We are a husband and wife team photographing and telling stories of local small businesses. VOICE is a local support media that started during Covid-19 to encourage small business owners like ourselves to keep strong, united and positive.
We first started off on foot to discover the unique and different shops that made up the fabric of our community. We tell their stories through our own photography, write-ups and videos. We believe this content introduces people to their local small business owners in their community in a very intimate and meaningful way.
Thanks to everyone’s generosity and support, VOICE continues to raise awareness of how important local small businesses are in keeping our community vibrant and strong. Many have been severely affected by Covid-19 and we want to continue connecting neighbours with their local shops through this difficult time. We have interviewed over 100 local small businesses since April 2020. Our meaningful conversations soon made us realize that VOICE was not only meant to be a local project during the time of crisis. It provided an important opportunity to re-evaluate ad reshape the things around us. We hope to bring about some positive change to how we live, how we shop, and how we eat for a better sustainable future.
We are committed to bringing a positive impact to our community by making VOICE a fundraising project. Half the funds are used to cover our operations cost. The other half is donated to local charities as a way to invest in initiatives that help grow a more socially responsible community. We support charities that are dedicated to cleaning the environment, increasing food security, helping our vulnerable populations, and any other pressing issues that may come up.
Currently, we are partners with Ocean Ambassadors Canada(OAC) and Cheakamus Center. OAC is a North Shore based, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to turn the tide on marine pollution. We are sponsoring a class of children that may not have the means to attend otherwise to an Ocean Camp in the summer. This enables a positive impact in a young person’s life learning about the importance of environmental stewardship.
Cheakamus Center is an environmental and Indigenous cultural education facility located on ecological reserve near Squamish. We are supporting their Adop-A-School program to invite students from Cultural Journey schools in Squamish, who face financial barriers, to learn and experience the land, water, and creatures that inhabit our local river systems and coastal rainforest.
We like to share a moment of gratitude to all the hard working local small businesses we have met along the way that have inspired us to tell their stories. We are also grateful for our loyal readers and supporters who take an interest in our causes and generously contribute to the fundraising.
If you have any questions, or would like to become a fundraising partner, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.