Become A Seniors Peer Counsellor

Each year Nanaimo Family Life recruits up to 10 seniors who are 55 years or older and have retired.  We select a diverse group of individuals of different ages and backgrounds. We look for your ability to commit to attending and completing the 12 week training program. Training consists of one 2.5 hour  session per week. The Senior Peer Counselor training is standardized throughout the province.

If you have skills you would like to offer or areas you would like to develop in, please call our offices as we would love to have you join us!

For more information about counselling contact:

Mia Maarika
Senior VCP & SPC Program Coordinator
Phone: 250 754-3331 (ext. 203)

Covid-19 Hours and Response

Our current hours of operation are Monday to Thursday, 9:00--4:00 pm.

We are open to the public on a limited basis. Only 2 people may be in the waiting room at a time. If full, please wait outside or in your car.

If you have any cold, influenza, or Covid-19 symptoms, you will not be permitted into the building.

We continue to practice social distancing. Please maintain 2 metres distance. Face masks are mandatory.

Our counselling program continues to operate, offering sessions over the phone, online, and in person. Walk-in counselling is unavailable at this time. If you are in need of counselling support, please call us at (250) 754-3331 or email Mia at

If you are an older adult, aged 65+, looking for support at this time, please visit Safe Seniors, Strong Communities website.

Safe Seniors, Strong Communities Website