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Sending a big "thank you" to our Volunteers for National Volunteer Appreciation Week!

April 12-18th is known as National Volunteer Appreciation Week and Covenant House Vancouver would like to send a big "Thank you" to all our Volunteers!  This week our blog will feature all things volunteer related including wonderful notes from our youth, a poem and other great volunteer experiences.

Covenant House Vancouver Volunteers have:

-Donated 10,917.5 hours of their time last fiscal year (equivalent to 6 full time staff members)
-Thank-a-Thon volunteers helped us thank 6812 donors this past fiscal year
-GIK volunteers helped sort thousands of pounds of clothing and household items
- We have had over 800 volunteer hours contributed to our Backpack campaign this past Christmas
-At this time we have 126 regular volunteers

Covenant House Vancouver would like to take this opportunity to recognize all of you who volunteer with us whether it be just for one afternoon or year-round. You share your expertise, passion, life experience and patience as you help our youth to become independent adults and we truly could not do it without you.

We thank you for all of your hard work and dedication!

Thank you to our volunteers! 

To learn more about volunteering with Covenant House Vancouver click here.  

“B.C. Youth's Mental Health” – excellent article from Vancouver Magazine

Vancouver Magazine recently published a very informative article focusing on mental health issues facing British Columbia’s youth.

The article features important statistics, what problems our young people are facing and what service providers are doing to meet the needs of these youth. Inner City Youth Mental Health Program and Covenant House Vancouver are both highlighted in the article for their work being done to help at-risk youth.

You can read the article written by Frances Bula here.

Steve Mathias photo by Carlo Ricci 
Steve Mathias from   Inner City Youth Mental Health Program
Photo by Carlo Ricci 

Norman learns how to grocery shop

A new opportunity has recently come up in the Crisis Program where youth can accompany a youth worker to buy groceries on the weekend. It was a good addition to the weekly cooking program. On one quiet evening, only one youth “Norman” expressed interest in shopping. Nonetheless, Norman and I walked over to the closest grocery store and we spoke about his plans.

I was aware that Norman was moving out soon and he disclosed that he didn’t have too much cooking experience and would like to learn more about purchasing the best groceries. As we walked through the grocery store I pointed out different items and taught Norman about the various things to look for at the store. Upon returning from the grocery store, several other youth joined Norman and me to make a meal. After the cooking group, Norman thanked me and shared how much he appreciated the experience. I was glad that Norman had taken the opportunity to join in the shopping and that it was a valuable for him.

picture of grociers 

Thank you to the Vancouver Canucks for giving our youth the opportunity to experience a game

A big thank you goes out to the Vancouver Canucks  for donating 18 tickets to see their game against Columbus on Saturday March 28th.

Young people from a variety of our different programs had the chance to attend and for many of them it was their first professional hockey experience.  Healthy recreation is an important part of supporting mental health and well-being. All of the youth were so grateful and happy to have such an exciting activity to attend!

Check out this beautiful thank you card they wrote:

Thank you card from youth

Youth  photos:

youth photo from hockey game

youth photo from hockey game

April 6 to 12 is Make-a-Will week in BC

April 6 to 12, 2015, has been proclaimed Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia with the purpose to encourage the public to write their will or bring their existing wills up-to-date.

Many British Columbians don’t have a will – according to a 2014 report for BC Notaries,  just 55 percent of us have a signed, legally valid and up-to-date will.

Having a will is critical and is the best way to ensure that the people, charities and organizations you cherish most receive the benefit of your estate. If you die without a will, your estate may not be distributed in the way you would have wished and the costs of administering your estate may also be higher.

Having a will helps ensure that important questions for parents – like who will raise your young children if both you and your spouse die – are answered.

The cost to have a will written depends on the complexity of your situation. Ask a notary or lawyer for an estimate. If your situation is straightforward, you may be able to write your own will using a kit from Self-Counsel Press. However, obtaining the assistance of a professional is always a good idea.

Wills, Estates and Succession Act

The Wills, Estates and Succession Act (WESA) came into force on March 31, 2014.

WESA is now the sole source of legislation for wills and estates; some key features of the act include:

  • Clarifying the process for distributing estates where there is no will

  • Allowing the court to recognize a document as a will even if it does not meet all the standards usually required to make a will;

  • Lowering the age at which a person can make a will to 16.

  • WESA does not invalidate wills written before March 31, 2014. However, some of the laws about interpreting wills have changed, so individuals may wish to review their existing will with a lawyer or notary to make sure their wishes can be upheld.

For more information on the Wills, Estate and Succession Act, see the Ministry of Justice’s Legislation and Consultation pages.

For more information on leaving a gift to Covenant House Vancouver in your will please contact:
Tristan Klassen at 604-639-8919 or

Make-a-Will week in BC 


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