Beyond Loneliness: Building Strong Community Through Meaningful Conservation

When Amie’s mother came to Canada from the Philippines, her mother become lonely and depressed. Without her social connections and experiencing difficulties with culture shock and the English language, she struggled to find independence and a new community. This experience deeply affected Amie, and she founded Beyond the Conversation, an organization that brings together seniors, new immigrants, refugees, international students, and youth. In small groups, participants, staff, and volunteers build relationships, help people practice English, and work together to lift the burden of loneliness.

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Interview with Kim Laureen, director of SELFLESS

Recently I attended a screening at Van City Theatre of the new doc ‘selfless’ which opens the conversation to the effects of selfies, social media and technology – and asks ‘What are we reaching for?’ This film was created by first time local filmmakers – a mother and daughter team who have formed Fresh Independence Productions.

I caught up with Kim Laureen the Director to chat about this timely, relevant project. With her own love for films and a curiosity for people, Kim found exploration through documentary a natural fit. Kim is a mom of eight children, all whom she sees as her greatest accomplishment in this world. “Motherhood has likely been the endurance builder that gave me the heart and wisdom to be a filmmaker,” says Kim.

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The Importance of Community Health Centres – Scaling up Team-Based Primary Care in BC

BC Health Coalition, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Health Sciences Association are pleased to present:

The Importance of Community Health Centres: Scaling Up Team-Based Primary Care in BC Community Health Centres (CHCs) have been an effective model for delivering team-based, community-governed primary health care in Canada and the US for decades. Last year BC’s provincial government announced that CHCs will play a key role in BC’s strategy for primary health care reform in the province.

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Loneliness and Social Connectedness

When my mother came to visit me at my wedding in 2001 it was the most special day of my life. She is after all my heroine. My mother is a strong-willed person, full of life and the most generous human being I’ve ever known. But within six months of her visit, I noticed a dramatic change both in her physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being. Continue reading “Loneliness and Social Connectedness”

Some Testimonials


Here are some testimonials that we have received.

“When I come to see my groups I am happy. They are my friends and my family and we like each other. I am not lonely because I have friends now.”
Gurdeep

“I lived in Vancouver for 30 plus years and for the very first time in my life I am able to go to a doctor’s specialist and ask him what medication to take for my illness. All because of the volunteers and my peers at Beyond The Conversation. They gave me courage. Thank you so much.”
Lily Z

Breaking the silence of social isolation and mental health stigma

Did you know? 1 in 4 people feel socially isolated, and 1 in 4 will experience mental illness in their lifetimes. Join us – and take action against loneliness and social isolation.

As you may have notice anywhere you go there are more seniors than youth. This is because our population is ageing and the popularity of social media rises. Social isolation has become a growing problem. In fact, according to some researchers, social isolation may be a bigger public health threat than obesity. Loneliness has been linked to many health problems including mental illness and depression, physical illness, frequent hospital visits, malnutrition, and death. It is a prevalent threat that does not discriminate across age, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.

Because loneliness is a public health issue that requires an all-of-community approach. We need to work together.

So why we have big dreams?:

Because through awareness initiatives is when we see these issues disappearing. We want to deliver 10 awareness presentations to schools and universities in 2018, as well as opening 100 new locations for small group meet-ups by 2020.

To Success!