About Us

Our Story

The Vancouver Urban Core (Urban Core) is a network of Downtown Eastside (DTES) organizations, non-profits, businesses and individuals who deliver services that provide employment, education, housing or social opportunities. We are committed to supporting a continuum of economic strategies that provide a sustainable livelihood, collaborative community and improved incomes for DTES residents.

Meet the Team

Vancouver Urban Core is composed of an executive committee and general membership.

Executive Committee

The purpose of the Executive is to make decisions based on recommendations put forward by the general membership, and approve organizational development decisions. It meets once per month for 90 minutes, a week in advance of the standing General Meeting.

An election of the Executive members occurs at the Annual General Meeting in November of each year. Due to the impact of COVID-19 the 2020/2021 Annual General Meeting has been postponed until the spring of 2021.


Vancouver Urban Core Executive Members 2020 Co-Chair

             Louise Schwarz                     Kathleen Leahy               

            Recycling Alternative                  UBC Learning Exchange         

Vancouver Urban Core Executive Membership

Michael Leland

Binners’ Project

Jamie Mcgregor

Carnegie Community Centre

Bonnie McLellan

Downtown Community Court

Johanna Li

EMBERS Eastside Works

Michelle Lackie

Exchange Inner City

Tara Chang-Swanson

Mission Possible

Aaron Burnell

Open Door Group

Lindsay Wu

Union Gospel Mission

Brian Francis

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre

The General Membership

Members of Vancouver Urban Core meet once a month. The general membership is composed of organisations located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

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BC Community Response Table

Binner’s Project

Buy Social

Carnegie Community Action Project

Carnegie Community Centre

Clean Start

DTES Literacy Roundtable

DTES Market

DTES Neighbourhood House

Elizabeth Fry Society

Exchange Inner City


First United Church

Hastings Crossing BIA


Lookout Society

Mission Possible

Open Door Group

Pivot Legal

PHS Community Services Society

Potluck Cafe Society

Raincity Housing

Salvation Army

Servant Partners

UBC Learning Exchange

Union Gospel Mission

Vancouver Community College

Vancouver Community Network

WISH Drop In Centre