For 45 years, the Vancouver Police Foundation has funded important community programs, led by VPD officers, that help to make Vancouver safer for all. These programs support at-risk youth, vulnerable seniors, empower women and girls and many more.
They wouldn’t be possible without donor support.
This year, the incredible duo of Anna Chiufre Corti and Iveta Markova of Marine Hairstyling for Men, chose the VPD Cadet program as the beneficiary of their annual fundraising efforts.
For over 15 years, Anna and Iveta have selected special causes within our community that they ask their clients to help support. BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Heart & Stroke Foundation, and for causes to support prostate cancer, Crohn’s and colitis and gastrointestinal research efforts.
The VPD Cadet program is an innovative leadership program for youth that focuses on teaching tangible life skills, leadership and resilience to Vancouver students in Grades 10 – 12. These students come from a range of backgrounds and often have, or are experiencing, hardship. The Cadet program provides structure, support and a safe space to push and challenge themselves and their peers. It’s proven to be lifechanging for many. In the past few years, several Cadets have received prestigious Loran Scholarships and Beedie Luminary awards for their accomplishments and their service to the community through this program.
Anna and Iveta encouraged nearly 100 people to donate to the program this year, raising an incredible $106,645, thanks to a matched donation from the Peter & Joanne Brown Foundation.
What’s even more heartwarming than this incredible fundraising effort from two passionate small business owners, is that both Anna and Iveta also know hardship first-hand. They overcame significant hurdles to move to Canada and establish themselves here, but establish themselves they have. An article by Pete McMartin from the Vancouver Sun details some of this. Our community is so much better for them and for their generosity.
Without the support of Anna, Iveta, their donors and the hundreds of others in our community and around the world, who step up each and every year, the Foundation would not be able to support nearly 90 initiatives, totalling over $1.2 million this year alone.
For that, we thank them, and we thank you.
To support important community programs like the VPD Cadets please consider making a donation today. Gifts of all sizes make a difference and help build a safer Vancouver for all.