Youth Drop-In Clinics
There are 3 youth drop-in clinics on the Coast, offering general health and mental health services (testing for HIV/STI-diagnosis and treatment, free condoms, immunizations, specialist referral when necessary, pregnancy testing and consult, birth control and contraception).
Youth Drop-In Clinic Hours:
Gibsons Health Unit, 494 Fletcher Road
Monday, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sechelt Health Unit, 5571 Inlet Avenue
Wednesday, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Pender Harbour Health Centre, 5066 Francis Peninsula Rd., Madeira Park
Tuesday, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Person you will be working with:
Annaliese Hasler, MN-NP. She is a nurse practitioner.
If you can’t make it to a clinic, you can book an appointment with Annaliese:
These physicians are among the LGBTQ2 and LGBTQ2-knowledgeable physicians on the Coast. Simply call their office and tell them you were referred by Pride Guide. You will be given a “meet and greet” appointment, no questions asked. (You will have to give your personal information to the doctor during your appointment.)
Dr. Jane Bishop
Arbutus Clinic, 5713 Dolphin Street, Sechelt,
885-2384, Monday to Friday, 8:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
These are general office hours. Call the clinic for doctors’schedules.
Transgender Support Organization
Trans Care BC aims to enhance the coordination of trans health services and supports across the province, bringing gender-affirming care closer to home wherever possible.
Tonya Ste. Marie, Sunshine Coast Community Services
Tonya is the Sunshine Coast youth outreach worker and is also on the Youth in Transition program team. If you need help or need to talk, you can reach Tonya at (604) 741-1129 or firstname.lastname@example.org. facebook.com/scyouthoutreach
Tonya and her team are easily identified by their jackets with “Youth Worker” printed on the back. A person wearing this jacket is safe to approach and available to help you.
Frances Ardron, Sunshine Coast Mental Health & Addictions
Frances leads the Elphinstone GSA and provides other help and support for youth. If you need help or need to talk, you can reach Frances at (604) 989-0667
Sam Talbot, Our Space Youth Centre (ages 12-18)
This is not a specifically LGBTQ2 group, but Sam is one of the youth workers, and is out and proud and open to support and chat with queer and trans folks any time.
Gibsons & Area Community Centre (700 Park Road, Gibsons),
Tuesday to Friday, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
You can call the centre for Sam’s schedule: 604-885-6868 ext. 6624
Aboriginal Youth Workers
Janet Mulligan, Sechelt Nation
Janet is the Aboriginal child & youth wellness worker with the shishalh First Nation. As a liaison, Janet can help connect LGBTQ and two-spirit Aboriginal youth with other resources or just meet up for a coffee and a chat. You can reach her at (604) 989-6600 or email@example.com.
Howard Paull, Sechelt Nation
Howard is the drug & alcohol worker with the shishalh First Nation. He is a wonderful ally to the LGBTQ and two-spirit community.
604-885-9404 ext. 258
Sunday in the Park with Pride Society co-host a monthly LGBTQ2 Youth Drop-In (in Gibsons and Sechelt) for youth to socialize, access resources and support and participate in special events and trips. Contact editor(at)prideguide.ca for more information. Check out the Calendar for upcoming dates.
Transgender Mentorship and Support Network Drop-In happens monthly at the Rockwood Lodge in Sechelt. The drop-in offers a place to connect with peers for friendship and support, and occasionally presents guest speakers. Wheelchair accessible. All ages. Contact editor(at)prideguide.ca for more information.
If there is no LGBTQ2 youth group in your community, but you would like to start one, we may be able to help. Contact Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org
GSAs – SC/PR
Elphinstone Secondary School, Gay-Straight Alliance
Contact Leader: Melissa Bell, email@example.com
Chatelech Secondary School, Sexuality and Gender Acceptance (SAGA)
Contact Leader: Melissa Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pender Harbour School, Gay-Straight Alliance in development
Contact school counsellor Scott Bruce for info: email@example.com
Brooks Secondary School (Powell River), Gay-Straight-Transgender Alliance (GSTA)
Contact Leader: Willow Dunlop, firstname.lastname@example.org
Drug & Alcohol Services
If you have any questions about drug and alcohol safety, if you would like to support someone you know who is dealing with substance abuse, if you need to carry Naloxone, Brent and Annaliese are the go-to people:
Sunshine Coast Harm Reduction Program
For information on confidential service and equipment:
Completely confidential. Brent keeps nobody’s personal information.
Annaliese Hasler MN-NP
Harm Reduction Services
Annaliese is the nurse practitioner who runs the Youth Drop-In clinics (listed above).
Constable Kyle Hrynyk (pronounced “rennick”) is the Sunshine Coast RCMP Youth Liaison. He trains all the police puppies, and he is very cool. He is your go-to RCMP guy. When you call the main detachment, ask for Constable Hrynyk. If he is not available and you have an urgent issue, the officers at the RCMP encourage you to speak with any of them.
If you have a question for the RCMP, or you need RCMP support in any way, you can call or walk into one of the RCMP detachments located in Gibsons, Sechelt, Madeira Park and Powell River. For locations, visit the Survival Guide online.
Non-Emergency RCMP Phone: 604-885-2266
Emergency: Dial 9-1-1
Help Lines (Free to call)
Crisis counseling online or by phone. Crisis counselors are also available via instant messaging from noon to 1 a.m.
If you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone who may be.
KUU-US Crisis Line (Aboriginal help line)
24-hour Crisis Line for all First Nations people.
Most of this information pertains to the Sunshine Coast. Help us develop our list of resources for youth, including those in Powell River, by contacting Laurie at email@example.com.