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Our Mission

The NOW Network strives to facilitate a collaborative environment which engages a broad range of members that reflects the diversity of our region and supports grassroots informed initiatives to improve wellness in measurable ways.


Our Vision

Actively caring for each other, ourselves and the land that sustains us, deepening our community resilience and planning for those who come after us.

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Our Values

  • Collaboration – Building relationships and partnerships with integrity, honesty, transparency and having a willingness for open dialogue and sharing

  • Belonging – Creating an inclusive and culturally safe space for all. Everyone is invited.

  • Respect – Honouring each other’s strengths and celebrating different voices

  • Courage – Taking a leadership role when appropriate, staying strong when faced with adversity, speaking up when others cannot, and being willing to listen to ideas other than our own

  • Compassion — Meeting people where they are at and taking action to build equity and resilience

  • Love - It equals the passion that gets up in the morning. It drives the change that needs to happen in the world.  It can move us from the status quo to making systems-level changes.

  • Enjoyment - Connects us. Anchors us in the community and helps us stay the course.

  • Inclusivity - Everyone is invited.

Network Participants

  • Participation in the NOW Network is open to everyone within the Regional District of Nanaimo boundaries. Perspectives sought include, but are not limited to:

  • People who live and/or work in the RDN

  • Networks and Coalitions

  • First Nation Health Authority

  • Qualicum, Snaw-naw-as and Snuneymuxw First Nations Council

  • Other First Nation organizations

  • Multi-cultural groups

  • Representatives of specific population groups (e.g. early years, youth, seniors, elders, Métis, etc.)

  • Health and Human Service agencies and professionals

  • Non-profits and service groups

  • Island Health

  • Municipalities and Nanaimo Regional District

  • Government Ministries

  • School Districts 68 and 69 , Vancouver Island University and other educational organizations

  • Economic development or business groups and owners

  • Spiritual groups

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police

  • Nanaimo and Oceanside Divisions of Family Practice

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