Family Dinner poster: an old diner sits on top of a mountain at night against a navy blue sky with neon lettering that reads "Zero Ceilling's Family Dinner Friday December 3 2021". There are trees decorated with shining Christmas lights next to the diner.


Born in 1997, this year Zero Ceiling are celebrating our 25th birthday!

For the last 25 years, we’ve been constantly evolving so we can meet the needs of young adults facing homelessness in our communities. From humble beginnings in the generosity of the Whistler community, we’ve grown into an established social service non-profit committed to justice and equity for young people who have been excluded.

We wouldn’t be where we are today without the incredible, ongoing support of our community. So we can’t celebrate without you either!

Throughout 2022, there are loads of ways you can celebrate with Zero Ceiling. Attend one of our events, take part in a fundraiser, or even through your own. Plus stay tuned for exclusive Zero Ceiling merchandise. Read on to find out how you can help us celebrate our 25th birthday in (’90s) style!

CELEBRATE WITH US

A graphic which says "Zero Ceiling 25th Anniversary: Ending Youth Homelessness". The text is overlaid on a brightly coloured, 90s-inspired abstract background

25 Years of Zero Ceiling: Open House and AGM

Join us to celebrate the first 25 years of Zero Ceiling and share our vision for the future. We’re launching our 25th Anniversary celebrations at our Open House and AGM. Registration is free and we’d love to see all Zero Ceiling supporters, past and present!

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Time: 5.00 – 6.30pm (arrive 4.45pm)

Location: Istken Hall, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Save the Date: Celebrate at the Fairmont

This fall, we’ll be celebrating 25 Years of Zero Ceiling in style at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler! Save the date now and look out for an invitation this summer.

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022

Location: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

A graphic displaying the text "Save the Date". The text is displayed across a brightly coloured, 90s-inspired abstract design

FUNDRAISE FOR ZERO CEILING

The staff team at Escape! Whistler pose for a photo. Every year they organize two fundraisers for Zero Ceiling.

At Zero Ceiling, our community has always been crucial to our success. From the first supporters donating jackets and pants for our day visit program, to local businesses who throw annual fundraisers today: we couldn’t do it without you. Whether you’re offering your services by donation, throwing a charity trail running race, or asking your family and friends to donate on your birthday, you’re helping us build our vision of a brighter future.

If you’d like to fundraise for Zero Ceiling in our 25th anniversary year, we can help! Download our Fundraise for Zero Ceiling kit for guidance, support, and advice on throwing a successful fundraiser. Our Development Team are always happy to help too: simply reach out to Lizi McLoughlin at lizi@zeroceiling.org for support.

OUR PARTNER EVENTS

A group of Whistler locals stand beneath the colourful lights at Vallea Lumina to raise funds for ZC.

Vallea Lumina By Donation

Have you visited the magical Vallea Lumina? There are hidden wonders in the enchanted forests of Cougar Mountain. This awesome fundraiser returns on June 2, 2022. For a minimum donation to Zero Ceiling of $10, you’ll get the chance to experience the magic of Vallea Lumina for yourself. A limited run of tickets will be available on May 26, first-come, first-served. Stay tuned for how to sign up!

The Adventure Group have supported Zero Ceiling for many years. Not only do they donate proceeds from their Vallea Lumina fundraiser, but they have also hosted the Whitewater Rodeo on our behalf. And they donate hundreds of ziplining and aerial obstacles adventures every year for young people who have been excluded from the outdoors, through our Adventure Sessions program.

The staff team at Escape! Whistler pose for a photo. Every year they organize two fundraisers for Zero Ceiling.

Escape! and Dine Deal

From our incredible long-term partners at Escape! Whistler:

“Our Escape! and Dine deal is back! Monday to Thursday this spring, we have teamed up with our friends at Pangea Pod Hotel to offer a fun and delicious night out, all while supporting our favourite local non-profit, ZERO CEILING. Included in the low price of just $44 + tax, you get…

  • one Escape Room adventure at Escape! Whistler
  • one flatbread of your choice at The Living Room (Pangea Pod Hotel)
  • one beer or highball at The Living Room (Pangea Pod Hotel)
  • tip for the staff at The Living Room

To support our pals at Zero Ceiling, a $5 donation will be added to the package price and will be given directly to this amazing organization once the deal is over.”

Book your Escape and Dine deal now on the Escape! Whistler website.

Altitude Sports

Alti-Action

Grab a great deal on your summer sports kit and support Zero Ceiling along the way! From May 24 – 30, donate $15 to Altitude Sports’ Alti-Action campaign and you’ll receive a $30 credit to spend in their online store.

Alti-Action supports partner organizations that “protect the environment, help in-need youth, make the outdoors more inclusive, and assist humanitarian missions worldwide”. We’ve been lucky enough to be supported by Alti-Action since 2018 and we’re grateful to be part of the action again this year!

LEARN MORE

A photograph of the Zero Ceiling team. They are dressed in bright colours and standing in front of a bright mural by Chilli Thom

Where We’re Going: Our Strategic Plan 2022-26

In the last five years, we have grown rapidly. We now operate our own supportive housing, have expanded our supportive employment program to work with over a dozen local employers, and provide comprehensive 24/7 support to young people in our programs, with a focus on mental wellness.

This Strategic Plan provides a framework for ensuring that Zero Ceiling is sustainable and progressive, inside and out. It speaks not just to our programs and services, but to human resources, financial practices, fund development, partnerships, community building, and advocacy.

Our Latest Research: Work 2 Live

“They do care and they let you know that they do care about you. I needed people around in my life that really cared about that what I was doing was important.” Zero Ceiling Graduate interviewed for this report.

Since 2017, we’ve worked with Royal Roads University to understand and improve our Work 2 Live program. This latest report, based on interviews with program participants and graduates, offers 16 recommendations to improve outcomes for young adults. We are working towards implementing these recommendations, a process which has already improved our services dramatically. Read the report to hear our participants explain what they need, in their own words.

An exploration of young people’s experiences of homelessness and the Work 2 Live program.