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Our Story

SWOVA is a registered charity in British Columbia. We work to prevent violence and abuse through education and empowerment. Learn about SWOVA's roots in this video. Our Roots Video

What We Do

Our programs empower youth and help to create the leaders of tomorrow. Sexual Health Fair Video

The R+R Program

Respectful Relationships (R+R) teaches youth healthy relationship skills. It has been delivered to thousands of youth in Canada since 1999. Connecting with Youth Video

Join Us

Did you know that there is a new tax super-credit for charitable donations by first-time donors? Donors can receive an extra tax credit of up to 54%! For more information, visit the CRA website.

News - our latest articles

A Glimmer of Hope among the Chaos – by Lynda Laushway

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It is hard not to feel that the world has gone mad when the daily news this week is full of sadness and outrage over the senseless killing of almost 300 passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.  Flip channels and you will hear that the Israelis and Palestinians are bombing and shooting [...]

Supporting the Work of SWOVA One Party at a Time

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by Lynda Laushway, Executive Director of SWOVA

It’s a sunny afternoon in a beautiful garden. People are milling about or sitting and chatting.  There are lovely canapes and sweet treats along with fruit punch being served. Neighbours and more distant friends keep arriving. One woman plays a keyboard and a small group [...]

Respect and the Internet – by Lynda Laushway

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The days when etiquette encompassed topics such as who should open a door for who and how to set a table correctly, definitely predated the internet and social media.  We live in a whole new world now where communication is instantaneous and anonymous. When we communicate we are easily disguised. Not [...]

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