Organizations


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The British Columbia Council for International Development (BCCIC) is a network that engages in sustainable development and social justice issues. We are a membership-based organization made up of interested individuals, international development organizations and practitioners, and civil society organizations in British Columbia, Canada.
We are focused on promoting and supporting the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, both locally and globally. Our work includes public engagement, capacity building, networking, policy and representation, research, and youth engagement.
BCCIC is one of the leading voices for civil society organizations in the province, and acts as liaison among different provincial and national governments on matters related to Canada’s sustainable development policies.

Canadian Red Cross
The Canadian Red Cross Society is part of the largest humanitarian network in the world, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world. There are three main areas of excellence within our services – Disaster & Emergency Management, Community Health & Wellness and Prevention & Safety. We adhere to the seven Fundamental Principles; Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service and Unity.

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 City Hive is on a mission to transform the way that young people are engaged in shaping their cities and in civic processes. We break down barriers by providing opportunities like our City Shapers civic education program and our Envirolab innovation lab for youth to directly shape their cities, and help organizations and institutions to engage youth more meaningfully.

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At Coast Mental Health, we know that with compassion and courage, recovery from mental illness is possible.  With support from donors and other partners, we have been helping people find that courage since 1972.  As a Vancouver based non-profit, we know that people living with severe mental illness can thrive in our communities if they are given the right resources: housing, support services and employment and education opportunities. Our approach is client-focused and community-based. The people we serve – our clients – take the lead in their recovery, working side-by-side with Coast’s team to set goals and decide which services and programs will best help them meet these goals. They also play a key role in the overall success of the organization, whether as peer support workers; members and volunteers at our Clubhouse or Resource Centre; or part of our governance board or Planning & Partnership committee. Together, every day, we prove that recovery from serious mental illness is possible.

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The  Ending Violence Association Of BC (EVA BC) is a provincial non-profit organization that has existed in BC for 27 years and serves as a resource for over 300 community-based services and initiatives supporting survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, child abuse and criminal harassment.
Our goals are to: provide support and training to the staff and volunteers of community-based victim assistance programs in BC; undertake research, develop and distribute resources and tools to community programs serving victims in BC; educate the public on the needs of victims of violence; develop and maintain standards for the provision of service to those who have been victimized; foster the development of relevant cross sectoral initiatives across BC and support communities to maintain them; provide related education and training to criminal justice, health and social service system personnel; work in partnership with other provincial organizations, educational institutions and other key organizations in related fields to ensure cross sectoral collaboration and information exchange at the provincial level; engage in projects and programs that work toward the prevention of violence.

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At Engineers Without Borders Canada, we strive to unlock human potential.
We unlock human potential globally—collaborating with innovators across boundaries, consolidating our similarities, and learning from our differences. This enables people to contribute individually and as a collective, and to challenge the national and global policies, systems and institutions that contribute to the flawed status quo. Our fellow human beings continue to live in poverty with diminished choices: struggling to access food, water, sanitation and basic health services. In a world where there are enough resources for everyone to thrive, this is simply unacceptable. It is an affront to our beliefs. It is an affront to what is right. Our vision is a world where everyone’s basic needs are met and where everyone can live to their full potential. Our mission is to catalyze changes that address the root causes of poverty and inequity by investing in people and ideas that will contribute to building an equitable and sustainable world. We train Systems Change Leaders and partner Fellows with inventive social enterprises to foster untried methods of delivering services and new ways of operating. Together, we develop robust frameworks for businesses to innovate. We collaborate with first-of-kind innovators in Sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate the region’s entrenched challenges. While the initiatives are local, they have the potential to incite global change. The learnings from every venture are scalable and continuously refined and applied throughout the world, to the ongoing benefit of countless communities. Although we focus on Africa, the change we seek is not constrained. We work for universal change—meaningful, positive transformation at a personal level, and for communities, companies and the planet. We invest in one another to bring about change at every level. For the university student discovering the depth of his or her individual potential in our Junior Fellowship; for revolutionary small and growing businesses in our Ventures; for millions of people in Africa, Canada and all over the globe.

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 Immigrant Services Society of BC provides a supportive environment for newcomers to Canada of all backgrounds. We are here to meet your settlement, English language and employment needs.
Although ISSofBC is today one of the largest immigrant-serving agencies in Canada, with a national and international reputation in the field of migrant issues and services for immigrants and refugees, we have not strayed far from our roots.
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We believe that every person has the basic, natural right to be treated with dignity. We believe that an inclusive society is a strong society; by promoting acceptance and mutual respect, we are helping build immigrants’ futures while also building a stronger future for Canada. We are committed to creating a welcoming, hospitable environment for immigrants which facilitates their integration in Canada. We believe that each individual’s path to integration and self-sufficiency must be based on a recognition and acceptance of that person’s unique needs and aspirations.

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 MOSAIC is a registered charity serving immigrant, refugee, migrant and mainstream communities in Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley as well as throughout the province of BC and overseas via online programs.  Services are delivered from 31 client-accessible sites and include:
Settlement assistance – English language training – Employment programs – Interpretation & translation – Counselling services and Community outreach for families and individuals, including children, youth and seniors – LQBTQIA2+ specific services – Migrant worker community services

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A sanctuary in the heart of Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise ® initiative, is home to thousands of incredible ocean species and amazing aquatic life. It’s also Ocean Wise headquarters, where our scientists, educators, and conservation experts do their work, not only to protect our oceans but to inspire others to join us in our mission. Since opening in 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium has connected more than 40 million people from around the world to our oceans and all the wonders within them.

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At Options for Sexual Health, we care about the healthy sexuality of everyone (all ages, all genders, and all orientations) in British Columbia. We are Canada’s largest non-profit provider of sexual health services through our clinics, education programs, and the 1-800-SEX-SENSE information and referral line. We offer sexual and reproductive health care, information, and education from a feminist, pro-choice, sex positive perspective. We are committed to providing confidential, nonjudgmental, comprehensive, and unbiased services.

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Oxfam Canada is an affiliate of the international Oxfam Confederation networked in over 90 countries as part of a global movement for change.
Our mission is to build lasting solutions to poverty and injustice with a focus on improving the lives and promoting the rights of women and girls. We work directly with communities, partners and women’s rights organizations to challenge the systems that perpetuate inequality and keep people poor. Together we seek to influence those in power to ensure that women trapped in poverty have a say in the critical decisions that affect them, their families and entire communities. That’s why we believe that ending global poverty begins with women’s rights.

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Plan International Canada is a member of a global organization dedicated to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and are now active in more than 70 countries.
We are calling on all Canadians to Defy Normal: to believe in the power and potential of every child and to take a stand anywhere children are oppressed, exploited or left behind and anywhere girls aren’t equally valued.
 Together, we can create a world where all unleash their full potential. Visit plancanada.ca for more information and follow @PlanCanada on social media to #DefyNormal and join the conversation.

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The Society for Children and Youth of BC (SCY) is a unique provincial organization dedicated to improving the well-being of children and youth in British Columbia.
Since 1974, the Society has focused on providing a strong voice representing children and youth. We provide support to adult duty bearers to improve the well-being of children and youth in British Columbia through our programs the Child and Youth Legal Centre(CYLC), Child and Youth Friendly Communities (CYFC) and the publication of Child Rights Resources.

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The Surrey Food Bank provides food to families living in Surrey and North Delta. We pride ourselves in supplying nutritious food in a respectful and dignified environment. In addition, we believe it is our responsibility to connect our clients to other community services as a means of helping them become self-sufficient. We take pride that we “Invite, Inform, Involve and Inspire” our community.
As a non-profit, charitable organization, the Surrey Food Bank operates because of donations of money and food. These donations come from individuals, organizations and corporations. We also benefit from various fundraising efforts, such as our Breakfast with the Bank and from third party events run by other organizations. We receive no core government funding.

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The Vancouver Branch of the United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC-V) works to promote global awareness and further the work of the United Nations through educational and recognition programs, partnerships, sponsorship of media events and fundraising. We aim to inform, inspire and engage people in Metro Vancouver to accomplish the vital work of the United Nations.
Some of the many issues UNAC-V addresses include poverty, gender inequities, human rights, cross-cultural understanding, environmental degradation and threats to peace and security – all brought together under the umbrella of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
UNAC-V is a committee of the United Nations Association in Canada. UNA Canada is one of many national UNA’s around the world connected through an international network, the World Federation of UN Associations, established in 1946.

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Vancouver Native Housing Society is dedicated to providing safe, secure, affordable housing for Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals and families living in the urban setting. VNHS works in partnership with federal and provincial government agencies to subsidize tenant rent contributions and achieve affordability for individuals and families with low incomes.
Although our original and ongoing mandate is to prioritize the housing needs of the urban Indigenous community, we have expanded our operations to include housing solutions for non-Indigenous families and individuals, seniors, youth, women at risk, persons living with mental illness, as well as those who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Recognizing that providing housing alone is not enough, some VNHS buildings include on-site support services. In all of our housing developments, we strive to help connect our tenants to all available resources in the community when needed.

wilderness committee
The Wilderness Committee is the people-powered wilderness preservation group working for a wild future. Founded in 1980 as a registered non-profit society and federal charity, 60,000 supporters, volunteers and activists from coast to coast to coast work together to preserve wilderness, protect wildlife, defend parks, safeguard public resources and fight for a stable and healthy climate. We are united in our mission to protect Canada’s life-giving biological diversity through strategic research and grassroots public education. Our head office is in Vancouver, with field offices in Victoria, Winnipeg and Toronto. Find out more at WildernessCommittee.org

Women Transforming Cities

OUR MISSION: To transform our cities into spaces that work for all people by empowering self-identified women and girls, in all their diversity, through community engagement, inclusive policies, and equitable representation.
In order to work toward our mission, Women Transforming Cities advocates for the use of a Gender/Intersectional Lens on all policies, programming budgets, funding, staffing and governance.
WHAT DO WE DO? We educate, promote awareness and take action on issues such as affordable housing, violence against women, leadership, electoral reform, aboriginal women’s priorities, and the environment. We examine the impact different public policies will have on women and girls using an equity / intersectional lens that includes sex, race, gender, and income. We want women and girls to be engaged as decision makers, as elected officials, workers, planners, mothers and informed citizens to transform our cities to be more equitable and democratic for all. We ask: what changes can cities make to improve the lives of women and girls?
We work locally to internationally through Cafes, forums, the Hot Pink Paper Municipal election Campaigns eleven key issues to make cities women friendly see womentransformingcities.org  and the womenfriendlycitieschallenge.org online library of wise practices tied to the SDG’s, CEDAW and the New Urban Agenda of UN Habitat.

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World Vision Canada is a global relief, development and advocacy organization. We partner with children, families and communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.