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About Us

Beyond The Conversation is a Canadian registered grassroots for-impact society established in 2016 to end social isolation in local neighbourhoods and beyond.

Beyond The Conversation is not in the healthcare business, not ESL, not therapy groups or a bureaucracy. We are a shoulder to cry on, a friend to laugh with and a place of warmth and belonging. Of course, our groups will look different in various parts of the world.  Nevertheless our commitment to move beyond the conversation, from just words to acts of loving kindness and friendship towards our neighbours, remains our priority.” Bold steps, acts of random kindness, and standing up for others are the trademarks of the Beyond Way.

Our vision

To see people flourishing through true friendship and community in order to alleviate social isolation and loneliness.

Our mission

To take bold action in service for those who feel the pain of social isolation and loneliness through innovation, breaking down social barriers and destigmatizing loneliness and social isolation.

Our Approach...

We are guided by a few basic principles: Be Curious. Have Fun. Love People.

If we act according to these principles, we can reduce isolation and loneliness. Join us as we seek to build bridges and break barriers!”

In pursuit of authenticity and genuine friendships.

Everyone knows what needs to be done, and we move forward … together in unison—no special side agendas or competing for resources or attention. The mission is what matters, the community that is us and whom we serve matters.

...but what about the rules?

We decided to skip them. It’s more important to recognize people’s humanity than to create an organization full of machines. Of course, we have certain basic rules we have to keep by law, but more importantly, there is no law against loving each other. Instead, we have a few guiding principles: Be Curious. Have Fun. Love People.

That’s it!! If we are doing these things, we are changing the world. A large part of why people are lonely and isolated is because of too many rules and exclusionary systems in our world today. We have to tear down those barriers by acting and thinking differently, not doing more of the same and expecting different results. Of course, this path is messy, unpredictable and thus largely unplanned and loosely structured because it’s fully human.

Check out our media coverage

Here to Help: Building strong community through meaningful conversation

https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/visions/loneliness-and-social-connection-vol14/beyond-loneliness

 

CBC: Living alone during the pandemic? Tips on how to make the best of the holidays (Dec 13, 2020)

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/living-alone-pandemic-1.5838912

 

Richmond News: Destigmatizing virtual walk takes place (Oct 24, 2020)

https://www.richmond-news.com/in-the-community/destigmatizing-virtual-walk-takes-place-oct-24-3128722

 

BC Brain Wellness Program: Wellness Wednesday: Social Connections and Your Community (March 4, 2020)

https://www.bcbrainwellness.ca/events/wellness-wednesday-social-connections-and-your-community

 

CBC News Vancouver: Lonley Together (November 25, 2019)

https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/longform/lonely-together

 

CBC News: 'We're all lonely': Vancouver event aims to end stigma around loneliness Social Sharing (September 10, 2018)

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/we-re-all-lonely-vancouver-event-aims-to-end-stigma-around-loneliness-1.4816726

 

Vancouver Sun: Walkers gather in bid to help end social isolation in Vancouver (Sep 09, 2018)

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/walkers-gather-in-bid-to-help-end-social-isolation-in-vancouver

 

Vancouver Courier: Walking event takes steps to thwart social isolation in Vancouver (Aug 29, 2018)

https://www.vancourier.com/community/walking-event-takes-steps-to-thwart-social-isolation-in-vancouver-1.23417186

 

Vancouver Is Awesome: Vancouver group tackles loneliness, language barriers through conversation (February 27, 2018)

https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/vancouver-news/beyond-the-conversation-vancouver-1936082

 

Toronto Star: Lack of friends and language barrier can lead to social isolation, but this organization is trying to change that (Feb 27, 2018)

https://www.thestar.com/life/2018/02/27/lack-of-friends-and-language-barrier-can-lead-to-social-isolation-but-this-organization-is-trying-to-change-that.html

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