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We've Merged!

Our communities are growing and so has our Network.  The Naut'sa mawt Community Wellness Network and the Oceanside Health & Wellness Network, who have been operating independently in the Regional District of Nanaimo have merged to create one Community Health Network - the Naut'sa mawt Oceanside Wellness Network or NOW Network. 

By "journeying together as one" (Naut'sa mawt) , we are leveraging our regional funding, reducing duplication of effort and increasing the capacity of member organizations, agencies and community members to improve wellness for every resident living, working and playing within the Regional District of Nanaimo.

Networking Event


The NOW Network is a network of people, agencies and organizations within the Regional District of Nanaimo who share a vision of enhanced wellbeing for all those living here. Working together NOW members seek to foster a shared understanding of our communities’ strengths and identify opportunities where we can collaboratively support community driven initiatives to positively impact social determinants of health taking a preventative and upstream approach.

We do this by:

  • "Networking the Networks" across the region

  • Providing support to and building capacity for collaborative systems change across the region

  • Acting as a community conveners to catalyze collective action to improve wellness

  • Fostering collaborative and shared communication across communities

NOW is one of eight Community Health Networks (CHNs) across Vancouver Island working towards sustainable healthy communities and  is funded in part by Island Health.


  • Children, Youth and Families

  • Food Security

  • Healthy Built Environments

  • Housing and Homelessness

  • Mental Health & Wellness

  • Poverty Reduction

  • Social Connectedness

  • Transportation

Community Garden
Woman Tutoring Child


Individuals and organizations are invited to join and participate in our network activities in a number of different ways.

 Do you want to:

  • Influence change on issues affecting the health and wellness of communities in the Regional District of Nanaimo?

  • Provide input into emergent issues and NOW's priority areas?

  • Collaborate with others on similar issues? 

  • Engage with your community on health and wellness concerns?​

 Click below and get involved!

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