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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

Ice skating fun for our young people

Youth from all of our different programs recently had the opportunity to go ice skating and have hot chocolate at Robson Square. The folks at the Pace Group made this wonderful experience possible by donating 30 vouchers for free skate rentals and hot chocolate (the use of the rink is free).

Our volunteers who lead our recreation outings were able to snap these great pictures during the outing.

Thank you to the Pace Group for making this fun and healthy outing possible.

ice skating outing with youth 

“Go Bags” - From Idea to Community Effort

When Kirsten Nash wondered how she could help homeless people in Vancouver “on the go” the first ideas for “Go Bags” were born.  After getting a great deal on fleece fabric Kirsten set out to make 50 fleece blankets, with help from her son Jesse.  While producing the blankets Kirsten thought about putting them in bags – and adding other items too.  Wondering what would be a good addition to the blanket bags, Kirsten reached out via Facebook to friends who gave her numerous suggestions.

With help from friends and family “Go Bags” were born.  Kirsten’s garage quickly became a warehouse filled with items ranging from feet warmers to water bottles which necessitated a call-out for production line assistants!  Good friends (and fellow mums) answered the call along with their kids.  This community effort made for a quick and efficient assembly line which produced 50 “Go Bags”!  When Kirsten saw Covenant House’s Facebook posting listing items that we were in need of those 50 “Go Bags” were quickly delivered to our door.

Special thanks to Kirsten and all involved including Krista Kennedy and her family who helped assemble and drop off all the great “Go Bags” at Covenant House.  Your hard work on behalf of the youth we serve is very much appreciated!

Go Bags pictures 

It's Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week in B.C.

The week of March 9th- 15th 2015 recognizes the importance of supporting communities to develop prevention, education, enforcement and intervention strategies to address the sexual exploitation of children and youth. Activities include a  fuchsia ribbon campaign    and local school and community-based events held throughout the province. 

For more information about Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week or to request fuchsia ribbons, contact  VictimServices@gov.bc.ca 

Also check out this  Crime Prevention Information booklet  designed to assist service providers, parents/guardians, teachers, and others who are working to help prevent children and youth from being sexually exploited or to help them leave situations that are exploitative in nature. 

Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week in B.C. 

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