Mark the Date Transition House AGM September 24

August 28th, 2013

Our Annual General Meeting is a great time for our supporters and community partners to connect with our staff and hear first hand stories of how our work together helps to build more hopeful futures for women and children who have experienced domestic abuse. Please join us! Fairmont Empress Balmoral Room (our generous meeting sponsors)
5-5:30 Meet and greet
5:30 Guest Speaker Presentation (Wendy Walsh, Chair, Violence Against Women in Relationships Committee)
6:00 Remarks from the Co-Chairs, Executive Director
6:15 General Meeting

Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to Theresa at by September 18th.

12 Meals for 12 Days – Done!

August 22nd, 2013

UPDATE: We extend  warm thanks Reed Pope Law Firm,  the Soroptimists and Maria “Maria’s Cucina” Manna for supplying meals for 12 days during our flooring renos!

Can you help us ensure the women and children staying with us have access to a hot meal during our upcoming shelter renovation? 

Transition House was delighted to receive a generous capital grant from BC Housing to replace our 20+ year old floors in our shelter. Work is scheduled for mid -September and during the period from September 9-20 we will have limited use of our kitchen for preparing meals for residents. Can you help us by providing a ready to eat meal for our shelter guests during one (or more) of these 12 days?

What we need:

Ready to eat meals for 4-12 residents, women and children ( we can confirm exact numbers the day before) Meals such as pizza or any other takeout/ready to eat food you might normally pick up  from a restaurant or deli such as hearty salads, Greek food, lasagna etc. (Items that are not too spicy are  preferred as food may be shared with young children)

We welcome local restaurants or your church, club, workplace or community group to donate prepared food such as a casserole and green salad.

Gift Cards for local restaurants that we can use for takeout.

We can arrange pick up and we are happy to answer any other questions. If you can help or would like more information, please contact Theresa at or 250-592-2927 ext. 210.

Warm thanks for your support!

Volunteers Wanted!

August 19th, 2013
Are you interested in getting involved with a great organization helping women and children in our community?
Transition House is recruiting volunteers! Our deadline for applications for the fall is coming up and there are lots of meaningful opportunities to support our mission including working the crisis line (training spots are filling up fast), cooking meals at the shelter, helping at events and group volunteer projects like painting or house improvements.
Volunteer training  will be offered on Monday evenings 6:30-9:30 starting the 24th of September. The in-house and office volunteer training is 5 sessions.  We don’t meet on the stat holidays. Prospective volunteers are encouraged to apply early as this training fills up fast.

There will be additional  trainings offered for in-house and community office volunteers this fall – date and times to be determined by the numbers and availability of applicants, so we continuously  accept that volunteer applications for these roles.

For more info contact our volunteer coordinator Dianne de Champlain at

Golf for the Shelter Foundation, Support VWTH!

August 8th, 2013

September 10, Cedar Hill Golf Course will once again play host to the Royal LePage Coast Capital  Golf Tournament to benefit local women’s shelters including VWTH. This is a great fundraising tournament with a focus on the “fun”! Spots are filling up fast and all levels of golf ability are welcome! More details and registration info are available here. Hope to see you out this September!

Thank You Victoria Golf Club!

July 15th, 2013

The Victoria Golf Club Links to Change Charity Tournament is the single biggest annual fundraiser for the Victoria Women’s Transition House, raising more than $700,000 over the past 11 years. This past weekend, the 12th Annual Tournament hosted hundreds of golfers and once again raised tens of thousands of dollars for our mission – supporting the cost of meals at the shelter, sponsoring children for our summer camp, paying for bus passes for women using our services and much more. We extend our warmest gratitude to the wonderful volunteer planning committee at the Victoria Golf Club and to Presenting Sponsor Bayview Place for making the safety and well being of women and children in our community a priority. Thank You!

Support VWTH through the Links to Change Caring Calendar

July 11th, 2013

caring calendar

Honour someone you love.

In conjunction with the Victoria Golf Club events, we invite you to support the Links to Change Caring Calendar. Honour a special event or person in your life by buying a day on the calendar for $50. Celebrate your friend’s birthday, honour your sister’s anniversary or remember a loved one who has passed away by making a donation on their behalf. Your donation helps to provide a day of meals for women and their children at the shelter, a group counselling session, or a day at summer camp for children who have witnessed abuse. The calendar will be available at all of the upcoming Victoria Golf Club events or you can make a donation by following this link.


2013 Children Who Witness Abuse Summer Camp is underway!

July 8th, 2013

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One in four women in Canada experience abuse from their partner and 80% of these incidents are witnessed by children. Without proper support and understanding, these children often find themselves isolated, unable to maintain healthy relationships and at risk of growing up to repeat patterns of abuse as adults.

At our Children Who Witness Abuse Summer Camp, children ages 4 to 17 have a unique opportunity to connect with their peers, reducing the isolation associated with being exposed to violence and abuse in their homes. In this setting, children are empowered to better identify and express their feelings, set and assert boundaries, as well as safely try out new communication skills. Building self-confidence and trust in a safe and supportive environment is key– all while having a whole heap of fun at exciting and engaging activities throughout Victoria in the afternoons!

We are thankful to have received tremendous support and dedication from the following community partners which has allowed us to offer this important and unique program for free to children in our community this summer.

The TLC Fund for Kids

C-FAX Santa’s Anonymous

Hertz Midtown

Ocean River Sports

Langford Lanes

Wild Play

Silver City Victoria

The Boulders Climbing Gym


Oak Bay Recreation

Royal BC Museum

Butterfly Gardens

Mary’s Therapeutic Farm

All Fun Recreation

Beacon Drive-In

Tim Horton’s, Hillside

Dairy Queen, Hillside

Wendy’s, Blanshard

Subway, Hillside

To donate to the CWWA Summer Day Camp click here and leave instructions to designate your
donation to the CWWA Summer camp.

Calling All Golfers!

June 24th, 2013

VWTH is proud to once again be a beneficiary of the Victoria Golf Club’s Annual Charity Tournament, held this year July 11-13. This is the largest event fundraiser for Transition House and is completely volunteer led by generous Victoria Golf Club members. Proceeds to our programs and services over the past 11 years exceed more than $720,000! This spectacular three day event includes women’s, men’s and mixed tournaments as well as the Monte Carlo Diamonds and Denim Gala – note you don’t have to golf to attend the Gala.

Please visit the VGC charity website for details and to register. Hope to see you there!


Watch for a Special VWTH insert in the News this Weekend

June 12th, 2013

Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15 and in honour of this, Victoria Women’s Transition House is pleased to offer a special Elder Abuse information insert in the local newsgroup papers this weekend, including the Victoria, Oak Bay and Saanich Newspapers.

For the past year, Transition House has been offering a volunteer driven Elder Abuse Awareness Program funded through the Government of Canada New Horizons Program. The Program offers a variey of community information workshops and presentations to help our community recognize and prevent Elder Abuse. Please contact our Community Education Coordinator Dianne de Champlain to find out more or click here to learn more about the senior-focussed helpful presentations offered.

E: T: 250.592.2927

Big Thanks Goddess Run!

June 4th, 2013
We are so proud and grateful to have shared an amazing weekend with more than 3200 Goddesses who participated in the Second Annual Victoria Goddess Run June 2 as well as the Women’s Expo May 31 and June 1.Through the generosity of race organizers, sponsors, participants, volunteers and Locks Hair Design who hosted a special cut-a-thon Friday night, we raised nearly $14,000 for programs and services to support women who have experienced domestic abuse. Thank you so very much to everyone who contributed to this wonderful weekend for Women! We look forward to seeing you next year:-)
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