Mid-Island Intergroup Society
The Mid-Island Intergroup Society is a registered nonprofit organization serving the members and groups of Alcoholics Anonymous in the mid-Island region of Vancouver Island, including Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Parksville and the surrounding areas.
The society is responsible for the operation of the AA “Intergroup Central Office” located in Nanaimo, and the website at nanaimoaa.org. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Intergroup provides a range of service opportunities to interested AA members. Visit our service opportunities page or contact the Intergroup Chairperson HERE for more information about service position descriptions.
What is an Intergroup?
An Intergroup Central Office is an A.A. service office that involves partnership among groups in a community—just as A.A. groups themselves are partnerships of individuals.
An Intergroup Central Office is established to carry out certain functions common to all the groups—functions which are best handled by a centralized office—and it is usually maintained, supervised, and supported by these groups in their general interest. It exists to aid the groups in their common purpose of carrying the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
Service centres usually have no authority on their own account; they derive it from the participating groups. Local group representatives reflect the groups’ conscience in the service center operations.
For more information about AA Intergroup activities, or to represent your group, contact the Intergroup Chairperson HERE.
The guidelines are available from the Alcoholics Anonymous General Service Office in the (G.S.O.) publication “A.A. Guidelines: Central or Intergroup Offices” [read it here, in PDF].
When is the next meeting? The next regular Intergroup meeting is Sunday, October 15 at 1:30 pm. The Intergroup Chairperson will be on hand at 1:00 pm for discussion or questions.
Who can attend? If you are the Intergroup representative for your home group, please ensure that you (or your alternate representative) attend. Any A.A. member may attend an Intergroup Meeting and submit business (contact the Intergroup Chairperson for the process) or attend as an observer; however, only Intergroup Representatives have a vote, and can make a motion.
When are Intergroup meetings held? Meetings are held the second Sunday of the month, except when it falls on a holiday weekend. In that case we meet the following Sunday. We meet at 1:30 pm.
Intergroup does not meet in July or August.
Where are Intergroup meetings held? St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 100 Chapel Street, Nanaimo BC, V9R 5H2.
What happens at an Intergroup meeting? Intergroup deals with business that arises at the group level. Each Intergroup Representative shares their group conscience at the monthly meeting.
If a question arises that is not under the purview of Intergroup, a motion will be made to take the question to the group’s G.S.R. to raise at the District level, the BC Yukon Area 79, or the General Service Office in New York.