Accessing much-needed community support services can be a challenge for people who are homeless and/or living in poverty and have limited access to a computer or a telephone. To address this need, the Comox Valley’s Ad Hoc Emergency Response Organization (AHERO) founded the Frontline Resource Fair 13 years ago.

The 2019 Frontline Resource Fair will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30th at the Lewis Centre, Courtenay. It brings together a multitude of frontline agencies that serve individuals who are homeless, at risk of homelessness and/or living in extreme poverty. It enables them to easily access these vital community resources. As importantly, it also helps them feel valued.

The Frontline Resource Fair also welcomes those who are careworn and worried about someone they know and love but have not yet them connected to local resources. AHERO is eager to share our community’s frontline services with you, your friend or relative.

Admission to the event is free and attendees will be treated to a hot chilli lunch and have the opportunity to have face-to-face conversations with agency representatives. The first 130 attendees will also receive gift cards to local businesses. For both the givers and the receivers of emergency and non-emergency support, the Frontline Resource Fair offers a wealth of valuable information about local resources.

Agencies in attendance include the Community Health Network and Coalition to End Homelessness, Canada Revenue Agency, Head Injury Society, Sasamans Society, Transition Society, Vancouver Island Crisis Society, Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Salvation Army, Seniors’ Support Society, Wachiay Friendship Society, Aids Vancouver Island, Comox Valley Volunteer Connector, and Work BC, to name a few.

Need more info? Want to support this event with a donation from your local business?
Contact Anne Davis at the Comox Valley Transition Society, 250-897-0511 ext. 112 or email


Comox Valley AHERO was founded in 1994 and addresses health, homelessness, emergencies, and gaps in service for those living in poverty. This quiet, unassuming yet influential collaboration of resources is dedicated to offering the Frontline Resource Fair each year.

Terri Perrin

Virtual Volunteer Centre Manager, Comox Valley Volunteer Connector