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Want to help us get a start on Family Sponsorship 2023?

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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To end poverty through family & youth sponsorship at Christmas time, to support & promote the work of other front line organizations, & to play a part in the eradication of human trafficking through education and awareness. 



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



A community & world that is free from poverty, human trafficking & injustice so that everyone can live their lives to the full potential.


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:

Caitlin Podritske - Chair 

Shyla Young - Vice Chair 

Zac Joshua - Secretary 

Grant Phillips - Treasurer 

Paige Barney - Director 

Angela Waldick - 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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