Family & Community Resources

– Building & Facilities: The Old Chemainus Fire Hall houses a gymnasium with a sound system upstairs large enough for youth concerts, workshops, and family events. The building also has a large kitchen (2 stoves, 2 dishwashers, 2 refrigerators, and a deep freeze); several computers with free internet; 3 pool tables, 2 foosball tables, a ping pong table, air hockey and other games; 3 comfortable seating areas, 2 TV sets with DVD player, a stereo; piano & organ; and a host of other resources for family and youth who need a place to go. The lower floor is wheelchair accessible, and has a new accessible washroom.

We have a document for those who would like to hold an event or rent equipment (including sound & lighting equipment).

– Resource Time: This community drop-in for all age provides resources for both families and individual, acquire some clothes or food, use the phone or photocopier, meet others, and use the computers to write a resume or use the internet. The drop-in is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. In addition to providing resources, we refer individuals to other organizations, such as social assistance advocacy and the food bank. Some of our volunteers are also able to help with job searches and interviews, rent searches, and any number of family issues that the individual may disclose. We can also teach the folks who drop in how to use the computers and other equipment. The goal is to provide guidance and promote self help by creating a warm welcoming place to visit.

– Library Resource: Drop by to check out our collection of books during open hours. Monday – Friday from 1-3pm. See office admin with chosen book title and your phone number for rental.

– Free Store: Our Free Store is open on Fridays (11:30 to 3:00pm) concurrently with the drop-in, and provides clothing (e.g., children, or clothing for job interviews); household tools; household furniture; food on an emergency basis; and many other goods. The Free Store was accessed more than 2000 times last year.

 ESS Emergency Services, Cowichan
The CNHA Fire Hall is a
designated ESS site.

Other Resources at CNHA:

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Other Activities at CNHA:

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Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association
9796 Willow Street, Box 457
Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K0
Phone: 250-246-3203
E-mail: cnhaoffice (at)


Located in North Cowichan, on Vancouver Island. We are a non-profit volunteer run organization
providing community, youth, and family activities, resources & services for
Chemainus, Crofton, Duncan, Ladysmith, Saltair, Penelakut,
and other areas in the Cowichan Valley.

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