The Greater Vancouver Mining Women’s Association was formed in 1975 as a fellowship organization for spouses of people connected with the mining industry. By 1977 it had evolved into a charitable organization with a mandate to raise public awareness of mining through education. Since then, the Greater Vancouver Mining Women’s Association (GVMWA) has operated as a non-profit organization registered under the Societies Act of British Columbia. It brings women together who are involved with the mining industry, either directly or indirectly, and from both industry and supply sectors. The members have raised a considerable amount of money over the years through silent auctions,craft fairs, fashion shows, raffles,the publishing of cook books and through various other projects.
The funds raised have allowed the GVMWA to finance scholarships at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology to assist women in mining related studies. We also support the minerals education program in public schools by subsidizing bus trips to the Mining Museum at Britannia Beach and contributing to teacher education and the purchase of mineral kits for schools. Additionally, we provide an award for the best mining related project at the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair and subsidize the children’s Mini Science Summer Camp at BCIT.
The members of the GVMWA are great ambassadors for the mining community. They actively participate in selling raffle tickets for the Mining for Miracles project which raises money for Children’s Hospital and when the CIMM holds its annual general meeting in Vancouver they are always there to help with the spouses’ program and the hospitality room.
We are very proud to be part of a wonderful team which serves this organization. On behalf of the team we would like to welcome women who have any connection to the mining industry no matter how remote that connection may be. If you would like to join our organization please go to the BROCHURE section of this web site for an application form.
Trisha Prince-Wright and Betty Lebel