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PGA British Columbia

ALS Support Groups

The groups provide an open, friendly and safe environment for ALS patients, family members, friends and caregivers to discuss issues related to living with ALS. Experienced volunteers facilitate the groups, and they are a major point of contact between the Society and the ALS community. We recognize support groups aren’t for everyone, but we also know that not too many people know exactly how fun support groups can be. We laugh and learn so much that it is hard to imagine why some people choose to “go it alone.” Just know we’re here when you need us.

STATS

  • 2017: 51 support group meetings
  • 2016: 65 support group meetings
  • 2015: 65 support group meetings

 

Abbotsford Living with ALS Group

Meeting dates:  Last Saturday of the month except July, August & December, 2-4PM

Location: Ross Road Community Church, 3160 Ross Road, Abbottsford B.C.

Support Group Facilitator: Dave Walman T | 604.837.5383

 

Kamloops Living with ALS Group

Meeting dates: 3rd Friday of the month 1-3PM.

Location: Brock Activity Centre 9A 1800 Tranquille Road Kamloops, BC

Support Group Facilitator Pat Tomlinson. T 250.319. 4516 E | pa1697@telus.net

 

Kelowna Living with ALS Group

Meeting dates: The last Friday of each month except July, August & December; 1- 3PM

Location: Trinity Baptist Church (corner of Spall and Springfield) 1905 Springfield Road (Wheelchair accessible)

Support Group Facilitator – Louise Adderley E | loumar4@shaw.ca

 

North Central Island Living with ALS Support Group

Meeting Dates: 1st Wednesday of the Month, 1:30-3:30PM

Location: Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre, 6234 Spartan Rd, Nanaimo, BC

Support Group Facilitator: Alexandra Guerrero E | patientservices2@alsbc.ca

 

NEW!! Surrey Living with ALS Group

Meeting dates: The last Tuesday of each month except in July, August & December 2-4PM

Location: 17567 57 Ave, Surrey, BC

Support Group Facilitator: Alexandra Guerrero E | patientservices2@alsbc.ca

 

Vancouver & area Living with ALS Support Group

Meeting dates: the last Wednesday of each month except July, August & December 10:30AM – 12:00PM

Location: The Fair Haven United Church Homes – 2720 E. 48th Ave., Vancouver, BC

Support Group Facilitator: Alexandra Guerrero E | patientservices2@alsbc.ca

HELP NEEDED: We are hoping to secure and train a new volunteer support group facilitator for this group. If you can help please let Alexandra know.

 

Victoria Living with ALS Support Group

Meeting dates: 3rd Sunday of the month except in June which is the 2nd Sunday of the month; and July & August. 2-4PM

Location: Health Unit located at 1947 Cook Street. Enter side door off parking lot.

Support Group Facilitator: Ellen Mahoney T | 250.920.9502

 

For more information on how to participate or start a support group in your area (training is provided) or to find out more details about dates and locations of upcoming events, please call 1-800-708-3228 ext. 226 or send email to patientservices2@alsbc.ca.

ALS can hit anyone, at any time, regardless of age, gender or ethnic origin. The average life expectancy after diagnosis is two to five years. Support equipment costs an average of $140,000 per patient; nursing and/or home care costs are up to 10 times that amount.

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