Focus is a community inclusion program in Parksville BC that has been operated by J. Garnons Williams Ltd. since July, 1994.

At Focus we provide community based recreational opportunities and assist with job readiness skills to prepare for community based work placements. Developing life skills and communication tools are ongoing parts of our daily interactions.  Participants who attend Focus are all unique individuals with a wide range of interests and abilities. Some common goals are learning to be as independent as possible and enhancing their overall life experience by integrating into their community as fully as possible in a fun, positive and socially interactive way. The individuals currently attending have a tremendous range of abilities, needs, strengths and aspirations and are a wonderfully supportive group of people.

Our hours of operation are Monday to Friday 9-4 and we are able to support up to 18 adult individuals daily.

There are regular participant meetings during which there is discussion about upcoming activities in the community and an opportunity for participants to talk about things they would like to do.  An activity calendar is developed in advance each month, posted at the program and a copy is sent home. The program is very busy, some days the building is locked up as everyone is out in the community – each day everyone does a community based activity and in house activities are provided for individuals who choose to stay at the program. Some of the regular monthly activities provided include: swimming, nature and community walks, museum visits, learning the city bus routes, shopping/price comparing, job search, sports/yoga, cooking, crafts, singing/music and many more.

Focus staff help participants attain the skills they need for community integration and recreation.  We promote independent thinking – a crucial point for anyone to make responsible, informed choices in their lives.  We encourage participants to do as much as they can independently. Positive outcomes for the individuals attending this program include: support for better maintenance of mental health issues, opportunity to attain vocational goals through staff supported placements, increased choice, participation and satisfaction with their social and recreation opportunities through improved access and improved problem solving skills.

We have very involved families and a Community Advisory Committee made up of participants, family members, home share providers and staff.  The Advisory committee meets quarterly and provides direct feedback on the outcomes of the program.

Referrals to the Focus Program are initiated through the Parksville CLBC office. Their phone number is 250-951-6002.

 

July 2018 – Focus Activity Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Happy Birthday CANADA 2

CLOSED

3

Newspapers

Outdoor games

Gardening Focus

4

Westwood Lake

Alt school garden

Mini golf

Fairy garden shop

5

Newspapers

Hot Lunch shop

Swim

Yoga at the beach

6

Hot Lunch

Walk & Roll

Free time

Build fairy garden

 
Summer fun week

 

9

Zumba

Beach walk

Qualicum beach

Kite making

10

Newspapers

Kite flying

Beach games

Motor cycle shop

11

Library

Cathedral Grove

Sand Castle building

Alt school garden

12

Newspapers

Swim

Hot Lunch shop

VIEX craft

Beach dance

 13

Walk n Roll

Hot Lunch

Free time

Coombs

 

14
Water week 16

Water slides

Mini golf

Outdoor games

17

Newspapers

Yoga on beach

Music in the park

Shop

18

Little Prince play

Bumper boats

Alt school garden

Special picnic lunch

19

Newspapers

Hot Lunch shop

Westwood swim

Balloon giveaway

20

Walk n Roll

Hot Lunch

Bathtub Races

Free time

21
Beach week

 

 

23

Zumba

Beach lunch

Beach games/yoga

24

Newspapers

Music in the park

Water experiments

Back yard games

25

Mount Washington hike

Library

Backyard yoga

Alt school garden

26

Newspapers

Kite flying

Riverside slides

Salad shop

27

Chris and Larry BBQ

28
Fun in the Park

 

 

30

Swim

Knox Dancers

Watercolor Art

Mindful walk

31

Newspapers

Music in the park

Outdoor games