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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


Friday, February 10th, 2012


Join in for an afternoon of construction and sewing beautiful handbags for a great cause.

This FREE event takes place the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1-5pm. This month on February 15. Materials are supplied

Held at : Sawyer Sewing Centre, 201-3400 Douglas Street.

Early catered dinner served at 4:30PM included.

Click on this link for registration details.


Friday, January 13th, 2012

2011 – Such Christmas Spirit.

What an amazing weekend!!! Thank you so much to all of the donors, volunteers, Board members and staff that helped bring Christmas to many women and children in 2011. The Community Office was filled with so much Christmas Spirit. It is mind boggling to see the amount of generosity that happens year after year. This year was one of our biggest hamper weekends ever with over 100 donors. 102_0857

The first Christmas on your own can be the most difficult. As a result of starting over, often with limited financial resources, women have little money available for gifts for their children or other loved ones. At such a difficult time of year, it helps to know there are thoughtful people who care and want to support their steps to ending domestic violence in their lives. This year 130 amazing hampers were prepared by our very generous donors and graciously accepted by the women and children transitioning towards a life free of abuse. The Christmas Hamper Program offers us an opportunity to remind our clients that we are still here for support and to show them that their community cares about them.

Thank you for your exceedingly generous Christmas hamper. I could hardly believe so many lovely gifts were for me – each one appropriate, the right size and heartwarming – everything from a darling teddy bear who invites affection to my grocery bill paid for weeks! Please know the abundance of your kindness continues to bless me with the spirit of Christmas. 2011 Christmas Hamper Recipients.

 If you are interested in being part of the 2012 Christmas Hamper Program or would like to donate items to the shelter for Christmas please email


Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Thank you community for sending in your donations and making hampers.

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

From Makenna Rielly, in regards to a recent administrative consolidation and leadership announcement.

Please read for more information….


Monday, December 12th, 2011

Help us build us some Christmas Karma.

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Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Saturday December 3

Ten Thousand Villages Victoria

Shop for Fairly Traded Goods  on December 3 and 15% of the proceed will go to VWTH.

1976 Oak Bay Avenue 9:30-5:30


Glo Hair and Body

Haircuts by donation to VWTH

Call Lorraine 250-589-4745 to make an appointment

7120 West Saanich Road
Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1P8


Tuesday December 6

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

The National Day of Remembrance is observed by Canadians each year on Dec. 6 to mark the anniversary of the École Polytechnique Massacre, in which 14 women at a Montreal school were singled out for their gender and murdered. In Victoria there are two gatherings.

Candlelight Vigil

A candlelight vigil will be held on the grounds of the B.C. Legislature from  5 to 6 p.m . The event is open to everyone who wishes to attend.Organizers will be collecting donations of things such as socks, towels, toiletries, journals, children’s games and toys and small household appliances, which will be given to various women’s organizations in Greater Victoria. Everyone who attends is asked to bring at least one item for donation.

The Victoria vigil is sponsored by the Victoria Regional Women’s Committee of the Public Service Alliance of Canada B.C. For More info:


Inter-Faith Service

Service at 7:00 pm, all welcome

Service remembering 14 women murdered in Montreal and other women victims of Violence against women. Speakers will be City Councilors Chris Coleman & Charlayne Thornton-Joe.

First†Met United Church, 932 Balmoral Road, Victoria. For more info: 250-388-5188.

 Month of December Fundraiser


GOOD KARMA BREATHES for TRANSITION HOUSE a fundraiser in December which yoga clothing will be donated to VWTH. As a way of giving back this Christmas Breathe Athletic (1031 Fort Street) has teamed up with Vancouver based KARMA Wear to help the ladies of Transition House. Any purchases of clothing made from the store in December, while stocks last , they will match with a similar piece of Karma wear and donate to Transition House. These items will be collected just before Christmas & donated to meet the needs of women either as gifts or clothing, however needed at that time.
The Bikram yoga studios at all four locations are also participating by donating proceeds of their December ‘Karma’ classes to Transition House, try some hot yoga & give back!


Thursday, November 24th, 2011


Talented Artisans around the world have a simple dream- to earn an honest living, provide a home. Food and education for their children, and to be gainfully employed in a job that brings dignity and joy. Ten Thousand Villages Oak Bay partners with such artisans to sell “Fair Trade” goods at a fair trade price. Also supporting the local community they are supporting Victoria Women’s Transition House on December 3. Please open the attached for details.

For More Information…

A Campaign with Victoria Foundation – November 15, 9am to noon on November 18: How much can we raise in 75-Hours?

Thursday, November 10th, 2011


“The journey that the children and I have endured has been, needless to say painful and difficult. The details of everyone’s situation are slightly different, but the net effect of being in an abusive relationship is the same for all. It leaves a trail of damaged lives in need of healing. This  is the journey that my  children and I are on, and with the help, support, and encouragement of the staff at VWTH we are making it happen. Your services have been a lifeline for the children and I. It is so crucial to the healing process to have, encouragement, and support in order to strengthen and rebuild our lives”.        ~Client

This story is just one example of how your donations make a difference.

·         Women who use our services come from all social, cultural, and financial backgrounds.  They may be women with or without children. Their ages can range from teenagers to elders in their 90s;

·         They may seek our counselling services for  themselves and their children who have witnessed abuse;

·         They may have experienced  physical  emotional, verbal, and financial abuse

·         Having to escape quickly, women who access our shelter services may arrive with only  the clothes they are wearing and have no money;

·         They may have called several times to seek guidance from our 24-hour crisis line before they make the decision to seek shelter or counselling;

·         Children and youth learn from the counsellors that the abuse they have witnessed in their home is not their fault.

Described above are examples of the situations faced by the over 4,000 women and children who are clients of our 10 programs and services each year (for more information on our programs and services, see page two of our newsletter linked below).

In three months the following services typically will be provided by Victoria Women’s Transition House:

·         36 women and 21 children will be sheltered at the Transition House.

·         The 24-hour Crisis Line will receive up to 498 calls.

·         58 children and 42 mothers or caregivers will participate in individual counselling sessions through the Children Who Witness Abuse program.

·         33 women will receive a total of 122 individual counselling sessions through the Stopping the Violence Counselling Program.

·       128 women will be referred to the Spousal Assault Victim Support Program.

·         26 women will access services through the Older Women’s Program.

·         26 women will continue to be housed at Harrison Place.

·         11 women will participate in S.A.F.E. Program (Self-Sufficiency and Asset-Building through Financial Education).


Your donation is needed.


Victoria Women’s Transition House Society is taking part in the “Victoria Foundation 75-HOUR CHALLENGE” November 15, 9am to noon on November 18. All funds donated will be stretched by the Victoria Foundation and put towards permanent hosted endowments.



·         On November 15, 9am to November 18 noon

·         Go to

·         Click on the “Make a Donation” button and follow the steps through the CanadaHelps page, indicate you are supporting Victoria Women’s Transition House

·          You will receive an electronic tax-receipt through Canada Helps


·         Prepare a cheque made out to Victoria Foundation

·         Date the cheque either Nov. 15, Nov. 16, Nov 17, or Nov 18

·         Memo Line to say “75hr Challenge-VWTH

·         Mail or bring the cheque with your coupon to: Victoria Women’s Transition House,

100-3060 Cedar Hill Rd., Victoria, BC   V8T 3J5 ($10 or more will receive a tax receipt)

If your preference is to give to our current operating costs, we welcome your donation as that is needed too.

For further information, please enjoy the enclosed newsletter and visit our Facebook Page for current happenings:  Facebook Page: Victoria Women’s Transition House.




Parm Kroad,
Programs Director

Community Office, Suite 100-3060 Cedar Hill Rd., Coast Salish Territory, Victoria, British Columbia, (BC), V8T 3J5
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