Community Support Groups

  • Community Support Groups

    Each month across the province, volunteer facilitators host free community support groups and/or information sessions. Attended by parents, extended family (often grandparents) community members and advocates, the groups provide valuable support to people on the autism spectrum and their families by connecting them with relevant autism information and resources.

    Monthly meetings help bring families together in their efforts to navigate the autism journey and share experiences. Every group is different. Some choose to bring in knowledgeable speakers, video presentations, educational materials on scientifically proven behaviour treatments, and other services that benefit children, teens or adults on the autism spectrum. Other meetings are informal coffee meet-ups.

    AutismBC currently supports and promotes Community Support Groups in all regions of the Province including the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Northern BC, and the Interior.

     

    Where are the community groups located?

    Lower Mainland

    LocationFacilitator(s)EmailWhen They Normally Meet-Up
    BurnabyStellaburnaby@autismbc.caOne Friday a the Month (10:00-12:00)
    New WestministerSimanewwest@autismbc.caLast Saturday of the Month
    Vancouver Square Peg Societyjoetteheuft@gmail.comMeetings Vary
    VancouverVancouver Aspergers Autism Unionhttps://www.meetup.com/aspies/
    Richmond (Chinese Support Group)Nancynancy_he@hotmail.comMeetings Vary
    Burnaby (Chinese Support Group)Mabelmlaw@ccmcanada.orgOne Friday a Month 12:15-2:15PM

    Vancouver Island

    LocationFacilitator(s)EmailWhen They Normally Meet-Up
    Comox ValleyAmandaisland@autismbc.ca1st Thursday of the Month
    Sooke Sherri sooke.sass@gmail.com4th Tuesday of the month
    NanaimoKimberleeKimberlee@nanaimocdc.com3rd Wednesday of the Month

    Northern BC

    LocationFacilitator(s)EmailWhen They Normally Meet-Up
    Prince GeorgeCorey and Heather cwalker@autismbc.ca
    heatherk@pacificautismfamily.com
    2nd Wednesday of the Month *available online stream
    Williams LakeCrystalinfo.newhorizonssociety@gmail.com
    100 Mile House Brenda brenda@giricz.ca

    Interior BC

    LocationFacilitator(s)Email When They Normally Meet-Up
    Kelowna (Parents)Lisakelowna@autismbc.ca1st Monday of the Month
    NakuspTerriwkvrs@telus.net
    Kimberley Lyndsay lyndsayann84@gmail.com
    Vernon Vassocompassionate1969@gmail.com3rd Wednesday of the month

     

     

    Starting a group in your community

    Let us know if you’d like to volunteer to become a Community Support Group Facilitator in your area. We’re always looking for people who are interested in supporting and connecting people on the autism spectrum and their families in additional communities. For more details about starting a group in your area, contact Brock, bsheppard@autismbc.ca or call 1-888-437-0880 x.107

    If you are currently running a community support group and want it listed on this page we are happy to list it here to better connect the autism community across BC.

     

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