Respect for Life
The Vancouver College Pro-Life Club was established to celebrate the value and dignity of human life as part of the essential elements of Blessed Edmund Rice. Many of the students' concerns and questions are addressed through the teacher facilitators.
The Pro-Life Club allows the students to become pro-active through fundraising activities and contribution to "The Doors Open", "Missions of Charity", and the Youth Fund. The Youth Fund, operated together with the Archdiocesan Office of Life and Family, is a trust fund to which all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese contribute for the following purposes:
- Providing a one-time financial support to unwed mothers.
- Helping families who are financially burdened and expecting a new baby.
Since 1991, on the first Sunday of October, Vancouver College hosts the annual "Youth For Life Day" (October 4, 2015) attended by over 400 youths from different schools throughout the Lower Mainland. Various presenters speak on pro-life issues. Participants pray the rosary as a group, followed by a pro-life march, and the event closes with a social gathering where youth have the opportunity to interact with others who share the same values and beliefs.
The Reverence for Life Conference is organized annually by Catholic teachers from the different schools in the Archdiocese.
Through sales of Christmas cards and other fundraising activities, we are able to raise money to support various pro-life organizations in the Archdiocese. During the month of December, we place a Christmas tree near the Main Office and collect practical items for needy families; we also set up a Nativity scene in the courtyard.