Apologies – Phone Disruption at Our Community Office

December 19th, 2012

The voice mail system at the VWTH Community Office has been having problems since last week.  People calling from outside are unable to get through to the extensions if the receptionist is not there to pick up, and the mail box does not accept any voice mails.  Our technician has been trying to fix it, he is expected to arrive with a new system today and hopefully everything will be back to normal soon. Many thanks for your patience – in the meantime email is the best way to reach us info@vwth.bc.ca

Holiday Hours

December 14th, 2012

The Victoria Women’s Transition House  Shelter and Crisis Line will be open throughout the holidays. Our Community Office will be closed December 25, 26 and January 1st. Happy Holidays Everyone!

A Few Items on our Wishlist…

December 11th, 2012
Hamper weekend is over and we are collectively in awe of the generosity of our hamper donors and the tens of volunteers who did a hundred different tasks to make a good Christmas for the women and children who have used our shelter. Thank you!  It’s not too late to give however. We are still putting together hampers  from the generous donations from our community and we  have a few items on our wish list. If you can help, items can be dropped off at our community office Mon-Fri, 9-5 pm.New Women’s sweaters, pajamas & robes in small and medium, journalsTeen boys & girls new clothing or gift cards, new fiction books

Bath & lotion gift sets (lightly or unscented)

Christmas Hampers Still Needed!

November 25th, 2012

 In 2011 more than 100 amazing hampers were prepared by our very generous donors and gratefully 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.

We welcome your support to make it a good Christmas for the women and children who use our shelter. 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 click here  for our online sign up form or email christmas@vwth.bc.ca. Warm thanks!

Feel good about giving this holiday season

November 16th, 2012


In my experience, the best gifts are the ones you secretly wish to keep for yourself… and this calendar is certainly worthy of buying an extra!


This 2013 Art Calendar is available for $20.00 from the community office. The artist, Suzanne Heron has graciously donated $12 from the sale of each calendar to the Victoria Women’s Transition House.


With her stunning mastery of digital painting , Heron has captured the best of Vancouver Island in a calendar. Designed to illustrate a one-day Tour of Vancouver Island, she captures the natural beauty of our diverse landscape, highlights our favorite landmarks and shares the secrets to colorful local cuisine.


A few of my favorite paintings are above.


This is the perfect gift for someone who already appreciates the rich culture and landscape of Vancouver Island or for someone abroad you would like to share the Pacific Marine Coastal Tour with.


You can feel good about giving this as a gift this Holiday Season!

Call Nicki at our community office at 250-592-2927 or email at nickib@vwth.bc.ca

At Ten Thousand Villages December 8 its VWTH Day!

November 14th, 2012

VWTH is delighted to once again be the beneficiary of Ten Thousand Villages’ Charity Benefit Day on Saturday December 8th. Mention you want to support VWTH when you pay for your purhcases at the till, (or present this coupon) and they will donate 15% of the value of your purchases to our charity. Ten Thousand Villages is located at 1009 Government Street and will be open from 10- 6 pm. We will have volunteers on site to share information and stories about our programs and services, hope to see you there!


October 22nd, 2012

Victoria Women’s Transition House is pleased to partner with MOSAIC and the Inter-cultural Association of Greater Victoria to offer two workshops on healthy relationships specifically for the South Asian Women’s community. Workshops will be held Tuesday November 6. Please click here for details.



October 15th, 2012
We are recruiting seniors (55+) to volunteer with us!

VWTH has received funding from New Horizons for Seniors to educate the community about Elder Abuse and wants to actively involve seniors in volunteering. We have a number of projects that you can become involved in from creating and managing displays and publicity material to helping at our shelter. Click here to view or share the poster.
Join us in an information meeting Friday November 2 or 23, 9-11 a.m.
RSVP with Dianne at 592-2927 ext. 222 or email dianned@vwth.bc.ca.


October 10th, 2012

Registration for the June 2013 Goddess Run is now open! This event was a great success last year and benefited 3 local Women’s Charities. Last year registration was sold out! You can choose from 5km, 10km or half marathon options.  For more info and to sign up, visit http://victoriagoddess.com/

Last year’s event raised almost $5000 for Transition House programs and services. Thank you Goddesses! 


October 1st, 2012

We extend warm thanks to Member of Parliament and Opposition House Leader Nathan Cullen for drawing attention to domestic and relationship violence prevention as part of his participation in the Victoria GoodLife Fitness Marathon on October 7. Mr. Cullen has pledged to raise funds for VWTH as part of his run.

“Transition Houses for women escaping domestic violence are sadly far too well used in communities across BC and Canada,” said Mr. Cullen, MP for the sprawling northernwest riding of Skeena-Bulkley-Valley.

“ I welcome the pledge program as a way for me to support and raise awareness for this issue that affects all of us directly and indirectly.”“Physical or sexual violence has touched the lives of more than 50% of women over 16 in Canada; women are 13 times more likely to be assaulted at home than on the street. We have to work together to stop violence and make home a safe place for women and children.”

Says VWTH Executive Director Makenna Rielly, “We were delighted when Mr. Cullen contacted us to voice his support and his intent to run for our cause. As an elected representative and Opposition House Leader, we greatly appreciate his significant influence and ability to draw attention to the need to prevent domestic violence and support the women and children who are survivors of abuse.

“The voices of both men and women are needed and welcome as we call to protect the rights of women and children to live free of abuse in their homes.”

It’s not too late to join Mission:Transition as part of your run on October 7. Contact Penny Dunlop at pennyd@vwth.bc.ca or 250-592-2927 ext 213 for details.

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