Investing in the health of Island kids

Our story has been gaining momentum since 1926.

Since our humble beginnings as a solarium in Mill Bay, we’ve helped Island families by responding to their ever-evolving healthcare needs, decade after decade. We are 100% donor funded.

We continue to work to bring support closer to home and transform the stories of children and youth living with physical and mental health challenges—yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Become a part of our ongoing story

Kids may only be 21% of our Island’s population, but they are 100% of our future.

“To have the financial stress removed and know there is support for our immediate needs – it’s like feeling you’ll never be alone.”
Holly (Emily’s mom), Nanaimo

Setting the stage for a child’s best life

Early childhood development

Children and youth living with complex needs

Helping young children reach their developmental milestones with access to resources, supports, and therapies Providing access to a variety of services, therapies, and specialists that provide support for complex needs.

Setting the stage for a child’s best life

Early childhood development

Helping young children reach their developmental milestones with access to resources, supports, and therapies

Children and youth living with complex needs

Providing access to a variety of services, therapies, and specialists that provide support for complex needs.

Turning the page

Bear Essentials

Created to support struggling families by assisting with the costs of health-related travel and equipment for Island kids.

Homes away from home

Offer a safe and comfortable place to stay for those in need of support. In both Victoria and Campbell River we have ‘Homes away from home’ that are next door to major hospitals.

Support these amazing programs with your monthly donation

“Bear Essentials has been life-changing for our family. Thanks to Bear Essentials, we can be together.”
Clarissa (Huxley’s Mom), Victoria
“Jeneece Place means everything to us. For June, it’s not just this big scary experience plus a long car ride. It means going somewhere really special that’s geared just for her.”
Bronwynne (June’s Mom), Denman Island

A whole new story

Island kids living new chapters

Meet Talia

This Comox Valley family received critical support

Meet Elysia

Jeneece Place and Bear Essentials are writing a new story for this family

Meet Cohen

How this young Island kid has received life-changing support since birth