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Atria (ae'treea):

1. The upper two chambers of your heart.

2. Plural for 'atrium' (an open area in the center of buildings)

Our interpretation: Love for community.

What is Atria?

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” - Helen Keller

Atria is a new collaborative effort on a mission to empower people to create meaningful impact in the communities they care about.

Great things are only accomplished when we work together. Atria was started with the belief that we can overcome our social problems, we just need to collaborate more effectively. We believe that every person CAN make a difference. We build digital tools to make it easier.

Our Focus

Supporting Vancouver stakeholders in collaboration for poverty reduction.

We are building a virtual Communications Hub providing a central place to give people a voice, share knowledge, and highlight the real problems, solutions, and opportunities to reduce poverty together. This information will be accessible for all to learn from and engage with.

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Founder's Story

Dear Reader,

I'd first like to thank you for being here. Perhaps some of my journey will resonate with you:

I am born and raised in Vancouver (which seems to be a novelty today!). I've always felt passionate about people. In my early 20s, I began asking myself "What should I do with my life?", "What does the world need?' and 'How can I be of service?"

 

I started looking at climate change, poverty, education reform, and other problems but everywhere I looked I felt unclear, overwhelming, and hopeless. How could this be true?! I don't believe it is all hopeless, so why does it feel that way?

I realized that in every social cause I studied, it wasn't very clear how we were working together, who was doing what, where they were going, whether they were succeeding, or how I could support meaningfully. All these questions felt like barriers to my involvement. Add responsibilities to my schedule like education, career, family, health, social life, and a little me time, and suddenly life is too busy to make a difference in any community problem. I don't believe it has to be this way. I believe change is possible and necessary for us all to impact community problems together.


A decade later and a life a path that has led me to work on East Hastings Street, to executive board room tables, to create a podcast on stigma and identity, and into the depths of my own being, I have set out on a mission to make it easier for people to work together on the societal issues they care about. I want people to feel like no matter who you are, where you come from, or how much money you have, we can all make a difference and even the smallest contribution matters. Collaboration is the only way can we truly overcome our community problems and create a fulfilling planet for all beings to thrive.

Vancouver is my home and we are just getting started here.

Will you join me?

With love,

Evan

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