Comox Valley Strengthening Community Workshops and Training Opportunities

These workshops and training opportunities are available free of charge to any organization, volunteer, or community member that is working on the front lines, supporting or interacting with individuals experiencing homelessness, addiction, or mental health challenges.

How to register:

Register online, over the phone, or in person at the Lewis or Florence Filberg Centres. 

If you represent an organization and would like to register a group, please contact

Upcoming workshops and training opportunities:

Strong practices for supporting trans, non-binary, & Two-Spirit clients and colleagues

This training is great for organizations who are in the beginning phases of learning about gender diversity, or who want to complement work that is already underway. Through self-reflection, scenarios, and visioning exercises, we’ll explore gender-affirming practices that will improve service provision, staff engagement and retention, and community relationships.

Virtual Training session
Date: Thursday, June 29
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Click to register

Homeless Services Association of BC Annual Memberships:

Gain access to free/low cost training through Homelessness Services Association of BC for your agency or community group.

Become a member of the Homelessness Services Association of BC to unlock free training and webinars for your agency. Annual Associate Memberships will be provided free of charge through funding from the Strengthening Communities Grant to qualified organizations.

What is HSABC?

Homelessness Services Association of BC (HSABC) was created through the merger of Shelter Net BC (SNBC) and the Greater Vancouver Shelter Strategy Society (GVSS) in 2017. SNBC was established in 1999 as provincial, grassroots movement by shelter providers who identified a need for training, networking, and development of best practice. GVSS was formed in 1998 as a regional network of Metro Vancouver organizations responding together to meet the needs of people who are homeless or at risk focused on coordination of the Extreme Weather Response program and research

HSABC continues to build on the legacy of both organizations and is a solution-focused, member-driven organization supporting shelters, drop-in centres, homeless outreach teams, and other service provider addressing the needs of persons experiencing homelessness with the goal tending homelessness.

(HSABC) Associate Membership

Benefits include:

  • Register your staff for in person workshops and webinars at no additional cost
  • Access past recorded trainings
  • BC Housing and WorkSafe BC recognized certificates
  • Discounted Rates for HSABC's Annual Conference and other events
  • Participate in teleconferences and research initiatives

How to get your membership?

Email Kathy Collins at 

Sneak peek of HSABC Training Calendar*:

*Once your organization has become a member you are able to register for any of these course offerings

Additional Resources

Mental Health

 Addiction & Trauma

Community Walks

This arts-based community action project, organized through the Comox Valley Art Gallery in partnership with AVI Health and Community Services, Thompson Rivers University and a host of community organizations, seeks to uncover the human dimensions of the toxic drug poisoning crisis as it has unfolded locally in the Comox Valley. Within and through it, a group of artist-researchers, front-line workers and people with lived and living experience have banded together in a spirit of solidarity, attempting to come to terms with the impact of the crisis on individuals and community groups through a practice of story sharing. Through stories, we aim to cultivate awareness leading to change.

Questions? Contact Sharon Karsten (Project Facilitator) 250-650-3794.

Homelessness & Housing


  • Indigenous Women’s Sharing Society/Unbroken Chain
  • University of Alberta - Indigenous Canada | Coursera
    Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.

Have a training or workshop idea?

Please email Kathy Collins at

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