What is the Greater Vancouver Compassion Network (GVCN)?

The Greater Vancouver Compassion Network (GVCN) is a non-profit network of institutions, organizations, working groups and individuals committed to furthering compassionate engagement and conduct in our communities.  The GVCN is taking action to connect civic leaders to an unprecedented cross-section of civil society, including youth, businesses, educators, ethical consumers, faith groups, and families. Its purpose is to energize engagement, mutual learning and collaboration by residents and civic leaders in support of respectful relationships, just economies and sustainable peace. The efforts of the network are non-religious, non-partisan, and locally relevant.  The GVCN embraces multiple intersections of interest or expertise, and the many ways that people can galvanize compassionate work in community with others.

The GVCN is endorsed by a group of prominent Lower Mainland institutions and individuals that include the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, Free The Children, Fair Trade Vancouver, Kindness Foundation, Christ Church Cathedral, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, Canadians for Compassion, InterSpiritual Centre of Vancouver Society, Vancity, and the Vancouver Foundation.

The GVCN is inspired by and honours the universal values and principles expressed in the international Charter for Compassion, a document that was the wish of international author, Karen Armstrong, winner of the 2008 TED Prize. Armstrong collaborated with a worldwide network of dignitaries to develop the Charter for Compassion. Since its unveiling in 2009, the Charter has been affirmed by more than 80,000 individuals, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.  Read and affirm the Charter.

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