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Preparing for the big one - neighbourhood disaster preparedness
Preparing for the Big One Lourette Swanepoel works as an urban planner , and so she was very aware that her neighbourhood was lacking one key plan: earthquake preparedness. “I didn’t have my act...
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Older Women's Dialogue Project
Empowering older women In 2012, Krista James first met with a group of two dozen elderly Chinese women from Richmond, most of them immigrants and grandmothers, to ask them what sort of change they...
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Marie Clements
Ava, a 22-year-old UBC law student, motors along Highway 16 just west of Prince George in the pouring rain. As the car head- lights illuminate the outline of an Aboriginal girl hitchhiking by the...
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Derek Wills - Donor's Vision
“Deep inside, I’ve always had a close connection to giving back to the community,” says Derek Wills. His compassion for others was inspired by his parents who spent many hours volunteering with...
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Act of Faith - Hijab Awareness Day
One day soon after the November 2015 terrorist attack in Paris, Shazia Suleman was walking home from a neighbourhood park with her two young children when a man started yelling at her. “Go back to...
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Tom Bradley, Fund Advisor and Board member
For almost 75 years , Vancouver Foundation has depended on the prudent management of its endowment—$1.1 billion as of 2016—to help fund its work across the province. And few know the challenges of...
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Binners' Project, Michael Leland
Every Monday , Michael Leland cycles to the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, towing a bike trailer. The trailer sports his own modifications: its load capacity has been expanded thanks to a freezer rack...
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Cultivating Friendships with Neighbourhood Small Grants
Community can start with carrots —along with rosemary, squash, rhubarb and pumpkins. That’s been the experience of Carlson Hui, Matt Cooke and other residents at a 155-unit condo complex called James...
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Vancouver Foundation Magazine Fall 2016 - Girl Guides of Canada
Vancouver Foundation manages endowment funds on behalf of more than 400 charitable agencies across B.C. A charitable agency endowment fund provides for prudent capital growth coupled with a...
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Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program
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...
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Marcel Duruisseau
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...
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MEC - Mountain Equipment Co-op
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,...
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1. CONSIDER YOUR CHARITABLE INTERESTS What are you passionate about? Arts and culture? Helping children? Medical research? When you establish a Donor Advised Fund at Vancouver Foundation, you will...
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People in Hillside-Quadra Community
Vancouver Foundation is pleased to announce Neighbourhood Small Grants are available again in Victoria (Hillside-Quadra). These grants are made possible through a partnership between Vancouver...
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Jordana of the Kudoz program
When a research team from InWithForward moved into a social housing complex in Burnaby for three months last year, their research revealed that many people with cognitive disabilities were feeling...
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At the same moment that one 19-year-old Vancouverite is being chauffeured to his new university campus residence by his parents, toting school supplies they’ve purchased together, another 19-year-old...
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We depend on bees for a lot more than honey. In fact, bees pollinate the plants that supply up to one-third of the food we eat, so it’s important to both global food security and our local economy to...
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Jason McLean, Vancouver Foundation, Board Chair
It’s not every day a former prime minister shows up unannounced, but for Jason McLean, it’s just another day at the office. When former prime minister Jean Chrétien recently arrived at the...
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Create Social and Economic Change
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...
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This is a love story. One with ups and downs and twists and turns that go from joy to tragedy and then back again. A man and woman meet, fall in love, marry, have kids. Then she’s diagnosed with...
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Catherine M. Carmack Memorial Scholarship Fund
Carolyn Finlay remembers her son Eric’s first cello lesson vividly. His teacher, Catherine Carmack, offered to show the five-year-old a new way to slice an apple. She bisected the fruit sideways...
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Michael Gordon, city planner
Michael Gordon wears many hats. He’s an avid skateboarder, a professor and an amateur documentary filmmaker. He’s also a City of Vancouver planner, and has devoted his career to shaping the city and...
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Rita Cheng is President of Superior Tofu
Superior Tofu is a Vancouver based business that works hard to combine family and community values into their business practices. Rita Cheng is President of Superior Tofu and is heir to two...
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Don Evans, West Coast Railway Association
Trains and love have at least one thing in common: everyone remembers their first experience. For some, that first taste of rail might have been labouring over a scale model – Tyco HO or Lionel O...
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A new café has popped up in downtown Vancouver, serving up hot entrees, sandwiches, soups and salads to a busy lunch crowd. While ordinarily this wouldn’t be news, Café 335 is different: the...
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