An Evening with Nahid Sewell  – Friday, September 15th – 5pm to 7pm

August 14th, 2017

Join VWTH and supporters at the Victoria Golf Club for a book reading and presentation from Nahid Sewell, author of “The Ruby Tear Catcher”.

There will be wine and nibbles, a Q & A period following the reading and discussion, as well as a silent auction and door prizes.

In her words:
“Though I risked homeland to write this book, I’d hoped to transport readers to Persia, the land of blue-tiled mosques, saffron rice and kabob and bazaars filled with merchants selling anything from spices to Persian rugs. I wanted to share the beauty of my culture and the warmth of my people. But I also wanted to expose how poorly women are treated in the Middle East and help empower women and girls. Using the tear catcher as a symbol, I draw parallels between Christianity and Islam. My hope is for readers to understand that we are all the same and should embrace, not discriminate against those who don’t fit our mold. Most importantly, I want to give a voice to my sisters in the Middle East.” – Nahid Sewell

Tickets to the event can be purchased from the Victoria Golf Club and copies of “The Ruby Tear Catcher” may be purchase from VWTH by calling Emily at 250-592-2927 ext 213 or e-mailing

Royal LePage Charity Golf Party – Tuesday, September 12th

August 3rd, 2017

On September 12th, help raise money for four local women’s shelters while having fun on the golf course!

Royal LePage is hosting their Annual Charity Golf Tournament in support of The Cridge Transition House for Women, Victoria Women’s Transition House, Margaret Lawrence House & Sooke Transition House Society.

It’s Texas Scramble (play the best ball) with a shotgun start at 1:00pm at Cedar Hill Golf Course.

Later, a silent auction begins at 5:30pm to be followed by dinner and a live auction.

Cost is $125 for golf, power cart and dinner or just $50 for dinner.

Royal LePage is still looking for a few more hole sponsors! More information can be found on the event website.

A Summer Soiree – August 12th – 7:30pm to 11:00pm

July 24th, 2017

You are invited to attend A Summer Soiree on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 at a private waterfront home in Uplands*
Tickets are $100 each (charitable receipt for $70) and available for purchase at

*Location will be shared with ticket purchaser, upon payment.

Enjoy seaside dancing to a live band, “The Lovecats”, canapés and cocktails, a dessert buffet and coffees, bocce in the orchard, golf skills competition and an auction and door prizes.

Members and guests of the Victoria Golf Club as well as donors, supporters and friends of Victoria Women’s Transition House are welcome to attend.

All proceeds support Victoria Women’s Transition House emergency shelter, programs and services.

Thank you very much for your support.


VWTH Compassionate Pet Boarding Program

July 7th, 2017

Victoria Women’s Transition House (VWTH) is excited to launch a Compassionate Pet Boarding Program for the pets of women and children fleeing domestic violence and abuse. While we know that there is a link between domestic abuse and animal abuse, VWTH does not have the means to house companion animals at our Emergency Shelter. This leaves many women facing the difficult decision to either leave their pets behind or remain in the abusive environment. Sadly, many victims stay in an abusive home for fear of subjecting their pets to continued abuse, if left behind. Equally disturbing, animals are often left with their abusers to face torture or even death.


Women in an abusive home with pets may not leave their abuser because:

  1. They often cannot take their pet into a shelter with them and their children and;
  2. They worry for their pet’s safety if they proceed to a shelter and leave their pet in an abusive home.

Knowing a woman’s concern for the pet, an abusive partner may use this against her – threatening or abusing the animal directly.

VWTH wants to eliminate as many barriers as possible to help women to make change in their lives and to leave an abusive partner. To help with this, we want to launch the VWTH Compassionate Pet Boarding Program in partnership with our local SPCA.

To support this initiative, you can make an online donation or call our Community Office at 250.592.2927.

Victoria PRIDE Festival – July 9th @ 12pm

June 28th, 2017


Sunday, July 9th @ 12pm
MacDonald Park, 212 Niagara St.

This year, Victoria Women’s Transition House will be at the Pride Festival!

This free, family friendly event will host a variety of entertainment, beer garden, food court, many local vendors, and a kids camp!

Victoria Pride Society “strives to create a better public understanding of our community’s history, courage, diversity and future.” We are excited to see you there to play a game or two, win some prizes, and learn more about the work VWTH does within the community.

We hope to see you there!

Canada 150 Free Pancake Breakfast – July 1st 8am-11am

June 21st, 2017

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Huntingdon Manor Hotel and Gatsby Manor are hosting on Saturday, July 1st, a Free Pancake Breakfast in their gardens overlooking Victoria’s inner harbour.

Adjacent to many of Canada 150 festivities, it’s a perfect way to begin the celebrations! Entertainment and activities include all Canadian music, face painting for kids and an on-site caricaturist. To commemorate the estate’s rich history, several staff members will be dressed in period costumes throughout the day with a vintage photo booth available for some fun and unique pictures!

The Pancake Breakfast will take place between 8:00-11:00 am. Donations will be accepted with proceeds going VWTH!

Stardust Series, A Table Top Games Charity Benefit – June 24th, 10am-6pm

June 21st, 2017
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Stardust Series is a charitable tabletop gaming event held in Victoria B.C. The day will feature an X wing tournament, Infinity tournament, game demos run by volunteers, and a lending library of board games with extra space for attendees to relax and enjoy some casual fun. 

All proceeds go support the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society.

Besides the awesome games attendees will be able to meet cosplayers (and come wearing your own costumes!), draw door prizes, buy tickets for the main prize raffle, purchase games, win big in the tournament, collect bounties for your crafty play, and come away knowing that you helped make a difference in people’s lives.

Check out the Stardust Series Prizes page, or Stardust Series community page on Facebook to see our raffle, door, and tournament prizes.


Stardust Series will be held at the Pacific Fleet Club in Esquimalt B.C. free parking is readily available.

The event will begin at 10am on June 24th with the X wing tournament commencing at 11am and Infinity starting at 11:30am.

General admission tickets are $10, tournament entry plus general admission is $20, children 9 years old and younger are admitted for free!.

Tickets available at the door. Attendees who buy their tickets online earn double door prize tickets, get your tickets on Yapsody:

Local guests who aren’t able to reserve tickets online may contact event organizer Josh Oulton directly to arrange to pay cash and reserve tickets and take advantage of the early bird double prize ticket deal. E-mail inquiry to

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:

Summer Yoga Soiree! – June 20th 6pm – 10pm

June 15th, 2017

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Join Moksha Yoga Victoria and Westshore to celebrate the summer solstice and longest day of the year! There will be appies, live music, door prizes, a pool, and of course an energizing yoga class.
Proceeds from this event will be going to support Victoria Women’s Transition House Society and Sooke Transition House Society.

Tickets and more information may be found online.

Shirley Runs for Transition House

May 23rd, 2017


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.”


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:

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:

Community Office, Suite 100-3060 Cedar Hill Rd., Coast Salish Territory, Victoria, British Columbia, (BC), V8T 3J5
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Phone: 250.592.2927 Fax: 250.592.9279 Email:
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