Living with ALS Support Groups

A special meeting of the ALS Society of BC executive committee and Dr. Neil Cashman, Academic Director & Dr. Hannah Briemberg, Director of Medicine ALS Centre at GF Strong was held to develop a plan, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 Virus crisis.

It was an unanimous decision to suspend all ALS BC Living with ALS Support Groups until it is safe to gather again. However, we recognized to support each other during this time is important. At the moment we are offering virtual support groups. Please contact alexandra@alsbc.ca for details.

The ALS Society of BC chooses to err on the side of caution to ensure the safety of all.  Thank you for your understanding.


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.

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 2020, the Society organized 85 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 484 phone calls were logged in 2020.

Quick Stats

  • Support Group Meetings

    • 85

      2020

    • 82

      2019

    • 66

      2018

Abbotsford
Meetings held on the last Thursday of the month (Except July, August & December)
2-4PM
Location: Ross Road Community Church – 3160 Ross Road
Support Group Facilitator – Dave Walman T | 604.837.5383

Kamloops
Meetings held on the 3rd Friday of the month
1-3PM
*New Location: North Shore Community Centre – #452-730 Cottonwood Ave
Support Group Facilitator Pat Tomlinson. T 250.319.4516 E | pa1697@telus.net

Kelowna
Meetings held on the last Friday of the month (Except December)
1-3PM
Location: Trinity Baptist Church, 1905 Springfield Road (corner of Spall and Springfield)
Support Group Facilitator – Louise Adderley E | louiseadderley50@gmail.com

North Central Island
Meetings held on the 1st Wednesday of the month
Location: Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre – 6234 Spartan Rd, Nanaimo
1:30-3:30PM
Support Group Facilitator – Shirley Theriault E l Shirley.Theriault@yahoo.ca

Prince George & Area
Meetings held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (Except July & August)
1:30-3:30PM
Location: St. Giles Presbyterian Church; 1500 Edmonton Street, Prince George
Support Group Facilitator – Deborah Miller l debarn1@telus.net l 250.964.3365

Surrey
Meetings held on the last Tuesday of the month (Except July, August & December)
2-4PM Location: 17710 – 56A Ave, Surrey; Museum of Surrey
Support Group Facilitator – Alexandra Guerrero l alexandra@alsbc.ca l 604-278-2257 ext. 226

Vancouver & Area
Meetings held on the last Wednesday of the month (Except December)
10:30 – 12:30PM
Location: The Fair Haven United Church Homes – 2720 E. 48th Ave, Vancouver
Windsor Room (Lower Level). Parking available on street only.
Support Group Facilitator – Annie Wei E I anniewei1@hotmail.com

Victoria
Meetings held on the 3rd Sunday of the month (Except June, September & December which is the 2nd Sunday of the month)
2-4PM
Location: Victoria Health Unit – 1947 Cook Street. Enter side door off parking lot.
Support Group Facilitator – Ellen Mahoney T | 250.920.9502

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 alexandra@alsbc.ca