PacificSport Vancouver Island’s Committment to Safe Sport

PacificsSport Vancouver Island understands that participation in sport does not always equal safety in sport. The goal of Safe Sport planning is to recognize, reduce, and respond to misconduct in sport at all levels. When athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators participate in quality sport where experiences are positive and activities operate in an environment of respect and safety, everyone benefits. Sport organizations in British Columbia are committed to creating a sport environment that is accessible, inclusive, respects their participants personal goals and is free from all forms of Maltreatment.

What is Safe Sport?

“Safe Sport” ensures that environments in which staff interact for the purposes of sport are free of maltreatment, and are supported by and uphold behaviours defined in the BC Universal Code of Conduct (BC UCC). PacificSport VI is committed to upholding SafeSport standards as a requirement of both provincial and federal funding.

PacificSport VI has signed onto the Responsible Coaching movement which seeks that staff:

  • Have appropriate background screening and criminal record checks
  • Uphold the “rule of two”, where athlete interactions with adults are open and observable and involve other staff to be present.
  • Have completed necessary training in ethics, safe sport, and/or the prevention of child abuse.

All PacificSport VI staff have completed Commit to Kids training. All PacificSport Vi staff, volunteers, and the Board of Directors are required to undergo a Criminal Record Check (for working with children and vulnerable adults) yearly.

PacificSport Internal Policies

How to report Maltreatment

Any person who observes or has a suspicion of maltreatment, and/or believes that observed or suspicious behaviours are in violation of the BC UCC should be directed to the Provincial Safe Sport investigatory mechanism. Staff and clients are also encouraged to contact the Canadian Sport Helpline 1-888-83SPORT (1-888-837-7678) if they observed, and/or have a suspicion of, maltreatment during their PacificSport Vancouver Island duties.

External clients who believe PacificSport Vancouer Island staff or volunteers are in violation of the BC UCC or UCCMS should consult the Canadian Sport Helpline, and appropriate National or Provincial investigative mechanism. If third party investigative mechanism does not exist, external complaints should be reported to their sport organization and PacificSport Vancouver Island.

Complaints may be made to PacificSport Vancouver Island Executive Director Catharine Edwards at

Associated Policies

B.C. Universal Code of Conduct

PacificSport Vancouver Island adpts and accepts all the language contained in the BC Universal Code of Conduct. An individual who violates the BC Universal Code of Conduct may be subject to sanctions pursuant to the PacificSport Vancouver Island Displine, Complaints, and Dispute Resolution Policy.

Local Resources

Sunshine Coast Mental Health Services

Phone: 604 885 6101

Address: 5542 Sunshine Coast Highway | Sechelt, BC

Central Island Access Services

 Crisis Counselling Clinic – Walk-in single session crisis counselling is offered. No appointment is necessary. Services are offered to all ages free of charge.

Address: #203 – 2000 Island Hwy | Nanaimo, BC

Phone: 250-739-5710

Crisis Response Team Hours

Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Weekends: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Walk-in Crisis Counselling Clinic

Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Island Health – Comox Valley

Mental health and Substance Use Intake

Address: 941C England Ave | Courtenay, BC

Phone: 250-331-8524

Island Health – Campbell River

Mental health and Substance Use Intake

Address: #207–1040 Shoppers Row | Campbell River, BC

Phone: 250-850-2620

The Vancouver Island Crisis Line: The Vancouver Island Crisis Society is contracted by Provincial Health Services Authority and Island Health to provide the Vancouver Island Crisis Line service to the entire island, the islands of the Georgia Strait, and the mainland communities between Powell River and Rivers Inlet.

We are a registered non-profit agency whose services include 24-hour Crisis Lines, as well as Crisis Chat and Crisis Text services, through which we provide short-term nonjudgemental support, crisis intervention, information, and resources; training in schools with youth, teachers, counsellors, and parents; suicide bereavement support throughout Vancouver Island, as well as regional consultation and workshops regarding suicide bereavement support; and various workshops and customized training addressing suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and communication skills and other three-hour workshops for individuals and agencies throughout our communities.

Vancouver Island Crisis Line 1 800 494 3888

Vancouver Island Crisis Text 250 800 3806

Vancouver Island Resource Database: This database provides resources for individual communities of Vancouver Island, including the area to the northeast of Vancouver Island on the Mainland, and the Southern Gulf Islands, as defined by Island Health.

Additional Resources

BC211: A comprehensive guide to services throughout BC.

Canadian Sport Helpline: The Canadian Sport Helpline is a national toll-free helpline offering assistance to victims or witnesses of harassment, abuse or discrimination in sport. Offered in partnership by the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) and the Canadian Centre for Mental Health in Sport (CCMHS), this anonymous, confidential, independent service allows people to share and validate their concerns, obtain guidance on required next steps, and get referrals to other resources for follow up. A CCMHS team of practitioners with expertise in counselling, psychology and sport act as helpline operators.

Access the helpline toll free from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern Time), seven days a week by telephone, text, live chat or email in both official languages.

  • Email:
  • Call or text: 1-888-83SPORT (1-888-837-7678)

Commit to Kids: The Commit to Kids (C2K) for Coaches online training empowers coaches and other sport leaders with practical information to helpf them enhance child and youth safety in sport.

Foundry BC: Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports – online and through integrated service centres in communities across BC.

Haven Society: Haven provides drop in for anyone who thinks that they may have experienced abuse and need to talk to someone.

24/7 Haven Community Crisis Line 1 888 756-0616

Respect in Sport: The Respect in Sport Activity Leader/Coach Program educates youth leaders, coaches, officials, and participants to recognize, understand, and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination.

CAC Safe Sport Training: Creating a culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. The Safe Sport Training module developed by the Coaching Association of Canada will help anyone involved in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment.

Rule of Two: The goal of the Rule of Two is to ensure all interactions and communications are open, observable, and justifiable. Its purpose is to protect participants and coaches in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring more than one adult is present.

viaSport Addressing maltreatment

BC Helpline for Children: A confidential toll-free phone line for children and youth wanting to talk to someone – call 310-1234 (no area code required)

VictimLinkBC: A toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone and online service available across B.C. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence.

Resilience BC: Anti-Racism Network provides information about how to report incidences of racism and hate crimes if you are a victim or witness such incidences.

Crime Victim Services: This is a resource to call if you have any questions about whether what happened to you is considered a crime.

Safe Sport Presentation – CRDSC.pdf