Central Okanagan

Community Resources

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Medical Organizations and Services

A GP for Me
Helping you find a family doctor. Are you
over the age of 65 and without a family
doctor? Central Okanagan’s Mobile
Assessment Unit can help. Set up an
appointment to meet with a health care
worker to complete a medical history
250.718.8116 set up an appointment

Advance Care Planning: My Voice
Expressing your wishes and instructions
for future health care treatment. By
planning ahead, you will have a voice
in your future decisions. Every capable
adult should make an advance care plan.
Download the provincial Advance Care
Planning Guide in English, Punjabi or
Simplified Chinese. Watch video.

Alcohol & Drug Information & Referral
Certified information and referral
specialists respond to enquiries on all
aspects of alcohol and drug use and
misuse. 24/7 multilingual service
• Kelowna Mental Health and
Substance Use
505 Doyle Avenue
250.469.7070 x12001 Mon-Fri 8am-6pm

Allergy/Asthma Information Association
Improve quality of life for those affected by
allery, asthma and anaphylaxis
4730 Redridge Road, Kelowna
250.764.7507 1.877.500.2242

ALS Society of British Columbia
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
To meet physical & emotional needs of
ALS patients and their caregivers
www.alsbc.ca Donate online
1.800.708.3228 Richmond

Alzheimer Society of BC
Exists to alleviate the personal and social
consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and
related dementias
307-1664 Richter St. Resource Centre
1.800.936.6033 Dementia Helpline

Arthritis Society
Committed to excellence and leadership
in research, care, education and advocacy
for persons with arthritis
1.800.321.1433 Info/Donate 9-5 M-F
• 260A-1855 Kirschner Road
250.868.8643 Interior Regional Office

BC Brain Injury Association
Provide a voice to promote a better quality
of life for those with acquired brain injury:
educate, prevent, support
604.984.1212 North Vancouver


BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia
Hawkins Centre for Southern Interior
Centre of cancer research, education,
prevention, diagnosis and treatment
399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna V1Y 5L3
250.712.3900 1.888.563.7773
• Screening Mammography Program
About 1 in 9 women will develop breast
cancer. Mammograms can find breast
cancer early-usually before it has spread
Check web site for Clinic Locator
108-3330 Richter Street, Kelowna
1.800.663.9203 Book your screening

BC Epilepsy Society
Provides information and referral, support
services to people with epilepsy
604.875.6704 Vancouver
• Center for Epilepsy & Seizure
Education in British Columbia
Providing support, education,
information for those with epilepsy
112-32868 Ventura Ave., Abbotsford

BC Lung Association
Provides comprehensive information on
lung diseases. Better Breathers’ Club
meets 2nd Tuesday of the month at The
Dorchester, 863 Leon Avenue
Questions about your breathing? Call for
advice 1.866.717.2673
https://bc.lung.ca 1.800.665.5864

BC Lupus Society
Dedicated to conquering one of the most
unpredictable,devastating diseases; giving
caring support to those who suffer from its
brutal impact. Anyone can get lupus and
there is no cure. www.bclupus.org
1.866.585.8787 for more information
250.869.1335 Kelowna Support Group


BC Senior’s Guide
Compilation of information & resources
to help us all plan for and live healthy
lifestyles as we age. Sections on benefits,
health, housing, transportation, finances,
safety & security. You can download/
print, read it online, or order a hard copy.
To order a free copy, contact the Seniors
Health Care Support Line, Monday to
Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
2016 English edition now available

BrainTrust Canada
Community rehabilitation and support for
persons with brain injury, as well as a strong
focus on education & prevention
11-368 Industrial Avenue, Kelowna
250.762.3233 1.888.762.3233

Seeing beyond vision loss since 1918
Practical support for everyday life...safe
travel, learning & leisure, how-to videos,
Braille, independence living skills
101-1456 St. Paul Street
1.800.563.2642 Helpline

Canadian Cancer Society
Information, resources, support for
cancer patients and their families
1.888.939.3333 Questions, support
1.866.786.3934 TTY Mon-Fri
• Interior Regional Office
102-1433 St. Paul Street, Kelowna
250.762.6381 1.800.403.8222

Canadian Cancer Society
Southern Interior Rotary Lodge
A home away from home facility for cancer
patients while accessing treatment at
Kelowna Cancer Centre
2251 Abbott Street, Kelowna

Canadian Diabetes Association
Promotes health through research,
education, services and advocacy
1589 Sutherland Avenue
250.762.9447 1.888.628.9494
1.800.226.8464 Information Line
See our Webinar information on page 41

Canadian Institute for Health
Information (CIHI)
Better Data. Better Decisions. Healthier
Canadians. Monthly e-newsletter
www.cihi.ca www.cihi.ca/en/land
250.220.4100 Victoria office

Canadian Liver Foundation
Dedicated to liver health and eliminating
the over 100 forms of liver disease
1.800.856.7266 Vancouver
1.800.563.5483 Here to Help

Canadian Mental Health Association
Facilitates access to resources people
require to maintain and improve mental
health and community integration, build
resilience, and support recovery
504 Sutherland Avenue
1.800.555.8222 BC Division
310.6789 Local Crisis Line 24/7

Canadian Tai Chi Academy
Tai Chi can help you improve your health
with gentle stretching, turning, balancing
and relaxation. It is a complete whole body
exercise that can be practiced by anyone
with no special equipment
• Kelowna: Check web site for beginner
and ongoing classes...
For more information, call
250.763.7639 or 250.764.6396
• West Kelowna - see Wine Country Tai ..
Chi Society listing on page 86


Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada
• Central Okanagan Association for
Cardiac Health (COACH)
Patient education, counselling and
monitored exercise to encourage long
lasting lifestyle changes to promote
heart health after a cardiac event
204-2622 Pandosy Street 250.763.3433

Cerebral Palsy Association of BC
Mission is to create a Life Without Limits
for people with disabilities
1.800.663.0004 Vancouver 9-5 M-F

Crohn’s & Colitis Canada
Committed to curing Crohn’s disease and
ulcerative colitis, improving the lives of
those affected by these chronic diseases
1.800.513.8202 Vancouver

Denturist Association of BC
Everything you want to know about
dentures, where to find a local denturist
www.denturist.bc.ca 604.886.1705

Dietitian Services
Specializes in nutrition information,
counselling and advice based on most
current scientific sources by registered
dietitians, 9 am-5 pm Mon-Fri. - leave
message after hours. Translation services
Dial 8-1-1 Dial 7-1-1 TTY

HealthLink BC
See web site for medically-approved
info on more than 5,000 health topics,
symptoms, medications, and tips for
maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Call to
speak to a nurse 24/7. Speak to a dietitian
about nutrition, healthy eating Mon-Fri
9am-5pm. Pharmacist available 5pm-9am
every day of the year. Translation services
available in more than 130 languages
Dial 8-1-1 Dial 7-1-1 TTY

Health promotion plan to encourage
healthier choices. Online blog
Healthy Eating for Seniors Handbook
Includes recipes, menu plans, information
on good nutrition. Find online or order a
free copy by calling HealthLink BC
English, French, Chinese, Punjabi
Dial 8-1-1
Dial 7-1-1 TTY

Heart & Stroke Foundation
Promotes the health of Canadians
through research, education, services
and advocacy
4-1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna
See our ad on page 66


Kidney Foundation of Canada
Volunteer organization committed to
reducing the burden of kidney disease
1.800.567.8112 Burnaby
• South Okanagan/Interior Chapter
• Kidney Community Kitchen
Information and tools to help you
manage your renal diet

Lake Country Health Planning Society
Provides health and wellness services for
seniors, children, youth, families, adults
Monday to Thursday 10 am to 2 pm
10080 Main Street near Post Office, RCMP
778.215.5247 or 778.214.9343


Medical Organizations and Services (continue)

Medic Alert Foundation
Emergency medical info services. One
of three Canadians have a condition
paramedics need to know about
www.medicalert.ca 1.800.668.1507

Medical Services Plan of BC
Together with PharmaCare, provides
medical & drug coverage to all eligible
British Columbians, online services
www2.gov.bc.ca > click on ‘Health’
1.800.663.7100 8 am-4:30 pm Mon-Fri

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Information, support counseling, referral
and advocacy services to persons with MS
and their families https://mssociety.ca
230-1855 Kirschner Road
250.762.5850 Okanagan Chapter

Muscular Dystrophy Canada
Mission to enhance the lives of those
affected with neuromuscular disorders by
providing ongoing support and resources
while relentlessly searching for a cure
1.800.366.8166 Vancouver


Okanagan Mental Health Services
Community focused services to those
diagnosed with persistent mental illness
• Assisted Living Program
1369 Bernard Avenue
250.717.3368 Jennifer
• Therapeutic Work Program
112-2303 Leckie Road
250.717.3007 Larry

Osteoporosis Canada
Works to educate, empower, support
individuals and communities in the
prevention & treatment of osteoporosis.
Kelowna support group meetings
• Kelowna Chapter
250.861.6880 Trish Gunning

Pacific Blue Cross
Health,dental, disability, travel insurance
www.pac.bluecross.ca 1.800.873.2583

Parkinson Society British Columbia
Address the personal and social
consequences of Parkinson’s Disease.
Kelowna Support Groups monthly
meetings - see web site for details

Provides financial assistance to BC
residents for eligible prescription drugs
and designated medical supplies
www2.gov.bc.ca > click on ‘Health’
1.800.663.7100 M-F 8-8, Sat 8am-4pm

Prostate Cancer Canada Network
Help individuals, their families understand,
cope with prostate cancer, provide up to
date medical information and individual
support; see page 90, Resource section,
for Kelowna support group information
1.855.722.4636 Information Service

Spinal Cord Injury BC
formerly the BC Paraplegic Association
We help people with spinal cord injuries
adjust, adapt, and thrive. Please support
our work
1.800.689.2477 BC InfoLine 9-5 M-F
250.308.1997 Scott - Okanagan region

Peer Program Coordinator

Westside Health Network Society
Seniors Information & Referral Service
Promote & enhance senior’s wellness -
information & referral, education & social
programs, Westside & Peachland areas.
Senior Peer Counselling, computer
training, visitation and transportation and
Better at Home programs. See web site for
complete list of programs & services
160-2300 Carrington Road
West Kelowna
250.768.3305 Mon-Fri 8am-2pm
0-2300 Carrington Rd., West Kelowna
250.768.3305 Mon-Fri 8am-2pm