Boys & Girls Club looking for partnerships in Comox Valley

The Boys & Girls Club in the Comox Valley continues to grow and evolve through its programs and community partnerships.

THE BOYS & GIRLS Clubs of Central Vancouver Island's Robin Smart

The Boys & Girls Club in the Comox Valley continues to grow and evolve through its programs and community partnerships.

“We’re really excited about our position this year with our camps and our after-school and before-school programs and our partnerships in a whole,” Robin Smart says of the Comox Valley Club.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island, (BGCCVI) director of human resources and programs also notes the Comox Valley Club has two locations for its summer program this year.

“We have a bus, we’re to be taking those kids all around the Valley and exposing them to a lot of the Comox Valley community,” she continues.

“We’re also looking at partnerships this year with our programs, partnerships anywhere between the school district and Crown Isle for golf lessons for the kids, to working with a local soccer league to see if we can get some junior coaches in to help run some coach clinics and soccer clinics for our program — we’re looking at having some really exciting adventures…”

She adds the club has expanded its before- and after-school care programs, now offering them at Brooklyn and Aspen Park elementary schools.

Aspen Park was expanded with the addition of a portable for younger student care besides the multi-purpose room for the older students.

“We’re really excited about having a standalone location (in the portable) now, which provides us much more flexibility for summer, spring break — we don’t have to work within the school parameters,” she explains, adding the program at Brooklyn reached maximum capacity and the club has had to ask for more space.

Meanwhile, BGCCVI executive director Ian Kalina says the club is really starting to focus on partnerships with other groups in the community in an effort to meet community need.

“We provide services based on what community needs are; we’re not here to try and interfere with what other efforts that are going on,” he says.

“A big piece of what the Boys & Girls Club is about as an organization, our organization in particular, is about partnerships. So when we start looking at social issues and social needs, no one group can do it anymore, the RCMP can’t do it, school districts can’t, youth justice, mental health…So we get into discussions with school districts and municipalities more so now than ever before.”

Besides child-care programs, mentoring programs and a youth leadership program, the Comox Valley club is a leader in parenting programs, according to parent services co-ordinator Melanie Rockwell.

Parenting Together is the club’s core parenting program offering support and education to parents of teenagers. It was started here about 20 years ago and runs weekly from September to June.

Parenting Without Power Struggles is a 10-week education and group support program for parents of teens, with a focus on support. Parents in the Know was just launched in the fall and is similar to Parenting Without Power Struggles, but focuses more on education.

Rockwell adds the club is getting ready to launch a fourth parenting program, which is as yet unnamed.

“It will be for parents of pre-teens, you know, typically eight to 13, and will run concurrently with the youth,” says Rockwell.

“It’s using the core of our Parenting Without Power Struggles and connecting it with a youth component program that will run for 10 weeks also, so that the parents can have their children engaged in a program and they will learn things, a lot of really relevant and important things for that age and stage.”

She notes the club has never done a combination teen-and-adult program like this before, and she’s very excited.

“It’s so ideal in that the lessons that we are teaching each of them can be supported by each of them, ultimately, and reinforced at home,” adds Rockwell.

Meanwhile, Smart notes registration is open for the club’s 11th annual Comox Valley Golf Tournament — which will be on May 23 at Crown Isle. She says the golf tourney is a very important fundraiser for the club. It raised nearly $20,000 last year.

Registration costs $125 per person. To register or for more information on the tournament or club in general, visit and click on the ‘Comox Valley Club’ or call 250-338-7582.

Just Posted

Fish farm protest held in Comox

The rally took place on Comox Avenue, concluding at the entry to the BC Seafood Festival

Tales from MusicFest: Women of the Festival

Many sensational female acts at this year’s Vancouver island MusicFest

Washington State man facing murder charges in 1987 killing of Victoria couple

Two counts of aggravated first-degree murder filed against William Talbott II in Snohomish

30 degrees and warmer forecasted with heat wave in B.C.

The weather could stay well into next week, according to Environment Canada

Labour pains: cheap help is hard to find on Vancouver Island

Big Read: high demand for workers, lack of affordable living mean imperfect storm for businesses

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

B.C. NHL prospect expected to make ‘full recovery’ after an incident in Calgary

Jordy Bellerive was injured in a reported house fire Saturday night

BC Lions defensive back Marcell Young levels streaker in home opener

Young hit the fan near one of the 45-yard lines

Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

Two Mexican World Cup fans were among those hit

B.C. VIEWS: Orphans of our urban drug culture neglected again

Child advocate Bernard Richard leaves B.C. with harsh message

From marijuana beer to pot cookies, Canadian companies creating cannabis edibles

Manufacturers think that edibles will do well with users who don’t want to smoke or vape

Privacy lawyer warns against victim blaming in recent sextortion scams

Perpetrators get sexual photos of the victim and threaten to share them with friends and families

QB Jennings leads Lions to 22-10 win over Alouettes

B.C. wins CFL home opener over Montreal

Most Read