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.
WHO WE ARE:
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
WHAT WE DO:
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 March 2020 Event
Tuesday, March 17th: Irish Pub Lunch
The St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on March 17 is cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus.
GVMWA April 2020 Event
Save the Date: Tuesday April 21st
Join us on a visit to Britannia Mine Museum and experience BOOM!
BRITANNIA MINE MUSEUM’S NEWEST ATTRACTION BOOM! introduces audiences to the story, sights and sounds behind the architectural marvel, Mill No. 3, with an immersive live-action experience – fun for all ages! This experience offers multiple screens, over thirty speakers, and leading-edge special effects — bringing all 20-storeys back to life!
Reawakened with the magic of special effects, BOOM! reveals the captivating story behind the Mill as a beacon of economic community prosperity. Visitors discover first-hand the historic Mill’s purpose, the giant machines that made it work, and the thunderous roar of a working Mill.
We plan to arrange carpooling. Lunch location and details TBA
The Drift is our Monthly Newsletter informing us of news and upcoming events in our organization.
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.