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 2SLGBTQI+ people living on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Community Directories are available for Alberni Valley, Campbell River, Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo District, Salt Spring Island, Victoria area, and some resources relevant to all of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Directories include any Vancouver Island and Gulf Island organizations or services that are: not for profit, ongoing, intended to serve adults (anyone age 18 or more), not a private business, not primarily a sex hook-up site, and directly mention including or welcoming sexual and gender diverse (2SLGBTQI+) people.  Find directories at

LOVE CRN’s current focus is to encourage and support organizations to become more inclusive and affirming of 2SLGBTQI+ people.  Find out more at

LOVE CRN compiled a bibliography of research on the health and psychosocial aspects of aging as it affects the LGBTQ2S+ population.  The bibliography covers the years 2000-2020 and contains 1,300 citations. These resources are particularly relevant to 2SLGBTQI+ people in communities large and small across the province of British Columbia.  Find them at

Please visit to learn more information.

Communities Served:

  • 2SLGBTQI+ people on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

Horst Backé
Phone: (250) 619-6848

Regional Mentors:
Jane Osborne
Alyssa Christensen


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:
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.

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