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In Cowichan, we are passionate about planning for the well-being of local citizens. We build meaningful collaborations and create a connected, sustainable region for those who chose to make a home here. Cowichan’s various community service organizations exist to support the health and well-being of our citizens.
Cowichan information and resources
Cowichan is Collaborative
People work together in Cowichan to produce impressive results:
- The Cowichan Valley Regional Hospital District is working with local government, the Vancouver Island Health Authority and the BC Ministry of Health to build a new hospital facility in North Cowichan.
- The Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre showcases local arts and culture and was developed as a joint project between the Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce and the BC Forest Discovery Centre.
- The historic Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing timber rail trestle structures in the world and was developed as a joint project between three levels of government and non-profit organizations, community groups, businesses and individuals.
- Cowichan successfully hosted the BC Summer Games, which ran from July 19-22, 2018, and was estimated to generate $2 million for the local economy (BC Gov News).
- In July 2018 Cowichan Tribes hosts the 42nd Annual BC Elders Gathering: ‘I tst ‘o’ hwun’ ‘I (We Are Still Here). The three day event took place in the Island Savings Centre (now Cowichan Community Centre) arena and garnered an estimated 5,000 attendees, including 2,500 elders from across the province.
- Hiiye’yu Lelum Society House of Friendship promotes wellness and unity, addressing the needs and aspiration of aboriginal people by providing holistic programs and services. Hiiye’yu Lelum provides a cultural bridge between Aborginal and non-Aboriginal cultures in the Cowichan region.
Cowichan is Caring
Community service organizations exist throughout Cowichan to support the health and well-being of our citizens. Here’s a small sampling:
- Social Planning Cowichan brings communities together to create a sustainable quality of life for everyone in Cowichan. The organization produces a Status of the Community Report detailing the health and well-being of the Cowichan region.
- Cowichan Housing Association works to provide stable, secure, accessible, and affordable housing in support of healthy individuals, families and communities. The association is committed to preventing homelessness and increasing housing options in the Cowichan through resource development, prevention programming and facilitating affordable housing development.
- Cowichan Hospice gives support, information, and companionship to those living with an advancing illness and their family and friends as well as those grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice care is available to clients in their homes, hospital, residential care facilities and other environments within the Cowichan Region at no cost.
- Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation publishes a Seniors Resource Guide and works to fill service gaps and assist others in their endeavours to create an age-friendly community. The organization is an active partner in community development initiatives such as the Cowichan Community Health Network, the Eldercare Project in Cowichan, and the Cowichan Seniors Network.
- Nourish Cowichan is a society that provides nutritious breakfasts to school children of the Cowichan Valley, supporting them in reaching their full potential.
Visit the Cowichan Intercultural Society to find out more about how diversity is supported in Cowichan today.
Want to get involved? Visit Volunteer Cowichan for information on the many not-for-profit organizations that are seeking assistance and support.
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