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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:

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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

General Interests

Greater Victoria Festival Society

General Interests

Uncategorized

Greater Victoria Green Team

Mission Statement

We restore, conserve and enhance our natural environment by engaging volunteers in educational hands-on activities.

Environmental volunteers

Become an environmental volunteer with the Greater Victoria Green Team and help restore our natural parks and ecosystems!

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.

Board Members

Committees and organizational skills

HepCBC Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Society - Greater Vancouver Area

Volunteer Opportunities in Lower Mainland

Please read about HepCBC's many volunteer opportunities!

Our goal is to eliminate hepatitis C from the world, starting in British Columbia.

You''ll be surprised to learn how many different kinds of jobs we have available!

Internet for Humanity

Board Member

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.

General Interests

Southern Vancouver Island Nature Trails Society

Mission Statement

Mission - The Nature Trails Society will connect communities by formalizing the managed         access of a world class outdoor recreation network of shared use trails for all ages, abilities, and            experiences.

Uncategorized

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.

General Interests

General Volunteer Opportunities

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.

General Interests

WITS Programs Foundation

Mission Statement

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.

General Interests

YMCA-YWCA of Greater Victoria - Y Young Moms Program

Mission Statement

To provide safe, affordable housing for young moms and children that supports a sense of community where resident families feel safe, valued and respected.

General Interests