Oceanside Health and Wellness Network (OHWN)

The OHWN includes organizations and individuals who have an interest and willingness in improving the health and wellness of the Oceanside community. Members are committed to working together to enhance the health and wellness of Oceanside residents through collaborative planning and collective action. Members share a vision to respectfully work together to address complex factors that influence health. Click here for the Health and Wellness Network Terms of Reference. Please join OHWN by clicking here.

Action Groups

Action Groups conduct the work of addressing and achieving goals related to OHWN's strategic plan. The lead of each Action Group sits as a member of the Circle of Partners (CoP) and is responsible for monthly reporting of the group's activities and progress. Additional members may be selected from the CoP, the broader Network or the community, and they are selected for their unique interest and experience in the specific priority area.

OHWN's Action Group Leads as of December 2019 are:

  • Gerry Herkel - Child Wellness Action Group
  • Deanna Smith - Seniors Planning Group

Circle of Partners

The CoP is a core group of leaders from the Network who are passionate, enthusiastic, forward-thinkers who have the skills to represent diverse perspectives and are committed to collaboration. The CoP provides strategic direction to the Network and Action Groups, oversees the strategic plan, and monitors metrics related to key determinants of health in Oceanside. Acting as the steering group for OHWN, the CoP provides leadership by promoting and supporting collaborative practices and the principles of collective impact. Click here for OHWN's CoP Terms of Reference.

OHWN's CoP members as of December 2019 are:

  • Sue Abermann (Community Representative)
  • Caron Byrne (Community Representative, Local Action Team)
  • Marlys Diamond (Perfect Storm Group & Federation of Oceanside Residents' Association)
  • Kristen Grovum (Island Health)
  • Gerry Herkel (Federation of Oceanside Residents' Associations)
  • Jane Osborne (Community Response Network)
  • Susanna Newton (Society of Organized Services (SOS) & Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness)
  • Esther Pace (Island Health)
  • Courtney Simpson (Regional District of Nanaimo)
  • Deanna Smith (Arrowsmith Lodge)
  • Janice Tait (Community Representative)
  • Sharon Welch (Forward House)
  • Myra Rogers, Administrative Support - communications.ohwn [at]
Comments, recommendations, or ideas presented by individuals in the Circle of Partners do not necessarily represent the view of their organizations, rather they are presented within the context of OHWN's Strategic Plan.



We wish to acknowledge the organizations that have helped in various ways to building the Oceanside Health and Wellness Network from 2013 to today:
  • Arrowsmith Health Care (2011) Society
  • Building Learning Together (BLT)
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Mid-Island
  • City of Parksville
  • Federation of Resident Associations (FORA)
  • Forward House Community Society
  • Island Health
  • Nanaimo Food Share
  • Oceanside Building and Learning Together
  • Oceanside Division of Family Practice
  • Oceanside Healthy Living Association (OHLA)
  • Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness
  • Parksville Qualicum Haven House
  • Qualicum First Nations
  • Regional District of Nanaimo
  • Salvation Army
  • School District 69
  • Society of Organized Services (SOS)
  • Snw-naw-as (Nanoose) First Nation
  • Stanford Place
  • Town of Qualicum Beach
  • United Way, Central and Northern Vancouver Island


The Circle of Partners and the Action Groups all meet monthly in the Parksville area. info.ohwn [at] (Contact us) if you are interested in learning more about these committees.