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Who We Are

In October 2013, a group of stakeholders came together to discuss health and well-being in the Oceanside region. They decided to form a group that would invite the community to identify and address health-related issues together. This group evolved to become the Oceanside Health and Wellness Network (OHWN).

OHWN is committed to working together to enhance the health and well-being of Oceanside residents with a focus on the determinants of health. We work collaboratively and take collective action on strategic priorities.

Our Network Communities

The Oceanside Region includes the municipalities of Parksville and Qualicum Beach and four electoral areas of the Regional District of Nanaimo and the Qualicum First Nation. The geographic area encompasses two urban centres and several small waterfront and rural communities stretching from Nanoose Bay, Errington/Coombs to Deep Bay/Bowser. The Oceanside Region is aligned with the boundaries of School District 69 and Local Health Area 69 (Qualicum). The total population of this region is 50,326 (2021 Census)

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What We Do 

Planning functions:

  • Influence social planning

  • Identify strategic priorities

  • Collect and evaluate data to set action priorities

  • Capture and pool all community data and stories that help to illustrate data

  • Identify gaps, overlaps, and build on strengths

  • Focus on key factors that influence individual and community health

  • Focus on issues that are too complex for a group to address individually

  • Be attentive at the community level rather than at an individual issue level

  • Look for and take advantage of shared opportunities


Networking functions:

  • Facilitate meaningful conversation – act as a switchboard connecting people

  • Build partnerships

  • Build capacity

  • Work on a consensus for a community mandate

  • Support diversity in community


Action orientated functions:

  • Take collective action on community health issues

  • Act as a catalyst to improve health and wellness

  • Be a strategic coordinator of activity

  • Provide leadership to bring about change

Connect With Us

Would you like to get involved or learn more about Oceanside Health and Wellness Network?

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