Aidan Sullivan Returns To DTES

Aidan Sullivan Returns To DTES

Source/Written By: University of Richmond Newsroom

March 12, 2014

"Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is right in the heart of the city, but it’s easy to miss," said Aidan Sullivan, '15. "It’s ten-by-ten city blocks and the poorest postal code of any urban area in Canada."

Sullivan first visited the Vancouver neighborhood with Dr. Craig Kocher’s Living a Life of Consequence Sophomore Scholars in Residence community.

"I was very emotionally moved by the problems in the Downtown Eastside and the creative and passionate work being done, which led to my desire to return," Sullivan said.

At the end of his sophomore year, Sullivan was granted a Burhans Civic Fellowship to spend his summer in Vancouver working for Mission Possible, a nonprofit organization providing Downtown Eastside residents with street-level assistance, including nutrition, clothing, crisis counseling, referrals, and spiritual support. As someone majoring in business administration and finance, Sullivan was particularly interested in Mission Possible’s social entrepreneurial model.

"The opportunity to leave my comfort zone and discover more about my passions and career goals drew me to the internship at Mission Possible," Sullivan said. READ MORE