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Homeless count records people living on South Surrey river

“…In an effort to get a point-in-time snapshot of the number of homeless people living in Metro Vancouver, volunteers took to the streets – and the water – to survey those who fall within the definition.

But for some, the definition of ‘homeless’ can be complicated….”

Author: Aaron Hinks
Date of Article: March 10, 2017
Source: Peace Arch News

Volunteer lends her legalese

“…A local lawyer spends most of her volunteer hours as president of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, BC & Yukon division.

“I’m in my first year of a two-year term,” said Roberta Stewart, a lawyer with Heather Sadler Jenkins in Prince George. Her practice includes corporate/commercial transactions and loans, residential conveyancing, wills and estate planning, and estates….”

Author: Christine Hinzmann
Date of Article: March 8, 2017
Source: Prince George Citizen

Volunteers crucial to Metro Vancouver homeless count now underway

“…Karen can’t walk more than a few steps in the Uptown area of New Westminster without stopping to chat with someone she knows.

It could be that she gave them a tissue, a cough drop or a cigarette when they needed one, or through her outreach activities she connected them with the services and housing that helped get their lives on track….”

Author: Jennifer Saltman
Date of Article: March 8, 2017
Source: The Province

Langley volunteers step forward to help out with community homeless count

“…The forecast for early next week calls for cold, wet weather — and volunteers will be braving those conditions to count the number of people in the Langleys who don’t have a permanent roof over their heads.

Homeless counts have taken place in Metro Vancouver every three years since 2002, and every year in Vancouver since 2010….”

Author: Troy Landreville
Date of Article: March 2, 2017
Source: Aldergrove Star

Volunteers help save pregnant woman from overdose in DTES

“…Days before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to tour Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, video has emerged of a pregnant woman overdosing in the neighbourhood.

It shows the woman motionless on the ground near Hastings and Main, where she was first tended to by the Street Saviours, a volunteer outreach group that arrived at the scene before first responders….”

Date of Article: March 1, 2017
Source: CTV News Vancouver

LGBT organization Out on Screen to receive City of Vancouver Award of Excellence for diversity and inclusion

“…The City of Vancouver’s Awards of Excellence Ceremony will be held tonight (February 28) at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews) from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The awards recognize individuals, groups, and organizations in five categories: accessible city, greenest city leadership, civic volunteer, diversity and inclusion, and healthy city for all….”

Author: Craig Takeuchi
Date of Article: February 28, 2017
Source: The Georgia Straight

Class Act: Burnaby youth ready to groove in Cuba

“…A Burnaby Grade 5 student is ready to groove in Santiago de Cuba next month with Vancouver’s School of Groove, a school devoted to the music and rhythm of Cuba, Brazil, Mexico and West Africa. Griffin Ford will be in Cuba March 16 to 27 for the International Pepe Sanchez Trova Festival.

The trip is a cultural exchange but will also provide the Canadian group with a chance to donate much-needed supplies and musical instruments to schools in Cuba….”

Author: Cornelia Naylor
Date of Article: February 15, 2017
Source: Burnaby Now

Why You Should Volunteer Abroad This Summer

“…Well hello summer! You’re finally here, forcing your unyielding heat and lengthy daylight hours on anyone who will listen. As the season rolls in, you are probably contemplating where you should go for your summer vacation. Have you ever considered volunteering abroad?…”

Author: Danielle Nelson
Date of Article: June 23, 2016
Source: The Huffington Post

Employee Volunteering Extends To The Polling Booth

“…Part of community impact is engaging in the civic life of communities, and that starts with electing national and local leaders. Holding elections hinges on the help of volunteers, so this area is one that’s ripe for employee involvement….”

Author: Ryan Scott
Date of Article: February 19, 2016
Source: Forbes

Volunteering Abroad Doesn’t Have to Be an Introvert’s Nightmare

“…Voluntourism has a bad reputation. It’s supposed to help vulnerable communities, but often it seems like the only people to benefit are the volunteers, who get new content for their resume and photos for their Instagram….”

Author: Corinne Pinfold
Date of Article: February 18, 2016
Source: Huffington Post

Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.
Helen Keller