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.


September 25th, 2012

I attended my first Soup Sisters event yesterday at London Chef. This volunteer led organization, with locations across the country, invites participants to sign up each month and participate in a soup making evening which benefits Victoria Women’s Transition House. Last night about 18 participants shared the chopping, stirring and simmering and at the end of the night, 150-200 servings of soup were stored in containers and then delivered to our shelter and Harrison Place today where the soup is frozen and used as needed (which is fairly often). The soup is used to feed children staying at the Shelter at lunchtime and often women, after a long day of appointments and juggling all the tasks of rebuilding a life, turn to it for sustenance as well.

What a great initiative this is – soup is a practical and meaningful way to share nurturing and caring for the women who use our shelter and it’s also a great event for your team, book club or birthday celebration. The cost of enrollment goes directly to the ingredients, tools and space for the evening – everything is supplied including a light dinner with soup , salad and wine to wrap up the evening. For more information on how to get involved as a volunteer or to sign up for a soup making evening, visit www.soupsisters.org.


September 18th, 2012

The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is coming up on October 7 and we are delighted to welcome the 20+ runners who have already signed up to collect pledges for the Victoria Women’s Transition House as part of their run. Thank you runners and walkers! 


There is still room to join our team, Mission:Transition, in the 8km, half marathon or the full marathon. Whether you are a serious runner, a casual walker, part of a running team or a group of friends that walk together, we welcome you to participate. Please contact Penny Dunlop at pennyd@vwth.bc.ca or 250-598-2927 ext. 213 for more information or to register. 


September 5th, 2012


For 38 years, our donors, volunteers and staff have worked together towards our common vision: a community free of relationship violence and abuse. To learn more about all we have accomplished together and upcoming activities as well, join us at our Annual General Meeting Thursday, September 13th. You will also have the chance to sign up as a society member, meet our Board and staff and if a member, vote on incoming Directors too.  Please click here for details.


 Please feel free to contact us with any questions  or rsvp to yukos@vwth.bc.ca.  






August 29th, 2012

The United Way is a generous supporter of the Victoria Women’s Transition House programs and services and we are very excited to be a part of their upcoming Campaign Kick Off at Ogden Point September 12 from 7:30 am to 9:30 am.

Come down and enjoy the pancake breakfast, games and entertainment and say hello to Transition House staff who will be on site at our info booth. For more information visit the United Way website by clicking here.

Hope to see you on the 12th!

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