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Living Positive Resource Centre, Okanagan
The Living Positive Resource Centre is a non profit organization who provide harm reduction, prevention and education resource, and supportive services that focus on individual ...
255 Lawrence Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 6L2
Causes we care about

  • Gender Issues

  • Human Rights

  • Social Services

Social Mission
To provide harm reduction, prevention and education resource, and supportive services that focus on individual and community health and wellness to anyone living with, affected by, or at risk of HIV, Hep C, or related health issues. We believe that all individuals deserve equity in accessibility. We collaborate with community partners and actively participate in community efforts to ensure that basic human rights are protected.
Organizations that we work with
The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society
Stories of our community involvement
Great news: Very soon, people in need will receive access to free menstrual products in our community. It's all thanks the United Way Period Promise Research project, which aims to better understand period poverty, in collaboration with the Government of B.C. We're proud to be a local partner, helping end the vulnerability and isolation caused by period poverty. To find menstrual products in your area, please contact Living Positive Resource Centre, Okanagan. More info on United Way Southern Interior BC: https://unitedwaysibc.com/vulnerable-okanagan-r... #United Way Southern Interior BCperiodpromise #actsoflocallove #unitedway #endperiodpoverty
Help out the Living Positive Resource Centre with the SimpleGenerosity grant! Vote now our rainbow youth could use the support!

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Vote now for Living Positive Resource Centre by selecting an emoji below! Winning the $50,000 SimpleGenerosity grant from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union and Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU would help them expand their Etcetera youth group that provides youth the opportunity to learn about self-care and making healthy choices in a supportive environment. They believe that all humans have the right to comprehensive, non-judgmental services based on individual need and through education and prevention efforts, they work to reduce the risk of harm to individuals and the community. Thank you for helping us celebrate Canada150 and strengthening our communities with SimpleGenerosity!
United Way Central & South Okanagan/Similkameen was proud to facilitate five full Days of Caring last week which produced over 180 hours for local non-profits! Last week, UBCO - University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus students once again generously volunteered their time to help local charities through the United Way Day of Caring® Program. More than 55 students signed up through the UBC Okanagan Community Service Learning Program, and donated 180 hours of time saving the agencies valuable time and resources. Projects included indoor cleaning, painting, event support, sorting resource kits and compiling housing kits.

Participating organizations that received help were: The Canadian Mental Health Association, CRIS Adaptive Adventures, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs (Lake Country and Rutland), Living Positive Resource Centre, Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia (MCC BC) Thrift Store, Pathways Abilities Society, YMCA of Okanagan, and Good Samaritan Society/Mountainview Senior’s Village.

View the complete photo album at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/unitedwaycso/photos...
For more information about the United Way Day of Caring program, visit www.unitedwaycso.com/day-of-caring.
For more information on the UBC Okanagan Community Service Learning Program, visit: http://students.ok.ubc.ca/cslprogram/welcome.html
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Ben Moody, Thanks for Doing Some Good!

What first inspired you to volunteer?


I wanted to contribute to the LGBTQ+ community at UBC Okanagan. When I first started taking classes at the university, there was not much of a community, and the Pride Resource Centre was going through some difficult transitions. Both coordinators were graduating, and no one was in line to take over. I decided that I needed to step up and inspire UBCO to care about the LGBTQ+ community.

Which cause are you most passionate about and why?


While I work with all parts of the LGBTTQQ2IPA community, my passion is with gay men's health. I have been privileged to work with vancouver based organizations such as the CBRC (Community Based Research Centre) and the Provincial Gay Men's and HIV Working Group and the BC Centre for Disease Control. With these groups I contributed to a provincial action plan on HIV health and will be assisting with sexual health surveys during Vancouver Pride.




Which organization do you most commonly volunteer for?


I volunteer as the head coordinator of the UBC Students' Union Okanagan (UBCSUO)'s Pride Resource Centre.

What does a typical volunteer shift look like for this organization?


It's a very open position. Shifts are non-existent, however we do hold office hours. Most of our work is done outside of these office hours and involves event planning, responding to emails, and working towards a safer campus for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty.


What impact have you seen volunteers make in the community?


The LGBTQ+ community in Kelowna is mostly run by volunteers, most of whom have day jobs and spend their free time in meetings and volunteering at events. Truly our community is run by some amazing and selfless people. I particularly want to say thank you to the amazing people at the Okanagan Pride Society and the Living Positive Resource Centre.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Okanagan Pride Festival is held from August 6-13; more details can be found at http://okanaganpride.com/festival/

What is the most memorable moment or experience you've had while volunteering?


There have been so many memorable moments. One of my most cherished moments was during the Transgender Day of Rememberance ceremony we held on campus. It was an emotional evening seeing so many people show up and support the transgender community and memorialize the losses that the community has felt.


What support does your organization currently need, and how can people learn more or get involved?


Our organization is pretty self-sufficient, however we always need volunteers for events and are always looking for other organizations to collaborate with. If people want to get involved, they can email me at prc@ubcsuo.ca.

Is there anyone else you would like to recognize that has helped support you to make a difference?


There have been so many people that have helped our little community at UBCO. We couldn't be where we are today without the help of people like Jenica Frisque, Amara Thibodeau, Sydney Lawson, Sarah Desrosiers, Amy Park, Jay Gatza, Tom Macauley, Romey Jaswal, Kira Risler, and so many more.
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Wilbur Turner, Thanks for Doing Some Good!

What first inspired you to volunteer?


I started volunteering originally with the Okanagan Pride Society and I wanted to try and make a difference by getting the community to be more connected with one another.

Which cause are you most passionate about and why?


I am most passionate about equality in our society, especially the LGBT community.


Which organization do you most commonly volunteer for?


At the moment I spend a lot of my time volunteering with the Living Positive Resource Centre. However, in the past I have dedicated a large portion of my time with the Okanagan Pride Society.


What does a typical volunteer shift look like for this organization?


Right now we are in the middle of building a new LGBTQ youth resource center at Living Positive so there is a lot of work that needs to go into this project. As a chair on the board of directors, I attend regular meetings and work in conjunction with our executive director to ensure the success of our new resource center as well as the charitable organization as a whole.



What impact have you seen volunteers make in the community?


The impact is by no means small. I have learned that volunteers love to help out the community. A lot of the work I do would not happen without the dedication of volunteers. For example, the Okanagan Pride Society is run entirely through volunteers, and they are the reason the organization exists.

What is the most memorable moment or experience you've had while volunteering?


Last year walking beside the mayor (Colin Basran), when he was the Grand Marshall of the pride march. We were accompanied by his two young children, and mother and this truly stood out to me as a moment to remember. It signaled the start of a new era of leadership in Kelowna for the celebration and acceptance of diversity which I had dedicated my time to the community to help achieve.



What support does your organization currently need, and how can people learn more or get involved?


With the Living Positive Centre the support we need is mainly is for the new youth center. With the development of a new project a large portion of the support we need is financial. People can get more information about the youth initiative at http://okanaganpride.com/youth/ and regarding financial donations and charitable receipts email the Executive Director, Clare McDonald at macdonald@lprc.ca.


Is there anyone else you would like to recognize that has helped support you to make a difference?


The Executive Director of Living Positive Resource Center (Clare MacDonald) does an exceptional job and puts her heart and soul into the organization. She is the main reason why we are able to help so many individuals in the community.
255 Lawrence Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 6L2
Causes we care about

  • Gender Issues

  • Human Rights

  • Social Services

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