One thing that sets Vancouver apart in the world is the rad folks who live here. We are a city that strives to improve. Proud believers in equality, diversity and inclusiveness, we are a collection of individuals who go the extra mile to help those around us.
What's most inspiring about Vancouverites is the unbelievable number of everyday people who commit themselves to making Canada a better place.
Here are a few of our citizens who are making a difference in Canada.
Grant Moshonas // Search and Rescue Volunteer
Grant is part of the ground search and rescue crew in the greater Vancouver area. He volunteers his time to provide life-saving services to those in need. Whether it's assisting in a shoreline search or performing first aid on an injured hiker, Grant puts in over 400 hours per year making a real difference in his community. Grant and his team's website, cfvsar.bc.ca can be used as a tool to help the local community educate themselves with survival and safety tips. To learn more or to make a donation click here.
Penny and Paul Slaymaker // Small Business Supporters
Penny and Paul are the business owners of The Runners' Den in Port Moody. The Runners' Den is a place where runners can go to find the latest in footwear and clothing as well as events and advice to stay injury free. What makes Penny and Paul unique is that they treat their community like a large family. By giving back to local causes and collaborating with other local businesses, Penny and Paul have set an example on how Vancouverites can support one another. Visit their Instagram or runnersden.ca to keep up to date on everything they do.
Bree Cragg // Community Mental Health Nurse
As a community mental health nurse, Bree works primarily in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) helping residents access the care they need. Many of her patients struggle with addiction and mental illness and are often the type of people who fall through the cracks in our healthcare system. Bree works hard to be a constant resource for her patients, providing help beyond their medical problems. She also advocates to reduce stigma around mental illnesses. To read updates on the important work underway in the Downtown Eastside, visit Vancouver Coastal Health's website dtes.vch.ca.
Kate McNamara // Firefighter
There's no place like home for Kate McNamara, that's why she has spent the past 6 years of her life protecting Canada by working as a wildfire fighter in British Columbia. Kate and her 3 person crew are the first responders to wildfires and do everything from cutting down burning trees, to hanging out of helicopters fighting fires. Kate urges everyone to educate themselves about preventing forest fires, by visiting the wildfire status website, or liking their Facebook page.
Cherise Louie // Territory Manager at Canadian Blood Services
To Cherise, being Canadian means giving back to your community. That's why she chose to work as a territory manager with Canadian Blood Services. She helps recruit donors to attend clinics so that Canadian Blood Services are able to collect enough blood to meet hospital needs. Cherise is constantly encouraging friends and the public to roll up their sleeves and donate. It has never been easier for donors to book their appointments thanks to the easy booking system on their website blood.ca.
Notice any similarities? These Vancouverites all operate off a Canadian platform- they use .CA domain names to connect their efforts with the rest of Canada. By using a .CA domain name, charities and businesses alike can immediately let visitors know they are proud Canadians.