VIVA has a long history in Victoria and Vancouver Island. Operating for over 35 years,its current form ushered forth the transition of VIVA from a “Vegetarian” association to a “Vegan” association; although, veganism has always been the mandate of the organization. Vegetarianism was a much more palatable term at the time of VIVA’s inception and veganism was not the same stong, mainstream movement it is today.
In 2015, the Vancouver Island Vegan Association was created after getting approval from the original founders of VIVA to use the name and take the organization in its new direction. Our inspiration was to create an inclusive vegan community that inspires people from Victoria and Vancouver Island to be proud vegans and introduce vegan curious people to our great culture with a welcoming and non-judgmental approach.
We are just getting started, but have already been very busy and have big plans for the future. We hope you will join us as we continue to grow and work to make veganism into a empowering, engaging, and positive movement on this beautiful island we call home.
Our story will continue to unfold over the years and so this page will continue to grow as it does.