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

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!

Oceanside Outreach Program

2019-2020 Art Calendar (Order one now!)

‘Moving Forward with Accessibility’ Project

Art Sale to support Forward House programs

Visit the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo to see our Art Sale! Forward House is exited to exhibit a unique Art Sale, with 40 originals and limited edition prints painted by local artists including Brian Buckrell, Robert Bateman and Nadia Shworan and many more. These works of art have been donated by a local art gallery to be sold with proceeds being given to Forward House. Click here to see our art catalogue. Make us an offer! The prices published in our catalogue are the original prices quoted by the gallery; for the purposes of this sale, these prices are a guide only; we invite offers on each piece of art.

To view, enter from Commercial Street; the display is close to the VICC Administrative office and will be in place until September 27th. Contact the VICC staff in the office to make your offer and secure your purchase.

We would like to thank the Englishman River Gallery for their generous donation of this art. We also thank Parks West for printing the catalogues, the VICC for displaying the art and the Forward House Board, staff and volunteers for their work in putting this project together.


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

Community Cares Sessions - Learn more about the Oceanside Outreach Program and harm reduction strategies to make our community stronger. These sessions will take place on Tuesday August 27th 1:00-3:00pm at St Stephen’s Church main hall in Qualicum Beach and on Wednesday August 28th 1:00-3:00pm at Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church connections room. These sessions are free of charge and everyone is welcome! Thank you to the Community Action Initiative, the BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and the Overdose Emergency Response Centre for funding this project.

Until September 27th - Visit our Art Sale and the Vancouver Island Conference Centre! This sale features 40 originals and limited edition prints painted by local artists. Purchase a beautiful piece for your home and support Forward House programs at the same time.

Dessert Nights - Stay tuned for the date of our next Dessert Night coming up in September.  You can join us for some delicious treats and learn more about our programs and services.

Saturday September 28th - Dragonfly Dinner and Dance - Come celebrate with us at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall, 644 Memorial Ave, Qualicum Beach. Enjoy a wonderful dinner catered by Galloping Gourmet, a celebration of our clients and community supporters, and a dance featuring Groundswell Band. Tickets are available now at a cost of $40. Tickets are selling fast, don’t miss out!

Friday October 11th - Thanksgiving Dinner - Come and celebrate Thanksgiving Dinner with us, Dinner starts at 4:00pm, cost is $3 for clients and $10 for guests (please RSVP to Shane).

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….

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 70% 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.