Growing Opportunities – Inclusion, Nutrition and Building Community Resilience

Growing Opportunities Farm Community Coop (GO) grows food on two farms in the City of Nanaimo – Five Acres and Cline Agri-Health Centre. Growing Opportunities trains and employs people with challenges and barriers at the farms and produces thousands of pounds of fresh produce every year, which is distributed to low income individuals, families and agencies which work with these populations. GO is building an equitable, inclusive and sustainable local food system to help alleviate poverty, build community resilience, and combat climate change.   

Paul Manly is a musician, community organizer, change maker, and filmmaker, where he dedicates to the creation of electronic media that educates, informs and adds to the public dialogue on issues of importance, particularly, social justice and the environment. Paul has done a lot of work in solidarity with people facing challenges and barriers in their lives. He was the Member of Parliament for Nanaimo Ladysmith from 2019 to 2021 and is currently the Executive Director of the Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter, and has contracts with Growing Opportunities and the Nanaimo Association for Community Living to help build community resilience.


Paul Manly is a musician, community organizer, change maker, and filmmaker, where he dedicates to the creation of electronic media that educates, informs and adds to the public dialogue on issues of importance, particularly, social justice and the environment. Paul has done a lot of work in solidarity with people facing challenges and barriers in their lives. He was the Member of Parliament for Nanaimo Ladysmith from 2019 to 2021 and is currently the Executive Director of the Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter, and has contracts with Growing Opportunities and the Nanaimo Association for Community Living to help build community resilience.

Sunday Services are currently in person and online at 11:00 a.m. To join any of our upcoming services on Zoom, please click on this SERVICE LINK a few minutes before the service.