Legacy Of Caring

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver is a charitable organization that provides support services to some of society's most vulnerable populations – women, girls and children at risk of involvement, involved in or affected by the justice system. Our more than two dozen programs work to break the cycle of poverty, addiction, mental illness, homelessness and crime.

At EFry, we believe every life has value. All people are entitled to dignity and respect. And everyone has a right to belong. For over 70 years that has been our legacy. And our promise.

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Introducing the EFry Blog

May 8, 2014

As part of our 75th anniversary activities, EFry is pleased to launch our new blog.

Policy picks pockets of poor

Shawn Bayes / The Vancouver Sun April 07, 2014

B.C.'s short-sighted policy of deducting child support from custodial parents on income assistance forces our poorest children further into poverty. While clawing back $18.4 million from children, B.C. forecasts a budget surplus in excess of $184 million this fiscal year.

B.C. experts say Canada doesn't need a 'Cinderella law' to protect kids from emotional abuse

Sam Cooper / The Province April 02, 2014

While the United Kingdom is considering updating child neglect laws to make "emotional cruelty" by parents criminally punishable, B.C. experts don’t believe the proposed reform is appropriate in Canadian society.

December 03, 2013 Raising a Family Member's Children
Updated handbook released

The Annual Report September 2013 - Supporting Change at Every Stage

August 27, 2013 SIMI SARA SHOW 2 (CKNW-AM), Vancouver.

Local kids make sweet donation

Cayley Dobie / Burnaby Now July 31, 2013

Two young philanthropists are showing residents in Burnaby that it's never too early to start giving to those less fortunate.While most kids were out enjoying the sunshine, eight-year-old Mark and sevenyear-old Charlotte Pathyil Johannes spent July 17 raising money for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver. The Burnaby siblings set up a small lemonade stand with some of the other kids in their Deer Lake neighbourhood, selling the homemade drink to passersby and neighbours. At the end of the day, they had raised $125 for the society.

Blue Sky camps give break to Abbotsford/ Mission kids with parents in prison

Rochelle Baker / Abbotsford Times July 9, 2013

This summer the Elizabeth Fry Society will provide Abbotsford and Mission kids in difficult circumstances the chance to have the quintessential childhood experience.This year the society launched its Blue Sky weekly overnight camps for children aged six to 13 who would otherwise not enjoy any kind of summer vacation.


May 28, 2013 Shawn Bayes speaks to the call for remand centres for women on CFAX 1070.

How the Smile Card works

As part of EFry's fundraising efforts, we are pleased to be a participating charity in Thrifty Foods Smile Card program. Upon request, EFry will mail a reloadable card that can be used to purchase goods at any Thrifty Foods. Then, Thrifty Foods will donate five per cent of all amounts loaded onto the card to EFry, which we will use to purchase food for our drop-in centre and residential program clients. If you choose to register your card number with us, then if you should ever lose your card, it can be immediately cancelled and any funds remaining will be transferred to a new one. Cards can be loaded at Thrifty's customer service or any cashier prior to ringing up your order. The Smile Cards are used to make your purchase and the donation is automatically forwarded to EFry. We hope you will request a card, and encourage friends and family to do the same.