Cowichan Valley Youth Services (C.V.Y.S.) is a grassroots non-profit agency that has been supporting youth and families for 49 years, through a variety of free, affirming and inclusive mental health services. We provide counselling, groups, outreach and support services for youth ages 13-18 and their families. We are here for youth and their families to talk, to deal with overwhelming emotions, to learn new skills and to facilitate change.
With the impacts of a global pandemic and a rapidly growing community affecting Cowichan, the demand for our services and the needs of the youth have dramatically increased. Our waitlist has grown by well over 100 % and our team is increasingly navigating complex challenges with our clients.
With the support of Purica Foundation, we can achieve the following goals:
- Creation of a safe, inviting, affirming, and inclusive space for youth and their families across the Cowichan Valley.
- A consistent and long-term secure space that cements our place within the community.
- Greater financial strength, efficiency, infrastructure cost control and sustainability for CVYS.
- A community-based resource with the ability to respond to the shifting needs of clients with wraparound supports.
- Reduce administrative costs and maximize resources.
- Donations do not go towards operational costs. CVYS has been fully operational since 1973!
2019 Committee Members from left to right: Chantal Clarke, Ricki James, Nicky Lee, Carrie Kendall, Jennifer Nydahl, Heather Horn, Sandra Payne, Megan Dragicevich, Lori Pollock, Michelle Bird, Paula Ramwell, Marnie Watkin
The Purica Foundation, a fund held with the Victoria Foundation, designed to generate charitable donations, fundraising initiatives, and promotional support for key community initiatives. The Purica Foundation Committee share an unwavering commitment to help others to reach their full potential and to work as a team to create positive long-lasting change in our Cowichan Communities.
Our committee is managed by a 11 person-strong group of women that successfully blend a wide-range of skills and talents, including financial management, marketing, fundraising, communications, graphic design, visual arts and performing arts.
With so much support from their community, founders Trevor, Marnie, Jason and Anna Watkin wanted to give back in a meaningful way and created the Purica Foundation, a fund held with the Victoria Foundation, designed to generate charitable donations, fundraising initiatives, and promotional support for key community initiatives.
The Purica Foundation fundraising committee is excited to announce that the recipient of its donation this year will be the Cowichan Valley Youth Services.
Stay tuned for the ticket release date!
Your generosity supports our goal to create positive and long-lasting change in our Cowichan communities.