August 10, 2017
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June 19, 2017
This June we partnered with the Local Economic Development Lab (LEDlab) to hold a Community Causes Learning Event. LEDlab is working to increase the personal incomes of downtown eastside residents by creating new income generating opportunities. They told us about an upcoming project, the Local...
March 14, 2017
Each year, Vancouver Foundation’s Grants and Community Initiatives team works closely with our volunteer Advisory Committee members to make discretionary grants to charities and other qualified donees across the province. We do this primarily through our broad-based and responsive Field of Interest...
January 3, 2017
In January 2016, Kevin Wong was a 23-year-old criminology student who, inspired by cop movies, wanted to become a police officer. Ian Desrosier was a 41-year-old inmate at the Nanaimo Correctional Centre (NCC), nearing the end of his two-year sentence for breaking and entering. Both were nervous as...
December 19, 2016
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...
August 13, 2016
Starting in September 2016, the Business Law Clinic at the Allard School of Law at UBC will begin offering supervised legal advice to segments of the small business, entrepreneurial, and non-profit communities who have limited means. Law students enrolled in the Clinic will provide clients with...
August 3, 2016
How do you dismantle the myth that people with disabilities are unproductive in the workforce? Threadworks by 3H Craftworks Society provides an accredited training program for people with disabilities to help them find work in the cut-and-sew and apparel industries. Vancouver Foundation is...
May 25, 2016
“Walk a Little, Rest a Little, Smile for a While, Enjoy” This poem is placed on a park bench on the Vancouver seawall donated by philanthropist and Vancouver Foundation fund holder Monty Jang. Right next to it sits another bench dedicated to his late wife, Kay. “Kay did everything to support the...
February 25, 2016
As steam unspools from fresh cups of coffee on a polished wood countertop, dozens of young minds fumble in the background to find seats for both their ideas and their posteriors. The air is electric, and the warm glow of string lights reflecting off vintage brick walls is homey and inviting. “Every...
August 28, 2015
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August 13, 2015
“They’re an inspiration,” Michael Galli says about refugee students he has met during his 20-year tenure teaching English as an additional language (EAL). Galli is past president of BC TEAL, the association of BC teachers of English as an additional language, established in 1967. TEAL and its...
November 17, 2014
Vancouver Foundation's Fresh Voices Youth Advisory Team continue to find fresh ways to speak directly to different government and community stakeholders. In partnership with B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth, Fresh Voices is pleased to host more than 100 immigrant and refugee youth from...
November 22, 2013
Aboriginal students at four north Okanagan elementary schools are discovering the joy of reading, thanks to a successful after-school reading program called Coyote Café. Twice a week for 25 weeks, participants get a healthy snack and one-to-one reading support, plus take part in group reading,...
December 17, 2012
You can be forgiven for thinking the Henderson Spirit Garden is an eerie place full of cobwebs, ghosts and apparitions. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. The garden takes its name from the students’ council of a south Vancouver elementary school—the Henderson Spirit Team. The...
December 18, 2011
“The instant I heard about the Thistle, I knew it was for me,” says the mischievous-looking woman with the dark curls. In fact, Leni Goggins wanted to be involved so badly that she moved from Vermont to Vancouver. “I tried out New York, but I thought, no, I really want to be part of the Thistle,”...