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.

Quick Stats

  • Support Group Meetings

    • 51

      2017

    • 65

      2016

    • 65

      2015

Abbotsford
Meeting Days: Last Saturday of the month 2-4PM, except July, August & December
Location: Ross Road Community Church, 3160 Ross Road, Abbotsford, BC
Support Group Facilitator: Dave Walman, 604-837-5383

Kamloops
Meeting Days: Third Friday of the month 1-3PM, except June the second Friday of the month
490 Lorne Street – Unit 107, Kamloops, BC
Support Group Facilitator: Pat Tomlinson, 250-319-4516

Kelowna
Meeting Days: Last Friday of each month 1- 3PM, except July, August & December
Location: Trinity Baptist Church (Wheelchair Accessible), 1905 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC (corner of Spall and Springfield)
Support Group Facilitator: Louise Adderley, loumar4@shaw.ca

North Central Island
Meeting Days: First Wednesday of the Month, 1:30-3:30PM * January 9th for 2019
Location: Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre, 6234 Spartan Rd, Nanaimo, BC
Support Group Facilitator: Shirley Theriault, shirley.theriault@yahoo.ca

Surrey
Meeting Days: Last Tuesday of each month 2-4PM, except in July, August & December
Location: 17567 57 Ave, Surrey, BC – Royal Canadian Legion
Support Group Facilitator: Alexandra Guerrero, 604-278-2257 Ext 226

Vancouver & Area
Meeting Days: Last Wednesday of each month 10:30AM–12PM, except July, August & December
Location: The Fair Haven United Church Homes, 2720 E. 48th Ave, Vancouver, BC
Support Group Facilitator: Thilini Amaratunga, 604-278-2257 Ext 228

**Help Needed – We are hoping to secure and train a new volunteer support group facilitator for this group. If you can help, please let Thilini know.**

Victoria
Meeting Days: Third Sunday of the month 2-4PM, except in June, September and December which is the 2nd Sunday of the month; No meetings in July & August
Location: Health Unit, 1947 Cook Street, Victoria, BC (enter side door off parking lot)
Support Group Facilitator: Ellen Mahoney, 250-920-9502

For more information on how to participate or start a support group in your area (training is provided), or to find out more details about dates and locations of upcoming events, please contact us at 1-800-708-3228 ext. 226 or patientservices2@alsbc.ca