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Whitecaps FC select CHV volunteer Steve McMinn as club's 2015 MLS WORKS Community MVP

This just in from the Vancouver Whitecaps:

Whitecaps FC are proud to announce that the club has selected Steve McMinn for the 2015 MLS WORKS Community MVP contest. Steve is a dedicated volunteer at Covenant House Vancouver and Vancouver Street Soccer League, two community partners of the club.

The MLS WORKS Community MVP contest is a league-wide contest that acknowledges someone who is committed to making a difference in their local community. The winner receives $10,000 to give to the charity of their choice and an all-expenses paid trip to the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Denver, Colorado on July 29, 2015.

For being selected as Whitecaps FC’s Community MVP, Steve has already won $1,000 for the charity of his choice — Covenant House Vancouver. If Steve receives the most votes as a Community MVP, an additional $10,000 will be donated to Covenant House Vancouver.

League-wide voting opens today, July 10 and closes on July 29. There are no limitations on the number of times one person can vote. 

Show your support for Whitecaps FC’s Community MVP by voting now!


Covenant House provides shelter and services to more than 1,500 homeless youth in Vancouver.  Steve has been volunteering at Covenant House since 2011 in a number of roles, most notably as a soccer coach for the recreation program.

‘Coach Steve,’ as the youth call him, has played a key part in growing Covenant House’s soccer program. Before Steve stepped in, the soccer program only had four players. Thanks to Steve’s efforts and leadership, the program now has enough players for two full teams. Steve has successfully engaged many street-involved youth in the soccer program, while working to show them the importance of teamwork and determination. 

For the past two years, Whitecaps FC has won the league-wide MLS WORKS Community MVP contest with Bobby Samra and Bill Yoachim, who also used soccer as a tool for bettering the community. Together, the two winners have donated $30,000 to their respective charities of choice, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Hope and Health.

The ‘Caps are hoping to continue the winning streak! We would like to recognize Steve McMinn for promoting goodwill, demonstrating leadership qualities and using soccer as a tool to help to improve the lives of youth within our community.

A thank you from Sister Nancy Brown

Dear friends of Covenant House Vancouver,

I want to let you know how grateful I am for your wonderful support. You make it possible for us to show our youth love with a hot meal, a safe place to sleep, and even something as simple as a pair of shoes and socks.

That’s all a young man wanted the night he came through our doors. He walked in and asked if we had any socks and shoes we could give him. It had been raining for most of that week, and his feet had been soaking wet for days because he had holes in his shoes. We gave this grateful young man fresh socks and shoes. And we told him we would always be here for him – not just to give him shoes and socks, but to give him comfort, and guidance, and love.

These kids we see are so young, so frightened, and so very alone. The tragedy is that each of them runs away from home thinking “it can’t get any worse”, but many soon learn it can.

Lurking in the shadows are people who will use and abuse them and force them into doing things they’ll regret forever, and may even leave them terribly damaged.

That’s why we count so much on your lifesaving support because every life we save is thanks to friends like you.

God bless you,
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Sister Nancy Brown, S.C., O.B.C.

Reflections on an impromptu sing-along

"It was very early in the morning and I was at the tail end of a long overnight shift. About four youth were up in the common room and teasing me as usual about how I am like a camp counsellor. For some reason, they got that “read” off of me. This led them into singing some camps songs around the table, most of which I recognized. It was a cheesy scene to witness but just one of those sweet moments I cherish in this job. Our shifts are busy, overwhelming and at times there are very sad or difficult. When we have some impromptu sing-alongs like this I feel like the tough times make these moments sweeter. "   -  Lucy, Youth Worker 

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Sharing dream flag creations from a recent Girls Night

Check out these amazing dream flags  that were created at a recent Girl's Night.  Each completely free Girl’s Night will feature an activity, snacks and bus tickets are provided. Young women 16-24 will have the opportunity to connect and have fun in a safe, welcoming space with the support of our youth workers. Girl’s Nights will be held on the 3rd Monday of every month from 7pm until 9pm.

Some upcoming activities are:

Arts and crafts night
Biking the seawall

If you are a young lady and  have questions or want more information about Girl’s Nights at Covenant House Vancouver please feel free to call 604-639-8931.

Girls group Dream Flag designs

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