Knowledge Network Corporation
British Columbia’s Knowledge Network is a trusted public service broadcaster that informs, educates, and inspires. Our commercial-free programming shines a light on the environmental, social, cultural, and economic forces that affect our daily lives – crucial to building and maintaining sustainable, healthy societies today and for generations to come. Knowledge is an alternative, universally accessible service that provides programs in the public interest through television, streaming services and apps. Enjoyed by over a million viewers every week, our programming meets the diverse needs of audiences and includes educational content that fosters learning for young children and their families and programs that connect seniors to their province and the world. We also support local BC filmmakers by investing in original documentaries and programs for children.
BC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
“Putting Smiles Back Where they Belong “. BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service, pediatric acute-care hospital and serves the one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children’s Hospital and are either treated at the hospital in Vancouver or in consultation with children’s specialists, in their home community. Last year, more than 78,000 children were treated at Children’s Hospital. BC Children’s Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 120,000 people last year and had consolidated revenues of $56.4 million. Funds raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child & Family Research Institute. Since 1982, BC Children's Hospital Foundation has worked with children, families, caregivers and hundreds of thousands of British Columbians to give Children’s Hospital and the Child & Family Research Institute the resources they need to excel. Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, the foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.
BC CANCER FOUNDATION
The BC Cancer Foundation is an independent charitable organization that raises funds to support breakthrough research and care at the BC Cancer Agency. The BC Cancer Agency is responsible for cancer care and control for everyone in British Columbia. Over 70 years ago, the BC Cancer Foundation, led by a group of prominent BC citizens, created what is today the BC Cancer Agency.
NORTH SHORE LIFEBOAT SOCIETY (NSLS)
The North Shore Lifeboat Society (NSLS) is a volunteer-run, non-profit charity that supports The Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue Station 2 in North Vancouver (RCM-SAR 2). Created as a registered charity in 1987, the NSLS was formed in response to a need to have a dedicated Marine Search & Rescue presence in the waters of North Vancouver, Port Moody, Indian Arm, Burnaby, Vancouver Harbour and English Bay. The NSLS is the fundraising body responsible for the RCM-SAR presence on the North Shore. The all-volunteer society is comprised of women and men with varied backgrounds and age, who reside or work in the Lower Mainland. Most of the society's members are also active crew members with Station 2.
BATTERED WOMEN'S SUPPORT SERVICES (BWSS)
A determined group of women started Battered Women's Support Services in 1979. Over the years, BWSS has grown into a strong and dynamic organization. We continue to provide support and advocacy for women who have experienced abuse, as well as training and education about violence against women. In 1992, we committed to our mandate of delivering training and professional development. In 2002, we solidified our work as social entrepreneurs when we opened My Sister's Closet Thrift Boutique and our second location in 2007. In 2008, we re-envisioned our mandate of systemic advocacy and law reform. As part of the feminist anti-violence movement, our long-term goal is the elimination of all violence against women. In 2010, we launched The Violence Stops Here Campaign urging men to own their role in ending violence against women. After retiring our Dating Violence Program in 2007, we launched Youth Engagement in Violence Prevention in 2010. We serve over 8,000 women and deliver training and professional development to over 350 professionals each year.
ATIRA WOMEN'S RESOURCE SOCIETY
Atira Women's Resource Society is a community-based organization that supports all women, and their children, who are experiencing the impact of violence committed against them and/or their children. Through education, advocacy and outreach, Atira has proven to be an active voice in the struggle to end violence against women and their children. Our feminism-based philosophy informs all our work with ourselves, each other and the community.
UNION GOSPEL MISSION
In partnership with bighearted individuals like you, Union Gospel Mission makes friends and builds relationships with people hungry for a brighter tomorrow. We walk alongside them until they have the dignity, stability and clarity to know they can reclaim their futures. We dream of a compassionate Vancouver, and invite you to imagine a community where it's normal to help people you don't know. You can start today; help us transform lives together.
CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY
The Canadian Cancer Society was founded in 1938. We are a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life for people living with cancer. We invest in outstanding cancer research, provide reliable information on all cancers, deliver community-based support programs and lead cancer prevention initiatives. The Society relies on the generosity of donors, corporate supporters and volunteers to achieve its mission.
The mission of Make-A-Wish® Canada is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Make-A-Wish Canada is a part of the largest wish-granting organization in the world and can be found in over 36 countries on five continents. The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America grants the wishes of children in the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico through its 65 chapters, while Make-A-Wish Foundation® International serves children in over 36 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and over 30,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted more than 250,000 wishes worldwide since inception.
BC LUNG ASSOCIATION
The BC Lung Association began as the Anti-Tuberculosis Society in 1906 in response to the rapid spread of TB, the number-one killer at the turn of the century. In July 1978, the Society changed its name to the BC Lung Association, and now focuses on the entire scope of respiratory disease including asthma, COPD (chronic bronchitis and emphysema), lung cancer, sleep apnea and tuberculosis. A non-profit and volunteer-based health charity, the BC Lung Association depends on donations from the public to support lung health research, education, prevention and advocacy.
ZAJAC RANCH FOR CHILDREN
Each year, the Zajac Ranch for Children hosts hundreds of children with serious chronic illnesses and disabilities who might not otherwise have a chance to enjoy a summer camp experience. Some of our campers need dialysis, others have autism and some have physical challenges that keep them at home while other kids are outside enjoying life. The Ranch gives young people with extraordinary needs a chance to make friends, to try new things and above all, to have fun.
Harvest Project helps people who are experiencing challenging life circumstances, through channelling the resources of the community to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support that empowers people to take positive steps forward in their lives. Since 1993, Harvest Project has been reaching out to individuals and families in an attempt to help them cope with difficult life circumstances such as family break-ups, illnesses, job losses, addictions and mental health issues. We help clients overcome challenges and move towards being self-sufficient. Harvest Project nurtures the potential of every client, while coaching them towards a more positive future. Harvest Project was founded upon the core elements of dignity, respect and accountability.
THE CHILDREN'S HEART NETWORK
The Children's Heart Network is a provincial, non-profit organization offering support, information and education to families, children and youth dealing with congenital or acquired heart disease.
For families such as ours whose children have been diagnosed with heart disease, many of our hopes and dreams are different than we planned. We are challenged in ways that we never could have imagined. When a child is first diagnosed with congenital heart disease, often our most familiar supports can seem distant, leaving us feeling isolated and alone. We are families who are traveling down the road that you will also travel. Each family's journey will be unique.
One baby in every one hundred is born with a heart disease. This year in British Columbia, another 500 families will receive the news that their child has a heart defect. Half of those children will require medical intervention. With innovative medical and surgical techniques, most children with heart disease have every opportunity to lead full and productive lives.
BIG SISTERS OF BC LOWER MAINLAND
As a leading child and youth mentoring charity, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower girls to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens. Big Sisters believes that by changing the course of young lives, through supportive mentoring relationships, we can, in turn, change the course of a community's future. These positive relationships assist the girls in Big Sisters programs to gain the skills, tools and confidence to help them grow into capable and contributing members of society and help them reach their full potential as adults. Big Sisters' ongoing goal is to provide a positive mentor and role model for every girl who needs one. Big Sisters is a volunteer-based organization that encourages community citizenship through its three mentoring programs: Big Sisters Mentoring Program, Study Buddy Program and Go Girls! Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds Program. Find out more here.