Shirley Runs for Transition House

May 23rd, 2017

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Come join us on Sunday, June 4th as we cheer on Shirley Elm, our Charity Champion at this years’ Victoria Goddess Run!
Read on for Shirley’s inspiring story and to help support her and VWTH, please go to her GoFundMe page.

In Shirley’s words:
“As a member of the Board of Directors for Victoria Women’s Transition House (VWTH), I am honored to run in the Sunday, June 4, 2017 Victoria Goddess Run as a Charity Champion in support of Victoria Women’s Transition House. Over the years, I have been an avid runner but with a cancer diagnosis last year, my running was put on hold. Now that I am in remission, I’m back outside again and putting in the kilometers, slowly but Shirley!

All funds that I raise in support of my run through this Go Fund Me campaign will be directed to Victoria Women’s Transition House, a non-profit organization that for over 40 years has provided emergency shelter, counselling, supports and services for women of all ages, with and without children, fleeing domestic abuse. As a person who began life in the foster care system, I have experienced first-hand how chaos within family homes can have a hugely detrimental effect on one’s life. I was lucky enough to eventually be adopted by a wonderful Canadian family, but am aware that all are not as fortunate.

I am also extremely glad that this year, the Victoria Goddess Run will support the BC Cancer Foundation. After spending a lot of time in the cancer clinics both here in Victoria and in Vancouver, I know how this disease cuts cruelly across all parts of our population, and how devastating this can be to families.

These days, as a school Principal in the Saanich School District, I do my best to create and maintain communities where everyone belongs. I am a strong supporter for equality, especially within relationships, and I do my best to equip students with the attitudes and dispositions that will help them navigate this increasingly complex world. I also strive to be a reasonable and loving parent to my own daughter by giving her the confidence to stand up for what is right.

I have a passion for helping people face life’s problems and am proud to be part of the Transition House Board of Directors. Working with Transition House, my daughter and I know that we can make a difference in the lives of women and children in our community impacted by domestic violence and abuse. Please join me in support of the important work done by Victoria Women’s Transition House on behalf of vulnerable individuals in our community.”

BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED 2017

May 10th, 2017

Call for Expressions of Interest
Opportunity to Serve as a Volunteer Board Member
with the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society

Are you interested in volunteering in an environment of accountability where work is carried out from a feminist perspective?

Do you believe each woman has the right to live a life free of relationship violence and abuse?

An outstanding opportunity to join a well-established, respected and successful not-for-profit organization aimed at building a community free of relationship violence and abuse is available. Expressions of interest are requested from individuals who would like to volunteer on the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society Board of Directors.

Successful candidates will bring knowledge and experience to the Board in one or more of the following areas:

• Finance and fiduciary oversight of a not-for-profit entity
• Board governance
• Outreach and advocacy in the local community – through both private and public-sector connections
• Strategic thinking and business planning
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to build and nurture relationships of trust, collaborating with other Board members and the Society executive team

Board members are expected to:
• Commit to the objectives and values of the Society, ensuring the Society receives appropriate Board-level support for the effective management and financial health of the organization
• Regularly attend board meetings, special functions of the Board (as scheduled through the year), and participate in Board sub-committees and/or accept project-specific committee assignments
• Familiarize themselves with the Society’s foundational documents, including the constitution, bylaws, and strategic plan
• Contribute to effective board governance decision making and provide comment and input whenever required

Application Process:

Expressions of Interest (cover letter, resume, and 3 references) are requested by Friday 2 June 2017. The VWTH Board Recruitment Committee will review submissions and convene interviews by the end of June. Nominations will be considered by the Board at their Monday 28 August 2017 meeting, with the plan to confirm new Board appointments at the Society AGM scheduled on Tuesday 19 September 2017.

Submissions and general enquiries should be emailed to the attention of the Board Recruitment Committee, care of Heidi Gayleard at: board@vwth.bc.ca

Thank you for expressing your interest in being part of the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society – a vibrant, forward-thinking organization dedicated to building a community free of relationship violence and abuse.

 

More about the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society:

The Victoria Women’s Transition House (VWTH) Society envisions a community free of relationship violence and abuse.

Working collaboratively, the Society provides 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. VWTH strives to prevent and eliminate abuse through education, advocacy and partnerships.

For more information about the Society, its objectives and activities please visit:
http://www.transitionhouse.net/

Volunteer with us! New opportunity starting May 16th

May 5th, 2017

Come Volunteer with Us! (1)

We have an exciting new program and we are looking for volunteers!

Do you love to cook or learn about food preparation on a budget?  

Do you self-identify as a senior and want to give back to your community in a meaningful way? 

The Senior Culinary Inititave is an opportunity for seniors to volunteer and make a difference in the lives of women impacted by domestic abuse. Volunteers in this program will be divided into teams and each group will prepare meals and share their culinary knowledge on a bi-weekly basis with clients and residents at our Emergency Shelter and Third Stage Housing.

Through VWTH’s partnership with Diabetes Canada, volunteers will be offered a six-week training program to help prepare them for this culinary initiative and introduce them to VWTH programs and services.

Information and a skills development program for volunteers commences May 16th.  We are looking for 4 volunteers to join our crew. Please contact Liza Miles at lizam@vwth.bc.ca or 250 592 2927 ext 221 if you are interested in volunteering for this program.

Heirloom Linens – 12 Months of Giving Program

May 1st, 2017

For the month of May, Victoria Women’s Transition House is Heirloom Linens’ Charity of Choice! 50% of the proceeds from the sale of their Bamboo Night Dresses will go directly towards supporting VWTH programs and services.

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B*tchfest 2017 – A clothing swap fundraiser to benefit VWTH and Bridges for Women – NEW DATE ANNOUNCED!

April 12th, 2017

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 – 6:30 pm at the V Lounge Red Lion Hotel (3366 Douglas St)

Join us for a clothing swap fundraiser to benefit Victoria Women’s Transition House and Bridges for Women. Only $25 and that gets you appies, some fantastic music with the all girls bands The Femme Fatales and special opening guests CURL and lots of special guests! Dancing, door prizes, silent auction, a clothing swap and great night with some of the most wonderful women you will ever meet!

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Bodacious Celebrates You! – Fashion Show Fundraiser – May 6, 2017

March 28th, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Bodacious (1113 Langley St)

Bodacious Event

Celebrate the first year anniversary of Bodacious’ Victoria location!

Fashion show featuring our newest spring styles in sizes 10-24 and hats by Le Chapeau Rouge – Maria Curcic Millinery, modelled by our very own customers and friends. Bubbles & Bites! Draw Prizes! Live music!

Proceeds of this event will go directly towards Victoria Women’s Transition House’s SAFE Program (Self-Sufficiency and Assets through Financial Education)

Tickets are now available at Eventbrite. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Special thanks to Ally & Dennis Real People – Real Real Estate.

Victoria Women’s Expo – March 25th & 26th, 2017

March 9th, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm / Sunday, March 26, 2017 – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Stop by and visit out table at the upcoming Victoria Women’s Expo!

The Annual Victoria Women’s Spring Expo is going to be off the charts this year! Providing today’s intelligent consumers with the platform to investigate and inform themselves on today’s healthy choices for their family, pets, self and home. With over 100 exhibitors, see a wide variety of booths that are current with today’s trends and include up to date products, information and services. Learn about mental health, fitness, weight loss, fashion, skincare, gluten-free products, pain relief, make-up, hair and more!

Bring your questions, leave with answers!

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Me and the Mosque -An International Women’s Day Celebration presented by the Canadian Federation of University Women, Victoria – March 8, 2017

February 28th, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – 7:00 pm at University of Victoria’s Cincenta (Student Union Bldg, 3800 Finnerty Rd)

An International Women’s Day Celebration presented by the Canadian Federation of University Women – Victoria

Join the Advocacy Committee at the University of Victoria’s Cinecenta for Me and the Mosque, a documentary by Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the hit TV show Little Mosque on the Prairie. We are delighted to announce that Nawaz will be our guest speaker after the film.
CFUW_IWD_FilmShowing2017In her words, “I chose to focus on patriarchy and the social exclusion of women in mosques. … For me, Islam was never the problem—it was men and how they interpreted faith to their own advantage. I wondered what would happen to a mosque if it were run by an Iman that came from a culture committed to gender equity…”

Zarqa Nawaz will also be available before the film to sign copies of her latest book “Laughing All the Way to the Mosque”, which was shortlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour.

Money raised will benefit the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks.

Victoria Women’s Transition House, along with other non-profit organizations, will have an information table in the Cinecenta lobby. Doors will open at 6:15 pm and the film showing will begin at 7:00 pm.

 

Grand Opening of The Very Good Butchers (Vegan Butcher Shop) – February 25, 2017

February 15th, 2017

1701 Douglas St, #6 (inside the Victoria Public Market), from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

The first Vegan Butcher Shop on Canada’s West Coast is here!

Free Vegan Appies, Samples, and other refreshments will be provided all day long!

During their Grand Opening, they will be donating 10% of the proceeds to Victoria Women’s Transition House Society and  Rasta Sanctuary.

Stop by on February 25th! The Very Good Butchers is located right by the entrance to the Victoria Public Market.

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Fashion for Compassion – Fashion Show & Fundraiser – February 18, 2017

February 10th, 2017

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

7:00 – 10:00 pm at Pharmasave Broadmead (310-777 Royal Oak Dr)

Join us for a fundraising fashion show, “Fashion for Compassion”, on Saturday, February 18th, to support Victoria Women’s Transition House and Bridges for Women. The evening includes a lively fashion show, silent auction and mystery envelopes with refreshing wine and fortifying hors d’oeuvres.

Models will spotlight the latest fashions and accessories from Alo Yoga Wear, Orb Fashions, Kania Fashions, Hue Fashions, Stutterheim, Hillberg & Berk Jewellery, Matt & Nat Bags, Kenneth Cole, Forbes & Lewis, MyPakage and many more.

Tickets are $50 and available from the VWTH Community Office, 3060 Cedar Hill Road (M-F, 9-5pm); the Bridges for Women office, 1809 Douglas; Pharmasave Broadmead; OR online via Eventbrite.

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Phone: 250.592.2927 Fax: 250.592.9279 Email: info@vwth.bc.ca
Charitable Number: 10817 3501 RR0001