17 Nov 2017
November 17, 2017

Exchange Placement for Vancouver

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Hi! My name is Keri Guelke and I did a short presentation to Vancouver West Side German School at Prince of Wales Wednesday, November 15, 2017 on the benefits of the German Exchange.

I did the exchange in 1985 and my exchange partner’s daughter, Lina, who turned 16 last week is hoping to find an exchange partner in Vancouver. She would like to come for April-June 2018. Ideally, the Canadian student would be between age 15 and 17. If the Canadian student was considering a gap year after graduation, they could also go to Germany at that point.

Lina lives in Bremen. If anyone is interested I can tell you more about Lina and her family and would set up a Skype visit.

Let me (Elke Porter) know – on Facebook or at kitsilanogerman@hotmail.com and I will get in touch with Keri Guelke.


We are currently looking for craft vendors for our Annual Christmas Bazaar, which is on Saturday, November 18, 2017.
This Christmas Bazaar is a fundraiser for the German-Canadian Benevolent Society, which is a non profit organization that supports senior living in residential care. The event is well supported by many members of our community’ approx 500 people attend within a short amount time. If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Other Fall Events for the German Canadian Care Home

  1.  Saturday, September 16

Film: „Der Kaufmann von Venedig“ Tragic comedy from Shakespeare playing in Venedig in the 1600.
We will serve prune cake.

2.  Saturday, September 30

Presentation: „Canoeing through the arctic wildernis“ Freda Mellenthin tells about her and her husbands canoe trip at the age of 65. This risky adventure took them from the forlorn Back River through Nunavut‘s tundra and the Polar Sea to King William Island. Her book „Love in northern rapids“ was published in 2015.
We will serve prune cake.

3.  Saturday, October 14

Celebrating Fall with music, songs, poems and stories. The Edelweiß Musikanten will be playing; at the piano are Wolfgang Araszewski, Richard Huber; and the German Poetry Club.

4.  Saturday, 28, Oktober

Presentation: Music Therapy (in English) Examples demonstrate the positive influence of music on our bodies and how music is used as therapy.

5.  Saturday, November 18 BAZAAR

Featuring German food, Gluehwein, cakes, Christmas baking, chocolates, preserves, craft sales, jewelry, gift baskets, books, bottle booth, raffle, auction and much, much more!


Ribbon Cutting

First Nations Elder Bruce Robinson, Todd Schierling, Judy Villeneuve, Marvin Hunt, and SOS BC executive director Douglas Dunn cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the transition suites.

Surrey, British Columbia SOS Children’s Village B.C. is thrilled to announce the grand opening of their final two suites for youth struggling to transition out of foster care and into independent adulthood. This momentous moment in the history of foster care in British Columbia – with a June 17th ribbon cutting by Mayor Linda Hepner and MLA Marvin Hunt – is the culmination of three years of intensive capital campaign fundraising of $450,000 to build five permanent suites. Success has been achieved through the generosity of individuals and organizations who understand the incredible need for this project.
Every year in British Columbia, more than 700 teenagers age out of the foster care system. As soon as they turn 19, the only support system they knew is no longer available to them, and they are expected to begin taking care of themselves. But at just 19, with no confidence, no skills, and little support or resources, it is setting these teens up for failure. And far too many of them do fail, ending up homeless, living on the streets, addicted, or in trouble with the law. Indeed, over 40% of youth living on the streets of B.C. have been in foster care.
That’s why SOS Children’s Village B.C. is excited about the completion of construction on the final two (of five) independent living accommodations. Separate building entrances, bathrooms, living spaces, and kitchen areas will allow young adults or young mothers to live an independent lifestyle, with support from a youth worker. A survey by the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks found 64% of youth transitioning out of care said housing support is what would help – or what would have helped – them the most.
Kids on piano 2017“Like any parent, we don’t believe that a relationship ends with a child on their 19th birthday,” said Douglas Dunn, executive director of SOS Children’s Village B.C. “Our program helps young adults move from the dependency enforced by being in care, to independence.”

Most transition programs require a referral through the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The SOS B.C. program accepts referrals from other professionals, schools, social workers, parents, and most importantly, from youth themselves.
The high-risk youth in the Youth Housing Year Intensive Program will have greater social connections – the number one desire of youth who have aged out of care – by developing relationships with the other children, youth, caregivers, and staff in the SOS Village.
Unique to SOS B.C.’s program, youth will be able to access the other therapeutic services offered to the Village families including: learning clubs; music lessons; camp, recreation and cultural programs; and cognitive, expressive arts, and Neurofeedback therapies. These wrap- around support programs will contribute to a more normalized experience of transitioning to adulthood for teens who cannot live with their biological parents.
Moreover, the SOS Children’s Village Thrift Store Foundation can outfit a young person with clothes, school supplies, furniture, and more, all at no charge. Participants will be provided with the business attire needed for successful job interviews.
“There are financial incentives to pursue education, and rewards including everything required for their own apartment: furniture, appliances, kitchenware, computer, TV, etc. – an ‘Apartment In A Box’ that they can take with them after graduating from our yearlong program,” said Douglas Dunn.
Inside Transition Suite“No one is really building suites like these and most grants only run for three years. What makes our project different? It is truly ongoing, as we have established an Endowment Fund to ensure operation of these suites for the next 30-50 years.”
A stable living locale will allow youth aging out of care to positively connect to their communities. With the location of the housing at an SOS Village, the teens will be healthier both physically and mentally, with access to the extensive green space and facilities of the Village which include a sports court, dedicated and stocked art/music studios, and more.
SOS B.C.’s capital campaign has garnered interest and praise from around North America. “I read with great enthusiasm about your effort to raise money to create homes for teens who must leave the foster care system at age 19,” said Richard Klarberg, President & CEO of the Council on Accreditation in New York. “Kids aging out of foster care is one of the most important initiatives in both Canada and the United States. Programs like yours offer a concrete and cost-effective approach to reducing homelessness and poverty among this growing segment of society. Congratulations on having the foresight and courage to tackle this problem.”
Once youth graduate from the Youth Housing Year Intensive Program, SOS B.C. promises lifelong engagement through their Aftercare Program. Once a child, youth, or caregiver has been part of SOS, they are part of the SOS family forever.
About SOS Children’s Village BC

Cake for 30th Birthday

Celebrating the 30th birthday of SOS Children’s Village BC on June 10, 2016!

SOS Children’s Villages is the world’s largest non-governmental, non-denominational child development organization and cares for fostered, orphaned, or abandoned children. It has existed for over 65 years with presence in 134 countries and 572 Villages. British Columbia is home to the only SOS Children’s Village in Canada. SOS Children’s Village BC provides homes, a supportive community, and programs to help foster children and youth in need grow into caring, self-reliant adults.





GCCH AGM 2017Am 8. April  


14:00Uhr   Außerordentliche Mitgliederversammlung und Informationen über den Neubau des Altersheimes

Please see Redevelopment Proposal here.

Vorstellung und Abstimmung zur Änderung der neuen Statuten (BC Societies Acts) des Hilfswerks, geleitet von

Rechtsanwalt Michael  Blatchford

Begrüssung der Gäste   Oliver Grüter-Andrew




 MLA Suzanne Anton

                    Deutscher  Generalkonsul  Josef Beck

———  Sektempfang —–
Im Anschluß bei Kaffee und Kuchen Berichte von:

Oliver Grüter-Andrew  Vorstandsvorsitzender ” Überblick  über das Bauprojekt”
Dane Jansen , DYS Architekt  “Vorstellen der Pläne des neuen Deutsch-Kanadischen Pflegeheimes ”

Jutta Purchase CEO ” Wie  Architektur/ Grundriss des neuen Gebäudes ein neues  Pflegemodell ermöglicht”
Sie haben Gelegenheit Fragen zu stellen und Ideen vorzuschlagen.

Am 29. April 

 Film: <Wir sind die Neuen>

 Eine Generations- Komödie, deutscher Film mit Untertiteln
»Endlich mal wieder eine deutsche Komödie, die Neues wagt. Der Generationen-Clash funktioniert hervorragend, weil nicht nur alle Rollen großartig besetzt sind, sondern auch das Timing stimmt und die flinken Dialoge treffsicher abgeschossen werden.«

»Wahnsinnig lustig, realistisch und berührend.« (Cosmopolitan) »Der beste Film des Sommers. « (Welt)  « Wer sagt eigentlich, dass man mit 60 alt ist?”

Vorschau in den Mai:

Am 13. Mai     Film:   <Medizin mal anders> mit Dr. med Eckhart von Hirschhausen
Zusammengestellte deutsche humorvolle Clips von öffentlichen Vorstellungen

>, mit viel Humor, Vorurteilen, kulturelle  Unterschiede  und voll mit menschlichen Schwächen!

Sie können unsere Programme auch in der Hauspost oder unserer Weibseite nachlesen.
www.gcch    <News and Events>  <Outreach-Events Calendar>


Folgen Sie der Beschilderung, rechts runter in Richtung und durch den unterem Parkplatz.

Wie immer servieren wir um 14.00 Uhr Kaffee, Tee und Kuchen.
Das jeweilige Programm folgt um 14:30 Uhr

Gäste sind stets willkommen.

Wir freuen uns über Ihre Spenden, die die Kosten für Kaffee, Kuchen und sonstige Auslagen tragen helfen.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Waltraud Custer

Outreach Coordinator
Outreach Program of the
German-Canadian Benevolent Society of BC
2010 Harrison Drive
Vancouver, BC, V5P 2P6



Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Coastal Health has signed an agreement with the German Canadian Benevolent Society to rebuild and expand the German Canadian Care Home in South Vancouver. The existing facility will be demolished and replaced with a larger care home with 18 additional beds, for a total of 160-beds, 10 of which will be private pay.

“The German Canadian Care Home has provided compassionate care for decades, enriching the lives of its residents through the many services that are provided,” said Vancouver-Fraserview MLA Suzanne Anton. “The new care home will make sure residents continue to receive quality care.”

“This is a significant step in meeting the care needs of Vancouver residents,” said Laura Case, Chief Operating Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health. “It will enhance residents’ privacy and the experience of care by offering single rooms, private washrooms, outdoor terraces, and better access for wheelchairs.”

The new facility will have several small homes within a single building. This model is known as ‘home and neighbourhood design’ and is considered a best practice in residential care.

The German Canadian Benevolent Society envisions the new care home will also provide services to seniors living in the community, which may include adult day care, therapeutic bathing, rehabilitation services, education for informal care givers, and social activities that encourage community interaction and participation. Completion is scheduled for late 2022. Vancouver Coastal Health will provide operational funding for the new facility.

The existing care facility has been serving the community since 1969. It includes Vancouver’s largest special-care unit for residents with dementia. The population is ethnically diverse, with 30 percent of the residents of German descent. “Although the home has served the community well for many years, the existing facility is outdated, with long narrow hallways and many double rooms,” said Laura Case.

The current care home will close in 2018 to prepare for demolition and construction. VCH and the German Canadian Care Home will develop comprehensive transition plans for each resident to allow for a smooth transition to another facility. Wherever possible, residents will be placed in their preferred location. Staff will also be supported during the transition.

With the signing of the agreement with the German Canadian Benevolent Society, Vancouver Coastal Health has completed the procurement phase of their Regional Residential Care Rejuvenation project. It follows a rigorous process to replace several hundred beds in residential care centres that no longer fully meet resident needs, and to significantly increase the number of beds in communities that currently don’t have an adequate supply for the population they serve.

To date, Vancouver Coastal Health has signed agreements for 943 beds in eight new and expanded facilities over the next six years. VCH, like many health authorities, is planning ahead to meet the complex residential care needs of people living in our region who can no longer live safely at home with support.

Vancouver Coastal Health is responsible for the delivery of $3.2 billion in community, hospital and residential care to more than one million people in communities including Richmond, Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola.


Carrie Stefanson 

Public Affairs Officer Vancouver Coastal Health

Office: 604.708.5338

Cell: 604.312.1148

E: carrie.stefanson@vch.ca

Dear German & Austrian & Swiss Community,

Gingerbread VillageAs you may know, SOS Children’s Village is non-profit organization whose mission it is to provide stable homes, a supportive and healing environment and village-based family care programs to help foster children and youth in need grow into caring, self-reliant adults.

Annually we work together with Grouse Mountain to put together what is called a Gingerbread Village Challenge at their Peak of Christmas. Professional and aspiring bakers of all ages and skills put their creativity and baking skills to the test by building unique Gingerbread creations. They are then placed on display at Grouse Mountain to be judged by the public. (Event link –http://www.sosbc.org/news-events/PoC)

Each year SOS puts together a group of volunteers that can interact with the public, hand out information about SOS Children’s Village BC and assist the guests with voting on their favourite gingerbread display!  Every volunteer receives a free parking pass and gondola ride for Grouse Mountain. The Gingerbread village runs from Friday, November 25th 2016 until Sunday, January 1st,  2017. It is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. We are looking to fill 3 – 5 volunteers at the Village per day.

If you could assist us in spreading the word and our poster to ensure we have volunteers to support our Gingerbread Village, we would be so grateful for the kind-heartedness.

The “official poster” can be seen below and can be Volunteer for Gingerbread Village Poster

Sign-up to volunteer here:  http://signup.com/go/m5K5hL

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Warm regards,

Amanda Schaffner

Development Assistant

SOS Children’s Village BC
302 – 14225 57th Avenue, Surrey, BC   Canada V3X 0H6
North corner of 57th Ave & 142nd Street
T: (604) 574-2964 x 103  F: (604) 574-2967
amandaschaffner@sosbc.org | www.sosbc.org

Volunteers Needed for SOS Kinderdorf


13 Sep 2016
September 13, 2016

30 Year Anniversary VIP Letters

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German Canadian Heritage Celebration will be held October 2nd, 2016

One of the VIP Guests, the Honourable Grace McCarthy and the other VIP Guest General Consul Josef Beck have both written a statement to honour this event.  I will be posting them here, so you can see them.

Hon. Grace McCarthy

And here is the one from General Consul Josef Beck

General Consul Josef Beck

29 Dec 2015
December 29, 2015

What happened with SOS Kinderdorf?

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Elke & SonyaThank you so much to the team of people who volunteered at the Christmas Market on behalf of the SOS Kinderdorf this year! If you volunteered and have taken some pictures, please send them to myself or the Executive Director, Douglas Dunn. (who is also a member of the German Canadian Business Association!). Also a big thank you to my contact Marilyn Madden, who is the Director of Corporate and Major Donor Stewardship.

So far, the people that I know helped out at the Information Booth this year were:

1. Sonja Dubois – Austrian Community
2. Peter Giesbrecht – Austrian Community
3. Sonya Marchlewitz – PARC Retirement Living
4. Pastor Manfred Schmidt – and other volunteers from the Martin Luther Church
5. Susan Saint – Surrey German School
6. Christine Spreter von Kreudenstein – Westside German School
7. Elke Porter

I will include three letters from the Executive Director, Douglas Dunn:

First Letter: December 10th, 2015

Hi Team SOS,

Reports are continuing to come in of sightings of our billboard appearances across the lower mainland (over $24,000 in free ads), our Peak of Christmas had over $143,000 of in kind Media coverage helping us reach our highest Gala net profit ever and now…

Here’s a heads up on one of our better 24 hours of media coverage.

Last night we were on the CTV and CBC evening news. This morning started with a five minute interview on Global morning news. Then we found ourselves on the cover of the Vancouver Sun (attached pdf) and on the web.

http://www.vancouversun.com/index.html?__lsa=9d74-621d – Scroll to bottom of page and you’ll see a video box tagged, “Video: Kids decorate gigantic Gingerbread man in Vancouver”

And to make the day perfect I just returned from Lord Tweedsmuir High School where the Interact Club gave up a pizza lunch they had won and instead asked that the money be used to buy gift certificates for SOS Youth in Transition.

Man I love my job! Which is only made so great by the wonderful team we have. Special thanks today to William who’s ongoing media development work is gaining us greater and greater profile, with no budget! J

And a HUGE shout out and thanks to Elke who is managing the SOS presences at the Christmas Market!!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Executive Director

Second Letter: December 22nd, 2015

Hi Elke,

SOS KinderdorfFirst. Thank you so much for all your incredibly hard work. You made this huge event work for us, the profile we know is having impact as many people have mentioned seeing SOS at the Market.

I really appreciate the feedback and we will endeavour to enact your suggestions next year.

Again thank you for all your hard work. It has made a positive impact on our level of public awareness, and I’m sure your fundraising efforts are going to prove to be well worth the efforts.

Have a very Happy Holiday season!

SOS Children’s Village BC

Third Letter: December 23rd, 2015

Hi Elke,

NO worries and a HUGE THANK YOU for all your efforts on this project. I’m going to go right now to the Facebook pages to check out the photos. Please if you still have them on your computer send them along to William and myself (with notations of the names of the volunteers) as we would love to also acknowledge and thank them.

Thank you again from being an SOS Christmas Elf and for making us front and centre at this unique promotional opportunity for us. It really is appreciated.

Warmest regards,

SOS Children’s Village BC

We also give a strong SHOUT OUT to Malte Kluetze, for being so kind as to offer space and support in the Information Booth at the Vancouver Christmas Market! Thank you so much for allowing us volunteers to do our jobs, for lending us jackets, for looking after the money and for all the help you gave us. Also, for allowing Ferroro Rochere to be situated next to us on our first day there!

I picked up the donation box on Tuesday, the 22nd, 2015 and carried the heavy item home, while riding on the skytrain and then the bus. It sure gave me a workout!

19 Oct 2015
October 19, 2015

Volunteer German Translator Needed!

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I have already translated this letter sent out by SOS Kinderdorf.  Since I am not a “Native German Speaker”, I would like someone who speaks good German to have a look to ensure that the grammar is correct and that everything makes sense.

Are you willing to help out?  Good cause for charity! Here is a short explanation and below is the fundraising letter.

SOS-Kinderdorf im Überblick

Alles begann mit einer Idee: Ein Kind braucht eine Mutter, Geschwister, ein Haus und ein Dorf. Um Kriegswaisen ein Zuhause zu geben, gründete Hermann Gmeiner 1949 das erste SOS-Kinderdorf im österreichischen Imst. 1956 folgte mit dem SOS-Kinderdorf Ammersee die erste deutsche Einrichtung dieser Art. Heute ist SOS-Kinderdorf weltweit in 134 Ländern und Territorien mit über 2.400 Einrichtungen vertreten.

Träger der SOS-Kinderdorf-Arbeit sind jeweils die SOS-Kinderdorf-Vereine in den verschiedenen Ländern. In Deutschland helfen insgesamt etwa 3.400 Mitarbeiter in 43 Einrichtungen mehr als 95.000 Menschen. Darüber hinaus unterstützt der deutsche SOS-Kinderdorfverein 127 SOS-Einrichtungen in 42 Ländern weltweit.




Liebe Familien

“Ich hasse Halloween!”

Das ist was Kendra, ein neunjaehriges Pflegekind, das gerade unserer SOS Kinderdorf in Surrey beigetreten ist, mir ein paar Tage her erzaehlt hat. Ich war schockiert!

Halloween ist eine Zeit fuer Kinder ihre Kreativitat freuen lauf zu lassen, um sich in eine Welt der Geister und Kobolde zu vorstellen, und die Aufregung aller Dinge gespensterisch zu geniessen. Fuer viele Kinder ist es eine Feier auf die sie seit Monaten schon freuen. Aber Kendra wollte nicht, an irgend etwas Teilnehmen – nicht das Verkleiden, nicht die Dekoration , nicht einmal die Süßigkeiten.Tagelang konnte Kendra’s Pflegemutter sie kaum ueberzeugen, dass es Sicher war das Haus zu verlassen, weil sie so viel Angst vor Halloween hatte. Auf die grossen Nacht selbst, als die ersten kostumierten Daemonen an die Tuer klopften, weinte Kendra und versteckte sich.

Meistens lieben Kinder Halloween, also waren wir zuerst von Kendras Angst verwirrt. Dann, als ich mehr ueber ihr Leben erfahren habe, bevor sie nach SOS Kinderdorf kam, fing ich an zu verstehen, warum Kendra die “Gruseligste Nacht des Jahres” nicht spassig oder spanndend fand. Wie viel Pflegekinder, hat Kendra jeden Tag mit Angst, Gewalt und Misshandlung gelebt. Zu jeder Zeit konnten die Erwachsene um sie herum in Monster verwandeln, und nicht die Erfundene die uns auf Halloween begeistern, aber Echte, die das Leben von Kindern mit Gewalt und Schmerz erfuellen.

Bisher war Kendras Kindheit schlimmer, als die meisten von uns sich vorstellen koennen. Aber Sie koennen uns helfen, Kendra mit Liebe und Sicherheit zu erfuellen, so dass im naechsten Halloween Kendra sich Sicher genug fuehlt, ihre Phansasie freien Lauf zu lassen. Mit eine Spende an SOS Kinderdorf, sind Sie Sicher, dass Kendra und andere Pflegekinder die Hilfestellung und therapheutische Behandlung erhalten, das sie brauchen um von Jahren von Misshandlung und Vernachlaessigung zu heilen.

Bei SOS Kinderdorf BC, haben Pflegekinder die Moeglichkeit in innovative Programme teilzunehmen, deren Ergebnisse sich beweisen haben. Im vergangenen Jahr, haben unsere professionelle Berater und Therapeuten 84 Kindern und Jugendlichen geholfen Hoffnung und Kraft zu finden, Freundschaften zu schliessen und in der Schule erfolgreich sein. Das ist eine 75% Erhoehung dem Vorjahr gegenueber, und mit ihrer Hilfe, werden die Zahle der Kinder die Hilfe brauchen bei SOS Kinderdorf weiterhin wachsen.

Jetzt, wo sie ein Haus im SOS Kinderdorf BC gefunden hat mit uns, nimmt Kendra an unserem Dorf-zentrierte Kunsttherapie und an intensiven Drama und Erzaehlung Therapie teil. Es ist ein Teil des Fokus hier im Dorf fuer Kinder die ein seelischen Schock gelitten haben. auf spielerische und liebevolle Art Therapie auszufuehren. Kendras Fortschritte in diesen Programmen werden sorgfaeltig durch das Dorf hoch ausgebildere Therapeuten ausgefuehrt, die Helfen, dass sie sich sicher und unterstuetzt genug fuehlt das Trauma in ihrer Vergaengenheit zu verarbeiten.

Wir wollen Sicher sein, das Kendra auch Spass hat. Das ist wichtig, weil verletztbare Kinder wie Kendra, mussen lernen, das sie Spielen duerfen und wie sie ihre Kreativitaet entdecken koennen. Nach allem was Kendra schon in ihrem kurzen Leben erlebt hat – Gewalt, Vernachlaessigung und Schmerzen – werden wir ihr helfen, dass sie sich Sicher fuehlt, und wieder lachen kann.

Jedes Kind verdient es mit Liebe, Respekt und Sicherheit aufzuwachsen. Das SOS Kinderdorf BC bietet liebevolle, sichere und stabilie Haeuser, an Kinder wie Kendra, die nie gewusst haben, wie es ist, ohne Angst zu leben. Durch Therapie und Beratung helfen wir diese Kinder, ihr vergangenen Trauma zu verarbeiten, und die Angst und Schrecken zu ueberwinden, damit sie sich voll und ganz Entwickeln koennen. Sie koennen eine bessere Zukunft fuer Kinder, Pflegekinder und Jugendliche schaffen, mit eine heutigen Spende an das SOS Kinderdorf BC. Sie werden unsere innovative Therapien unterstuetzen, die Heilung und Trost fuer die schwaechsten und gefaehrdeten Kinder und Jugendliche in unsere Gesellschaft anbieten.

Ich frage mich, wie Kendra sich naechstes Jahr zu Halloween verkleiden wird? Als Prinzessen? Als Ballerina? Als Schmetterling? Jetzt, wo Kendra in Sicherheit ist, und die Pflegen und Unterstuetzung bekommt die sie braucht, wird ihre Welt sich in vielen verschiedenen Wegen eroeffnen. Ihr Fantasie kann sie auf eine wunderbare Reise nehmen, und in der Zukunft kann sie hier gedeien, dank Ihre Unterstuetzung vom SOS Kinderdorf BC.

Eine Spende an das SOS Kinderdorf BC ist schnell und einfach zu erledigen. Um eine Online-Spende besuchen Sie einfach unsere Webseite unter www.sosbc.org und clicken sie auf den “Spendenbutten”. Oder rufen Sie uns einfach bei 604-574-2964 – an. Es dauert einen kurzen Augenblick ihre Spenden Infos ueber das Telefon zu geben.

Sie koennen auch die Antwortkarte unten ausfuellen. Wie auch immer Sie sich entscheiden zu geben, oder wieviel sie geben, ihre Spende wird einen grossen Untershied in dem Leben eines Pflegeskindes machen. Wir hoffen, das Kendra ein glueckliches Halloween im naechsten Jahr feiern kann!

mit freundlichen Gruessen,

Douglas Dunn

Executive Director, SOS Children’s Village BC

PS Ihre Spende wird dafuer sorgen, dass Kendra und alle Pflegekinder in unserem Dorf Therapie und Beratung bekommen, die sic brauchen. Bei SOS BC wollen wir, die ersten von 563 internationalen Haeusern sein, die intensive therapeutische Programmierung anbietet.

15 Oct 2015
October 15, 2015

SOS Children’s Village Gala

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Gingerbread Village - Peak of ChristmasThis year, for the first time, they are pleased to introduce tabled seating and a buffet dinner for their 21st Annual Holiday Gala

We invite you to join us at Vancouver’s preeminent spectacle of holiday magic – now celebrating over two decades of success! It’s your exclusive opportunity to view the premiere of the SOS Children’s Gingerbread Village before the general public, and the perfect way to kick off the holiday season in style and elegance.

The exciting new venue format for this year’s Gala features tables and chairs for all guests, with a delightful buffet dinner and dessert. Global BC Personality Kaitlyn Herbst will be the Master of Ceremonies for this special evening. Last year’s Gala sold out two weeks early, so we recommend purchasing your tickets well ahead of time.

The 21st Annual Holiday Gala takes place atop beautiful Grouse Mountain, the Peak of Christmas, and is a festive evening featuring fine wines, craft beer, and delicious food – all in support of a good cause. After your magnificent Skyride up the mountain, be among the first in the Lower Mainland to wander through the famed SOS Children’s Gingerbread Village. The enchanting Village sets the standard for gingerbread works of art in Vancouver, and the level of detail used by local culinary experts in their creations is astounding.

At the Holiday Gala, you will be treated to a wonderful experience of live entertainment, captivating live & silent auctions, a trip raffle, and a 50/50 draw – this is a night you don’t want to miss.

With over 200 guests expected to attend, including all our key partners, the most rewarding part of the evening is that net proceeds go directly to SOS Children’s Village BC’s programs and homes for local foster children, and for homeless youth who are struggling to live independently.

Dress code: Cocktail Attire

Purchase Your Tickets Online:
$99 EACH

Includes: A delicious buffet dinner with dessert, wine and beer, and live entertainment. (A Skyride and parking pass, a $52 value, are also included in the ticket price.)

– See more at: http://www.sosbc.org/news-events/gala