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Gabriola Island HOPE Centre

The HOPE Centre is a family of special services created and managed to meet the needs to the people of Gabriola Island. The HOPE Centre’s family of services is housed in two buildings: The Hope House and the Hope Centre. Each offer a variety of programs and services to children, youth and adults on Gabriola. Programs and services whose aim is “hands on prevention and education,” offering islanders hope for a better tomorrow through qualified and professional services. These special services and resources are made available to families and individuals to support them in making healthy lifestyle choices. 

Phone Number: 250-247-8730


Healthlink BC (24hr Nurse Line)

At HealthLink BC, you will find medically-approved information on more than 5,000 health topics, symptoms, medications, and tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You can also search their online Directory to find health services near you.

Call 8-1-1 from anywhere in British Columbia to speak with a nurse any time of the day or night. On weekdays, you can speak to a dietician about nutrition and healthy eating. At night, they have pharmacists available to answer your medication questions.

Phone Number: 811


Ladysmith Community Health Center

The Ladysmith Community Health Centre, formerly the Ladysmith Hospital, is a Primary Health Care Centre designed to provide a range of health and community services in one central location. The goal of the Centre is to provide integrated and collaborative team care to patients by the appropriate provider in the appropriate setting in an appropriate time and in an appropriate type and format of intervention for their needs.

Phone Number: 250-739-5777


Le Leche League Breastfeeding Support

La Leche League is a not-for-profit group that supports pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. In Nanaimo we meet the secondWednesday of the month from 10 am till noon and offer access to a great lending library. Our peer-to-peer support and evidence-based knowledge helps make breastfeeding accessible to all mothers, whether they are heading back to work, are stay-at-home mothers, have children with disabilities, or are coping with other challenges that might make breastfeeding difficult. To really benefit from the meetings we encourage mothers to join a few months before they have their baby. In this way they'll be able to see mothering-through-breastfeeding in action!
Each month we focus on one in a series of four topics, but we are always open to discuss whatever concerns may be on your mind.
Meeting topics: 
#1 -- The Advantages of Breastfeeding for Mother and Baby
#2 -- The Baby Arrives -- The Family and the Breastfed baby
#3 -- The Art of Breastfeeding and Overcoming Difficulties
#4 -- Nutrition and Weaning 
Nursing babies and siblings are always welcome!

Phone Number:  250-754-5853


Public Health Nursing

Public Health Nursing provides health promotion, disease prevention, intervention and support services to women, children, youth and families living across the Island Health region. Services are provided to individuals, families, groups and communities in homes, schools, health units and community settings.

Available at:

  • Nanaimo Health Centre
  • Nanaimo/Ladysmith Nursing Intake Line
  • Princess Royal Family Centre


Nanaimo Health Centre: 250-755-3342

Nanaimo/Ladysmith Nursing Intake                     Line: 250-755-3388

Princess Royal Family Centre: 250-739-5845

Snuneymuxw Centre

The Health Departments objective is to support adults, elders, children, and families who live on reserve by providing preventative services and advocacy. The primary work of the Health Centre focuses on Children and Youth, Mental Health and Addictions, Primary Health Care, Chronic Illness Prevention, Communicable Disease Control, and Environmental Health and Management.

Phone Number: 250-740-2337


Stz’uminus Health Centre

The Stz’uminus Health Centre provides programs and services to maintain and improve the overall health and well-being of the Stz’uminus band and community members.  This includes physical health as well as mental and social health.  Their services are designed to cover prenatal clients to Elders, with programs consisting of community health, mental health and home care.  The doors are generally open between 9am and 4 pm Monday to Friday.  

Phone Number: 250-245-8551


Tillicum Lelum Health Centre

Tilicum Haus Aboriginal Friendship Centre offers educational and training programs, health and counselling services and social services programs as well as a wide variety of support groups and special events and activities for children, youth, women, men, families and the community. Health Programs include: 

- Community Health Program (nurses, medical insurance not required) 

- STD and HIV/AIDS Testing and Support 

- Diabetic Support 

- Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Worker 

Phone Number: 250-753-6578


Quick Summary

 Gabriola Island HOPE Centre  250-247-8730
 Healthlink BC (24hr Nurse Line)  811
 Ladysmith Community Health Center -  Switchboard  250-739-5777
 Le Leche League Breastfeeding Support  250-754-5853
 Public Health Nursing
      -Nanaimo Health Centre  250-755-3342
      -Nanaimo/Ladysmith Nursing Intake Line  250-755-3388
      -Princess Royal Family Centre  250-739-5845
 Snuneymuxw First Nation Centre  250-740-2337
 Stz'uminus First Nation Health Centre  250-245-8551
 Tillicum Lelum Health Centre  250-753-6578


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