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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-profit 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

Capilano Community Services Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Coho Society of the North Shore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Canadian Mental Health Association 300-1835 LONSDALE AVE, NORTH VANCOUVER

Our Focus

CMHA branches across the country provide a wide range of innovative services and support to people, and their families, who are experiencing mental health challenges. One of our core goals of these services is to help facilitate access to the resources people require in order to improve and maintain mental health and integration into the community. The services are tailored to the needs and resources of the communities where they are based and help to build resilience and support recovery from mental illness.

Our Board: 12 volunteers Chair: Don Stuckert Executive Director: Sandra Severs

Harvest Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Lions Gate Hospital Foundation / North Shore Hospice Society . . . . . . . . . 24 Family Services of the North Shore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 North Shore Community Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 North Shore Crisis Services Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 North Shore Community Resources Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 North Shore Connexions Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 North Shore Multicultural Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 North Shore Neighbourhood House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Outward Bound. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 West Vancouver Community Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Zajac Ranch for Children. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

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Sandra Severs and Maria Watson

Our People

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contact us

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

Supporting the Mental Health of North Shore Residents

Among the supports that CMHA North and West Vancouver Branch offers residents of the North Shore are low-cost counselling and telephone coaching. Telephone coaching is available through an evidence based program called Bounce Back which uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy techniques to support people dealing with mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety. Residents can get a referral through their GP and more information is available at: www.mindhealthbc/ca/ bounceback. Individuals interested in one-on-one counselling can find out more about our programs by calling Maria Watson, Clinical Counsellor, at maria.watson@cmha.bc.ca

Our Work in the Community

HOpe Café (HOpe Centre) – a social enterprise providing employment opportunities for people with lived experience of mental health issues Kelty Dennehy Mental Health Resource Centre – working with community partners to provide access to mental health information, navigation and advocacy Employment Services – case management, customized job development and counselling support at WorkBC Counselling Support – one-to-one support for people with chronic illness and anxiety/depression; affordable, brief counselling Bounce Back – telephone coaching for people with mild/ moderate anxiety and/or depression Homeless Outreach and Advocacy – serving those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness Supportive Housing – 19 beds in three residences supported by VCH’s adult mental health team Psycho-social education/support groups – Hearing Voices, WRAP, Living Life to the Full (adults and youth), A Queer State of Mind CAYAC/ STEPS/Youth Peer support – programming and support for youth dealing with depression and anxiety

Your Donation Supports Our Community CMHA depends upon donations. Please consider making a year-end donation to support our work and receive a charitable tax receipt.


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Renée Strong, Executive Director & Miki Nash, Office Manager

Capilano Community Services Society

600 WEST QUEENS ROAD, NORTH VANCOUVER

Our Focus

Capilano Community Services Society, a registered non-profit society, has been serving the three municipalities on the North Shore for over 45 years providing support to both at risk youth, frail isolated seniors and operating the Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP).

Our People

Cap Services is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, a small dedicated staff, as well as a very supportive group of over 150 volunteers who provide over 12,000 hours of volunteer service annually.

contact us

telephone 604 988 7115 internet www.capservices.ca

Our Work in the Community

Capilano Community Services provides the following three programs to our community: The Seniors’ Hub Programs aim to improve the health of frail and isolated seniors who no longer are able to drive themselves. Seniors are picked up at their homes on our Bus. There is a variety of programs including Mall Walk and Shop, Out trips, Social Programs, Medical Rides and Telefriends. Seniors’ Hub serves over 400 seniors, providing them with increased activity, peer support, and a sense of belonging to the community. We strive to help them stay in their own homes, retain their dignity and have a sense of purpose for the rest of their lives. There is no charge for programs, but donations are appreciated. Youth Outreach Programs are open to all youth age 10 to 24; however, our focus is the potentially ‘at-risk’ youth population. Youth Outreach workers provide annual support to over 12,000 City and District of North Vancouver youth through one to one meetings, group sessions in local schools, community events and connections to other resources. Referrals can be made by parents, school counsellors, and youth themselves. See our event calendar www.capservices. ca for current youth programs. Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) offers the North Shore community a free short-term loan (three month) of medical equipment such as mobility and bath aids. The Red Cross supplies the medical equipment and Cap Services staff and volunteers manage the program. Annually, this program helps over 3,500 clients, providing them with over 7,500 items of medical equipment. The program relies on donations.

The Coho Mural can be found on the Spirit Trail beside the Mosquito Creek Estuary

Coho Society of the North Shore Our Focus

The Society, which was founded in 1980, is a volunteer environmental awareness based organization. The objective is to raise funds for the protection and revitalization of salmon streams and habitats on the North Shore, and the goal is to raise public awareness and educate our youth in the importance of protecting our aquatic environments. This work is done through partnerships between community stewardship groups, local government, First Nations and the business community, and concerned citizens.

Our People

Now in its 38th year, the Coho Society has approximately 150 volunteers who work with our dedicated Board of Directors to get the job done.

Testimonials

“Please accept my profound gratitude for your kind and cheerful assistance from the Red Cross at a time when everything seemed insurmountable.” “Without this grocery shop service of the Seniors’ Hub, I’d be dead!” “Your Youth Workers spent time with my grandson. It made a huge difference in his attitude, making our lives calmer. Thank you”

How You Can Get Involved

Call to Volunteer - 604-988-7115 - website www.capservices.ca or email info.@capservices.ca Donate - go to our website www.capservices.ca and click the Donate button www.CanadaHelps.org

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Larry Carlsen, President

contact us email info@cohosociety.com internet www.cohosociety.com

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Coho Society Achievements

Over the years the Coho Society has contributed over $500,000 to numerous North Shore environmental groups to help fund a variety of projects such as construction of fish hatcheries, ladders, weirs, incubation boxes, rearing ponds, as well education and research facilities. Some recent projects include funding to the Seymour Salmonid Society to help make Seymour River passable for salmon again. The Coho Society has also financially supported a street banner and mural art project. Both projects depict environmental awareness artwork created by nearly 1,000 elementary school children during educational Discovery Workshops that followed field trips to our North Shore rivers and streams. The mural can be found on the Spirit Trail beside the Mosquito Creek Estuary. The banners are displayed along Marine Drive and Main Street in the summer to identify salmon bearing streams as well as promote the Coho Festival.

Annual Coho Festival Signature Environmental Event

The Coho Festival is held on the first Sunday after Labour Day at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. The theme of the Festival is to celebrate the return of salmon to North Shore rivers and streams. The day starts off with the 14K Coho Run from Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, the Coho Swim saluting the salmon’s migratory route, and the Coho Walk along the Capilano river to the festival site. In the Stewardship Zone, over 40 environmental partnership groups have displays and hands-on exhibits. There is also the famous Coho wild salmon BBQ, live entertainment with a headliner band; and exciting activities in the Kid’s Zone. The Squamish Nation is also a key partner of the Coho Festival and performs the traditional “Blessing of Salmon” ceremony. The Coho Festival is one of the largest environmental awareness events of its kind in Canada and is the Coho Society’s main fund raiser.

How You Can Get Involved

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Project committee members include Judy Savage, President, Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, Dr. Peter Edmunds, Regional Medical Director for Palliative Care, Vancouver Coastal Health and Project Chair, Jo-Ann Wood.

Harvest Project

1073 ROOSEVELT CRESCENT, NORTH VANCOUVER

The North Shore Hospice & Palliative Project 231 E. 15TH STREET, NORTH VANCOUVER

Our Focus

“Extending a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out” is our mission. We reach out to families and individuals experiencing serious life-challenges. We channel community resources to provide coaching, counsel, groceries and clothing to support 500 clients and families each month. We help people reconnect with jobs, school and wellness.

Our People

Harvest Project is made up of more than 300 volunteers who bring time, effort and expertise to client-care coaching, warehousing, and food recovery and distribution. All work together with a small staff and our board to serve clients from North and West Vancouver.

Facts

Through Harvest Project, the North Shore community positively impacts the lives of hundreds of our neighbors and the health of the whole community. This past year, we provided more than 4,600 coaching + drop-in sessions, food valued at $600,000 + 9,000 clothing items. 19,000 volunteer-hours were contributed.

contact us

telephone 2OH $9, $H99 email info@harvestproject.org internet www.harvestproject.org

Our Work in the Community

While the North Shore is known as one of the more prosperous communities in Canada, critical family resources can be scarce for those finding themselves in desperate times. Harvest Project provides front-line support for those in need. Clients are often single parents, newer residents and those dealing with catastrophic or chronic health issues. Several thousand people 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.

A Recent Story

A client left this message: “I don’t know what I would do without Harvest Project. When I unexpectedly found myself in need with nowhere to go, they helped me in ways I could never have imagined. The caring staff made a humbling situation so much better and their continued support…is appreciated more than words can say. Thank you very much to wonderful volunteers and generous donors, for caring. Keep up the great work!”

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Our Focus

Ensuring that every palliative and hospice patient in our community has the services they need to live a full and supported life, with dignity and comfort.

Who We Are

The North Shore Hospice Society (NSHS) and Lions Gate Hospital Foundation (LGHF) are working together, with the support of Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH-Coastal), as The North Shore Hospice & Palliative Project to support the ongoing expansion and enhancement of palliative and hospice services on the North Shore. The Project is led by a committee of community volunteers.

Honour a Life Event

Thursday, December 1, 6pm, West Vancouver United Church, 2062 Esquimalt Ave., West Vancouver. Please join us at this non-denominational celebration open to anyone who would like to honour the life of a loved one who has passed.

contact us

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

Our Work in the Community

We help patients live life to the fullest by purchasing muchneeded equipment and comfort items at the North Shore Hospice and on 7W - the inpatient palliative unit at Lions Gate Hospital. We also work hard to support and enhance the Every Day Counts program, one of the most beneficial and transformative programs for patients with life-limiting illness on the North Shore. Every Day Counts addresses all aspects of a patient’s quality of life that are not medical, including social, emotional and planning. The program provides patients with information on navigating the health-care system, one-on-one counselling, music therapy, relaxation sessions, yoga classes and more. Every Day Counts enables people to realize their best possible quality of life, even while they are ill.

The Need

Help us meet the growing need for end-of-life care and support our $2M North Shore Hospice Expansion Campaign to turn the North Shore Hospice into a hub for palliative care services. This will include the creation of a purpose-built Every Day Counts Centre, to create a permanent home for the program as well as a Palliative Care Outpatient Clinic. This new clinic will provide patients with convenient, rapid access to a palliative care doctor – a much-needed alternative to waiting for an appointment at a busy medical clinic or visiting the Emergency Department at LGH. The good news is that we’re already at $1.2M, and with your help, we hope to reach our goal of $2M.

Why Every Day Counts

Research shows that non-medical supports, like the ones offered in the Every Day Counts program, can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life. In a major study in the U.S. involving patients with an aggressive form of cancer, the group that received both palliative care (counselling, relaxation, information services, etc.) and medical care lived longer than the group that received medical care alone. Findings showed this was largely because they made better choices, like not taking additional nonbeneficial chemotherapy and spending the time they did have with their loved ones.

Help us Make Every Day Count

Your donation will help ensure patients at the end of life’s journey have everything they need to make the most of every precious moment.


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Our Focus

Family Services of the North Shore is an accredited, not for profit, community based organization that has been strengthening our North Shore community for over 60 years through counselling, support and education. Our vision is a connected community where people care for one another. The agency serves three municipalities: the City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, District of West Vancouver, as well as the Village of Lions Bay and Bowen Island. We also lead the provincial work in the prevention of eating disorders.

Our People

Led by Executive Director, Julia Staub-French, 12 board members, a team of 60 staff and contract workers, 356 volunteers and 1,749 donors help care for 8,300 people in our community who benefit from our critical counselling, education and support programs and services.

Events

• The 5th Annual Christmas on the Shore – Sold Out Thursday, November 24th, 6:30 pm at The Beach House Restaurant • The 8th Annual Family Services of th North Shore Toy Drive Saturday, November 26th, 10am to 4pm at the Northshore Auto Mall • The 31st Annual Winter Family Ball Sunday, December 4th, 4:30 pm at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

How To Get Involved

Michele Varley | Manager, Christmas Bureau Diane Brassington | Christmas Bureau Volunteer Janet McDonnell | Christmas Bureau Volunteer Andrew Chung | Senior Manager, Philanthropy and Corporate Gifts

Family Services of the North Shore

203-1111 LONSDALE AVENUE, NORTH VANCOUVER

Our Work in the Community

The Facts

Christmas Bureau – A program that brings hope and joy to low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities during the holidays.

This year, we reached over 8,300 children, youth, couples and families through our programs.

Individual, Couple and Family Counselling – A counselling program which supports adults who are struggling through mental health issues, conflict, grief, divorce, separation, and other life-changing events.

“As a father, I am grateful to everyone at Family Services of the North Shore for the support they provide every day to countless children, helping them reach their full potential.”

Child and Youth Counselling and Prevention Program – A counselling program for children and youth experiencing a range of issues including anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, bullying, school stress, coming out, suicidal thoughts, cutting, eating disorders, dating violence, self- esteem and more. Stopping the Violence – A counselling program for women who have experienced relationship abuse, sexual assault and/or physical, emotional or sexual abuse as a child. I hope family centre – A play-based program that helps parents, caregivers and children (ages newborn to 6 years old) connect in healthy and secure ways. The Family Preservation and Support Program – A community counselling program which provides intensive in-home support to reduce risk to children, strengthened the capacity of parents’ care for their children, and helps reunify families when their child/children have been removed to a temporary foster home. Jessie’s Legacy – An eating disorder prevention program that provides education, resources and inspiration to prevent eating disorders and address disordered eating. This innovative program supports BC youth, families, educators and professionals through online resources, live events, social media, and the Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves movement. Companioning Community Care – A community-based volunteer program, which offers on-site and in-home programs for adults living with terminal illness, bereavement, disability or the severe effects of cancer treatment.

Sponsor a Family by providing a Christmas Hamper. Bring hope and joy to a family, senior or person with disabilities this holiday season. We need your help, this year our need is even greater. Call 604 984-9627 today. Donate online, by phone or by mail to: Family Services of the North Shore 203 – 1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2H4 Volunteer your expertise. Email volunteer@familyservices.bc.ca or call 604 988-5281. Sign up for our e-newsletter at familyservices.bc.ca to find out more ways that you can help Family Services of the North Shore serve the most vulnerable in our community. Generous supporters like you ensure Family Services of the North Shore can provide critical counselling, education and support services to children, youth, families and individuals in need. Your gift will go a long way in strengthening our North Shore community.

The Christmas Bureau brought hope and security to 1,726 people living below the poverty line this past holiday season, including 707 families, 68 seniors and 152 persons with disabilities. “I’m normally scraping money together just to feed my kids, and with the added financial stress that comes with Christmas, I don’t always get to eat. But now I get to see my kids smile on Christmas morning.” Our Youth Leadership Advisory Board had an exciting year of learning about critical mental health issues and being ambassadors in the community. Over 260 North Shore high school students participated in youth-led presentations to address common mental health struggles and empowering solutions. Additionally, seven North Shore secondary school halls were decorated through the Stars and Sticky Notes campaign – sharing important messages around mental wellness and getting help when it’s needed. Our Stopping the Violence Program helped over 200 vulnerable women through 2,500 hours of counselling. Our expert trauma counsellors helped them begin to heal, resulting in increased resiliency, healthier boundaries, and improved self-esteem. The Family Preservation and Support Program provided intensive in-home support and community outreach to families impacted by poverty, domestic violence, mental health issues, substance misuse, parenting struggles, abuse and neglect. Through 4,200 hours of specialized counselling and support, our staff reduced risk to children and strengthened the capacity of parents to care for their children. “The most helpful part of therapy has been developing and setting boundaries, resolving conflicts, improving relationships, identifying and meeting needs, and mindfulness practice.”

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


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President Janice Lilley and Executive Director Nancy Ford of the North Shore Schizophrenia Society receive $50,000 from the three North Shore mayors at the 2016 North Shore Mayors’ Golf Tournament.

North Shore Community Foundation PO BOX 37104 LONSDALE, NORTH VANCOUVER V7N 4M0

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North Shore Crisis Services Society 212-145 15TH STREET EAST, NORTH VANCOUVER

Our Focus

To improve the quality of life for residents on the North Shore by funding community programs, services and scholarships. We manage a variety of trust funds and issue grants from the investment earnings for the benefit of North Shore residents from Lions Bay to Deep Cove.

Our People

The North Shore Community Foundation is a volunteer organization. All activities are undertaken by a volunteer Board of Directors and a group of dedicated helpers, which keeps our overhead very low. Our Board of Directors includes: Michael Boehm, President; Jan Argent, Chris Ball, Sandra Dodd, Robert Fawcett, Shirley Kepper, Aaron Kuzik, Elizabeth McLaren, Tim McMorran, Alex Moscrip, Jackie Morris, Sue Ridout, Kay Vinall.

Facts

The North Shore Community Foundation manages $3.2 million in assets in 26 different funds and this year will disburse almost $200,000 from fundraising and investment earnings for scholarships and to worthy local charities.

contact us

telephone 604 998 4460 email info@nscommunityfoundation.com internet www.nscommunityfoundation.com

Our Work in the Community

Since its founding in 1988, the NSCF has contributed more than $1.5 million to community programs and services on the North Shore. The NSCF provides a tax-effective means for people and organizations to preserve capital for the long-term benefit of the community. We maintain active contacts with a variety of social service agencies, cultural and educational institutions and other community groups in order to understand emerging needs. We also develop relationships with donors and potential donors to ensure we meet their intentions effectively.

Events

The NSCF held a very successful Oktoberfest-themed Fall Social and Dance last month, which benefitted Sage Transition House for women and children. Each year, the North Shore Community Foundation, in partnership with the West Vancouver Community Foundation, presents the North Shore Mayors’ Golf Tournament. The annual fundraiser has raised more than $1,100,000 in its nine years of operation. The 10th annual MGT will be held on June 23, 2017 at the Seymour Golf and Country Club.

Testimonials

The Foundation’s generosity has provided valuable support, education, and resources to well over 200 families who are supporting a loved one dealing with a mental illness. – Nancy Ford, North Shore Schizophrenia Society Your generous donation helps us keep our vital community services in operation at no cost to the people we serve. – Kyle Tiney, Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia

Our Focus

North Shore Crisis Services Society has been providing services to abused women and children on the North Shore for over 37 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.

Our People

Board of Directors: eight volunteers

Chair: Donnie MacDonald Executive Director: Laura Reynolds Staff: 20 regular and 21 relief employees

Achievements

This past year, NSCSS provided services to 1,766 clients and answered 4,119 crisis and support calls.

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There are many ways to contribute to the North Shore Community Foundation, all of which are eligible for a tax receipt. Check our website for more information or call to set up a meeting. The NSCF also welcomes volunteers and corporate sponsors to help assist with the North Shore Mayors’ Golf Tournament or to serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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Our Focus

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

Our People

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.

“Volunteering at NSCR was great.”

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North Shore Community Resources Society

201-935 MARINE DRIVE, 2ND FLOOR CAPILANO MALL, NORTH VANCOUVER

About Us

2016 celebrates North Shore Community Resources Society (NSCR) 40th year of providing programs and services that enhance well-being, social connections, empowerment, and community participation on the North Shore.

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words of wisdom Every time I come to volunteer I feel I am helping others. It is gratifying, fun, and the other staff and volunteers are great.

contact us telephone 604 985 7138 email nscr@nscr.bc.ca internet www.nscr.bc.ca


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Annual Events Each year, North Shore ConneXions Society presents its Apple and Special Recognition Awards at its Annual General Meeting. These awards acknowledge professionals who stand out because of their efforts to make opportunities happen for individuals with a disability. They also acknowledge those who have helped advance the Society’s objectives. The goal is to recognize people who have, in some way, made opportunities happen. ConneXions also hosts an annual Holiday Variety Show that showcases local, amateur and professional talent. One of the performers ConneXions supports is a regular participant. Mullen says the first year he came on stage, he was noticeably nervous and froze. Yet, with continued encouragement and support, he has come a long way over the years to the point that, at last year’s event, he was on stage playing his guitar and singing a solo!

Upcoming Event

Mingle of the Jingles December 7, 2016 Kay Meek Theatre www.mingleofthejingles.com

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North Shore ConneXions Society

1070 ROOSEVELT CRESCENT, NORTH VANCOUVER

Gal and Nick lead the crew at last year’s Mingle of the Jingles event

How You Can Get Involved

Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities

• Make a donation • Become a ConneXions Society member • Book an Education and Community Awareness Presentation • Hire someone with a disability • Volunteer

Founded in 1956 and now based at 1070 Roosevelt Crescent in North Vancouver, today’s members of North Shore ConneXions Society (ConneXions) are quietly proud of the services the organization continues to provide throughout the community. Originally formed by a group of parents who were advocating for better services for their children with intellectual disabilities, ConneXions has evolved into an organization that provides a wide variety of support services for children, adults and their families who are facing the challenges that arise from disabilities and/or intellectual delays.

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North Shore Multicultural Society

NORTH SHORE

MULTICULTURAL

SOCIETY

207-123 EAST 15TH STREET, NORTH VANCOUVER

Our Focus

For 25 years the North Shore Multicultural Society has been providing orientation and information to immigrant newcomers to assist them in achieving full, active and equal participation in Canadian life. Newcomers arrive with skills and experience, ready to live and work in North Shore communities. Receiving cultural knowledge about how systems work in Canada assists people to quickly settle and connect to life in Canada. NSMS serves approximately 4,500 clients each year and delivers diversity and inclusion workshops to 2,100 established residents. We work towards creating inclusive North Shore Communities.

Our People

We are led by a 12-member Board of Directors We have over 60 skilled staff members and 80 volunteers from a variety of cultural backgrounds who are able to provide culturally appropriate services in multiple languages. Service languages include Farsi, Kurdish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Tagalog, English and French.

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North Shore Neighbourhood House 225 EAST 2ND STREET, NORTH VANCOUVER

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The North Shore Neighbourhood House is a not-for-profit registered charity serving the North Shore community since 1939. We believe in working together to meet the grassroots needs of our neighbours, especially our most vulnerable residents, is essential to building a safe, healthy and strong community. The house values and promotes cooperation, respect and empowerment through the provision of programs and services designed to meet the needs of individuals and the community as a whole.

The North Shore Neighbourhood House is a not-for-profit registered charity that offers programs and services to children, families, seniors and youth on the North Shore all year long. Our commitment to service excellence is more than a statement; it is part of our culture. It is reflected in our mission, vision, and values, in our programs and services, in the way we engage community, and in the way staff interact with each other.

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Our Focus

Outward Bound Canada (OBC), a not-for-profit, charitable, educational organization, has made it its mission to cultivate resilience, leadership, connections and compassion, through inspiring journeys of discovery in the natural world. Since 1969, OBC has challenged over 150,000 Canadians to step out of their comfort zone with its unique outdoor adventures. OBC prides itself on offering transformational journeys that encourage participants to push beyond their limits and discover their true potential. Through specialized charitable initiatives, OBC offers life-changing programming to vulnerable individuals and populations across the country, including at-risk youth, Aboriginal youth, women survivors of violence, and military veterans transitioning to civilian life. These programs ensure that those who have the potential to benefit most from an Outward Bound experience have the opportunity to do so.

Our People

Led by executive director Sarah Wiley, 14 board members and a team of 150 full-time and seasonal staff. In BC, three full-time staff, 21 seasonal instructors and 15 volunteers, work to deliver 25 programs on Vancouver Island and in the greater Vancouver area. These programs impact 318 youth and adults, all of whom benefit from our life-changing outdoor experiential educational programs.

Events

“Outward Bound was an adventure of a lifetime,” says Kiley (second from front). “I took away unbelievable memories and lasting friendships... there is so much to be gained and to take forward into your future.”

• Canada Helps Giving Tuesday Tuesday, November 29, 2016, all day • West Coast Mindfulness Vancouver & Clayoquot Sound, July 8-15 & Aug 8-13, 2017 • West Coast Discovery & Journey Clayoquot Sound, July and August 2017 • West Coast Wilderness Expedition – 5 days August 2017 For more information, visit www.outwardbound.ca

How To Get Involved

Outward Bound Canada (OBC)

The Facts

This year in British Columbia, OBC provided over 30,000 hours of relevant programming.

“They experienced snow, rain and were also warmed by the sun. They made new friends, and explored wild new places. But perhaps the most important discoveries and exploration our students endured, all took place within themselves.”

Our Youth At Risk Programs are designed for young people experiencing difficulties at home, at school or in their community. Being given the opportunity to reconnect with their true selves, change the way they deal with others and get their first taste of leadership within a safe environment, these teens transform their attitudes, behaviours and self-beliefs and come away with a renewed sense of their own potential, as well as a high school credit on select programs. Over 3,000 vulnerable youth across the country have benefited from an OBC course. “Jay has returned home proud of his achievement – the hardship, the skills he learned, his eyes opened to new directions and choices he can make for his life.”

experienced at any time during a woman’s life. Since 1988, over 1000 women have experienced this transformative journey with OBC. “Your generosity has helped save me. You have changed the trajectory of my path- for me, and my children. I will pay it forward and carry on the work and love I received through your gift. Thank you for believing in me.” The Veterans’ Program is designed to help Canadian military veterans face the challenges they often encounter post-deployment, through inspiring week-long journeys of healing and self-discovery in the Canadian wilderness. Many military men and women struggle with lingering physical and mental impacts of their experiences, including depression, anxiety, isolation, family difficulties, and, in general, with the challenges that often accompany reintegration into civilian life. Since 2012, over 300 veterans have been supported in this program. “I know I am a much better person after the expedition than I was before and am much more optimistic for the future than I was before. I know others on the expedition also feel the same way.”

The Work in the Community

Our Indigenous Youth and Young Adult Leadership Programs combine the philosophy of Outward Bound with the values and teachings reflected in Canadian Indigenous cultures and communities. There is an urgent need to implement innovative and bold solutions that not only increase the success rate of Indigenous people, but also build capacity for long-term sustainable societal change. This year, to address these issues in BC, we partnered with 9 First Nations and Indigenous bands/ schools/community groups and associations.

We partner with high schools, universities, community groups, government agencies, corporate groups and learning institutes to provide a wide range of services that enhance capacity and leadership and assist youth and adults in challenging times of transition. Some of these organizations in our community include:

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Sponsor a Participant by providing a scholarship or bursary. Make OBC programs accessible for vulnerable youth, Indigenous youth, women survivors of violence and military veterans suffering from PTSD or transitioning to civilian life. Call 1-888-688-9273 ext. 211 today. Donate online, by phone or by mail to: Outward Bound Canada, In support of BC programs, 702-170 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1T9 1-888-688-9273 ext. 228 Volunteer your expertise. Email info@outwardbound.ca or call 1-888-688-9273 Sign up for our e-newsletter at www.outwardbound. ca/newsletter to discover more ways that you can help serve our community and to learn how your support makes a difference.

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Our Foundation exists to match caring people (like you) with causes that matter. When you give a tax-deductible gift, your money provides lasting support for local priorities. Income from the funds we hold is granted annually to community areas you can designate. This means your charitable gift will go on giving back to your community for years to come! We also have a role in evaluating community well-being and offer grants in areas where identified needs exist. We bring people, organizations and diverse voices together to address local issues. Join us!

We’re The Giving Answer…Ask Us How! You can leave a legacy, honour a loved one and make a difference. Download our Handbook on Giving! http://www.westvanfoundation. com/answers/ Ask about our new “Smart & Caring Fund”. Any charitable gift to this fund will be matched dollar for dollar!

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Our Community Leadership: Vital Signs

This fall the Foundation published and launched its first ever Vital Signs report. This community check-up measures the vitality of the West Vancouver community in ten key areas: Learning, Health & Wellness, Vulnerability, Safety, Housing, Environment, Arts & Culture, Diversity & Inclusivity, Belonging & Volunteerism and Civic Action. By gathering data, organizing it into themes, and putting it in context, Vital Signs creates a snapshot of the West Vancouver community, the people who live there, current issues and gaps. It invariably becomes a key tool for many groups for on-going discussion, planning and action for the betterment of our community.

What Are Our Hopes?

We hope the facts and opinions reported in Vital Signs will become a baseline for comparison in the future. Are we getting better as a community? Are the trends going our way? How can we improve?

Carmen Zajac

NORTH VANCOUVER

Zajac Ranch for Children

300 – 2006 WEST 10TH AVENUE, VANCOUVER

What We Believe

At Zajac Ranch for Children we believe camp is a life changing experience that every child deserves. Each year, we offer this experience to approximately 500 children living with chronic, life-threatening or debilitating conditions.

Our Goal

Our main objective is to allow children who can not attend traditional camps due to their medical conditions the chance to go to camp and benefit from the unique opportunities camp can offer.

A Few Fun Facts

Go to: http://www.westvanfoundation.com/vital-signs

How To Become Involved

Call us to find out how we can help you create your legacy. You can join us in creating a better future for all. We have volunteer opportunities available.

- Parent of medical camper Kenneth

I can’t say enough about the surroundings and the competent and caring staff members. Adam felt welcomed and safe right from the moment we arrived. We never thought Adam would get on a horse but his biggest accomplishment at the Ranch was that he rode a horse and LOVED it! We are not sure what was done to give him the confidence to do it, but he is sure proud of himself. There is so much to say about Zajac Ranch... For Liam and the whole family it has been nothing but the most exceptional experience. The fun, friends and confidence Liam has gained while at Zajac Ranch is immeasurable. Every time we drop Liam off he is soooo excited and when we pick him up the feeling of family just resonates through the camp. There are activities that in no way would be possible for us to do with Liam but are possible at Zajac Ranch. And for that I am eternally grateful.

Local government, businesses, institutions, donors and community groups will find this useful information. For the foundation, Vital Signs gives us our “marching orders going forward”– as it identifies areas that need improvement which in turn can help us direct our funding and community development.

Get Your Copy Of Vital Signs

Raising an autistic child is very demanding and we feel extremely fortunate to have found Zajac Ranch, a place that makes our son feel happy and welcome. Zajac Ranch provides our son with opportunities to participate in activities he normally wouldn’t be able to. Camp is something he now looks forward to every year.

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