Develop Leaders. Build Relationships. Take Action for the Common Good.

Donate now via 100% of all proceeds raised support Metro Vancouver Alliance's ongoing community leadership training initiatives.

MVA training MVA leader, Maria Robinson

What does the Metro Vancouver Alliance make possible?


“ need for affordable housing was discerned from community relational meetings. The proposed solutions were presented to the West/North and District of North Vancouver mayors along with...statistics and stories. After hearing people’s concerns the mayors agreed to work with the MVA to develop land trusts and cooperative/affordable housing units. - Shahina Kahn, Nursing Student, VCC

 Since the founding assembly on March 19, 2014 the Metro Vancouver Alliance (MVA) has made significant progress developing leaders and strengthening communities through support and training for member organizations.

We have been working together to build workable solutions to the most pressing issues facing our communities. A key element to this success is the leadership training that MVA provides for our member organizations. This model empowers groups and individuals to take leadership roles in their communities, and take action for the common good.

After attending a National Training institute in 2015, Maria Robinson, Co-Chair of MVA’s Transit Campaign Action Team, said the following:

I didn't comprehend, until I arrived at the national training and we did our first set of rounds, that I was exactly who this training was meant for.MVA, as an IAF organization...has a time-tested model. Understanding that model is key to leadership with MVA. Attending an intensive workshop with other leaders, from other organizations -- with their own stories, their own fights, their own anger -- was at once inspiring and a homecoming. It made the model come alive, and it made me feel a part of a larger story.

 Shahina Kahn, a 4th year nursing student at the Vancouver Community College, had this to say:

My project was aimed at uniting British Columbia’s registered nurses so that we can combat the negative effects of social determinants of health. I was given the opportunity to attend a five day regional leadership training. I learned the importance of community organizing...which begins with the premise that the problems facing communities do not result from a lack of effective solutions, but rather, from the citizens’ inability to implement these solutions due to a lack of power.

 I learned that leadership should be collective; only then we can see our community’s progress and prosper.

 How can you support the work of the MVA?

  • If you’re a member of an organization that is part of the MVA, help to make sure your organization’s dues are paid in full!
  • Make sure you know about all the projects MVA currently has underway, and let us know about possible supporters or funders for particular projects!
  • Consider making a direct contribution as part of the “Friends of the MVA” program, or share the opportunity to contribute with your friends and colleagues!
  • Share the work of the MVA on twitter and facebook!

Friends of the MVA

This is an opportunity for individuals to directly support the work of the MVA. Individual donations can be made to Canada Helps online and are eligible for a charitable tax receipt. Direct donations enable us to provide the leadership training that is so important to up and coming community leaders! Any amount helps - click here to donate.

MVA Builders

The MVA has benefited from a few generous individuals who've supported our work in significant ways. Join this group of MVA builders - for a contribution of $500 you will receive:

  • Official recognition as an ”MVA Builder” - listed on the Metro Vancouver Alliance website
  • A copy of Going Public: An Organizer's Guide to Citizen Action
  • A Metro Vancouver Alliance T-shirt

Donations can be made online via

Visit Canada Helps, then select Metro Vancouver Alliance as the fund your donation will support. MVA is affiliated to Industrial Areas Foundation Canada, which is a registered Canadian charity. Charitable receipts will be provided and the funds will be used for our educational programs.

Donations can be also mailed to MVA. Please make your cheque out to Industrial Areas Foundation Canada and mail to:

Metro Vancouver Alliance
5745 Wales Street
Vancouver BC V5R 3N3

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