Thank you! Variety Week raised over $680,000!

Wow! Our first ever Variety Week was an amazing, moving, exciting success thanks to the generosity and support of you in the community! The fantastic team at Global BC did a wonderful job of sharing the stories about the kids we help, and we are so grateful. With over $680,000 raised, we will be able to help more than 265 kids live their best and happiest lives! We also want to thank the Vancouver Foundation for their outstanding donation of $200,000, which was presented live, on air at the Variety Week Street Festival in Surrey. A special thanks goes to TELUS and TeeKay Shipping who each donated $10,000.

Didn’t catch all the stories live? Most of them are available online – and Global BC will be updating some of the stories as we head into Telethon 2017 this February 12th!


Meet Kristy Gill – Variety BC CEO and Leader Extraordinaire!


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 and the Government of Canada’s website at

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

Thank you,

Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC