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Client Rehabilitation


Forward House (136 East Hirst Avenue, Parksville) is open 6 days per week:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays 10:00 am to 7:30 pm
  • Wednesdays, Thursdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Fridays 10:00 am to 7:30 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Psychosocial Rehabilitation

Forward House provides individual case management, goal setting and support for all clients. We also refer clients  to other agencies as required, dependent on emergent client needs.

Our programs articulate our goals to provide a safe, stimulating social context within which our clients regain wellness, as well as relevant and constructive information for all members of our home and global communities.

Our programs include:

  • Art Therapy for non-verbal self expression and exploration
  • Expressive Therapies such as arts and crafts, writing circle, music, and drama to stimulate creative brain activity
  • Book Club and Poetry Club to increase literary skills, broaden interest, and communicate mutually respected ideas
  • Movie Nights to encourage discussion about themes, values and opinions
  • Exercise Group and Leisure Activities for physical wellness
  • Chair Yoga for whole-person wellness
  • Recreational Outings to enhance community interaction that promotes enjoyment in belonging


  • Coffee House (Common Grounds Cafe)
  • Games Nights featuring games, quizzes and trivia to stimulate memory
  • Chess Club for strategy and fun
  • Language Lab: weekly client-facilitated lessons in multilingualism to facilitate development of new neural pathways
  • House Unity Meetings (HUG Meetings) to meet weekly to check in with each other, and to plan and evaluate Forward House activities/programs
  • Families Forward to provide support and information for caregivers of people with mental illness and addictions. This program has been funded exclusively by Coastal Community Credit Union, Parksville

Forward House also features special celebrations such as our annual Dragonfly Dinner celebrating contributions to mental wellness; annual BBQ and auction, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Easter.



Vocational Rehabilitation

Community Lawn Care Crew: our friendly, reliable and knowledgeable client workers are available to mow, weed and fertilize local community members’ lawns. To arrange for the Lawn Care Crew to take care of your lawn, contact us at Forward House (250-954-0785).

ACE: (Ability through Contribution and Education): clients can become sponsored volunteers in Forward House programs and with community members. Clients deliver some Forward House programs, provide assistance in our kitchen, and provide house cleaning services for community members. For more information, contact us at Forward House (250-954-0785).

“Depression and PTSD led me to living in isolation. The writing circle program in Forward House helped me to join the human world again.” (FH client)

“Forward House has given me a place to learn, teach, meet interesting people, and have fun.” (FH client)