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s the holidays near, we prepare for all the celebrations and traditions that come with the festive season. This is a time of goodwill, a time for sharing with family and friends, a season for giving. This is also an ideal time for the tradition of giving to extend to others right here in our own community, those who may not have the support that many of us take for granted. We are fortunate to have access to many, many worthwhile charitable organizations. There are indeed some

excellent not-for-proďŹ t organizations based right here on the North Shore. And while we acknowledge that giving is a personal choice, we invite you to read through the following pages where we hope to introduce you to a host of causes, their missions and successes. Each organization provides dedicated and much needed resources and support in our community. Whether you give of your time, your energy or your chequebook, know that the smallest of contribution makes a difference. Please take a moment

to read the giving stories on these following pages and see if one of these organizations aligns with your own values, concerns and efforts. If one strikes a chord, seek them out and make a connection. You’ll be giving a gift that really matters. Sincerely,

Peter Kvarnstrom Publisher

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Our Focus

NSCR staff and volunteers have been serving North Shore Residents since 1976.

North Shore Community Resources Society

201-935 MARINE DR., SECOND FLOOR CAPILANO MALL, NORTH VANCOUVER

For more than 40 years, North Shore Community Resources Society has been providing programs and services that engage, connect and empower people who live and work on the North Shore.

Our Sponsors

NSCR is very fortunate to have a great diversity of funders. Our major corporate sponsors help us to design and deliver our programs and services to the North Shore community.

Achievements

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North Shore Community Resources Society celebrates the amazing diversity of the more than 100 volunteers and 22 staff who are essential in delivering programs and services that support children, youth, families, seniors, and our community partners on the North Shore.

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Well-being – supporting individuals to be healthy and happy. Empowerment – helping people help themselves through knowledge, access to information and advocacy. Participation – helping to build a thriving North Shore community through volunteering and participation in community development. Social Connections – creating opportunities to make social connections that build mutual trust and reciprocal support.

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Thank you to all our funders and sponsors! • Neptune Terminals • PARC Retirement Living • Living Well Home Care Services Inc. • North Shore News • Law Foundation of BC • Rick Hansen Foundation • Haddock & Company • Ratcliff & Company • Royalty Home Care

Participate

• Volunteer • Donate • Sign up for our digital newsletter

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Our Focus To support families and serve children and adults living with intellectual disabilities by: • Providing quality programs and services which support the development, independence and empowerment of adults, children and families • Working in partnership with adults, children, families, Society members and members of the community • Advocating for and developing a full range of community-based services to meet the unique needs of each person and family

Our People We have been providing services for people with intellectual disabilities in North Vancouver British Columbia for over 60 years. We are passionate advocates, community leaders, caregivers, and volunteers. Our common goal of community inclusion for all underpins our programs and initiatives at ConneXions. Our strength lies in our desire to constantly improve in all we do, listen to the people we serve, and work with families and self-advocates to bring about the social change we champion.

Facts In 2019 North Shore ConneXions Society, • Supported more than 300+ individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families • Provided residential services to 48 individuals • Provided day programming for 75 individuals

North Shore ConneXions Society

1070 ROOSEVELT CRES., NORTH VANCOUVER

Our work in the community

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Event

Mingle of the Jingles | Kay Meek Arts Centre | November 26th @ 6:30pm Tickets $28 at kaymeek.com

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• Worked in partnership with West Vancouver, North Vancouver and the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission

Building communities where everyone is included!

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Our Focus

Outward Bound Canada is an educational charity that offers transformational experiences of self-discovery and learning. Using nature as our classroom, our participants develop problem-solving, communication and leadership skills, and the confidence needed for future challenges and opportunities. While the majority of our programming supports young people, we also run specialized programming for Indigenous youth and young adults, women survivors of violence or abuse, and military veterans.

Our People

Outward Bound Canada’s greatest asset is our instructional staff and national support team. Our instructors are accomplished outdoor educators with extensive technical and facilitation skills, and the passion and compassion to inspire students to learn. They come from all walks of life with a vast array of talents and experiences. In British Columbia, a dedicated team of 47 instructors and support staff work to deliver programs on Vancouver Island and in the greater Vancouver area.

Facts

Today’s young Canadians are more diverse, connected, socially engaged and educated than ever before. However, in an unpredictable and rapidly changing world, they also face a multitude of challenges relating to education, employment, and physical, social and emotional well-being. Their early experiences and vulnerabilities can shape their outcomes later in life. We believe that all young people, regardless of economic or social background, deserve the opportunity to develop the attitude, skills and behaviours they need to lead healthy, happy and successful lives. This is what we deliver through our innovative outdoor education programs.

Events

Outward Bound Canada (OBC)

Our work in the community

Since 1969, Outward Bound Canada has positively impacted the lives of approximately 150,000 Canadians from coast to coast. In 2019, 584 youth and adults, many from Vancouver and British Columbia, accessed over 4,000 days of challenge and learning in urban and wilderness locations through our charitable programs. Our innovative urban expedition model increases access to our transformative programs for young people living in urban centers. In 2019 we partnered with schools, learning institutes, community groups and other organizations to deliver over 800 days of learning, challenge and adventure through our urban programming in the Greater Vancouver area.

Testimonial

“My Outward Bound experience was one of the best ten days of my life. It was life-changing, high-impact, and exciting. I developed self-esteem and self-confidence that enabled me to do things I never dreamed I could do. I emerged from my Outward Bound course on cloud nine and ready to take on the legal world. When my colleagues in the articling program flagged or suffered from anxiety, I just thought back on my Outward Bound world and took challenges in stride. The buoyant attitude propelled me to a surprising result—an invitation to continue at the firm as an associate after articling.” ~ John from Vancouver, OBC participant in 1983

A recent story

Cole received funding to participate in an Outward Bound Canada program through his school in 2017. Just before his Outward Bound expedition, he had moved schools and faced the challenge of making new friends. He recently connected with Outward Bound to tell us about how a challenging experience canoeing across a lake during his expedition helped him to connect with his classmates and build confidence.

• Fundraise for Outward Bound Canada while experiencing the adventure of a lifetime trekking Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Assiniboine, or Bhutan’s “Soi Yaksa” on one of our Reach Beyond Expeditions. • Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know about our City Skyline Rappel in Toronto next fall, and an exciting fundraising event we have planned in Vancouver in 2020.

“There was a certain point on my expedition where we were crossing the lake that I didn’t think we would get across, and that we’d end up turning around in circles or going the wrong way. Then, all of us in different canoes started communicating as a group to find a way forward together. I learned about how our skills could work together to do something that we didn’t think was possible. When you have your peers’ support, it is a lot less scary than doing it alone.Working as a team allowed me to grow as an individual. I learned that to succeed, I had to set my expectations for myself a little bit higher and push for who I wanted to be. Without Outward Bound Canada and the support of donors, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity to develop these skills or grow so close to my classmates.”

How you can get involved

! Donate. Give the gift of a transformational experience of self-discovery and learning this holiday season at donate.outwardbound.ca. ! Fundraise. Host a garage sale, run a marathon, or experience the adventure of a lifetime on one of our Reach Beyond Fundraising Expeditions to help more people access our programs. ! Enroll. If you are interested in learning more about our wilderness or urban programs for individuals or groups, visit outwardbound.ca/ programs. ! Reconnect. If you are one of the 150,000 Outward Bound Canada past participants or staff, find out how you can reconnect with the alumni community at outwardbound.ca/alumni.

contact us telephone 1 888 OUTWARD (688 9273) email info@outwardbound.ca internet outwardbound.ca


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Our Focus

The Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation, established in 2013, provides supportive and palliative care to those living with serious illness, as well as to their families and caregivers. Our primary goal is to provide hope, encouragement and emotional support during illness, death and loss. Our vision is that no one endures serious illness without respect, dignity and comfort.

Our People

We are a registered charity, with a volunteer board of directors, a small staff and a dedicated group of volunteers who bring time, experience, love and compassion to those in need in our community.

Facts

Those living with, and dying from, a serious illness have many varied and individual needs. Our health-care system focuses more on the medical needs. The nonmedical needs are not always adequately addressed. People often find themselves adrift in the system, not knowing which way to turn, not knowing what supports and resources are available to them and feeling isolated and alone. We listen, we guide, we support, we care. The Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation is an independent organization, funded exclusively by the community through individual donations. The PSPS Foundation funds and operates the Palliative Support Centre, which has been open for four years. In those four years and prior to its opening, the PSPS Foundation and the Palliative Support Centre have provided care to hundreds of people in our community.

How You Can Get Involved

Frankie Hester, Dr Paul Sugar, Dr Marylene Kyriazis

Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation

Participation by the community is an essential part of our plan to grow and reach a wider group of those in need. There are many ways to help, including in-kind donations, financial donations or volunteering your time, skills and compassion. If you or someone you know needs help, please call us or come in for a chat and a cup of coffee: 3743 Delbrook Ave., North Vancouver

PS...YOUR LIFE MATTERS, YOUR END-OF-LIFE MATTERS...YOU MATTER

Our Work in the Community

The Palliative Support Centre in North Vancouver’s Delbrook Plaza provides individuals with a community “home,” where their needs are addressed in a respectful, sensitive and timely manner. It is a place to call, providing a sense of security and continuity in the face of difficulties. A place where individuals are known, accepted and heard in a familiar and warm environment and where they will be given the time they need. Our programs are vehicles through which individuals in need connect with others in similar situations and with volunteers. Supportive personal relationships are established. Our trained volunteers are available to accompany individuals through illness, death and loss. This can include transportation to and from medical appointments, companionship, personal connection and emotional support. We provide information on and connection to available resources.We help navigate the complex medical system.We provide much needed guidance and advocacy.

Testimonials

“Thank you for the love and energy emanating from this incredible centre. It truly makes for a sanctuary amongst the turmoil of terminal illness, for the client, the family, caregivers and the bereaved. It is a shelter in the storm of treatment, anguish, fear, hope and enormous pain. I cannot express how much I have received from all I have met in the most tumultuous time of my life. Thank you, thank you for this gift of love and a soft place for us to fall. A refuge from all that goes with storms.” “At the Paul Sugar Palliative Support Centre I have found comfort, guidance, love and most importantly, friendships. This has encouraged me to move forward in my healing journey with a sense of strength, confidence and determination. The many volunteers involved in various programs at the centre provide a caring and understanding approach, which has been so reassuring in my time of need. The extraordinary team who are behind the workings of this foundation are actively supportive in ways that go above and beyond what I was expecting of

this centre. It doesn’t matter where you are in your healing journey, you are treated with respect, compassion and tenderness.”

A recent story

I was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. As a 53-yearold husband and father of an eight-year-old, this came as a shock. Out of nowhere I was faced with my own possible death, at an age that I considered to be far too young. The anxiety that entered my world was a weight that I struggled to bear. I was finding the day-to-day grind of dealing with cancer scary and overwhelming. As the months progressed and I continued on the journey of battling the disease, I began to reach out to find ways of dealing with the stress that had settled in. The moment I walked through the doors of the Paul Sugar Foundation, I knew it would become a big part of my life. Here there were loving and compassionate people who knew exactly what I was going through. I was whole-heartedly welcomed by what were initially strangers, but the practitioners and volunteers at the foundation have become friends which I hold dear. Offering mindfulness and relaxation classes, counselling appointments, group sessions, and more, I have benefited immensely from my experiences there. The Paul Sugar Foundation is truly a calm and nurturing space that has enabled me to make progress on my journey to healing. I cannot share my gratitude enough with the team of practitioners, volunteers and everyone at the foundation. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Programs and Services See palliativesupport.ca for a complete list of all the current programs that are offered at the Palliative Support Centre. All of our programs, services and supports are free and confidential.

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Our Focus

The West Vancouver Foundation has been bringing people and projects together to create impact and change since 1979. With a focus on philanthropy, grants, and leadership, our vision is a healthy and vibrant West Vancouver.

Our People

Led by a small dedicated staff and governed by a locally-appointed volunteer board of directors which encompasses investment management and grant making committees. 2019/20 Board: Nancy Farran, Carolyn Coleclough, Geoff Jopson, John Parker, Dave Mason, Mark Ballard, Naomi Denning, Gordon Holley, Sara Mohamadkhani, and Paul Robillard.

Facts

• Since inception we have granted more than $2 million to local and regional initiatives. In the past 10 years, we have increased grant dollars to charities by 600 per cent and grown the number of grants by 130 per cent. • In 2019 grant requests were three times the funds available for gifts, demonstrating the increasing needs in the community. • We work with a growing number of donors and agencies, currently stewarding more than 80 funds (individuals, agencies, endowments). • A knowledgeable partner on community insights and philanthropic trends. • Provide professional donor services and investment stewardship.

Thinking about your year-end giving? The following funds provide sustaining support over the long-term: - WV Foundation Caring Community Endowment Fund - Compelling Opportunities Fund - WV Foundation Capacity Building and Growth Fund - Youth Philanthropy Council Endowment Fund - Howard Martin Memorial Fund

West Vancouver Foundation

775 15TH ST., WEST VANCOUVER

The West Vancouver Foundation was founded with one simple aspiration: to make a difference in the lives of others through thoughtful, effective philanthropy. Our purpose is to make grants in support of community through the generosity of our donors; to educate the community on pressing needs and the organizations addressing them; to encourage greater levels of community giving and to convene people to work on the key issues facing our community.

The power of philanthropy

Give back to your community now or leave a legacy gift for the future. We can help you do both.

Whether it’s making a single gift, setting up an endowment fund, or contributing to an existing fund, we have one simple role – to help you make the most meaningful gift. It is easy to get started with a fund at the West Vancouver Foundation – a simple agreement and an initial tax-deductible gift are all you need to create your own giving fund.

Leadership and insights

Our West Vancouver’s VitalSigns® report measures community vitality and well-being. Drawing from a broad base of indicators and research, VitalSigns® creates a snapshot of the community and the people who live here, providing a tool for discussion, planning and action. These insights allow us to connect our donors with opportunities to help address these issues, to better support the agencies working at the community level, and to engage residents in simple things that we can all do to create connections and build community. Check out the 2019 West Vancouver Vital Signs report on our website.

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Every donation makes a difference

Through the West Vancouver Foundation, you have a range of options to help you give confidently and efficiently. We offer expert assistance on understanding local issues, and how individuals and families can make positive and lasting change. One way to show your support is by donating to one of the WVF Caring Community Funds. Annual grants support a broad range of charities along with the work of the Foundation. No matter the size of your gift, it is important to the community.

Create your own legacy

Our donors invest in the people, ideas, and programs that shape and serve our community. Your own Donor Fund allows you to direct the gifting to the charitable causes close to your heart: arts and culture, environmental programs, education and learning, health and wellness, sports and recreation, helping our community connect and celebrate. We are here to help you reflect your passion. Including a Charitable Bequest in your will is a simple way to make a lasting gift to your community.

Why choose West Vancouver Foundation?

We have been bringing donors to the table as community builders since 1979. Together we are building a vibrant and caring community. We would love to talk to you about how you can make a difference.

If you are passionate about a specific field of interest, you may consider: - Caring Community Arts Fund - Caring Community Environmental Fund - Caring Community Health, Wellness, and Safety Fund - Caring Community Sport and Recreation Fund - Caring Community Youth Fund If you are looking for a specific initiative or group, check out some of the charities already providing solutions in the community: - Aboriginal Sport Legacy Fund - Black Creek Old Growth Environment Fund - Enhanced Learning Opportunities Fund - Gift of Music Fund - First Aid Ski Patrol Fund - Harvest Project (North Shore) Fund - North Shore Keep Well Society Fund - North Shore Rescue Team Fund - North Shore Rescue - Tim Jones Legacy Fund - North Shore Stroke Recovery Centre Fund - Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation Fund - St. Francis-in-the-Wood Fund - WV Arts Museum Fund - WV Marine Rescue Society Fund - WV Nature House Fund - WV Place for Sport Fund Your gift reflects your values and aspirations. You can donate easily by mail, online, or give us a call to discuss other options.

contact us telephone 604 925 8153 email info@westvanfoundation.ca internet westvanfoundation.ca


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Our Focus

West Vancouver Place for Sport (WVPFS) will be a safe, inclusive, versatile community track and field sports facility that West Vancouver citizens will be proud to call their own. A partnership between West Vancouver Schools and the District of West Vancouver, WVPFS will be a wonderful community amenity promoting healthy active lifestyles for all ages. It will be a place for building community engagement and athletic excellence. It will welcome newcomers and celebrate cultural diversity, connect elderly citizens who struggle with loneliness and isolation, support vulnerable and marginalized youth and remove barriers preventing members of our disabled community from full participation.

Our People

The campaign to raise funds for this project was launched in 2015 by a small group of private citizens starting with a generous donation of $250,000 from the West Vancouver Foundation. Early commitments from West Vancouver District, West Vancouver Schools and West Vancouver Football (Soccer) Club began a fundraising campaign that has been supported across the community. The donor list today includes almost every public and independent school, numerous community organizations, and a growing number of families and individual citizens – more than 125 individuals, groups, schools and corporations.

Facts

The demand for a safe, all-weather multi-sport and leisure facility for all ages has never been higher and has far outgrown field availability. There is no other public track facility in West Vancouver. Artificial turf fields can be utilized in poor weather conditions and are essentially a recreation centre without walls. The space allocation of a single turf field can replace five grass fields.

West Vancouver Place for Sport

Our work in the community

The West Vancouver Place for Sport (WVPFS) will be a welcoming, versatile track and field community sports facility. It will provide a safe, flat, well-lit area for citizens of all ages, abilities and interests to improve their fitness and social interaction through a variety of sport and fitness-related activities. Highlights of the new facility will include:

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A recent story

“I am a student of West Vancouver Secondary going into grade eleven and started running track in elementary school. I’ve also played soccer for the WVFC club since I was seven years old. Like most of my friends, sports have been an important part of my life. I love running for my high school and playing soccer for my community, but I find the limited fields and unsafe track facilities available in West Vancouver disappointing. We are always being encouraged to be active, to be outside – and yet we do not have enough space or venues for us to train on. We have a very active body of students who would enjoy and cherish the facility that is being proposed by the

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West Vancouver Place for Sport. A rubberized track would make a huge impact on our community and allow us a venue for both the WV elementary track meets and a place for us to train for the North Shore high school races within our own community. Having an additional field would open up more training opportunities for players, and having it all in a conveniently-central location will reduce the barriers for us to be in sports. We can all easily get to this field. As a student in West Vancouver, I have been watching and hearing about WVPFS for years and truly hope that it’s time we can start this project. We are a fortunate community; I hope we can work together to keep it this way by investing in our future and keeping people active with this field.” 5 /7%FD :.3'EGD.0B 1EF?' !! +,99 9G7?'0G

How you can get involved

The estimated cost of this exciting and ambitious project is $4.9M. To date, the West Vancouver Place for Sport Committee has been successful in raising just over $3.1M. :'%'0G<)B +'DG ,F0%.74'E C.70%"< F88E.4'? F0 F??"G".0F< %.0GE"37G".0 toward the West Vancouver Place for Sport. Included in this contribution is $500,000 to be used for a matching grant program. This is a unique opportunity to double your gift between now and the end of the year.

While we’ve made great strides, your support and donation is needed to build this community amenity. Now is the time to join us – the generous matching grant program will only last until December 31, 2019. To learn more about this project, or to make a financial contribution, please visit: www.wvpfs.org.

contact us telephone 604 812 1316 email info@wvpfs.org internet wvpfs.org


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Canadian Mental Health Association

with Charitable Organizations

Family Services of the North Shore

Lonsdale office: 300-1835 LONSDALE AVE, NORTH VANCOUVER Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre: 1337 ST ANDREWS, NORTH VANCOUVER

203-1111 LONSDALE AVE., NORTH VANCOUVER

Our Focus

Our Focus

Within our national vision of mental health for all, CMHA North West Vancouver is striving to create communities that are connected, resilient, and courageous. Over the next three years, we have ambitious goals to deliver effective and needed programs; to sustain and nourish our team; and to achieve long-term financial stability for our organization.

Our People

Our Board: 11 Volunteers Chair: Joshua Radcliffe Staff Team: 50 Executive Director: Julia Kaisla

Facts

Since 1958, our branch has been serving the North Shore community. The demand for our services continues to grow. Mental illness affects everyone, regardless of gender, socio-economic status, and background. One in three Canadians will experiences a mental illness in their lifetime. Only one-third of those will get the support they need.

contact us

telephone 604 987 6959 email northshore@cmha.bc.ca internet northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca

Our work in the community

Education and Training: CMHA NWV offers Mental Health First Aid and other customized training programs to grow mental health literacy for individuals and organizations. Peer and Family Support: Whether at Foundry, at the Kelty or as part of our Steps program, our peer and family supporters provide an accepting and open space to help individuals improve their quality of life. Counselling: We offer counselling at $25 and $50 per hour at our Lonsdale Office. Housing: We provide supportive housing at our four North Shore group homes. Outreach Services: We host a weekly drop in service to help vulnerable clients access supports (housing, income, etc), and we work one-on-one with individuals to help them achieve stability. Employment: In addition to providing services at WorkBC, CMHA NWV operates a social enterprise BLENZ franchise at the Hope Centre.

Testimonial

“Our daughter looks so forward to Steps [CMHA’s youth group] every week. What is most important is her relationship with the peer support coordinator. She is really what attaches our daughter to Steps, especially being able to meet with the peer support coordinator outside of the program. When I ask what makes the program so special, our daughter relays that she [the peer support coordinator] just listens...without judgement or expectation and is not trying to ‘fix’ anything… We are so grateful for this program.”

A recent story

For most, the road to recovery and wellness isn’t predictable. CMHA operates a BLENZ franchise as a social enterprise at the Hope Centre. Employment at the café is more than just a job: “Building skills in the craft of coffee making greatly influenced my self-confidence. Through the café I joined groups and was offered many opportunities to express myself.” ~ CMHA Barista All of our baristas surveyed indicated the work experience helped them grow their confidence and 70 per cent indicated they had better management of daily challenges.

How you can get involved

CMHA North West Vancouver relies on your support. Visit our website to make a donation and contribute to our new endowment.

Family Services of the North Shore is an accredited organization committed to making a deep and lasting impact through counselling, support, education, and volunteer engagement. We work intentionally, and in direct response to the needs of children, youth, adults, seniors, and families who live throughout the North Shore from Deep Cove to Lions Bay and Bowen Island.

Our People

Our programs and services are focused on parenting, mental health, volunteer engagement, reducing gender-based violence, and addressing vulnerability in communities across the North Shore. With a team of over 50 staff and contractors and 350 volunteers, our goal is to change lives for generations to come.

Facts

This past year we served more than 10,000 individuals, provided over 11,000 hours of counselling, and facilitated almost 9,000 volunteer hours.

contact us telephone 604 988 5281 email family@familyservices.bc.ca internet familyservices.bc.ca

Our Work in the Community

Family Services of the North Shore offers broad-ranging support in response to the needs of our community in various circumstances and stages of life including innovative mental health support for people of all ages through our counselling programs. In 2018 our Christmas Bureau, together with the essential support of our donors and volunteers, supported 1,800 people on the North Shore. Gift baskets, toys, and life essentials were provided to some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Our Thrive Family programs support parents and caregivers with children aged 0-6 years, in a safe and welcoming environment, on a free drop-in basis with locations in North Vancouver and West Vancouver. Last year our volunteer Youth Leadership Advisory Board – YouthLAB, reached 600+ high school peers through presentations and campaigns focused on depression, anxiety, LGBTQ2S+ support, disordered eating, bullying, and relationship violence. We support our community through the following programs and services, visit our website for details. % @+4.A';;!.0 A477+BD % 5#B!2' >C:!;) 7B+0BC:A % *+4D# A477+BD % /B+47 7B+0BC:A % ,/(59683 A477+BD % 8'.!+B C.< $CB'0!2'B A477+BD % =.<"+>";!>' C.< 0B!'> A477+BD % /'.<'B"1CA'< 2!+;'.$'? DBC4:C? C.< C14A' A477+BD % =CD!.0 <!A+B<'BA 7B'2'.D!+. D#B+40# -'AA!'&A ,'0C$) % @#B!AD:CA (4B'C4

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Donate online, by phone, or by mail. Volunteer at one of our fundraising initiatives or community events, in our programs, or as a board member. Support the Christmas Bureau by sponsoring a family or making a financial contribution. Follow us on social media and join our mailing list for the most up to date information on events, programs and services, and additional opportunities to become involved.


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Adopt A Family

Paul Butler, John Stoffer, Nanette Taylor, Steve Kirkby, Suzanne Jean, Jazzy Aul, Susan Wilcockson, Louise Aronsson, Sandra Santofimio and Leya Eguchi

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1073 ROOSEVELT CRES., NORTH VANCOUVER

Hollyburn Family Services Society #104-267 W. ESPLANADE, NORTH VANCOUVER

Our Focus

“Extending a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out” is our mission. We reach out to people experiencing serious life challenges. We channel community resources and provide coaching, counselling, a rent bank, groceries and clothing that supports more than 600 people each month. We help people reconnect with jobs, school and wellness.

Our People

Harvest Project looks to more than 900 volunteers (2018) plus a small staff. Students, retirees, skilled-workers, and organizational-teams all contribute time and expertise that helps change lives for the better.

Facts

Together, we positively impact the lives of hundreds of our most vulnerable neighbours and the health of the whole community. This past year, we provided more than 4,600 coaching and drop-in sessions, food valued at $750,000 plus 9,000 clothing items, and 19,000 volunteer hours shared.

contact us

telephone 604 983 9488 email info@harvestproject.org internet harvestproject.org

Our Work in the Community

Our Focus

Harvest Project is a registered charity that has been bringing tangible, timely help for 26 years. While the North Shore is known as one of the most prosperous communities in Canada, critical family resources can be scarce for those finding themselves in desperate times. Harvest Project provides a safety net for those in need. Clients are often single parents, newer residents and those dealing with catastrophic or chronic health issues. Several thousand households are struggling and forced to go without food, medicine or dental care just to remain in their apartments or homes. Most are only one more unexpected bill, illness, family crisis or job loss away from being forced into homelessness. We are a grassroots organization funded by households, businesses, churches, foundations, and other community organizations, with about two per cent of funding from municipal governments.

Hollyburn Family Services Society is comprised of 30 committed and engaged employees, supported by our Executive Director and governed by our communitycentric Board of Directors.

Testimonial

Facts

“The community can never do enough to support the good work of Harvest Project.” -Former District of North Van Mayor Richard Walton

A Recent Story

Carole is a single-parent with two children who has moved forward through extreme difficulties with health and family struggles. She credits Harvest Project with enabling her recovery: “Harvest Project’s people and help have made all the difference to my family. I had no hope for life and now we feel like we’re getting better and making our way. Thank you!”

Our mission at Hollyburn Family Services Society is to provide a variety of unique programs that can assist those in our community who are most vulnerable.

Our People

Social issues are complex and are out of the individual or family’s control, yet they impact everyone. The North Shore has the third highest percentage of homeless youth (highest per capita), 24 per cent of the homeless population are elderly, and domestic and sexualized violence crosses all incomes, cultures and neighbourhoods.

Support Harvest Project’s Adopt A Family Campaign – Help Save Lives. Close to Home.

Give your gift to help us reach out to North Shore families in need: - Your gift of $40 enables a first visit and life-changing help - Your gift of $200 helps a family for a month - Your monthly donation allows us to help people through the year - Drop a food or personal care item in the HP bin at local grocery stores - “Give your birthday” or create a fundraiser with friends, family, school, employer Please donate ONLINE: harvestproject.org or BY MAIL: 1073 Roosevelt Cres., North Vancouver V7P 1M4

Our Work in the Community

Last year Hollyburn provided 156 homeless youth with housing and shelter, helped 42 marginalized youth to enroll in post-secondary programs, assisted 42 youth to overcome their barriers to employment, supported 32 former foster care youth to successfully transition to independent living, kept 45 at-risk students in high school, gave 385 children, women and men the tools and support to recover from the impact of violence, helped 223 homeless seniors, administered 117 rental subsidies and supported 27 Indigenous adults and youth to navigate community-based services.

Our Services

Youth Safe House – Wired 4 Success – Life Success Program – Youth Leaving Care – Youth Education Navigator – Youth Housing Support Outreach Worker – Hollyburn Hockey Heroes – Youth Unedited - Housing First for Seniors – Seniors Safe House - Supporting Seniors to Remain Housed – Seniors at Housing Risk Outreach – Specialized Victim Services – North Shore Integrated Domestic Violence Unit – Family Housing Support – Supported Housing- Crisis Management – Leadership Training – Safety Plan Development – Navigational Supports – Social and Relationship Connections – Case Management – TraumaInformed Practices – Health and Wellness Supports

Testimonial

“As agencies committed to providing the highest quality of care to at-risk youth and young adults, I can attest to Hollyburn’s professionalism, dedication and commitment to finding innovative and supportive solutions to challenging issues faced by this marginalized population in our community.”

Events

contact us

telephone 604 987 8211 email jhayden@hollyburnsociety.ca internet hollyburn.ca/society

If you would like to learn more about the social issues Hollyburn addresses or to receive a tour of our programs please contact Joy at jhayden@hollyburnsociety.ca.

How you can get involved:

Only three of our programs receive government-contracted funding. The remaining programs operate as a result of the generosity of the individuals, corporations and foundations in our community. This year consider making a tax-deductible donation to Hollyburn.


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Laura, Ruth, Connie and Margaret

Lions Gate Hospital Foundation

North Shore Crisis Services Society

231 E. 15TH ST., NORTH VANCOUVER

200-147 W. 16TH ST., NORTH VANCOUVER

Our Focus

Our Work in the Community

Our Focus

Testimonial

Our People

LGH Foundation is raising funds to build and equip a specialized Critical Care Unit for people in our community with complex and potentially life-threatening health issues. 100 per cent of your donation will go towards funding this life-saving new unit.

Our People

Our small team works with more than 300 dedicated volunteers including a volunteer board, staff ambassadors and community supporters to enhance patient care at all publicly-funded health-care facilities on the North Shore.

Facts

LGH has one of only five neurosurgery centres in B.C., is a recognized Level 3 trauma centre and is home to a Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Last year, more than 170,000 babies, children and adults received care at LGH.

Events

Christmas Card Sale – the popular 2019 LGH charity Christmas cards are now available for purchase at the Foundation office through November and December.

contact us

telephone 604 984 5785 email info@lghfoundation.com internet lghfoundation.com

Lions Gate Hospital Foundation invests your donations in new facilities, enhanced infrastructure and medical technology to bridge the gap between what the government can provide and what our community needs right now. Thanks to the generosity of more than 6,400 donors, we were excited to announce in February that we had reached our $100 million goal to build a new Medical & Surgical Centre. When it opens in 2023, the six-floor Centre will have eight new operating rooms, 108 single patient rooms and will be the most technologically advanced health care facility in the province. A new HD CT Scanner arrived at LGH in the spring, thanks to donors, allowing the provision of a round-the-clock CT scanning service at LGH. Also in 2019, we began raising funds to support critical care and purchased close to $1M in life-saving equipment.

“I was at the hospital for surgery and thought I would drop you a note to thank everyone for the first-class professional care during my stay. When I first arrived with my wife at the waiting area, I, like many others was very anxious. We were met by a gentleman in a colourful Hawaiian shirt who brought my anxiety down by at least 50 per cent. Everyone, including the anesthetist, all the nurses and the whole team that assisted in the surgery were all first-class and gave me confidence in going forward.” ~ RJ

A recent story

Eighteen months ago North Shore business development consultant, Tony Herunter, was admitted to the LGH Emergency Department with chest pains and a racing heart. After a stress test, Tony was diagnosed with arterial blockages and booked in for a quintuple bypass surgery at St. Paul’s. All the equipment used in his stress test was purchased with donations. Tony has made a full recovery and says he now realizes how important it is to equip LGH staff with the tools they need to do their jobs most efficiently.

How You Can Get Involved

You can help us bring life-changing care to the North Shore by making a donation by cheque, credit card, online or by phone; including a gift in your will or making a donation in honour of a loved one. You can also volunteer or host or attend a fundraising event.

North Shore Crisis Services Society has been providing services to abused women and children on the North Shore for more than 40 years. Our mission is to promote a secure and abuse-free environment for women and children. NSCSS makes a vital, non-judgmental and compassionate contribution to the spectrum of social services available to residents in our beautiful North Shore communities.

Board of Directors: eight volunteers Chair: Donnie MacDonald Executive Director: Laura Reynolds Staff: 23 regular and 20 relief employees Volunteers: 26

Achievements

This past year, NSCSS has provided services to 1,715 clients and answered 3,758 crisis and support calls. SAGE House provided safe shelter to 214 women and children but had to turn away 311 women and children due to lack of space.

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North Shore Disability Resource Centre

North Shore Multicultural Society

3158 MOUNTAIN HIGHWAY, NORTH VANCOUVER

207-123 E. 15TH ST., NORTH VANCOUVER

Our Focus

Our Focus

Founded in 1976, our mission is “working for a community for all.” We provide both residential and community-based support for individuals of all ages on the North Shore who have disabilities.

Our People

Our dedicated team of about 200 employees provide support to individuals we serve in community year-round.

Facts

Last year our Information and Advocacy program marked 21 years of advocating for people with disabilities, families and seniors. We assist individuals to apply for benefits, help people connect with volunteer, employment and recreational programs and work in continued partnership with other non-profit agencies to help clients connect with appropriate services. In 2019 we raised $40,500 through our Summer Bursary program. This money was allocated to North Shore families to send their child to summer camp.

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North Shore Multicultural Society provides information to immigrants to assist them in achieving full, active and equal participation in Canadian life. Newcomers receive settlement and employment support, English language training, and a variety of other services to help them settle and connect to the community. We are dedicated to building a harmonious and inclusive North Shore community that helps immigrants and refugees integrate successfully into life in Canada.

Our People

We are led by a 10-member volunteer Board of Directors. We have over 60 skilled staff members and 175 volunteers from various cultural backgrounds who are able to provide services in multiple languages.

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Last year, NSMS touched 8,300+ lives through our programs and services, community initiatives and volunteers.

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nsnews.com north shore news FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2019

get to know the not-for-profit organizations in our community

North Shore Neighbourhood House

North Van Arts

CityScape Community ArtSpace

225 E. SECOND ST., NORTH VANCOUVER

335 LONSDALE AVE., NORTH VANCOUVER

Our Focus

Our Focus

To work together to meet the grassroots needs of our neighbours, especially our most vulnerable residents, to build a safe healthy and strong community.

Our People

Our employees come from all over Metro Vancouver. Our clients are residents of City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver and District of West Vancouver.

Facts

Our organization is unique in that we provide programs and services from birth to seniors; we are a ‘life cycle’ program provider. Your donation to the House ensures that we can provide quality services and programs at the lowest cost possible or free of charge; providing accessible support to our neighbours who need it most such as isolated seniors and single parents on a tight budget.

Our Work in the Community

We aim to provide programs and services to meet the needs of children and families, youth and seniors throughout the North Shore. We have 14 child care programs, supported child development program, young parent program, youth programs, teen club, seniors programs, food security programs, health and recreation programs, and many volunteer opportunities.

Testimonial

“I want to thank the entire team at North Shore Neighbourhood House for your generous kindness and compassion. We especially appreciate the amazing care that our child is receiving with Kids Club. It’s so good to know that she’s got a fun and safe place to go to before and after school.”

A recent story

From a young parent who attended our program “I thought I would give you an update on my schooling. I graduated on Tuesday with honours and received two awards. I also wanted to thank you for all the help I received to get me to achieve this with my schooling. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the North Shore Neighbourhood House. I now will be attending BCIT starting in September to do my pre-requisites for nursing.”

Events

We have many events and fundraisers throughout the year. Our annual Food, Wine and Wishes is held every summer at Loutet Farm. Our annual pumpkin patch is held in October. Events are announced on our website.

How you can get involved

contact us

telephone 604 987 8138 email lhubbard@nsnh.bc.ca internet nsnh.bc.ca

You can donate online through our website. We accept gifts of money, stock and securities, corporately, in honour gifts, real estate, and legacy gifts. Monetary donations are accepted online or through mail. We have many volunteer opportunities available, please visit our website.

with Charitable Organizations

Our mandate is to enable emerging and professional artists in all disciplines, to bridge culture, and to build strong and healthy communities through the arts.

Our People

A small, creative and passionate staff team supports Executive Director Nancy Cottingham Powell. A Board of Directors oversees governance, strategic planning and vision. The organization is supported by over 500 members and 100 dedicated volunteers. Membership includes artists, supporters, cultural groups, and businesses.

Facts

Arts and culture make considerable and necessary contributions to the well-being of communities. Over the past year we contributed to our community by: presenting the work of 826 artists, offering 70 different arts education programs, and paying over $150,000 to visual and performing artists for their work.

Our Work in the Community

North Van Arts is a non-profit, charitable cultural organization dedicated to maximizing the intrinsic value of the arts in all disciplines. We provide community members of all ages with opportunities for self-expression, entertainment, to explore themes of interest, to celebrate our community, and to have fun. We do this through arts education, events, art exhibitions at four locations, North Van Arts International Film Series, and art rental. We encourage young people to explore the arts through in-school programs like Music Therapy and Art & Mycology and after-school art programs like drama, and visual and literary arts. The North Shore Culture Map is a special project we’ve been working on and are very excited to launch the online mapping tool in March 2020.

Testimonial

Having worked with North Van Arts for the past five years, I get a sense that there is a desire to innovate and to meet the needs of the community now, and for the future. That takes a lot of work, to have to constantly be changing and responding and ebbing and flowing. But I think that’s the work to be done and the Arts Council is taking that on. ~ Jeremy Church, Principal, Mountainside Secondary

Events

We organize annual events like the North Shore Art Crawl (March) and Art in the Garden (May) and others such as Jazz Sundays. One of the most anticipated art events in the North Shore cultural calendar is coming soon, as the 15th edition of the Anonymous Art Show opens for a special preview week on Nov. 21! Sale starts Nov. 28. With over 650 paintings in one space, it’s worth a visit.

How You Can Get Involved

contact us

telephone 604 988 6844 email info@northvanarts.ca internet northvanarts.ca

By supporting North Van Arts, you support the arts in your community! Buy artwork at the Anonymous Art Show – our biggest annual fundraiser. Buy a 2020 You Are Here calendar, 12 North Shore images painted by local artists – proceeds directly support the North Shore Cultural Mapping project. Donate through our website or our Canada Helps page. Sponsor an exhibition, an event or a project – contact us, we have lots of ideas!

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