LOVE LGBTQ2s Vancouver Island Community Response Network

The Living OUT and Visibly Engaged (LOVE) CRN was created to reach out and support the needs of LGBTQ2S+ community members living in central Vancouver Island.  One of the goals of the LOVE CRN is to make broadly available resources (print and web) that support LGBTQ2S+ seniors in communities large and small across the province of British Columbia and beyond.  As such, LOVE CRN has compiled a bibliography of research on the health and psychosocial aspects of aging as it affects the LGBTQ2S+ population.  As of December 2019 the bibliography has more than 1,000 citations!

Please visit to learn more information.

Communities Served:

  • LGBTQ2s Vancouver Island

Horst Backe
Phone: (250) 619-6848

Regional Mentors:
Jane Osborne
Alyssa Christensen

Final Report – Mobilizing Knowledge to Improve Wellness of Sexual and Gender Minority Older Adults on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

Ready for the Unexpected: Incapacity Planning.  Are you ready for the unexpected? Many of us will at some point in our lives be incapable of making health care, personal care, financial or legal decisions. Being prepared allows your beliefs, values and wishes to be represented and respected when you are incapable. Being prepared also reduces the stress on your family and friends who may be called on to make decisions on your behalf.  The presentations and associated handouts below address how you can prepare for the possibility of becoming incapable of making health care, personal care, financial or legal decisions. Many options are presented, but the focus of the presentations and associated handouts are on those instruments that will help to most people, an enduring power of attorney and the enhanced representation agreement (RA9).  Our project partners for the pilot phase included Cowichan Hospice, Cowichan Family Caregivers, Volunteer Cowichan (host of Cowichan Region CRN) and Pacific Rim Hospice. The Elder Care Project in Cowichan and the Cowichan Region CRN produced the foldable brochure for public distribution.

Community Contact List:
2021 Community Contact List – LOVE Vancouver Island

This contact information will put you in touch with people who are able to give you more information about services in your area. They are typically available during business hours Monday to Friday. Should this be an emergency situation, please consider calling your local RCMP detachment or the Police authority for your area.

View the LOVE LGBTQ2s Vancouver Island Community Response Network Gallery