Resources @ UBC Okanagan

UBC Okanagan Specific Resources | General Support | Health | HIV/AIDS | Religious/Spiritual Organizations | Social | Youth/Student

UBC Okanagan Specific Resources

Aboriginal Programs & Services
UNC 212
•    Facilitates the development and use of local Aboriginal resources to develop an environment for Aboriginal learners to realize their potential and to bridge the gap between cultures, enhancing the participation and success of Aboriginal students.

UBCO Disability Resource Centre
Commons Corner
•    Provide confidential disability-related academic accommodations (e.g. exams, alternate format, note-taking, adaptive technology

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The Equity and Inclusion Office Okanagan
Commons Corner-UNC 227C
•    Addresses human rights issues for students, staff and faculty on campus
•    Resource/information center for human rights, education and employment equity

International Programs & Services
•    Provides advising, transition services and programs for international students
•    Assist with issues related to immigration, safety, health insurance, employment policies and personal/cultural transitions

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UBCSUO Pride Resource Center
UNC 132 – Behind the Students Union Offices
Email: or
•    Provides a positive, welcoming space for the LGBQTTI community on campus
•    Aims to provide peer support and eliminate discrimination and exclusion based on sexual identity

UBC-O Student Union 
•    Administers welfare issues relating to student life, whilst also arranging activities and events through the year
•    Provide a wide range of student support and referral services, as well as a number of outlets catering to student needs
•    Health and Dental Services

UBC Okanagan Campus Security
Emergency: 250-807-8111
Non-Emergency: 250-807-9236
•    First aid and emergency services

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Office of the Ombudsperson for Students
Commons Corner-UNC 227B
•    Independent, Impartial and confidential resource to assist students in addressing and resolving various campaigns about  unfair treatment at UBC

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General Support

Kelowna Community Resources
•    Multiple services for immigrants, community and families i.e. translation services and adoption services
•    Volunteer and employment enquiries
•    Crisis line

Okanagan Pride Society
•    Provides mental health support and sex education for the LGQBTT community in the Okanagan
•    Host various events such as Lattes with Ladies, Community Pub Night, Pride Camp
aign to reduce loneliness and foster as sense of inclusion and community for the LGQBTT community in the Okanagan

Crisis Line
(Kelowna Community Resources)
•    Crisis calls and referrals

BC Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-784-2273 (1-800-SUICIDE)
•    Confidential calls

BC Mental Health Information Line
•    Information for mental health

QPR: Question Persuade Refer
•    Trains individuals to recognize signs and symptoms of suicidal thoughts
•    Connects people with suicidal tendencies/thoughts to appropriate resources

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Victim Link BC
250-470-6242 (Mon-Sat 8a.m-4p.m)
1-800-563-0808 (24hour)
•    Provides information, services and support of all crime for plaintiffs in criminal cases
•    Multilingual
•    Can be use as crisis line

UBC Safe Walk
•    Students, staff and faculty are able to request a patroller to accompany them around campus
•    24 hour service for UBC Okanagan Campus

Elizabeth Fry
•    Provides information about all forms of abuse and legal situations for women
•    Provides individual and group training, sexual assault support and ability skills training

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NOW Canada Society (New Opportunities for Women)
•    For women and youth services such as emergency housing, homeless shelter, residential and day programs, low income housing and other support services


Campus Health & Wellness Centre
UNC 334
•    Provides campus health education and promotion.
•    Health assessments, treatments and counseling services.
•    Sexual health education and support.

BC Health Guide-Nurses’ Line
•    24hour access to health inquiry

Interior Health
•    Public health nurses and other public health practitioners
•    Dental services, maternal care, mental health and addictions
•    Audiology and speech language therapy
•    Mental health and addictions

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Sex Sense Line
1-800-739-7367(Mon-Fri 9a.m-9p.m)
•    Toll free hotline staffed by nurses to answer any and all sexual health questions.
•    Provides information, referral services for BC only.

Options for Sexual Health (OPT)
•    Sells low cost birth control and emergency contraception.
•    Free pregnancy testing
•    PAP and STI testing
•    Sexual health counseling and education

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Living Positive Resource Centre, Okanagan
168 Asher Road, Kelowna
•    Provides support services for housing, income and nutrition related issues
•    Home and hospital visits.
•    Provides self-care and health maintenance workshops
•    Provision of harm reduction materials(safe sex, substance)
•    Access to health care for addictions and mental health issues.
•    Peer support groups

Canadian AIDs Treatment Information Exchange (CAITE)
•    Inquiries about HIV and HCV
•    Information line

Kelowna Outreach Urban Health Centre (under Interior Health)
455 Leon Avenue Kelowna BC V1Y 6J4
Clinic hours Mon-Fri 10-4
•    Anonymous HIV/STD testing available
•    Various medical clinic such as Dr. Heather McDonald (for Trans*health related inquiries)

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Kamloops Women’s Resource Center
353 Tranquille Road, Kamloops BC V2B 3G4
Mon, Wed, Fri 12-3p.m *Drop-ins are not advised, hours subject to change.
•    Resources center for women in Kamloops.
•    Provides training, workshops and various events to promote for a safe place for women.



Kelowna Gospel Mission
•    Free dental clinic, barbershop, thrift store, men’s and women’s shelter and clothing bank.
•    Emergency shelter for homeless and low-income societies.



Kamloops GALA – Gay and Lesbian Association
Box 2071; Station A, Kamloops BC, V2B 7K6
Non-profit society, that supports: bursaries at TRU, phone line, website and newsletter, community outreach, and the donating gay-positive materials to municipal and school libraries.

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North Okanagan Gay & Lesbian Organization
250-542-4842 or 250-558-6198
Box 1419, Vernon BC, V1T 6N7
Established in the spring of 1995 to help bring queer social events to the North Okanagan. The proceeds from the dances go to all manner of charities & non-profit societies which enhance the gay and lesbian community in the area.

PFLAG Kamloops
250-828-0732 or 250-314-5485 (Ruth Zacharias), 250-851-9385 (Judy Lusk)
2280 Nechako Drive, Kamloops BC, V2E 1S5
National non-profit organization founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual children. PFLAG Canada is a national voice that speaks for a more accepting Canadian society by providing support, education and resources on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.

SOGALA: South Okanagan Gay and Lesbian Society
Suite 170, 113 – 437 Martin Street, Penticton BC, V2A 5L1
Aim is to provide activities and events that bring together and celebrate the gay, lesbian bisexual and transgender population.

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Kids’ Help Phone
Counseling for youth experiencing various problems.

YouthQuest! BC
604-523-9115 or 1-866-NOT-ALONE
Provincial Office: 88 7th Street, Room 100B, New Westminster BC, V3L 5B2
Social support, advocacy and resource network for LGBQTTI*, two spirited and questioning youth under 22. Drop-ins and peer support around the province.  Call for locations.

c/o Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan 3205–31 Avenue, Vernon BC, V1T 2H2
Support group for LGBQTTI youth aged 25 and under.
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