About Us

Our Story

The Vancouver Urban Core (Urban Core) is a network of Downtown Eastside (DTES) organizations, non-profits, businesses or 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 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.

Vancouver Urban Core Executive Members 2018 Co-Chairs

Sharon Belli
Carnegie Community Centre

Kathleen Leahy
University of British Columbia Learning Exchange

Executive Members

Hendrik Beune
Resident & Activist

Anna Migicovsky
Knack, an initiative of
Potluck CafeĀ 

Anna Godefroy
The Binners’ Project

John Olldym
Independent Non-Profit Management Professional

Kevin Hawken
Salvation Army

Jarett Rude
Open Door Group

Matthew Smedley
Mission Possible

The General Membership

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

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


First United Church

Hastings Crossing BIA

Vancouver Community Network


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

WISH Drop In Centre