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.


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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Luscious “Love” Affair Valentine Soiree – February 13, 2017

February 8th, 2017


Monday, February 13, 2017, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, at Design House Salon (1701 Douglas St, #4)

Hosted by designHouse Salon / Presented by Lumisenz Corporation
Key Note Speaker: Michael Forbes, Ageless Living
Sponsors: Rheana Watterson, Jannine Pampu Happy. Stylish. Fit.

In support of Victoria Women’s Transition House

A couples Valentine’s Day Soiree where it’s as much about the men as it is the ladies!

We are honoring our guests with a few hours of pure bliss. An evening of pampering, indulgence, sharing, inspiration and love.

Tickets are limited for $25.00 each and includes:

* Chocolate * Whiskey & Scotch tasting * Wine tasting * Hors d’oeuvres * Cigars * Live DJ * Entertainment * His & Hers Lingerie Fashion Show * 10 Pampering stations * Seductive Gift Packages to purchase * Ageless Living, Michael Forbes key note speaker * Grand Prize Gift Basket (valued at $500.00) * Tons of Laughs *

 Luscious Love 2017

Snow Fall Advisory – Christmas Hampers

December 8th, 2016

The office will be open today, if you can’t drop your hamper off please email or call 250-592-2927. Please check here for regular updates or call 250-592-2927.

Fashion for Transition Fall Fashion Show

September 9th, 2016

Join Us!

Thursday, October 13th, 7:00 pm at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Fashion for Transition is a Fashion Show fundraiser, an evening of style and philanthropy,featuring highlights from the fall collections of Tulipe Noir and Outlooks for Men. A vibrant parade of men’s and women’s fashions will be featured on more than a dozen models (watch for the local celebrities!) accompanied to upbeat music, cocktails, canapés and a lively silent auction. Presented by Willow Wealth Management – Raymond James and hosted by Tess van Straaten from CHEK News, Fashion in Transition  will support women’s and children’s counselling programs at Victoria Women’s Transition House.

Don’t miss out on this amazing event and purchase your tickets now!


Welcome Kits Needed

September 1st, 2016

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A welcome kit is a pack of toiletries placed in bedrooms for new residents when they arrive at the Emergency Shelter. Each kit contains basic items for use by the women and their children during their stay at the Shelter, which is often up to 30 days.

Separate welcome kits are created for children, so that they also get to feel a little pampered too, right from the start! The basic welcome kits contain the following new and unopened items (Please note we can only accept regular full size items due to choking hazards:

Basic Welcome Kit

  • Bar soap
  • Full size skin lotion*
  • Hair brush and comb
  • Full size shampoo and conditioner*
  • Toothbrushes and full size toothpaste*
  • Kleenex tissues
  • Tampons Pads & Panty Liners

Other items can be added to the basic kit to spice things up, and add a bit of extra pampering:

  • Face cloths
  • Bath salts
  • Sunscreen*
  • Hand wipes

Children’s Welcome Kits
It’s easy to make these kits special for the children at the Shelter! Have fun and add some cool, kid friendly items:

  • Child themed products
  • Full Size No tears shampoo and conditioner*
  • Full Size bubble bath*
  • Yummy toothpaste and soft toothbrushes
  • Tub toys*Regular, full sized products only. Travel sizes will not be accepted due to choking hazards.

There are lots of ways to package and present these Welcome Kits. Enclosed in a zip lock bag, tucked into a pretty cloth pouch, or all tied up with a bow in a gift bag, we are very grateful – and so are the women and children who receive them!

Welcome Kits are needed all year round, and make a fun and heartwarming group activity for friends, co-workers or school groups. If you would like more information on Welcome Kits, or our programs and services please contact Elizabeth O’Brien.


VWTH Night at The Belfry Theatre

August 19th, 2016

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Thursday, September 29“VWTH Night at The Belfry Theatre”. Join VWTH staff, board, supporters and donors at this social event – an evening performance of the play, “The Last Wife” by Kate Hennig at the Belfry Theatre with 6:30pm private VWTH reception and lecture-presentation followed by 7:30pm performance. This play premiered at the Stratford Festival (Ontario) in 2015 to great acclaim.

This contemporary re-imagining of the compelling relationship between Henry Viii and his last wife, Katherine Parr, is a witty and powerful examination of sexual politics and women’s rights. It’s a dangerous game of chess with Henry’s offspring, Mary, Elizabeth and Edward, as pawns.

Lecture-presentation is by Dr. Georgia Sitara who teaches “A History of Sexuality” and “Gender, Power and Difference” for the Departments of History and Gender Studies at UVic.

The Belfry Theater is located at 1291 Gladstone Ave, Victoria. Tickets are $36.96 including show, lecture and reception (light snacks provided; cash bar). Contact Myriah (250-592-2927 ext 213) at the VWTH office to purchase your ticket.




Canadian Women’s Ride Day – July 17, 2016

July 6th, 2016

Canadian Women’s Ride Day – July 17, 2016

9:00 am, Cobble Hill Country Grocer (1400 Cowichan Bay Rd)CWRD_Image_-_2016_Ride_Flyer

We are honoured to be a beneficiary of the 4th Annual Canadian Women’s Ride Day!

Please join us on Sunday, July 17, 2016 for the 4th Annual Canadian Women’s Ride Day (CWRD)! There will be lots of events throughout the day, including:

  • Visits by the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC and other special guests
  • Entertainment by amazing local talent
  • Silent Auction of incredible items donated by local businesses
  • BBQ lunch provided and prepared by Valley View Country Grocer

Visit the Canadian Women’s Ride website for more information.

Registration begins at 9:00 am and the ride will depart at 10:30 am. This event is open to female riders only of all levels of skill. There will be different sections in the parade for each skill level and the group leaders will go at a pace comfortable for the riders.


Proceeds from the event will go to the Victoria Women’s Transition House and Women in Need (WIN) Victoria.

Watch NEW VWTH video! “The Faces of Domestic Abuse”

May 27th, 2016

May 27, 2016

Victoria, BC…. Makenna Rielly, Executive Director of Victoria Women’s Transition House, announced today the creation of a domestic abuse awareness TV-spot for Victoria Women’s Transition House to air during national Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, May 29-Saturday, June 4, 2016.

The Faces of Domestic Abuse

Titled “The Faces of Domestic Abuse”, the 15 and 30-second spots profile images of women of diverse ages and ethnicities who are impacted by domestic abuse. The spots identify common types of domestic abuse such as physical violence, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse and sexual abuse and gives information for survivors and their families on where to get help in the community. Created by Victoria’s Alisa Kerr and High Def Productions, the spots will air on local TV stations and via social media, May 29-June 4.

“Domestic abuse has long been invisible in our community,” says Rielly, “and yet it happens everywhere, every single day. Sometimes women don’t recognize what they are experiencing is abuse nor do the people who may witness the abuse, including friends and family. Together we need to be better informed and we hope our TV spots will help with this – identify the different types of abuse and emphasize that abuse is not discriminatory: it impacts women of all ages, ethnicities and socio economic backgrounds. Domestic abuse is completely unacceptable.”

For more than 40 years Victoria Women’s Transition House has offered emergency shelter, support, counselling and education to women of all ages, with or without children, who are fleeing domestic abuse. The Society strives to prevent and eliminate abuse through education, advocacy and partnerships. For more information and crisis support contact the 24-hour Crisis and Information Line, 250-385-6611.
Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is a national annual outreach initiative of the Justice Canada Policy Centre for Victim Issues. The 2016 theme for the Week is “The Power of Our Voices” and includes projects and events in communities across the country culminating with a federal symposium in Ottawa on Friday, June 3, 2016.

Funding for the Transition House TV spots was provided by the Department of Justice, Canada.

For more information on Victoria Women’s Transition House, our programs and services, please contact:
Susan K.E. Howard
Development Director
250-592-2927 ext 210
Cell: 250-884-6031




Victoria Goddess Run – June 3-5, 2016

May 16th, 2016



For the 5th year in a row, Victoria Women’s Transition House is thrilled to once again be a beneficiary of the Victoria Goddess Run – a women’s only walk/run that has raised over $150,000 for its partner charities.

We invite you to join us and attend the many festivities taking place during the Goddess weekend. Highlights of the weekend include a 5k, 10k, and 15k Walk/Run, Family/Kids Run, Women’s Expo, Moksha Sunset Yoga, the Westin Bathrobe Walk/Run, and Pearl Putting Contest. Visit for more information.  


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