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Special Advertising Section

with Charitable Organizations

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


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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. Don’t forget that Tuesday, Dec. 1 is Giving Tuesday. Whether you give of your time, your energy or your chequebook, know that the smallest of contribution makes a difference. Perhaps 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,

Nancy Bissonnette

BC Cancer Foundation 150-686 W. BroadWay, VancouVer

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December 1st, 2020 What is GivingTuesday? After Black Friday and Cyber Monday …imagine a day dedicated to giving back, around the world, across Canada and in our community. GivingTuesday (December 1st, 2020), marks the opening day of the giving season. Visit www.givingtuesday.ca for more information.

Who is involved? In Canada, GivingTuesday

is an initiative of CanadaHelps and The GIV3 Foundation, and a total of 15 founding partners. They have been joined by thousands of Canadian charities, businesses and communities in a collective call to all Canadians to support charities of their choice. GivingTuesday was started in 2012 in the USA by the UN Foundation and the 92nd Street Y. The movement now includes more than 150 countries.

Our Focus

We are the fundraising partner of BC Cancer. Together, with our donors, we are changing cancer outcomes for British Columbians. Every dollar raised stays right here at BC Cancer to advance research and innovate care.

Our People

We operate out of the six BC Cancer centres: Vancouver, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Prince George, Surrey and Victoria.

Facts

Over the next 15 years, British Columbia will experience a 40% increase in cancer diagnoses. Currently, one in two people are impacted. The time to act is now. With donor support, we can break down cancer and save more lives.

What was achieved in 2019? The seventh annual GivingTuesday in Canada exceeded all expectations.Over 7,000 partners came together and millions of Canadians joined in, creating national awareness, recognition and a massive impact on donations (+ 1247% at CanadaHelps since 2012) and other forms of giving. INFO AND RESOURCES AT GIVINGTUESDAY.CA

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Our work in the community

BC Cancer provides cancer care for patients across the province, including residents of the North Shore. This year, an estimated 6,475 individuals who live in the Vancouver Coastal Health region will be diagnosed with cancer. This includes North Shore residents. The BC Cancer Foundation helps advance vital research and enhance care that impacts these patients today and into the future.

Testimonial

“It is nice to know I can still play a role in improving cancer treatments that saved my life.”

A recent story

After being diagnosed with cancer not once, but four times, survivor Nancy Bissonnette knows the value of expert care when facing cancer. After her experience at BC Cancer, she is determined to support the future of cancer care in B.C. with a gift in her will. Nancy’s cancer journey began in 2000. One evening she suffered a seizure, which led to the devastating discovery of a brain tumour. Under the care of BC Cancer experts, Nancy’s treatment was a success. However, Nancy’s cancer would return again three more times over the next 17 years. During her harrowing journey, BC Cancer clinicians were able to develop personalized plans that ultimately resulted in a positive prognosis. Nancy now reflects back on her experience with gratitude for the care she received, which motivated her to leave a gift in her will for the BC Cancer Foundation in hopes she can help future patients facing cancer.

Events

Visit bccancerfoundation.com/events to view our upcoming events like Lose the Booze coming in early 2021 - make your new year’s resolution count by supporting cancer patients in your community as you cleanse.

contact us

telephone 604 877 6040 email bccfinfo@bccancer.bc.ca internet bccancerfoundation.com

How you can get involved

Visit www.bccancerfoundation.com to donate today, or contact us at legacy@bccancerfoundation.com to learn how you can impact the future of cancer care by leaving a gift in your will.


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Our Focus

Family Services of the North Shore is an accredited, non-profit, community-based agency, offering counselling, support, education, and volunteer engagement opportunities for children, youth, adults, seniors, and families. We are committed to making a deep and lasting impact in our community throughout the entire North Shore from Deep Cove to Lions Bay, and Bowen Island.

Our People

Our dedicated, caring, and highly experienced team of 50 staff, and over 400 volunteers continue to provide critical mental health support, outreach to vulnerable community members, and connection and support through our community programs.

Facts

Family Services of the North Shore

203-1111 LonsdaLe ave., north vancouver

Our work in the community

Family Services of the North Shore has been delivering programs to serve our evolving community for more than 60 years. When the pandemic hit this spring, we knew mental health support would be more critical than ever, and we quickly adapted our wellestablished programs and services to meet the needs of our North Shore community. We implemented a free phone line to provide critical counselling for people affected by Covid-19, covering six-weeks with a masters level counsellor for overwhelmed parents, first responders, front-line workers, and anyone feeling anxious, fearful, isolated, depressed or grieving loss. our volunteers reached out to vulnerable community members, assisting isolated seniors, and our Christmas Bureau families with groceries and meal delivery, as well as connection through regular and ongoing caring phone calls. We quickly adapted our Thrive Family Programs to virtual services for parents and caregivers of children aged 0-6, including breastfeeding and parenting support groups, and online stories and songs. As restrictions lifted, we offered outdoor programming five days a week. We created additional safety measures tailored to women and children affected by trauma and abuse, as we know that genderbased violence and child abuse increase when disasters strike, and in the period following. We are committed to supporting the widespread need in our community through the pandemic and beyond - by phone, online, and through our programs: • Counselling services • Youth support • Parent and caregiver connection and support • Group programs • LGBTQ2S+ support • Senior and caregiver support

• End of life and grief support • Gender-based violence, trauma and abuse support • Eating disorders • Christmas Bureau We believe communities must take care of their most vulnerable. We are changing lives together.

Last year, we served 10,400+ people and engaged 410 volunteers. This year when the pandemic hit our community we mobilized immediately and have provided 6,000+ calls to isolated seniors and our Christmas Bureau clients, delivered 1,400+ meals and 900+ grocery bags to families. Through our dedicated COvID-19 phone line, we supported 85 individuals and provided 650+ hours of counselling. We continue to be operational, offering our programs and services safely across our North Shore community.

Testimonial

“The pre-made meals made such a difference. The days can feel very lonely, but the delivery reminded me that someone cares and I am not alone. Thank you all for your caring support” – Christmas Bureau recipient “I personally find the breastfeeding group very helpful, even virtually. It is a time I look forward to each week. I enjoy seeing other moms and their children, and also having a safe space to ask questions where I can trust the answers.” – Thrive Family Programs participant “The whole team at Family Services of the North Shore are incredible people doing incredible work. To create an online event that felt comfortable, safe and personal is no easy feat! It made it easy to speak openly & share personally. The care, thoughtfulness and attention that went into this event was healing to witness.” – Kas Baker, key note speaker PROUD2BE Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation Virtual Event Series, October 2020

Event

Family Services of the North Shore’s Toy Drive Sunday, Nov 29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Northshore Auto Mall

How you can get involved

• Support our Christmas Bureau • Make a Donation • Volunteer with us

contact us

telephone 604 988 5281 email reception@familyservices.bc.ca internet familyservices.bc.ca


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Our Focus

The Friends Society is a charity and membership organization helping to develop awareness of our community history by supporting and raising funds for MONOVA: Museum and Archives of North Vancouver, their programs, exhibits and activities.

Our People

The 14-member volunteer board of directors works closely with MONOVA staff to engage Friends Members and residents at local events, attract volunteers, and raise funds to support activities that will inspire ideas for a better global community by connecting people to the culture and history of North Vancouver.

Facts

Friends of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives Society 3203 InstItute Road, noRth VancouVeR

Our work in the community

The Friends Society is a registered charity and membership organization that raises funds for MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver. Supporting the Friends Society means investing in programs and exhibits that will ignite curious minds through powerful stories of North Vancouver. The Friends Society and MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver are kicking off a community fundraising campaign called “Bringing Stories To Life.” We want to transform the way you experience North Vancouver’s stories through innovative programming that creates space for authentic sharing of Indigenous knowledge and First Peoples Principles of Learning, Sensory Friendly Mornings that offer children with autism spectrum disorder tailored museum visits in a calm atmosphere with fun activities, experiencing the Archives in new ways with the Living History project, school curriculumbased activities, thought-provoking exhibits and dialogue, and so much more. Support us to ensure that North Vancouver’s stories live here.

Testimonial

This program [Chief Dan George & Coast Salish Ways] provided my students with an experience I could have never achieved in the classroom. I would like to share one moment that should be a point of pride for all of you. One of the students in my class — who is from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation — completely stood out as he spoke at length about his family, culture and beliefs. The other students listened very intently as they learned from their peer things that none of the adults could have conveyed. I credit this moment entirely to the encouraging staff and the thoughtful display as it inspired him to step forward and teach us about what he already knew and what he had freshly learned about his beloved relative, Chief Dan George. - North Vancouver Elementary School Teacher

A recent story

In May 2020, MONOVA Archives launched #NorthVanStories. Designed as a way to capture history in the making, MONOVA sought to document the experience of our North Vancouver community during COVID-19 and were delighted to receive close to 200 submissions. The North Shore community shared photography, sketches, poems, homework assignments and even the script to a screenplay. Throughout the pandemic, our community has found strength in the natural environment. We are a creative community. And last but not least, we are resilient. The #NorthVanStories project was initiated to bring our community together during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of Mayor Linda Buchanan’s Healthiest Small City Social Resilience Collective, MONOVA’s expanded #NorthVanStories Living History program is exploring the power of personal storytelling to foster resilience in our communities by engaging North Shore youth, seniors and other potentially isolated members of the community to create and share personal stories through an online platform.

Events

The Friends Society regularly attends local community events and hosts fundraising events. Sign up for the MONOVA newsletter to follow all of these events at monova.ca/newsletter-sign-up/.

How you can get involved

Donations to the new museum will help to create programs and exhibits that will engage, strengthen and inspire our community by exploring the past, present and future of North Vancouver and its people. • Donate online: monova.ca/donate • Donate by mail: 3203 Institute Road, North Vancouver, BC V7K 3E5

North Vancouver has a rich and diverse history with many voices, stories and perspectives. Museums and Archives help us value and understand the places where we live, work and visit. They help us connect and form a sense of identity. As the only history museum on the North Shore, MONOVA’s role in the community as a vibrant and welcoming community hub is strengthened by the Friends Society’s members and donors. Want to learn more about how MONOVA is serving you and our community? Visit our web site at monova.ca/about to find the recently released 3-Year Strategic Plan

Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) carver Wade Baker provided us with a sneak peek of his studio for our “Bringing Stories To Life” campaign.

Bringing Stories to Life, for Today and Tomorrow

contact us

telephone 604 990 3700 ext 8016 email info@monova.ca internet monova.ca


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Our commitment

To make a difference by helping build a healthy, diverse, inclusive, fair, and mutually supportive North Shore community.

Our strength

Designing and delivering services to meet community needs based on compassion, caring, and the advancement of equity and well-being for all of us.

Our focus

North Shore Community Resources (NSCR)

201-935 Marine Dr., SeconD Floor capilano Mall, north VancouVer V7p 1S3

About us

North Shore Community Resources (NSCR) makes a difference in the lives of many in our community from kids to younger adults to seniors and everyone in-between. Our programs, services, and resources help to strengthen the resilience needed by our communities by facilitating social connections, empowering others, and encouraging participation.

What we do

• We reduce stress and social isolation for family caregivers through the North Shore Caregiver Support program. • Through the Seniors One Stop program we help seniors connect to local information and resources that improve their health and well-being. • We assist low income residents and people with disabilities to complete their income tax returns and help them connect to important local resources through the Information North Shore program. • The Volunteer North Shore program connects people to local volunteering opportunities. • We refer parents and community organizations to available child care and assist with child care subsidy applications through the Child Care Resource and Referral program. • Our Community Housing Action Committee advocates for more affordable housing on the North Shore. • We provide non-medical services to seniors through the North Shore Better at Home program. • The Community Legal Services program informs or advocates for low-income clients with legal problems.

Serving our community

Over 40 years ago, community leaders saw the need to strengthen the bonds of our North Shore community. The result is today’s NSCR. For us at NSCR, peoples’ stories matter. They bind us together. We promote sharing stories, encourage collaboration, and nurture mutual support. We believe in the power of intergenerational wisdom.

Our story, from our staff

“A daughter called, overwhelmed with worry about her elderly mother whose health was declining and her safety at risk. They lived so far apart. ‘What can I do to keep my mother safe?’ she pleaded. Together we walked through the available resources, came up with a plan so she could put the supports in place for her mother, and we talked. We shared stories. Even over the phone this middleaged daughter’s relief was virtually visible. She felt she was back in control and taking steps forward. She knew she could always call back if she needed further help. Each situation is unique but we try to make sure to have always helped in some way.”

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 (NSCR) 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.

Our impact

- 6,000 people receiving child care consultations - 2,500 Better at Home service visits to seniors - 120 NSCR volunteers give +5,000 hours service to the community - over 1600 workshop/event participants - 600 caregiver support contacts

Partner with us at www.nscr.ca

- Volunteer - Sign up for newsletter - Become a sponsor - Join us: Become a member - Please Donate Now!

Our challenge

While each person’s needs are different, it is in participating together that community well-being is enhanced. The fabric of community is strengthened. We become more resilient when there is a place for everyone. We thrive. With COVID-19, our world has changed. Things are different. We fear the economic impact. We grieve the loss of connection to family and friends. At NSCR, we are here to help out. We have the commitment and the strength. Together with your support we can make a difference.

contact us

telephone 604 985 7138 email nscr@nscr.ca internet nscr.ca


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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 the year 2020 we: • Supported more than 300+ individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families • Provided virtual programming for more than 100 individuals • Hosted 3 community inclusive fundraising events

North Shore ConneXions Society

1070 Roosevelt CRes., NoRth vaNCouveR

Our work in the community

• We celebrate the individuality and diversity of each person • We value the contributions of each person • We believe in a community where everyone belongs • We believe caring relationships enhance the quality of life • We promote understanding and acceptance through participation in community life • We believe working together makes a difference and shapes the future • We encourage creativity and innovation • We build our service on a foundation of open communication, respect and trust

Testimonial

“Thanks to online programming, I was able to continue to see my friends and go to my daily programs! This helped life feel more normal during COVID.” - Chris Gonzales

A recent story

One of our Venture Enterprises participants, Jeff Westmoreland recently released two 2021 calendars of his photography (City Photographs or Flower Photographs). Jeff lives on the North Shore

and loves to document the things he sees around him. He usually will bring his camera or video recorder with him wherever he goes. The creation of his calendars is something he has been wanting to do for a long time and he is very excited to be able to share his photography with everyone. Venture Enterprises is a program operated through the North Shore ConneXions Society for innovative individuals with intellectual disabilities who have their own businesses. If you would like to shop local this holiday season, Jeff’s calendars make a great gift! Email nscsventuree@gmail.com to order yours today!

Event

Mingle of the Jingles brought to you by Anthem Properties Virtual on YouTube Live November 26th @ 6pm The unstoppable Conni Smudge and Marlee Walchuk will be returning as hosts for the 15th Annual Mingle of the Jingles, a heartwarming variety show featuring professional and up-andcoming talent. The show provides an opportunity for the people we serve to perform in the arts and be included in the community. You’ll spend the evening on the edge of your seat as these singers, dancers, comedians and actors surprise and charm you. This year we’re excited to bring this event to you virtually from the comfort of your home. This inspiring show is the perfect way to get you into the holiday spirit.

How you can get involved:

• DONATE - Donate masks for our frontline workers and residents • Become a North Shore ConneXions Society member • Book an Education and Community Awareness presentation • Hire someone with an intellectual disability • Volunteer • Attend our virtual events

Building communities where everyone is included!

contact us

telephone 604 984 9321 email info@nsconnexions.org internet nsconnexions.org


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Our Focus

Established in 1976, the NSDRC continues to focus on ensuring people with disabilities can live and thrive in their own community. Over the last 44 years, the NSDRC has expanded its mandate, providing services across the lifespan. We continue to work towards a community that is free of physical, financial and attitudinal barriers.

Our People

Our amazing team of over 200 employees is growing and are essential to the important work we do everyday. In a recent survey, our team used the following language in describing working at the NSDRC: “It’s an inclusive environment where staff are well supported …enriching our lives and the lives of the people we support.”

Facts

North Shore Disability Resource Centre 3158 Mountain HigHway, nortH VancouVer

Our work in the community

The NSDRC offers innovative programs, services, housing and support to individuals with disabilities from infancy through adulthood. Our vision is one where every person can fully and actively participate as valued members of their community. The NSDRC offers the following services and supports to our community: • Infant Development Program (IDP) • Supported Living group homes for adult and children (SLP) • Independent Living Program (ILP) • Supportive Transition Adult Group Education (STAGE) • Information and Advocacy services • Community based one-to-one and group programs for children and adults

Testimonial

Funded by Vancouver Coastal Health, the Independent Living Program (ILP) is the only one of its kind in the Lower Mainland. Most of the adults who live in the five residences had initially been treated at GF Strong following a traumatic brain injury and had at one time been very active in their communities. One of the current residents is a 32-year-old high school teacher who suffered complications following a routine procedure. It resulted in a brain injury which impacted his speech, memory and mobility. Initially living with his parents, his support requirements became too extensive and he moved into one of our ILP homes where he has lived for 34 years. He shares the house with three roommates and staff are there to support him with activities of daily living. A skilled chess player, he also participates in bridge tournaments in the community and visits regularly with his family. The NSDRC’s ILP program has been able to help facilitate his independence and involvement in the broader community.

A recent story

JA had lived with her sister and brother in-law before moving to the Independent Living Program (ILP) in May 2019. Remaining on the North Shore was very important for JA so that she was close to friends and family. JA has a BA, a teaching certificate and belongs to the UBC Mentors Program. JA has a chronic nerve pain condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), a central nervous system disorder that results from damage to the signals that run from the brain and spinal cord to the nerves. JA experiences intense nerve pain and her condition fluctuates daily. Thanks to the support she has received from the NSDRC, JA has become stronger and has always maintained a positive outlook. As a result, on Dec. 1, 2020, she will return to living on her own. “I learned new skills that were important to me as this is what has led me to be ready to move out on my own – I’m very appreciative…so many things were useful and enjoyable; companionship with people who also have challenges was very important to me. It was very useful to be so close to all the amenities and being encouraged to be as independent as I could be. It was enjoyable having interactions with my roommates as well as the regular staff, the camaraderie was extremely enjoyable…being in this beautiful environment. The info and advocacy program was an awesome support that helped me greatly – thank you Brian!”

In 2019-2020: • The Infant Development Program served 215 infants and children and conducted over 65 home visits. • The Children’s Supported Living Program provided full-time support to four children and respite to three children and their families for 168 days. • The Adult Supported Living Program provided 66,425 hours of residential staffing support to assist individuals with all aspects of daily living activities. • The Information and Advocacy Program marked 22 years of supporting people on the North Shore with benefit applications and by providing information and referral services.

Kevin K. is a happy boy who enjoys life and brings a smile to anyone who meets him.

How you can get involved

There are many ways to support our important and innovative work through a donation or sponsorship: • Make a donation at www.nsdrc.org • Contact Marc Bourne, Manager of Strategic Partnerships at marcb@nsdrc.org • Phone our office at 604-985-5371 • Participate in our Giving Tuesday campaign on Dec. 1, 2020 through our website or contact marcb@nsdrc.org

contact us

telephone 604 985 5371 email nsdrc@nsdrc.org internet nsdrc.org


C8 | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020

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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 connection, 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 healthcare system focuses more on the medical needs. The non-medical 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 five years. In those five years and prior to its opening, the PSPS Foundation and the Palliative Support Centre have provided care to hundreds of people in our community. All of our programs, services and supports are free and confidential.

Frankie Hester, Dr Paul Sugar, Dr Marylene Kyriazis

Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation 3743 Delbrook Ave, North vANcouver

Our personal message to you

Dear patients, volunteers, donors and members of the community, the last eight months have been difficult for all of us. We recognise that the isolation, uncertainty and fear that is part of the pandemic is particularly difficult for those suffering from serious or terminal illness and for their families and friends. CoviD has impacted the way we live and the way we die. our philosophy and approach has not changed. it continues to be that “your life matters, your end of life matters, you matter.” The pandemic has not diminished our recognition of the need for safety, connection and love in a world where social distancing has become a way of life. Supportive human contact has had to be altered to protect patients, volunteers and staff. our group programs are currently online. However, we are just a phone call away and still available to provide support, assistance, advice, guidance and connection. We listen, we care. We are here for you and we will help you. Call us. Warm regards, Paul, Marylene and Frankie

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. 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.”

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How you can get involved

if you or someone you know needs help, please call us. All our services and supports are free. We rely on the community for financial support. Donations can be made by mail or online. Give us a call to discuss other options such as legacy gifts, charitable bequests in your will, donations of property, stocks and insurance policies. Your gift can make a difference.

contact us

telephone 778 729 1555 or 778 384 0474 email paulsugarfoundation@gmail.com internet paulsugarfoundation.com palliativesupport.ca


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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 North Shore community.

Our People

Led by a small dedicated staff and governed by a locally-appointed volunteer board of directors. Directors of the board include: Nancy Farran, Naomi Denning, John Parker, Carolyn Coleclough, Dave Mason, Darrell Ert, Gordon Holley, Geoff Jopson, Sara Mohamadkhani, and Paul Robillard.

Facts

• WVF is proud to be one of the top 30 Community Foundations in Canada, with $19 million in funds under administration. • Collectively, community foundations steward over $6 billion in assets and are one of the largest contributors to charities in Canada. • More than $5.5 million has been granted by WVF to organizations and projects in the community since 1979. • We work with a growing number of donors, agencies, and charities from across the North Shore. • The WVF stewards over 100 funds of which half are family funds supporting a range of projects for a vibrant and healthy community. • Canadian Charity number 132171679RR0001

West Vancouver Foundation

775 15th St., WeSt VancouVer

The power of philanthropy

The West Vancouver Foundation is a leader in community-based philanthropy working with individuals, families, and charities for maximum community impact.

Whether it’s making a single gift, setting up an endowment fund, or contributing to an existing community fund, we have one simple role – to help you make the most meaningful gift.

It is easy to get started with a named-family fund at the West Vancouver Foundation – a simple agreement and an initial taxdeductible gift are all you need to create your own giving fund and support the areas you are most passionate about.

Leadership and insights

Our West Vancouver’s VitalSigns® reporting measures community well-being and identifies areas of strength and emerging needs. To learn more, check out the 2020 A Vital Exploration (regional report) and the 2019 West Vancouver Vital Signs report on our website.

Community impact

This year has been a period of unprecedented need in our community, creating a crisis in the charitable sector and for those most vulnerable in our community. Since April, the West Vancouver Foundation has distributed over $750,000 to essential charities and initiatives, through our North Shore COVID-19 Response Fund, the GOC Emergency Community Support Fund, and generous community grants from WVF fundholders. And the need continues to grow.

How you can get involved

Our donors invest in the people, ideas, and programs that shape and serve our communities. Your gift reflects your values and aspirations. You can donate easily online, by mail, e-transfer, or contact us to gift publicly traded stock. westvanfoundation.ca/donate

Testimonial

“The COVID-19 pandemic has surfaced for us a surprising fact. Our relatively affluent community has rather large pockets of elderly people who do not have enough nourishing food on a regular basis. Via our endowment fund at the West Vancouver Foundation, we are offering to match donations of up to $100,000 to encourage others in our community to support a vital new seniors’ food program at the WV Seniors Activity Centre. We are pleased that the West Vancouver Foundation is taking a leadership role in this action because it is a truly benevolent financial organization dedicated to our community.” - Ian and Rosemary Mottershead

West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre’s Feed the Need program in action. Donate now for your gift to be matched by the Ian and Rosemary Mottershead Fund.

This year, Give Hope.

contact us

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


C10 | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020

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Our Focus

We believe that great libraries help build great communities.

Our People

We are a volunteer board made up of 11 people from the community.

Facts

The Foundation annually grants funds to the West Vancouver Memorial Library that are used to provide enhancements to spaces, collections, and programs that go further than could be achieved through district funding alone. These enhancements contribute to the library’s reputation for innovation and excellence.

West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation

1950 Marine Drive, West vancouver

Our work in the community

Donations to the foundation have supported projects like The Lab, Booktopia: A Literary Arts Festival for Young People, the teensonly Room 14 space, and, through a generous bequest from the estate of Robert Leslie Welsh, music education and concerts that the library now presents virtually. In 2020, projects included the Readers’ Rooftop physicallydistanced outdoor seating area, the summer’s first-ever WVML Foundation Signature Series of virtual concerts and author talks, and key equipment for the library’s transition to remote service and virtual programs. The foundation also supports digital literacy programs, from basic coding, to communicating through digital media, to exploring emerging technologies and more.

Testimonial

“I want you and your colleagues to know that I appreciate the extraordinary efforts that you have gone to to allow us access to your holdings during this challenging time. Reading is an essential service. You are heroes!”

A recent story

The COVID-19 crisis affected every person and institution in West Vancouver, including our own West Vancouver Memorial Library (WVML). When the library had to close its doors, many patrons felt isolated, missing the staff, services, and the warm, welcoming atmosphere at WVML. Meanwhile, the District of West Vancouver had to make one-time cuts to the library’s budget. The WVML Foundation stepped in with $477,000 of emergency funds, enabling the library to rapidly pivot to a virtual service, including online programs, phone support, and technology help. In this challenging time, the need to engage as many patrons as possible only increased, particularly for isolated seniors, and families with children stuck at home. The library’s new online programs were an instant hit, with many attendees remarking that it was their only social outlet during lockdown. Libraries from

across Canada reached out to learn about the programs from WVML staff. Public demand for e-collections surged, with a 68 per cent jump in ebook use alone. Special foundation funding kept ebook holds lists more manageable, and a new streaming video service (Kanopy) thrived. District funding for physical collections had been cut, reflecting an expected six-month closure. When the library found a way to re-open ahead of schedule, foundation funding enabled the purchase of public requests and bestsellers. This means that any new physical material you borrow from June 30 until the end of the year was provided by the WVML Foundation. “The WVML Foundation felt strongly that donors would support exceptional funding during this emergency to enable the Library to be nimble and responsive to community needs,” explained foundation chair Andreas Thompson. It is the caring donors, through their generous donations to the WVML Foundation, who enabled the library to adapt and reinvent in the face of these challenges. Thank you to all the supporters and donors for making it possible. Our library is truly a touchstone in West Vancouver and brings such value to the social fabric of our community.

Great libraries help build great communities. Donate now at wvml.ca/give.

How you can get involved

Read more in the WVML Foundation’s annual newsletter and learn how to donate at wvml.ca/give. Cheques are welcome, or save time and donate online at CanadaHelps.org. Alternatively, you may want to set up monthly giving or consider leaving a legacy gift to continue to create impact for the future.

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contact us

telephone 604 925 7425 email chair@wvmlf.ca internet westvanlibrary.ca/foundation


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Helping Save Lives. Close To home.

Canadian Mental Health Association

1073 ROOSEVELT CRES., NORTH VANCOUVER

Our Focus

Our Focus

Our work in the community

We support individuals to recover from mental illness, while working to eliminate stigma clouding the disease. As part of a national network, our branch serves North and West Vancouver, the Sea to Sky corridor and the Sunshine Coast.

Through employment programs, supportive housing, adult and youth recreation programs, community building peer support groups, and low or no cost counselling we support those living with a mental illness to navigate their road to recovery. We build community understanding and support for those with mental illness through advocacy, education, training, and research.

Our People

In October, the wonderful management and staff at Joey’s Shipyards donated thanksgiving dinners to CMHA’s five residential houses, filling the bellies of 25 residents and four staff with a turkey dinner with all the fixings. Thank you, Joey’s, for your generosity! “The best turkey dinner I’ve ever had!” – Arborlynn House resident

Our board of directors, our volunteers, our employees, are all compassionate individuals, many with lived experience of mental illness. We are dedicated to empowering and improving the quality of life for mental health consumers.

Facts

Mental illness affects everyone, regardless of gender, socio-economic status, or background.

1 in 3 Canadians will experiences a mental illness in their lifetime. 50% of Canadians have reported worsening mental health since the start of the pandemic. We have seen a 30% rise in calls from those seeking assistance with their mental health.

contact us

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

A recent story

Events

Since the onset of COVID-19 our programs and services have been transformed to meet the needs of the community. Online options, for all our services, ensure we are still there for the people we serve. See all our offerings: northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca/programs-and-services/

How you can get involved

• Access our services: www.northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca/programs-andservices/ • Subscribe to our newsletter: northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca/get-involved/sign-up-formind-matters-e-news/ • Donate to assist with growing community needs: northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca/donate/ • Train in mental health first aid: northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca/types-programs-services/ workplace/

Harvest Project

“Extending a Hand Up, Not a Hand-Out” to those experiencing life challenges. Providing coaching, counsel, a rent bank, grocery and clothing support. We help people reconnect with jobs, school, wellness. Our goal: a healthier community for everyone.

Our People

We’re made up of volunteers and a small staff. We look to hundreds of households, businesses, schools, city governments, community groups, for 100% of support.

Facts

A registered charity, this past year we provided 4,600 coaching and dropin sessions, $700,000 of groceries, 9,000 clothing items. 19,000 volunteer hours contributed.

Our work in the community

Harvest Project is a grassroots organization – bringing a timely safety-net for 27 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. 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 unexpected bill, illness, or other crisis away from being forced into homelessness.

Testimonial

Through COVID, we’re grateful for support from across the North Shore. Especially from staff and leaders at Cargill, City of North Vancouver, and Western Stevedoring.

A recent story

“My life took some awful turns this year. But this summer, I was able to qualify for Harvest Project’s Rent Bank - and that helped us get into an apartment. The grocery support you’re providing means that I don’t have to worry about having enough to eat. I’m working again and I know we’re going to be OK. I’m so thankful to Harvest Project.” - Sharon, HP client and single-parent

Events

Check out our Harvest Project Emergency Grocery Gift Card Program at fundrazr.com

How you can get involved

contact us

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

Support our Close To Home: Christmas Holiday Campaign • Donate online at harvestproject.org and receive an instant tax receipt. Or donate by mail or phone. • ”Give your birthday” or create a fundraiser with friends, family, school, or employer • Donate securities, an insurance policy, or make a bequest – ask us how. Thanks!


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Hollyburn Family Services Society

Lions Gate Hospital Foundation

104-267 West esplanade, north VancouVer

231 e. 15th st., north VancouVer

Our Focus

Our Focus

Hollyburn Family Services Society has a robust mission to end social issues in our community. We work and advocate to ensure individuals and families are safe from violence, that marginalized youth receive the tools to accomplish amazing things and that our youth, seniors and families have sustainable and affordable housing.

Our People

Hollyburn Family Services Society boasts a progressive staff team of 30 individuals who use their compassion, energy and creativity to find solutions to the challenging social issues that create barriers to individuals and families in our community.

Facts

With youth and elderly homelessness and domestic violence increasing at alarming rates and the significant negative impact COVID-19 presents, the need for our services to provide security, housing, services and support for people with socioeconomic barriers has never been greater.

contact us

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

Our work in the community

The hardships we witness in our community such as poverty, violence and homelessness continue to test our resolve as individuals who are committed to making a difference. Undaunted by COVID-19, our staff continue to support the North Shore’s youth, seniors and families whose vulnerabilities are and will continue to be exasperated by the pandemic. We are persistent in our efforts to secure sustainable and safe housing, offer shelter from the streets, assist in securing employment and provide support for youth to access and excel in post-secondary programs. We are diligent in our efforts to achieve justice for victims of violence, and our outcomes are remarkable in our endeavours to secure housing for our elderly who are homeless. Through our organization’s commitment to incorporate the values of Truth and Reconciliation and combat racism, our cohesive and collective efforts ensure our mission of service delivery is provided through a lens of equality, justice and kindness.

Testimonial

“We never envisioned that we would need and benefit so much from what the North Shore Youth Safe House has to offer. Hollyburn staff truly know how to help and guide the “at risk” youth as well as offer support and resources to the desperate families.”

A recent story

“No other program provides the level of support the Youth Education Navigator does and this is apparent in the program’s success rate. Youth, like myself who would never have thought a training program or post-secondary program would be achievable are now enrolled and some have graduated.”

Lions Gate Hospital Foundation invests your donations in new facilities, enhanced infrastructure and medical technology to help bridge the gap between what the government can provide and what our community and frontline medical staff need right now.

Our People

Our small dedicated team works with dynamic volunteers including a volunteer board, Foundation ambassadors and community fundraisers to provide the best possible patient care at all publicly-funded health care facilities on the North Shore.

Facts

• 64,235 visits to the Emergency Department at LGH • 1,314 babies born • 31,044 surgeries and procedures performed (figures for 2019-2020)

100% of your donation will benefit patient care.* *Our administration expenses are covered through investment income.

Events

As COVID-19 has crept into our lives, our annual Corporate and Breakfast events and program tours are postponed for now. We miss seeing our friends and supporters and hope we can reconnect in person soon.

How you can get involved Consider making a donation through Canadahelps canadahelps.org/en/charities/hollyburn-family-servicessociety/

contact us

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

Our work in the community

Thanks to the extraordinary kindness and support of our community, Lions Gate Hospital was ready to meet the challenges of the first wave of the COVID-19 health care crisis. Through the North Shore COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, our hospital was able to move quickly to create a specialist COVID-19 Unit, upgrade the ICU and prepare the site for an influx of COVID-19 patients. More than $1 million was spent to cover the cost of life-saving equipment such as ventilators, respiratory support machines, heart monitors and thermometers. The Foundation also provided support to patients receiving medical care at home during the spring and early summer lockdown. Thanks to community support, the hospital and frontline staff are prepared and well-equipped to deal with the fall and winter surge of coronavirus.

Testimonial

“I am a monthly donor to Lion’s Gate Hospital Foundation, for two very important reasons. Lions Gate Hospital treated my darling daughter after a terrible bike accident and took care of a beloved friend, as she navigated breast and lung cancer treatment. The care that they received was amazing, compassionate and used state-of-the-art technology.” – BQ

A recent story

A fleet of 10 mobile translation machines have been purchased with donations to help frontline staff better communicate with patients who have English as a second language. The multi-modal translation units give medical professionals access to translation services at their fingertips allowing them to make faster diagnosis and explain treatments and care plans much more effectively. For patients, more effective communications with their caregivers leads to shorter wait times and a reduction in the length of hospital stays.

Events

Our beautiful charity Christmas cards are now on sale at our office at LGH, available online at lghfoundation.com and at all Save-On-Foods stores on the North Shore.


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Manisha and Julie, Good Stuff Connection

North Shore Crisis Services Society

North Shore Multicultural Society

200-147 W. 16th St., North VaNcouVer

207-123 e. 15th St., North VaNcouVer

Our Focus

Our Focus

North Shore Crisis Services Society has been providing services to abused women and children on the North Shore for over 41 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 essential social services available in our North Shore communities.

Our People

Board of Directors: 8 volunteers Chair: Ross Forman Executive Director: Laura Reynolds Staff: 23 regular and 21 relief employees Volunteers: 18

Facts

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching consequences including many examples of increased violence in the home. There has certainly been an increase in the prevalence and the severity of violence during the pandemic.

contact us

telephone 604 987 0366 support line 604 987 3374 email admin@nscss.net internet www.nscss.net

Our work in the community

• A 24-hour Women’s Support Line: 604-987-3374 • SAGE Transition House – a transition house for abused women and their children • SAGE House Second Stage, HOPE’s Place and our newest program, Janet’s Place – second stage housing programs for families transitioning into abuse-free lives • Outreach Services and Multicultural Outreach Services for women who are fleeing or experiencing abuse on the North Shore • Adolescent and Children’s Empowerment Program – a program for children who have witnessed or experienced violence, abuse or threats in the home • Homeless Prevention Program – a program that provides outreach services and rental supplements to women who are fleeing violence and are homeless or at risk of being homeless • Good Stuff Connection Clothing Program and Thrift Store – please call 604-987-1773 for more info We help women and their children get through one of the most difficult times in their lives. Last year, SAGE Transition House provided safe shelter to 258 women and children but had to turn away 550 women and children. Our community programs helped 427 women and 264 children and answered 3,110 calls for support to those in crisis. Our Good Stuff Connection Clothing program provided basic necessities to 427 adults and 264 children.

Testimonial

“From the moment I entered SAGE House, I was able to relax for first time in a long while. The staff are so understanding and both my kids and I knew we were safe. They helped me with so many things that needed to get done so we can change our life. I am so thankful for that.” - Client name withheld

How you can get involved

• Support a friend, colleague or family member who is living in an unhealthy relationship, call our 24-hour Women’s Support Line at 604-987-3374 • Donate to NSCSS online at www.nscss.net or call our office at 604-987-0366 • Consider leaving a legacy by leaving a bequest to NSCSS in your will.

North Shore Multicultural Society provides newcomer families, seniors, and youth with settlement, employment, and community connection services, as well as English Language training and testing. Our community engagement work aims to increase the connection between immigrants and migrants, local residents, and Indigenous communities. We are dedicated to offering comprehensive and innovative services for newcomers and to strengthening inclusion and equity.

Our People

We have a volunteer board of directors, 80+ staff, and 220+ volunteers who support our work.

Facts

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

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MULTICULTURAL

SOCIETY

Our work in the community

• Information and orientation services on Canadian systems including legal, education, employment, medical, government, etc. • Programs that provide Canadian-specific information on parenting, women’s health, seniors, youth, and settlement. • 30+ adult English language classes. • WorkBC employment services, settlement-employment services, and specialized programs for women and professionals. • Settlement Workers In Schools provide information on the Canadian school system and assist families to connect with North Shore schools. • Youth programs that assist newcomer youth to settle in Canada. • Community Connections activities that provide opportunities for immigrants to build their social connections and engage with the community. • The Centre for Diversity and Innovation provides diversity and inclusion services and programs. • Co-chair and managing partner for the North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership, a coalition of community agencies and institutions focused on improving the settlement outcomes of newcomers.

Testimonial

“My perspective on learning and life in Canada changed after visiting NSMS, my children and I are adapting to our new North Shore community while we make new friends.”

A recent story

contact us

telephone 604 988 2931 email office@nsms.ca internet nsms.ca

Ahmad was a successful professional for over 15 years before coming to Canada. He came to NSMS and accessed settlement services, a parenting program, our settlement workers in schools service, and our employment resources. Through the Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants program, he was able to complete his certification and achieve his employment goal almost immediately! “This program helped me get back to my field of employment quickly and my family was able to adapt to our community and find friends.”

How you can get involved Become an NSMS volunteer!


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North Shore Neighbourhood House

North Shore Restorative Justice Society

225 E. SEcond St., north VancouVEr

147 14th St E, north VancouVEr

Our Focus

Our Focus

Vision: a safe, healthy and strong community welcoming all ages, abilities and cultures – one where everyone has access to support, everyone is included and where everyone matters. Mission: to enhance the lives of our neighbours, especially our most vulnerable.

Our People

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

Facts

We are a community development driven organization. Our organization is unique in that we provide programs and services from birth to seniors ‘the life cycle.’

contact us

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

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. Our child care centres remained opened and operating during COVID-19 providing service to first responders when most needed. • Children (200+ children in early years child care programs) • 260+ School age children cared for daily • Supported Child Development Program: 250 children served per year with a developmental delay or disability • Youth: Annual outreach to pre-teens and youth aged 10-24 • Young Parent Program: for pregnant and parenting youth under age of 25 • Teen Club: offers after-school programs for special needs youth, focused on social and life skill development • Seniors: Peer support and outreach is provided. Bus trips, speakers, exercises, games, singing, and more to enhance seniors well-being. Seniors Peer support trains peer volunteers to meet with seniors in their homes. • Community and Volunteers: for over 80 years volunteers have cared for our community through the NSNH and JBCC. • Health Arts and Recreation: Child & Youth arts, theatre, dance, martial arts, guitar and singing programs. Adult fitness, yoga, tai chi, visual arts, language, dog obedience and music classes.

Events

With the changes this year we have not been able to hold our annual fundraisers. Looking towards 2021, North Shore Neighbourhood House needs the community support with donations to our programs. Every amount counts towards taking care of the most vulnerable in our community.

How you can get involved

You can donate online through our website. We are authorized to accept gifts of money, stocks and securities, real estate, personal property, life insurance policies and bequests. Another way to get involved is to come and find out about our volunteer opportunities.

Our work in the community

The North Shore Restorative Justice Society provides a peaceful approach to crime and conflict that seeks to address the needs of victims, offenders and communities by offering processes that encourage dialogue, reparation and healing. We work with both schools and police to provide restorative programming.

For over 23 years, NSRJ has served the North Shore community through the Restorative Response program (RRP), whereby local police forces can divert criminal files towards community-based resolution. Based on a recognition of harm as a violation of people and relationships, our approach engages with both victims and offenders of crime. Since 2013, through our Restorative Justice in Education (RJE) Initiative, we have worked with hundreds of children and youth to develop social emotional awareness, a sense of belonging, communication, and conflict resolution skills.

Our People

Testimonial

We have a volunteer board. Our staff, board and volunteers are all connected to the North Shore community.

Facts

The North Shore Restorative Justice Society (NSRJ) is a non-profit and charitable organization established in 1997. We are the only organization on the North Shore that utilizes restorative approaches to actively divert police files out of the criminal justice system. Additionally, we support hundreds of children, youth, adults and elders every year in both our police and school based programming.

contact us

telephone 604 969 7462 email info@nsrj.ca internet nsrj.ca

“Restorative Justice Circles promote inclusivity, respect and healthy relationships. Students often commented that they learned things about one another that they wouldn’t otherwise know. In alignment with the social and emotional competencies outlined in the new BC curriculum, students learned to support one another, listen to one another and developed respectful relationships among one another.” – Grade 4 teacher

A recent story

An offender who went through our program and had to complete community service hours at a local church continued to volunteer after their hours completed as it was such a positive experience and made them feel connected to their community.

Events

We are currently running a membership drive! Become a member of NSRJS before Dec. 31, 2020 and we will waive your membership fee ($20 value)! Please visit us at www.nsrj.ca to sign up.

How you can get involved

• We rely on the generous donation of others to provide our services, please consider donating at: www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/14240 (all donations receive a tax receipt) • Volunteer: please send an email to volunteer@nsrj.ca to learn about current volunteer opportunities


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North Van Arts

CityScape Community ArtSpace 335 LonsdaLe ave., north vancouver

Our Focus

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

Our People

A small and creative staff team supports executive director, Nancy Cottingham Powell. A board of directors oversees governance, strategic planning, and vision, supported by over 400 members including: artists, community members, cultural groups, and businesses; and 100 dedicated volunteers.

Facts

North Van Arts provides access to artistic and cultural activities, that promote well being and connections; allowing individuals to express themselves, think creatively, and have fun! We partner with schools, municipalities, tourism agencies, social services, and businesses to celebrate the arts in everyday life. As the world changes around us, we offer the arts as a fun outlet, accessible for everyone.

contact us

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

Our work in the community

LEARN – stay connected through art with classes, workshops, camps and exhibitions EXPLORE – discover arts, culture and history at northshoreculturecompass.ca COLLECT – rent or buy art created by local artists CONNECT – events and special projects like the North Van City Mosaic and North Shore Art Crawl

Testimonial

“I am 74 years old and live alone. These (online writing) courses help me to connect, create and feel less isolated especially during the pandemic. Accessibility is so important. I hope they continue long after the pandemic.” – Arts Education participant

A recent story

As the world shifts with the pandemic, we are adapting our programming to reach the community online and in person to support the well-being of community members. “Thank you for not cancelling the Art in the Garden Festival. Thank you for the creative ways your team worked together to keep the festival going through this pandemic and engage artists like myself to keep creating. Other teams cancelled their festivals, but your team did not. You found ways to work together remotely even during these self-isolation days. Way to go!” - Karen Fowlie

Events

Our annual festive fundraiser, Anonymous Art Show, starts November 26 - ONLINE. With over 550 artworks, buying original art is easy and fun! Support your local art community with every $100 artwork you buy!

Reachout to Africa P o Box 30052, north vancouver, Bc, v7h2y8

Our Focus

To make a difference in the lives of African children and youth who face extreme difficulties and challenges. Reachout To Africa, a Canadian Registered Charity (Reg # 840045074RR0001), believes every child is important and deserves the love and support of a caring adult.

Our People

We are a volunteer-run organization with leaders who all have hands-on experience working in Africa over the past 15 years.

Facts

The reality is that life in Africa is extremely difficult for children and youth who live in the townships around the big cities. Many of us who live in Canada have the ability to make a difference in their lives. We have developed relationships in Africa that ensure that the financial support we raise here in Canada reaches the programs we operate.

How you can get involved

• Become a member or volunteer • Rent or buy original art – starting at $100 with the Anonymous Art Show • Participate in an online arts class • Donate to support our programming • Sponsor an exhibition, an event, or a project – contact us, we have lots of ideas

contact us

telephone 604 307 1069 email nick.short@reachout2africa.org internet reachout2africa.org

Our work in the community

Our focus is to inform the people of the North Shore as to the challenges and difficulties young children and youth in Sub Saharan Africa are facing due to the social conditions, HIV, AIDS, COVID-19, other diseases and extreme poverty. We are always looking for new volunteers interested in working overseas for a short period.

Testimonial

“A child’s laughter - it is such a joy! Bringing peace and happiness to children is one of the most wonderful joys in life! I have been on many trips to Africa to help out at the Hope Camps and other programs. This organization has changed my life and brought deeper meaning to giving back to others, especially the vulnerable!” – Judy

Events

Reachout To Africa recently hosted our 15th anniversary celebration. In addition to a small gathering with social distancing here in North Vancouver, we also hosted an international zoom meeting online with dozens of our supporters, past volunteers, African associates and donors from across Canada and around the world.

A recent story

Sister is a young woman and first came to our attention as a teenaged camper in 2009. We recognised her leadership skills and qualities immediately. In 2010 although still in high school Sister joined our leaders’ team. On completion of her high school though very challenging conditions, she expressed a desire to study law. She graduated in 2019 with her law degree which focused on child advocacy. What a great achievement! We are very proud of her. She continues as a senior leader on our team to this day.

How you can get involved

Reachout To Africa is always looking for volunteers to assist us in our various programs and events. Nowadays, this tends to have an online focus so individuals with social media skills and applications are welcome to contact our CEO, Nick Short. Tax deductible donations can be made via www.CanadaHelps.org.


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Thank you

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Through your compassion, resourcefulness, innovative programs and services you make life better for everyone living in our communities. We are grateful for all you do, and for opportunities to partner With you and support your Work. neptuneterminals.com/community