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Purppl works together with leaders to build the capability and capacity to implement sustainable business models and sustainable impact models. Work with us to develop and deepen your ability to contribute to solving systemic problems.

Our Client Numbers

108
Social Enterprises & Social Purpose Organizations
2.6M
Average Revenue Per Social Enterprise
76
Avg. Customer Revenue % Driven by Each Social Enterprise

Our Clients & Alumni

Below is a list of 108 clients and alumni of our coaching and consulting programs for social enterprises, social ventures, and social purpose organizations.

Trailmark Systems

Trailmark Systems is a cultural and environmental consulting firm specializing in land use and wildlife management research, Aboriginal engagement, mobile apps, and crowd-sourced mapping. They provide web-based GIS, mobile data collection, Indigenous Land Use Planning & Support, Research Services, Community Engagement, Communications Planning & Facilitation, as well as custom mobile apps, and so much more.

 

Third Space Charity

Third Space Charity is a non-profit organization that provides accessible, supportive care counseling to young adults between the ages of 18 and 29, providing a safe space to process thoughts and emotions, online or in person. Third Space Charity also builds capacity and supports community. They also offer high-level training and supervision to the clinical counsellors of tomorrow.

arc programs

arc programs is a multi-service community agency based in Kelowna and operating in the Central & South Okanagan and Kootenay regions. They have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in recognition of their commitment to providing the highest quality services.
They are further committed to supporting the best interest of the child or youth, within the context of family and community. It is in the best interest of the child/youth to form and maintain lasting and supportive family relationships, and the ongoing connections and support of their communities of interest, be they cultural, social, spiritual or geographical.

Their mission is to provide excellent support, prevention, intervention, treatment, and rehabilitative services for children, youth & families, and adults accessing community living services.

Summerland Montessori School

The main objective of SMS is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help children to develop within themselves the attitudes, habits, skills and ideas essential for a lifetime of independent, creative thinking and learning.

SMS believes in educating the whole child: the emotional, social, academic, physical and moral development of each student. We offer daily physical education, daily French instruction, exposure to music and the arts, and work to foster a sense of community through leadership, mentoring, and community outreach.

Exchange Inner City

Exchange Inner City is committed to fostering an inclusive community in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) where all residents can lead fulfilling lives as they define them. Their mission centers on nurturing a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable local economy and promoting systemic change. They achieve this by strengthening the Livelihoods and collaborating with non-profits, social enterprises, businesses, government, allies, and residents to create a sustainable, low-barrier employment ecosystem. They also focus on awareness and advocacy, building a diverse constituency that supports community economic development benefiting residents facing employment barriers. Furthermore, they prioritize collaboration in the DTES, enhancing relationships across networks and organizations to bolster communication, knowledge sharing, and effective action.

Impact Toolbox

Impact Toolbox is a social enterprise incubation and training organization that empowers emerging leaders to transform their ideas and passion for social change and environmental protection into successful social enterprises.

Untapped Accessibility

Untapped Accessibility is a social enterprise created by Open Door Group. They help Canadian organizations deliver on accessibility by going beyond compliance. They provide accessibility planning, community engagement, and a culture of accessibility.

Prince George Hospice and Palliative Care Society

PGHPCS remains committed to providing hospice care that reflects the ongoing needs of the community. Their staff and volunteers provide specialized and compassionate hospice palliative care to meet the unique needs of persons, families, and communities within our region. Hospice Society with a 10-bed hospice house and additional support services.

AiMHi

AiMHi – Prince George Association for Community Living supports over 1000 individuals and their families by providing a wide range of services. These services include residential living options, respite care, employment support, educational programs.  AiMHi supports people to feel confident, empowered and connected to others around them, builds community through the development of respectful, supportive relationships and partnerships, supports people to define opportunities, make choices and challenge limitations, and believes that advocating for positive social change contributes to a stronger, healthier community for everyone.

Launch Financial Education Society

Launch Okanagan is a Canadian registered charity with a social mission to empower individuals in our community to fulfill their potential through financial education, mentorship, and incentives. Their programs increase participants’ understanding of their personal finances while also helping them to build confidence, financial security and ultimately hope for the future. By providing people with financial education, mentorship and collaboration Launch Okanagan aims to strengthen the independence and resiliency of our participants.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

FCM brings together more than 2,000 municipalities of all sizes—representing more than 92 percent of Canadians. Together with their members, they’ve secured historic gains at the federal level—empowering local leaders to build better lives. They advocate for municipalities to be sure their citizens’ needs are reflected in federal policies and programs. Year after year, FCM’s work benefits every municipal government and taxpayer in Canada, and their programming delivers tools that help municipalities tackle local challenges.

Spare Room Co Self-Storage

Spare Room Co. provides South Okanagan Self Storage with keyless, easy-to-access, drive-up and indoor storage units in multiple sizes across multiple locations. With four locations, including self-storage in Penticton, they pride themselves on ensuring that your belongings are safe.

Pandosy Neighbourhood Association

The Pandosy Neighbourhood Association is a registered non-profit society striving to enhance the lives of residents. They organize neighborhood community events and provide organized two-way communication with City and Council.

Their signature event, the Imagine Pandosy Art Festival brings our community together to enjoy music and art., and their Board of Directors receives and distributes City of Kelowna information and provides the community with an organized way to give feedback to both City and Council.

Trails to the Boundary Society

Trails to the Boundary Society aims to strengthen the local economy through the development and management of the Trans Canada Trail – KVR

Canadian Home Builders Association Central Okanagan

Since 1943, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) Central Okanagan has been “the regional voice of the residential construction industry.” They represent the residential construction industry at all levels of government and through information sharing we work to advocate for regional, provincial and national members. They provide members of the local building industry opportunities to strengthen their network, stay on top of industry standards, and make more friends.

Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of the Kelowna creative community. Since 1989, the Alternator has shown the work of emerging Canadian artists and helped develop the talents of local artists by providing a network of collaboration and sharing. We foster energetic, creative, critical discussion on art & culture. They believe in the greater positive potential of our creative community and value our role as key contributors to the cultural life of Kelowna and beyond.

Bike Winnipeg

Bike Winnipeg is a non-profit organization that advocates for safe, enjoyable, accessible, and convenient cycling in Winnipeg.

Bike Winnipeg engages with citizens, community organizations, and governments to create a healthy, sustainable, and equitable city where year-round cycling is accessible to all. They work towards a Winnipeg that embraces everyday cycling through our outreach, education, and advocacy. They envision a Winnipeg where cycling is equitable and accessible for everyone. A place where every road is safe for children and grandparents to ride, planning a route is as simple as knowing where you want to go, and doing the weekly grocery shop by bicycle isn’t just possible, it’s preferable!

Gitga’at Development Corporation

Economic Development Driven By Purpose, United by Values.

The Gitga’at Development Corporation forges relationships with governments, partners, and members to create projects and businesses that deliver clear economic benefits, including meaningful employment to the community. The projects they pursue may require modern technology and management, but the Gitga’at First Nation continues to practice its culture, language, resource management, and governance.

 

The Box Of Life

The Box Of Life, a social enterprise in Ottawa helping our communities improve food security and their environmental impact by encouraging them to turn food waste into worm castings, a powerful soil amendment that helps sequester atmospheric carbon into our soils.

The Kelowna Métis Association (KMA)

The Kelowna Métis Association (KMA) is a local representative of the Thompson Okanagan Region 3 of the Métis Nation of British Columbia. We are one of the 39 Chartered Communities of the Métis Nation British Columbia. As of 2023, we are proud to have over 1400 members.

The purpose of the KMA is to identify the needs of Métis citizens of British Columbia and to protect, promote and enhance the status of the Métis citizens in the province of British Columbia. 

CRIS Adaptive

Adaptive Adventures are guided and supported urban day programs. The activities include hiking, cycling, and paddling programs along with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. They provide as much or as little support as needed to the clients. Their programming is for all ages and is formatted as both one-off or multi-week progressive programs.

Adaptive Adventures is a branch of CRIS (Community Recreational Initiatives Society).

Children First Canada

Children First Canada is a national charitable organization that harnesses the strength of many organizations and individuals to advocate for and with children and youth in Canada. They are committed to improving the health and well-being of young people across the country – the leaders of today and tomorrow.

Kamloops Family Resources Society

Kamloops Family Resources Society is a non-profit society and registered Canadian charity, The Tree is the name of their programs and services. Their vision is one of women’s belonging and recovery.  At The Tree they walk with women and their families, facilitating healing, connections and support.

At their  drop in program families can find healthy food, peer-based social support, connections to professional services, clothing and baby equipment, health and parenting workshops and other special events and activities. Some of their programs address the often hidden issue of Mothers struggling with substance use.  They believe that peer mentorship and support are essential in overcoming this challenge.  Their mothers for recovery support group provides a safe, non-judgmental, nurturing environment where moms can heal and share.

They build trusting relationships, with those who identify as women, and their children. Their programs focus on support, community, and connection. They believe that, when given the right supports, families are able to make decisions that reflect the lives they want to live.

Binners’ Project

Binners’ Project is a project on MakeWay’s Shared Platform, which provides operational support, governance, and charitable expertise for changemakers.

The shared platform enables more time and money to go towards achieving greater impact. MakeWay is a national charity that builds partnerships and solutions to help nature and communities thrive together.
Binners’ Project is committed to principles of dignity, independence, integration, and equal opportunity. For more information please see MakeWay’s Accessibility Policy and Plan.

While still young, Binners’ Project is establishing itself as a connector. ​They work closely with over 40 non-profit groups and government entities with whom we share the same values. Those includes SFU Radius, UBC Learning Exchange, the City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, and many more. Those partnerships range from one-time only projects, to a significant part of the project’s activities.

Some of their initiatives are currently being tested in other cities across Canada. Partner organisations include Les Valoristes, Regroupement des Éco-quartiers, Société de Developpement Social in Montreal, and The Diverters’ Foundation in Victoria.

They are also connected with waste-collecting communities similar to us around the world – thanks to the Global Alliance for Waste Pickers. ​​

We Will Recover

We Will Recover envisions a culturally diverse, healthy, and respectful community where all people feel safe, supported, and included.

We Will Recover exists to provide peer support and advocacy services that encourage individual, family, and cultural recovery.

They are committed to maintaining culturally safe and non-judgemental peer-support relationships with all their clients, patrons, partners, and visitors that are consistent with the self-worth and dignity that we all deserve.

Caetani Centre

The Caetani Centre provides quality arts facilities that allow artists and writers to experiment, develop new ideas and interact with fellow artists and the community.

The 125+ year-old Caetani Centre is a 6,000 sq. ft. designated heritage house, situated on 1.3 acres of land on lower East Hill in Vernon, BC. The facility is operated by the Caetani Cultural Centre Society as a registered not-for-profit organization and registered charitable organization. The house and grounds are owned by the City of Vernon, and operated by the Caetani Cultural Centre Society.

Now open to the public, the Caetani Centre is available for both guided and self-guided heritage tours. Visitors can learn about the fascinating Caetani history and story and see treasured family artifacts as well as Sveva Caetani’s heralded Recapitulation painting series, recently returned permanently to the Caetani Centre after 35 years from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Community Futures East Kootenay

Led by a volunteer Board of Directors and a dedicated staff, Community Futures East Kootenay (CFEK) helps to foster strong, resilient local economies. Engaging in Community Economic Development along with local, provincial and federal government partners, businesses, community organizations and other stakeholders, CFEK champions economic growth and sustainability throughout our vibrant service area.

CFEK promotes economic development and the creation of jobs and wealth in our region by providing small-business loans for start-up, expansion or the purchase of existing businesses. In addition to financial support, CFEK offers a variety of business-related services, including knowledgeable, professional business consultation and access to training for entrepreneurs and their employees.

IndigiNews

IndigiNews is building the future of independent Indigenous storytelling on these Indigenous lands. Looking for Indigenous News and Stories in Canada? This is a great place to start! You can also take a moment to subscribe to IndigiNews’s fantastic newsletter and help them build their LinkedIn and email community:

FUEL

FUEL is an authentic community for young changemakers, where they are invited to rest, given opportunities to grow, and can find meaningful connections with like-minded individuals.

At FUEL, they want to surround themselves with people who are bringing new ideas into the world – new ways of tackling entrenched issues – those who are not held back by the status quo or “how things have always been done”. To us, that means working with young changemakers. 

They strive to create a space where young changemakers can be valued as individuals, and where they feel loved for who they are, including and beyond their changemaking work.

BrainTrust Canada

30% of all traumatic brain injuries are sustained by children and youth. At BrainTrust Canada they have created programs that focus on preventing brain injuries in our young people. Their Helmet Safety Program, School Presentations, participation in the P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth) Program held at Kelowna General Hospital, Concussion Management Information Cards, and award-winning Protect Your Head program all serve to create positive changes in youth that will help safeguard their future.

NSRH- Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health

NSRH is a United States based member community whose mission is to build programs that provide students, nurses, midwives, and sexual and reproductive health allies with education and resources to become skilled care providers and social change agents in sexual reproductive health and justice.

Sage Haven

Sage Haven Society has been an important provider of services to women and families in the
Alberni Valley for over 40 years. Through a variety of programs and services Sage Haven’s mission is
to promote the integrity and safety of women, children, youth and families and the development of
a respectful and healthy community.

Sovereign Lake Nordic Ski Centre

SLNC is a not-for-profit society, in operation since 1938. A capital campaign for this new main
lodge will be wide reaching as the building will serve club members, the general public, and
visiting sport teams, estimated at 25,000 skier and snowshoe user days per year. SLNC offers a
variety of programs, and benefits from wide ranging support at multiple levels locally across the
North Okanagan, and through regional/national tourism and sport communities.

COYA Productions

COYA Productions (as in Consequences Of Your Actions) helps social impact creators, Indigenous entrepreneurs and unheard youth voices to articulate their theory of change, build educational programs, courses and events to effect that change, and measure the impact of their work.

Elizabeth Fry Society Kelowna

The Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society is a feminist organization that is dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence, providing support services, and seeking justice for all survivors in the Central Okanagan Valley. In 2021 alone, we provided support to over 12,000 survivors.

Their mission is to support and empower survivors of intimate partner and sexual abuse, exploitation, or violence.

COEFS achieves this purpose through prevention and intervention services in collaboration with community partners.

Swamp Creek Ventures LTD

Their public walk ways and multi-home developments are tailored to be fully accessible. They aim to make living up here in the north more practical and accessible for everyone.

Flavours of Hope

Flavours of Hope is a non-profit social enterprise that envisions newcomer women flourishing and experiencing belonging through cooking, storytelling, community-building, and entrepreneurship. When you support newcomer refugee and immigrant women through Flavours of Hope, you help to build strong relationships, connections, and economic opportunity.

Seeds of Leadership

Seeds of Leadership are dreamers. They dream of a future where:
…leaders are driven by the passion to serve.
…people trust the character and competence of their leaders.
… and real issues are being addressed.

Their mission is to contribute to making this dream a reality by developing the next generations of positive disruptors and changemakers. Youth are full of energy, creativity, and potential and we want to help fast-track their development to be our leaders of the future.

Colouring it Forward

Colouring It Forward collaborates with Indigenous Artists and Elders to produce stunning colouring books, cards, journals and other artful products that showcase the beauty, hope and wisdom of Indigenous culture. Colouring It Forward has become a gathering place for creators and Knowledge Holders to share their own stories and their art — and to build community.

Black Creek Community Farm

Black Creek Community Farm increases access to healthy food in our community through their programming and food distribution projects.

Their work is rooted locally towards long-term transformational change for community residents, who are primarily working class racialized folks. The neighbourhood has the lowest equity scores in the City of Toronto, 58. 74% residents identify as visible minorities, and 29% are low-income. Black Creek Community Farm is cultivating relationships with local Indigenous organizations to create employment for Indigenous people at the farm, advance their food justice goals with Indigenous communities, and centre Indigenous knowledge/teaching at public events and in the development of their Medicine Wheel and Three Sisters gardens.

DEVA

DEVA Training & Staffing Solutions is a full-service Staffing Agency providing temporary recruitment, as well as digital literacy and administrative training for Indigenous women.

Earthware

Earthware’s team is dedicated to the community we live in, the planet we live on… and yummy food.  That’s why they are offering people the opportunity to affect real change by using a return-for-reuse zero waste takeout container program.

Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association

OCCA promote mutual understanding, respect, acceptance, and harmony among diverse communities in the Okanagan, build partnerships with all levels of government, and encourage and facilitate the full participation of immigrants from different origins in the social, cultural, and economic life of Canada. OCCA envisions an equitable society where immigrants and visible minorities are fully engaged and valued and reach our goal via the purposes of society:

  1. To develop, promote and increase the public appreciation of Canadian multi-cultures and history by providing seminars and celebrations.
  2. To provide services to new immigrants in need, such as language training, job placement, and translation services for medical, legal, and other appointments.
  3. To provide educational programs to youth to teach them about Canadians and immigrants’ traditions and ethnic heritage.

Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce

The Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization comprised of businesses, professionals, residents, and other community groups that work together to achieve a healthy economic and socio-economic environment that benefits the entire community. They work in partnership with the community, and the BC Chamber of Commerce.

As the Voice of Business, they represent their membership with professionalism and accountability in all aspects of our endeavours. They continue to work with an ever-growing number of public stakeholder organizations, including the BC Chamber, to advocate for accessible business support for today, and equally important, business support as they continue to re-purpose and rebuild.

Coastal Recovery Community

Located in Gibsons BC, Coastal Recovery Community’s mission is to support each person they treat in experiencing a FULL recovery from addiction. They are focussed on providing a full spectrum of holistic care to their clients. They walk alongside their clients for every step of the journey so they can return to a clean, connected, and meaningful life.

This idyllic west coast home is a place where connection happens: where the deep inner and outer work results in a firm grounding of sobriety, supported with lots of ongoing mentoring and support.

Canadian Mental Health Association, South Okanagan Similkameen

The Canadian Mental Health Association is one of Canada’s oldest voluntary, non-profit organizations with over 170 branches in every province and territory. Nationwide, the CMHA’s mission is to promote the mental health of all people and to support the resilience and recovery of people with mental illness through advocacy, education, research, and service.

CMHA was established in the South Okanagan Similkameen in 1991. The organization has been on the leading edge of providing innovative services and support to assist people with mental illness to develop the personal tools to lead meaningful, productive lives. They believe in a recovery vision of service with the idea that people can recover from mental illness when they play an active and empowered role in their recovery.

Rad Jamz / Rad Relish

Rad Jamz and Rad Relish are BC-made companies creating radical products from jams and jellies to relish, pickles, pies, and more. They are a social purpose business with the goal of positive impact on the environment, local community, & economic prosperity for priority local populations.

They work with and support many local Okanagan businesses. Sourcing as much as they can locally ensures only the highest quality fruit gets used in their jam.

Kamloops Society for Community Inclusion

The Kamloops Society for Community Inclusion (KSCI); formerly know as Kamloops Society for Community Living and then Inclusion Kamloops Society, was formed in 1956 by a group of concerned parents who wanted an alternative for their children at a time when children who were born with developmental disabilities were excluded from the regular school system. Since then, the Society has served the needs of people with disabilities and their families through a wide range of community activities, projects and services.

They are a non-profit society dedicated to enriching the lives of adults with developmental disabilities and promoting community inclusion in every form.

Trellis

Improve the world we live in by connecting the social sector to everyday people on a platform focused on impact. Trellis enables people to invest their money for social return in a modern, transparent and engaging way. Trellis empowers people to do good and will lead the social sector into a more sustainable and impact focused future by reframing how our society thinks about charity, giving and measuring success.

Loving Spoonful

Loving Spoonful connects people with good food across Kingston & Area. Working toward a healthier, more connected community, they provide programs and champion policies affecting food security, poverty, social inclusion, and community health.

Kelowna & District S.H.A.R.E. Society

Kelowna & District S.H.A.R.E. Society has been proudly serving the community with various programs, equal employment opportunities, and affordable home essentials and clothing since 1977.

Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society

The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society was established in 1974. The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society will provide for the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of all peoples through the development of community-based services, while encouraging the community to preserve, share and promote Aboriginal cultural distinctiveness.

PEOPLE Employment Services

PEOPLE Employment Services imagines a future where people seeking help are supported by people who have experienced similar challenges. They imagine a future where people with lived experience have opportunities to meaningfully contribute to increased inclusion in both community and business settings.

PEOPLE Employment Services is a social enterprise that provides training and creates partnerships that lead to paid employment opportunities for people who use drugs and/or people with lived experience in homelessness (people with lived experience).
PEOPLE Employment Services partners with employers and hires people with lived experience to work in a variety of roles – as support workers, neighborhood advocates, or alongside parks and recreation crews – so they can support others who are seeking help, and in strategic roles so they can contribute to making policy shifts that reflect lived experience.

Glohaven Community Hub

Glohaven is a socially impactful eCommerce platform that offers a greater sense of community and connection to ‘local’ in the online world. Their marketplace features uniquely-local experiences, gifts, arts, crafts, apparel, and so much more.

Young Caregivers Association

Young Caregivers Association™ was established in 2003. They’re the first organization in Canada dedicated to supporting young caregivers and their families, who live in rural and urban communities while building awareness across Canada. Through Powerhouse™, their award-winning and internationally recognized program, they have supported hundreds of children and youth. They have participated in several research studies. As an expert organization, they are committed to leading the way for improved recognition and support of these hidden family caregivers.

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is a not-for-profit society governed by the BC Societies Act. TOTA is an industry-led organization, governed by an elected Board of Directors, who represent and support business and community tourism interests throughout the Thompson Okanagan region.

They are committed to creating a strong and healthy tourism economy whilst minimizing the impact on our natural and cultural resources by promoting sustainable business practices and responsible travel.

Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee

The Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee is a grassroots organization dedicated to creating and implementing public space enhancement projects in the community of Thorncliffe Park. Our group came together in 2008 with the vision of transforming the space of the neighbourhood into an inclusive place that develops, fosters, and enriches the strengths of the community.

Community Living Society

The Community Living Society (CLS) believes that all people have the ability and the right to fully participate in, and contribute to, their communities.

To that end, CLS has committed itself to working with individuals with disability and their families to design the type and amount of support needed to help them increase their independence and realize their dreams.

The CLS supports are intended to complement – not replace – the natural supports provided by family, friends and the community. Our CLS support team acts as a bridge for people with disability to make new friends, learn the skills needed to get meaningful work, live more independently and achieve personal goals.

NewStories

We are a charitable non-profit intergenerational collective of diverse master practitioners – facilitators, social process designers, community organizers, artists, mindfulness guides, coaches and storytellers – from all over the world. We have, for decades, been designing and facilitating spaces and programs that move from conversation to action.

Harbourside Youth Foundation

Harbourside Youth Foundation was born with the intention to create opportunities for teens and youth to build a foundation of health and fitness into their daily lives. Our organization provides support and mentorship from multiple fitness facilities throughout British Columbia. We are here to pave the path towards positive personal and physical development for kids who would otherwise not have the means to participate in these activities and to nourish their minds and bodies through health education.

Wood Shop Workers Co-op

At the heart of Wood Shop you will find people who want to make a difference by creating good furniture. They focus on using reclaimed, locally sourced materials and only environmentally-approved finishes, while providing meaningful employment to people with barriers to employment. When you choose Wood Shop you are choosing to support local community partnerships which prevent waste, create meaningful and inclusive employment, and host training opportunities for folx living with barriers. What’s not to love?

Hollyhock

Hollyhock creates meaningful experiences that inspire personal growth and social transformation. They offer about 100 programs and conferences each year to help you connect to yourself, nature, and community. Their vision is to achieve a future where people live in right relations with ourselves, each other, and nature – understanding that these are intricately connected.

DreamRider Productions

DreamRider are creators of the Planet Protector Academy and are youth engagement experts, using the power of art, media, gamification and scalable tech to train kids to be superheroes of environmental protection! Our vision is to shift the culture of Canada and the world to one of kindness, interconnectedness, inclusion and be planet protecting, by inspiring kids to be Planet Protectors for life.

Kelowna Women’s Shelter

Since 1980, Kelowna Women’s Shelter has offered a safe place to stay, and essentials such as food, clothing, and toiletries for women who have to flee quickly and don’t have time to prepare. They offer ongoing counselling, support and preventive education programs, all at no cost. The Kelowna Women’s Shelter Thrift Store carries a selection of clothes and household items with profits going back into the Shelter to support their many services. They also offer vouchers so their clients and others in need in the community can shop at the Store for free.

FortisBC

Purppl worked alongside the External Relations team at FortisBC to explore social enterprise partnerships as an additional component of their community engagement and investment initiatives. The primary goal was to critically evaluate which major project activities might be best suited for social enterprise integration. Some key questions addressed were the ‘what’, ‘how’, and ‘why’ major projects was the right area of the business for social enterprise integration. The group also discussed how any success would be measured as part of this short-term, workshop-based engagement.

kinSHIFT

kinSHIFT is an Indigenous-led initiative supporting settlers who are committed to building respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples and places. Our experiential, arts-based workshops and programs allow participants to learn, practice, ask questions, and make mistakes in a safer environment, all while building a foundation for engaging meaningfully with Indigenous peoples.

Tetra Society of North America

The Tetra Society of North America is a non-profit organization that builds innovative solutions for people with physical disabilities to overcome environmental barriers, providing greater independence, quality of life, and inclusion.

Tetra recruits volunteers who work with clients to design and build assistive devices that are custom-made for the individual – these are devices that are either not available commercially or cost-prohibitive.

British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society

British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society (BCMOS) was formed in Vancouver, BC in 1988. BCMOS makes outdoor recreation accessible to empower and inspire people with physical disabilities to re-imagine what is possible. Being in nature is highly valuable to quality of life and challenges perceptions of our capabilities.

Kamloops Elizabeth Fry Society

The Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society is a non-profit society providing services to people who are or, or could be, criminalized, with an emphasis on the needs of women and youth.  The Society provides education, advocacy, capacity building and safe, secure affordable housing within an environment of respect for each person’s right to self-determination and freedom from discrimination.

OneSky Community Resources

OneSky contributes to stronger, more resilient communities, families and individuals by providing exceptional services that are accessible and welcoming to all. Every day, they assist hundreds of people in dozens of communities – helping them to achieve dignity, resilience and well-being at every stage of life. Their skilled and caring professionals, educators, care workers, service personnel, counsellors, and volunteers provide a broad span of life-changing programs and services. They also connect people to the many other vital resources in the area. Guided by their core belief that we’re all in this together, living under a single sky, their goal is to create a way forward for everyone.

The Grist Mill Foundation

The Grist Mill and Gardens is a provincial heritage property operated by Grist Mill CCC with the close support of the Grist Mill Foundation, a volunteer-led charitable organization. The site plays an important role in the community: supporting the development of a strong and integrated local economy, supporting other socially-minded organizations in their own community purposes and providing arts, culture and educational opportunities. The Grist Mill and Gardens has much to offer visitors: explore a working 1877 waterwheel powered flour mill, participate in one of our regular workshops, performances and other special events, enjoy lunch in the kitchen, browse in our unique gift shop, or stay overnight at our creek side RV campground.

FoodShare

FoodShare’s Supportive Partnership Program is where community-led food initiatives leverage FoodShare’s existing assets to realize the change they seek.

Systemic inequities affect access to basic needs like food. While FoodShare’s scope isn’t limitless, we can offer resources to groups who have already identified the change they’d like to see in their communities. It’s all about developing community-led and self-determined solutions to address racism and exclusion in the food system.

The Ashcroft HUB

Ashcroft HUB is an enterprising non-profit society with a mission to reduce the rural population decline by providing more opportunities for wellness, recreation and the arts.

Their facility includes a commercial quality work-out gym, full-sized gymnasium, theatre stage, fitness studios & meeting/training rooms. The HUB offers a wide variety of recreational, wellness & arts programs, events & services. They also have rental spaces available for meetings, parties or events.

Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association

Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association (KTRA) formed in 1988, is a non-profit charitable organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with disabilities. In addition to their programs for people with physical and psychological disabilities, KTRA has been offering Equine assisted therapeutic lessons to youth at risk in our community.

Allan Brooks Nature Centre

Since 1996, Allan Brooks Nature Centre has grown from a discontinued weather station into an interpretive centre with activity rooms, display space, indoor and outdoor classrooms, picnic and play areas, a pond, native plant gardens, viewpoint sitting areas, and a wheelchair friendly grasslands trail around the grounds. ABNC displays and features a variety of nature-associated learning opportunities, information, activities and experiences.

Friendly Composting

Friendly Composting has two main services: weekly compost pick up for residential and commercial food waste producers, and local food delivery. Friendly Composters subscribe to the compost pick up program which gets them access to the food delivery program as well.

Their intended impact is to combat climate change through proper waste management, nutrient-rich soil creation, and strengthening sustainable local food systems.

Discovery House (PRRS)

The Penticton Recovery Resource Society operates Discovery House, 3 men’s addiction recovery homes in Penticton, BC. offering long term, live in addiction recovery support & life skills training for those experiencing substance use issues often coupled with mental health challenges and housing issues.

Canadian Mental Health Association, Vernon & District

The Canadian Mental Health Association (Vernon & District Branch) is a voluntary association that exists to promote Mental Wellness in the community of Vernon, and surrounding areas in the North Okanagan.  It is part of a provincial and national organization.  They believe in enabling individuals, groups, and communities to increase  control over and to enhance their mental health.

They are committed to providing an environment that is free from prejudice, discrimination and harassment. They strive to reflect the entire community in our volunteers and staff, and promote equal access to the services we provide.

St’át’imc Eco-Resources

St’át’imc Eco-Resources (SER) represents a collaborative partnership of 9 St’át’imc communities, providing Environmental Consulting support for capacity development for our Peoples and a sustainable wealth for our Nation.

SER is a strengths-based organization that is guided by sustainable, net gain strategies and Nxekmenlhkálha lti Tmícwa. SER is uniquely positioned to maximize economic opportunities and create economies of scale due to its knowledge of sustainable land and resource use and relationships with strategic partners who recognize St’át’imc territorial authority.

Islamic Family & Social Services Association

The Islamic Family & Social Services Association (IFSSA) was created to serve our community. We serve those going through difficulties. We serve those in need of a shoulder to lean on. We serve those new to our city and our country. We serve elders, families, youth, children.

Kelowna’s Gospel Mission

n 1977, a few students from Okanagan Bible School visited Kelowna City Park weekly, offering coffee and conversation to park visitors. As winter approached there was an apparent need to shield vulnerable community members from the cold. The students opened a drop-in centre that grew to be Kelowna’s Gospel Mission Society in 1978.

By 1985, we had a soup kitchen, a new emergency shelter, and the thrift store. With this foundation, we are able to advance in our mission to lead our community from homelessness into wholeness.

Kelowna’s Gospel Mission will feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and help the hurting. We will provide assistance to all.

Kelowna’s Gospel Mission runs several social enterprise initiatives including a thrift store and dental clinic.

Easter Seals BC Yukon

Through Easter Seals programs and services, we aspire to make a difference in the lives of persons with diverse abilities. Over the years, we have helped improve access and mobility, housed families in need when they are required to travel for specialized medical care, and inspired generations of children and teens with disabilities at summer camp.

Childhood Connections

Since 1977, Childhood Connections – Okanagan Family & Childcare Society (formerly Kelowna Child Care Society) has been providing services and resources to help children in our community grow and thrive in safe, secure and healthy environments. We help families find the right care environment for their children, and we support those who provide care with valuable training and resources.

PACE Penticton

PACE is a social enterprise; a for-profit business with a social and environmental mandate. We provide employment for people with barriers through a variety of recycling-focused projects. PACE partners with like-minded businesses and social organization throughout the South Okanagan.

Taproot Publishing

Taproot help communities understand themselves better.

We see a future in which communities are served by sustainably funded acts of journalism facilitated by technology. We equip individuals and organizations with the information they need to contribute to their community, make good decisions, and stay engaged with others

Kootenay Adaptive

Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association (KASA) was formed in 2018, after a decade of event hosting as Kootenay Sufferfest. Seeing the need to be more inclusive, the process of change started in 2016. After a successful year stepping into adaptive mountain biking, we have been on an exciting journey as a non profit. Getting people to experience the outdoors in a new and exciting way and advocating for aMTB across the world.

We seek to use our platform to promote greater inclusion and diversity outdoors, specifically within Mountain Biking. Join us on a rental experience, retreat, camp, online session or any of our public events.

 

 

 

Big Little Science Centre

BIG Little Science Centre is dedicated to developing a passion for science in our community.

The Big Little Science Centre inspires our community’s children, their families and our teachers to explore and experience science in an entertaining and stimulating environment. The format allows visitors to experiment on their own at any of 140 plus hands-on stations located in three rooms or check out the special demonstrations and light show set up in three other rooms.

Shift Delivery

Shift is a zero-emissions cooperative delivery company that puts trikes instead of trucks on Vancouver’s streets, reduces carbon emissions, and challenges people’s assumptions about the way things get done.

United Way TNC

The Xchange – Community Collaboration Centre

Thompson Rivers University and United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo have embarked on a new, innovative partnership designed to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between community agencies and researchers at the University. The vision of this space is to encourage collaboration, build capacity, conduct research, and create lasting impact.

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra

The primary purpose of the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra (KSO) is to engage and enrich the citizens of Kamloops and Interior British Columbia through music.

Since 2002, the Kamloops Symphony Music School, a division under the Kamloops Symphony, has provided opportunities for music education to citizens of the region, and given further employment opportunities to local musicians.

Modo Car Share

Driven by people, not profits. Modo is your only local member-owned carshare service. Modo transforms communities by connecting people with places in a way that’s affordable, convenient, inclusive and sustainable.

Venture Training (VDACL)

Vernon and District Association for Community Living (VDACL), otherwise known as Venture Training, is Greater Vernon’s ‘pioneer agency’; proudly supporting adults with developmental disabilities with social, educational and vocational skill building since 1955.

Okanagan Fruit Tree Project

Volunteers grow and harvest fruits, vegetables and nuts through their farming and gleaning projects. The harvest is then shared among volunteers and community organizations that support people who experience household food insecurity. Community organizations use the donated produce in their programming. They also use some of the produce harvested to make and sell products for their charity.

South Okanagan Recope Society

Recope provides medically designed and supervised therapeutic exercise programs for adults with medical challenges to help them get moving, feel stronger, experience less pain and reclaim an active and independent  life. This reduces their reliance on other, more expensive, facets of the health system and empowers them to maintain their health through fitness activities.

H.O.P.E. Outreach

HOPE (Helping Out People Exploited) exists to support women in the recovery journey to realizing their own dreams of living a safe and healthy life. They provide nighttime outreach 7 days a week for the women of Kelowna & Vernon who are homeless, living in addiction, exploited, and working in sex work.

Community Dental Access Centre

The Community Dental Access Centre (CDAC) is a reduced-cost non-profit charity dental centre located in Vernon, British Columbia.

AquaHacking BC 2020

Young entrepreneurs from across the country create innovative solutions to some of B.C.’s leading water issues.

Happipad

Happipad is a social enterprise that believes home sharing is an important part of the solution for problems related to housing affordability and social isolation. They make it safe and simple to find a compatible person to live with through home sharing.

Connect Counselling

Connect Counselling & Therapy Society provides affordable and professional counselling services to adults, seniors, children and families. They offer counselling to groups, individuals and couples to meet community needs.

Victory Gardens

Victory Gardens is a Vancouver based worker cooperative founded in 2012 that is motivated to transform landscapes to become productive, beneficial and beautiful.

Their model removes the barriers to all types of production, such as: Annual vegetable, perennial fruit and berry, pollinator, native and xeriscaped gardens and ensures the gardens thrive through education and maintenance. All garden activities are organic and are intentionally focused on ensuring continuity with existing landscapes and adding to local biodiversity.

Farm Bound

Farm Bound – Organic produce delivery. Not everyone in our province has access to quality organic food year round. Farm Bound can help by doing the work for you. We visit farms and develop partnerships to deliver only the best and most sustainably produced food. Doing whatever it takes to get you local and organic food efficiently is our priority!

Kamloops Makerspace

Kamloops Makerspace is a non-profit society dedicated to serving the creative community in the Thompson Nicola region. Our goal is to establish and operate a space in Kamloops where hobbyists, investors, artists, and innovative people from all walks of life, can come together and share their enthusiasm and knowledge.

The Kamloops Makerspace is a volunteer driven community workspace collective. We have an active community forum where members share information, projects, and ideas. We at the Kamloops Makerspace hope to provide an open and inclusive community workspace.

ASK Wellness

The vision of ASK Wellness Society is to work towards a society that recognizes the value and potential of each individual and our mission is to provide outreach, housing, health, education, employment and emotional support services for the marginalized and persons at risk.

ASK Enterprises, a program within ASK Wellness Society, works with the City of Kamloops and Thompson/Nicola Regional District by recovering mattresses from landfill sites across the region and recycling all but one by-product of the manufacturing process. The program provides transitional employment opportunities for individuals who have experienced barriers to employment and engagement in community and who would otherwise not likely return to the workforce. This effort fits within our Strategic Plan that supports individuals to have access to safe and affordable housing, mechanisms to improve their health, and finally, to gain economic independence through employment.

Arion Therapeutic Farm

Arion Therapeutic Farm was established in 2009 as a therapeutic riding facility, over time, we realized that visiting the farm itself was a therapeutic experience that all visitors benefit from. Since that realization, the farm has evolved into a sanctuary that is open to the public, allowing all individuals to experience our serene, restorative farm setting.

The Arion Therapeutic Farm Community Contribution Company Ltd is a hybrid business model. We offer people uniquely positive and heart warming experiences by way of therapeutic programs and services. There is something for everyone at Arion.

Operation Take Two

Operation Take Two (OTT) is a youth-led social enterprise based at Rutland Senior Secondary
in Kelowna that seeks to tackle this global issue by empowering communities to turn their
trash into treasure. We do this by packing all the machinery and tools needed to recycle plastic
waste into a forty-foot shipping container-turned-workspace. Not only does this workspace
give communities responsibility for their waste, but it creates a self-sustaining community hub
for youth-led education, innovation, and empowerment.

IndigenEYEZ

IndigenEYEZ is an Indigenous-led project and our workshops help develop resilient people and healthy communities with connections across generations. We train and contract a network of Indigenous facilitators who use best practices in community building, the arts, and land-based methodologies to share skills that help participants make positive changes as
individuals and as communities. Since our first workshops in 2014, we have reached 5,000 participants through more than 100 workshops and 25 youth camps.

Elevation Outdoors

Elevation Outdoors was founded in 2007 by Tori Hanson and a small group of dedicated individuals that saw a need in our community. From our very first ever Learn to Shred program with 6 participants our focus has always been on breaking down barriers and helping young people find a passion to help them lead a healthy happier life. Since our inception, we have expanded our program offering to include snowboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing and sailing programs. All of our programs have full scholarship seats for any eligible youth or families to assist in providing them with an opportunity to develop a healthy passion.

Start Fresh

In early 2016, Start Fresh took root with founder Michael Buffett in the central Okanagan. A chef on a simple mission, he and his team began facilitating culinary education programming to inspire people about food. Recognizing a greater need within local social service organizations, the non-profit program has now expanded to include teaching of employment and necessary life skills, while creating access to long-term meaningful employment. This is how their team was formed, and the talented chefs involved now bring the same knowledge and skills into the spotlight of a Collaborative Kitchen, creating a truly community-based kitchen that cater events, and facilitate boutique cooking classes.

Clubhouse Childcare

The Clubhouse Farm was started in 2012 and brings daycare, preschool and school age groups to get outside and see where food comes from. In this 12-acre nature play space, children can explore, get creative, garden, build, play or just relax under the trees. Through outdoor play, creativity and happiness bloom, stress and anxiety are reduced, and skills for better academic performance are enhanced.

The Bridge (Healthy Together)

Healthy Together is an innovative and unique family education program that brings families together to learn to make healthy choices and build healthy relationships. Healthy Together aims to promote and influence policies that will enhance the health of all Canadian children, youth and their families.

Habitat for Humanity Okanagan

Habitat for Humanity’s model empowers families to invest in home ownership. Through donated labour, efficient management and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses. ReStore is a home decor and building supply store with 3 locations in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Penticton that sell new and gently-used items for your home and garden. From lighting to flooring, furniture to major appliances, one of a kinds and antiques. ReStores help keep material out of the landfill and the proceeds from the sales help support Habitat for Humanity Okanagan’s building program.

OGO Car Share

Healthy Essentials Clinic

A multi-disciplinary, multi-modality, family-centred program for mild to moderate needs which brings timely, main-street access to mental health Treatment.

Kamloops Music Collective

Kamloops Music Collective is a non-profit organization that offers and manages music programs for youth. They also connect government, corporate and individual sponsors towards music initiatives in Kamloops. KMC provides music lessons and instruments to Kamloops children and youth regardless of their economic situation; and enriches the music culture in the City of Kamloops.

The Big Edition

The Lived Experience Community (LEC) is a collective of individuals in Kamloops with diverse Lived Experiences around issues of homelessness, addiction, abuse, disabilities and mental and physical health challenges. The LEC launched The Big Edition, which is a street newspaper that shares a different voice to community events, news, and issues while providing much needed skills training and income for people with lived experience. It’s also an alternative to panhandling. The Big Edition is a local version of a global social enterprise model that’s working in about 100 cities in 34 countries and published in 24 languages.

Current Taxi

A taxi company that only drives Teslas. They are proving to the taxi industry that you can build companies that are radically better for our environment and customers love them. 180 tonnes of carbon eliminated and growing.

One Big Table

One Big Table has built a cooperative-owned grocery store dedicated to providing seasonal fruits and vegetables, free-range meats and eggs, artisan cheeses and breads to its members on a daily basis. They offer the small, the unique, the traditionally made; heritage varieties that have been part of the land in the past but are now disappearing – in balance with the seasons and the natural rhythm they provide – all in one stop.

John Howard Society

The John Howard Society Okanagan has operated for more than 60 years and offers a wide range of innovative services within the fields of community justice, social services, health, and public interest issues. Their mission is to understand and respond to underlying issues of crime and to work with people who have come into conflict with the law or are at-risk of being criminalized. Guided by evidence informed practices, a harm reduction lens, and a person-centered approach, they support people from assorted circumstances and needs including, but not limited to, homelessness, mental illness, addiction and developmental disabilities.

Silver Lake Camp

Silver Lake Camp offers children (K-9) the chance to enjoy nature in every season. Each camp session has programs to adapt to the weather from archery, snowshoeing, fishing and everything in between. Silver Lake’s passion is to provide outdoor, environmental and forest based educational opportunities for youth and community groups.

Naramata Centre

Open to people of all ages, Naramata Centre is an inclusive, welcoming place to connect and deepen in mind, body and spirit. Situated on 23 acres of land on the east shore of Lake Okanagan, the Centre provides a peaceful oasis for children, teens, adults, families and elders to play, relax, grow and be authentically themselves, supported in community. Naramata Centre draws and inspires people from many paths and walks of life, as a place for learning, sharing, contemplation, personal growth and spiritual renewal.

Shoe Bank Canada

In July 2014, Jim Belshaw partnered with the Kelowna Community Food Bank to house a “Shoe Bank” to give people in need better access to footwear. A month later, set up just like a shoe store and with the help of the Food Bank, Shoe Bank Canada was born and opening its doors on Ellis Street. Since then, and with the help of nearly 20 local service agencies guiding the qualifying process and handing out shoe vouchers, the Shoe Bank has provided over 4,000 pairs of shoes to those in need in Kelowna.

Kamloops Food Policy Council

The Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC) has been pollinating projects, developing partnerships, and contributing to public policy since 1995. Their Gleaning Abundance Program brings people together to help harvest our local abundance of fruit and vegetables and share it with the greater community. Produce that might have gone to waste becomes a welcome source of fresh food for many who might otherwise go without. About 105,000 lbs of fruit and vegetables have been gleaned since 2013.

Okanagan School of the Arts

A creativity centre and home of the Okanagan School of the Arts, the Shatford Centre has a history of almost 100 years with a wealth of history, legacies and visionaries. Okanagan School of the Arts offers a wide variety of performing and visual arts courses for students of all ages and stages are offered year round in many disciplines and houses periodic visual art exhibitions.

Shelley Gautier Parasport Foundation

The Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation breaks down barriers for people living with disabilities, enabling them to participate in sports activities. An awareness of adaptive sport is created and the foundation develops resources that encourages inclusive para-sport programs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central & Southern Interior BC

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central and Southern Interior (BBBSCSI) our mission is to enable life changing Mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people, and our vision is for all young people to realize their full potential.

Our Mentoring agency’s existence goes back over 50 years and was created in direct response to community needs. The Programs and Strategies we offer are research and evidence-based, accessible to all students, and delivered in partnership with local schools during school hours. Healthy development of children and youth is critical to the continued well-being of our communities. Children and youth are our future. The quality of their early lives and their healthy integration into civil society is important, not only to the on-going process of social health and renewal but also to our safety and security.

BBBSCSI is powered by a social enterprise partnership with Value Village.

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