Young and bored?  We have fun recreational activities for youth.  Need a skills upgrade, or a fun hobby?  Sign up for our free workshops and training, including First Aid and BC Food Safe certification. Homeless?  Come in for warm soup, new clothes, sleeping bag, free bread, and help with finding a place to live. Want to help your community and meet new people?  We likely have a volunteer job that will fit your interests.

Our motto is “neighbours helping neighbours” and we try to have resources and activities for everyone!  Below are just some of the testimonials we receive:


My Guardian Angels. I arrived in Chemainus broke, homeless and very depressed. The folks at CNHA got me clothing, shelter, food and helped me find a job.

That’s why I call them my guardian angels as they were the ones who took the time to listen to me and give me a helping hand.

– RK –

With life’s challenges, it can be hard for a young person to stay on track. The youth drop-in centre at the Neighbourhood house n the Old Chemainus Fire Hall changed my teenage life. For me, it was a great opportunity to get out of the house and involved in the small community of Chemainus.

I started going to the community centre at the early age 10-years-old, as they offered a variety of activities to keep a busy-body such as myself entertained. I believe the people at the fire hall were always there, first and foremost, to protect the youth who use our Centre. At about the age of 11, I started volunteering for different events, such as car washes, yard sales, etc, to fundraise for our activities. I will never forget our visit to the Vancouver PNE three years in a row! I am now 25-years-old and look dotingly at my past history of taking advantage of the ability to just “drop-in” whenever I needed to get out of the house.

As a youth member who met up with friends during the summer and basically every day during the school year, I believe it assisted in developing positive friendships and row up healthy.

The drop-in centre offered a variety of supervised activities for participants from pre-teen to age 19. It offered a wide range of opportunities including sports; pastimes such as billiards and video games, movie nights, chat time, dances and so much more. Internet access, homework assistance, peer mentoring and educational workshops are also offered.

I believe the community centre connects youth with their local community, encouraging them to volunteer and make a difference in their neighborhood. It was a safe, smoke, drug and alcohol free venue for young people to interact in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

– LS –

I joined CNHA because I felt the organization was giving people in the community a positive experience and providing a service to young people that no one else in the community could be bothered to do.

– NH –

I like to help out and I really liked putting together the Christmas hampers. It was a nice feeling to help others. Volunteering helped me gain people skills which is important given my disability. CHNA also helped me work on a proper resume which helped me get a job at the Chemainus Theatre Playbill dining room.

CNHA is a nice place to stay after school, especially if there are ferry problems. The people who volunteer there make it nice. A friend at school told me about it and I checked it out and hung out there for 5 years. I live on a very small island and there are no kids my age. I met new friends at CNHA and enjoyed playing video games and tournaments there.

Highlights of my time there include playing tournaments with kids and a trip to the PNE. I probably never would of been able to go to the PNE without the help from CNHA

They also helped look for proper shoes and clothes for me as I grew really tall.

I worry that CNHA will move and I won’t be able to find it when I finish university.

– KH –

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.

Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association
9806 Willow Street, Box 457
Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K0
Phone: 250-246-3203
E-mail: cnhaoffice (at)

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