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. To view our 2018-19 annual Report, click here. To view our 2017-18 Annual Report, click here.

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


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

(Order your 2019-2020 16-month Forward House client art calendar now - only $20)

November 4th to December 31st - Art Sale Fundraiser - Visit the Vancouver Island Conference Centre (Commercial Street in Nanaimo) to see more than 30 professional art pieces donated by the Englishman River Gallery. Click here to see our Art Catalogue. All proceeds support Forward House programs and services.

Wednesday November 6th, 5:30 pm - Dessert Night - Join us for a tour of Forward House and some delicious treats. Learn more about our programs and services while enjoying the comfort of our cozy living room.

Wednesday December 4th, 5:30 pm - Dessert Night - Join us for a tour of Forward House and some delicious treats. Learn more about our programs and services while enjoying the comfort of our cozy living room.

Monday December 23rd, 4:00 pm - Christmas Dinner - Come and celebrate Christmas Dinner with us, Dinner starts at 4:00pm, cost is $5 for clients and $10 for guests (please RSVP to Shane by Thursday December 19th).

Saturday April 25th, 2020 - 2nd Annual ‘Partners in Community’ Benefit Gala - Join us at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre for a memorable evening that supports Forward House and Oceanside Hospice. Enjoy a wonderful plated dinner catered by Galloping Gourmet, followed by dancing to Motown hits featuring the amazing Tina Jones. Stay tuned for more information….


Special Projects and Programs at Forward House

There is so much happening at Forward House right now! Click here to learn more about these special initiatives:

Forward House in Qualicum Beach - expanded to two days!

2019-2020 Art Calendar (Order one now!)

‘Moving Forward with Accessibility’ Project


Oceanside Outreach Videos Launched

Forward House and Island Crisis Care Society are pleased to present a series of videos created through the Oceanside Outreach Project. To view these videos click on the images below. For more information on this project click here.

Thanks to the Community Action Initiative, the Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions and the Overdose Emergency Response Centre for funding this project.


Dragonfly Dinner & Dance a Huge Success!

The 16th Annual Dragonfly Dinner & Dance at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall on September 28th was a wonderful celebration of our clients’ achievements and the generous people in Oceanside. We honoured the following Award Recipients:

The Carol Richardson Compassion Awards - 100+ Women Who Care Oceanside and St Stephen’s United Church

Health Care Awards - Dr Jane Clelland and Janet Tobey, RN

Business Awards - Pharmasave Qualicum Beach and Wanderlust Tattoo

Community Service Awards - Parksville Lioness Service Club and Island Crisis Care Society

Lifetime Mental Health Award - Pat Trozzo (recently retired long-service employee of Forward House)

Special thanks to the Town of Qualicum Beach, Galloping Gourmet Catering Company and Groundswell Band for making this a memorable evening.


Support for Caregivers 

Our Families Forward Support Group takes place on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm. Join us for great discussions and lots of support and resources for friends, families, and caregivers. 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. We are actively looking for new volunteers - please help!

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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 2019. 

Approximately 65% 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.