Greater Vancouver Mining Women’s Association (GVMWA)

Presidents Message:

The Greater Vancouver Mining Women’s Association was formed in 1975 as a fellowship group for spouses of people connected with the mining industry. By 1977 it had evolved into an 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.

The members have raised a considerable amount of money over the years allowing 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 (MineralsEd ) in public schools by subsidizing bus trips to the Mining Museum at Britannia Beach, 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.

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 BC Children’s Hospital.

On behalf of the members and Executive we 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 Membership section on this page for an application form.

About Us


The Greater Vancouver Mining Women’s Association (GVMWA) has operated as a non-profit organization since 1977. It brings women together who are interested in and involved with the mining industry, either directly or indirectly, and from both industry and supply sector, e.g. family background, spouse, career path, or general interest.

The objectives of the GVMWA are:

  • To provide fellowship and enjoyment for members
  • To raise awareness of mining as a necessary part of society through youth education in our schools
  • To encourage women to pursue mining careers
  • To provide voluntary support at mining related industry functions such as AME BC RoundUp selling raffle tickets for the Mining for Miracles Campaign



From September to June, members meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Activities include luncheons, guest speakers, concerts, theatre tours, dinners and more. The events are organized by the GVMWA programming committee and members are notified through “The Drift”, a monthly newsletter.

Some of the events are fundraisers and proceeds are distributed as follows:

  • Bursaries, to female students studying Geoscience
  • MineralsEd Program of BC Schools
  • Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair

Within the GVMWA smaller interest groups include book clubs and walking groups and new participants are welcome.

We welcome new members and invite you to join us at our next meeting.   Combined energies and vision keep an organization strong.

Details of Events

GVMWA October 2019 Event

Tuesday, October 15: Lunch in Richmond

We are exploring the Dumpling Trail in Richmond see:

160-8111 Ackroyd Road Richmond, BC V6X 3K1
Meet at 11:15AM

The easiest way to get there is to take Canada Line, get off at Lansdowne and walk two blocks.

Cost:  $25.00 per person, includes set lunch of assorted dumplings and Chinese green tea

Please RSVP Nancy Christopher


GVMWA November 2019 Event

Tuesday, November 5: GVMWA 3rd ANNUAL PUB NIGHT

In support of MineralsEd in BC – an evening of fun
At Moose’s Down Under, 830 W Pender St
Time: 4:30pm – 8:30pm

Ticket price : $22 (Burger, beer, and fries*)
Prize draw + trivia quiz!

Tickets available online through EVENTBRITE or at the door (subject to availability)

100% of funds collected from the event will support  MineralsEd (minerals and mining education of BC) students though subsidies and awards.

*Ticket allows one beef or veggie burger with fries, and a standard beer, wine or soda.


The Drift

The Drift is our Monthly Newsletter informing us of news and upcoming events in our organization.

The 2019 September Drift
The 2019 October Drift



The Greater Vancouver Mining Women’s Association (GVMWA) Membership year is June to June.

For further information about GVMWA please use the contact form

Current Members:

Please fill in the form below to inform us of any contact information updates. Thank you!


Information provided on the GVMWA membership form is strictly for contact purposes between members. It may not be provided to any third party.

2017 GVMWA Pub Night Fundraiser Sponsors

An EXTRA Special THANK YOU to our Sponsors!

Without this support we would not be able to achieve the success we have in our fundraising goals.

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