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In 2019 the West Vancouver Foundation celebrated 40 years of bringing people and projects together to create impact in West Vancouver.  In 2019 we granted to over 80 organizations and individuals.  In 2020, due to COVID-19 we created 2 new grant programs and as a result we have granted to over 95 projects this year, as of October, for over $621,000. Find out more about some of the impact the collective generosity of our donors has made in the community. To apply for a grant, find out more here

North Shore Rain Garden

Douglas Park, Mary Bayes Memorial Garden

Funds: Howard Martin 

Grant Program: Micro Grant

The North Shore Rain Gardens Project is an initiative of many groups including the Western Resident's Association, District of North Vancouver, Nature Trust of BC and SFU's Faculty of Environment. This project was a tribute to local resident, Mary Bayes, a long-time community volunteer, engaged resident and champion of Horseshoe Bay and West Vancouver. 


West Vancouver Streamkeepers

Nelson Creek Estuary Enhancements

Funds: Ian & Rosemary Mottershead Fund

Grant Program: Community Grant

The goal of this project is to build a fish ladder at the mouth of Nelson Creek, to allow better access to spawning salmon. Nelson Creek was once a productive spawning stream but changes over the last 75 years have severely impacted fish access. With the recent good weather (October) and favourable tides the installation of the fish ladder is now substantially complete and ahead of schedule. 

Nelson Creek Fish Ladder Construction

BC SPCA - West Vancouver Branch

COVID-19 Emergency Response

Funds: North Shore COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund (funded by donations from the community)

Grant Program: North Shore COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant

On behalf of all of us at the BC SPCA we thank you for your generosity and compassion. This gift received from the West Vancouver Community Foundation, will directly impact the lives of animals in need at our West Vancouver branch.

Donor support is crucial in these unprecedented times. The BC SPCA has been deemed an essential service by the government of BC. We are preparing for a significant escalation in demand for the following services:

  • Compassionate boarding of pets whose owners are hospitalized, quarantined or fleeing interpersonal violence;
  • Sheltering of abandoned or surrendered animals;
  • Emergency supplies for owned animals; and
  • Emergency veterinary assistance for pets of vulnerable populations.

It is essential for public health and safety, and communities under considerable stress, that we remain able to care for vulnerable animals and their humans. Thanks to you, we can be.






Funds: Ian & Rosemary Mottershead Fund

Grant Program: Community Grant

The community benefits from this grant came in many forms.  First, the space will continue to be a warm, comfortable, livable space for seniors who are both Canadians & NEW Canadians from Iran.  The upgrades have given a new revitalized energy within the members and volunteers at The Centre. Through word of mouth, other seniors come to see the improvements and consider being part of the programs offered each week day.  When seniors are involved and having fun together it reduces stress in their lives which create a healthier person both physically and mentally.

Without this financial help, we would not have had the funds required to do this upgrade.  This will benefit all our members and volunteers to a total of over 150 people.  Our new upgraded space will allow us to open our doors to other groups like “Art Crawl” which will benefit local artists and art lovers.

Susan, North Shore Volunteers for Seniors


NS News Oct 16
Adine Mees and Elaine McHarg of the West Vancouver Foundation discuss Vital Signs with Susan Philcox of North Shore Volunteers for Seniors.
photo Mike Wakeeld, North Shore News

Read more in the October 16, 2019 North Shore News article. 





Funds: Howard Martin Fund

Grant Program: Community Grant

Avalon Women’s Centre North Shore aims to provide a safe, supportive refuge for women who are struggling with addiction. By providing this space for women to access childminding, peer support, counselling, education and mentoring, we were able to play an important role in many women’s recovery process. Thanks to the support of funders like West Vancouver Foundation, we were able to provide all these services at no cost, helping to reduce barriers for women who are single parents or struggling financially and are unable to afford vital addiction support.

J is a 22 year old single mom with an 8-month old son, B.  Almost every day, during the week and on weekends, J brings B in a stroller by bus. They are both well-dressed, with clean blankets and supplies.  She is patient and calm with B and he is so delightful, everyone loves to see him smile and wiggle with joy.  He trusts the Avalon childminder, so mom can attend her peer support meeting on her own. Here, she can connect with women of all ages and be supported by other young moms who understand her and her struggles.  If you saw them, you would find it hard to believe that just a year ago, J was on the street, in an abusive relationship, taken there by inter-generational trauma and addiction.  While pregnant, she went to treatment and was referred to us by community partners for aftercare.  In the four months she’s been here, she has blossomed into a self-assured and sociable young woman.  Eager to turn around and help others, J recently introduced a pregnant friend to Avalon, bringing her in for help and referrals. Recently, J also started leading the Friday peer support meeting and is actively welcoming and supporting other women who are new in recovery.

Caitlin, Avalon Recovery Centre


Seniors at Housing Risk Program

Funds: Ian & Rosemary Mottershead Fund

Grant Program: Community Grant

Hollyburn Family Services Society’s Seniors at Housing Risk Outreach program supported a senior couple both of whom had complex health issues and were at grave risk of losing their housing. They were living in a 2 bedroom apartment and paying more in rent than their combined incomes allowed. They were constantly in financial stress. In addition, the gentleman was recently re-diagnosed with cancer after several years of remission. He was the primary caregiver to his wife who has advanced Parkinson's. The wife lost much of her speech, further complicating the situation as the wife had been the voice of the immigrant couple with her proficient English. The couple’s adult son, who lives out of town also acted as a care-giver, advocate, driver, and companion when he could.  It was hard not to see the love shared by the family but it was also noticeable that the husbands own health was declining as he cared for his wife.

Once we learned the complexities of this family's situation, we were able to work collaboratively with Vancouver Coastal Health to increase home care supports for the family. This eased some of the burden on the husband and the son. We helped the family access an adult day respite program, a free eyeglasses program and offered emotional support while addressing their housing instability. Through an existing partnership with a housing provider, we were able to provide the couple with a subsidized one bedroom apartment. This saved the couple hundreds in rent every month. They can now focus on their health without the stress of housing and financial instability.

Joy, Hollyburn Family Services

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Children of the Street Program

Taking Care of Ourselves, Taking Care of Others Workshops

Funds: Howard Martin Fund, Kershaw Fund, Carpenter Fund

Grant Program: Community Grant

Funding from your Foundation helped us give children and youth living in your community the information and practical tools needed to learn how to keep themselves, and their peers, safe from all forms of sexual exploitation.

Again this year, the West Vancouver School District asked us to present our workshops to all elementary school students.  In total, we provided 37 workshops in your community. (1,300 children and youth living in West Vancouver were reached.)

This past school year, the number of children and youth coming forward with disclosures increased by almost 20%, the prior year our disclosure rates increased by more than 271%!  While this is concerning to most people, it's important to note, when we receive a disclosure we always make sure they young person receives the support they need to move forward with their lives. 

"I liked everything.  From top to bottom.  I like how they did a skit for one of the examples.  They're very detailed and they gave a lot of examples to us." quote from a 12-year old female workshop participant.

We wish to thank you again for standing with us to help keep kids in your community safe from all forms of sexual exploitation. 


Children of the Street workshop

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Lighthouse Park - photo Areta Sanders

Grant Stories


Grant recipients share inspiring stories about the impact a WVF grant had on their programs.


Lighthouse Park Preservation Society:Thanks to the WVF grant covering part of the costs of newsletters, talks, walks, prizes and brochures we are able to communicate with so many people in a professional manner.