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Canada 150 Free Pancake Breakfast – July 1st 8am-11am

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Huntingdon Manor Hotel and Gatsby Manor are hosting on Saturday, July 1st, a Free Pancake Breakfast in their gardens overlooking Victoria’s inner harbour.

Adjacent to many of Canada 150 festivities, it’s a perfect way to begin the celebrations! Entertainment and activities include all Canadian music, face painting for kids and an on-site caricaturist. To commemorate the estate’s rich history, several staff members will be dressed in period costumes throughout the day with a vintage photo booth available for some fun and unique pictures!

The Pancake Breakfast will take place between 8:00-11:00 am. Donations will be accepted with proceeds going VWTH!

Summer Yoga Soiree! – June 20th 6pm – 10pm

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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Join Moksha Yoga Victoria and Westshore to celebrate the summer solstice and longest day of the year! There will be appies, live music, door prizes, a pool, and of course an energizing yoga class.
Proceeds from this event will be going to support Victoria Women’s Transition House Society and Sooke Transition House Society.

Tickets and more information may be found online.

FILM SCREENING IN HONOUR OF NATIONAL VICTIMS OF CRIME AWARENESS WEEK

Friday, April 17th, 2015

The VictoBCD_Poster_dr2ria Women’s Transition House society has been promoting its vision of a community free of relationship violence and abuse for forty years. A large part of creating this community is providing education to those who are experiencing domestic violence, those who witness it and community members who may see the effects of violence. Children who live in a violent home experience trauma, and it is part of VWTH’s mandate to educate the community of the impacts of that trauma.

Behind Closed Doors: Children Who Witness Domestic Abuse, is a 25 minute educational DVD produced by VWTH. Its aim is to give parents, caregivers, and community members, insight into how children experience life in a violent home. It addresses the impact that witnessing domestic violence has on the developing brain of infants and children, highlighting the effects it has on their behavior. This video also discusses the impact that witnessing domestic violence has on children in the long term, and within their future relationships.

This video is designed to be educational. It is not aimed at blaming parents, but at providing them with information to support their child. The language used is accessible and gender-neutral. There are scenes which depict a child’s experience within a violent home, but they are aimed at capturing the perspective of the child, not the abuse itself.

The DVD is divided into two parts. In the first part, clinical psychologist Dr. Sandra Wieland gives a clear and understandable explanation of what is happening for a child living in a violent home. She explains how the development of the brain is impacted by witnessing violence, and the results that this may have on a child’s behavior. This part offers a clear illustration of how a child may act out after witnessing abuse – and how abuse in the home can have a negative impact on their entire lives. Dr. Wieland also offers insight into how this trauma can impact the brain into adulthood.

The second part of the DVD offers advice on steps parents and caregivers can take to help children survive this experience with the best possible outcome. Shemine Gulamhusein – Shelter Program Manager for VWTH – provides insight into how parents can seek support for themselves and their children in order to safely remove themselves from an abusive situation. She also discusses how teachers and community members can respond to the behaviors resulting from witnessing abuse, and how to provide a safe space for children.

Victoria Women’s Transition House offers a Children Who Witness Abuse counseling program. This program helps children recognize abusive behaviour, look at alternatives to violence and break the cycle of abuse. It gives them the tools to deal with their feelings and experiences. Behind Closed Doors is an excellent learning tool for parents and community members, and a great reminder that there is support for children who are witnessing abuse.

Behind Closed Doors is available for purchase through VWTH, please contact us by email or by phone 250-592-2927.

We will also be screening the DVD as part of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week on April 23rd. The screening will take place at Cinecenta Theatre UVic at 2pm, to be followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Sandra Wieland (Clinical Psychologist), Shemine Gulamhusein (Shelter Program Manager), and Kerilee McLeod (Children Who Witness Abuse Counsellor). Admission is by donation.

Feel good about giving this holiday season

Friday, November 16th, 2012

 

In my experience, the best gifts are the ones you secretly wish to keep for yourself… and this calendar is certainly worthy of buying an extra!

 

This 2013 Art Calendar is available for $20.00 from the community office. The artist, Suzanne Heron has graciously donated $12 from the sale of each calendar to the Victoria Women’s Transition House.

 

With her stunning mastery of digital painting , Heron has captured the best of Vancouver Island in a calendar. Designed to illustrate a one-day Tour of Vancouver Island, she captures the natural beauty of our diverse landscape, highlights our favorite landmarks and shares the secrets to colorful local cuisine.

 

A few of my favorite paintings are above.

 

This is the perfect gift for someone who already appreciates the rich culture and landscape of Vancouver Island or for someone abroad you would like to share the Pacific Marine Coastal Tour with.

 

You can feel good about giving this as a gift this Holiday Season!

Call Nicki at our community office at 250-592-2927 or email at nickib@vwth.bc.ca

THIS OCTOBER 7 RUN OR WALK FOR A HOPEFUL NEW BEGINNING

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is coming up on October 7 and we are delighted to welcome the 20+ runners who have already signed up to collect pledges for the Victoria Women’s Transition House as part of their run. Thank you runners and walkers! 

  

There is still room to join our team, Mission:Transition, in the 8km, half marathon or the full marathon. Whether you are a serious runner, a casual walker, part of a running team or a group of friends that walk together, we welcome you to participate. Please contact Penny Dunlop at pennyd@vwth.bc.ca or 250-598-2927 ext. 213 for more information or to register. 

JOIN US FOR OUR AGM SEPTEMBER 13

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

 

For 38 years, our donors, volunteers and staff have worked together towards our common vision: a community free of relationship violence and abuse. To learn more about all we have accomplished together and upcoming activities as well, join us at our Annual General Meeting Thursday, September 13th. You will also have the chance to sign up as a society member, meet our Board and staff and if a member, vote on incoming Directors too.  Please click here for details.

 

 Please feel free to contact us with any questions  or rsvp to yukos@vwth.bc.ca.  

 

 

 

 

YOU’RE INVITED! UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN KICK OFF SEPTEMBER 12

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

The United Way is a generous supporter of the Victoria Women’s Transition House programs and services and we are very excited to be a part of their upcoming Campaign Kick Off at Ogden Point September 12 from 7:30 am to 9:30 am.

Come down and enjoy the pancake breakfast, games and entertainment and say hello to Transition House staff who will be on site at our info booth. For more information visit the United Way website by clicking here.

Hope to see you on the 12th!

VICTORIA GOLF CLUB CHARITY EVENTS RAISE $125,000.

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

 

The annual Victoria Golf Charity Events raised an astounding $125, 000 in June. A women’s tournament, men’s tournament and Monte Carlo Gala provided for fun and engaging entertainment for all who attended and we were pleased to share information about the services provided by the Victoria Women’s Transition House and the importance of donations and community support in the work that we do.

 
We extend the warmest thanks to the Victoria Golf Club, an amazing organizing committee, and all of the generous participants, sponsors and donors. The success of these events relies on the generosity and volunteerism of many businesses and individuals and we invite you to view them here.

For a list of sponsors please click here

YOGA ANYONE?

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Everything you seek is within you. Realize the joy, freedom & love within.

Sugar Fix Kundalini Yoga raves take from traditional practice, blending chanting, kriyas, breath work, and dancing to make you move. This style of yoga is about freeing energy and releasing stored tension in the body, you’ll leave the studio with a renewed sence of appreciation and inner piece.

For more information….

SALLY MORSE IS COMING BACK!

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

 

Ruffell & Brown Interiors  are so excited to be bringing Sally Morse back to Victoria! She is a dynamic international interior designer, TV personality and author who will present her “Magic of Threes in Design” seminar from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on May 29th in our showroom at 2745 Bridge Street. This seminar is a fact-filled session that points out the many times the number three is used in design rules. With information she gathered from major European design shows including Maison et Objet, Heimtextil, Decosit, and La Biennel, Sally will also show this year’s hottest home furnishings trends and how they can be adapted for the Canadian homeowner.

A frequent guest on HGTV, Sally’s work has been featured in Women’s Day, Better Homes and Gardens and Windows & Walls magazines, and she recently co-authored a book on window coverings and has written many articles on interior design, color and trends. Her “Ask Sally” column can be found on the Hunter Douglas website.

All proceeds will benefit the Victoria Women’s Transition House.

Refreshments and Nanaimo Bars starting at 6:30 p.m.!

 
For more information and to secure tickets go to http://ruffell-brown.com/sally-morse/

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