North Okanagan Shuswap

Community Resources

Charities, Foundations
Before You Give...
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) web 
site has a useful resource called ‘Giving 
to Charity: Information for Donors’. 
Facts about tax savings, donation 
receipts, charities regulations, and how 
to be an informed donor
1.800.267.2384 1.800.665.0354 TTY

BC Cancer Foundation
Make a gift in memory to honour the life 
of a loved one, friend, family member
399 Royal Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 5L3

Canadian Cancer Society
You can remember someone special 
with your gift..In Memory or In Honour
202-1835 Gordon Drive
Kelowna, BC V1Y 3H5

Canadian Red Cross
Donate online, by mail, by phone, 
monthly giving, gifts of stock, planned 
giving - legacy, RRSPs
124 Adams Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 7R2
250.491.8443 1.800.661.3308

Centre for Seniors Information, The
Helping BC’s Seniors Stay Independent
CSI is a Registered Charity
9A-1800 Tranquille Road
Kamloops, BC V2B 3L9 
See our article page 42, ad on page 33

Heart & Stroke Foundation
In Memoriam, In Honour, or general 
729 Victoria Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2B5
See our ad on page 79

Kamloops Foundation
Serving the Thompson Nicola since 1984
2-219 Victoria Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 5K3

Kamloops Hospice Association
Enhance quality of life of persons, their 
families facing death and bereavement
72 Whiteshield Crescent S.
Kamloops, BC V2E 2S9

Sunshine Foundation of Canada
Making Dreams for Kids Come True

400-495 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 5A9

Royal Inland Hospital Foundation
Foundation for the Future
311 Columbia Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2T1

Terry Fox Foundation
A single dream. A world of hope.
303-46167 Yale Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 2P2 

Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way
Improving Lives & Building Community
177 Victoria St., Kamloops V2C 1Z4
250.372.9933 1.855.372.9933

Variety-The Children’s Charity of BC
Leave a Bequest in your Will to Variety 
& BC children who have special needs
4300 Still Creek Drive
Burnaby, BC V5C 6C6
Toll Free: 310.KIDS (5437)
See our ad on page 65

Justice Institute of BC (JIBC)
To enhance the quality of life for all by 
educating and training those who 
make communities safer; world leader in 
justice & public safety education
250.469.6020 Kelowna
1.888.865.7764 General Inquiries

Kamloops Adult Learners Society
Mission to increase the availability and 

access of educational opportunities for 
retired adult learners who wish to enrich 
their lifestyle through life long learning

Centre for Seniors Information 
Northills Shopping Centre 
700 Tranquille Road 250.819.5153
Literacy In Kamloops
An enriched future for our community 
through literacy
c/o Henry Grube Education Centre
245 Kitchener Crescent, Kamloops

St. John Ambulance
First aid training, volunteer community 
services. Course calendar on web site
627 Victoria Street

Thompson Rivers University
Education via online Open Learning
1.800.663.9711 ext. 6839
See our ad on page 64

Library Services
Thompson-Nicola Regional District 
Library System
TNRD Library Administration Centre
300-465 Victoria Street, Kamloops
• Bookmobile
TNRD Library branches:
• 201 Brink Street, Ashcroft
• 4511 Barriere Town Road, Barriere

1390 Quartz Road, Cache Creek
• 614 Shuswap Avenue, Chase
• 422 Murtle Crescent, Clearwater
• 100-465 Victoria Street, Kamloops
• 693 Tranquille Road, Kamloops
• 70-150 Opal Drive, Logan Lake
 250.376.3526 Outreach Services
• 1691 Garcia Street, Merritt
• 60 Savona Street, Savona

Lillooet Public Library
930 Main Street, Lillooet
Okanagan Regional Library 
• 5771 Highway 97, Falkland

Programs & Groups
Emergency Management BC
Advisories of active emergencies, 
disaster readiness and recovery, fire 
safety and death investigation 1.800.663.3456

Canadian Celiac Association
Kamloops Chapter
Provide information/support for persons 
with celiac/gluten intolerance and their 
families. See web site for coming events
250.374.6185 Eileen
250.372.9564 Diane

Crime Victim Assistance Program
Community based, family & sexual 
violence and assault
627B Victoria Street, 2nd Floor
250.372.0179 Kamloops

Elizabeth Fry Society Kamloops
Wide range of programs/services to 
people who are, or could be, in conflict 
with the law, have housing related 
needs, at risk of marginalization. 
Address issues related to poverty, 
homelessness, and criminalization
827 Seymour Street, Kamloops

Gamblers Anonymous
Meetings every Thursday 10 am 
Desert Garden Community Centre
540 Seymour Street, Kamloops
604.878.6535 Vancouver Hotline 


Gardengate Horticulture Program
Promotes healthy eating & active living 
for persons with mental health issues. 
Workshops. Volunteer opportunities. 
Managed by Open Door Group
915 Southill Street, Kamloops
250.544.9453 1.866.377.3670

Kamloops Brain Injury Association
We are a team dedicated to advocating 
for and providing progressive services 
to persons with acquired brain injury 
and their families
408 Victoria Street 
See our ad on page 67
See our article on page 72

Kamloops Food Bank
You can donate at your favourite grocery 
store. See web site for Hamper Access 
Information at Wilson Street location, 
and Kamloops United Church on Fridays
171 Wilson Street

Kamloops Immigrant Services
Your journey has brought you here and 
we welcome you
448 Tranquille Road 

Kamloops Society for Community Living
Provide opportunities for persons with a 
developmental disability to experience a 
full life in as many aspects they so choose
521 Seymour Street 
• Simply The Best Thrift Store
 622 Seymour Street

Mental Illness Family Support Centre
Family support groups, one-to-one 
support, lending library, other services 
See web site for details

BC Schizophrenia Society
250.319.7667 Gail, Region. Coordinator

Prostate Cancer Support & 
Awareness Group 
Check web site for Kamloops PC 
Support Group or call
250.376.4011 Larry Reynolds 

SFU Seniors Program
Simon Fraser University offers 
intellectually stimulating courses for 
those 55 or better, Free Saturday 
Seniors Forums


United Empire Loyalists Association 
of Canada Thompson-Okanagan
Organization promoting Canadian 
history. See web site for further 
information and details

Confidential multilingual 24 hour 
telephone help line for victims of family 
and sexual violence, all other crimes
604.875.0885 TTY
604.836.6381 Collect Calls or Text

Volunteer Kamloops
Engaging a community that volunteers
705 Seymour Street
778.782.7973 Rosalyn


Service Organizations
Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in 
Canada, The
9-177 Tranquille Road, Kamloops

BC Partners for Mental Health and 
Addiction Information
Mental health and substance use 
information you can trust
1.800.661.2121 Information Line
310.6789 Toll Free Distress Line 
Network available 24/7 

Non-profit organization dedicated to 
protecting and enhancing the quality of 
life for domestic, farm and wild animals
1211 8 Street, Kamloops

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops
Canada’s leading child and youth 
mentoring charity 
821 Seymour Street, Kamloops
250.374.6134 1.888.222.8099

A New Vision of Aging for Canada

Canadian Blood Services
Recruits blood donors, organize and 
operate blood donor clinics to provide 
blood for hospitals in Canada. Use ‘clinic 
locator’ on web site


Canadian Mental Health Association
Strives to promote mentally healthy 
people in a healthy society
857 Seymour Street 
Crisis Line 24/7: Call 310.6789

Centre for Seniors Information
Helping seniors find answers to their 
questions, solutions to their concerns; 
Information and referral program, 
resource library, visit web site for 
• CSI Information Centre
 25-700 Tranquille Road
Northills Shopping Centre
• CSI Activity Centre
 9A-1800 Tranquille Road
 Brock Shopping Centre
See our ad on page 33
See our article on page 42
Community Living BC
Special agency to help people with 
developmental disabilities with their 
unique needs
45-450 Landowne Street, Kamloops
1.877.660.2522 Questions, Information

Council of Senior Citizens 
Organizations of BC (COSCO)
Purpose is to advance the social and 
physical welfare of all BC elder citizens
604.576.8000 President Art Kube 
604.576.9734 Secretary Ernie Bayer

Interior Community Services
• Meals on Wheels: Provides 
reasonably priced meals delivered to .
your door Tuesdays and Thursdays
• Community Gardens: Fenced, shared 
land divided into garden plots for use 
by anyone wishing to grow their own 
nutritious and healthy produce
• Community Kitchens:Small groups of 
people who get together twice a month 
to prepare healthy, nutritious meals and 
learn safe food handling practices in a 
fun and supportive environment
765 Tranquille Road, Kamloops
250.554.3134 1.877.376.3660

Mothers Against Drunk Driving 
Mission to stop impaired driving and 
support victims of this crime
• BC/Yukon Chapter Services Manager
 1.877.676.6233 Tracy Crawford
• MADD Kamloops Community Leader
250.819.7812 Roxanne


New Life Mission
A Faith Based Social Community. 
Programs include Hot Meals Outreach 
Centre, Dental & Health Clinic, Referral 
Services, Emergency Help and more...
181 West Victoria Street
250.434.9898 Outreach Centre
• House of Ruth
290 Maple Street 
• Thrift City
 342 Seymour Street 
People in Motion
Providing support and services for 
people with disabilities. Ask about 
Health Connections - provides 
transportation options for access to nonemergency medical appointments
182B Tranquille Road
250.376.7878 1.877.414.4241

Royal Canadian Legion
Legion’s 1600 branches provide 
support to veterans including low-cost 
housing, health care and home support
• Ashcroft Branch 113
 300 Brink Street, Ashcroft
• Barriere Branch 242
 4673 Shaver Road, Barriere
• Chase Branch 107
 515 Shuswap, Chase
• Clearwater Branch 259
 3-257 Glen, Clearwater
• Kamloops Branch 52
425 Lansdowne Street
 See our ad page 69, article page 10
• Lillooet Branch 66
 737 Main Street, Lillooet
• Merritt Branch 96
 1940 Quilchena Avenue, Merritt
• Westwold Branch 236
 Highway 97, Westwold

The Salvation Army Kamloops
Provides emergency food hampers, 
bread & pastries, meat bags, vouchers 
to Thrift Store, Birthday Club. Join us 
for dinner Wednesdays at 5 pm. Tue & 
Thur visit our mobile kitchen for a meal 
at 6 pm in The Daily News parking lot 
4 Avenue & St. Paul
344 Poplar Street
• Thrift Store (open Mon-Sat 9:30-4:30)
533 Tranquille Road

Seniors Outreach Society
Helps seniors maintain independence 
by providing a broad range of nonmedical supports and information. 
These services enable seniors to live at 
home, promote health & well-being, and 
prevent personal or family breakdown by 
providing counselling and education. 
Support services include yard work, 
grocery shopping, friendly visits, 
home repair, snow removal, light 
housekeeping, and more.

Desert Garden Community Centre
127-540 Seymour Street

Welcome Wagon
Canada’s largest and most respected 
greeting service
See our ad on page 77


Support Groups / Self Help
Al-Anon / Alateen
A fellowship for people whose lives 
have been affected by someone else’s 
drinking. See web site for meeting 
information in Kamloops and area
604.688.1716 Vancouver Central 

Alcoholics Anonymous
Assistance, information and fellowship 
for those with alcohol related problems 
See web site for meeting information in 
Barriere, Chase, Chu Chua, Clearwater, 
Kamloops, Merritt, Savona
250.374.2456 Meeting information

Alzheimer Society
Alzheimer/dementia support groups 
give caregivers the opportunity to share 
experiences and caring skills, and find 
new ways of coping
405-235 1st Avenue, Kamloops
250.377.8200 1.800.886.6946

Chronic Disease Self-Management 
Program and the Centre on Aging
See web site for Self-Management 

Compassionate Friends of Canada
Support group for parents who have 
experienced the death of a child, any 
age, any cause. Meets 1st Wed. of the 
month, 7 pm, Kamloops United Church 
421 St. Paul Street 


Gambling Support Services
Free confidential, individual and/or 
group counselling for problem gamblers 
and their families
• Problem Gambling Help Line


Mood Disorders Association of BC
Looking for persons interested in 
learning how to lead a support group for 
people with mood disorders. Training 
sessions for volunteer support group 
facilitators summer/fall 2013. See web 
site for details. Enquire to: 1.855.282.7979

Stroke Recovery Association of BC
Committed to assisting stroke survivors 
and their caregivers to improve their 
overall quality of life. Meetings every 
2nd, 3rd & 4th Thurs. 10:30am-1:30pm
For more information and meeting 
location, call Shona
See our article on page 13

Narcotics Anonymous 
Self-help, support, information for those 
recovering from a drug problem. See 
web site for area meeting information
250.320.5032 Kamloops Area Help Line

Parkinson Society British Columbia
See web site for information for area 
Self Help Support Groups

Smoker’s Helpline
Quittin’ Time telephone counselling 

Y Women’s Emergency Shelter
Provides safe supportive refuge for 
women, with or without children, who 
have experienced or are at risk of 
abuse, threats or violence. See web 
site for information on intervention and 
support services

Disabled Parking Permits
Temporary and permanent permits 
available through the People In Motion
182B Tranquille Road

Freemason Volunteer Drivers provide 
transportation to Kelowna Cancer 
Centre Mon-Fri. Pick up from Thompson 
Hotel, 24 hour notice required 


Jubilee RV Centre
Premier retailer of new and pre-owned 
recreational vehicles
1302-B Salish Road, Kamloops
See our ad on page 75

Regional Transit System
250.376.1216 Transit and handyDART 
information, Taxi Saver & Supplement 
Silver Service Driving
Driving & non-medical home support
See our ad on page 73

Travel Assistance Program
Assists with travel costs when medical 
care is not available locally. TAP forms 
are only available from your family 
physician at the time the referral is 
made. See web site for eligibility
1.800.661.2668 Automated application 

VIA Rail
Seniors discount for 60 and over 
1.800.268.9503 TTY

Web Resources
Access Kamloops
A current on-line resource directory 
helping people connect with programs & 
services they need. A partnership of the 
United Way and the City of Kamloops

Getting it Right for BC Seniors
BC Ombudsperson Kim Carter’s reports: 
The Best of Care: Getting it Right 
for Seniors in BC. 143 findings, 176 
recommendations. Available online

Graceful Aging
Leading video network for boomers and 
older adults. Discover great ways to a 
vibrant senior life and gain important 
caregiver advice on eldercare. Stay 
informed on assisted living

OK in Health
A community web site that specializes 
with everything to do with health and 
wellness in the Okanagan and in BC. 
Support groups posted, wellness 
events & workshops, articles, local 
practitioners, free contests, newsletter

Seniors BC
A web site for all older adults in the 
province to find resources for planning 
and living a healthy and active life 
as they age. Senior’s families and 
caregivers will find great information 
here also. Active Aging, Age-Friendly 
BC, Elder Abuse Prevention, Fall 
Prevention, Finances, Health care, 
Housing, Legal Issues, Senior’s Guide, 
Transportation, Advance Care Planning

Seniors Canada
Stay Active, Engaged, Informed. 
Information and services include 
care facilities, finances, pension, 
health & wellness, legal, retirement, 
transportation, travel & leisure, Veterans 
services and more...
1.800.926.9104 TTY

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