PHC responds to COVID 19  - Neighbours Helping Neighbours 

Brenda Fowler

Executive Director, People for a Healthy Community

Wednesday, March 18 2020

Things are progressing rapidly, over the last 3 weeks staff, volunteers, and participants in People for a Healthy Community (PHC) programs have experienced many changes in content and service delivery. Each change is designed to keep people safe, lower risk exposure, and keep programs viable.

Unfortunately, in the last week, as the situation in BC has worsened, we have slowly closed programs and as of today all programs BUT the Food Program and the Food Recovery Program have been cancelled. The personal impact and significance of these closures on participants’ health and wellness is and will be significant. “We have been in contact with Island Health and other community partners with the goal to introduce a new set of programs that will connect people during BC’s social distancing phase” reports Brenda Fowler, Executive Director at People for a Healthy Community. “ On Monday, the Board of Directors approved a new program - Neighbours Helping Neighbours. (NXN).

“It is not without some pride that the name of the program is PHC’s tagline - Neighbours Helping Neighbours. This is an opportunity to actualize this vision and enhance the social fabric of our community. Residents who are following the recommendations to stay at home and need help OR residents who would like to volunteer as a helping neighbour can go to and click on the Neighbours Helping Neighbours button and fill in the questionnaire. Within 24- 48 hours PHC staff will match you with someone who can help. OR you can phone 778 762 -1274 and a staff member will be available or will call you back to complete the application questionnaire.” 

Volunteers wishing to be part of Neighbours Helping Neighbours must already have a police check - either from PHC or from another volunteer agency on Gabriola. If you want to help and don’t have a police check please fill out the forms on the PHC website under volunteering and you can join the team in a few weeks.

The site is now live and is a work in progress. We will get better as we go along. Out of every crisis comes new opportunities, by matching those who need help to those who can help within our neighbourhoods, we are strengthening the social ties which makes us a stronger, more vibrant and resilient community. 

Anyone with questions can call Brenda at 250 247 7311.