Photo: Kelly – Seminar Camp staff member!

THANK YOU to everyone who helped out at our 2019 Seminar Camp!

CISV Vancouver cannot send delegates to programs around the world UNLESS we host these amazing programs in our own city.  And it really is staggering how much time and effort goes into planning a CISV program.

This year, we hosted 23 participants from 12 countries who were lead by 4 amazing staff for 21 days!  And running a program like this does not happen without the dedication, time and attention of our amazing volunteers. A big Thank You to all those who pitched in to help!

Check out these fun 2019 Seminar Camp statistics!

  • 64 volunteer shifts and positions
  • 36 volunteers filled these shifts
  • 36 loaves of bread donated by Cobbs Bread in Park Royal
  • 23 delegates
  • 20 loads of emergency laundry done (keep reading)
  • 21 days – length of camp
  • 20  pizzas donated by Panago at Northwoods Village
  • 12 countries (Netherlands, France, Mexico, Italy, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Spain, USA, Great Britain, Denmark, Canada)
  • 5 trips to storage unit
  • 4 camp staff
  • 1 on call Dentist – Thanks to Dr.Shahab Keshmiri of Westview Dental
  • 1 on call Doctor – Thanks to Dr. Scott Finley
  • 1 Open Day event
  • 1 broken laundry machine
  • 1 car loaned to camp staff


(LMO – Like Minded Organization)

Thank  you to Miranda Shannon of Frog Lake First Nation and Tasha Rosa of the Squamish Nation for taking the time to speak to our youth  about everything and anything to do with the indigenous People of Canada. They touched on the history, the different groups, residential schools, reconciliation and culture. This sparked some great questions and conversation from the seminar camp youth. Miranda and Tasha also showed them how to bead and engaged them in some painting activities.

We’d also like to thank Cease Wyss (Tasha’s aunt) who runs the Indigenous plant and education garden at the village of Xemelchts’n (also known as the Capilano Reserve in North Vancouver).

The participants learned about the importance of the land to the people in the region, especially connecting the community with the land. Cease welcomed everyone with a drum song, and later on the participants learned how to smudge.


We want to specifically thank these companies who generously donated food to our hungry participants!

Cobbs Bread in Park Royal who donated 36 loaves of bread!

Panago Pizza at Northwoods Village who donated 20 pizzas!

Costco Canada in Downtown Vancouver who donated a $100 gift certificate



Without the tireless efforts of Penelope Hutchison – our Board Secretary –  and Andrea Lima, this camp would not have come together the way it did!  Thank you!


Open Day Lunch is served!

Camp staff: Steve, Diego, Miles and Kelly

The amazing participants!

And the amazing staff!