Action Committee of People with Disabilities
Our mission is to put into action through advocacy the empowerment, social inclusion, and economic equity for all People with Disabilities.
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).
The Anawim Companion Society, which serves our community through Anawim House, was founded on the following guiding beliefs and principles:
Poverty is a condition of our shared humanity. Physical, emotional, spiritual and social poverty exists at all levels of human society. Often poverty is unacknowledged and remains unchallenged. Such poverty leaves one feeling empty, powerless, alienated and in despair.
B. Core Belief
Beyond the face of poverty, there exists a whole person worthy of dignity, equality and unconditional love who needs to be accepted and reunited to humanity. We believe absolutely in the value of each human being to creatively live out his or her life.
Every person has the right to self-determination, mutual participation and love. If for any reason an individual cannot participate wholly in society, that person retains the right to belong with respect in a safe, healthy and caring environment. Poverty and its effects do not give us the right to impose judgment or limitations upon the poor.
We are guardians of one another and the responsibility to respond to human poverty belongs equally to us all. We confront poverty as a human condition that can be understood, alleviated and healed. The pain and suffering of poverty must be met with compassion, companionship, generous giving and social action if it is to be reduced or eliminated. Each of us has been granted remarkable gifts and blessings that must be shared for the benefit of all.
Poverty and its effects can only be alleviated by healing the whole person. We are dedicated to overcoming poverty by becoming compassionate companions with the poor while providing for their needs. We offer friendship for friendship. Our commitment to fulfill this mission will reduce the powerlessness, suffering and alienation of poverty.
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.
BC SPCA Wild ARC
BC SPCA Wild ARC is a wild animal rehabilitation centre operated by the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. As the only wildlife rehabilitation centre on southern Vancouver Island, Wild ARC treats 2,500 wild animals annually from throughout the region.
Wild ARC's mission is to provide humane care to injured, orphaned, sick and distressed wildlife based on established rehabilitation standards and the animal's natural history. Each patient is treated individually and assessed for eventual release back into the wild. Wild ARC also aims to educate the public about wildlife, animal welfare, and co-existing with nature, as over 80% of the wild animals treated at Wild ARC are impacted by human activity.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria
At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria We believe in the power and values of Mentoring.
As Canada’s leading child and youth mentoring charity,
Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates life-changing
relationships that inspire and empower children and youth
to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens.
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
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Cook Street Village Activity Centre
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.
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Creating Homefulness Society- Woodwynn Farms
Woodwynn Farms is a therapeutic community for the homeless with a unique and compassionate approach to helping people in need. Participants and volunteers live and work together on the farm, each day beginning with yoga along with mindfulness practices woven throughout the day. Meals are enjoyed together, consisting of nutritious, organic farm-grown food. This brings people back to health physically, spiritually, and mentally, so they can flourish and contribute to their communities. We operate by the motto believe in people until their ready to believe in themselves.
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.
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
Greater Victoria Festival Society
Greater Victoria Green Team
We restore, conserve and enhance our natural environment by engaging volunteers in educational hands-on activities.
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!
HepCBC Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Society - Greater Vancouver Area
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
Internet for Humanity
John Howard Society of Victoria
Effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime.
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.
Langham Court Theatre
A welcoming theatre community with a passion for creating vibrant, engaging entertainment.
Phoenix Human Services Association
Phoenix Human Services provides programs that recognize the uniqueness of individuals and create opportunities to enhance their strengths and resourcefulness.
Quadra Village Community Centre - Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee
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.
Rocky Point Bird Observatory
Rocky Point Bird Observatory’s mission is to conserve birds through long-term ecological monitoring, scientific research and community outreach. Our primary role is to monitor the population trends, productivity and survivorship of songbirds in coastal British Columbia through daily surveys and bird banding. We also have a strong commitment to public education and training.
Saanich Volunteer Services Society
A one on one direct volunteer service that promotes independent living and enhances quality of life for Saanich residents by providing coordinated volunteer services and connection to community resources.
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.
Shekinah Homes Society
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 is helping people with developmental disabilities flourish by creating loving homes and opportunities to grow within a secure and caring community.
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.
Southern Vancouver Island Nature Trails Society
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.
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary
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.
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
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)
West Shore Arts Council
About the West Shore Arts Council
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Women In Need - WIN
At Victoria Women In Need Community Cooperative (WIN), we support women along their journey between crisis, financial self sufficiency and wellness. Our programs are there for women along each step of their journey.
We are there when she is in crisis and needs to access essential goods, we are there when she is setting up her own home after leaving a transition house, we are there when she is building a strong community of support. And finally, when she is ready, we are there to provide training, education and financial support to help her achieve her goals of financial self sufficiency and wellness.
How do we do this? We collect donated goods and provide affordable high quality clothing, household items and furniture through three Resale Shops in Victoria. The revenue from our shops, together with financial donations, covers the entire cost of running our non profit cooperative, and funds our empowerment programs for women. So whether you are a shopper or a donor, you too have a hand in transforming our community.