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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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Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Mission Statement

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.

Ballet Victoria

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Baptist Housing

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.

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Marrion Village

Marrion Village is an Assisted Living and subsidized Senior Housing community, perfectly situated in the desirable neighbourhood of Oak Bay, Victoria.

Shannon Oaks

Shannon Oaks is a premier independent living retirement residence with located in Oak Bay, Victoria.

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BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Mission Statement

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.

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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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Burnside Gorge Community Association

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Burnside Gorge Community Association (BGCA) is to lead, promote and support prevention and intervention based initiatives which encourage healthy, inclusive, socially just living. The BGCA strives to provide a continuum of high quality programs and supports that strengthens the lives of children, youth and families throughout the Capital Regional District.

What We Do
BGCA provides social support, child care, recreation, youth and family services, and community development programs as well as a number of special events and partnership initiatives to children, youth, families and seniors in the Greater Victoria area. Programming includes:

Child care – Pre-school, out-of-school care, winter, spring and summer day camps.

Youth and Family Services – School and community based counselling services for families who struggle with parenting, homelessness, finances and other issues that are a barrier to meeting their children’s needs; youth outreach to at risk youth and youth transitioning from Government care to independence; family drop-in programs including a weekly community dinner and a Resource Room for low-income families to access free clothing, food and toiletries.

Housing and Asset Development – Direct housing and financial support to families in housing and financial crisis; long term asset building programs for families in subsidized housing; financial literacy workshops to youth and adults throughout the CRD.

Recreation and Special Events – Range of fitness and recreation opportunities for children, youth, families and seniors; community and special events; adventure day camps for youth during spring, summer and winter breaks.

Community Development – Burnside Gorge Community News with a distribution of 8,000; Community History projects; Public Art projects; environmental initiatives such as Friends of Cecelia Ravine and the Cecelia Ravine Community Gardens.

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Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation BC/Yukon

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Creatively United for the Planet Society

Mission Statement

Creatively United for the Planet is a registered not-for-profit society dedicated to empowering communities and individuals to take better care of the Earth.

We showcase and celebrate the important work that people are doing to make a difference to ensure where we live, work, eat, play and study remains beautiful, vibrant, healthy and resilient.

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Downtown Victoria Business Association

Mission Statement

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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Early Music Society of the Islands

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Fairfield Gonzales Community Association

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Fernwood NRG

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Friends of Music Society

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Friends Uniting for Nature Society

Mission Statement

FUN Society is a dynamic, youth-driven organization dedicated to making learning about the environment and becoming an agent for positive change a fun and rewarding experience. FUN Society is a registered Canadian charity that creates and runs hands-on environmental education programs for kids and youth.

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Gardens at HCP (Horticulture Centre of the Pacific)

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Mission Statement

The HCP will achieve its vision by effectively executing its mission of:

  • Providing an inspiring natural learning environment in which visitors and students can learn responsible horticulture and conservation practices and the importance of plants to a sustainable world.
  • Reaching out to our community and the world with innovative education programs that connect people, especially children, with plants and nature and increase awareness of the importance and fragility of our natural environment.
  • Developing, cataloguing and displaying a rich collection of plants that demonstrates the rich heritage of plants that can be grown in our climate and contributes to the protection of biodiversity.
  • Demonstrating responsible stewardship of our conservation lands through our sustainable management practices, habitat restoration and education programs.
  • Providing high quality, accredited education for horticulture professionals by responding to the needs of the horticulture industry and our students through innovative programs.
  • Engaging in research with partners in plant sciences to expand our knowledge of native plants and their importance for biodiversity and sources of food.

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Greater Victoria Festival Society

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Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival

Mission Statement

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.

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Committees and organizational skills

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Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame

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Island Sexual Health Society

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James Bay Market Society

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KidSport Greater Victoria

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Life Cycles Project Society

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Oaklands Community Association

Mission Statement

Strengthening the Oaklands community by providing programs, services, and resources for its residents, businesses and visitors. 

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Operation Trackshoes

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Parks Canada - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Mission Statement

 

Our Mandate

On behalf of the people of Canada, we protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations. 

Our Vision for Volunteering 

Parks Canada and volunteers share ideas, knowledge, talent and skills to build a legacy for Canada's natural and historic treasures. By lending a hand, Parks Canada volunteers feel connected, enrich their lives and make a difference. 

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Power To Be Adventure Therapy

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Quadra Village Community Centre - Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee

Mission Statement

 

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.

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Saanich Police Department – Block Watch Program

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Shelbourne Community Kitchen Society

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Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

Mission Statement

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.

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The Festival Centre

Mission Statement

Welcome to our World Festivals Destination Events!

The Festival Centre is your gateway to great, free admission festivals here in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. We represent three non-profit Societies, each presenting their own unique festival. By Combining our administrations we are able to maximize our efforts in providing incredible, world class outdoor fun here on southern Vancouver Island.

Victoria International Kite Festival: May

Victoria International Buskers Festival: July

Victoria International Chalk Festival: September

 

 

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Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

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Victoria Film Festival

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Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre

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Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society

Mission Statement

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.

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Victoria Marathon Society

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Victoria Symphony

Mission Statement

To enrich lives through the shared experience of extraordinary music.

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Symphony Splash

Victoria Symphony Splash can’t happen without the support of over 350 volunteers each year, doing things from setting up tents to leading the parades to getting donations from the crowd. We’re looking for good people to help put on this iconic Victoria event, and hope you’re interested!

Benefits of Volunteering at Victoria Symphony Splash

  • Be part of one of the largest outdoor orchestral events in North America and one of Vancouver Island’s signature summer events!
  • Give back to your community and be part of a fantastic team!
  • Support the Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island’s largest arts organization
  • Meet new and interesting people while you hear wonderful music in a spectacular setting
  • Get a Splash volunteer t-shirt and invitation to the Splash Volunteer after-party in August
  • Receive a ticket voucher for a concert in the Victoria Symphony’s 2017/18 season

Volunteer shifts are generally 4 hours long and happen all throughout the day on August 6, 2017

Thank you and we’ll see you at Splash!

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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Victoria West Community Association

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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 

We Rage We Weep Alzheimer Foundation

Mission Statement

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.

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West Shore Arts Council

Mission Statement

About the West Shore Arts Council

 

Mandate

The West Shore Arts Council serves the residents of five communities: Langford, Colwood, View Royal, Metchosin and Highlands, which form part of the Capital Regional District on Southern Vancouver Island. The population in our area is currently close to 100,000 and expected to double over the next twenty years. The West Shore Arts Council is the lead advocate for public understanding of, participation in and appreciation of the arts, culture and heritage and their valuable contribution to a vibrant community. In addition to serving the population within our communities, we act as a conduit for information exchange between other arts councils, maximizing opportunities for our members.

Our Mission

  • to encourage creative participation and excellence in the arts, culture and heritage;
  • to encourage the development of opportunities to perform and to exhibit the arts, culture and heritage;
  • to act as a clearing house for information pertaining the arts, culture and heritage;
  • to promote and foster public interest, appreciation and understanding of the arts, culture and heritage;
  • to bring community planning priorities in the arts, culture and heritage to the attention of the local, regional, provincial and federal authorities;
  • to encourage and advocate for arts education and cultural development in the West Shore communities of Colwood, Highlands, Langford, Metchosin and View Royal.

Organization

The West Shore Arts Council is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Arts Council could not exist without its volunteers and if you would like to get to know your fellow Arts Council members better, and have some fun at the same time, please consider volunteering.

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