Dedicated to the health care needs
& concerns of guys-who-like-guys
within Interior BC.


The Men’s Health Initiative’s main goal is to increase supportive, community-based networks for guys-who-like-guys within Interior BC while raising attention to their health care needs and concerns.


This includes, but not limited to: asexual, bisexual, cis, curious, gay, male, non-binary, queer, questioning, straight, trans, two-spirit, and all other guys-who-like-guys.


The Men’s Health Initiative hopes to build on the remarkable strengths and resilience of the diverse male communities within Interior BC.

Our broad geographical reach includes but is not limited to Castlegar, Cranbrook, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nelson, Penticton, Revelstoke, Vernonand rural & remote areas around & in between. This includes the regions of the East Kootenay, Kootenay Boundary, Okanagan, Thompson Cariboo Shuswap and their First Nations unceded territories.

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Through on-going programming this project hopes to increase the breadth and depth of knowledge of factors that effect mens health.


We believe that working together we can encourage behavioural shifts for healthier living.

Click on one of the photos below for more information on MHI's 4 areas of health focus. 



There's always something going on somewhere withing Interior BC.

Check out our MHI calendar to keep in the loop and be sure to tell us of an event you have planned.

fun in the sun
celebrate your pride
movie nights
family connections
celebrate your love
re-imagine gender norms
family fun
dare to be wild
out and about
making new friends
spread the word


Volunteering with the MHI is an awesome way to share your talents, engage with the community and create positive impact.

Participating with MHI at an event or activity is a great way to help us build community while having fun.


Subscribe to our email list. Connect on facebook. Tell your friends about MHI.

Together we can raise attention to issues effecting men's health within Interior BC.

CONTACT : Okanagan

ADDRESS: 255 Lawrence Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6L2

CELL: 778-753-5830  |  OFFICE: 778-753-5830 (Ext.105)  |  EMAIL:

Kim Kinakin is a long-time professional in the music, arts and non-profit sectors. He is currently the coordinator of the Men's Health Initiative (MHI) in Kelowna, a partnership of the Living Positive Resource Centre and Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health. He has decades of experience working with HIV/AIDS community organizations and programs. Through MHI he has been able to address STI testing needs within Interior BC by building partnerships with nurses, non-profits, local media outlets,
learning institutions, local businesses and community groups through PRICK! testing events aimed at
gay, bisexual and other ‘guys who like guys’ in the region.


CONTACT : Kootenay

ADDRESS: 101 Baker St, Nelson, BC V1L 4H1

CELL: 250-505-9793  |  OFFICE: 255-505-5506  |  EMAIL:

Joseph Reiner is a life long social advocate and community services professional. Currently he works as the Kootenay Men's Health Outreach Worker in Nelson; a partnership between ANKORS  and the Men's Health Initiative. His background stems from work in; Social Work, the Public School System, Mental Health and Community Outreach. He's happiest when engaged in nature and is passionate about facilitating cultural development through educational opportunities and Harm Reduction methodologies.


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