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Announcing this year’s recipient!

This year we have awarded $4,445.00 in services to the Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health

Umbrella Society

“Umbrella provides support to individuals, and their loved ones, struggling with substance use issues. Our programs include outreach, housing, counselling, groups and education.”


Other applicants this year included:

ASKThe ASK Friendship Society is a registered charity that serves seniors living in Vancouver through their Adult Day Program. Many seniors require socialization, reminders, help navigating the health system and support to foster connections as many of them are losing their friends or spouses and are becoming lonely and isolated. Families are not always available or prepared to be a caregivers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We serve the most vulnerable members of our community as they seek to age with dignity in their own homes. ASK clients rely on the therapeutic programs, socialization, hot lunches, specialized exercises, health monitoring, active games, music therapy, community outings on our buses and so much more. While a client attends the program, their caregiver is getting much needed respite and time to take care of themselves to prevent burnout.

Started in 1986, Help Fill a Dream provides hope, help and happiness to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands’ children under the age of 20 with life-threatening medical conditions and severe health challenges. We achieve this purpose by providing three related services: fulfilling children’s dreams; improving their quality of fife; and assisting their families with care and financial support. Our programs are designed to enhance the lives of Island children and their families.

The Bill Reid Gallery is the only public Gallery in Canada dedicated to contemporary Indigenous Northwest Coast Art. It was established in 2008 to celebrate the Haida master artist Bill Reid (1920 – 1998), and the diverse living cultures of the Northwest Coast.

The Gallery honours Bill Reid by exhibiting a permanent collection of his work, and presenting special exhibitions and programs that build bridges between all peoples, including Indigenous and settler populations. Our mandate is to promote a greater awareness of Indigenous cultures and values.

Guelph Arts CouncilAs one of Ontario’s first community arts councils, Guelph Arts Council has championed the arts in Guelph since 1975. Over the years, GAC has been building the cultural heart of the city by assisting with the development of arts organizations and programs. GAC grows opportunities for the creative community through communications, resources for learning, and cultural programs and partnerships, and is a voice for the arts, increasing awareness of the role the arts play in creating a vibrant community.

Mercy ShipsMercy Ships operates state-of-the-art hospital ships run by skilled volunteers to deliver free surgery and world-class health care services and capacity building in developing nations. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1.3 billion, impacting more than 2.35 million lives. Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1,200 volunteers from over 40 nations that donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to become the face of love in action, bringing hope and healing to the poor.

BBNCBBNC’s Mission Statement is: We work with diverse individuals, families and communities to overcome barriers and enhance quality of life.  We do this by fostering social inclusion, developing skills and abilities, and collaborating with our partners to facilitate access to a range of flexible and responsive programs and services. We envision a strong and inclusive neighbourhood in which community members fully participate in opportunities which enhance well-being for all.

KARISKaris Support Society is a non-profit organization that provides recovery-focused programming, counseling, and support to vulnerable, at-risk women, women with babies or single women with no dependents. Karis participants are women whose experiences of poverty, homelessness, trauma, abuse or crisis have led to substance misuse or mental health challenges which have negatively impacted their lives and they are now actively working on personal recovery. Karis programming includes onsite housing, food, group counseling and facilitation, life skills, one-on-one trauma counseling and individualized practical support all through a lens of equipping individuals to leave poverty and homelessness for sober sustainable independent living.

Salish SeaThe Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is an aquarium and learning centre dedicated exclusively to the Salish Sea Bioregion. A unique non-profit and charitable organization, the Centre combines live aquarium habitats and marine mammal artifact displays (science & nature) with a permanent Coast Salish art collection (arts & culture), as well as public engagement, curriculum-based school programs and a locally-focused Salish Sea Store. The Centre, with our team of 150 volunteer interpreters and staff provides fun and interactive opportunities for learning, exploration, and conservation of the natural beauty, ecological diversity, and cultural story of the Salish Sea.

VHFThe Victoria Hospitals Foundation works in partnership with Island Health to enable donations to every area of care at Royal Jubilee, Victoria General, and Gorge Road hospitals. As Island Health’s charitable partner, we raise donations for medical equipment, special projects, education and research.

Thanks to the generosity of our community, over 370 pieces of urgently needed medical equipment were funded last year to help our hospitals provide care to all 800,000 residents of Vancouver Island. In 2018/19, the Foundation received over $12 million, including gifts from over 4,000 donors. Since 1989, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation has raised more than $150 million to benefit our hospitals.

Help us fight isolation and assist individuals to stay connected with their families and communities!!

At Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre (IDHHC) we work hard to provide  leadership, innovative solutions and services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing,  Deaf-Blind and deafened individuals. We do this is through our Sound of Change Program by providing FREE refurbished hearing aids and aural rehabilitation to vulnerable and at-risk populations including low income seniors and adults.  Our Family and Community outreach team connects with families and individuals to support them and reduce barriers for accessibility; and our Work BC Employment counselors specialize in working with Deaf and hard of hearing adults to gain meaningful employment.

The foundation of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ programs is the power of a simple act of friendship to make a significant, positive impact in a child’s life. Mentors have a profound influence on children and therefore contribute to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all.

Eden CareEden Care Communities provides opportunities for individuals of all ages to live their best life – a life worth living with meaning, purpose and choice. We do this through the provision of housing and care (long-term care, childcare, assisted living, supportive housing and home care). Our community-based care and support model is integrated, intergenerational, inclusive and innovative.

The Men’s Therapy Centre provides support and counselling to men and masculine identified persons who have experienced abuse, sexual assault and trauma as a child or adult. Our vision is that men who have experienced trauma thrive in a community that understands and empowers them to lead fulfilling lives. We provide emotional support, counselling, outreach and education to facilitate recovery from trauma and raise awareness that men are survivors of trauma too.

Saanich Volunteer Services SocietySaanich Volunteer Services Society (SVSS) supports and promotes the well-being of Saanich residents through coordinated volunteer services and connections to community resources. For over 27 years, Saanich Volunteers have fostered and supported a truly unique and genuine community of neighbours helping neighbours.

Saanich Volunteers provide support services to residents of our community to live independently. One of our most popular services is connecting volunteer drivers with individuals who need help getting around, whether it is to that important doctor’s appointment, running personal errands, or just getting out of the house to do a little shopping. These drives play a vital role in a senior’s daily routine enabling them to live independently. Without the free, direct volunteer services SVSS offers, more Saanich seniors would be isolated and lonely.

VBISBrain injury can have a severe impact on a person’s life, whether it’s caused by a concussion or a car accident, a tumor or trauma, a stroke or some other cause. The Victoria Brain Injury Society has been providing support to brain injury survivors and their families for over thirty five years. Our mission is to provide community-based programming, education and advocacy to survivors, to empower them to move toward emotional, economic and social self-reliance.

DReamRiderDreamRider Productions are youth engagement experts that inspiring planet protecting superheroes through the magic of live theatre and digital media. Over the last twenty years, we’ve empowered over 1 million kids in over 150 cities across BC, Canada and beyond to be change agents for a sustainable future in their families, schools and communities.

HDCHCSFor 40 years the Hornby and Denman Community Health Care Society has been looking out for the health and wellbeing of the residents of Denman and Hornby Islands. Advocating for the needs of islanders and directly providing services such as home support, child, youth and family programs, a volunteer driving program, equipment load cupboards and more, this is a small Society with big heart!

WITSThe WITS® group of programs brings together schools, families and community members to help elementary school children learn effective strategies on how to deal with bullying and peer victimization. The evidence-based WITS Programs have formally evaluated and WITS was acclaimed the “best school program of its kind in Canada” by Dalhousie University researchers. The WITS Programs were developed and evaluated in a collaboration between Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater at the University of Victoria and the Rock Solid Foundation of BC. Started in 1998, programs are now in every province and territory in over 1,300 schools in Canada and abroad. WITS Programs and other bullying prevention initiatives are delivered by the WITS Programs Foundation, a non-profit society and registered Canadian Charity.

WESNThe West End Seniors’ Network is the second-largest independent seniors’ centre in Vancouver, BC serving adults 55 years of age and older in the West End, Coal Harbour and Yaletown neighbourhoods. Founded in 1979, we provide over 75 social, recreational, educational and supportive programs, services and events across three locations to more than 900 older adults with the support of more than 260 volunteers. We foster connection and inclusion in the broader community, and support and empower older adults to live involved, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Full list of participants:

ASK Friendship Society
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Annapolis Valley
Bill Reid Foundation
Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre
Burnside Gorge Community Association
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
CircusWest Performing Arts Society
DreamRider Productions Society
Eden Care Communities
Guelph Arts Council

Help Fill A Dream
Hornby and Denman Community Health Care Society
Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre Association
Karis Support Society
Kitsilano Community Centre Association
Lake Country Health Planning Society
Lift Community Services
Men’s Therapy Centre
Mercy Ships Canada
Pacific Center Family Service Association
Saanich Volunteer Services Society

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
Sooke Family Resource Society
Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health
Victoria Brain Injury Society
Victoria Disability Resource Centre
Victoria Hospice Society
Victoria Hospitals Foundations
West End Seniors’ Network
WITS Programs Foundation
Yorklands Green Hub

To maintain a fair process, we put all of the submissions who qualify into a draw and then randomly draw for a winner of the services. Join us as we select the winner on February 19th, 2020 @ 10:00am [PST]

You can view the live draw on our Facebook page:


About Engaged For Good™ 

Every day, we witness non-profit organizations work hard to deliver services that change lives and transform communities. Funding challenges often require these organizations to prioritize service to clients over service to employees, and the organization’s human resources needs take a back seat.

At Engaged HR we want to help to balance this focus, so we created Engaged for Good™, a community engagement project designed to provide HR services and supports to community organizations. The Engaged for Good™ project offers a non-profit organization with HR services, originally valued up to $2,500, and this year Engaged HR has once again added $5.00 from every ticket to DisruptHR to this pool of funds, resulting in a total of $4,445.00 worth of support to the not-for-profit community!

Engaged for Good™ is our small way of giving back by helping a non-profit organization fund the HR projects that will help build an amazing workplace for those who give so much to our communities. At Engaged HR, we know that by helping an organization create a great place to work, we can help that organization change the world.

Every organization’s HR needs are unique, which is why the HR expertise provided through Engaged for Good™ will be tailored to have the greatest impact. The project aims to work with organizational leaders to support people in the ways that matter most! Not sure how your organization might benefit? A few examples of HR tools and supports that could be provided through the Engaged for Good™ project:

  • Job Descriptions
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employment Contracts
  • Compensation Study
  • Policy Development


Fine Print:

To be considered as an Engaged for Good™ recipient, you must:

  • Be a registered non-profit organization.
  • Be willing to acknowledge the funding and collaborate in promoting and marketing of Engaged for Good™.
  • Be located in Canada.

Services provided must be related to the human resource needs of the organization. Funding award may be provided to one or more organizations between March and December 2020. Total combined funding available will not exceed $4,445.00; no cash value. All services must be able to be provided virtually (organizations located in the Greater Victoria area may receive services in person, at the determination of Engaged HR).

Thank you for all the amazing work you do in our communities, and for your interest in creating a great place to work!

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