New VWTH Community Support Group
Victoria Women's Transition House (VWTH) has a new, weekly in-person community Support Group for women who are experiencing or have experienced intimate partner violence and abuse in their relationship.

Every Thursday, July 21–August 11, 2022
3:00 pm–4:30 pm
3060 CEDAR HILL ROAD, #100

For more information and to participate, please email Mary at
Save the Date: Annual General Meeting 2022
The Board of Directors invites you to attend Victoria Women's Transition House's Annual General Meeting. Join us for updates and highlights as we mark another year serving women and children escaping intimate partner violence and abuse.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
2:00 pm
Further details will be released closer to the date

RSVP to Laura Reniero at We hope to see you there.
Community Support Spotlight
We are so grateful to Tory (left), who with help from her mother Jordana (right) and nana Lori, generously organized a toy drive to raise funds to support children and youth accessing Victoria Women's Transition House's Emergency Shelter and PEACE/Children Who Witness Abuse Programs. We asked Tory a few questions to learn more about what inspired her act of kindness.

Why did you choose to donate to VWTH?

I chose to donate to Transition House because my Nana (Lori LaRose) used to work there. She always said what good work they do there for women and children.

How did you raise money to donate?

I donated the cash I raised by selling my toys on Facebook Marketplace. I decided to start a fundraiser and saved all the money people gave me from purchasing my toys. I have enough stuff so wanted my money to go towards kids who really needed it.

How does supporting VWTH make you feel?

I felt very happy donating my money to Transition House. I know it will be put to wonderful use in the programs for children. I felt like a superhero!

A big thank you to superhero Tory for her generosity and thoughtfulness in choosing to support VWTH. With heartwarming philanthropic support from community members like Tory, we can continue in our work to help and empower children and women impacted by intimate partner violence and abuse.
Recent Events
Victoria Goddess Run

On June 4, our Charity Champion Karlee ran alongside thousands of Goddesses to support VWTHone of three selected Charities of Choice for the Victoria Goddess Run.

Dressed in costume honouring the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Karlee completed the Victoria Goddess Run feeling energized and accomplished. With support from generous donors, Karlee raised over $1,500 in donations to support Transition House programs and services.

"It was a beautiful course and I am happy to have completed the race—it was a well-run event! Thank you to everyone that donated or came out to cheer on all the participants! It was great to see so many people out supporting the Goddess Run fundraiser event." - Karlee

Thank you to Karlee, all Goddess Run participants and everyone who supported VWTH, including the generous vendor who offered post-run festival massages by donation. A big thank you also to VWTH staff and volunteers who hosted our information booth.
Walmart Opening at Hillside

Thank you to Walmart at Hillside for including VWTH in their opening weekend celebrations on June 17.

VWTH volunteers hosted an information booth on-site and shared information, resources and friendly conversations with shoppers.
A Celebration of Pride

VWTH had a wonderful time at the Pride Festival in the Park on June 26. Thank you to Victoria Pride Society for the opportunity for VWTH to participate in the festivities as a vendor and share information about available Transition House programs and services for women (cisgender and transgender) and non-binary and two-spirit people who identify as part of the women’s community. We look forward to next year's celebrations!
Canada Day at Huntingdon Manor Hotel

A big thank you to the Huntingdon Manor Hotel who hosted their annual Pancake Breakfast Celebration on Canada Day. The pay-by-donation event included a yummy pancake breakfast and fun activities with all proceeds going to support Victoria’s Women Transition House's programs for women and children escaping intimate partner violence and abuse.
Pictured: VWTH supporter Beth at the Canada Day Pancake Breakfast Celebration.
Thank You
A big thank you to the Rotary Club of Victoria—Harbourside for their continued support of the PEACE/Children Who Witness Abuse spring and summer camps.  
Fairmont Empress Staff Bake Sale

Thank you to the Fairmont Empress staff who in honour of International Women's Day in March, hosted a scrumptious bake sale that was matched in donations to support VWTH programs and services for women and children.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the fundraiser.
FreisenPress—Employee Directed Giving

We are grateful to have been selected by FreisenPress as one of two recipients of their 2022/23 Employee Directed Giving Fund. FreisenPress Operations Manager Heather Stevens (left) and President Tammara Kennelly (middle) visited our community office in May to meet Susan Howard, VWTH's Communications and Development Director, and present the cheque donation.
Vital Youth Grant Celebration

On May 10, VWTH was invited by the Victoria Foundation to attend the Vital Youth Year-End Celebration as a recipient of generous grant funding from Vital Youth Program committees at Pearson College and Reynolds Secondary School.
Karlee, VWTH Senior Program Manager (second from the right) and Development Manager Christine (far right) attended the celebration and enjoyed the uplifting event filled with engaging conversations with the inspiring committee and grant representatives.
Funding from the grant will help VWTH expand our Healing Through the Arts program. The program inspires survivors of intimate partner violence and abuse to develop their skills, relieve isolation and engage with others in shared interests and experiences, create time for safe, quiet reflection and build resilience as they heal from abuse. Thank you to the Vital Youth Program committees for this incredible gift!
Odd Fellows Fundraiser Dinner for VWTH

Thank you to the Odd Fellows—Victoria Columbia 2 chapter who hosted a wonderful fundraiser dinner and auction and raised close to $5,000 in support of Transition House programs and services back in May. Vice Grand Billy Sanderson (far left) and Nathan Kamula (middle) presented the cheque to Susan Howard, who accepted the cheque on behalf of Transition House.
Sweet Treats for Shelter

On June 18, the Modern Real Estate Team hosted a delicious Sweet Treats for Shelter ice cream fundraiser for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation in Beckwith Park. Proceeds will go support four local Women's Shelters, including Victoria Women's Transition House. Pictured from left to right are colleagues Bill Ethier, Sarah West, Laura Roberts, Saira Waters, Sonya Conn, Lindsay Block-Glass and Sommer Fernandes. Thank you, all!
Get Growing, Victoria!

A big thank you to the City of Victoria for donating an array of colourful, blooming plants as part of their Get Growing, Victoria program.

The flowers and greens were planted in our garden at the Emergency Shelter earlier this week and we look forward to seeing them grow.
Dates for Your Diary
  • July 24 – International Self-Care Day
  • August 1 – B.C. Day
  • August 9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
  • August 12 – International Youth Day
  • August 19 – World Humanitarian Day
  • August 31 – International Overdose Awareness Day
In Case You Missed It...
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 WSÁNEĆ, 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.