March 8 International Women’s Day Events

February 28th, 2013

Next Friday is International Women’s Day. Here are a couple of events in Victoria you could check out:

Our Diversity Makes Us Stronger” : Celebrating International Women’s Day

Art exhibit, Cedar Hill Community Centre March 7-13, Opening Night reception March 8, from 7-9 pm

Website info here.


Bridges for Women Annual Women’s Day Luncheon

This year a moving program has been prepared by Bridges participants and volunteers. “Power Through Story: Women Speak of Hope, Transformation and Community”, tells personal tales of suffering and success witnessed by women here in Victoria and in Mumbai, India.

Tickets are $50. First United Metroplitan United Church 932 Balmoral


VWTH Staff Wins Leadership Award

February 26th, 2013

VWTH is  thrilled to extend warm congratulations to  our Education and Volunteer Coordinator Dianne de Champlain who received the Victoria Leadership Excellence Award  for Coaching and Mentoring last night at the Victoria Leadership Awards ceremony.

Dianne was one of 4 outstanding leaders nominated. Dianne developed a mentorship certification program and facilitated training for mentors and mentees. She facilitated hundreds of educational sessions on topics of leadership, communication, and public speaking. As Education Coordinator here at VWTH she uses innovative approached to assist women who experienced abuse to envision a new future. As Volunteer Program Coordinator she has mentored over 300 volunteers.  She has been active on several boards and committees, coordinated the Victoria Community Response Network (CRN) and initiated many projects that support individual and community development.

We are so pleased to congratulate her on her outstanding service to VWTH and her community! Check out a photo of Dianne with her award here.

Thank You!

February 21st, 2013

In partnership with Women’s Sexual Assault Centre and Island Sexual Health Society, our Victoria Rising event welcomed hundreds of  women, men and children to strike/dance/rise in solidarity with people across the world making a loud and clear call to stop violence against women. Thanks so much to everyone who participated, our generous volunteers for their time, Samba DuSoleil for playing great street shaking music, the Victoria Public Library for hosting and City of Victoria Councillor Lisa Helps for offering welcoming remarks. We are thrilled to see momentum rising in Victoria and across the world to ensure freedom, safety and dignity for all women and to see the end of  gender based violence. You can check out photos and video footage from the event on our facebook page:

TOMORROW: Victoria is Rising with With One Billion Rising!

February 13th, 2013

On behalf of Victoria Women’s Transition House, Victoria Sexual Assault Centre and Island Sexual Health Society,

 We are pleased to extend a warm invitation to join us 02.14.13 for Victoria Rising!

 We will be dancing in solidarity with more than 170 countries around the world in that day as part of One Billion Rising

 4:30 at Bastion Square where we will rally and dance behind Samba Du Soleil, our Samba Marching Band

 5:00 pm Victoria Public Library Courtyard (735 Broughton Street), our final destination for our dance party rising celebration.

 We welcome your attendance, your dancing, your enthusiasm, your signs and banners as we rise on this day with people all over the world to stop violence against women and gender based violence.

 Click here to see a great short video by Eve Ensler, founder of V-day and the One Billion Rising campaign, talking about the vision behind One Billion Rising.

 We look forward to dancing with you February 14, please continue spreading the word! (share our poster)

Services for Women Short Directory

February 12th, 2013

As part of the Victoria Rising – One Billion Rising event we have created a short directory of services in Victoria that may be helpful for women surviving abuse. Click here to download and share!

Facials for a Good Cause

February 6th, 2013

Zoe of Pender Botanicals is offering mini facials by donation this Saturday the 9th at the Featherhead Salon in Fernwood. All proceeds will be donated to Victoria Women’s Transition House. She still has many openings available, and some simultaneous appointments for two or three friends. Email to book an appointment for yourself or someone you love!

Listen: Victoria is Rising!

February 5th, 2013

Victoria Women’s Transition House is joining with the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre and Island Sexual Health Society to host Victoria Rising- One Billion Rising this February 14. Learn more in this Camusun College radio interview with Theresa Negreiff, VWTH Communications and Development Manager.

Victoria Rising on Village Now radio

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

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)

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