Partner Organizations

Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN)

Gabriola Island recreation services are currently provided to Gabriola residents through an agreement with the Regional District of Nanaimo. The Society administers a budget and oversees the development and implementation of programs and services provided by the Program Director.

Taxpayers of Gabriola Island all financially support the Recreation function through the Regional District of Nanaimo.

For further information pertaining to the Regional District’s involvement with the Gabriola Recreation Society contact Hannah King, Superintendent of Recreation Program Services, at 1-888-828-2069 or 250-248-3252 or email: You may also view the RDN website here:

For Everything That’s Community Health (FETCH)

FETCH is an online searchable health and social services website developed in partnership with the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice on Gabriola and People for a Healthy Community. It provides community specific information that enables Gabriola citizens, visitors, doctors and health care providers access information and services to support health and well being. Looking for a doctor, dentist, allied health and healing arts professionals, home support, mental health resources, seniors services and many more go to Once approved by the administrator, health professionals and service providers can add and update their service to FETCH’s self editing website. For further information contact Brenda Fowler at

Island Health

Community Wellness Grant

The Regional District of Nanaimo received a grant from Island Health to expand community recreation programs throughout the region. Portions of the funding have been distributed to individual areas in the RDN, including Area B, which encompasses Gabriola, Mudge, and DeCourcy Islands.

As the agency contracted by the RDN to provide local recreation services, the Gabriola Recreation Society is pleased to announce they have received some of this funding. It will be used to expand existing programs and support new ones. All have a recreational focus, address one or several of the modifiable risk factors identified by Island Health, and are aimed at enhancing the health and wellness of local residents.

G.R.S. will be supporting various programs with this funding. They are:

  • Adult Learn to Swim – for non-swimmers
  • Yoga for Recovery – conscious living beyond addiction
  • Spring into Sport – new sport sampler for elementary school aged kids
  • Activity program – for adults and youth with developmental disabilities
  • Beginner Tennis Clinic – with teaching pros from Westwood Lake Club

Grants in Aid

Local, non-profit groups are invited to submit grant applications for projects providing a recreational or cultural service to the community. Application forms are available at the GRS office, or you can read more at our Grants in Aid page here.