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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.

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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.


Housing Thousands of Women

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Plesae see our Curriculum and Resources page to see our newly added publication “Housing Thousands of Women”.

V.W.T.H. 2009-2010 Annual Report

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010


Our annual report is now ready for viewing.

Please click here to see 2009-2010 Annual Report

2010 Annual General Meeting and Tea Invitation

Monday, August 30th, 2010




Please join us at our

2010 Annual General Meeting & Tea


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

1040 Moss Street, Victoria




Victoria Women’s Transition House

Video Premiere

presented by Kristina Campbell





Trudi Brown, Q.C.

“From Idea to Institution”



Please R.S.V.P

for the Tea and/or AGM

by September 13, 2010

(250) 592-2927, ext. 213 or by email to

Thank you for your support and for coming today



The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Victoria Truth Centre (1201 Fort Street)

Moss Street, Stanley Street and Harrison Street



Making a Difference




Click here to download our invitation





The Victoria Women in Need Community Cooperative. (WIN)

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010


Victoria Women’s Transition House Society, and the women and children who stay at our Emergency Shelter, are grateful for the generosity of The Victoria Women in Need Community Cooperative (WIN). Providing furniture, household supplies, and clothing, WIN helps the women and children to move on and live free of abuse and violence.

We hope you will consider supporting their next event: their second annual “Fashion with Passion” fundraiser in support of the WIN Self Sufficiency Program on May 7 at the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour.

Please follow the link below for further details.

Province Protects Services for Low-Income Clients.

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Province Protects Services for Low-Income Clients.

Please click on attachment below for more information.


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