Key Resources for Teachers and Students
- Government of Canada
- Department of Justice
- Canadian International Development Agency
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada
- Civic Info BC
Public Legal Education
Rule Of Law
Alternatives to Court
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
- Vancouver Police Department (VPD)
- Legal Rights 4U
- Youth Criminal Justice Act
- BC Human Rights Tribunal
- Consumer Protection BC
- BC Civil Liberties Association
- Better Buisness Bureau
- Administrative Justice Office
- Employment Standards Tribunal
- Labour Relations Board
- Work Safe BC
- Community Care & Assisted Living Appeal Board
- Criminal Defense and Immigration Attorney
- Immigrant Services Society of BC
- Families Change
Identify an issue or an area of interest. You can get involved by helping members of your local community, learning more about your local government, or protecting the environment.
Next, explore how you can get involved. The most common way is to contribute your time as a volunteer, or by becoming a member of an organization that works on addressing specific issues.
Volunteering one’s time is one of the greatest contributions an active citizen can make. Most non-for-profit organization greatly rely on the help of volunteers in their work. Even few hours of your time can make a difference.
You can begin by exploring volunteer opportunities in your area by visiting the following websites:
You can also contact your local Volunteer Centre that will connect you with organizations that need help.
Visit the websites of some of the organizations that recruit volunteers on on-going basis:
- Canadian Red Cross
- Oxfam Canada
- Amnesty International
- Greenpeace Canada
- OPTIONS: Services to Communities Society
- PLEA Community Services of BC
You can find community service providers and non-for-profit agencies in your area online and through information boards at the libraries and community centers.
On the Web
Internet opens up a lot of opportunities for active participation through a number of tools.
You can find online communities and blogs on almost any topic, and some of them also give you an opportunity to connect with others as well. Social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and others are also a great way to learn and to get engaged.
Contact your local MLA or MP office to inquire about volunteer opportunities.