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).
BC Children's Hospital Foundation
Our Mission: To be a catalyst for transformative child health through excellence in philanthropy, collaboration and advocacy.
Our Vision: Every child is healthy and able to fulfill their hopes and dreams.
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.
Beckley Farm Lodge
To help build a caring society by providing excellent health, social and housing services needed by seniors, veterans and other adults.
Broadmead Care serves our community through leadership in long-term care delivery and by pioneering programs, services and methods that contribute to innovation in the health care system.
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
Community Living Victoria
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.
Cystic Fibrosis Canada - Victoria Chapter
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.
Greater Victoria Down Syndrome Society
HeadWay - Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre
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.
Help Fill A Dream
Help Fill A Dream is an immediately responsive charitable foundation. We inspire hope, help and happiness for Vancouver Island children under the age of 19 with life-threatening conditions by fulfilling their dreams, improving their quality of life and assisting their families with care and financial support.
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!
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
Island Community Mental Health
Island Deaf + Hard of Hearing Centre
Island Sexual Health Society
Kardel Consulting Services
Kardel’s mission is to help people with developmental disabilities have a good life
and to respect their personal choices
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.
Learning Through Loss
Luther Court Society
Men's Trauma Centre
To provide psychological and practical support to males sixteen years and older who suffer from the effects of trauma, in order to facilitate their emotional healing.
The Men’s Trauma Centre is a non-profit society based in Victoria, B.C. Canada. The Men’s Trauma Centre exists to provide treatment and support services to adult and late adolescent males who are survivors of physical, emotional or sexual trauma as well as support for our clients’ significant others. Apart from providing counselling and victim support services our mandate includes:
- Acquiring and developing educational materials concerning the traumatization of males and gathering statistics for dissemination to professionals and the community at large.
- Assisting other agencies, through educational outreach, to improve their responses to their own male clients who may also be survivors of trauma.
- Working in cooperation with other service agencies and professionals allows us to ensure comprehensive case management with respect to male survivors who seek treatment or support from whatever source.
We also consult with community and government groups in the areas of prevention, treatment, legal issues and other matters relating to the sexual violation of males.
The Men’s Trauma Centre is a registered non-profit society under the Society Act of BC and a registered Canadian Charity # 87557 9302 RR0001
Mercy Ships Canada
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.
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.
Oak Bay Lodge
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.
Rest Haven Lodge
Rest Haven Lodge is a Long Term Care facility located in the town of Sidney, BC. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors and has 73 publicly subsidized units by the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Each resident has their own private room complete with a two-piece washroom. The three story building provides private accommodations on the second and third floor, with recreational, dining, administrative, and support services on the first floor.
Rest Haven Lodge aims to enhance the quality of life for our residents through resident-centered care that meets physical, social, emotional, intellectual, cultural needs and interests. We understand that volunteers are a key component to this goal and that volunteers elevate and enrich the quality of services we are able to offer our residents above and beyond the exemplary care that the residents receive from our health care providers. Our volunteers bring compassion and a personal experience to life at the Lodge and allow our residents to live with dignity and self-worth.
Royal Jubilee Hospital - Volunteer Resources, VIHA
Saanich Peninsula Hospital Site, VIHA
Saanich Police Department – Block Watch Program
Seniors Serving Seniors Association of BC
Seniors Serving Seniors is a non-profit society established to promote the well being of seniors by:
Collecting, researching, and disseminating information pertinent to seniors and the support of seniors in transition.
Sooke Transition House Society
South Island Division of Family Practice Society
The South Island Division of Family Practice is a not-for-profit society lead by and for family physicians practicing in the South Vancouver Island area. The Division provides strategic leadership that shifts cultures and systems to:
- Improve patient care delivery
- Improve physician satisfaction and wellbeing
- Support sustainability
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 Prostate Centre
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
Together Against Poverty Society
Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health
Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS)
The mission of the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) is to offer compassionate peer support, prevention and treatment information and services to all persons living with HIV/AIDS and/or HCV.
To offer information and compassionate peer support, prevention and treatment information to all persons with HIV/AIDS and/or HCV through personal growth, achievement, education and cooperation.
We believe in supporting people living with HIV and HCV by offering our help to improve their lives.
We encourage our members and other people living with HIV/AIDS and/or HCV to take charge of their health and well-being.
We believe that community organizations must include people living with HIV and HCV in all aspects of services and programs that affect their lives.
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 Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling Centre
Mary Manning Centre responds to children, youth and families affected by sexual abuse and other trauma, by providing victim services, counselling, prevention and education within the Greater Victoria community, and consultation throughout the Province of British Columbia.
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 Hospitals Foundation
Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre
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.
Victoria Sexual Assult Centre
Volunteer Access Program (at Volunteer Victoria)
We Rage We Weep Alzheimer Foundation
We Rage We Weep Alzheimer Foundation is a Victoria based independent Canadian Registered Charity founded in May 2006. We support caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. In doing so we fund, administer and/or market programs and services that:
- Make a difference in the day to day lives of caregivers and their loved ones, often a life partner or parent
- Are not currently available through statutory assistance but complement that already existing within the community
Thereby easing the burden of care giving - one family at a time.