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May 18, 2011 - VANCOUVER – Picture a grant that will help children and youth with special needs gain greater access to their community, have more mobility and independence, and supports their...
May 11, 2011 - VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Foundation will be facilitating a roundtable discussion between His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and youth in...
May 7, 2011 -- Trikes with cargo bins designed to provide courier services in downtown Vancouver. Kids on bikes picking up organic waste from local businesses to turn into compost for the community...
January 17, 2011 -- Vancouver Foundation today launched the Generation Green Awards -- a special, 
one-time initiative that will provide cash awards of up to $12,500 for environmental projects...
Bob McGill is not everyone's idea of a revolutionary. But this soft-spoken, self-effacing 65-year-old has changed the world for hundreds of children in Central America, and Africa. His work in...
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Emily Longworth
Her enthusiasm is still contagious. It radiates from her toddler photos. It’s there in her megawatt grin as she savours dim sum in Hong Kong, poses with Christmas reindeer and wise men in Bolivia and...
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Growing old is not for the faint of heart. Although we call them the golden years, depression and suicide among seniors is not uncommon. The end of a career, the loss of a spouse, a shrinking circle...
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There's no mistaking two of Patricia Mitchell's personal interests. As soon as you enter her immaculate apartment, both of them come over to check you out. You are cool-ly and blatantly assessed...
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In just two days, supermarket shelves were nearly empty on Vancouver Island. It was November 2003, and the ferry strike had escalated to a complete service shutdown, which meant no ferries, no trucks...
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Sasha Cumby’s mom, Debbie, says her daughter was a typical 16-year-old. But answering what made Sasha typical, her mom describes a young woman who was anything but an average teen: a straight ‘A’...
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It’s just a pair of socks. But Matthew Taylor knows those two bits of grey wool could make the difference between a good decision and a bad date tonight for a young man on the rain-slicked streets of...
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By the time Nicole reached Grade 11, she was “completely out of control.” There was the drinking and the drugs; there was the binging and purging; and there was her dysfunctional family who put...
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Seventy-year-old Joyce Mar did not like lifting weights. But when an opportunity came up to participate in a free six-week exercise program as part of a UBC pilot study on how weightlifting affects...
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Without a phone, how do you get a job? or find a place to live? How do you stay in touch with family? or cope with emergencies? Phones have become such an integral part of our lives that we don’t...
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Randle Jones didn’t hammer a nail til he was almost 20. Now, more than 50 years later, he is the owner of Windsor Plywood, and head of a network of building supply stores that stretches across...
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Young women face enormous pressure to be thin, to be sexy, to be beautiful. “We are bombarded by media images from a very young age,” says Carly Geistlinger, who has been through it all and is now...
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Sam Sullivan remembers a very kind gentleman who once offered him and some other people with disabilities the chance to go sailing. When they got to the dock, the people that had some difficulties...
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Alleys are the back end of urban life. Unlike the shiny, clean-scrubbed storefronts they serve, alleys are places rubbed raw by delivery and transport: goods in and garbage out. They’re full of wires...
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University of British Columbia - Beaty What do the largest animal on earth, and one of the smallest (and oldest) have in common? Two things - they’re both blue, and they’re both at the new Beaty...
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James Lee Foundation A fine attention to detail Sue Bell, an advertising producer in Vancouver with DDB Canada, was rushing out the door to her colleague James Lee’s funeral when she saw it: a single...
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Ursula Botz is hard to miss in a crowd. Tall, blonde, lean and impeccably dressed, she towers over almost everyone in the room, even in flat shoes. By day, Botz is a consummate professional – a...
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December 2010 - Vancouver Sun Charity Profile on Vancouver Foundation and Alex Weir If Oppenheimer Park sounds familiar, it is because it’s an infamous park, a park with a 100-year-plus history, a...
Alethea’s a lucky girl. The petite three-year-old clambers up the metal steps, then gleefully launches herself down the slide. That might seem ordinary enough. But Alethea is blind, and many kids...
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In the early 1920s … A young woman named Lillian Alling arrives on the east coast of North America. Part of the post-war crush of immigrants from Europe, she joins the hordes of people seeking...
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“Our Kulture,” a duet by local rapper Discreet Da Chosen 1 and the Sto:lo band Ostwelve, blares in the background as 27-year-old Orene Askew gets everything in order behind the scenes, preparing to...
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