Community Early Years Initiatives/Partnerships

At Home Program Guide

The AT HOME PROGRAM (AHP) is intended to assist parents or guardians with some of the extraordinary costs of caring for a child with severe disabilities at home. The AHP provides assistance in two main areas:  AHP RESPITE BENEFITS allow parents or guardians to access respite services that best suit their needs. See page 8, About Respite Benefits, for more information.  AHP MEDICAL BENEFITS provide a range of basic, medically necessary items and services. See page 9, About AHP Medical Benefits, for more information. A child may be eligible for both Respite Benefits and Medical Benefits, or a choice of one benefit.

This guide provides detailed information on all aspects of the At Home Program and is intended to assist both parents and health care professionals with understanding how the program works.

The BC Association of Family Resource Programs 

A not-for-profit provincial organization dedicated to promoting and supporting community-based Family Resource Programs (FRPs). FRPs are parent/child (aged 0-6) community hubs where families access support, opportunities for engagement, and community resources.

BC Easter Seals Camps 

BC easter seals camp provides free overnight summer camping experiences for children and teens with physical and/or mental disabilities throughout British Columbia.

Coastal Community Credit Union

Coastal Community Credit Union is the largest financial services organization based on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, offering a full range of products and services. We’re help to help you manage your finances through this challenging time, whatever your circumstances.  Whether you have a banking, lending, investment or insurance-related question, we have experts on hand to help you. To learn our up-to-date hours, service channels and support measures, please visit

Phone number: 1.888.741.1010



The Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership (GNEYP) is a diverse group of engaged community partners who are committed to improving the health and development of children ages pre-natal to six in the Greater Nanaimo area. Our mission is to be positive, evolving community table that collaborates to identify, strengthen and support the optimal development of children and their families with the goal of having children thriving and school ready.

Phone Number: 250-816-1699


Ladysmith Early Years Partnership

The Ladysmith Early Years Partnership is a group of early childhood service providers who work together to make Ladysmith a community where children and families thrive. The Partnership, known as LEYP, also promotes the healthy development of children ages 0 to 6 by getting together on a regular basis to share information and plan for a full range of programs and services to meet the needs of Ladysmith families.

Phone Number: 250-245-6427


The Nanaimo Lions Club 

Did you know that the Nanaimo Lions Club have served the Nanaimo community since 1947? Did you know that the Nanaimo Lions Club built the Lions Pavilion in Maffeo Sutton Park and the Lions Great Bridge spanning the Millstone River? Did you know that the Nanaimo Lions Club sponsors the Lions Free Skate at the Frank Crane area – an opportunity enjoyed by over 50,000 in the last 9 years? Did you know that the Nanaimo Lions Club conducts annual vision screening of all Grade 4 and 7 students in Nanaimo schools and at the Early Years Healthy Start Fairs. Did you know that the Nanaimo Lions Club annually provides $7,000.00 in Scholarships to graduating Grade 12 Nanaimo students to assist them to further their education? Did you know that the Nanaimo Lions Club supports the training of six types of service dogs? Did you know that the Nanaimo Lions Club collects used Eye Glasses for distribution to third world communities?

These are just a few of the many projects the Nanaimo Lions have provided for the betterment and enjoyment of all residents of Nanaimo. The members of the Nanaimo Lions Club are women and men just like you who have decided to give something back to our communities and who believe that by working together, we will accomplish more for our communities.

To continue providing these many services to our community, the membership of the Nanaimo Lions Club must be continually rejuvenated. We invite individuals and couples to visit our club to see what we offer. If you looking for opportunities to

- Become involved in your community.

- Help your neighbours.

- Serve as a Community Leader.

Membership in a Lions Club offers you opportunity to give back to your community

– to volunteer your time

and skills to help those less fortunate in our communities. The primary costs of membership is our annual dues which currently are $115.00/year and the costs of meals at our twice monthly meetings but the meals are optional.


- President: Lion Pierre Le Gal

[236] 238-2644,

- Membership Chair: Lion Claire Clark

[250] 591-1635,

- Incoming Club Secretary: Lion Larrie Taylor [250] 954-3814

Quick Summary

 Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership  250-816-1699
 Ladysmith Early Years Partnership
 The Nanaimo Lions Club 250-591-1635 


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