Our Partners

Waichay Friendship Centre

The Wachiay Friendship Centre is a non-profit society whose mandate is to provide services and supports to the urban Aboriginal population in the Comox Valley Regional District.

Where

1625 McPhee Avenue, Courtenay, BC,
V9N 3A6

Mailing Address:
PO Box 3204, Courtenay, BC
V9N 5N4

Telephone

Phone: 250-338-7793

Mail Delivery

Waichay Friendship Centre

Waichay Friendship Centre

The Wachiay Friendship Centre is a non-profit society whose mandate is to provide services and supports to the urban Aboriginal population in the Comox Valley Regional District.  Wachiay is an inclusive organization and our programming is open to people of all ethnicities.

Wachiay delivers more than 50 programs and services to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.  The Centre employs a staff of 16-20, including full time, part time and contract positions.  Programs and services are delivered on site in our 12,000 square foot facility.


Purpose, Members and Clients:
Our purpose is to deliver programs and services that meet the needs of the more than 7000 urban dwelling, off-reserve Aboriginal people living in our region.  Our service area includes the communities of Black Creek, Merville, Oyster River and Campbell River to the north, and Denman Island, Hornby Island, Royston, Union Bay, Fanny Bay, Bowser and Qualicum, to the south. Our local community includes Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland and K’omox First Nation.

This expanding catchment area includes an estimated Aboriginal population in excess of 10,400, and a general population of over 100,000.  Based on 2011 census data, the population of the Comox Valley Regional District is 63,538, more than double that of Campbell River, and approximately 43% of the Nanaimo Regional District’s population of 146,574.

Wachiay’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal clients and membership include individuals and families that range from homeless, unemployed and under-employed living with poverty issues, to low income earners who are struggling from month to month.  For many, their primary focus is basic survival.  This is the demographic we serve.  Poverty is not specific to one ethnicity and accordingly our services are available to all people in need.  We recorded approximately 12,200 point-of-service contacts in 2014.

Sasamans Society

680 Head Start Crescent

Campbell River, BC

V9W 1P9

reception@sasamans.ca

Contact

Main line: 250.914.2212

Toll-free: 888.597.2810

(see direct extensions on the staff directory page)