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Monday, March 14th, 2011


Hitchcock and Hemlines by Emma Marler and Lindsay Morgan

This event is about eleven dresses inspired by ten of Alfred Hitchcock’s most influential films. And it has become so much more than the fabric, films and fashion; it is now about the community.

Hitchcock & Hemlines

This blog will appear in the Monday Magazine on March 17.

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Monday, March 14th, 2011

Soup Sisters Victoria –coming soon

Nurturing and nourishing soups will soon be flowing into Victoria Women’s Transition House in late March. Soup Sisters Victoria  in partnership with The London Chef  are launching this exciting project which will provide up to 200 bowls of home-made 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. A shelter representative addresses every Soup Sisters group, providing an overview of the many healing and prevention programs available at the shelter.

The London Chef, owned and operated by Dan and Micayla Hayes, is moving into its home and opening its doors at 947 Fort St in March 2011. The new storefront will include a state of the art interactive cooking school where students can cook at their own station along with the chef offering a variety of courses, a private dining room and event space, a commercial kitchen for catering, a café and a specialty and prepared food pantry.

On March 30, participants/Soup Sisters will gather for an evening of fun to learn great recipes from a professional chef and share a meal together. By the end of the evening they will have prepared up to 200 bowls of delicious and heart-warming soup for Victoria Women’s Transition House, for a cost of only $50 per participant/Soup Sister.

For more information or to buy tickets for the launch on March 30, 2011 please contact


Times Colonist Article – March 29, 2011

Times Colonist Article – April 3, 2011

Soup Sisters




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.

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


Monday, February 7th, 2011


Janice scoots under her bed while Joe takes cover under the table.  Min Jae crawls under the craft table in the playroom and holds onto the legs while Sarah looks for a safe place. At exactly 10 AM the fire alarm sounded to simulate an earthquake. Everyone at the Shelter— staff members, volunteers and residents with their children DROP on the floor, find COVER under desks and tables and HOLD on to it until the alarm stops.

The Victoria Women’s Transition House Shelter participated in the province-wide earthquake drill on January 26, 2011. The House Manager checked around while the drill was going on and debriefed after the drill. The residents were particularly pleased that they get a chance to practice the earthquake drill; a child even requested to do it again. Staff identified more items in the Shelter to “earthquake-proof”. Quarterly drills may be done to help us stay prepared. The Shelter is equipped with emergency supplies, food and water that will sustain a full house for at least three days.  It feels good our shelter is prepared!

53% was the reported increase in domestic violence following the New Zealand earthquake in September 2010. According to Inspector John Price of the Christchurch Police, 61 cases were reported from 4:35 am Saturday to 2:30 pm on Monday, compared with 40 in the previous year.   A high level of stress and concern about safety, housing and employment contribute to domestic abuse but abuse is never ok. A relationship which is not healthy before the earthquake may become abusive quickly. It is important that women develop safety plans so they are prepared to make safe choices for themselves and children.

Equipping those who suffer or witness abuse with safety plans is an important part of being prepared for everyday life.

Keith Lynch, “Huge jump in domestic abuse following quake,” The Press 08 Sept. 2010 <>.


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.





Monday, January 10th, 2011

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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


Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

12 Days of Christmas

The Ocean 98.5 is sponsoring 12 days of Giving this holiday season. Victoria Women’s Transition House is the chosen charity on December 11. Come meet some of our staff and join in the fun, 3-5 at Ross Place Retirement Centre, 2638 Ross Lane.

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Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Educate               Volunteer             Donate

These three words will make a difference!

We are excited to introduce a new Community Education Program core curriculum focusing on prevention and ending the cycle of abuse. The curriculum includes education and training for professionals, such as social workers, lawyers, health care providers, counsellors, police and victim service workers. Presentations and workshops on the issue of violence against women and abuse in relationships are delivered to university and college students, community groups, service clubs, church groups and businesses.

In addition to our Shelter services, counselling, and eight other outreach programs, the Community Education Program will educate, require volunteers to make presentations in the community, and is funded by donations.

If you would like to have a presentation at your workplace, church or school, please let us know. Or, if you can help with a donation or to volunteer, please visit our website at for further information.

For more information about our services, please visit the blog section of our website to enjoy our 2009-2010 Annual Report. If you wish a copy of our 2010 audited financial statement, please give us a call or visit our website to see a copy posted there.

With appreciation,

Carolyn Fast

Executive Director

P.S.   Watch for us on CHEK TV this fall with footage from our new agency video and stay tuned for our Fall Campaign.


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