Happy Holidays in 2018!
This holiday season, each Jouta team member was given funds to donate to the cause of their choice. Here’s how we distributed our gifts.
I Love First Peoples (ILFP) empowers Indigenous children and youth to succeed through education and to stay in school.
One of their programs is the ‘Friendship Box’. Shoe-boxes are filled with education supplies and friendship gifts – you can pack yourself or you can pack a box in their online store. The friendship boxes are distributed through school celebration events with celebrity friends and Indigenous role models throughout B.C. and all of Canada. At this event, ILFP learns how they can continue to support education in each community they visit.I’m happy to support the 2018 Friendship Box campaign, as I believe that education plays a key role in building strong, resilient and prosperous Indigenous communities.
To learn more about I Love First Peoples, visit www.ilfp.ca.
Serving the community since 1973, Dixon Transition Society helps to reduce the impact of domestic violence by providing shelter, guidance, & hope for woman and children fleeing violence.
Transitional housing programs, counselling and outreach services form a continuum of care to help women and children live a life free from violence.
We chose to contribute to the GoFundMe page of a B.C. family in need of support, after a tragic and unexpected loss.
– Cori & Jim
For the better part of my life, I’ve had the good fortune to experience nature’s power to transform and heal. The mountains and ocean are like family to me, and it’s no surprise that I’ve chosen Squamish as my home. I understand that I wouldn’t be who I am if I couldn’t “forest-bathe” regularly, and yet I know there are so many who don’t have that opportunity. Although seemingly so close, many are so very far away, and rarely even see a thriving tree, let alone an entire forest, ocean or river before them. I never take it for granted and can’t imagine being without it.
And so, this year I’ve chosen to support Forest and the Femme (FATF) (http://forestandthefemme.org/), a non-profit outdoor recreation program for highly marginalized women (trans, cis and gender-diverse) living in Vancouver’s DTES community. FATF provides access to nature for the city’s most vulnerable and isolated women with the goal of facilitating a sense of freedom, empowerment, and self-worth through contact with nature, skill building, and social engagement.
As stated in one of the FATF’s In Her Words posts:
“Playtime is important… it helps us to find connection, inspire creativity, provide respite and healing. Playfulness allows us to begin breaking down the barriers between us.”
To that, I say simply: YES!
The Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN) is a youth-driven, provincial, non-profit organization, dedicated to improving the lives of young people in and from care in BC.
I donated to their Dream Fund, which supports these youth in pursuing their careers and achieving their goals through education and skill building.