By xd_adminsummit | News | XDS Gives Back

XDS Delivers 25k of Good Will to Vancouver Non-Profits

The XDS 2018 event was a smash success by bringing 600 industry professionals together to share knowledge, network effectively and build communities of practice.

This holiday season we are grateful to be able to donate a total of $25,000 to two very import Vancouver-based organizations.

Directions Youth Services

Directions Youth Services is a division of Family Services of Greater Vancouver that provides support to at-risk, homeless, or street-involved youth under 25. Resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They provide safe spaces for youth to connect with supports, detox from substances, and access transitional to short-term housing.

The monies donated from XDS to Directions Youth Services went toward purchasing 5 brand new iMac workstations for video and audio recording. These computers will provide their clients an opportunity to connect, to accept support, and to be inspired.

Chris Wren (XDS) alongside Directors from Directions Youth Center: Amanda Sayfy, Marnie Goldenberg and Colin Ford

Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon

It is Make-A-Wish’s mandate to grant exceptional wishes to children in need internationally. Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon is a chapter part of the largest wish-granting organization in the world, making dreams and wishes come true for more than 450,000 children since 1980.

XDS provided a donation that allowed the granting of a wish to a critically ill cancer patient who asked for photography equipment to allow him to one day become a professional photographer. The wish included a high-end digital camera, Mac laptop, editing software and photography lessons. The youth was absolutely thrilled, and his mom reported she had not seen a bigger smile on his face in a long time!

Chris Wren and Lauren Freemen (XDS), with Ross Hetherington, CEO,
Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon

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