Stories

Margaret Mitchell: A Life Rich in Contribution
When Margaret Mitchell passed away on International Women’s Day in 2017 at the age of 92, she left a legacy of advocating for the rights of women and greater economic and social ju...
Program Related Investments Allow Orgs to Own Real Estate
For the last quarter century, Vancity Community Foundation has been creating impact in a number of forward-thinking ways. One such example is by making Program Related Investments...
From Plate to Plate in their own Backyard
Loutet Farm came to fruition in a unique partnership between the North Shore Neighbourhood House, the City of North Vancouver, and the University of British Columbia. Designed to g...
Phoenix Recovery Society Facilitates Independence
In 2004, Phoenix Drug and Alcohol Recovery Society received the $1 Million Vancity Award through the Vancity grant program – as voted on by Vancity members – to finish its flagship...
Common Thread Cooperative Weaves Skills and Self-Esteem
Common Thread is a cooperative social enterprise based in Vancouver. The co-op provides practical and flexible training and employment in industrial sewing for women who are newcom...
Westcoast Genesis Society opens its doors to men in need
The Westcoast Genesis Society is a non-profit organization and registered charity that formed in April 2000. From the onset, its mission was to actively promote the physical, psych...
First Call BC Steps Up for the Vulnerable
A non-partisan coalition that supports BC children, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition has a lot to be proud of when it comes to stepping up for this province’s most...
Legacy Fund Celebrates Expression & Equality
The mandate of the Brooke Forbes Legacy Fund is to teach audio production skills to minority youth who want to tell their stories through the medium. Set up to honour long-time rad...
Mom2Mom pairs mentors with those in need of support
The work of Mom2Mom (M2M) Child Poverty Initiative Society is based on research in child development and neuroscience, which has shown that enriching children’s environments by low...
FFCF & Young Agrarians Prove Future is Ripe with Possibility
We want to grow the next generation of ecological farmers in BC. Our ideal future would be that new and young farmers are able to thrive, and that people everywhere –from all socio...
When it Comes to Farmed Salmon, KUTERRA Goes Against the Current
They said it couldn’t be done. After all, who knew that salmon could be farmed in a way that is environmentally friendly, as well as antibiotic-, and hormone-free – completely outs...
Qmunity Continues to be there for BC's LGBTQ Population
As the only queer and trans resource centre in the province, QMUNITY launched nearly four decades ago. Since that time they have been at the forefront of supporting and advocating...
Scholarship Fund Makes an Appropriate Wedding Gift
When Lyle Truden and Jeff Rios were preparing to celebrate their wedding in 2013, they knew they didn’t need a bread maker, blender, or more towels. Instead, they recognized they w...
The Pet Treat Bakery means Quality Snacks and Quality Jobs
Exceeding expectations is all the rage at Comox Valley’s Pet Treat Bakery. Not only do dogs get treated to a great assortment of locally sourced snacks, but the more snacks that Pe...
Nutritious Meals are Just the Start at Potluck Cafe Society and Potluck Catering
The Tip Jar In 2014, Potluck’s community staff worked a combined 11,465 hours, which translated into $147,481.60 in earned wages for employees facing barriers. Vancouver’s Potluck...