Geography Cares: Eyeglass Drive


A big thank you to everyone who rummaged through their goods and found old glasses to donate to the Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre where eyeglasses are recycled and provided free of charge to people in developing countries. We were able to collect 30 pairs of glasses!

CLERC has distributed recycled eyeglasses to Angola, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cameroon, El Salvador, Ghana, Haiti, Liberia, Mexico, Pakistan and other countries.

Geography Cares: Annual Chili Fest


Geography Cares’ Annual Chili Fest happened on February 27th with proceeds aiding the building of schools in Pakistan in honour of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl who had been targeted by the Taliban in 2012 for being an outspoken advocate for women’s right to education in Pakistan. We were able to raise $230 from the chili sale in two short hours!

Special thanks to Sandy, Kevin, and Julie for making the delicious chili!!!

Read more about Malala Yousafzai here.

Squeaky Clean Hygiene Drive

In October 2013, Geography Cares began its Squeaky Clean Hygiene Drive, collecting  unused toiletries for Vancouver’s Covenant House. We are proud to announce that in one month, we were able to collect over 200 different hygiene and skincare products, ranging from sample packets to full sized bottles.

Covenant House provides resources, supplies, and a safe place for Vancouver’s homeless, at-risk, and runaway youth (between the ages of 16 and 22). Over 1,500 youth have accessed their services in the last year.

A special thank you to Connie Cheung for her efforts in promoting and organizing the Squeaky Clean Hygiene Drive, and to everyone who donated supplies or their time!

Geography Cares: Book Sale

Photo of Friday’s book sale with staff (LtoR) Ivan, Sandy, Jeannie. Still lots of books left at Main Office for $1.00 each.

Geography Cares had a book sale on March 22, 2013. Over $ 200.00 was raised for the ONE TO ONE Children’s Literacy Society. Remaining books are available from the Main Office for $1.00 each.ONE TO ONE programs can be found in 56 participating Vancouver district schools with approximately 300 volunteer tutors. Each trained tutor provides one to one assistance two to five times a week for 600 children each year. Geography’s donation is enough to cover two new schools to start up their ONE TO ONE program.

A special thank you to Sandy Lapsky, Kevin Gillard and Mimi Yu who led the effort, and to all the staff, faculty, graduate students and undergrads who showed their support by donating their books, time and money for the book sale.

Geography Cares: 2013 Chili Fest

Sandy and Kevin serving chili to our fellow supporters

Thanks to everyone who supported our Geography Cares effort on January 30 . Our chili sales raised $205.00 towards building schools in Pakistan. Donation will be made on the department’s behalf.
DIL educates and empowers underprivileged students, especially girls, by operating student-centered model schools in remote areas of Pakistan. DIL’s holistic program includes curriculum enhancement initiatives, computer labs, libraries, reading programs and extracurricular activities which enrich the students’ school experience.
A big thanks goes out to Sandy and Kevin for making BOTH a vegetarian and a meat chili for selling the chili, to Tania for lending us the stoves, to Bret and Tania for helping us set up, to Jeanne and Mimi for advertising the event. It was a great time effort by all.
Featured in UBC Geographer Jan 2013