Investing in the health of Island kids

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island has invested in the health of Island kids for more than 97 years. Our vision is to ensure all Island families have access to the health care they need. Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we are able to bring supports closer to home and help transform the lives of children and youth living with physical and mental health challenges.

We know kids may only be 21% of our Island’s population, but they are 100% of our future. Help us invest in this future and join us as champions for the health of every Island family.

To learn more, read our community reports.

How do we help?

Early childhood development

Enabling access to resources, supports, and therapies to ensure children thrive and reach their developmental milestones from prenatal to age six.

Children and youth living with complex needs

Helping families access multiple services, therapies, and specialists to address the complex needs of their children from birth into young adulthood.

Read our stories

A girl in a sweater stands on the beach in front of the ocean.
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How Bear Essentials helped this dancer hear her melody

In the heart of Victoria, 11-year-old Abi isn't just a middle schooler and competitive dancer; she's a young girl grappling wit...
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A culture of compassion

In a retirement community nestled in the West Shore, a remarkable woman named Beth resides, embodying a life rich in gratitude ...
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Then and now: How Bear Essentials is improving Jackson’s life

Jackson, called “Jax” by his family and friends, has an infectious laugh and an amazing “go with the flow” attitude.  A happy t...
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  |   Donor spotlight / Stories

How giving forward changes lives: Margaret’s gift to future generations

Margaret Smith lived on a quiet street in Cordova Bay, in a house with views of the lush, green Cordova Bay Golf Course on one ...
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How this volunteer-turned-employee appreciates the value of a simple act

It all starts somewhere. A friend of a friend, a colleague, a family member – someone tells you about an opportunity and you ju...
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Meet Island kid Talia: How this Comox Valley family receives critical support from Jeneece Place and Bear Essentials

Talia is described by her mom, Kelsey, as a happy and kind-hearted girl who loves My Little Pony and the Disney movie Moana. Ta...