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Thursday, April 19th, 2012


This week is a dedicated to recognition of volunteers in Canada. At Victoria Women’s Transition House we honour each of the volunteers who have devoted many hours to support women and children who face the difficult issue of abuse in their lives. Our volunteers play with children, answer the crisis line, cook and bake, clean and organize, speak in the community, bake, pick up and sort donations, offer their specialized skills such as yoga or massage. Last year volunteers contributed about 130 volunteers contributed over 7500 hours.

Our volunteers go through an extensive training program – to quote one volunteer “I learned so much about this provocative issue and enjoyed the deep discussions and activities!” If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, call Dianne at 592-2927 ext 222 or see the volunteer section of the website



Thursday, March 29th, 2012



March 29, 2012

Dear Friend,
“You are all so special to me and my son—we are very lucky to have known you! You ALL have given me confidence, helped me realize I don’t have to be superwoman, and given advice that will stay with me for years to come. Our lives have changed since we’ve come here and you’ll never know the gratitude I have towards you all…Thank you for an amazing transition and always supporting us”.   ~Letter from Shelter Client

Together in action we can help! This Spring Campaign’s success will support our mission to provide shelter, support, counselling and education to women of all ages, with or without children, so that they can live free from the effects of abuse in intimate relationships.

Women and children are taking the steps to new beginnings this Spring by making a phone call to the 24-Hour Information & Support Line, run out of our Shelter.

Women and children may reside in our Shelter for 30 days with support from the Women or Children’s Shelter Counselling Teams, or they might directly access one of our other programs with or without having stayed at the Shelter:

• Stopping the Violence Counselling for women;
• Children Who Witness Abuse Programs for the children;
• Advocacy and counselling through the Older Women Program;
• Support to victims of assault, threats or criminal harassment from our Spousal Assault Victim Support Counselling Program;
• Harrison Place/Regional Domestic Violence Unit/Community Education/Volunteer

These are just some of the ways that a woman’s first step, becomes a second step as the difficult journey begins. 

The support of you the donors, volunteers, and staff assist the women’s brave journeys that takes place each and every day. The journey isn’t a quick two week fix. Women with children often need their own counselling before they realize the impact on their children as well. Please read Silent no More in our enclosed newsletter, the story of one mother and her child who now have found their voices to speak.

Our Spring goal is to raise $45,000 of the $800,000 we need to raise each year.

Each year almost 4,000 women and children take steps towards a safe place but still need more. The Inspiring Women’s Circle offers a group for those who have used one of our services before to continue on the path beyond our other programs. It is a weekly gathering for women to come together and learn, share, have fun and support each other as the journey carries on. This innovative program is supported by our counselling staff and volunteers and allows the women’s journeys to continue.

When you donate, you are investing in people. You are ensuring the phone is answered to provide information and support, any time of day that it rings. You are providing counselling, education, support and advocacy for women and children.

Spring is the time to take a step, make a change, new beginnings. The success of these steps carrying forward along the path depends on the support of donors like you.

Please consider supporting us monthly so the steps can carry on. You may do so by returning the coupon/form on our blog.

The words of the client below show the difference your gift makes.

“Hope, courage, joy, dignity, surprise, being valued, self-esteem, and a sense of being recipient of huge kindness and generosity… Thanks to all of you, and I hope to pass this kindness to others in the future years. “ ~Thank you from Community Office Client   



Elissa Bergman
Revenue Development Manager
(250) 592-2927 ext. 210

PS.  The work of Transition House goes on all year and every year. Please consider remembering Transition House in your will.

VWTH Spring 2012 Newsletter                                         Spring 2012 Coupon


Thursday, March 29th, 2012


The Victoria Golf Club is holding their 17th Annual Charity Tournament. This year there will be a men’s tournament on June 16 and a women’s tournament on June 21. These tournaments combined with a Monte Carlo Gala Night aspire to surpass the $100,000 raised last year.

To golf, sponsor or for more information….


Thursday, March 22nd, 2012


The Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty garage sale to support local women’s shelters is happening again on May 12, 9-3PM.


For More Information….




Monday, March 19th, 2012


The Victoria Goddess Run is for female participants, of all ages and walks of life and abilities to encourage their participation in a healthy lifestyle event.  Women’s Only events have been seeing tremendous growth over the past few years, and we believe that we can create an annual destination event with the Victoria Goddess Run. Through this event we look forward to supporting four local charitable organizations, these are the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre, supporting women who have suffered a sexual assault; Women’s Transition House who works with women and children to transition towards a life free of abuse; ProMotion Plus who support women and girls participation in sport and physical activity; and Sportassist which supports kids participation in sport if they cannot afford it.

When – Sunday, June 3, 2012

Where – Start / Finish at Langford City Centre Park Distance –

How Far  – Half Marathon (21.1k), 10k and 5k Walk

Why – to participate in a healthy life style
            $5 of your registration fee will go towards your selected charity 

Contact info – Twitter @vicgoddessrun  Facebook: Victoria Goddess Run


Monday, March 12th, 2012


 Our Weekly Women’s Group spoke about Ways of Relieving Stress here are some ideas they came up with: 

• Rub the right thumb in the palm of your left hand
• Press your fingertips together
• Rub your thumb and forefinger on each fingertip
• Restorative yoga  where you hold poses for several minutes
• Many yoga studios offer community classes for $5

Create a worry box (real or imaginary). Write your worries on a slip of paper. Put them in the box and make an appointment (day, time) to think about them. Meanwhile, don’t think about them.

Tip: To remove stuck on baking – soak the pan in water with a fabric softener sheet in it and presto.

Send someone a care package – chocolate, a picture frame, snack foods, chapstick, magazine or book.

Send a child a nice card and note.


Thursday, March 8th, 2012


Watch the Mandela develop each week!

A group of women is working on developing personal wellness wheels. So far we have done a circle representing our physical well being, and this week we did one on our intellectual being. We begin the session with a focus, listen to a guided meditation, then paint from within. Women are finding it to be very inspiring and exciting.




Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Thanks to a grant from the United Way, VWTH has a new group for women who have been at our shelter or who have used our services. The group meets for two hours Thursday mornings. We have a check in, discussion on a topic, an education or activity, and a checkout and will have guest speakers and field trips. The purpose is to learn, share, and have some fun.

The focus for March is Self Awareness – It’s all about Me!

We learn so much from one another:

Favourite books: The Secret Daughter (Shilpi Somaya Gowda), The Forgotten Garden (Kate Morton)

Favorite Ted Talks: Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability; Jill Bolte Taylor: Stroke of Insight ; Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work (Listen to find out his version of a perfect day!)

Resources that have made a difference: Native Friendship Center; Mustard Seed Food banks

Google NPR Radio and listen to Regina Spekter.

For more information about the group, call our shelter: 250-385-6611


Thursday, March 8th, 2012


200 bowls of nurturing and nourishing soups are prepared by Soup Sisters Victoria  in partnership with The London Chef  every month for women and children in the shelter at Victoria Women’s Transition House.

Founded in March 2009 by Calgarian Sharon Hapton, Soup Sisters support women’s shelters across the country with the very simple and heartfelt gesture of providing homemade soup. Soup Sisters is also deeply committed to raising awareness about domestic abuse and family violence. Soup Sisters launched in Victoria in March 2011 and has kept the women at our shelter nourished ever since. Sharon Hapton, Founder of Soup Sisters was named Chatelaine’s Woman of the Year in November 2011.

Victoria Soup Sisters events will usually be held on Monday evenings (unless moved for a holiday like May 1) from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at The London Chef, 953 Fort St. Victoria.

To ensure that a Soup Sisters event is a success, we need a minimum of 12 people and a maximum of 20 people. If you join as an individual or with a group of any size, the Soup Sisters team will match you up with a group to coordinate numbers and your preferred meeting night. Groups may be combined to reach the maximum of 20.
There is a participant fee of $50.

We have room for you to join us on May 1, July 30 and Sept. 24, 2012.

Book at

Thank you to Dan and Micayla Hayes of The London Chef , Soup Sisters and everyone who has participated in the last year.

You continue to warm many hearts and bodies with your soup.


Soup Sisters


Monday, February 13th, 2012


Our Children Who Witness Abuse (CWWA) program playroom was in desperate need of an extreme makeover. With chipped paint, and looking drabby and sad the room, and the counselors were calling for help. As I am sure you can understand, the environment of this counselling space has an impact on the many children who enter it.

Answering the call came: Ruffell and Brown Interiors, Power to Be, Island Floor Centre, Harbour City Kitchen and Cloverdale Paint-Cedar Hill. With their combined support, and the work of other volunteers and staff the room has transformed to a brighter yet calm, safe and functional space.

In 2012 we are now providing an even more welcoming, comfortable, engaging, clean, and safe-feeling space for our many little clients!

Power to Be: Painter's in Action.

Power to Be: Painter's in Action.


Presenting Playroom 2012

Presenting Playroom 2012

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