Live 2 Give
The Vancouver Canucks have a strong tradition of giving back to the local community and as an organization we are eager to show our dedication to assisting those in need, just as our players do through their numerous charitable endeavours. For that reason, the Canucks close their offices for an entire work day every November as our employees participate in the organization’s annual “Live 2 Give” event.
For the last 28 years, the Vancouver Canucks organization, through the Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF), has dedicated its resources to assist hundreds of charities throughout the province of British Columbia, focusing on the areas of children's health and wellness, grassroots hockey development, and the facilitation of public education. The Canucks for Kids Fund's signature charities include the Canucks Autism Network, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and BC Children's Hospital.
Live 2 Give allows us to expand our reach into the community even further and offers our employees a meaningful experience by enabling them to share their skills and knowledge with Lower Mainland charities. In addition to strengthening existing partnerships with our signature charities, Live 2 Give also provides us with a chance to develop new relationships with charities that we have not yet had the opportunity to reach.
The entire Vancouver Canucks organization would like to extend our thanks to the charities we work with every year and for allowing us to be a part of the positive change that each organization fosters.
Live 2 Give Charities
Canuck Place Children's Hospice is the Canucks for Kids Fund luminary charity and has been serving BC families since opening its doors since 1995.
As North America's first freestanding children's hospice, Canuck Place offers specialized care for BC children living with life-threatening conditions. Care provided at Canuck Place is child-focused and family centred. The Hospice provides care 24 hours a day, seven days a week from both nurses and physicians, while offering family care; end-of-life, pain and symptom management; school music and play therapy; recreation opportunities and counseling services
The Canucks Family Education Centre (CFEC) operates out of Britannia Community Centre in East Vancouver and Edmonds Elementary School in Burnaby. Headquartered in East Vancouver, its services are available for families living in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Canada,
Its unique literacy program offers an innovative learning-to-read environment with children, tutors and their parents. It is a comprehensive program that encompasses a number of important services, in addition to providing a top-rated education program. The program includes adult education classes to help parents become better role models at home, free child-minding so parents are able to attend class, complimentary hot lunches for the children and parents, and incentive gifts for the children.
The British Columbia Waterfowl Society is a private non-profit conservation organization that was formed in 1961 to conserve and promote waterfowl and wetlands in British Columbia. Since its inauguration, the Society's focus has been the stewardship of the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
The Society manages public use of the Sanctuary, provides interpretive programs for groups of all ages, and contributes to research and programs of like-minded waterfowl and conservation groups in the community. These activities are financed primarily with memberships, entrance fees, merchandise sales, charitable donations and bequests
Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities was established in 1973 to provide therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Since that time, they have been giving youth and adults with varying forms of disabilities the chance to bond with horses, make lasting friendships, and receive therapy at the same time.
Doctors and rehabilitation specialists are increasingly recommending therapeutic riding for their patients with disabilities. Research shows that riders who participate in equine assisted therapy can experience physical, emotional and psychological rewards.
The vision behind the Starlight Starbright Foundation is to find ways to allow children with serious illnesses to simply “be kids” and forget about the conditions for a while. Their programs and services help children and their families make sense of their medical experiences, spend time together as a family and encourage them in the realization that they are not alone.
Pacific Assistance Dog Society (PADS) raises and trains assistance dogs for people who are facing the daily challenges of life with a physical disability or who are deaf or hard of hearing. These highly skilled dogs allow clients to experience a greater level of independence and an enhanced quality of life. Located in Burnaby, they are a charitable, non-profit organization that serve the Western provinces of B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. PADS relies entirely on fundraising, grants and donations to finance the care and training of their amazing dogs
The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals. The largest organization of its kind in North America, our mission is to inspire and mobilize society to create a world in which all animals enjoy, as a minimum, the freedom from hunger and thirst; pain, injury and disease; distress; discomfort; and the freedom to express behaviours that promote well-being.
The BC SPCA offers programs and services that range from advocacy, cruelty investigations, sheltering and adoptions, humane education, emergency response, protection of farm animals and wildlife rehabilitation, veterinary services and volunteer opportunities.
Take a Hike is a full-time alternate school program in Vancouver and the West Kootenays that engages youth through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, academics, therapy, and community involvement. The youth enrolled at Take a Hike struggle with personal issues (such as addictions, abuse, low-self esteem, behavioural disorders, etc.) that inhibit their success in the mainstream school system.
Habitat For Humanity’s mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership opportunities as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver works with community support and partner families to build safe, decent homes that are sold to partner families with payments tailored to be no more than 30% of their annual gross income. These families would not qualify for a traditional mortgage but contribute 500 hours of volunteer “sweat equity” to Habitat for Humanity as their down payment.