The Jack and Leone Carlile Centre now open at Lions Gate Hospital’s HOpe centre

Board members and staff from Variety BC were thrilled to be on hand to help celebrate the opening of the brand new Jack and Leone Carlile Centre, a concurrent disorder centre dedicated to addressing the needs of youth living with addictions and/or mental illness.

Variety BC contributed $250,000 towards the completion of the facility, the first of its kind in British Columbia.

Mental Wellness is one of Variety’s core funding pillars, and our donors feel very strongly about being there with BC families to ensure kids and youth have a chance to grow up happy and healthy.

The challenges our youth are facing today need innovative solutions, and that is what the Jack and Leone Carlile Centre and its programing represents.

Donations can be made to Variety to support mental wellness through our new Variety Kids Can campaign. Learn more about the campaing here.

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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