of their youth on the islands and a new ‘Grandparent Storytelling’ project allows senior volunteers to share their stories. In collaboration with the podcast ‘The Stories That Brought You Here‘,  Penderites give one-on-one interviews with host, Chris Wakaluk, about what brought them to Pender Island, B.C. – Discover the stories that brought them to this amazing little island and also the stories that brought them to this point in their lives.

Family Counselling

Online supportive counselling has been added to this program as the increasing isolation has put additional pressure on families and individuals. Support groups for seniors and people with disabilities continues – properly distanced. We are experiencing an increase in abuse cases, isolation, and family issues. The concern continues for families as family settings deteriorate, youth have no extra curricular activities and studies online become more difficult.

A relatively new program, the Family Counselling Program promotes family and community capacity to protect and support children and youth and their families through access to supportive counselling, crisis intervention, mediation, outreach, and referral. The aim of the program is to build upon the family’s strengths and improve family relationships and family development. The service is based on ability to pay and is offered by professional Counsellors. A partnership with the Community health centre forms the core of this program.

Contact: Brook Parkin – Family Mediation