International Women's Day - EACH FOR EQUAL
March 8th is International Women's Day, and the theme is Each For Equal . An equal world is an enabled world, and all of us have the power to challenge assumptions and biases, dismantle discrimination, and celebrate the achievements of ALL WOMEN.

There are some exciting events in the community this month celebrating International Women's Day. Take a look at the upcoming events section below for more information!
Youth Philanthropy
Two students from Glenlyon Norfolk School , Sasha and Joelle, put on a fundraiser for the Victoria Women's Transition House in February. They spent hours making origami, crocheted items, bath bombs and baked goods to sell to the public. Their efforts were part of a class project and were inspired by the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Sasha and Joelle didn't expect to raise so much money, but their homemade items were very popular! Thank you so much for supporting women and children fleeing domestic violence, and for working towards a brighter future for all.
SHINE: Girl's Group Counselling
SHINE: Girls Group Counselling is a transformative, 10-week group counselling program tailored to the needs of teenage and pre-teenage girls who have witnessed domestic violence and abuse in the home.

Each session is led by a professional Victoria Women's Transition House counsellor and focuses on a different topic, such as building self-esteem; the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships; strengthening boundaries and assertiveness; coping skills to manage stress and anxiety; understanding abuse; and building confidence, trust, friendships and self-expression. This Group also includes activities to help girls work through trauma and express themselves through art projects, journaling, drama and other creative activities. If you are interested in accessing this group for your child, please contact 250-592-2927.

SHINE: Girls Group Counselling is supported by the Shoppers Drug Mart Life Foundation and individual donors.
Programs & Events
LUNAFEST - Zonta Victoria

Since 2000, LUNAFEST has been flipping the script, creating opportunities for women in film. Talented women directors bring stories from all over the world, sharing new perspectives and lighting a fire in the industry.

The Zonta Club of Victoria , a service organization devoted to the empowerment of women, including supporting opportunities for women filmmakers, are presenting a line-up of incredible films in celebration of International Women's Day. Your ticket price supports Chicken & Egg Pictures & Zonta Club of Victoria .

Date : Sunday, March 8th
Time : 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Location : The Vic Theater, 808 Douglas Street, Victoria
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased HERE
Victoria Women's Expo

The Victoria Women's Expo is a two day consumer event on March 7 & 8 at the Pearkes Recreation Centre. With 100+ exhibitors, guests will see a wide variety of booths that are targeted towards women of all ages. Enjoy local shopping, speakers, a special donut wall, an interactive photo booth, door prizes, fitness classes and early bird swag bags! VWTH will have a booth at the event, so feel free to pop by and say hello.

Dates & Hours:
Saturday, March 7th, 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday, March 8th, 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Location : Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Road
Tickets : General Admission is $5.00 cash at the door. Those who purchase Online tickets will receive a price discount. Tickets include admittance to ALL seminars!
CITY DREAMERS: Film Screening, Social and Panel Discussion

BEA WEST (Building Equality in Architecture) and the RAIC Victoria Network are presenting a screening of City Dreamers , a film about our changing urban environment and four trailblazing women architects who have been working, observing and thinking about the transformations shaping the cities of today and tomorrow for over 70 years. The screening will include a panel discussion, door prizes, tasty snacks and more! Net proceeds will be donated to Victoria Women's Transition House.

Date : Wednesday, March 11th
Time : 5:30pm doors open for after work snacks, cash bar and great conversation
  • 6:30pm be inspired by visionary city makers in the film City Dreamers
  • 8pm moderated panel discussion: A Future Vision of Victoria
  • 9pm door prizes! Stay and chat - local donuts will be served.
Location : The Roxy Theatre
Tickets: Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and interns) and can be purchased HERE or directly through the Roxy Theatre.
Soup Sisters

Join in a fun evening of socializing and creating delicious soups in support of VWTH. Events are social evenings with lively conversation, chopping, laughter and warm kitchen camaraderie that culminate in a simple, sit-down supper of soup, salad, bread and wine for all participants. Each event produces approximately 150-250 servings of fresh soup that is delivered later the same evening to our Emergency Shelter. These deliveries supply our clients with nourishing and nurturing soup each month. Below is a recent quote from one of our clients who arrived at our Emergency Shelter late at night:

I just want to thank you for what you’re doing. It was my first night at the Victoria Women’s Transition House and I didn’t really know what to eat. I had your soup and it was just what I needed. So delicious and healthy. It reminded me of my grandmothers cooking. Really made me feel better and settled me. So thank you.”
Soup Sisters charges a $65 participation fee per person to cover the expenses of
ingredients for the soups, the venue, clean up, equipment, supervision, and an attending professional Chef. Perfect for corporate events and team-building. Soup Sisters events fill up well in advance, so book now!

Available Dates:  Wednesday,  April 22nd , 2020
Time:  6:00-9:00PM
Location:  Camosun College, Interurban Campus - Huber Hall, 4461 Interurban Road
Cost:  $65
To participate in this fun, soup-making event, please register online  HERE .
Our 18-bed Emergency Shelter is in need of bedside lamps to brighten up the women's and children's rooms.

Items can be delivered at our Community Office, #100 - 3060 Cedar Hill Rd, between 9am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Thank you for your support!
Community Support
UVIC Charity Bake Sale

Shivonne Dawe has been baking up a storm all week and selling her scrumptious goodies at UVic, to raise money for Victoria Women's Transition House. She made lemon bars, peanut butter balls, tarts, cookies, the most beautiful cupcakes and so much more! Thank you Shivonne for putting your heart into this fundraiser.
Fashion Splash

Fashion Splash 2020 was a hit! The fashion show event promoted local designers and their sustainable and eco-friendly fashions. There was live music, thirty-seven local models, a silent auction, and twelve local designers who participated in this upbeat and creative event at Ogden Point. Proceeds from the silent auction supported Victoria Women's Transition House.
Shelter Foundation

Thank you Royal LePage Shelter Foundation  and the  Modern Real Estate Team for your incredible commitment to raise money every year for all four women's shelters in the Capitol Region, including Victoria Women's Transition House!

Pictured below are members from Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty , the Modern Real Estate Team, and representatives from the women's shelters and the wider community.
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Victoria Women’s Transition House Society collaborates, advocates and educates to address and prevent intimate partner violence and abuse of women and children through supportive shelter, housing, counselling and other community-based services.

Victoria Women's Transition House Society is a registered charity. 
Our charitable registration number is: 10817 3501 RR0001.
Territory Acknowledgment
It is with much respect to the Lkwungen and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples of the  W SÁNEĆ, Esquimalt, and Songhees Nations, on whose traditional territories the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society is located, that we make this acknowledgment with the expressed shared hope to live in communities free of intimate partner violence.