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Make-a-Will Week

March 31 to April 6, 2014, has been proclaimed Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia and its purpose is to encourage the public to write their Will or bring an existing Will up-to-date. If you don’t have a Will, you’re not alone. According to a 2010 report for BC Notaries, just 49 per cent of British Columbians have a signed, legally valid and up-to-date Will.

A Will 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. However, obtaining the assistance of a professional is always a good idea.

Wills, Estate and Succession Act (WESA)

Make- a-Will Week 2014 coincides with the Wills, Estate and Succession Act (WESA) which came into force on March 31, 2014.

WESA streamlines seven acts into one act, provides greater certainty for individuals who put their last wishes into writing, and clarifies the process for distributing estates where there is no Will.

The new act also:

  • Allows the court to recognize a document as a Will even if it does not meet all the standards usually required to make a Will;
  • Helps courts ensure a deceased person’s last wishes are respected; and
  • Lowers 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 leaving a gift to Covenant House Vancouver in your Will please contact:
Michelle Bernard at 604-639-8915 or

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CHV is the Whitecaps Community Partner for the March 29th game!

We are so excited to share that Covenant House Vancouver has been selected as the ‘Caps Community Partner for the March 29th home game against Houston!

Come visit our staff and volunteers in Terry Fox Plaza from 2:30 until 4:00 for games, and enter to win one of 4 great prizes from our raffle! Tickets will be on sale for $5 each with all proceeds benefiting Covenant House Vancouver.

A huge thank you to the local organizations that provided prizes for our raffle, as well as the Vancouver Whitecaps for this wonderful opportunity!

  • Steve Nash Sports Club
  • BC Sports Hall of Fame
  • Granville Island Hotel
  • Bridges Restaurant
  • The Opus Hotel
  • The Georgian Court Hotel
  • The Sylvia Hotel
  • Craft Beer Market
  • The Rain City Brigade
  • Muniques Gift and Sport Station

We look forward to seeing you Saturday and cheering the ‘Caps on to a win against the Houston Dynamo!

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Carl's mission was finding work & accommodations

Carl arrived at CHV about a month ago and this is his first stay in our Shelter. I met him on his second afternoon with us and he seemed friendly, motivated and well-spoken. Carl shared with us that he wanted to look for work and find his own accommodation.

Knowing this I was preparing to discuss resources Carl could access in the community to improve his job search. As soon as I met with Carl I realized this information was not needed. Carl started off the conversation by telling me he was planning on accessing Career Zone (a job search hub) and work on his resume.

I asked how he found out about Career Zone, and he said he asked about this during his intake as he was anxious to find a job. He later told me that during his first day in shelter he researched job training programs and set himself up with appointments for the upcoming week. Needless to say I was impressed. Within a week he was attending multiple interviews and had a solid lead on a construction job. The following week Carl informed me he had found full-time work at a construction site. I was thrilled to hear this and to see how proud he was of himself. Carl has been working at his job for the past week and a half and says he loves it.

Carl is now focusing on searching for housing and looking for his own place. Way to go Carl!

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Comedy Show Fundraiser in Support of CHV

Vancouver Diamond Campus Lions Club is hosting the 2nd Annual Covenant House Vancouver Fundraiser at
Yuk Yuk's on Friday March 28th at 10:30pm. Come out for 10:00 to grab a drink and a spot. We filled out quick last year!

Tickets are $20 each and proceeds will go to Covenant House Vancouver. Feel free to invite your friends, family, or anyone you think will enjoy a great show!

The feature comedian at the comedy show this year is: "Christopher Molineux...He has had over 20 years experience as a stand-up comedian performing at Just for Laughs and working with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey and Ellen DeGeneres".

Last year this event was tons of fun, had lots of laughs and was able to raise $1000.00 for Covenant House!

Tickets can be purchased through members of the VDCLC through Facebook or Twitter.

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It was wonderful to witness the hope and optimism radiating from Anne

The first time I met Anne she wouldn’t or couldn’t even make eye contact with me. I was doing her intake and she had just arrived in BC from Alberta with her boyfriend. During the intake we ask questions to help us learn about the youth and how we can help them. Anne would just give one word answers and would talk very softly. Anne did not end up completing the intake or staying in the Crisis Shelter that night, she chose to leave. Often the decision to come to stay in our Shelter is an emotional one and sometimes the young person is not ready to take that step.

I am happy to say Anne returned a day later and was welcomed by another youth worker. About a month into her stay at the Shelter, I approached Anne at the kitchen table and asked her how she was doing. Anne looked up at me, making eye contact, and gave me a big smile and started to converse with me about her day. It is hard to believe that she was the same shy girl I had met a month ago. It was wonderful to witness the hope and optimism radiating from her and I look forward to seeing her grow even further.

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