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.

102 virtual meetings in 2021

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

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

Kamloops
Meetings are held in person on the 3rd Friday of the month
1-2 PM
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)
1-3 PM
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: Zoom
1:30-3:30PM
Support Group Facilitator – Shirley Theriault E l Shirley.Theriault@yahoo.ca

Prince George & Area
Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in person (Except July & August)
1:30-3:30 PM
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 are held on the last Tuesday of the month in person (Except July, August & December)
2-4 PM 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 are held virtually on the last Wednesday of the month (Except December)
10:30 – 12:30 PM
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 are held on the 3rd Sunday of the month virtually (Except June, September & December which is the 2nd Sunday of the month)
2-4 PM
Location: Victoria Health Unit – 1947 Cook Street. Enter the side door off the parking lot.
Support Group Facilitator – Ellen Mahoney T | 250.920.9502

Virtual Caregiver Group 
Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month virtually
10:30-12:30 PM
Location: Zoom contact alexandra@alsbc.ca to register
Support Group Facilitator – Louise Adderley E | louiseadderley@gmail.com

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