Welcome to our Island Page!

Did you know that the ASBC has a Vancouver Island Branch and a Branch Coordinator to help serve our ever growing island communities? We also have four community support groups running in Nanaimo, Comox Valley, Port Alberni and Parksville. These meetings provide essential opportunities to connect and network with other individuals whose lives are changed by ASD and listen to guest speakers on a wide range of meaningful and relevant topics. We are always looking for people who are interested in serving additional communities. Let us know if you’d like to volunteer to become a Support Group Facilitator in your area (No experience required!).

Meet Teresa, our Island Branch Coordinator

Hi My name is Teresa Everitt. I live on Vancouver Island in beautiful Nanaimo. My husband and I have 4 four adult children, 2 of whom have Autism. I began my career in family daycare where I discovered my passion for supporting children with special needs and their families. As a parent I have experienced, first hand, many of the challenges on the Autism journey. My passion and experience has led me to my role as the Branch Coordinator for the Autism Society of BC. Now I want to help you navigate the Autism maze. Please reach out to me anytime at: teveritt@autismbc.ca – You are not alone.

The following is a list of just some of the referral/support services Teresa provides:

  • Connect individuals to autism service providers
  • Help families & individuals relocating to new community, province, or country
  • Lend a sympathetic ear when the autism maze feels overwhelming
  • Answer questions about the diagnosis process or autism in general example: “my child or loved one may have autism what do I do next?”
  • Answer question from professionals working in the Autism community
  • Connect individuals to Autism resources through our lending library
  • Connect individuals with local support groups
  • Connect individuals to recreational programs and camps

And Information Surrounding:

  • New to diagnosis
  • Educational related issues
  • Life transitions
  • Transition to adulthood
  • Advocacy issues
  • Current autism research
  • Info about RDSP’s, Disability tax credit, PWD and other programs

Vancouver Island Community Support Groups

NanaimoTeresa Everitt nanaimo@autismbc.ca250-751-9278
Comox ValleyAmanda Flentjar comoxvalley@autismbc.ca N/A
Port AlberniJuanita Currie portalberni@autismbc.ca
Parksville Tegan Scott parksville@autismbc.ca
To find out more about our community support groups or to volunteer to become a community support group facilitator please email info@autismbc.ca.