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our work

partnerships + affiliations

include

 

CHIMO Community Services

Chinese Community Policing Centre
EVO Carshare
Google
Government of Canada

itsharpo collaborations
L'Oréal Paris

Richmond Chamber of Commerce

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

St. John Ambulance
Strathcona Community Policing Centre

Surrey Board of Trade

The Princess Diya Kumari Foundation

The Royal Family of Jaipur

The Alma Mater Society (UBC Vancouver)
Vancouver Police Department

VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation

YWCA Metro Vancouver

impact at a glance

ANNUAL REPORT
2020-21 fiscal year-end report (link)
2021-22 fiscal year-end report (link)
3 grant-funded projects executed
6 donations to women's shelters
19 safe hubs
50+ volunteers to-date
50+ media appearances
150+
 workshop participants
200+ safe buddies clients
800+ supporters across platforms
1700 people reached with event safe buddies
3500+ hours volunteered

our story, over the years

the highlights

2017
Formed a team under the name 'HP-TIE' and competed in the Anu and Naveen Jain Women's Safety XPRIZE, which had a $1 million prize purse, and called upon innovators worldwide to find a technological solution to women's safety concerns.

2018
Ran a month-long campaign, #StandForSafety, where students shared their stance on personal safety.

2019
Rebranded to BOLT, reflecting the importance of speed in safety. Launched the BOLT platform on the WIX mobile app on December 18th on UBC's Vancouver campus.

2020
Federally incorporated as BOLT Safety Society on 07-07-2020. Launched the pilot Safe Hubs project with 9 partnered safe spaces, funded by RisingYouth, TakingItGlobal, The Government of Canada, and Canada Service Corps. Premiered 'backyards with bolt', entailing interviews with community members on topics pertaining to safety and well-being.

2021
Hosted a global discussion event featuring panelists on period poverty and gender-based violence with our partners at For The Menstruator. Launched the Safe Buddies program in response to mounting concerns of street violence and harassment, which lead to features in notable media publications, including CBC, Global News, and CTV. We were later awarded a RisingYouth grant for Safe Buddies, leading to program expansion. Safe Buddies started to operate a national phone hotline, and provide event-based coverage, starting with the Drishti Awards Gala which saw over 700 guests.
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awards

2019

RisingYouth, TakingItGlobal, Government of Canada, Canada Service Corps
BOLT Safety Society awarded a grant for BOLT Platform launch


2020

VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation's Outstanding Young Ambassadors Awards
Vedanshi Vala named Leadership Champion

RisingYouth, TakingItGlobal, Government of Canada, Canada Service Corps
BOLT Safety Society awarded a grant for Safe Hubs



2021

Canadian Immigrant Magazine: Women of Inspiration
Vedanshi Vala named one of four 'Heroes on the Frontlines of the Pandemic' nationally

Surrey Board of Trade
Vedanshi Vala listed as a Top 25 Under 25 Honouree

Youth Leadership Society of BC
Vedanshi Vala awarded 'Outstanding Impact Award'

Steps Together Foundation
BOLT Safety Society awarded $500 for outstanding community impact

RisingYouth, TakingItGlobal, Government of Canada, Canada Service Corps
BOLT Safety Society awarded a grant for Safe Buddies

Fashion and Beauty United

Vedanshi Vala named a 'Wonder Woman'


2022

L'Oréal Paris
Vedanshi Vala named one of ten 'Women of Worth' across Canada
BOLT Safety Society awarded $10,000


Google
BOLT Safety Society awarded an Ad Grant
Valued at up to $10,000 USD of in-kind advertisements monthly, or $120,000 USD annually, for life


EVO Carshare
BOLT Safety Society received a driving sponsorship

YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards
Vedanshi Vala a 'Young Woman of Distinction' nominee-finalist

OXY Canada: The OXY Prize

Vedanshi Vala named Top 6 'Face of Change' finalist Canada-wide
BOLT Safety Society was in the running to win $5,000


Richmond Chamber of Commerce: Business Excellence Awards

BOLT Safety Society among five nominees in the 'Association of the Year' category

Fashion and Beauty United

Shreyanshi Vala named a 'Wonder Woman'