Facilitated Sessions

When: Last Saturday of each Month
Where: The ANAVET’s Hall at Mt. Lehman, 30346 McNeil Ave., Abbotsford B.C.
Time: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Contact: mtlehmansidebyside@gmail.com

NEXT SESSION: September 30th, 2017 – Guest Speaker  – Colleen Rush

Our education session will be broken down into two parts. First, Colleen Rush, the Palliative Services Manager at the Abbotsford Hospice Society will give a brief overview of their programs and services and will also speaker on some of the new changes taking place in the delivery of frontline health care services such as person-centred. Because Colleen is doing some research, she may also ask the group questions about your experiences as caregivers concerning any issues/ideas/concerns that you have; your focus group comments will help in her research.

During the second part of the education session, Paddy Godbehere will provide an overview of those strategies you might like to set up to help you get organized in order to reduce your stress and to help you in case of emergencies. She will also provide forms you can complete in order to assist you.

PLEASE NOTE:  We have changed the venue for our Sessions….The ANAVET’s Hall at Mt. Lehman, 30346 McNeil Avenue, Abbotsford, B.C.  (5900 block on Mt. Lehman Road, west of railway intersection.)

Our SIDE BY SIDE project features support sessions on the last Saturday morning of the Month, where interactive presentations on identified health issues are shared by health professionals and fellow caregivers. Each session is facilitated by our Community Support Coordinator, a professional experienced in caregiving and support. Topics may include:

Mental Health
Heart Disease
Children needing care
Nutrition & Obesity


Come and meet others dealing with the similar issues, and where ongoing support groups and resources of respite care may develop.

Coffee and/or muffin and lunch are included at the sessions for participants.  We realize the importance of a safe space and healthy nourishment for caregivers and any who need an extra “break time”!

Upcoming Sessions:


  • September 30
  • October 28
  • November 25


  • 9:30 am – Coffee, muffins
  • 9:45  Informal Sharing
  • 10:15 – Education Presentation
  • 11:00 – Short break
  • 11:10  –  Presenter will continue
  • 12:00 – Hot soup lunch