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Friday, March 11th, 2011


Carolyn, the scrappy endings designer featured in our January blog has a new cross body bag plus new over the shoulder bags.

Take a look at their website.         


Scrappy Endings New Bag


Monday, February 7th, 2011

A New Sense of Commitment by Valerie Fitzpatrick.

Other than some small offices in the front, a private counselling area and the staff moving about, you would never know the valuable work that is being done there.

To Read More Please Click Here


This blog will appear in the Victoria News and Oak Bay News on February 9, 2011.


Monday, January 10th, 2011

Scrappy Endings: Whole Beginnings by Carolyn Converse


In June I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lupus. Happy to finally get a confirmed diagnosis, I was not prepared for what it meant. There is no known cure for Lupus; it can only be put in remission with minimized flare-ups and organ damage. Two major factors preventing flare-ups are to avoid UV light and stress. The care I am given by the great doctors and nurses at VGH and RJH is extraordinary. I knew I had to give back somehow.


Until late September I was unable to do much. Mid-October I started volunteering at VGH but I still had a big void to fill. One of my friends brought me upholstery sample books and a bag of fabric scraps, knowing that I loved to sew. It all came together for me. I could have a hobby, away from UV light, while relaxing and being creative. I could save fabric scraps from the landfill while turning them into something useful and beautiful like tote bags.  I would sell them and donate 100% of the proceeds to Charity.


I chose the BC Lupus Society as there is a need to create public awareness about this disease and I chose Victoria Women’s Transition House Society. I love their vision and mission. I was saddened to find out that last year, 358 women and 189 children were referred there, but were not served immediately due to lack of space, special needs or other reasons. I realized I can help.


This venture may not have come about if I hadn’t been faced with new challenges. But this is not about illness; it is about succeeding in the face of adversity and turning a problem into an opportunity. In one month, I have designed and made 23 bags, designed a web-site and set the infrastructure for this venture. I am proud to report that I have donated $1,000 to charity, in this short time frame. My goal is to have ongoing success in raising money, having fun and inspiring anyone who is faced with challenges that seem too great to overcome.


Please visit my website at to purchase these beautiful bags and help provide much needed support for these charities.


This blog will appear in the Victoria News on January 12, 2011.





Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Perfect Room=Perfect Fundraiser

Ruffell & Brown Interiors graciously hosted internationally renowned Sally Morse of Hunter Douglas to share “10 steps to the Perfect Room”. It was a sell-out event, lots of fun and raised almost $5,000. For us.
Check out Sally’s blog to see what she had to say about the event and learn more about her design trends.
Then, please share with us by commenting on our blog page your insights into the importance of community supporting community organizations and any creative event ideas you would like to share with us.

For more information

2010 Holiday Campaign

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

2010 Holiday Campaign Letter

2010 Holiday Campaign Coupon

Click on the image to complete the donation coupon. You will then have to print and mail the coupon to us.

2010 Holiday Campaign Newsletter

Run, Walk, or Partner to raise money to support our 35th Anniversary Campaign

Thursday, May 20th, 2010



Victoria Women’s Transition House Society hopes you will join our TARGET STORAGE Mission: Transition team to walk or run the 8K, half or full marathon in the Victoria Marathon. You may also wish to become a team partner. Your participation will help us celebrate and raise funds for our 35th Anniversary Campaign to End Violence Against Women.

Since 1974, Victoria Women’s Transition House Society (VWTHS) has been empowering women, with or without children, who want to end the cycle of abuse.

  • We believe that violence against women is unacceptable.
  • We recognize that violence against women is a highly complex issue best understood in the context of broader societal issues of women’s equality and empowerment.

Each year, over 2000 women and children access the services offered by Victoria Women’s Transition House Society. These programs include the 24-hour Safe Shelter and Crisis Line, the Non-residential Counselling and Children’s Programs, the Spousal Assault Victim Support Program, Community Education, and four weeks of Children Who Witness Abuse Summer Camp.

This year the Victoria Marathon takes place on October 10, 2010. Our Goal for the Marathon is a team of 100 members, and to raise $50,000 to help end violence and abuse against women in our community.

We encourage each team member to raise a minimum of $450, and to recruit a friend to help support the immediate needs and costs at the 18-bed Emergency Shelter. When people sign up for the team and raise $450 or more, their registration fees will be reimbursed.

Together we can end the cycle of abuse and build a better society that respects and values all its members, especially the women and children who are most vulnerable. If we wish to create a humane and just society, we each must look at what we can do to eliminate abuse and violence against women in our community.

If you haven’t already done so, we urge you to register early at to give yourself ample time to train and fundraise. Please contact Elissa once you have registered. Below are a couple of documents for your information: important dates and fundraising tips and ideas. Please email Elissa to get a pledge package.

For more information about becoming a corporate team partner, please see the partnership package below.

We are here to help you, so please do not hesitate to contact Elissa Bergman at (250) 592-2927 ext. 214 or at

Warmest regards,



Elissa Bergman

Development Associate

Victoria Women’s Transition House Society

Please click on the links below for more information concerning:                     




Spring 2010 Campaign: Your Contribution will Help End Violence against Women

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

After  35 years of service to the community, there are a lot of stories to tell. We would like to take this opportunity to share with you a story about hope and healing.


                Anna was 3-years old  the first time she met with a children’s  program counsellor at Victoria Women’s Transition House Society. The violence that Anna witnessed at an early age had become a serious behavioral concern. In daycare,  Anna pushed, hurt, and yelled at other children. She needed to control the actions of  classmates and situations. VWTH counselling staff  helped Anna to recognize and express her emotions appropriately. Today,  Anna is a much calmer and happier child. 

By  working with children and their families, Victoria Women’s Transition House Society  program staff help to break the intergenerational cycle of violence against women and children.


We would like to commend our staff for their loyalty and dedication to this organization and our clients.   Their compassion starts with the first phone call, visit or moment on the doorstep and does not end with the last goodbye. Our staff often hear from and keep in touch with clients they saw as children who have grown up to have healthy marriages and attend post-secondary schooling.  


For 35 years children and their families have been helped to heal through programs offered at no cost in the Shelter and at our Community Office.  These services could not be offered  without financial help from the community. 


We hope you will join our community by donating to our 35th Anniversary Campaign to End Violence Against Women. Go to the donation page to donate, or call us at (250) 592-2927.


Many thanks,


Carolyn Fast

Executive Director


Ps. You may wish to join our  Monthly Donor  Program. Upon your first donation you will receive a story about a child, woman, or family who was helped by your monthly donation.    


Pss. Mark Your Calendars for September 21st, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, for a local celebrity hosted tea and art exhibits at Greater Victoria Art Gallery followed by a short AGM.



Please click on link below to see Spring Newsletter.







Victoria Golf Club Ladies Charity Tournament

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

In Canada, 2.6 million women per year experience violence at the hands of a current or past relationship partner. These women come from all walks of life and are of all ages.

The Victoria Golf Club Ladies Charity Tournament has made a difference in the lives of abused women in Victoria. More than $424,518 raised thus far from the Tournament has directly benefited clients served by the Victoria Women’s Transition House.

Aimed at attracting women golfers from around Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, the Tournament brings together over 130 players, volunteers, and sponsors.


Your contribution as a partner or auction donor will assist this vital source of support and increase the awareness of your company’s charitable commitment to the residents of Victoria.

This tournament will be held on June 24, 2010.

Please see the partnership package and auction donation forms below.

Partnership Package

Auction Donation Form





Celebrating 35 years of service in the community

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Victoria friends – have you opened your Black Press paper today? Please check out the Victoria Women’s Transition House insert as part of our new Community Education program, and to commemorate 35 years of service in the community.

Click on this link to view the insert:

Black Press insert February 2010

Community Office, Suite 100-3060 Cedar Hill Rd., Coast Salish Territory, Victoria, British Columbia, (BC), V8T 3J5
Copyright © Victoria Women's Transition House Society All Rights Reserved.
Phone: 250.592.2927 Fax: 250.592.9279 Email:
Charitable Number: 10817 3501 RR0001