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Gabriola Health & Wellness Matters

The Gabriola Health and Wellness Collaborative (GHWC) is beginning a process to identify community health and well-being priorities for residents of Gabriola, Mudge & Decourcy Islands for the next five years.


Your Voice Matters

Dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, grappling with the impacts of climate change, and doing the important work of reconciliation between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples in Canada all pose particular challenges and opportunities for our communities and make planning for improving health and wellness even more critical.

Your input and our planning are especially important in our current context.


Health and Wellness Connected to the Land

The Gabriola Health & Wellness Collaborative gratefully acknowledges that we live, play and work for the wellness of our communities on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. We respect and honour the ongoing stewardship and connection of the Coast Salish peoples to these lands and waters, from time immemorial to today.

We are profoundly aware of how connected and dependent our collective health and wellbeing is to the environment, land and waters that sustain us. We raise our hands in gratitude to the Snuneymuxw peoples for sharing their territory with us.

Some examples of "social determinants of health" are:

  • Income levels and income inequality

  • Education and training

  • Food insecurity

  • Access to clean air, water, and the natural world

  • Unemployment and job insecurity

  • Employment and working conditions    

  • Housing affordability and quality

  • Early childhood development

  • Social inclusion and non-discrimination

  • Access to affordable health care services of decent quality.

What is health and wellness?

A “social determinants of health” approach means looking at the health of our community from a variety of perspectives. It means reviewing common information like birth and death rates, the number of people living with certain diseases or conditions (e.g., heart disease, diabetes), and how much people use health care services like family doctors and hospitals.


But it also means looking at broader social, economic, and ecological conditions that can and do have real impacts on people’s health.

More information about the Social Determinants of Health >>

What We Know

The reports below offer important background information that you may want to draw from as you complete the survey.

This report provides an update on how Gabriola fares on the social determinants of health, like income, housing, education, employment, health care, social inclusion, civic engagement, and the environment.

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