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Families Branching Out Christmas Donation

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KidzFirst Canada Donates $500 to Families Branching Out Christmas Dinner

Last night KidzFirst Canada decided to make a Christmas donation to the Families Branching Out community Christmas dinner. Families Branching Out runs out of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House and is for parents, grandparents, and caregivers of young children (from 0 – 6 years old). The focus is on the health and well-being of young children, their families, and the relationship of families to their community. Children and parents can make new friends. Parents share resources, parenting skills, and child-minding and also learn positive ways to support each other.

Families Branching Out receives Christmas donation from KidzFirst Canada

Every Monday evening a delicious dinner is cooked by parents and youth and served to Families Branching Out members. The program, which, specifically welcomes low income families, Aboriginal families, and new-comer families, has grown in the last two years from 25-40 participants per session to 60-70 participants!

Last year the Families Branching Out  Christmas dinner was huge success with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in attendance! They had well over 100 children and parents, and with the help of donations were able to feed everybody!  They had 6 turkeys and 5 hams, a big chocolate cake, and Christmas hampers for low income families. The Community Police Centre donated lovely gifts for over 70 children. For the children involved it was a magical evening.

Mr and Mrs Claus at Families Branching Out Christmas Dinner

With the support of KidzFirst Canada Families Branching Out will once again make sure every family attending has a wonderful holiday meal and that the event is a highlight for the children during the Christmas season. This year this Families Branching Out Christmas Dinner takes place December 12th at Collingwood Neighbourhood House at 5288 Joyce St, Vancouver, BC V5R 6C9. You can call (604) 435-0323 for more information about attending or volunteering at this great event!

KidzFirst Canada AGM and New Board Member

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KidzFirst Canada recently held their annual Annual General Meeting. The  new Board of Director positions were voted on.  We are pleased to announce:
  • Mark Mahl will stay on as Board Chair
  • Ashley Smith will take over as  Vice Chair
  • New Board member Trevor Doyle will take over as Treasurer
  • and Matt Collinge will stay oKidzfirst Canada logon as Secretary

Board members Heather Johnston, Fahreen Bihmani, Megan Van Keulan, Tiani Lowes and Craig Fenton are very excited about the new appointments and direction of KidzFirst Canada this next year.

KidzfIrst Canada is very grateful for the time and commitment of resigning Board members Jermey Irla and Stephen Kelly, appreciative of their hard work and contributions for vulnerable youth and the charity.


Stay tuned for more young people that KidzFirst Canada will support and our next fundraising event in February at the beautiful Telus Gardens 24th floor!
MacDonald Island Dance Academy

Fort McMurray Dance Team Able to Compete After Fires

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Many Dancers Lost Uniforms in Fort McMurray Forest Fire

KidzFirst Canada is please to announce another donation! The board members provided a $1000 donation to Fort McMurray’s McDonald Island Dance Academy. They were driven out of their homes, community & city by the wild fires but have still managed to attend their competition this weekend in Camrose, AB. Here is a small clip from their coach. Thank you to Jeremy for bringing this to our attention.

First off I want to thank you both for the amazing support you have shown our dance team. As you are aware our team of 66 dancers have been displaced due to the fire in Fort McMurray. We had planned to compete in a dance competition this weekend (our final one of the year) and with the evacuation thought we wouldn’t have an opportunity. Many of our team members evacuated without costumes and unfortunately some lost their houses and costumes in the fire.

Your financial support helped us to purchase costumes for all our hip hop teams and allowed us to still compete. Words cannot describe the feeling of thanks each of the parents have for this opportunity. When we left the fire my daughter was in tears thinking dance was over and that her gramma never got to see her dance this year. With the opportunity to compete this weekend her gramma decided to fly out and she was incredibly excited.

We are competing in the catch a rising star Nova dance competition in Camrose. Today our teams did phenomenal and we compete again tomorrow. We are also being interviewed by CBC television to talk about the support we received from everyone to assist us with this opportunity.

Again I can’t thank you enough…it’s people/organizations like yourselves that have made this horrible situation into something positive.

Thank you so much,
Brenda Fortais
MacDonald Island Dance Academy
Parents Festival Team

Great job kids! The KidzFirst Canada Board of Directors was thrilled to hear that the team won overall highest score in all categories.

Fort McMurray Fire Fundraiser May 17th, Vancouver, BC

KidzFirst Canada Supports Fort McMurray Fire Victims

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KidzFirst Canada Supports Vancouver Fundraiser for Fort McMurray Fire Victims

Fort McMurray Fire Fundraiser in Vancouver

KidzFirst Canada Board member Jeremy Irla, who is from Fort McMurray, and his partner Nils Johan Hognestad, are organizing this Fort McMurray Fire Fundraiser with the specific goal of raising money to help youth sports organizations that have lost equipment, supplies, and uniforms to the fire that has destroyed so much.

Jeremy has just returned to Vancouver after making sure his family & friends are doing okay back in Alberta. KidzFirst Canada will be making a donation of $1000 to support the young people of the Fort Mac fires to empower them, and help them fulfill their sporting goals. I hope you will consider making a donation at or attend the event. The KidzFirst Canada Board would appreciate it.

Fort McMurray fundraiser Event Details:

May 17, 2016, 7pm
XY – 1216 Bute St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 1Z8
Tickets are by donation at the door

KidzFirst Canada Partners with the Victoria Native Friendship Society

KidzFirst Canada Supports Victoria Native Friendship Society

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Helping First Nations Youth in Victoria, BC

KidzFirst Canada Partners with the Victoria Native Friendship SocietyOn the heals of our 1st annual Give it Up 4 Kidz Challenge KidzFirst Canada is pleased to announce a $500 donation to the Victoria Native Friendship Society after-school program.

This donation will support 12 youth in joining an 8 week after school program. Here they will learn critical life skills, mentor others, and become empowered in their community.

From the Victoria Native Friendship Society

The Victoria Native Friendship Centre is very excited to announce a new funding partnership with Kidzfirst.  Kidzfirst is generously supporting the RAVE Cultural Youth Centre, with this funding the VNFC Youth Department will be able to support Culturally competent programming for Urban Aboriginal Youth. We are so grateful for this funding and look forward to working together with Kidzfirst to provide safe and Child Centred programs for youth on the Traditional Territory of the Coast Salish Peoples.  Hych’ka

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Give It Up 4 Kidz Challenge A Huge Success

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Over $6000 Raised For Vulnerable Youth

The KidzFirst Canada Give it Up 4 Kidz Challenge is officially over. Thank you so much for those of you who made a donation! The KidzFirst Canada Board Members: Heather Johnson, Ashley Smith, Stephen Kelly, Jeremy Irla, Craig Fenton, Tiani Lowes,  Matt Collinge, Fahreen Bhimani, & Mark Mahl raised over $6000 to help vulnerable youth in Canada.

We have just made a $500 donation to an Aboriginal after-school program in Victoria. This is in addition to donations to Live Life to the Full program and CampOut’s LGBTQ summer camp program; and there is more to come! We could not have done it without you and your assistance. Thank you to all of you who donated to the campaign.

Pink Shirt Day 2016

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Pink Shirt Day 2016

CKNW Orphans’ Fund Official Pink Shirt Day

Wednesday February 24, 2016 is CKNW Orphans’ Fund Official Pink Shirt Day, a day in support of kindness and acceptance, and against bullying. At KidzFirst Canada we are big supporters of everything Pink Shirt Day stands for.  You may see a lot of people wearing pink tomorrow and buying a Pink T-shirt at London Drugs is one way you can help, but there are others:

  • Donate online by visiting pinkshirtday.ca.
  • #PinkItForward: On February 24th, 2016, Coast Capital Savings will donate $1 for every use of the hashtag up to $45,000 to support anti-bullying programs. To participate post a photo of someone special on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter on February 24th: a friend, teammate, colleague, family member, classmate or even someone you’ve just met. Then add a caption describing why that person is awesome, and instruct them to  and spread the kindness! You can use these examples:Twitter: I #PinkItForward to [tag your friend] for [reason why they’re special]. Now it’s your turn! #PinkShirtDayInstagram or Facebook: For #PinkShirtDay, I’m helping to put an end to bullying by spreading kindness. I #PinkItForward to [tag your friend] for [reason why they’re special]. Now it’s your turn!
  • Can’t wear a pink t-shirt at work? Buy a Pink Shirt Day pin at London Drugs.
  • Download the posters, print and hang them up at your school or work and share with everyone what is going on for Pink Shirt Day.

Give it Up 4 Kidz Challenge!

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Give it for Kidz Challenge Board MembersEvery day there are young people that go without an opportunity to experience, succeed, taste or reach their goals of empowerment. Everyday young people all over Canada face unimaginable challenges, are bullied, told they can’t, or make sacrifices.
From February 15th-29th KidzFirst Canada Board Members are going to experience a small fraction of what it means for vulnerable youth to go with out, and face tough situations.  For a two week period the KidzFirst Canada Board Members have chosen specific challenges that they will either give up something routine & important in their lives and/or do something that they have not done before that is out of their comfort zone.
This is a small token of understanding and sacrifice that can’t measure up to the day to day  challenges vulnerable youth endure , but we are hoping you will join the KidzFirst Canada “Give it Up 4 Kidz! Challenge” by donating online, or on behalf of a Board Member by clicking here.
Money raised will go to supporting existing and new after-school and vulnerable youth initiatives all over Canada!
Won’t you take the KidzFirst Canada Give it Up 4 Kidz Challenge, help us make a difference in a young person’s life!

Thank you from KidzFirst Canada

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A huge thank you from the KidzFirst Canada Board of Directors and Ambassadors for helping us raise over $6000 last week to help vulnerable youth, and our first two groups of young people from the LGBTQ camp experience Campout & the Canadian Mental health Association BC Division’s youth program Live Life to the Full.

Thank you to Fiona Forbes from Shaw TV for her wonderful coverage: You can check it out here.

Canadian Mental Health BC Cheque Presentation

CampOUT Cheque Presentation

Huge Thanks to Fred Lee Vancouver’s “Man Around Town” for a wonderful article and picture in this weeks Vancouver Courier.

It was with your generosity and involvement we were able to start making a difference! Please check out our website next week for more pictures and stories with regards to the event. Huge thanks to Musician Mike Weterings for his amazing musical entertainment & Cindy Vain for her photography. More pics can be seen on Instagram and our website next week.

Thank you to:

  • Glowbal Restaurant Group
  • Coast Restaurant
  • One Yellow Tree
  • Casey Miller & Chimp
  • Telus
  • Pam Vidalin
  • Smarty Pantz Escape Rooms
  • Opus Hotel
  • Brenda Keupfer & Genumark
  • Rain hair Salon (Granville Island)
  • White Orchid (Yaletown)
  • Parlour Restaurant (Yaletown)
  • Mike Weterings (Musician)
  • Cindy Vain (Photographer)
  • Tiffany Melius & Force of Nature
  • Nils Hognestad & Chocolate Hog
  • Steely Springham & Active Body & Wellness
  • Cally Forbes & Alive & Well Personal Training
  • Cactus Club restaurant (Yaletown)
  • Stephen Kelly
  • Cookies Delectable
  • Dina Goldstein artist

Stay tuned for our “Give It Up 4 Kidz” Online Fundraiser in the new year and at anytime if you want to volunteer or make a donation, you can get the information here.

Please “LIKE” Us on FB KidzFirst Canada, where you can get more pics, stories and info on what we are doing as well!