Trans Vancouver Island

Welcome

to Trans Vancouver Island

A resource and information site for transgender and gender diverse people and their allies on Vancouver Island

I’ve been maintaining this site as a volunteer since 2012, when an applied local research project supported by Royal Roads University surfaced a community need for an island-specific resource directory. Please send suggestions for additional content or information updates to matthewheinz@ymail.com. I’m also glad to provide pro bono assistance in locating research, information, and resource referrals for Vancouver Island trans and gender diverse individuals and their families.

— matthew heinz, phd, http://www.royalroads.ca/people/matthew-heinz

This site does not endorse any organizations, services, or individuals listed here.

Updated 2 August 2017

AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI)

AIDS Vancouver Island serves the needs of people infected and affected by HIV and hepatitis C. Its mission is to strengthen community, prevent infection, provide support, and combat stigma. Services include Positive Wellness Programs, Street Outreach, Health Promotion and Community Awareness, Men’s Wellness Programs and Volunteer Programs.

 

AIDS Vancouver Island Courtenay/Comox

AIDS Vancouver Island Campbell River

AIDS Vancouver Island Nanaimo

Ambit Gender Diversity Consulting

AGDC offers professional development for businesses and organizations who are committed to increasing the accessibility of their services for trans, two-spirit, and gender diverse people. Whether it’s serving clients better, working with staff needs, or engaging your community, this training will truly benefit everyone!

 

Antidote

Established in 2002, Antidote is an award-winning grassroots network and community-based organization of over 180 multiracial girls and women in Victoria, British Columbia. Our members represent diverse voices, ages, ethno-cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds and affiliations in the community. We work with youth, families, schools, community groups, service providers, policy makers and researchers to promote the visibility and needs of racialized minority and Indigenous girls and women.

 

 

 

Bailey Counselling Therapy

Vanessa A. Bailey. Registered nurse and registered clinical counsellor.

 

 

 

Otis Bell Holistic Bodywork

I am a transgender massage therapist, offering sliding scale massage to the trans and queer community in Victoria.

BodyMindCounselling

Sarah Pullman, MA, RCC, Reg. Clinical Counsellor. Works on issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, and conducts hormone assessment.

Breaking Chains Counselling

Terry Ketteringham, MA, CCAC. Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor in Nanaimo, BC. Offers addiction counselling, recovery coaching and trauma therapy. Experience with people in the LGBT community.

Camas Bookstore & InfoShop

The Camas Infoshop is a not-for-profit and collectively-run infoshop, bookstore and autonomous space located on Lekwungen Territory. Camas first opened its doors in September 2007, with the intention of providing a voice for anti-authoritarian and anti-colonial perspectives and local struggles, and helping to foster a spirit of solidarity with other such struggles taking place globally.

Camosun College Pride Centre

Kathleen Campbell (RMT), Registered Massage Therapy

Campbell River LGBT2Q+ Peer Youth Group

For queer, trans, agender, gender variant youth ages 15-24.Youth group that began in October 2016 and is supported by the partnership of John Howard Society North Island. Contact Laura, who facilitates the group.

Chair in Transgender Studies, University of Victoria.

Aims to act as a catalyst to motivate and support academic and community-based scholars, advanced students, transgender community activists, and thought leaders to work together to enhance the lives of transgender people. Hosts Nachos & Drinks with the Chair at 4 p.m. on March 22 and April 26, 2017, at the Grad House, University of Victoria. A casual drop-in gathering open to self-identified trans and gender non-binary folks.

Chemainus Peer support and mentoring for trans people overall and TransGals in particular

 

 

Comox Valley Transgender Discussion Group

Discussion group actively working with trans-folk and will be trying to reach out to gender-variant or questioning folks, offer a discussion Group, and some support and information

James Cowan R.C.C., Tall Tree Counselling and Consulting Services, Port Alberni

Cowichan Computer Whisperer

In-house technical support and general computer services for Cowichan Valley and beyond, provided by a trans-friendly computer professional.Visit http://kristoforwilson.com/

Creating Connections Discussion Group

Creating Connections is a common posting Facebook page for events (mainly queer) of interest to the IslandZ community.

Crown Isle Clinic

Family Night (Pizza and More 4 times a year)

Meets fifth Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at #107-1208 Wharf Street, Victoria. Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative.

Dr. Caspar Friesen, MD

Family Physician. Accepts only trans patients; currently accepts new patients. Accepts referrals from counsellors.

Gays and Lesbians of Salt Spring Island (GLOSSI)

GLOSSI is a non-profit society for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning people with Allies on Salt Spring Island. The society has the following mission: to undertake educational outreach services on LGBTQ issues for the community at large; to provide opportunities for fun and socializing; to offer referral services to individuals who need support and comfort; and to generally help encourage a positive and visible LGBTQ presence in the community.

Gender Creative Kids Nanaimo Peer Family Support Group

Gender Outlaws Drop-In Group

Meets third Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at #107-1208 Wharf Street, Victoria (Courtyard Level – Hartwig Court). Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative. Facilitated by Janis Zroback, Zameen Sabet, ChrYs Tei.

Guidepost Counselling and Consultation – Elizabeth Holland

Elizabeth is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who works with teens and adults exploring issues of gender and sexuality, and provides a safe and welcoming space for trans people to work with other issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, and the stresses of life.

Hans Kai 4 Trans

Group wellness program offering exchange on medical and social transition experiences and well-being. Meets first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at #107-1208 Wharf Street, Victoria. Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative. Open to all. Facilitated by certified Hans Kai facilitators Chrys Tei or Alexa Clodge.

Hans Kai 4 Trans Check In

Group wellness program offering exchange on medical and social transition experiences and well-being. Meets Tuesdays from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. to check in on trans health indicators at #107-1208 Wharf Street, Victoria. Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative. Open to all.

Holistic Counselling

Ocean Lum (MA, BsC) is a Registered Clinical counsellor yoga instructor and meditation teacher. She conducts hormone assessments. Ocean specializes in a holistic approach to stress, anxiety and depression by integrating counselling, mindfulness and yoga. 30 min free consultation.

Homospun Collective Events

The Homospun Collective is a growing group of folks looking to put on inclusive events for the GLBTQ community and friends, allies, and anyone interested in finding alternative spaces to meet, create, dance, relax, and make friends.

Hormone Readiness Assessment

Island Sexual Health

Island Sexual Health Society offers sexual health clinics and sex education programs for all genders, orientations, identities, and ages in Greater Victoria.

June Jacob, RN/BSN/CDE/CPT, Pediatric Nurse Clinician

Pediatric Nurse Clinician for Endocrine Vancouver Island.

Liquid Capital West Coast Financing Corp. Rebekah Hutchison, Principal. Victoria, BC

Transfriendly corporation providing working capital solutions for small and medium sized businesses as well as middle market companies.

Heather Michael, MSW, RCSW Counselling & Consulting Victoria, BC

I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker in private practice with experience working in Mental Health Services. I work with children, youth, and families. I am also able to administer hormone readiness assessments.

Joanna Morrison, M.Ed Counselling Psychology, Registered Clinical Counsellor.

Queer therapist based in Nanaimo with client base in Nanaimo, Duncan, and Victoria and in between these two cities. Sex therapist; expertise in biofeedback, anxiety and trauma counselling. Works with trans clients and parents and able to administer hormone readiness assessment.

Nanaimo Generation Q Youth Program

Our mission is to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive space that allows youth to connect, and openly express their concerns regarding issues impacting their lives and the LGBTQQIP2SSA community. For youth aged 13-18. Youth aged 14-24 are encouraged to participate as youth mentors and volunteers. Meets Thursday evenings at the South Side Teen Centre, 20 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, BC.

Onmyplanet.ca

Based in Victoria, BC, http://onmyplanet.ca is a queer and trans positive website that houses The Queer Story Archive. The Archive is an ever-expanding collection of life experience stories, on video and in text, from everyone under the rainbow and the people who love us. As of November 2014 there are more than 90 stories posted, many of them from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Onmyplanet.ca also has an online support and referral network local to BC. In development is ‘Work It Out’, an online workbook for reducing homophobia, transphobia and sexual prejudice that will incorporate the video stories. To join our mailing list click here http://onmyplanet.ca/mundo/?page_id=2624

Out on Campus

LGBT Student Group, Vancouver Island University.Out On Campus is a student social club at VIU which organizes activities for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit and Questioning students and their straight-identified allies.

Partners of Transgender Individuals

Victoria-based closed Facebook group

Peer Support. Available for general advice for other trans people, family, friends.

Academic researcher, author, speaker, and university administrator who has worked with the trans community for 30+ years.Contact Aaron H Devor, PhD, at AHDevor@uvic.ca

Peer support, advocacy, and trans education.

Host of Breaking Binary radio show (University of Victoria CFUV 101.9 FM) Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Contact Daphne Shaed at daphneshaed@yahoo.ca or YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/daphneshaed) or www.trannycyborg.com.

 

Peer Support. Kingsley Strudwick

 

 

PFLAG Victoria

Positive Space Alliance

The Positive Space campaign seeks to raise awareness of diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity and to challenge the patterns of silence that continue to marginalize bisexuals, gays, lesbians, and transgendered individuals.

Positive Space Network

The Positive Space Network is a visible network of students, faculty, staff and alumni who are working to make the University of Victoria a safer and more inclusive space for people of all genders and sexualities. The PSN seeks to work with and strengthen the services that already exist at UVic by creating a network that supports and connects people working toward inclusion, promotes Most Unexceptional practices, links researchers and provides support and resources for individuals.

Queerest Tea in Town

Meets every Tuesday from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at QV Cafe, 1701 Government Street, Victoria. Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative. Contact ChrYs Tei at 888-241-9992 extension 100.

Queer Outdoors

Meets third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m., Victoria. Check Rainbow Health Cooperative website for location. Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative.

Rainbow Health Co-operative

The Rainbow Health Co-operative hosts various queer  and trans*-oriented community gatherings and meetings in Victoria. Consult the Event Calendar for meeting announcements.

Saanich 2-Spirit, Queer, Trans & Allied Youth Dinner & Drop-In

A drop-in for self-identified 2-Spirit, Queer, Trans & Allied youth between 13-18. This is a fun hang-out space for you to create what you need, meet new folks, make new friends, socialize, or just be you! A safer, supportive space with Queer/Trans mentors. Meets Fridays at 5:30 p.m. at the Upside Teen Centre at Saanich Commonwealth Place.

Samuel Salvati

Regional contact for Trans Care BC, the provincial transgender health program through Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). Regional community engagement coordinator, Island Health Region, Trans Care BC.

S.A.J.E. Wellness & Transition

Dr. Michael Sorsdahl, PhD, RCC, CCC. Counselor with significant experience in trauma therapy (PTSD), group dynamics/counselling, LGBTQ+ issues, men’s issues, and life transitions. Offers discounts to members of the transgender community.

Salt Spring Island peer support for trans people and their partners.

Dr. Sharolyn Sloat, Psychologist (CPBC #1666)

South Vancouver Island Gender Variant Drop-In

A drop-in program for trans*, gender-variant, and two-spirit individuals in the south island area. Meets last Thursday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in downtown Victoria Public Library (first floor, 900s block group meeting room), Victoria.For more information, contact Marshall Kilduff at (250) 384-2366.

SpiritFirstCounseling at Comox

At SpiritFirst Counselling, as the name implies, I see spirit first – not gender, age, ethnicity, occupation, income, physical appearance, education, orientation, ability, or any particular religion – although I understand these aspects influence our self-image. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor I have assisted families in their desire to support transgender relatives generally, and to transition into systems (ie – schools) specifically. As a lesbian feminist therapist I bring a strong respectful sensitivity to individuals, using an empowerment model in my approach.

Kate Steele Counselling, Victoria

“I work with children, youth, families and individuals. I have training in doing hormone readiness assessments for adults, and am pursuing similar training for working with youth. At the moment, I support children and youth questioning their gender or who identify as transgender, gender non-binary or gender fluid through an exploration process. I also provide support for challenges they might face such as
anxiety and depression. I am passionate about working with families to help provide information and support in understanding gender diversity, and in learning how to best support their children.”

Dr. Garrett Stetson, R.Psych

I provide individual psychotherapy services to children, adolescents and adults dealing with a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and addictions. I work primarily in a cognitive-behavioral style, drawing on narrative, solution-focused and motivational therapies. I’m proud to offer respectful, knowledgeable services to queer and transgender individuals of all ages.

Dr. Sue Stock, Pediatric Endocrinologist

Accepts referrals for children up to and including 18 years of age and follows WPATH guidelines for hormone blockers and hormone therapy using the BCCH consent forms. Prior completion of hormone readiness assessment preferred but also accepts referrals for information and discussion only.

Support Group for Parents and Families of Gender Diverse and Transgender Children and Youth

Support, connection, resources. You are not alone. Each group session is co-facilitated by Alyx MacAdams, a trans activist and MSW student, and a parent of a trans child. Families in attendance represent an age range of children and youth, gender identities, and expressions. Free. Bus tickets aavilable. Parking free. Third Wednesday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Commonwealth Place, Upside Teen Lounge, Victoria. Ocotber 19, 2016; November 16, 2016; December 21, 2016; January 18, 2017; February 15, 2017; March 15, 2017; April 19, 2017; May 17, 2017; June 21, 2017. Supported by Saanich Parks and Recreation and Trans Care BC. For more information, contact Alana Goddard at Alana.Goddard@saanich.ca at 250-475-7624. Please RSVP to gendercreativetransvictoria@gmail.com

Tax filing assistance at reasonable rates, Chemainus

TransAction Victoria Collective

TransAction is a local collective of activists, advocating for the rights of, and striving to create community with and for Trans and Gender-Variant people in the Greater Victoria Area, Coast Salish Territories, through direct action, awareness raising activities and the ongoing project of creating safer spaces.

TransVictoria Peer Support Group

TransVictoria Peer Support Group is a closed peer support group for questioning or transitioning transfolk. All ages are welcome. Contact can be made on FB and through email. The group exists for support and safety to encourage dialogue and community.

The Transgender Archives (University of Victoria)

The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria hold a large collection of archival material related to modern transgender activism and research.The archives are open to the public. For more information about the collections, and about supporting the archives , please visit
http://transgenderarchives.uvic.ca/or contact Academic Director Dr. Aaron Devor (ahdevor@uvic.ca).

Trans Fem Sisterly Support Drop-In Group

Meets fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at #107-1208 Wharf Street, Victoria. Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative. Facilitated by Alexa Clodge, ChrYs Tei.

Trans Masculine Drop-In Group

Meets second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at #107-1208 Wharf Street, Victoria. Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative. Facilitated by Daniel Allen, James Gardner, ChrYs Tei.

 

University of Victoria Pride

The Pride Collective is a constituency group of the University of Victoria Students’ Society mandated to represent, advocate for, and provide services for queer students on Campus. The group receives its funding from the undergraduate students at the University of Victoria. Its responsibility is to meet the needs of the student body as a whole on queer issues. It also advocates for the community at large.

Vancouver Island Transgender Support Group

We all need support in life. Going through life as a transgender person can sometimes mean we need even more support. This is a group for folks to give that support. Share your stories, give tips and advice and just be positive.

Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS)

Peer-based HIV/AIDS organization on Vancouver Island. Non-profit, member-based organization made up of HIV+ and HepC co-infected people. Offers compassionate peer support and treatment information.

Dr. Lucretia van den Berg (Endocrinologist; by referral only)

Vic Genderqueers

Email list for genderqueers of Victoria and area.

Victoria Pink Pages

Victoria Pride Society

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre has highly qualified trauma specialists who provide services to individuals impacted by sexual assault and abuse. Primarily serves the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The Sexual Assault Centre is improving its capacity to support trans and gender-variant folks and has a part-time Trans* Inclusion Coordinator.

Youth Care Homes

Offers Supportive Recovery Care Homes, Turning Point Program, Withdrawal Management Program for male, female, and transgender youth aged 12 to 19.

Youth Core

Youth engagement program focused on building a wide range of community capacity and youth leadership opportunities including, but not limited to, transgender youth.

British Columbia Resources

Trans Care BC (Provincial Health Services Authority)

Trans Care BC was established as a program of PHSA in fall 2015 following community engagement, and input from clinical experts and stakeholders from transgender communities.BC is the first and only province in Canada to create a provincial system to support transgender health. The program supports the delivery of equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for transgender and gender-diverse people across BC. Trans Care BC is working closely with partners and stakeholders – including transgender communities, regional health authorities and the Ministry of Health – to the develop of a comprehensive provincial network of services.Trans Care BC’s care coordination team helps connect people in BC to gender-affirming health and wellness supports. Based out of Vancouver, the small team includes health navigators, nurses, peers, and admin support staff. The team has access to the medical director (GP) for consultation as needed.The team works alongside service providers and community contacts from across the province to help people find care and support as close to home as possible.

British Columbia LGBT End of Life Conversations

TransRights BC

Legally reviewed human rights information on Public Spaces/Services, Education, Housing, Employment, Healthcare, Harassment & Violence, Parenting, Police & Prison System, Immigration & Refugee Issues, and Sex Work.

CampOutBC

A leadership for social change camp for queer, trans, Two-Spirit, and allied youth ages 14-21 from BC or the Yukon.

The Davie Village

 updated 5 June 2017