AIDS Vancouver Island
Who We Are:
AIDS Vancouver Island serves the needs of people infected and affected by HIV and hepatitis C. We take evidence-based action to prevent infection, provide support, and reduce stigma.
Our vision is of a world free of HIV and hepatitis C. Until that time, those most at risk in our community continue to be marginalized - not only by their disease, but also by stigma and discrimination, poverty, and despair. As we fight these diseases, we join with those we serve to provide services based on consideration and respect and to provide visibility and a voice in the community.
AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI) is a community-based AIDS Service Organization (ASO). We have offices in the communities of Greater Victoria, Nanaimo, the Comox Valley, and Campbell River. Our catchment area includes all of the Gulf Islands.
At AIDS Vancouver Island we provide education, advocacy and support clients. AVI provides education and prevention information to schools, the broader community and target populations. Evidence demonstrates that comprehensive prevention programs can help to effectively contain HIV, hepatitis C, and other communicable diseases.
AIDS Vancouver Island provides integrated services to individuals with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases.
AIDS Vancouver Island's effectiveness is derived from our role in the community and our connections with the populations most infected by, and at risk of, contracting HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and other communicable diseases. Throughout our large volunteer base and the community partnerships we have forged, we effectively target and educate difficult-to-reach populations. AIDS Vancouver Island is a vital component of the total effort against HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other communicable diseases.
A Brief History:
On September 17, 1985, five men (Wayne Cook, Don MacIvor, Roy Salonin, John Spencer, and Grant Sullivan) sat around a kitchen table and decided it was time to meet the challenge posed by the AIDS epidemic on Vancouver Island. These five men saw the growing need for accurate and up-to-date information and services relating to HIV/AIDS. That evening saw the birth of AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI), with the founders forming the first Board of Directors.
The society was subsequently incorporated in BC and registered under certificate number S20925 on January 24, 1986 under the legal name of The Vancouver Island Aids Society. Initial funding for the society's expenses came from a benefit and charitable donations. There were no paid staff and a small office space was obtained at no charge. Over the past 22 years, the need for HIV/AIDS related programs and services has continued to grow. AIDS Vancouver Island has continued to receive support from individuals and organizations in the communities we serve including the Vancouver Island Health Authority (formerly Central Vancouver Island and Capital Health Regions).
The Anawim Companion Society, which serves our community through Anawim House, was founded on the following guiding beliefs and principles:
Poverty is a condition of our shared humanity. Physical, emotional, spiritual and social poverty exists at all levels of human society. Often poverty is unacknowledged and remains unchallenged. Such poverty leaves one feeling empty, powerless, alienated and in despair.
B. Core Belief
Beyond the face of poverty, there exists a whole person worthy of dignity, equality and unconditional love who needs to be accepted and reunited to humanity. We believe absolutely in the value of each human being to creatively live out his or her life.
Every person has the right to self-determination, mutual participation and love. If for any reason an individual cannot participate wholly in society, that person retains the right to belong with respect in a safe, healthy and caring environment. Poverty and its effects do not give us the right to impose judgment or limitations upon the poor.
We are guardians of one another and the responsibility to respond to human poverty belongs equally to us all. We confront poverty as a human condition that can be understood, alleviated and healed. The pain and suffering of poverty must be met with compassion, companionship, generous giving and social action if it is to be reduced or eliminated. Each of us has been granted remarkable gifts and blessings that must be shared for the benefit of all.
Poverty and its effects can only be alleviated by healing the whole person. We are dedicated to overcoming poverty by becoming compassionate companions with the poor while providing for their needs. We offer friendship for friendship. Our commitment to fulfill this mission will reduce the powerlessness, suffering and alienation of poverty.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is a public art gallery committed to the celebration of art. With vision, leadership and scholarship we will engage and inspire diverse audiences through exhibitions, interpretation, and stewardship of the collection.
- Overview: The AGGV is the region’s major public art museum, and has the largest collection of visual arts in public trust in British Columbia, with over 18,000 works stored on site.
- Curatorial emphasis: The AGGV showcases exhibitions from our celebrated East Asian collection (from India to Japan) and from Canadian and international contemporary and historical artists.
- East Asian Collection: The AGGV is home to one of Canada's most important East Asian art collections, second only to the Royal Ontario Museum. The collections of Chinese amber and ivory carvings are amongst the finest in the world. The East Asian Collection is one of the most comprehensive held in public trust in North America.
- Emily Carr: On permanent display is the work of British Columbia's foremost historical artist Emily Carr. An exhibition including paintings, excerpts from her books and archival images offers an insightful look at this inspiring Victoria artist who captured the British Columbia landscape and was inspired by the rich culture of First Nations people of the province.
- Shinto Shrine: The Gallery's Asian Garden boasts the only authentic full-sized Japanese Shinto Shrine outside of Japan.
- Spencer Mansion: Incorporated in 1947, the Gallery hasbeen at its current location since a donation of the Spencer mansion in 1951. Sara Spencer’s niece Myfanwy Pavelic, an esteemed Victoria artist, continued the family’s artistic legacy on Vancouver Island until her passing in 2007.
Volunteer Policy Statement
The Board of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria recognizes the valuable role volunteers have had in its history and will play in its future. The Gallery ensures that there are fair, consistent and equitable procedures pertaining to volunteer practices and performance.
Our mission is to provide all children with the opportunity to develop life skills by exploring their potential through arts experiences.
What we do:
Compelled by the values of Jesus Christ, we provide exceptional holistic care as we assist seniors to experience life well in supportive communities.
BC SPCA Wild ARC
BC SPCA Wild ARC is a wild animal rehabilitation centre operated by the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. As the only wildlife rehabilitation centre on southern Vancouver Island, Wild ARC treats 2,500 wild animals annually from throughout the region.
Wild ARC's mission is to provide humane care to injured, orphaned, sick and distressed wildlife based on established rehabilitation standards and the animal's natural history. Each patient is treated individually and assessed for eventual release back into the wild. Wild ARC also aims to educate the public about wildlife, animal welfare, and co-existing with nature, as over 80% of the wild animals treated at Wild ARC are impacted by human activity.
Be You Promise.org
The mission of Be You Promiso.org is to educate Canadians on the benefits of moderation or restraint in the use of alcohol and/or drugs. One of our objectives is to educate our youth by doing school presentations about the choices and the consequences of misusing drugs and alcohol and the effects it has on society as a whole.
Through education, outreach and awareness,Be You Promise.org works to prevent the initiation of substance use among youth or prevent further substance use among those individuals already using with the ultimate goal of reducing the personal and societal harms associated with drug and alcohol misuse.
British Columbia Aviation Museum
Canadian Blood Services
There are so many ways to make a difference as a Canadian Blood Services volunteer. You might support the people who attend one of our 20,000 clinics across the country each year. Maybe you’ll register potential stem cell donors at an event in your community, or participate in events that help people learn about their blood type. However you give your time, you’ll touch the lives of people who depend on our lifesaving products to give them hope
Canadian Cancer Society
Capital Region Food & Agricultural Roundtable Society
Our belief in the power of Collective Impact for social change informs work that we do and shapes the strategies that we are using to achieve our objectives. The focus of CRFAIR as an organization is around two distinct but related spheres of activity:
Provide Backbone Support for the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Network
Undertake high value, meaningful projects that are consistent with our Vision, Mission and Values
Vision: A region where local, sustainable and healthy food is celebrated, abundant and central to the cultures, health and well-being of residents
Mission: Mobilize and connect efforts to develop healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems in the Capital Region.
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Cool Aid Society
VICTORIA COOL AID SOCIETY
Homelessness touches many lives at a significant cost to communities. The Cool Aid Society has been a key player in the work to end homelessness in the Capital Region for decades and, with your help, is developing 360 more apartments for people who are currently homeless.
We act to end homelessness by working in partnership with others to develop community-based solutions. We are committed to working in a non-judgmental way with adults experiencing marginalization in Greater Victoria by advocating for and providing emergency shelter, supportive housing, integrated health care and other support services.
The Victoria Cool Aid Society acts to end homelessness and improve our quality of life by working with others to build a community where:
- No one is forced to sleep on the street or go hungry.
- Everyone who needs supportive housing is getting it.
- Integrated health care service to treat illness and promote wellness is provided.
- Integrated services are provided to those with mental health and addiction issues.
- We demonstrate reliability, good faith and integrity in all our relationships
- We foster a workplace culture that embraces innovation, teamwork, leadership and knowledge sharing.
- We make and keep our commitments.
- We are accountable for our actions and measure and share our contribution to the community.
- We appreciate and acknowledge the contributions of our employees, volunteers, donors and partners.
- We support and value participation, build partnerships, and encourage shared leadership in our community.
- We treat all people with respect, dignity and fairness.
- We look at the environment through the eyes of our clients.
- We are innovative, learn from our experiences and the input of others, and make effective change.
- We are action oriented and advocate for those we serve.
- We are committed to promoting fairness and equity within our organization.
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Creating Homefulness Society- Woodwynn Farms
Woodwynn Farms is a therapeutic community for the homeless with a unique and compassionate approach to helping people in need. Participants and volunteers live and work together on the farm, each day beginning with yoga along with mindfulness practices woven throughout the day. Meals are enjoyed together, consisting of nutritious, organic farm-grown food. This brings people back to health physically, spiritually, and mentally, so they can flourish and contribute to their communities. We operate by the motto believe in people until their ready to believe in themselves.
Disaster Aid Canada
At the Soap for Hope Program of Disaster Aid Canada, we are dedicating to meeting the hygiene needs of the needy in our community, here on Vancouver Island and abroad in disaster relief. Two years ago, our Executive Director, Anne McIntyre, was collecting lightly or unused hygiene products from hotels to send overseas in Disaster Aid kits when she asked herself if there was a need for these soaps here in Victoria. She quickly discovered that the answer was not only yes, but many shelters had no budget for hygiene products. This means that if they need to buy soap, then this money has to be diverted from food or other essential programs.
In the last two years, we have grown to service 26 different shelters/ transitional houses or community centers on Vancouver Island. By diverting hygiene products such as shampoos, bar soaps and lotions that would normally be thrown into the trash, we have been able to help homeless individuals regain their dignity and health while protecting the environment.
To provide and assist in delivering humanitarian aid, shelter, sustainable water systems and hygiene products to people affected by natural and other disasters, or with compelling local need.
How We Fulfill Our Mission
By collecting lightly used or unused products from the hotel and accommodations industry, we divert waste from landfills and help people in need. Our service to the community means we connect and build relationships in the accommodations industry and those organizations that service homeless or at-risk individuals. We process these products to make sure they are clean and organized to make the biggest impact, then arrange for delivery or pick up to our local community or to send overseas.
Downtown Victoria Business Association
Mission and Vision
The DVBA Mission is to nurture and promote the vitality and vibrancy of downtown Victoria and its business community.
Our Vision is to be the authority on all things happening in Victoria’s downtown core.
Our Guiding Principles
The Downtown Victoria Business Association will:
- Be focused and strategic in deployment of resources
- Be accountable, fiscally responsible, and transparent
- Be responsive to the needs and expectations of stakeholders
- Act with integrity
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Greater Victoria Festival Society
Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival
The Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival Association is a volunteer-based organization. We are dedicated to working with performing arts educators to develop artistic skills and a love of the performing arts for all ages and skill levels in music, dance and speech arts.
Our annual community festival provides reputable professionals who foster inclusion, education and performance opportunity during adjudicated sessions. We celebrate participation, achievement and excellence through a series of special concerts and an awards program.
HepCBC Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Society
We are HepCBC, the Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Society! We are a non-profit organization run by and for people infected and/or affected by hepatitis C (HCV).
Our mission is to provide education, prevention and support to those living with hepatitis C (HCV).
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, an estimated 242,500 Canadians (maybe many more) are currently infected with hepatitis C. Did you know 30 to 70% of Canadians infected with hepatitis C don’t know that they are infected? Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease that people may live with for years, even decades, without any idea that they have it. Unfortunately, by the time symptoms appear, the liver may already have undergone significant damage. Treatment can be extremely challenging to access, and some treatments have incredibly severe side effects. Help us to raise awareness and support those infected or affected by hepatitis C!
HepCBC Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Society - Greater Vancouver Area
Huntington Society of Canada - South Vancouver Island Chapter
The Huntington Society of Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization which raises funds to deliver individual and group counselling service to support individuals and families living with Huntington disease (HD) and to fund medical research to delay or stop the progression of the disease. The Society also works with health and social services professionals to enable them to better serve people living with HD. - See more at: http://www.huntingtonsociety.ca/about/mission-vision/#sthash.AU3xFkLk.dpuf
InnovativeCommunities. Org Foundation
James Bay Market Society
It is our privilege to serve people living and dying with frailty and dementia. We strive to provide compassionate comfort care, create a safe and friendly homelike environment, and build collaborative partnerships with each resident and family.
Maritime Museum of BC
Mount St Mary Hospital
Founded by the Sisters of St. Ann, we are a Catholic health organization dedicated to continuing the healing ministry of Jesus by providing compassionate, loving care to adults of all faiths who require long-term support. We are committed to meeting the physical, spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional needs of all those we serve in partnership with their families, friends and other health care providers.
MOVE Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society of B.C.
MS Society of Canada, South Vancouver Island Chapter
Mission and Values
The mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is:
|To be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life.|
At the MS Society of Canada, we uphold the following values:
- We believe in and work toward the full integration of people with multiple sclerosis in all aspects of life.
- We keep those affected by MS at the centre of our work at every level of the organization.
- We treat everyone with respect and dignity, and protect their privacy and rights to make decisions about their lives.
- We provide meaningful benefit to the greatest possible number of people affected by MS.
- We give hope to people affected by multiple sclerosis.
- We acknowledge the grassroots of our organization as one of its greatest strengths.
- We recognize that volunteers, donors, and employees are critical to our success, and we celebrate their commitment.
- We demonstrate ethical behaviour and integrity.
- We adhere to the highest standards of quality, transparency, and accountability.
- We create safe and collaborative environments that foster positive relationships.
Oaklands Community Association
Strengthening the Oaklands community by providing programs, services, and resources for its residents, businesses and visitors.
Pacifica Housing Advisory Association
Pacifica Housing is a non-profit charitable organization that provides affordable housing for low income families, persons with a disability and adults who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
It is our mission to be a leading innovative provider of affordable homes and support services that contribute to the independence of individuals and families.
We believe in “housing first”: helping people find safe, secure and permanent housing, so that health, family and other personal matters can then be addressed. Pacifica Housing's vision is to build better lives through affordable homes and community connections.
It is our long term desire to lead by example in integration, creativity and responsibility. We work to break the cycle of homelessness by enabling families and single adults to achieve permanent housing so they can live with dignity, safety and stability.
Parent Support Services Society of BC
A world where all children and their families are nurtured, valued and safe.
Our Mission Statement
To protect the safety and wellbeing of children and promote the health of families by providing support, education, advocacy, research and resources to those in a parenting role.
Our Mission is supported by...
- Creating safe places for parents and grandparents to meet, share and learn
- Supporting parents and grandparents in dealing with crisis or injustice
- Working with other organizations that serve families
- Carrying out research on emerging parenting issues
- Creating and providing resource materials for parents and grandparents
- Working for legislative and administrative changes
Quadra Village Community Centre - Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee
The Quadra Village Community Centre is a safe and welcoming gathering place in the vibrant and diverse neighbourhood of Hillside Quadra. We work together to nurture community well-being by providing services and programs to meet the social, educational, health, employment, environmental and recreational needs of the people in the heart of the city. Our range of options for community members includes prenatal, children`s, youth, family,seniors and community programs. Since 1974 our preventative and responsive community based programs have helped make change close to home.
Rest Haven Foundation
The Best Care Possible
In 2014 the Rest Haven Foundation was created and incorporated as a not for profit society. The community based board of directors and its members are passionate about ensuring Rest Haven Lodge provides the best care possible to the community. While being accountable and transparent to their donors.
Is to inspire the community to support Rest Haven Lodge.
For the community to embrace the journey’s at Rest Haven Lodge by providing up to date equipment, enhanced support services and facilities.
Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria
Are you a community conscious individual who believes in the power of collaboration? Yes? Then help us change the world!
Who are Rotarians?
In Greater Victoria, Rotarians are a group of 500+ business and professional people of all ages and from all sectors, who are passionate about making Victoria and the world a better place.
What do we do?
Over the past 10 years, we have raised and donated more than $3 million, while volunteering more than 100,000 hours to support numerous charities and projects.
What makes Rotary special?
Rotarian effort represents a significant contribution to infrastructure, social programs, leadership and education in Greater Victoria. However, when you join Rotary, it’s not only your community that beneﬁts. You beneﬁt too — through volunteering, networking, making lifelong friendships, and expanding your leadership skills. As an active Rotarian, you'll find the opportunities are endless.
Becoming a member is easy. With 12 Rotary clubs from Sidney to Sooke that meet at different times and locations, you’re sure to find a club that fits your schedule. Visit a club, get to know us, and become involved in your community. It's that simple.
Find a club and learn more
You can find a club and learn more about Rotary in Greater Victoria at http://rotaryvictoria.org
We look forward to meeting you!
Royal BC Museum
Special Olympics BC - Victoria
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary
The Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is a leader in the stewardship of functioning & diverse ecosystems and an urban refuge that provides opportunities to bring people and nature together.
The Canadian College of Performing Arts
The Canadian College of Performing Arts:
To offer quality training in a broad spectrum of skills which will prepare the students for careers in the performance arts locally, nationally or internationally.
To provide a stimulating, positive and constructive environment where students are encouraged to develop high standards of work ethics and conduct which will serve them in any field of endeavour in the future.
The Canadian Heritage Arts Society (CHAS).
- To provide instruction and training in the performing arts, and to raise the aesthetic taste and artistic appreciation of the public at large through the medium of public performances and exhibitions.
- To preserve and promote heritage arts and culture.
The Didi Society
Empowering women globally and educating youth locally for sustainable development and equality.
The First Open Heart Society of British Columbia
The First Open Heart Society of British Columbia is a registered charitable non-profit organization with a membership of approximately 500 people, comprised of patients awaiting, or who have undergone, open heart surgery, or other cardiovascular procedures, their spouses or immediate family members, as well as interested members of the medical profession and other hospital staff. The Society is an independent volunteer organization and is not affiliated with any other heart organization.
The Society's objectives are to support:
- heart patients and their families
- heart related specialized medical equipment and education for area hospitals and their families
- the Victoria Heart House
- the Victoria Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
- the Autologous Blood Program
The Land Conservancy (TLC)
The Salvation Army Victoria ARC
INTERNATIONAL IDENTITY STATEMENT
The Salvation Army is an international Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity
The Salvation Army Territorial Mission Statement
The Salvation Army is an international Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity. The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.
Victoria Addictions & Rehabilitation Centre Mission Statement
The Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre provides quality counselling, support, resources and programs in a residential setting, to those making the transition from the institution to their family and community. All people are treated with the same high level of assistance, dignity and compassion
Statement of Rights & Responsibilities
Each person in this community has the right and responsibility to:
- Be treated with respect and dignity
- Treat others with respect and dignity
- A clean and safe living / working environment
- Abide by all community living / working expectations
- Keep personal living / working space and belongings in order, clean and secure
- Available counselling and personal support
- Keep healthy boundaries with other clients / Employees
- Voice suggestions or concerns
- Report observed unsafe or inappropriate situations
Township Community Arts Council
Victoria Brain Injury Society
The Victoria Brain Injury Society's mission is to support, educate and advocate for adults with acquired rain injuries and their families; and to increase community awareness about acquired brain injuries.
Victoria Film Festival
To enhance the quality of life for those facing advanced illness, death and bereavement through skilled and compassionate care, education, research and advocacy.
Quality end-of-life care for all.
Victoria International Buskers Festival Society
Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society
The Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society supports the health and social needs of women-identified and lesbian-identified individuals and couples on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. This includes women of all ages. We provide safe, accessible and welcoming spaces, and we build community through public education and social action. The VLSCS became an official entity in 1994.
We commit ourselves to building a greater involvement in the wider community, including students within the universities and colleges, professionals within health care, as well as all members of the LGBTQ international community and allies.
To enrich lives through the shared experience of extraordinary music.
Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association
Our mission is to provide a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with disabilities that promotes and enriches their physical, psychological and social well-being.
What We Do
Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association (VTRA) formerly known as Victoria Riding for the Disabled, was formed in 1982 to provide a therapeutic riding experience to children and adults with disabilities. VTRA is a non-profit organization that uses horseback riding as a recognized therapeutic aid for people with a wide range of physical, intellectual and learning disabilities. VTRA offers classes to more than 140 children and adults with disabilities that include Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Autism, intellectual challenges, and hearing or vision impairment. VTRA is made up of a volunteer board, a small paid staff and more than 100 volunteers who through their dedicated contribution of time enable these individuals to ride each week.
Victoria Youth Empowerment Society
Victoria Youth Empowerment Society (YES) is a multi-service agency working in partnership with families and the community that provides a diverse set of programs in response to the needs of Victoria’s vulnerable youth and their families.
Our annual fundraiser is one of Victoria's premier events, the Souper Bowls of Hope. This event has raised over $950,000 and has helped expand the YES programs to assistance with emergency housing, street outreach, basic needs, family counselling, substance use, mental health and life skills services.
For more information about YES: http://www.vyes.ca/
For more information about Souper Bowls of Hope: http://souperbowls.com/
Women In Need - WIN
At Victoria Women In Need Community Cooperative (WIN), we support women along their journey between crisis, financial self sufficiency and wellness. Our programs are there for women along each step of their journey.
We are there when she is in crisis and needs to access essential goods, we are there when she is setting up her own home after leaving a transition house, we are there when she is building a strong community of support. And finally, when she is ready, we are there to provide training, education and financial support to help her achieve her goals of financial self sufficiency and wellness.
How do we do this? We collect donated goods and provide affordable high quality clothing, household items and furniture through three Resale Shops in Victoria. The revenue from our shops, together with financial donations, covers the entire cost of running our non profit cooperative, and funds our empowerment programs for women. So whether you are a shopper or a donor, you too have a hand in transforming our community.