Trans Vancouver Island


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 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,

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

Updated 20 September 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!



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.


Sarah Pullman, MA, RCC, Reg. Clinical Counsellor. Works on issues of anxiety, depression, trauma. Helps transgender folks of all identities and at all stages of transition to achieve better mental health.

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

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

DAISSI (Diverse and Inclusive Salt Spring Island; formerly knon as Gays and Lesbians of Salt Spring Island or GLOSSI)

DAISSI 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.

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.