About Variety BC

Variety – the Children’s Charity steps in where health care ends, providing direct help to children with special needs in BC. For over 50 years, Variety has ensured that children have the support to reach their potential and thrive.

Together we can be there when families need us most.

Since 2010, Variety has distributed more than $30 million in funding to families and organizations in communities all across the province. With your help, we can raise even more!

Our Mission

To inspire donors to help all children in B.C. who have special needs.

Variety will be the top of mind children’s charity known for stepping in where health care ends.

Our Vision

That every child who has special needs fulfills their unique potential.

Our History

Variety as an organization was founded on the idea that we can do more good as a team.

In 1927, the original Variety Club was formed by 11 businessmen involved in the entertainment industry. This group discovered an abandoned infant in one of their theatres and banded together to raise her as a team. This alliance developed into an organization that puts children first and, today, now boasts 43 chapters in 11 countries.

Here in British Columbia, our chapter was established in 1966 with the focus on children who have special needs throughout the province. Continually inspired by our teamwork roots, we’ve partnered with donors and businesses to raise millions of dollars to help children and families across the province.

Looking to Help?

We believe we can achieve a lot more when we work together! Make a donation, volunteer your time, or even set up your own community fundraiser with our support!

Dear Variety Family,

During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation, our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of our Variety donors, families, members, supporters, volunteers and all British Columbians.

Variety BC has been here for more than 50 years ensuring kids with special needs thrive. I would like to assure you that during this uncertain time, we will continue to be here for BC’s kids with special needs.

I also would like to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward:

  • In keeping with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations, we will be postponing all Variety events between March 16th and April 30th including our One Night in the Valley Gala on Saturday, April 4th at the Glass House Estate Winery
  • We have closed the Variety Office as a precautionary measure and are having employees set up to work-from-home. All in-person meetings will be moved to teleconference. We will evaluate working “virtually” on a week-to-week basis while actively monitoring the evolution of this global pandemic and returning to regular operating procedures once health authorities deem it safe for our staff to do so.
  • Due to our office closure, we have postponed the shipping of Robert Bateman’s Woodworkers – Pilated Woodpeckers posters and our Variety water bottles. Anyone looking for tax receipts will receive them via email
  • With the closure of BC’s schools, the need to ensure our kids are supported has never been so great. As such, our Heart of Variety Fund will continue to accept grant accept applications by e-mail.
    Like all of you, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate with you on important health and safety measures and decisions regarding events regularly.

We encourage you to stay informed by visiting BC Centre for Disease Control’s website at www.bccdc.ca and the Government of Canada’s website at www.canada.ca/en/publichealth/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

We are grateful for your support as we navigate through this uncertain time.

Thank you,


Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC