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James works on putting healthy boundaries in place

I took 5 youth to the Vancouver Art Gallery to see the current exhibition. As soon as we entered the gallery all but one of the youth scattered, happy to explore by themselves. This youth, James, stuck by my side the entire 2 hours we roamed the gallery. We discussed the materials used to make the art, the colors and the messages each work conveying. Throughout the evening James kept receiving and sending texts and appeared to be flustered each time a new message came in.

I commented after some time saying, “You must be popular tonight; you seem to be getting lots of texts.” I think it was a comment he had been waiting for, or more so an invitation to talk about what was going on for him via text. James explained to me that his friend knew he had received a large cheque today. James’ friend was bugging him to go out drinking that night.

James was worried he would blow all his money, be tempted to drink and not go to school the next day.  James and I strategized about how he could choose to spend his time not drinking that night. We hung out in the gallery till close. We wandered home through the Downtown area talking. He picked up a bag of Cheetos and that night he relaxed in the common area  at ROP watching an action movie, while putting healthy boundaries in place with his friend. Before the end of my shift, I made special note to again connect with James. I congratulated him on making a really tough decision to practice self-care that night. I told him I was proud of his choice. James gave me a big smile and said “thanks”. 

quote on boundaries 

3rd Annual Comedy Show Fundraiser in support of CHV

Vancouver Diamond Campus Lions Club is hosting the 3rd Annual Covenant House Vancouver Fundraiser at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club on Friday March 27th at 9:30pm.

Doors open at 9:00 pm, so come out early to grab a drink and a spot. We sold out and reached capacity quick last year! The show will be featuring Brett Martin as MC, with Adam Richmond as headliner.

Tickets are $20 each and proceeds will be coming to us here at Covenant House Vancouver. Message the Vancouver Diamond Campus Lions Club through their Facebook page for tickets! Feel free to invite your friends, family, or anyone you think will enjoy a great show!

Click here to learn more and get tickets. 

comedy show in support of Covenant House 

Krista Thompson has been nominated for a Women of Distinction Award

Our Executive Director Krista Thompson  has been nominated for the 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the category of Non-profit or Public Service. Recognized nationally, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honours individuals and organizations whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community.

Covenant House Vancouver is very proud and excited to see our leader honoured by this nomination. To learn more about the work Krista has done for Covenant House click here. Congratulations to all of the nominees in this year's YWCA Women of Distinction Awards!

To learn more about the Women of Distinction Awards visit their website here

Krista Thompson Executive Director of Covenant House Vancouver 
Krista Thompson, Executive Director of Covenant House Vancouver

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