About the Foundation

We are a charitable organization dedicated to improving access to health care for Bowen Island residents and visitors through the operation of the Bowen Island Community Health Centre.

People live on Bowen because of the lifestyle we enjoy here. And for years, our limited on-island and difficult to access off-island healthcare services put each of us at an extreme inconvenience and some risk.

In typical Bowen Island fashion, the community banded together to address the real and growing concern of insufficient access to and levels of care close to home. A group formed several years ago and the vision for the Bowen Island Community Health Centre was born.

In 2015, the group conducted a community-wide survey that identified a clear and urgent need on Bowen. The survey confirmed that Bowen Island residents had difficulty with access to health care services. Many services taken for granted on the mainland — even something as common as stitches for a wound — were not available to most on the island, and access to services meant a ferry trip to town. For the ill or elderly or those without a vehicle, the trip was difficult and often caused patients to delay care.

In 2018, the group, now known as the Bowen Island Health Centre Foundation, gained charitable status, and the same year launched a capital campaign to build the Bowen Island Community Health Centre. In total, more than 550 Bowen families and organizations donated over $8 million in private funds to build a new Health Centre, with $3.2M in one-time funding from the province.

The Bowen Island Community Health Centre was opened in April 2024. It is owned and operated by the Foundation, which represents the Bowen community at large. Operational funding comes primarily from the provincial Ministry of Health — a close-to-home example of our provincial tax dollars at work.

The Health Centre is governed by the Foundation board, a group of community residents that will work collaboratively with the community and health centre staff to identify and respond to new community needs, ensuring the community enjoys the benefits for generations to come.