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).
Bayanihan Cultural and Housing Society
BC Cancer Agency - Victoria
Beacon Community Services
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.
Canadian Red Cross - Victoria
The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.
Capital City Volunteers
Connecting generations and enhancing independence by providing outreach and volunteer services to seniors and people living with disabilities in the Municipality of Victoria.
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.
Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria
Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria
Cook Street Village Activity Centre
District 69 Society of Organized Services
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
Esquimalt Neighbourhood House
Esquimalt Parks and Recreation
Working in partnership with our residents, organizations and other municipalities, to develop a healthy and active community by ensuring access to recreation, parks and community development programs and services.
Fairfield Gonzales Community Association
Family Services of Greater Victoria
Family Services of Greater Victoria helps children, youth, and adults manage the challenges of separation, divorce, or transition to a new family structure. Our highly qualified staff, working with other community agencies, provides information and practical and emotional support so people facing these challenges can make the decisions that are best for everyone. BCFIT believes all individuals can find ways to move forward in their lives when family relationships have changed or are changing.
Gorge Road Hospital
Greater Victoria Green Team
We restore, conserve and enhance our natural environment by engaging volunteers in educational hands-on activities.
Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society
Heart and Stroke Foundation BC & Yukon - Victoria Area Office
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) helps individuals and organizations to connect across cultures. We provide information, support and tools to help immigrants and refugees reach their goals. By engaging people through networks, education, employment, and arts programming we create a welcoming community.
International Metaphysical Academy
Island Health - South Island Residential Sites
James Bay Community Project
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.
James Bay New Horizons Society
John Howard Society of Victoria
Effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime.
Life Cycles Project Society
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.
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 Volunteer Services
Oak Bay Volunteer Services (OBVS) provides direct volunteer services to Oak Bay residents of all ages on a one-to-one basis. Clients live in the Municipality of Oak Bay, can be of any age, and are individuals in need of volunteer help because of health, financial or other needs.
Our services include (but are not limited to): Driving to medical appointments, shopping and errands, visiting, walking, writing letters, reading, minor repairs, good day phone calls, income tax help, etc.
Our Purpose is to provide clients with individual services and social contacts in such a way as to help them maintain their independence and improve their quality of life.
Oaklands Community Association
Strengthening the Oaklands community by providing programs, services, and resources for its residents, businesses and visitors.
Oasis Society for the Spiritual Health of Victoria
Open Space Arts Society
Founded in September 1972, Open Space is a non-profit artist-run centre located in Victoria, British Columbia. For over forty years, Open Space has supported professional artists who utilize hybrid and experimental approaches to media, art, music, and performance. As an exhibition and performance centre, Open Space reflects the wide diversity of contemporary art practices in Victoria, across Canada, and beyond. Our commitment to contemporary artists is an inclusive situation, embracing work by artists of different disciplines, media, generations, cultures, and communities.
Open Space supports experimental artistic practices in all contemporary artsdisciplines, acting as a laboratory for engaging art, artists, and audiences.
Open Space Arts Society Vision Statement (2010)
Our Place Society
Our Place Society is a community centre serving Greater Victoria's most vulnerable citizens: the working poor, impoverished elderly, the mentally and physically challenged, the addicted and the homeless. We serve over 1,500 meals per day, and provide hot showers, free clothing, counseling and outreach services, plus 45 transitional housing units. Most importantly, we provide a sense of hope and belonging to our neighbours in need.
Become part of a fantastic team of compassionate people assisting Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens. For more information, visit our website https://www.ourplacesociety.com/ or call our Volunteer Services team at 250-388-7112 Ext. 243 or email email@example.com
Pacific Centre Family Services Association
Pacific Peoples' Partnership
Pandora Arts Collective Society
THE LITTLE GROUP THAT COULD! The Pandora Arts Collective Society is a caring and open community of people whose mission is to join together around the creative arts as a healing process. We facilitate and support a 'happier state of mind' through the social and educational benefits of a free and welcoming creative arts space. From humble beginnings our motto was realized, it states: "That which creates itself cannot be destroyed" which speaks to the empowering effect that creating art in a group setting has in building confidence and self-esteem. As a grass roots organization, the Collective is run largely by the members. We are supported by the community through private and public donations of materials, money and time. We employ an "Open Studio" Facilitator during the large group sessions and our participants are self-directed with their own art projects. We would like to invite you to join us and experience creating something special together.
Charitable Organization: 819111279RR0001
Point Ellice House and O'Reillys' Restaurant
Point Ellice House, 2616 Pleasant St. was the abode of a prominant family who lovingly filled their home with a vast collection of victorianna. To preserve and maintain this heritage house and garden, tours,teas and meals are offered on a daily basis except Tuesdays and Wednesdays when they are closed.The Point Ellice House Preservation Society wish to provide Victoria residents and visitors with an authentic journey back to a more gentile time, where ladies wore long gowns, and men top hats. They entertained their family and friends in the drawing room ,or had tea and played croquet on the exspansive lawn ,over looking the Gorge water way. Point Ellice is a Victoria treasure, that welcomes volunteers to share it's history , the original garden and help serve delectable teas and meals.
Recreation Integration Victoria
Facilitating active lifestyles for people with disabilities
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.
Saanich Emergency Program
Saanich Neighbourhood Place
Saanich Peninsula Hospital Site, VIHA
Salvation Army - Sunset Lodge
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.
Silver Threads Service
Society Of Friends Of St. Ann’s Academy
Society of St Vincent de Paul
Sooke Region Volunteer Centre
Special Olympics BC - Victoria
The Bateman Foundation
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.
Together Against Poverty Society
United Way - Victoria
University of Victoria English Language Centre (ELC) Study Centre
University of Victoria Student Recruitment
University of Victoria: Co-op & Career
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 Immigrant & Refugee Centre
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 Literacy Connection (formerly Literacy Victoria Society and READ Society)
Victoria Marine Rescue Society
Victoria Sexual Assult Centre
To enrich lives through the shared experience of extraordinary music.
Victoria Women's Transition House Society
Volunteer Access Program (at Volunteer Victoria)
Providing leadership to the non profit community since 1974, Volunteer Victoria is the primary recruitment and referral centre for the Greater Victoria Region. Guided by the principles of civil society we enrich the quality of life in our community through volunteer involvement.
Volunteer Victoria’s Mission is to advance the value of volunteerism in Greater Victoria by providing leadership and training in volunteer and non-profit management.
Our Vision is to build healthy communities enriched by volunteers.
For more information please visit our website at www.volunteervictoria.bc.ca
W2S is a non-profit society that helps women-in-need on Vancouver Island “dress their best” for that all important job interview or their first few days on the job. We provide suitable clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as other essential services such as haircuts, make-up and alterations. Clients are referred to us by agencies that provide job training, skills development and job re-entry services for women of all ages and backgrounds.
WITS Programs Foundation
The WITS Programs bring together schools, families and communities to create responsive environments that help elementary school children deal with bullying and peer victimization.
The WITS Programs Foundation supports schools and other organizations to inspire students to believe in healthy relationships
We believe that every child should be seen, heard, and feel that what they say makes a difference.
Our vision is a culture where children can live, grow, play and learn, while feeling safe and valued.