Irish Benevolent Society of BC:
Extending a Helping Hand Since 1994
The Irish Benevolent
Society of BC
The Irish Benevolent Society of BC is a volunteer non-profit society formed in 1994 in response to a need for short-term crisis financial support for Irish families and individuals in British Columbia. If you need emergency assistance, reach out. We can help. In addition, we can provide information on other community resources which might be available to you. All applications are confidential and welcome from all sectors of the Irish community in BC. To apply, please complete this form.
Thank you to the Wolf & Hound for your support
A huge thank you to the Wolf & Hound for helping to fundraise throughout the year by collecting .25 cents on every pint of Guinness sold to benefit the Irish Benevolent Society of BC. Owner Brian D'Souza presented a cheque for $2,190 at this year's annual Irish Christmas fundraiser at the Wolf & Hound. Special thank you to everyone who helped to support the evening, particularly Blake Williams of the Irish Wakers who organized the wonderful trad tunes, the fabulous O'Connor School of Irish Dance led by Terri Heckmann, and our amazing volunteers who worked to help make the evening such a success.
PICTURED (L-R): Brian D'Souza presented the cheque to Maura De Freitas who represented the Irish Benevolent Society of BC, Blake Williams of the Irish Wakers group, and Cathy Geagan the Consul General of Ireland Vancouver.
The Annual Irish Christmas celebration is one of our main annual fundraising events
CATHY GEAGAN the Consul General of Ireland Vancouver was a special guest at the 2023 Irish Christmas celebration.
MUSICIANS: Jenny on concertina, Peter on fiddle, Michael on fiddle, Craig on guitar, Blake on bodhran, Catherine on fiddle, Mary on fiddle, Hugh on uillean pipes, John on uillean pipes, Kate on banjo (not captured by picture).
IN ADDITION to volunteering to perform at the 2023 Irish Christmas celebration, Terri Heckmann of the O'Connor School of Irish Dance generously presented a donation to the Irish Benevolent Society of BC.
Territorial Land Acknowledgement
We acknowledge that the Irish Benevolent Society of BC is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. The Irish community we support are located throughout BC, on the traditional lands of many different Indigenous communities. We commit to learning about the rich culture, heritage and traditions of the Host Nations and look forward to working with them in partnership and with respect.