Why Vancouver College?
At Vancouver College, we educate young men guided by the Gospel values and in the tradition of our spiritual founder Blessed Edmund Rice. Our students are immersed in their spirituality, motivated and eager learners in and outside of the classrooms. The Essential Elements are always practiced in everything we do in our community to help foster each boy's mind, body and spirit.
Joining Vancouver College means your son will be part of our rich 100-year history and be part of a group of men who are recognized as inspiring leaders and change-makers. It also means he will be supported in developing moral character, confidence, faith-centred thinking and lifelong friendships. Our mission is to have each boy:
Leave here a better man: faith filled leaders living lives of love and service who pursue excellence of mind, body and spirit.
- We are a tight-knit community that builds strong personal relationships with students and their families.
- We focus on students' individual needs and talents, helping them achieve their personal best.
- Through a strong support system of parents and alumni, students thrive in our community based on faith, family, and tradition.
- Students benefit from the range of opportunities available to them in an all-boys environment and the emphasis on teaching practices that best serve the education of young men.
- Students are held to a clear code of conduct grounded in fair and restorative discipline.
- Students are encouraged to reach their full potential through guidance from our Advisory Program, The Learning Centre, The Wellness Centre and The Campus Ministry Team.
Both Jason (VC’19) and his younger brother, Josh (VC'20), have flourished in VC’s environment of excellence, where Christian values are not just talked about but modelled by students, parents, faculty and staff. VC’s values-based education resonates with the values we hope our sons will embrace for life, values which are universal and eternal.
- Ian Macdonald and Wendy MacLeod
On November 12 to 19, 2022, 12 young men and three staff members travelled to Brownsville, Texas, to immerse themselves in the culture, faith, and people. A recurring theme throughout the trip was creating connections with individuals they met. Despite the language barriers, the team was able to develop a genuine connection with the migrants, asylum seekers and Brownsville locals. Coming back home to Vancouver, the Brownsville team wants to continue to advocate for the people of Brownsville by sharing their stories and highlighting the importance of building a connection.
As the bus pulls out carrying sixty-odd boys off on our first Encounter retreat of the year (but 95th ever!), the Grade 12 students voiced their excitement around what I often call our spiritual capstone here at Vancouver College. Since these retreats started here in the late 1980s (I participated in a version of one at STM in that era), they have been an amazing opportunity for the boys involved to pause their hectic lives and focus on what is important: their relationships with each other, those they love, and with God.