North Okanagan Shuswap

Community Resources
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
www.cra.gc.ca/donors
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
www.bccancerfoundation.com
399 Royal Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 5L3
250.712.3957


Canadian Cancer Society
You can remember someone special 
with your gift..In Memory or In Honour
www.cancer.ca
202-1835 Gordon Drive
Kelowna, BC V1Y 3H5
1.800.403.8222


Canadian Red Cross
Donate online, by mail, by phone, 
monthly giving, gifts of stock, planned 
giving - legacy, RRSPs 
www.redcross.ca
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
www.csikamloops.ca
9A-1800 Tranquille Road
Kamloops, BC V2B 3L9 
778.470.6000
See our article page 42, ad on page 33


Heart & Stroke Foundation
In Memoriam, In Honour, or general 
donations
www.heartandstroke.bc.ca
729 Victoria Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2B5
250.372.3938
See our ad on page 79


Kamloops Foundation
Serving the Thompson Nicola since 1984
www.kamloopsfoundation.com
2-219 Victoria Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 5K3
250.434.6995


Kamloops Hospice Association
Enhance quality of life of persons, their 
families facing death and bereavement
www.kamloopshospice.com/donate
72 Whiteshield Crescent S.
Kamloops, BC V2E 2S9
250.372.1336


Sunshine Foundation of Canada
Making Dreams for Kids Come True

400-495 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 5A9
1.800.461.7935


Royal Inland Hospital Foundation
Foundation for the Future
www.rihfoundation.ca
311 Columbia Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2T1
250.314.2325


Terry Fox Foundation
A single dream. A world of hope.
www.terryfoxrun.org
303-46167 Yale Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 2P2 
604.701.0246


Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way
Improving Lives & Building Community
www.unitedwaytnc.ca
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
www.variety.bc.ca/legacy.htm
4300 Still Creek Drive
Burnaby, BC V5C 6C6
Toll Free: 310.KIDS (5437)
See our ad on page 65


Education
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
www.jibc.ca
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
www.kals.ca


Centre for Seniors Information 
Northills Shopping Centre 
700 Tranquille Road 250.819.5153
Literacy In Kamloops
An enriched future for our community 
through literacy
http://literacyinkamloops.com
c/o Henry Grube Education Centre
245 Kitchener Crescent, Kamloops
250.376.2266


St. John Ambulance
First aid training, volunteer community 
services. Course calendar on web site
www.sja.ca/bc
627 Victoria Street
250.372.3853


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


Library Services
Thompson-Nicola Regional District 
Library System
www.tnrdlib.ca
TNRD Library Administration Centre
300-465 Victoria Street, Kamloops
250.374.8866
• Bookmobile
 250.376.3526 
 1.855.552.2665
TNRD Library branches:
• 201 Brink Street, Ashcroft
 250.453.9042
• 4511 Barriere Town Road, Barriere
 250.672.5811

1390 Quartz Road, Cache Creek
 250.457.9953
• 614 Shuswap Avenue, Chase
 250.679.3331
• 422 Murtle Crescent, Clearwater
 250.674.2543
• 100-465 Victoria Street, Kamloops
 250.372.5145
• 693 Tranquille Road, Kamloops
 250.554.1124
• 70-150 Opal Drive, Logan Lake
 250.523.6745
 250.376.3526 Outreach Services
• 1691 Garcia Street, Merritt
 250.378.4737
• 60 Savona Street, Savona
 250.373.2666


Lillooet Public Library
http://lillooet.bclibrary.ca
930 Main Street, Lillooet
250.256.7944
Okanagan Regional Library
www.orl.bc.ca 
• 5771 Highway 97, Falkland
 250.379.2705


Programs & Groups
Emergency Management BC
Advisories of active emergencies, 
disaster readiness and recovery, fire 
safety and death investigation
www.gov.bc.ca/embc/ 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
www.celiac.ca/index.php/events_
kamloops/
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
www.kamloopsefry.com
827 Seymour Street, Kamloops
250.374.2119 
1.866.374.2119


Gamblers Anonymous
Meetings every Thursday 10 am 
Desert Garden Community Centre
540 Seymour Street, Kamloops 
www.gamblersanonymous.org
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
www.opendoorgroup.org
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
www.kbia.ca
408 Victoria Street 
250.372.1799
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
http://kamloopsfoodbank.org
171 Wilson Street
250.376.2252


Kamloops Immigrant Services
Your journey has brought you here and 
we welcome you
www.immigrantservices.ca
448 Tranquille Road 
778.470.6101


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
www.kscl.ca
521 Seymour Street 
250.374.3245
• Simply The Best Thrift Store
 622 Seymour Street
 250.377.8355


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


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
www.prostatecancer.ca 
1.888.255.0333 


SFU Seniors Program
Simon Fraser University offers 
intellectually stimulating courses for 
those 55 or better, Free Saturday 
Seniors Forums
www.sfu.ca/seniors

 

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


VictimLink
Confidential multilingual 24 hour 
telephone help line for victims of family 
and sexual violence, all other crimes
www.victimlinkbc.ca
1.800.563.0808 
604.875.0885 TTY
604.836.6381 Collect Calls or Text


Volunteer Kamloops
Engaging a community that volunteers
www.volunteerkamloops.org
705 Seymour Street
250.372.8813
778.782.7973 Rosalyn

 

Service Organizations
Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in 
Canada, The
www.anavets.ca
9-177 Tranquille Road, Kamloops
250.554.1345


BC Partners for Mental Health and 
Addiction Information
Mental health and substance use 
information you can trust
www.heretohelp.bc.ca
1.800.661.2121 Information Line
310.6789 Toll Free Distress Line 
Network available 24/7
www.heretohelp.bc.ca/connect/ 
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BC SPCA
Non-profit organization dedicated to 
protecting and enhancing the quality of 
life for domestic, farm and wild animals
www.spca.bc.ca
www.spca.bc.ca/branches/kamloops/
1211 8 Street, Kamloops
250.376.7722


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


CARP
A New Vision of Aging for Canada
www.carp.ca
1.888.363.2279


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 
www.bloodservices.ca
1.888.236.6283

 

Canadian Mental Health Association
Strives to promote mentally healthy 
people in a healthy society
www.kamloops.cmha.bc.ca
857 Seymour Street 
250.374.0440
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 
details
www.csikamloops.ca
• CSI Information Centre
 25-700 Tranquille Road
Northills Shopping Centre
250.544.4145
• CSI Activity Centre
 9A-1800 Tranquille Road
 Brock Shopping Centre
778.470.6000
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
www.communitylivingbc.ca
45-450 Landowne Street, Kamloops
250.377.4444 
1.877.377.4433
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
www.coscobc.ca
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
www.interiorcommunityservices.bc.ca
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 
www.madd.ca
• 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...
www.newlifemission.ca
181 West Victoria Street
250.434.9898 Outreach Centre
• House of Ruth
290 Maple Street 
 250.376.5621
• Thrift City
 342 Seymour Street 
 250.372.2273
People in Motion
Providing support and services for 
people with disabilities. Ask about 
Health Connections - provides 
transportation options for access to nonemergency medical appointments
www.peopleinmotion.org
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
www.legionbcyukon.ca
• Ashcroft Branch 113
 300 Brink Street, Ashcroft
 250.453.24232
• Barriere Branch 242
 4673 Shaver Road, Barriere
 250.672.5913
• Chase Branch 107
 515 Shuswap, Chase
 250.679.3536
• Clearwater Branch 259
 3-257 Glen, Clearwater
 250.674.2120
• Kamloops Branch 52
 www.kamloopslegion.com
425 Lansdowne Street
 250.374.1742
 See our ad page 69, article page 10
• Lillooet Branch 66
 737 Main Street, Lillooet
 250.256.7332
• Merritt Branch 96
 1940 Quilchena Avenue, Merritt
 250.378.5631
• Westwold Branch 236
 Highway 97, Westwold
 250.375.2325


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
www.salvationarmy.ca
344 Poplar Street
250.554.1611
• Thrift Store (open Mon-Sat 9:30-4:30)
533 Tranquille Road
 250.376.1110


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.
www.kamseniorsoutreach.ca


Desert Garden Community Centre
127-540 Seymour Street
250.828.0600


Welcome Wagon
Canada’s largest and most respected 
greeting service
www.welcomewagon.ca
1.866.856.8442
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
www.bcyukon-al-anon.org
604.688.1716 Vancouver Central 
Services


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
www.bcyukonaa.org
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
www.alzheimerbc.org
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 
Programs
www.coag.uvic.ca/cdsmp
1.866.902.3767


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
www.tcfcanada.net 
250.374.6030

 

Gambling Support Services
Free confidential, individual and/or 
group counselling for problem gamblers 
and their families
www.bcresponsiblegambling.ca
• Problem Gambling Help Line
 1.888.795.6111

 

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:
catherine.st.denis@mdabc.net
www.mdabc.net 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
250.320.1348
www.strokerecoverybc.ca
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
www.bcrna.ca
250.320.5032 Kamloops Area Help Line


Parkinson Society British Columbia
See web site for information for area 
Self Help Support Groups
www.parkinson.bc.ca
1.800.668.3330


Smoker’s Helpline
www.quittintime.gov.bc.ca
Quittin’ Time telephone counselling 
1.877.455.2233


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
www.kamloopsy.org/vawiss.htm
250.374.6162


Transportation
Disabled Parking Permits
Temporary and permanent permits 
available through the People In Motion
www.peopleinmotion.org
182B Tranquille Road
250.376.7878


Freemason Volunteer Drivers provide 
transportation to Kelowna Cancer 
Centre Mon-Fri. Pick up from Thompson 
Hotel, 24 hour notice required 
1.800.299.0188

 

Jubilee RV Centre
Premier retailer of new and pre-owned 
recreational vehicles
www.jubileerv.com
1302-B Salish Road, Kamloops
1.888.458.5489
See our ad on page 75


Regional Transit System
www.bctransit.com
250.376.1216 Transit and handyDART 
information, Taxi Saver & Supplement 
Programs
Silver Service Driving
Driving & non-medical home support
www.silverservicedriving.com
250.574.4435
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
www.health.gov.bc.ca/tapbc
1.800.661.2668 Automated application 
service


VIA Rail
Seniors discount for 60 and over
www.viarail.ca 
1.888.842.7245 
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
www.accesskamloops.org


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
www.bcombudsperson.ca


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
www.gracefulaging.com


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
www.OKinHealth.com


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
www.seniorsbc.ca


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... 
www.seniors.gc.ca
1.800.622.6232
1.800.926.9104 TTY

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