We Look Forward to Mother's Day

When residents come home to Sonshine, they are greeted by the cheerful sounds of children at play, happy babies and warm welcomes from our friendly staff. We recently celebrated the births of six new babies to mothers in our shelter! Our space is infused with a unique nurturing essence, as our staff support families in their healing process and mothers establish fresh bonds within their community alongside their children.

Women like Judy, who flee domestic violence are courageous. Judy came to Sonshine with her two daughters after five previous stays at domestic violence shelters. This time, Judy shifted her focus from reconciliation of the relationship to separation, independence and healing. 

Judy was an incredibly engaged program participant, committed to attending weekly Abuse Awareness groups and counselling sessions. She often shared how she applied her learnings to her daily life, such as practicing assertive communication and how it strengthened her relationships with her children, family and her friends. She felt empowered. Judy also shared that she found comfort in learning from the other women in group, realizing that she was ‘not alone’ and felt validated that the abuse was not ‘her fault.’ 

While at Sonshine, Judy obtained full time employment, and this allowed her to secure housing and continue her journey in community while accessing follow-up counselling.

Judy utilized her new-found assertiveness to approach an individual who owed her a substantial amount of money, resulting in the successful repayment of the loan. She came back to group the following week and reported her success and noted that it was amazing for her teenaged daughters to observe Mom becoming more confident and assertive.

Wanting To Be Involved This Mother's Day?

We are accepting donations for Mother's Day flower arrangements for all the women in residence at Sonshine! Send us an email to find out how you can support this initiative!

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Passion 4 Fashion

Thank-you RJC Engineering for being an outstanding partner this season! As seen in the photos above, their team assembled a number of huge boxes of requested clothes and goodies for our women and their children!

Approximately every 8 weeks, we host an event which allows the women and children of Sonshine to obtain some needed clothing. Families in residence provide a wish list to donors, and the donors do their best to satisfy the list! Each season we are blown away by the commitment of our donors and community to the women and children of Sonshine!

Reach out to us if you're interested in donating for the next Passion 4 Fashion so we can include you in this fun and meaningful experience!

National Volunteer Appreciation Week: April 16-22

We hope you didn't miss our volunteer highlights from National Volunteer Week in April shared on our Facebook and Instagram accounts! If you did, you can view them all on our blog here! We highlight five of our 100, outstanding volunteers in short videos where they share about their time at Sonshine and reflect on special memories and moments with our team and community.

The photo above highlights Judith and her M&M team from Southview Alliance Church as they assembled care packages for the moms and their kids for Easter just a few weeks ago. They are just one example of the thoughtful and diligent work by our volunteers for the families - thanks so much ladies!

Birdies for Kids is Back!

We have been selected for the 2023 Birdies for Kids fundraising event! From now until the end of the summer, by donating through their portal - and selecting Sonshine from the list of charities - Shaw will match donations and help increase your impact! We are using the funds donated through B4K directly for our Children's Centre programming. All children and families in 2022 that participated in the Children's Centre experienced 100% clinical improvement. Our early childhood development initiatives include healing activities and facilities such as a sensory room, play therapy, sand therapy, counselling and more.

A New Radio Partner - Star 95.9

We are thrilled to announce that the Star 95.9 team and Billi Jo & Candice are supporting Sonshine with our new ads campaign and a special feature called "Tell Me Something Good" where our staff, volunteers and community members will have an opportunity to go on-air and share special moments, memories and impacts from Sonshine!

We are very fortunate to have them as a partner, and you'll be able to catch all the great moments on our behalf when you tune in to the morning show!

More Ways to Support Sonshine


Have your recycling picked up from your home and donate to Sonshine at the same time with SkipTheDepot.


Shop eco-friendly goods from Vancouver's TruEarth and 20% from your order will be donated directly to Sonshine.

Sisters' Story Coffee

Stock up on organic, Fairtrade coffee from farms exclusively owned and operated by Indigenous women in Peru.

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