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Action Committee of People with Disabilities

Mission Statement

Our mission is to put into action through advocacy the empowerment, social inclusion, and economic equity for all People with Disabilities.

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AIDS Vancouver Island

Who We Are:

Mission Statement: 

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: 

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.

About Us: 

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).

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Beacon Community Services

Mission Statement

Beacon Community Services is a community-based, not-for-profit, social, employment, health, recreational, housing and volunteer services agency, offering a wide range of programs and services to thousands of clients in the Capital Regional District. Our strongly knit family of employees and volunteers promotes independence and self-sufficiency with dignity, respect and compassion. We help people to help themselves, and it is a job that we have grown into for over 40 years.

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Capital City Volunteers

Mission Statement

Connecting generations and enhancing independence by providing outreach and volunteer services to seniors and people living with disabilities in the Municipality of Victoria.

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Community Living Victoria

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Community Options for Children and Families

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Cool Aid Society

Mission Statement

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.

MISSION

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.

OUR VISION

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.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • 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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District 69 Society of Organized Services

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Friends of Music Society

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Greater Victoria Down Syndrome Society

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HeadWay - Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre

Mission Statement

We are a vibrant and welcoming non-profit society whose purpose is to strengthen clients', families' and communities' ability to manage the physical, psychological and social effects of Parkinson's and epilepsy.

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Huntington Society of Canada - South Vancouver Island Chapter

Mission Statement

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

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Island Community Mental Health

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Island Deaf + Hard of Hearing Centre

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James Bay Community Project

Mission Statement

To build healthy, inclusive community in James Bay and beyond by operating and facilitating programs and services that support families, youth, seniors and other community members.

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James Bay Community School Society

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Kardel Consulting Services

Mission Statement

Kardel’s mission is to help people with developmental disabilities have a good life

and to respect their personal choices

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Learning Disabilities Association of BC South Vancouver Island Chapter

Mission Statement

The Learning Disabilities Association of South Vancouver Island is now called LDABC The Learning Curve.  The Learning Curve's mission is to support, educate and advocate for children and youth with learning and behavioral challenges, and their families.

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Luther Court Society

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Mercy Ships Canada

Mission Statement

Mercy Ships  Canada brings free, quality surgical care to the poorest nations of the world using their unique converted ferry the  Africa Mercy.  As the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, her features include five operating theatres and 82 patient beds with an annual capacity of approximately 7,000 surgical procedures.  Through 578 port visits in 70 nations, Mercy Ships volunteer crew have touched more than 2.4 million patients, including over 67,000 life-changing surgeries.
Our national office is in Victoria British Columbia, and is one of 16 national offices which make up Mercy Ships Global.

 

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MOVE Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society of B.C.

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Operation Trackshoes

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Phoenix Human Services Association

Mission Statement

Phoenix Human Services provides programs that recognize the uniqueness of individuals and create opportunities to enhance their strengths and resourcefulness.

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Power To Be Adventure Therapy

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Recreation Integration Victoria

Mission Statement

Facilitating active lifestyles for people with disabilities

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Shekinah Homes Society

Mission Statement

At Shekinah Homes Society we envision a moral and just society where all people are given the opportunity to love, lean, work and play in inclusive communities.  Where the worth and unique value of each person is revealed and honoured, and where we joyfully celebrate our humanity, spirituality and chosen faith.

Our Mission

Our mission is helping people with developmental disabilities flourish by creating loving homes and opportunities to grow within a secure and caring community.

Our Values

Respect:  We are core-member focused, and foster a climate of teamwork and acceptance that values each person.

Compassion:  Our work is rooted in spirituality and empathy, and relationships that support play and happiness.

Right to Choice:  We are inclusive and acknowledge the rights of our core members to make informed choices.

Integrity:  We are honest and transparent in our dealings with each other, and do what we say we will do.

Security: We are committed to the health, safety, security and stability of each person.

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Society of St Vincent de Paul

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Special Olympics BC - Victoria

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The Cridge Centre for the Family

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The Hope Through Achievement Foundation

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The Salvation Army Victoria ARC

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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

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Together Against Poverty Society

Mission Statement

The Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) is the largest antipoverty organization on Vancouver Island. It was incorporated in 1989. TAPS provides free, individual legal advocacy services for people facing income assistance, disability benefits, employment standards and tenancy issues. TAPS provides public legal education to ensure that all individuals and service providers understand their rights and responsibilities so they are better able to advocate on their own behalf. TAPS also provides broader advocacy on issues relating to poverty. 
"It is justice not charity that is wanting in the world"
~ Mary Wollstonecraft

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Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition

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Victoria Brain Injury Society

Mission Statement

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.

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Communications & Event Planning

Driving & Collections

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Office and Reception

Victoria Community Resources Society

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Victoria Disability Resource Centre

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Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association

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Mission Statement

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.

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Volunteer Access Program (at Volunteer Victoria)

Volunteer Access

Have you been challenged by mental health or substance use? Volunteer Access can provide you support towards your volunteering goals. 

Volunteer Access Mental Health Visiting & Activity Program

The Mental Health Visiting & Activity program matches community volunteers with individuals living in mental health group homes to provide companionship and reduce isolation.  

Join the Mental Health Visiting & Activity Program

Do you want to make a difference in the life of someone with mental illness? We are seeking volunteers to assist resident living in mental health group homes where isolation and loneliness can negatively impact their lives. Volunteers may visit, go for walks, provide fitness programs, teach arts and crafts, play board games, go to movies, or enjoy a common interest in the community.

We are looking for enthusiastic, compassionate and inclusive volunteers

Your time and companionship can have a huge positive effect—and it's so rewarding!

  • Social companions for both men and women to go for walks and talk, or have coffee and conversation with a resident
  • Program leaders for group home activities such as playing cards or board games
  • Arts program assistants
  • Provide fitness programs or accompany a resident to the gym or activity centre
  • Therapeutic yoga teachers at various sites
  • Do you have a musical talent to share? Playing piano or guitar at a group home will brighten the lives of the residents

These volunteer positions can provide invaluable experience for students or persons interested in mental health, psychiatry and other health-related fields. 

Ongoing support and training is provided.

For more information

Please contact the Volunteer Access Program Coordinator at accessprogram@volunteervictoria.bc.ca or call 250.386.2269 for an appointment. 

Volunteer Access is funded by Island Health Mental Health and Substance Use Services and operated by Volunteer Victoria