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Our mission is to support health care programs and patient comfort services on Gabriola Island such as Meals on Wheels and Drivers to Doctors.

The Gabriola Auxiliary for Island Health Care Society (Gabriola Auxiliary, for short) is a non-profit organization incorporated under the Societies' Act of British Columbia, and a member of the British Columbia Association of Health Care Auxiliaries (BCAHA).


Ice Cream Cart



Thursday to Saturday

12pm to 4pm


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The GABE Shop

The GABE Shop is a boutique thrift store staffed by volunteers. We accept donations of clean, lightly-used clothing, craft supplies, and kitchenware. All profits go to Gabriola Island health care initiatives. We also operate an Ice Cream Cart during the summer months.


Wednesday to Saturday

10am - 4pm*

*Saturday, Sept 30th
OPEN 12-4pm


Call us at


or email


560 North Road,

Gabriola Island BC

2023 GAIHCS Grant Applications
  • Must be a registered BC Not for Profit society operating on Gabriola.

  • Project must be consistent with the goals and mission of the Auxiliary to support healthcare programs & patient comfort services on Gabriola.

For more information, including a downloadable application form please click the button below.

Application Deadline is

September 15, 2023

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Need a ride to your appointments?


Don't have any way of getting to and from medical or other health-related appointments, such as to Life Labs, the dentist, optometrist, registered therapist, or the pharmacy? Drivers to Doctors is providing drives to these appointments on Gabriola and in Nanaimo.


Ferry costs for Nanaimo trips are not included. TAP forms will cover most expenses; if you cannot get to the clinic to pick one up, please let us know. If the service is not eligible for a TAP form (such as pick up from a hospital stay or to a dental appointment), the patient must pay for the vehicle and driver as well as themselves.


Drivers to Doctors do NOT have priority boarding for the ferry.


Patients are required to have had at least two Covid vaccinations, and all drivers have been vaccinated. Masks are requested for both drivers and patients, especially for trips to Nanaimo. If either patient or driver has any COVID-like symptoms the drive will have to be postponed or reassigned.


Call Marni Laird ph: 250-268-9433 to request a driver. Please give as much notice as possible to allow time to arrange for your drive.


Want to help out?

Join our Team of Volunteer Drivers

Call Marni Laird ph: 250-268-9433.

Do you know of anyone who can benefit from this service?


Hot, cooked meals are provided to seniors on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Non-seniors with a disability, or who are convalescing, are also eligible for the Meals on Wheels program. Meals are prepared at the Kiwanis Lodge and delivered by volunteers on Gabriola, usually between 4 and 6 pm. Currently the cost per meal is $6.75. 

New volunteers drivers are
always welcome!

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      Have you Heard about
      Gabriola Pathways?


Gabriola Pathways is a website where you can learn about all the services on Gabriola Island that support community health and wellness.


Visit the website to learn what resources there are currently on the island to meet yours and your family's needs.

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About Us

The BC Association of Healthcare Auxiliaries was established in 1945 to promote education, leadership, effective communication, and high standards of performance as key factors in member Auxiliaries’ success. Currently, BCAHA’s member auxiliaries in BC represent more than 6,254 adult volunteers and 350 youth volunteers. In 2018, member Auxiliaries devoted more than 1,235,634 volunteer hours and donated more than $9,946,000 to purchase much-needed healthcare equipment at the local level, and to enhance the care and comfort of patients and their families.

We keep our members knowledgeable with timely information and resource material through our website, a regular newsletter and face-to-face interaction at the local and provincial levels, including annual provincial and regional annual general meetings and conferences.

By Mail

BCAHA Contact info:

Address: 707- 318 Homer St., Vancouver, BC,  V6B 2V2

Phone number:  250-701-3465

By Phone


By Email


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