office (250) 748-8281
fax (250) 748-1651

Cowichan Family Life
Serving individuals and families
 in Cowichan since 1970

Cowichan Family Life grew out of a grassroots movement driven by concerned and caring people, who believed counselling services should be available to everyone and that people like you and I could learn the fundamental skills to provide quality counselling support.

The Cowichan-Malahat Counselling Service was incorporated as a society under the Societies Act of British Columbia on March 25, 1970 and was given its present name of Cowichan Family Life Association on April 30, 1974.

Today the agency provides affordable peer counselling services and  community groups,  early learning and literacy for kids 0-5 and their families, and programs to support school aged children in their social and emotional development and well-being. 

Mission: We support individuals and families to strengthen relationships and reach their full potential. 

Our vision is a thriving community of
strong and happy individuals.

Board of Directors

  • Valerie Harrison
  • Linda Gray
  • Tina Short
  • Pamela Stover
  • Sheila Nykwist


  • Valerie Harrison, Acting Executive Director
  • Patti Heatherington, Administrative Assistant
  • Diane Trapp, MA, RCC, Clinical Supervisor
  • Jasamine McKenzie, Store Manager, CFLA Thrift Store
  • Denise Leighton, Assistant Store Manager, CFLA Thrift Store


Did you know that when you shop at Cowichan Family Life Thrift Store you are wholeheartedly supporting those in need in our comunity?  The Thrift Store directly funds the volunteer counselling services at Cowichan Family Life (CFLA).  The impact that our services have on individuals and families is truly remarkable.  Thank you for your support!