SWOVA promotes healthy relationships in order to foster communities free of violence, bullying, discrimination, assault and abuse.
We do this by delivering innovative, evidence-based social-emotional education programs for children, youth and adults and inspiring and training others to delivery our programs.
SWOVA has worked for more than two decades to address violence in all forms. Founded as a "wake-up call" for action against gender-based violence, SWOVA has become a champion of information on individual rights/protection and has developed education programs/awareness initiatives to address discrimination/violence based on gender, race, sexual orientation, age and ability.SWOVA's youth programs encourage young people to challenge assumptions and learn skills that foster healthy, equal relationships. SWOVA believes that all human beings should be free to develop their personal abilities and make choices without the limitations set by stereotypes, rigid gender roles and prejudices. SWOVA envisions inclusive and gender-equitable communities living violence-free.
What People Are Saying
"I think that it just helps me learn to be a better person. It’s a time to sit in a group of people and kind of peel off the masks and actually just have a genuine conversation without any sort of filter or agenda behind it. It’s super special to me because I get to connect."
— Youth Participant in SWOVA’s Pass-It-On program
"The program promotes the development of respectful leaders and encourages children to explore their strengths on their own and collectively ... We often bring the learning from each Peace Kids lesson into other conversations and expectations during the school day."
— Gail Bryn-Jones, Elementary School Teacher
"The students, both buddies and mentors, finish the program with a confident sense of well-being, tools for real-world problem-solving and the ability to care about other individuals and their community."
— Shari Hambrook, High School Teacher
"When visitors ask us ‘what makes your school so peaceful by nature?’ the youth often tell us that the R+R program has made a big difference in their ability to live and work respectfully with one another in our island and in our school."
— Kelda Logan, Vice Principal, Gulf Islands Secondary School