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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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Doubt clouded Ron Horsefall’s mind. “Can I really do this?” he asked himself, as he began to craft his first piece. He had the potential – he’d always had that. He had beads and materials, thanks to...
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Sometimes we are so mired in the challenges of the Downtown Eastside, we don’t see the neighbourhood’s beauty. Artist Colleen Carroll, who lives just steps from the Carnegie Centre at Main and...
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Bill Reid Gallery The smooth voice of legendary Haida artist Bill Reid echoes under the high ceilings of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. His larger-than-life image moves ghost-like...
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“She was emaciated and dirty. She had glaucoma in one eye. She was crippled. Her back end sagged. And her rib cage was kicked in: likely someone had been booting her,” says Carol Hine, describing the...
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BC’s non-profit sector is still struggling with financial challenges but the majority of organizations feel prepared for the future, according to a survey of 575 charities conducted by Vancouver...
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This month, many metro Vancouver men are sporting brand new moustaches for ‘ Movember ’ in support of prostate cancer awareness and to raise funds. Yet few are aware that one of the most passionate...
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SEPT 2010 - Measures of success - by Faye Wightman, CEO, Vancouver Foundation "There is a long-standing debate in philanthropy about measuring success and measuring impact. On the one hand, there is...

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