Living with ALS Support Groups

The groups provide an open, friendly and safe environment for ALS patients, family members, friends and caregivers to discuss issues related to living with ALS.

ALS BC trained volunteers facilitate the groups, and they are a major point of contact between the Society and the ALS community.

We recognize support groups aren’t for everyone, but we also know that not too many people know exactly how fun support groups can be. We laugh and learn so much that it is hard to imagine why some people choose to “go it alone.” Just know we’re here when you need us.

Thank you to the Province of British Columbia for sponsoring the Support Group Program of the ALS Society of BC through a BC Gaming Grant.

Kamloops Meetings
When: Meetings Third Friday of the month
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Hybrid Location: ZOOM & North Shore Community Centre, #452 – 730 Cottonwood Ave #452, Kamloops, BC V2B 8M6
Facilitator: Pat Tomlinson
Phone: 250-319-4516
Email: [email protected] 

North Central Island
When: Meetings First Wednesday of the month (with the exception of Wednesday, January 11th, 2023)
Time: 1:30 – 3:30PM
Hybrid Location: ZOOM & Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 6234 Spartan Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2N9
Facilitator: Shirley Theriault
Email: [email protected]

Okanagan Meetings
When: Meetings Last Friday of the month (except July, Aug, Dec)
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Hybrid Location: ZOOM & Trinity Baptist Church, 1905 Springfield Road (corner of Spall and Springfield)
Facilitator: Louise Adderley, [email protected]
Co-facilitator: Louise Gauthier, [email protected]

Vancouver & Lower Mainland Meetings
When: Meetings Last Wednesday of the month (except December)
Time: 10:30 – 12:30 PM
Location: ZOOM
Facilitator: Annie Wei
Email: [email protected]

Victoria Meetings
When: Meetings Third Sunday of the month (except Jun, Sept & Dec)
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: ZOOM & To Be Announced
Facilitator: Ellen Mahoney
Phone: 250-920-9502

Virtual CAREGIVERS Meetings
When: Meetings Third Thursday of the month
Time: 10:30-12:30 PM
Location: ZOOM
Contact [email protected] to register
Facilitator: Louise Adderley, Email: [email protected]

For more information on how to participate or start a support group in your area (training is provided). To find out more details about dates and locations of upcoming events, please contact: Phone: 604.278.2257 ext. 226 or send email [email protected]

Demographics

Our goal is to have nine support group locations across British Columbia.  Note that due to the pandemic, support group meetings were virtual.

In 2021, the Society organized 102 virtual support group meetings. To ensure support to ALS clients, the patient services manager increased one on one phone call to clients. A total of 550 phone calls were logged in 2021.

Quick Stats

  • Support Group Meetings

    • 98

      2021

    • 85

      2020

    • 82

      2019