Relax with Camp VIP

Summer camping opportunities with Camp VIP (Vancouver Island Presbytery) at French Beach, Cowichan River, and Goldstream Provincial Parks. Click on the brochure images below to view details.

What to expect: Group camping at beautiful provincial sites, a speaker and a time of music each day (usually after dinner), no formal activities but campers/families often get together for things such as board games, hikes, or swimming. Bring your own meals.

How to register: Download the registration form here: Camp VIP 2022 Registration. Need more info? Please email campvip@outlook.com.

Summer Reading!

It’s a great time to pick up a stack of books for summer reading! Visit our library any time the church is open. Need some suggestions? Download the new brochure highlighting selections from several categories. For more info about any of the titles featured, click the cover to see the book’s listing in our online catalog.

Advocate for Afghanistan

We encourage you to contact your MP to advocate for a Criminal Code exemption that will allow PWS&D and others to send much-needed humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. You can download the sample letter here: Advocate for Afghanistan.

From PWS&D:

In Afghanistan, nearly 23 million people—half of the population—are projected to be acutely food insecure in 2022. PWS&D has a food assistance project ready to roll out but is currently unable to begin implementation.

Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, PWS&D has not been able to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to those who desperately need it. Like other Canadian charitable organizations, it has been impossible to send funds to Afghanistan because of provisions in Canada’s Criminal Code which brand sending funds to the country as a potential criminal act. Terminology in the code that prohibits “directly or indirectly” supporting the Taliban does not provide specificity regarding what humanitarian actions might be allowed. Organizations like PWS&D could be at risk of losing their charitable status simply for saving lives in Afghanistan.

Other nations, including the UK, US, Germany and Australia have found solutions to facilitate humanitarian exemptions in the same situation. With other Canadian charities, PWS&D has been advocating to the Government of Canada that a humanitarian exemption be made here as well.