Shirley Runs for Transition House


Come join us on Sunday, June 4th as we cheer on Shirley Elm, our Charity Champion at this years’ Victoria Goddess Run!
Read on for Shirley’s inspiring story and to help support her and VWTH, please go to her GoFundMe page.

In Shirley’s words:
“As a member of the Board of Directors for Victoria Women’s Transition House (VWTH), I am honored to run in the Sunday, June 4, 2017 Victoria Goddess Run as a Charity Champion in support of Victoria Women’s Transition House. Over the years, I have been an avid runner but with a cancer diagnosis last year, my running was put on hold. Now that I am in remission, I’m back outside again and putting in the kilometers, slowly but Shirley!

All funds that I raise in support of my run through this Go Fund Me campaign will be directed to Victoria Women’s Transition House, a non-profit organization that for over 40 years has provided emergency shelter, counselling, supports and services for women of all ages, with and without children, fleeing domestic abuse. As a person who began life in the foster care system, I have experienced first-hand how chaos within family homes can have a hugely detrimental effect on one’s life. I was lucky enough to eventually be adopted by a wonderful Canadian family, but am aware that all are not as fortunate.

I am also extremely glad that this year, the Victoria Goddess Run will support the BC Cancer Foundation. After spending a lot of time in the cancer clinics both here in Victoria and in Vancouver, I know how this disease cuts cruelly across all parts of our population, and how devastating this can be to families.

These days, as a school Principal in the Saanich School District, I do my best to create and maintain communities where everyone belongs. I am a strong supporter for equality, especially within relationships, and I do my best to equip students with the attitudes and dispositions that will help them navigate this increasingly complex world. I also strive to be a reasonable and loving parent to my own daughter by giving her the confidence to stand up for what is right.

I have a passion for helping people face life’s problems and am proud to be part of the Transition House Board of Directors. Working with Transition House, my daughter and I know that we can make a difference in the lives of women and children in our community impacted by domestic violence and abuse. Please join me in support of the important work done by Victoria Women’s Transition House on behalf of vulnerable individuals in our community.”

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