What is Mid-Island Intergroup?
Mid-Island Intergroup is a registered nonprofit organization serving the members and groups of Alcoholics Anonymous in the mid-Island region of Vancouver Island.
A central or intergroup 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. A central/intergroup 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.
What "Vital Services" are provided by the Intergroup Central Office?
- 24 Hour phone line
- AA Information & AA Meeting Location
- AA 12-Step Calls
- AA Literature
- AA Grapevine Publications
- Local Newsletter
- Public Information
- Intergroup Sponsored Events
- AA Meeting Lists
- Daytime Office Manager and Volunteers
- Web Site- updated and maintained
- Special Event Information
- Referrals for community resources
Who's the boss?
Intergroup is run by an elected committee from A.A members within our community.
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.
Each A.A group is encouraged to have a Intergroup Representative that attends our monthly Intergroup meeting. where the group consciousness can speak, bring forth wants, needs and suggestions. As well as voting power in how Intergroup can better serve the local groups.
Intergroup deals with business that arises at the group level. Each Intergroup Representative shares their group conscience at the monthly meeting.
Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 6pm on Zoom, unless that day is a holiday in which case it would be the following week. Intergroup does not meet in July or August.
Zoom Meeting ID: 821 6666 5997
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.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mid-Island Intergroup
An elected Operating Committee oversees and manages operations. As well a small staff of one special worker and volunteers carry out daily Central office activities & facilitate 12 step work. Such as selling literature, medallions and other AA related items.
Intergroup provides support to
District 6: Nanoose Bay, Lasqueti Island, Parksville, Qualicum, Coombs, Port Alberni, Bamfield, Ucluelet, Tofino, and Ahousaht.
District 7: Nanaimo, Lantzville, Gabriola Island and Ladysmith
Central office sells conference approved publication from AA World Services, Inc. and publications from the AA Grapevine as well as AA Pamphlets,.
Yes! each AA Group can elect a representative to attend Intergroup meetings. This person has a vote on decisions and informs their home group about intergroup activities.
Yes, the GSR carries their group’s voice to the General Service District and General Service area assembly. Intergroup is not part of the General Service Structure where GSR’s perform service.
Intergroup phone volunteers, AA directories, and the AA Nanaimoaa.org website help newcomers find your meeting locaion. Your intergroup Central office phone lines are the permanent connection to all AA Groups in local area.
Intergroup is NOT a “governing body”. It does not attempt to, nor can it, rule any AA group. Intergroup is a committee of AA members delegated by the members groups to act as a “group conscience” for Intergroup.
Central office produces monthly meeting list for Nanaimo, Ladysmith and Gabriola Island. We also have Meeting lists for other areas available. These can be found at the office and are on sale by donation, found at local meetings or printed from our website Nanaimoaa.org.