Fresh Voices 2016 Awards recipients– recognizing immigrant and refugee youth

On December 5, 2016, over 200 young immigrants, refugees, and adult allies descended on the Terminal City Club for Vancouver Foundation’s 2016 Fresh Voices Awards.

Our Fresh Voices initiative Awards recognize the inspiration and leadership of immigrant and refugee youth in British Columbia and across Canada, working to advance social change based on themes and priorities including Immigration, School and English Language Learning, Family, Building Bridges and Working in Solidarity.

A Good Fit

Victoria’s Red Barn Market, on the corner of Vanalman and Glanford Avenues, is a bustling place. Customers come and go, day in, day out, some grabbing a smoked-meat sandwich for lunch, others picking up a week’s worth of meat and fresh produce.

Outside, where the fruit and veggies are neatly stacked along the storefront, is where Marcel Duruisseau spends some of his shift, refilling boxes and answering questions from shoppers. At other times, he’ll be driving the forklift, unloading a truck that’s arrived from up-island with freshly dug beets and potatoes.

MEC: A Commitment to Sustainability

Mountain Equipment Co-op's commitment to sustainability runs deep. Among its many initiatives, the retail co-operative has donated millions of dollars in grants towards environmental causes, implemented a green building program and established a zero waste program—all in an effort to reduce their social, environmental and economic impact on the earth.

To advance their goals even further, MEC has established two funds with Vancouver Foundation.

Connecting to self, community and nature

My 10-day journey of Clayoquot Sound was a total of 33 nautical miles. I learned how to tie different knots, take bearings on a compass, read charts and make a fire. I also learned a lot more about the importance of responsibility, leadership, and self awareness. I realized I have a lot to learn and improve about life.”
…Lucy, a recipient of Outward Bound’s bursary, reflects on her wilderness excursion in a thank you note.

Vancouver Foundation Magazine Fall 2016

We are pleased to release the Fall 2016 edition of the Vancouver Foundation Magazine, The Nature of Belonging.

Vancouver Foundation Magazine brings you stories of modern philanthropy. It features the people and organizations that are making a difference in communities across British Columbia. We tell the stories of grants (both large and small) that have had a dramatic impact on people's lives, and we profile the donors whose generosity has made these stories possible.

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2016 Fresh Voices Awards – Nominate someone today!

The Fresh Voices Awards recognize the inspiration and leadership of immigrant and refugee youth in British Columbia and across Canada, working to advance social change based on themes and priorities including Immigration, School and English Language Learning, Family, Building Bridges and Working in Solidarity. These themes have been informed through ongoing engagement with immigrant and refugee youth and organizations and communities working in partnership with young people.

2016 Fresh Voices Forum

The 2016 Fresh Voices Forum is a unique opportunity for young people to speak directly to diverse stakeholders including government officials, service providers, community leaders and most importantly, other young people!

The goal of the forum is to bring newcomer young people, adults and decision-makers together in a respectful environment of listening and learning from each other. We want youth with diverse backgrounds and opinions, who want to make a difference in their communities, and who want to meet other youth and adults who share common interests and concerns.

Syrian Youth Refugee Consultation

"This was the first time in ISSofBC history that we brought together former refugee youth within their first year to Canada and asked them how their settlement experience has been going to date as well as gained their input into some newcomer youth related policy and program needs,” – ISSofBC Director of Settlement Services Chris Friesen.

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