My Opportunity & Help Book BC is directory of key BC community resources and information. See Contents here. The last print edition was the 2017 Vancouver Edition and the next print edition is scheduled for 2020. An online edition will begin to be published here in the fall of 2019. Check the MHB Blogfor excerpted and expanded information and resources.
My Opportunity & Help Book BC is independently produced by 3PennyPublishing.com and is not associated with, or funded by, any non-profit, charity, foundation, or local/ provincial/ federal government body.
Publishing history: The first Victoria edition was published in 2014, the second in 2016, and the Vancouver Edition was published 2017.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is My Opportunity & Help Book BC needed? Finding community opportunities and resources can be life-changing. But sometimes finding timely information is difficult, especially if you don't know what is available. This is especially the case when facing an unexpected life challenge or change. Despite masses of online information, many useful resources remain hard to find. Unfortunately for those needing help, even though community resources exist, too many people remain unaware or unable to reach out. My Opportunity & Help Book BC aims to help remove some of these barriers.
In addition, searching online resources is a skill in itself - many elderly people, those with sight or literacy problems, or those who lack computer skills may have problems. This is likely the reason the BC Ombudperson's Office reports* consistently high numbers of phone calls from people trying to find help (rather than email or filling out online forms).
Why publish a printed guide and not just a digital version?
Information overload ––there is often too much online information to sift through
Paper preference ––some people find it easier to browse print information rather than online
Privacy ––nobody tracks your searches in a print directory
Discovery –– finding new information that you would otherwise have not known about
Visual or literacy barriers to finding online information
Aren't there many community resource guides already? My Opportunity & Help Book BC does not duplicate any existing guides. It contains key curated resources. It is not a full comprehensive directory of every community resource. Its aim is to be a way for the general public and people who are formal or informal community or family helpers find and browse information easily. Read some reviews & comments here.