Family Sponsorship 2021

2021 was a success! We were able to sponsor 6 families in our local schools & 34 youth living in low income housing for a total of 40 families & individuals!

Thank you so much for your generosity & for being part of making a difference.


Want to help us get a start on Family Sponsorship 2022?

For $21/month, you can sponsor one of our school families.

For $5/month, you can sponsor a youth living in low income housing. 

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Our mission is to sponsor as many families & individuals as possible at Christmas through our family sponsorship program and to support and promote the work of front line organizations and qualified donees through community engagement, relationship building and financial contributions.



We believe in respect, equality, inclusion, partnership and collaboration in order that everyone may reach and achieve their individual and community goals.



Our vision is a community and world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, live out their potential and build a safe and secure life for themselves and their families.


What We Do:

-Fundraise for, organize, and facilitate family sponsorship every Christmas.

-Raise community awareness around local and global issues that impact us here in Nanaimo  

-Donate financially to other charitable organizations

-Act as a point of contact for outreach in the community

-Collaborate and network with other organizations to create a more effective and holistic approach to the needs in the local and greater community


Why We Do It:

-We see a need in our community and want to be part of making a difference

-We want to be part of advancing causes we care about that we cannot tackle directly

-We believe in the power of people and collaboration to create change


Our Story:

The Sims Foundation was established in 2021 to facilitate and oversee family sponsorship at Christmas time and to lend a hand to those in our community who are living with and dealing with poverty. Our story however begins in 2009 where Andrea's dream of having her own charity to serve others began with a charity internship during university. Over the course of several years, moves, life experiences and connections, Andrea found Sims Real Estate Group and with it a group of people who were aligned with the values and vision of playing a part in changing and shaping the world especially around those who were falling through the cracks and living on the fringes of society. In 2019 there was a rise of need in the community and the Sims team stepped in to help, providing gift cards so that people were able to provide a meaningful Christmas for their families and asking members of the community to nominate families they knew were struggling. This project led to the formation of the official charity, bringing Andrea's dream together with a whole team's passion to serve.   


Current Board Members:

Jason Simard - Chair 

Caitlin Podritske - Vice Chair 

Joseph Langdon - Secretary 

Grant Phillips - Treasurer 

Shyla Young - Director 

Joseph Moretti - Director 

Bre Bail - Director 

Annabelle Bail - Director 


Founder & Executive Director:

Andrea Smith


Follow us on Social Media:

Facebook: The Sims Foundation - Vancouver Island


Instagram: thesimsfoundationvi



Contact Us! 

Phone: 250-591-1160


Mailing Address: 2204 Petersen Place, Nanaimo, BC V9S 4N5 



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