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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 www.mineralsed.ca ) 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 January 2020 Event

Tuesday, January 14th: Lunch at Carmelo’s Restaurant, West Vancouver 

NOTE: date change - Because many of us will be volunteering at the AMEBC Round Up selling Mining for Miracles Diamond Draw tickets during the third week of January we moved our activity date one week ahead.

Event:  Lunch at Carmelo’s Ristorante e Trattoria, 1448 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.  If the weather is nice, we may follow lunch with a casual stroll on the West Vancouver seawall or a quick trip to the Silk Purse Arts Centre to see the latest exhibit ‘Artistry in Stitch’.

Time:  11:30am Carmelo`s Ristorante for lunch; menu:http://www.carmelos.ca/lunch_menu.php

Cost:      There is no cost to attend.  Lunch will be a la carte.

Please RSVP to Dawn Russell by email


GVMWA February 2020 Event

Tuesday, February 18 – Save the Date
Movie in the afternoon
Further details will be posted at a later date


The Drift

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

2020 January Drift



The Greater Vancouver Mining Women’s Association (GVMWA) Membership year is June to June.
For further information about GVMWA, or to update your contact information, please use the WIMBC contact form - it will be forwarded to GVMWA.