Forward House provides adults living with mental health challenges with the support and tools they need to enjoy full and independent lives. We are a compassionate, inclusive community in mid-Vancouver Island.

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'2017 Not-For-Profit of the Year'
Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce

Forward House Fridays in Qualicum Beach

We are happy to announce that Forward House now has a satellite location at Qualicum Commons (744 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach). Our Outreach Worker, Doreen 'Coco' Littlejohn and her team of volunteers will be visiting businesses, churches, and other service agencies to ensure we meet the needs of the community in Qualicum Beach. Our pilot project will run every Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in room 8 of Qualicum Commons. We enjoy sharing the office with the Division of Family Practice.

A special thanks to the Town of Qualicum Beach, School District 69, the United Way, and Parks West Business Products for their support of this outreach initiative. If this pilot project is successful, we will consider expanding our hours in the future.

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Moving Forward with Accessibility Project - Phase 2

It's done! We have a brand new, fully accessible  bathroom.Thanks to the Regional District of Nanaimo for their support through a Grant-in-Aid, and to all four local Rotary clubs for their generous support. For more information and pictures of the renovation and completed project, click here.

Our Community Rose to the Mental Health Week Challenges!

From May 7th to 11th, Forward House challenged our supporters and community members to perform daily challenges: reaching out to someone who may be lonely, doing a random act of kindness, telling 3 people about Forward House, listing 4 things they are grateful for, and making a donation to Forward House. Congratulations to the winner of our draw, KIM LONGMUIR, who participated in all five challenges and is the lucky winner of a $50 gift card donated by Realm Food Co.


Thursday May 31st, 5:30 pm - Dessert Night - Come to Forward House for an informational chat, tour, and some delicious desserts. Learn more about mental health and the importance of day-to-day supports and social opportunities. This will be our last Dessert Night until September 2018.

Tuesday June 19th, 6:00 pm - Public Hearing re 222 Corfield St. Housing Project - Show your support for this supportive housing project at the City of Parksville's Public Hearing at the Parksville Conference Centre. 

Thursday June 21st, 6:30 pm - Forward House Annual General Meeting - Join us as we review the successes of the past year, elect new Board members, and announce new initiatives for the coming year. Tea, coffee, and delicious desserts will be served! Sign up to be a Forward House member by May 18th in order to vote and have a voice. Note: this is the new date - changed due to the Public Hearing above.

Tuesday September 25th, 5:30 pm - 15th Annual Dragonfly Dinner - Join us for a great night celebrating our generous community and our amazing clients. Tickets will go on sale in August.

Support for Caregivers 

Although Forward House closes officially at 5:00 on Thursdays, we are open for caregivers from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday nights.

Join our Families Forward Support Group for great discussions and lots of support and resources. Drop-ins welcome!

Volunteer Opportunities  

At Forward House there are so many ways to give back. Our volunteers provide a range of supports including preparation of home-style meals, art instruction, transportation, Board engagement, and much more! With just a few hours a week, you can provide life-changing opportunities to people who need your support. 

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Mental Health and Substance Use Resources

For Mental Health Resources, click here

For Substance Use Resources, click here.

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A Special Acknowledgement...

Forward House has been a proud recipient of United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island funding for our Healthy Eating Meal Program from 2015 to 2018. 

Approximately 75% of Forward House funding comes from the Vancouver Island Health Authority. We rely on the generous support of the community to cover our remaining needs. Join our family of supporters today and your gift will offer compassion and promote mental wellness.