March 12, 2019


At VAST, we have long sought to bring people together to help build a strong, healthy, diverse, and vibrant community. How do we do that? By sharing our skills, our experiences, our strengths with each other.

This year, we’re asking you to #ShareYourStrength.

Every day, our clients, former clients, staff, volunteers, community partners, and donors all come together to do astonishing things, to uncover and develop resilience and help Refugees survivors on their healing journey.

Every individual connected to VAST has a unique set of skills and support they bring to the table, be it the compassion and expertise to provide counselling for those who have experience trauma; the ability to work as an interpreter in a challenging environment; a knack for setting up at fundraising events; or a willingness to sign up as a monthly donor.

We all have our strengths, and our challenges. By coming together, by sharing our strengths, we can help lift each other higher.

In 2019/2020, we invite you to take a moment to think about what it really means to be part of a welcoming community, to throw out old, paternalistic ideas of charity. Whether you’re time-rich and cash-poor, or have a healthy bank balance but little spare time, there’s a place for you in the VAST community.

Maybe you’re retired, and your strength is offering your time and energy to the causes and organizations you believe in.

Or, perhaps you work long hours and don’t have the time to help in person, so you share your strength through a monthly donation that allows the clinical counsellors and volunteers at VAST to support refugee mental health.

Perhaps your strength is your can-do attitude! From putting up office shelving to setting up at a charity event, we can use your energy and passion!

Throughout 2019/2020 we want to hear from you. We’d love for you to #ShareYourStrength with us so we can highlight all the amazing things our volunteers, staff, the wider VAST community and, of course, our clients do every day, from the seemingly mundane to the almost superhuman.

Follow along on Twitter, instagram, and Facebook.

To make a donation to the #ShareYourStrength campaign, visit Canada Helps.

And, if you have time, skills, and strengths to share, please get in touch.