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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).

How Can I Help:

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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Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria

Mission Statement

The Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria Mission:

 

"To provide a safe supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and build confidence and skills for life."

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John Howard Society of Victoria

Mission Statement

Effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime.

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Parent Support Services Society of BC

Mission Statement

Our Vision

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

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Salvation Army - Public Relations Office

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The Salvation Army Victoria ARC

Mission Statement

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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Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition

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Victoria Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling Centre

Mission Statement

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.

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Victoria Parole Office

Mission Statement

The Correctional Service of Canada, as part of the criminal justice system and representing the rule of law, contributes to the protection of society by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens, while exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane control.

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Victoria Police Department

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Victoria Sexual Assult Centre

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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