Participant Agreement

Thank you for participating in #GiveItUp4Peace. By submitting your online registration form (as a newcomer or as a Virtual Neighbour), you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to the terms of agreement and to abide by PeaceGeeks’ External Code of Conduct as described below for the duration of your participation.


#GiveItUp4Peace is PeaceGeeks' annual campaign that raises funds towards projects helping newcomers thrive in Canada. This year, we are challenging community members to give up an hour to meet with a newcomer, and forge a connection that breaks barriers!

In #GiveItUp4Peace 2021, newcomers will get connected with a Virtual Neighbour for a one hour 1-on-1 video call to learn tips about their new community, practice English, or gain career insights.

As a participant, I agree to the following community guidelines:

1. Treat #GiveItUp4Peace connections like a connection made by a friend.

Respond to your #GiveItUp4Peace connection in a timely and professional manner. Aim to schedule and complete your video call within 2-3 weeks of your email introduction.

    2. Show up for each other.

    Be punctual for the scheduled video call with your connection. If you need to reschedule, aim to do so at least 24 hours in advance. Not responding to your connection or no-shows (not showing up to your scheduled meeting without notifying your connection) are not tolerated.

    Please inform PeaceGeeks by email to if any concerns arise during the duration of your #GiveItUp4Peace participation, or if for any reason either your connection or you wish to discontinue or are unable to complete your match.

      3. Respect the privacy and personal information of other participants.

      During your call, your connection may share personal or professional experiences with you. We ask that you respect and maintain privacy of personal and professional experiences your connection shared with you.

      You are introduced to your #GiveItUp4Peace connection by email. Please use only email to contact them unless you obtain consent from them to communicate using other channels (eg. LinkedIn, etc.). If you wish to contact your connection beyond #GiveItUp4Peace, please ask for their explicit consent to be contacted. If you and your connection agree to meet again beyond the #GiveItUp4Peace introduction, you agree to do so at your own discretion and initiative without the involvement of PeaceGeeks.

        4. #GiveItUp4Peace Virtual Neighbours are not settlement, employment, or language experts.

        #GiveItUp4Peace is not an official settlement service, nor a recruitment platform, nor a formal language learning program. Virtual Neighbours are not experts on settlement, employment, or English learning. Newcomers are advised to contact a settlement agency for verified information regarding their settlement, employment, or language-related questions.

        As a participant, you confirm that any advice, suggestion, and communication received from your #GiveItUp4Peace connection is offered on an advisory basis only, which you are free to accept or reject. You agree to act in good faith at all times and not to hold your #GiveItUp4Peace connection, and/or PeaceGeeks, their officers, board members and staff, liable for any consequences that may arise through your participation in #GiveItUp4Peace.

          5. #GiveItUp4Peace is for making community connections, not transactions or romantic connections.

          #GiveItUp4Peace is not a marketplace. Any use of the platform for solicitation or sales will not be tolerated. As a Newcomer, you understand that Virtual Neighbours are participating to make a friendly, community connection and are not here to offer jobs. As a Virtual Neighbour, you understand that #GiveItUp4Peace is not a recruitment nor sales platform.

          #GiveItUp4Peace is not a platform for soliciting dates or romantic connections, and such activity will not be tolerated on the platform.

              7. Be inclusive and respectful. We have no tolerance for hate.

              The safety of our participants is of utmost importance. Hate speech, rude or abusive behaviour, bullying, xenophobia, misogyny, and any other actions or comments promoting hatred are not acceptable during calls or through communication as part of #GiveItUp4Peace. If you notice any of these behaviours, please let us know at or contact a PeaceGeeks staff member.

              Anyone who is found to be violating this participant agreement will be removed from participation.

                8. Terms of participation

                By registering for #GiveItUp4Peace, you understand and consent that the information you provide on your registration form will be shared with PeaceGeeks (#GiveItUp4Peace provider), and your connection.

                You understand that PeaceGeeks is committed to find a connection for you based on the discussion topic(s) you selected, your interests, and your languages. However, a match is not guaranteed and may depend on the availability of the Newcomers/Virtual Neighbours participating in this pilot.

                About PeaceGeeks

                PeaceGeeks is a Vancouver-based nonprofit organization that creates digital tools to support greater peace, connection, and safety for those who have been displaced.

                Founded in 2011, PeaceGeeks has been at the forefront of research, digital media and app development to accelerate more innovative, adaptive approaches to newcomer integration in Canada.

                Learn about PeaceGeeks

                PeaceGeeks’ External Code of Conduct


                This External Code of Conduct outlines the principles and standards that PeaceGeeks’ project participants are required to follow and uphold in their project activities with PeaceGeeks. Project participants in #GiveItUp4Peace include newcomers and Virtual Neighbours.


                This Code applies to all Project Participants of PeaceGeeks. Compliance with this Code is mandatory for all Project Participants. PeaceGeeks expects Project Participants to comply with both the letter and spirit of this Code. Conduct that is illegal, dishonest or unethical constitutes a breach of this Code, whether or not the conduct is specifically addressed in this Code.

                Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

                Our conduct will be guided by the following principles:

                • Be Inclusive - We welcome and support people of all backgrounds and identities.
                • Be Respectful - We encourage all members of our community to respect and cherish the differences between themselves and others
                • Be Professional - Always conduct yourself professionally, even though PeaceGeeks has an informal organizational culture
                • Do not Harass - PeaceGeeks has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, which includes sexual, physical, and psychological harassment
                • Make Difference Into Strengths - We find strength in diversity
                • Be Honest and Act with Integrity - Behave in ways that demonstrate moral and ethical principles, even when no one is observing your behaviour or performance
                Compliance with Laws

                Project Participants must ensure that, in all of their project activities, they are in compliance with the applicable laws, rules, and regulations of the jurisdictions in which they operate.

                These Project Participants must comply with all applicable laws and regulations in relation to corruption, bribery, fraud, and other prohibited business practices. It is never acceptable for an expert to offer a bribe, gift, kickback or other unlawful payment or benefit to secure any concession, contract, or other favourable treatment.

                Conflict of Interest

                Project Participants are expected to adhere to the highest standards of personal and professional integrity and shall protect the interests of PeaceGeeks. They must exercise reasonable care and diligence to prevent actions or situations that could result in a real or perceived conflict of interest. Project Participants must not try to gain improper advantage or preferential treatment as a result of a conflict of interest. Project Participants must disclose to PeaceGeeks any real, apparent, or potential conflict of interest in a timely manner.

                A Diverse and Respectful Environment

                In keeping with PeaceGeeks’ fundamental principles, Project Participants must maintain actions that do not oppress, exclude, limit, or discriminate on the basis of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or any other characteristics protected by applicable laws. Project Participants must not tolerate any harassment, violence, intimidation, retaliation, discrimination based on protected characteristics, or other disrespectful or inappropriate behaviour.