We extend warm thanks to Member of Parliament and Opposition House Leader Nathan Cullen for drawing attention to domestic and relationship violence prevention as part of his participation in the Victoria GoodLife Fitness Marathon on October 7. Mr. Cullen has pledged to raise funds for VWTH as part of his run.

“Transition Houses for women escaping domestic violence are sadly far too well used in communities across BC and Canada,” said Mr. Cullen, MP for the sprawling northernwest riding of Skeena-Bulkley-Valley.

“ I welcome the pledge program as a way for me to support and raise awareness for this issue that affects all of us directly and indirectly.”“Physical or sexual violence has touched the lives of more than 50% of women over 16 in Canada; women are 13 times more likely to be assaulted at home than on the street. We have to work together to stop violence and make home a safe place for women and children.”

Says VWTH Executive Director Makenna Rielly, “We were delighted when Mr. Cullen contacted us to voice his support and his intent to run for our cause. As an elected representative and Opposition House Leader, we greatly appreciate his significant influence and ability to draw attention to the need to prevent domestic violence and support the women and children who are survivors of abuse.

“The voices of both men and women are needed and welcome as we call to protect the rights of women and children to live free of abuse in their homes.”

It’s not too late to join Mission:Transition as part of your run on October 7. Contact Penny Dunlop at or 250-592-2927 ext 213 for details.

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