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About Us

Peer Support & Community Involvement

Peer-led group

PeerNetBC has been helping people connect since 1986, providing resources for peer groups and peer-led initiatives. Our resources and services are available for community members and groups across British Columbia, including online, rural, First Nations, multicultural and youth engagement initiatives. PeerNetBC is a non-profit, registered charitable organization.

What do we mean when we use the term “peer-led group”?

A peer-led group is made up of people who choose to come together because they share similar life experiences. They see the value in being part of a group where leadership is a shared responsibility and all members are considered equal in status within the context of the group. Members are the decision-makers and they work together to provide direction. If requested, professionals may provide information and advice but they do not have the power to make decisions on behalf of the group.

Vision

PeerNetBC envisions communities where people are connected.

Mission

We provide training, resources and support to peer-led initiatives across British Columbia, fostering opportunities for people to learn from each other and make connections.

Our Story

In 1986, the Self-Help Collaboration Project formed to address the needs of the self-help community in BC. The venture took root and soon evolved into the Self-Help Resource Association — a not-for-profit society (1993) and registered charity (1994).

Over the years, as we grew and terminology shifted, the term ‘self-help’ no longer held the same meaning as it had back in the 1980s. Our name no longer accurately reflected the primary focus of our work. In May 2008, after extensive community consultation and many conversations among staff and board, our membership voted unanimously to rename the organization, PeerNetBC. We feel this name better represents the peer-led approach to our work and the value we place on meaningful community networks.

Community Connections

Here are some organizations that we have either partnered with or are active members of:

  • BC Association of Information and Referral Services
  • BC Co-operative Association
  • BC Rural Network
  • Environmental Youth Alliance
  • First Call BC Child and Youth Advocacy
  • Immigrant Services Society – My Circle and Women’s Program
  • Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN)
  • Network of Health Promotion Providers
  • Recovery Narrative Project
  • Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC)
  • UBC – Doctor, Patient and Society Program Community Advisory Board and Patient and Community Voices Advisory Board
  • UBC Patient and Community Voices Advisory Committee
  • United Community Services Co-op
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Vancouver Peer Coordinators Network

We have provided workshops for the following organizations and groups:

  • BC Association of Pregnancy Outreach Programs
  • BC Civil Liberties Association
  • BC Government and Employees Union
  • BC School Trustees Association
  • BC Teachers Federation
  • Check Your Head
  • City of Vancouver Youth Politik
  • City of Surrey
  • Collingwood Neighbourhood House
  • Dawson Creek Kiwanis Enterprise Centre
  • Federation of BC Youth in Care Network
  • Fresh Choice Community Kitchens
  • Gordon Neighbourhood House
  • Justice Institute of BC
  • Katimavik
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Leave Out ViolencE BC (LOVE)
  • Mature Women’s Network
  • Muscular Dystrophy Canada
  • PEDAL (Our Community Bikes)
  • Point Youth Media (PYM)
  • Provincial Language Services
  • Qmunity Seniors Program
  • Sierra Youth Coalition
  • Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group
  • SFU – Out on Campus and Student Society
  • Talking Intersections/Building Connections
  • UBC Alma Mater Society
  • UBC Learning Exchange
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Vancouver Native Health Clinic
  • VSB Brock Elementary
  • West End Seniors Society
  • YouthCO

Key Funders

 

Coast Capital Savings

 SMART Fund

SMART Fund: Sharon Martin Community Trust Fund, Vancouver Coastal Health

 

City of Vancouver Social Planning

City of Vancouver Social Planning

 

BC Gaming Policy and Enforcement

BC Gaming Policy & Enforcement