Campbell River Beacon Club

Organization Mission Statement

The Campbell River Beacon Club is committed to providing a safe, respectful and welcoming environment in which individuals with mental illnesses are encouraged to maximize their potential and become positive contributors to our community.

The organization serves the following population

Adults ages 19 and older who have a mental illness. This includes schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, eating disorders, anxiety and OCD. Members come from Campbell River and Quadra and Cortes Islands. There are currently 69 members.

The funds donated will be used to

Help pay for our meal program. The program provides two hearty, healthy meals per week to 15-40 members. Lunch is every Tuesday at no charge and Friday dinners are $2. Members help staff, volunteers and practicum students prepare the meal, set and clear the tables, do the dishes, sweep floors, etc. They enjoy the fellowship of enjoying a meal together with their peers. The program helps members develop a regular schedule, reduces isolation and improves their diet. Many members live on a low income and/or deal with health issues such as diabetes. So the meal program helps them with those concerns as well.

It teaches them about good nutrition and cooking practices, and provides regular socialization with their peers in a safe, non-judgmental setting. This program helps the members make new friends, engage in other activities at the club and in the community, connect with their Mental Health and Substance Use clinician more often, maintain a regular schedule, maintain regular med compliance and to seek help sooner if a crisis occurs.

The organizations current sources of funding are

The meal program is funded by the United Way, Gaming, fundraising/donations/grants and member fees. We also get in kind donations of groceries from the food bank. The club is funded by Island Health and fundraising/donations/grants.

 

Visit their website for more information: beaconclub.ca

 

This nomination has been reviewed by the 100 Women Who Care committee and meets all criteria.