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FASHION AND BEAUTY UNITED- Ending the Stigma with Shreyanshi Vala

Our Operations Director, Shreyanshi, was named a 'Wonder Woman'

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2022/11/30

PEACE ARCH NEWS- With Project LyghtNyng, youth-led BOLT Safety Society aims to end violence, harassment, abuse

Group co-founder Vedanshi Vala was given Surrey Board of Trade’s Top 25 Under 25 award in 2021

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2022/11/08

SURREY NOW-LEADER- With Project LyghtNyng, youth-led BOLT Safety Society aims to end violence, harassment, abuse

Group co-founder Vedanshi Vala was given Surrey Board of Trade’s Top 25 Under 25 award in 2021

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2022/11/08

NORTH DELTA REPORTER- With Project LyghtNyng, youth-led BOLT Safety Society aims to end violence, harassment, abuse

Group co-founder Vedanshi Vala was given Surrey Board of Trade’s Top 25 Under 25 award in 2021

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2022/11/08

CLOVERDALE REPORTER- With Project LyghtNyng, youth-led BOLT Safety Society aims to end violence, harassment, abuse

Group co-founder Vedanshi Vala was given Surrey Board of Trade’s Top 25 Under 25 award in 2021

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2022/11/08

MEGAPHONE MAGAZINE- Stopping violence, one safe space at a time

Vedanshi Vala and the youth-led Bolt Safety Society is expanding a network of refuge for those facing harassment and abuse

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2022/11/04

SOUTH ASIAN ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE- Education that empowers safety

BOLT Safety Society launches Project LyghtNyng

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2022/11/03

RICHMOND SENTINEL- BOLT Safety Society launches Project Lyghtnyng

BOLT Safety Society has launched Project Lyghtnyng to promote safety in local communities.

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2022/10/28

RICHMOND NEWS- Women's safety organization wants to flip victim-blaming narratives

BOLT’s student-led team is hosting a series of educational workshops aimed at decreasing violence and abuse and increasing access to resources

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2022/10/28

TAKINGITGLOBAL: Incorporating as a Non-Profit in Canada

Our Executive Director, Vedanshi, was interviewed by TakingItGlobal and #RisingYouth for their Community Impact Skillshare Series about the process of incorporating as a non-profit in Canada.

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2022/10/18

RICHMOND SENTINEL- Richmond businesses encouraged to support Safe Hubs program

There are 17 locations participating in the Safe Hubs program so far, but organizers want more businesses to become part of the network.

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2022/09/20

GLOBAL NEWS- Safe Hubs

Segment aired on August 20, 2022 on Global News Hour at 6

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2022/08/20

MEDIUM- Fostering A Sense of Safety and Community through the Safe Buddies Program

Q&A’s with Faaiz Walji

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2022/07/22

RICHMOND SENTINEL- Envisioning a safer Richmond—and beyond

The BOLT Safety Society team is aiming to end violence, harassment, and abuse.

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2022/05/09

RICHMOND NEWS- 2 Richmond nominees for YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

Since 1984, the YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards have honoured individuals and organizations for their contributions to the well-being and future of the community

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2022/03/08

VGH AND UBC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION- Women of Distinction: Vedanshi Vala

Vedanshi Vala is a Young Women of Distinction nominee for the 39th annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, with the winners to be announced on May 26, 2022. These awards recognize an outstanding woman or business operating in the Lower Mainland. Vedanshi is nominated alongside Dr. Elizabeth Bryce and Dr. Jacqueline Saw.

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2022/03/08

FASHION NETWORK- L’Oréal Paris Canada names 2022 Women of Worth Honourees

L'Oréal Paris Canada announced on Tuesday the recipients of its annual Women of Worth philanthropic initiative, recognizing the outstanding achievements of non-profit Canadian leaders.

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2022/02/23

DRISHTI MAGAZINE- Youth Leadership in a Time of Crisis

Read our team profile in Drishti Magazine!

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2021/11/10

FASHION AND BEAUTY UNITED- Creating Change Through Empowerment with ​Vedanshi Vala

Executive Director Vedanshi Vala was featured as a 'Wonder Woman' for her work with BOLT Safety Society.

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2021/09/22

MING PAO DAILY NEWS- 有你伴我行 安全回家路

涉及仇恨及歧視的傷害個案近期增加,連那段回家的路也變得不安全。

若有人陪伴這一程,該有多好?
大溫一群年輕人聽見了你的心聲,

發起一項名為「Safe Buddies」(安全伙伴)的計劃,
內容不複雜,就是讓義工陪有需要的人士,安全返家。

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2021/05/02

CBC NEWS- Youth volunteers launch safe walking program after recent stalking, racist incidents

The Safe Buddies Program matches volunteers with people who don't feel safe walking alone

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2021/04/13

CBC RADIO- Safe Buddies

BOLT Safety Society Co-founder and Executive Director Vedanshi Vala on BOLT's new "Safe Buddies" walking program for women and non-binary people who don't feel safe walking alone.

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2021/04/12

CTV NEWS- Recent racist, stalking incidents inspire 'buddy' system for people who don't feel safe walking alone

VANCOUVER -- A non-profit organization led by Vancouver youth launched a new program over the weekend to ensure people feel safe in their communities.

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2021/04/12

CTV News- 'Safe Buddies' launched after recent incidents

A non-profit organization led by Vancouver youth has launched a new program to ensure people feel safe in their communities.

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2021/04/10

CBC- Youthful safety group offers walking buddies to people afraid to go home alone

Vedanshi Vala explains how Safe Buddies works

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2021/04/10

OMNI TELEVISION- 義工組織 協助保護長者婦女的安全

Volunteer organization helps protect the safety of elderly women

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2021/04/09

RICHMOND NEWS- Richmondite launches 'safe buddies' program

Program aims to help those who feel unsafe walking home alone

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2021/04/09

Safe Buddies: Youth work to keep seniors and women in their communities safe

BOLT Safety Society is a youth-led federal not-for-profit, working to improve safety in communities and increase support for survivors.

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2021/04/06

THE UBYSSEY- ‘Significant strides’: Students reflect on what it means to feel safe following Women's History Month

"I find that having a really great support network is really important."

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2021/04/06

GLOBAL NEWS BC- Program launched to address Metro Vancouver safety concerns

Vedanshi Vala, Co-Founder and Executive Director of BOLT Safety Society, shares details of their ‘Safe Buddies’ program that will see volunteers escorting women and seniors home.

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2021/04/03

THE LYNDA STEELE SHOW- Safe Buddies

"If you're walking alone, things have been disconcerting lately."

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2021/04/02

THE INDO-CANADIAN VOICE- Surrey’s Top 25 Under 25 Awards

SURREY’S Top 25 under 25 Award Winners have been selected by the Surrey Board of Trade.

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2021/04/01

SURREY NOW-LEADER- Meet Surrey’s ‘Top 25 Under 25’ for 2021

Celebration will take place digitally for second year in a row

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2021/04/01

CANADIAN IMMIGRANT- Heroes on the frontlines of the pandemic: 2021 Immigrant Women of Inspiration

Heroes on the frontlines of the pandemic: 2021 Immigrant Women of Inspiration

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2021/04/01

CANADIAN IMMIGRANT- Technology for Safer Communities

Inspiration can happen anywhere. Vedanshi Vala found hers while commuting on public transit.

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2021/03/31

BURNABY NOW- Metro Vancouver youth launch 'Safe Buddies' in response to anti-Asian hate crimes

The BOLT Safety Society is launching its Safe Buddies program to keep seniors and women safe when walking back to their homes.

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2021/03/30

VANCOUVER IS AWESOME- Metro Vancouver youth launch 'Safe Buddies' in response to anti-Asian hate crimes

The BOLT Safety Society is launching its Safe Buddies program to keep seniors and women safe when walking back to their homes.

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2021/03/30

NEW WESTMINSTER RECORD- Metro Vancouver youth launch 'Safe Buddies' in response to anti-Asian hate crimes

The BOLT Safety Society is launching its Safe Buddies program to keep seniors and women safe when walking back to their homes.

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2021/03/30

TRICITY NEWS- Metro Vancouver youth launch 'Safe Buddies' in response to anti-Asian hate crimes

The BOLT Safety Society is launching its Safe Buddies program to keep seniors and women safe when walking back to their homes.

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2021/03/30

THE QUIET WARRIOR SHOW

EP#170 STUDENTS FOR SAFETY with Vedanshi Vala and Ravi Nichols

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2021/01/21

STEWART BLUSSON QUANTUM MATTER INSTITUTE

People of SBQMI: Vedanshi Vala

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2021/01/19

SING TAO DAILY- 2020 Outstanding Young Ambassadors Awards

VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation: 2020 Outstanding Young Ambassadors Award for Leadership

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2020/12/25

DRISHTI MEDIA GROUP: YOUNG BOSSES PODCAST

Season 2 Episode 1 | Special Guest Host: Tom Dutta ft. Vedanshi Vala

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2020/09/28

THE UBYSSEY- Second-year student Vedanshi Vala fights domestic violence, one Safe Hub at a time

Second-year science student Vedanshi Vala established the Safe Hubs network.

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2020/09/12

SOUTH ASIAN ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE- The Silent Pandemic

Youth create a network of safe spaces for domestic abuse survivors

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2020/09/07

RICHMOND NEWS- Richmond student launches platform to help domestic abuse victims

Vedanshi Vala, co-founder and executive director of “Safe Hubs,” at the BOLT Safety Society.

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2020/08/31

THE HARPREET SINGH SHOW- BOLT Safety Society on Safe Hubs Initiative

Live with The Harpreet Singh Show

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2020/08/27

TAKINGITGLOBAL- #RisingYouth in Action: Vedanshi Vala

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2020/08/08

NEWS 1130- UBC students set to launch app to help women stay safe

Students concerned about women's safety are launching an app that connects a user to a chosen group of "safe buddies." The app also features an experts hub where counsellors, martial artists and others share their insights and safety tips.

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2019/11/30

RICHMOND NEWS- Richmond student launching personal safety app

Vedanshi Vala, co-creator of Bolt, an app designed for personal safety.

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2019/11/29