Early Years Healthy Start Fairs

Some good news for Nanaimo and area families during these turbulent times:

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Families:

The Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership is committed to keeping our families safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result we are hosting our next Early Years Healthy Start Fair virtually on the Zoom platform on January 5th, 2021, and we are happy to invite you to come!

The first 100 participants will receive a $10 grocery gift card! (Please note: to qualify for the gift card you must live in the Greater Nanaimo area) Registration is required, but it's easy, to register please email: nanaimoearlyyears@telus.net 

In the meantime, we have been working very hard to connect Nanaimo and area families with the awesome resources and services that are available to them at this time and invite you to check out our constantly updated Resources and Services portal for more information. 

Click or tap on the video below to watch a recording of the January 5th 2021 Virtual Early Years Healthy Start Fair! 

Click or tap on the video below to watch a recording of the November 19th, 2020 Virtual Early Years Healthy Start Fair! 

See below for some highlights from our Previous fairs

All parents and caregivers have questions when it comes to the health and wellness of their children, but with so much information available it can be overwhelming to find the answers you need. 

To help point you in the right direction, the Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership (GNEYP) is proud to host Early Years Healthy Start Fairs. Our fairs are a fantastic one-stop-shop for families with children age 0-6. At all our fairs you can meet and connect with local agencies and organizations to learn more about how they can support you in raising your children. 

While you are learning and having your questions answered by our community partners, your child can participate in a variety of fun activities and games, that will introduce them to healthy habits in a positive space. 

These FREE drop in events feature games, snacks, giveaways, activities and stories, along with opportunities for vision screening and immunizations. You can also find a wealth of information on family resources, community programs and much more. 

For more information, check out Children's Health Foundation CEO blog: Improving access to health care in Nanaimo highlighting our fairs & the amazing work that is being done!

Click or tap on our short video below to get a taste of some of the excellent FREE resources available to you and your family.

Previous Fairs:

Feb. 23, 2017 Thursday 3-6pm @ PacificCARE

April 22, 2017 Saturday 10-1pm @ Beban Park Lounge

June 7, 2017 Wednesday noon-3pm @ Princess Royal Family Centre

Sept 19, 2017 Tuesday 11-2pm @ Nanaimo Child Development Centre

Nov. 17th, 2017 Friday 10 - 1pm @ Fairview Community School 

Jan 15th, 2017 Monday, 1-4pm @ Tillicum Lelum Aoriginal Friendship Centre

- Jan 15th Fair Media Coverage

March 8th, 2018 Thursday 4-7pm @ the Country Club Centre

July 5, 2018 Thursday 9:30-12:30pm @ Oliverwoods Community Centre

Sept. 25, 2018 Tuesday noon-3pm @ the HOPE Centre, 790 N Rd, Gabriola, BC V0R 1X3

Nov. 20, 2018 Tuesday 10-1pm @ Boys & Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island, 20 Fifth St. Nanaimo B.C., V9R 1M7

Feb. 7, 2019, Thursday, 4-7pm @ Woodgrove Centre, 6631 Island Highway, Nanaimo

March 2, 2019 Saturday, 1-4pm @ Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial Street, Nanaimo

April 25, 2019, Thursday, 4-7pm @ Country Club Centre, 3200 N Island Hwy, Nanaimo, B.C.

June 24, 2019, Monday, 11-2pm @ Nanaimo Child Development Centre, 1135 Nelson Street, Nanaimo, BC

Oct. 1, 2019, Tuesday, noon-3pm @ the HOPE Centre, 790 N Rd, Gabriola, BC V0R 1X3

Nov. 5, 2019, Tuesday, 10-1pm @ Boys & Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island – Chase River, 1400 Cranberry Ave, Nanaimo, BC V9R 6Z7

March 6, 2020, Friday, 9:30 -12:30pm @ Seaview Elementary School, 7000 Lantzville School Rd, Lantzville, BC V0R 2H0

October 19th, 2020, Monday 12:30 - 1:30pm Zoom Platform

November 19th, 2020, Thursday 4:00 - 5:00pm Zoom Platform

The Early Years Healthy Start Fairs are hosted by the Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership with funding support offered by Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, Success By 6, Children First and our newest partner, Coastal Community Credit Union.  For the most up to date information on upcoming fairs check back on this page or follow us on social media.

Download a PDF of the Virtual Fair poster for October 19th and November 19th HERE

Download a PDF of the Virtual Fair poster for January 5th, February 3rd and March 6th 2021 HERE

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