Community Spotlight Series


For Immediate Release
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade is proud to announce the launch of our newest initiative, the Community Spotlight Series. As part of our mandate to champion and celebrate businesses in the Greater Vancouver region, we, as a non-profit ourselves, want to use our platform to shine a spotlight on our non-profit members.

Each quarter we'll be recognizing a Vancouver-based non-profit that offers programs and services that improve the social and economic wellbeing of citizens in our community. You will see them at our events and across our various platforms including our blog and social media, as we share the wonderful work undertaken by each organization

The wellbeing of people and businesses are interlinked. As Western Canada's leading business association with a membership comprising one-third of B.C.’s work force we hold the mantle of responsibility to bridge the gap between the business community and our not-for-profit members, ensuring we all play our role in building up our communities.

This quarter, we're featuring the BC Centre for Ability. Under the leadership of Joshua Myers, the BC Centre for Ability designs and delivers community-based programs for persons with disabilities. They are on a quest to foster inclusive communities where every person thrives at all stages of life. Based in Vancouver but serving nearly 5,000 people across BC each year, they offer a wide range of programs to support people with disabilities to achieve personal goals and be meaningfully included in all aspects of life.


“Our purpose is to lead, unite and champion business to ensure Greater Vancouver is thriving and our region is the best place to live and work. It is with that goal in mind that we are launching the Community Spotlight Series to highlight GVBOT charity and not-for-profit members who are doing exemplary work within our communities.” - Bridgitte Anderson, President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

“As a not-for-profit, GVBOT is acutely aware of the constraints and capacity challenges inherent in the sector. However, we know that by joining forces and empowering one another, we can engage our communities in a more holistic manner and together build a city that is stronger, more diverse, more resilient, and thriving.” - Juggy Sihota-Chahil, Chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

“We are grateful for the ongoing support of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and its members in their commitment to supporting the work of non-profits and highlighting and uplifting the strengths, resiliency, and challenges of our sector in the communities we serve. Our communities are stronger and healthier when we work together as a collective business community, and we thank the GVBOT for their


About the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade:

Since its inception in 1887, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has been recognized as Western Canada's leading business association, engaging our members to inform public policy at all levels of government and empowering them to succeed and prosper in the global economy. With a Membership whose employees comprise one-third of B.C.'s workforce, we are the largest business association between Victoria and Toronto. We leverage this collective strength, facilitating networking opportunities, and providing professional development through unique programs. In addition, we operate one of the largest events platforms in the country, providing a stage for national and international thought leaders to enlighten B.C.'s business leaders.

About the BC Centre for Ability

BC Centre for Ability (BCCFA) has been delivering quality services for children, youth and adults with disabilities and their families since 1969. We are the largest community-based provider of child development services in BC and are considered provincial leaders in our field.

We were founded with the goal of creating inclusive communities and a sense of belonging. We use approaches that are compassionate and evidence-based. We serve clients across the lifespan; helping families enhance their child’s development and inclusion in the community, supporting families in successfully navigating life transitions, and providing adult clients with vocational training and connections to meaningful employment. Our programs provide support to children, youth and adults, through a variety of services, including Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Social Work, Supported Child Development, and Employment Services.

Internally, we aim to create a workplace that is supportive, encouraging, fun, and engaging. We are dedicated to nurturing a healthy workplace culture and We have been named one of BC’s Top Employers for three straight years. We pride ourselves on our ability to attract and retain talented, knowledgeable, hard-working, and passionate staff. Through the collaboration of our staff, clients, families, caregivers, and the broader community, we are able to achieve the best possible outcomes for the clients we serve and foster inclusive communities where every person thrives at all stages of life.


Media contact:

Federico Cerani
Communications Manager
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
604-640-5450 |

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