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1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre

Mission Statement

1Up, Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre, provides practical support, opportunities for growth and a sense of hope for one-parent families across Greater Victoria. Guided by skilled and committed staff and trained volunteers, we offer important services to create foundations for personal and community growth in a welcoming and non-judgmental environment. The work we do here transforms lives creating stronger families and healthier children. It provides hope and the promise of a brighter future for parents and children, not just today, but well into tomorrow creating a stronger and more vibrant community in the process.

 

What We Offer:

Members can receive up to ten free individual counselling sessions. Our other free services for members include a clothing & household goods room, a bread pantry, a library & toy room, an annual school supplies drive, a Christmas Hamper program.

We provide volunteer opportunities and a Peer Helper Training program which prepares volunteers to provide reception, individual support, and resource information for the Centre and its members.

The Centre also offers a comprehensive selection of life skills programs and workshops, parenting skill and development courses and parenting support groups that are scheduled from September to June and are open to everyone in the community.

 

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AIDS Vancouver Island

Who We Are:

Mission Statement: 

AIDS Vancouver Island serves the needs of people infected and affected by HIV and hepatitis C. We take evidence-based action to prevent infection, provide support, and reduce stigma.

Our Vision: 

Our vision is of a world free of HIV and hepatitis C. Until that time, those most at risk in our community continue to be marginalized - not only by their disease, but also by stigma and discrimination, poverty, and despair. As we fight these diseases, we join with those we serve to provide services based on consideration and respect and to provide visibility and a voice in the community.

About Us: 

AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI) is a community-based AIDS Service Organization (ASO). We have offices in the communities of Greater Victoria, Nanaimo, the Comox Valley, and Campbell River. Our catchment area includes all of the Gulf Islands.

At AIDS Vancouver Island we provide education, advocacy and support clients. AVI provides education and prevention information to schools, the broader community and target populations. Evidence demonstrates that comprehensive prevention programs can help to effectively contain HIV, hepatitis C, and other communicable diseases.

AIDS Vancouver Island provides integrated services to individuals with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases.

AIDS Vancouver Island's effectiveness is derived from our role in the community and our connections with the populations most infected by, and at risk of, contracting HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and other communicable diseases. Throughout our large volunteer base and the community partnerships we have forged, we effectively target and educate difficult-to-reach populations. AIDS Vancouver Island is a vital component of the total effort against HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other communicable diseases.

A Brief History: 

On September 17, 1985, five men (Wayne Cook, Don MacIvor, Roy Salonin, John Spencer, and Grant Sullivan) sat around a kitchen table and decided it was time to meet the challenge posed by the AIDS epidemic on Vancouver Island. These five men saw the growing need for accurate and up-to-date information and services relating to HIV/AIDS. That evening saw the birth of AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI), with the founders forming the first Board of Directors.

The society was subsequently incorporated in BC and registered under certificate number S20925 on January 24, 1986 under the legal name of The Vancouver Island Aids Society. Initial funding for the society's expenses came from a benefit and charitable donations. There were no paid staff and a small office space was obtained at no charge. Over the past 22 years, the need for HIV/AIDS related programs and services has continued to grow. AIDS Vancouver Island has continued to receive support from individuals and organizations in the communities we serve including the Vancouver Island Health Authority (formerly Central Vancouver Island and Capital Health Regions).

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Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Mission Statement

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is a public art gallery committed to the celebration of art. With vision, leadership and scholarship we will engage and inspire diverse audiences through exhibitions, interpretation, and stewardship of the collection.

 

-      Overview: The AGGV is the region’s major public art museum, and has the largest collection of visual arts in public trust in British Columbia, with over 18,000 works stored on site.

 

-      Curatorial emphasis: The AGGV showcases exhibitions from our celebrated East Asian collection (from India to Japan) and from Canadian and international contemporary and historical artists.

 

-      East Asian Collection: The AGGV is home to one of Canada's most important East Asian art collections, second only to the Royal Ontario Museum. The collections of Chinese amber and ivory carvings are amongst the finest in the world. The East Asian Collection is one of the most comprehensive held in public trust in North America.

 

-      Emily Carr: On permanent display is the work of British Columbia's foremost historical artist Emily Carr. An exhibition including paintings, excerpts from her books and archival images offers an insightful look at this inspiring Victoria artist who captured the British Columbia landscape and was inspired by the rich culture of First Nations people of the province.

 

-      Shinto Shrine: The Gallery's Asian Garden boasts the only authentic full-sized Japanese Shinto Shrine outside of Japan.

 

-      Spencer Mansion: Incorporated in 1947, the Gallery hasbeen at its current location since a donation of the Spencer mansion in 1951. Sara Spencer’s niece Myfanwy Pavelic, an esteemed Victoria artist, continued the family’s artistic legacy on Vancouver Island until her passing in 2007.

 

Volunteer Policy Statement

 

The Board of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria recognizes the valuable role volunteers have had in its history and will play in its future. The Gallery ensures that there are fair, consistent and equitable procedures pertaining to volunteer practices and performance.

BC SPCA Wild ARC

Mission Statement

BC SPCA Wild ARC is a wild animal rehabilitation centre operated by the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. As the only wildlife rehabilitation centre on southern Vancouver Island, Wild ARC treats 2,500 wild animals annually from throughout the region.

Wild ARC's mission is to provide humane care to injured, orphaned, sick and distressed wildlife based on established rehabilitation standards and the animal's natural history. Each patient is treated individually and assessed for eventual release back into the wild. Wild ARC also aims to educate the public about wildlife, animal welfare, and co-existing with nature, as over 80% of the wild animals treated at Wild ARC are impacted by human activity. 

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Be You Promise.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Be You Promiso.org is to educate Canadians on the benefits of moderation or restraint in the use of alcohol and/or drugs. One of our objectives is to educate our youth by doing school presentations about the choices and the consequences of misusing drugs and alcohol and the effects it has on society as a whole.

Through education, outreach and awareness,Be You Promise.org works to prevent the initiation of substance use among youth or prevent further substance use among those individuals already using with the ultimate goal of reducing the personal and societal harms associated with drug and alcohol misuse.

 

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Better Business Bureau

Mission Statement

BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. BBB accomplishes this mission by:

Creating a community of trustworthy businesses
Setting standards for marketplace trust
Encouraging and supporting best practices
Celebrating marketplace role models, and;
Denouncing substandard marketplace behavior

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Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria

Mission Statement

The Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria Mission:

 

"To provide a safe supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and build confidence and skills for life."

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Bridges for Women Society

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Child Find BC

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Communica Dialogue and Resolution Services Society

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to assist individuals, groups and communities to manage difference to promote strong, healthy, sustainable  relationships.

 

Our Mandate is to provide timely, affordable conflict management and communication services and education.  We emphasize relationship building and cultural awareness and partner with other community organizations to address community issues through collaborative approaches.

 

Our Values:

 

Inclusiveness – We celebrate diversity of all types;

 

Accountability – We strive to be transparent and respectful and to model that for our community;

 

Collaboration – We work to build community networks and collaborative partnerships to share resources and opportunities;

 

Creativity – We promote individuality, opportunity and growth


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Creatively United for the Planet Society

Mission Statement

Creatively United for the Planet is a registered not-for-profit society dedicated to empowering communities and individuals to take better care of the Earth.

We showcase and celebrate the important work that people are doing to make a difference to ensure where we live, work, eat, play and study remains beautiful, vibrant, healthy and resilient.

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District 69 Society of Organized Services

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Early Music Society of the Islands

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Elizabeth Buckley School

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Fairfield Gonzales Community Association

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Family Caregivers' Network Society

Mission Statement

Family Caregivers’ Network Society is a registered charitable organization whose mission is to inform, support and educate to improve quality of life for family caregivers. The society provides leadership to strengthen the voice of all family caregivers and promotes the significance of the family caregivers’ role.

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Family Services of Greater Victoria

Mission Statement

Family Services of Greater Victoria helps children, youth, and adults manage the challenges of separation, divorce, or transition to a new family structure. Our highly qualified staff, working with other community agencies, provides information and practical and emotional support so people facing these challenges can make the decisions that are best for everyone. BCFIT believes all individuals can find ways to move forward in their lives when family relationships have changed or are changing.

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Front Desk Volunteer

Friends Uniting for Nature Society

Mission Statement

FUN Society is a dynamic, youth-driven organization dedicated to making learning about the environment and becoming an agent for positive change a fun and rewarding experience. FUN Society is a registered Canadian charity that creates and runs hands-on environmental education programs for kids and youth.

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Gardens at HCP (Horticulture Centre of the Pacific)

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Mission Statement

The HCP will achieve its vision by effectively executing its mission of:

  • Providing an inspiring natural learning environment in which visitors and students can learn responsible horticulture and conservation practices and the importance of plants to a sustainable world.
  • Reaching out to our community and the world with innovative education programs that connect people, especially children, with plants and nature and increase awareness of the importance and fragility of our natural environment.
  • Developing, cataloguing and displaying a rich collection of plants that demonstrates the rich heritage of plants that can be grown in our climate and contributes to the protection of biodiversity.
  • Demonstrating responsible stewardship of our conservation lands through our sustainable management practices, habitat restoration and education programs.
  • Providing high quality, accredited education for horticulture professionals by responding to the needs of the horticulture industry and our students through innovative programs.
  • Engaging in research with partners in plant sciences to expand our knowledge of native plants and their importance for biodiversity and sources of food.

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Greater Victoria Down Syndrome Society

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InnovativeCommunities. Org Foundation

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International Metaphysical Academy

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Internet for Humanity

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Board Member

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Island Sexual Health Society

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James Bay Community School Society

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James Bay Newspaper Society

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Junior Achievement of BC - Vancouver Island

Mission Statement

Since 1955, British Columbia schools have relied on Junior Achievement (JA) to inspire and prepare our youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. This year, over 30,000 students in BC will benefit from JA programs delivered by volunteers from local business communities, who bring real-life experience into the classroom. JA programs focus on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, giving students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders. Visit jabc.org for more information.

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Leadership Victoria

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Learning Through Loss

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Life Cycles Project Society

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Maritime Museum of BC

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Oaklands Community Association

Mission Statement

Strengthening the Oaklands community by providing programs, services, and resources for its residents, businesses and visitors. 

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Parent Support Services Society of BC

Mission Statement

Our Vision

A world where all children and their families are nurtured, valued and safe.

 

Our Mission Statement

To protect the safety and wellbeing of children and promote the health of families by providing support, education, advocacy, research and resources to those in a parenting role.

 

Our Mission is supported by...

  • Creating safe places for parents and grandparents to meet, share and learn
  • Supporting parents and grandparents in dealing with crisis or injustice
  • Working with other organizations that serve families
  • Carrying out research on emerging parenting issues
  • Creating and providing resource materials for parents and grandparents
  • Working for legislative and administrative changes

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Point Ellice House and O'Reillys' Restaurant

Mission Statement

Point Ellice House, 2616 Pleasant St. was the abode of a prominant family who lovingly filled their home with a vast collection of victorianna. To preserve and maintain this heritage house and garden, tours,teas and meals are offered on a daily basis except Tuesdays and Wednesdays when they are closed.The Point Ellice House Preservation Society wish to provide Victoria residents and visitors with an authentic journey back to a more gentile time, where ladies wore long gowns,  and men top hats. They entertained their family and friends in the drawing room ,or had tea and played croquet on the exspansive lawn ,over looking the Gorge water way. Point Ellice is a Victoria treasure, that welcomes volunteers to share it's history , the original garden and help serve  delectable teas and meals.     

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READ Society

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Ready to Rent BC

Mission Statement

Mission statement: To deliver housing education and related services. 

 

Vision: Community well-being through housing education and support. 

 

Purpose: The purpose of the Society (as described in the Constitution) are:

 

  • To help people learn to attain and maintain housing through housing education using a coaching, mentoring model;

     

  • To educate as many people as possible in the skills of attaining and maintaining housing; and 

  • To expand the availability of the Ready to Rent BC program to diverse populations in a range of locations.

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Rocky Point Bird Observatory

Mission Statement

Rocky Point Bird Observatory’s mission is to conserve birds through long-term ecological monitoring, scientific research and community outreach. Our primary role is to monitor the population trends, productivity and survivorship of songbirds in coastal British Columbia through daily surveys and bird banding. We also have a strong commitment to public education and training.

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Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria

Mission Statement

Are you a community conscious individual who believes in the power of collaboration? Yes? Then help us change the world!

Who are Rotarians? 

In Greater Victoria, Rotarians are a group of 500+ business and professional people of all ages and from all sectors, who are passionate about making Victoria and the world a better place.

What do we do?

Over the past 10 years, we have raised and donated more than $3 million, while volunteering more than 100,000 hours to support numerous charities and projects.

What makes Rotary special?

Rotarian effort represents a significant contribution to infrastructure, social programs, leadership and education in Greater Victoria. However, when you join Rotary, it’s not only your community that benefits. You benefit too — through volunteering, networking, making lifelong friendships, and expanding your leadership skills. As an active Rotarian, you'll find the opportunities are endless.

Joining Rotary

Becoming a member is easy. With 12 Rotary clubs from Sidney to Sooke that meet at different times and locations, you’re sure to find a club that fits your schedule. Visit a club, get to know us, and become involved in your community. It's that simple.

Find a club and learn more

You can find a club and learn more about Rotary in Greater Victoria at http://rotaryvictoria.org

We look forward to meeting you!

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S.A.L.T.S. Sail and Life Training Society

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Scouts Canada

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Activty Leaders

Facility Maintenance

Oversee the maintenance and ongoing renovations at Scout House.

Group Committee

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Mission Statement

The mission of the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is to create advocates for our oceans, especially for the Salish Sea that surrounds us.

Our Volunteers(Oceaneers) serve as interpreters in our family friendly aquarium. There also are positions as aquarist  and school program assistants.

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Society of St Vincent de Paul

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Southern Vancouver Island Nature Trails Society

Mission Statement

Mission - The Nature Trails Society will connect communities by formalizing the managed         access of a world class outdoor recreation network of shared use trails for all ages, abilities, and            experiences.

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Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

Mission Statement

The Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is a leader in the stewardship of functioning & diverse ecosystems and an urban refuge that provides opportunities to bring people and nature together.

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General Volunteer Opportunities

The Bateman Foundation

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The Canadian College of Performing Arts

Mission Statement

The Canadian College of Performing Arts:

To offer quality training in a broad spectrum of skills which will prepare the students for careers in the performance arts locally, nationally or internationally.

To provide a stimulating, positive and constructive environment where students are encouraged to develop high standards of work ethics and conduct which will serve them in any field of endeavour in the future. 

The Canadian Heritage Arts Society (CHAS).

  • To provide instruction and training in the performing arts, and to raise the aesthetic taste and artistic appreciation of the public at large through the medium of public performances and exhibitions.
  • To preserve and promote heritage arts and culture.

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The Didi Society

Mission Statement

Empowering women globally and educating youth locally for sustainable development and equality.

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The Hope Through Achievement Foundation

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The Prostate Centre

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University of Victoria English Language Centre (ELC) Classroom Volunteers

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University of Victoria English Language Centre (ELC) Study Centre

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Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition

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Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS)

Mission Statement

Our Mission

The mission of the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) is to offer compassionate peer support, prevention and treatment information and services to all persons living with HIV/AIDS and/or HCV.

 

Our Vision

To offer information and compassionate peer support, prevention and treatment information to all persons with HIV/AIDS and/or HCV through personal growth, achievement, education and cooperation.

 

Our Beliefs

We believe in supporting people living with HIV and HCV by offering our help to improve their lives.

 

We encourage our members and other people living with HIV/AIDS and/or HCV to take charge of their health and well-being.

 

We believe that community organizations must include people living with HIV and HCV in all aspects of services and programs that affect their lives.

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Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association

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Victoria Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling Centre

Mission Statement

Mary Manning Centre responds to children, youth and families affected by sexual abuse and other trauma, by providing victim services, counselling, prevention and education within the Greater Victoria community, and consultation throughout the Province of British Columbia.

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Victoria Compost Education Centre

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Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

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Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre

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Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society

Mission Statement

The Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society supports the health and social needs of women-identified and lesbian-identified individuals and couples on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.  This includes women of all ages.  We provide safe, accessible and welcoming spaces, and we build community through public education and social action.  The VLSCS became an official entity in 1994.

We commit ourselves to building a greater involvement in the wider community, including students within the universities and colleges, professionals within health care, as well as all members of the LGBTQ international community and allies.

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Victoria Literacy Connection (formerly Literacy Victoria Society and READ Society)

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Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with disabilities that promotes and enriches their physical, psychological and social well-being.

What We Do

Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association (VTRA) formerly known as Victoria Riding for the Disabled, was formed in 1982 to provide a therapeutic riding experience to children and adults with disabilities. VTRA is a non-profit organization that uses horseback riding as a recognized therapeutic aid for people with a wide range of physical, intellectual and learning disabilities. VTRA offers classes to more than 140 children and adults with disabilities that include Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Autism, intellectual challenges, and hearing or vision impairment. VTRA is made up of a volunteer board, a small paid staff and more than 100 volunteers who through their dedicated contribution of time enable these individuals to ride each week.

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Volunteer Access Program (at Volunteer Victoria)

Volunteer Access

Have you been challenged by mental health or substance use? Volunteer Access can provide you support towards your volunteering goals. 

Volunteer Access Mental Health Visiting & Activity Program

The Mental Health Visiting & Activity program matches community volunteers with individuals living in mental health group homes to provide companionship and reduce isolation.  

Join the Mental Health Visiting & Activity Program

Do you want to make a difference in the life of someone with mental illness? We are seeking volunteers to assist resident living in mental health group homes where isolation and loneliness can negatively impact their lives. Volunteers may visit, go for walks, provide fitness programs, teach arts and crafts, play board games, go to movies, or enjoy a common interest in the community.

We are looking for enthusiastic, compassionate and inclusive volunteers

Your time and companionship can have a huge positive effect—and it's so rewarding!

  • Social companions for both men and women to go for walks and talk, or have coffee and conversation with a resident
  • Program leaders for group home activities such as playing cards or board games
  • Arts program assistants
  • Provide fitness programs or accompany a resident to the gym or activity centre
  • Therapeutic yoga teachers at various sites
  • Do you have a musical talent to share? Playing piano or guitar at a group home will brighten the lives of the residents

These volunteer positions can provide invaluable experience for students or persons interested in mental health, psychiatry and other health-related fields. 

Ongoing support and training is provided.

For more information

Please contact the Volunteer Access Program Coordinator at accessprogram@volunteervictoria.bc.ca or call 250.386.2269 for an appointment. 

Volunteer Access is funded by Island Health Mental Health and Substance Use Services and operated by Volunteer Victoria 

West Shore Arts Council

Mission Statement

About the West Shore Arts Council

 

Mandate

The West Shore Arts Council serves the residents of five communities: Langford, Colwood, View Royal, Metchosin and Highlands, which form part of the Capital Regional District on Southern Vancouver Island. The population in our area is currently close to 100,000 and expected to double over the next twenty years. The West Shore Arts Council is the lead advocate for public understanding of, participation in and appreciation of the arts, culture and heritage and their valuable contribution to a vibrant community. In addition to serving the population within our communities, we act as a conduit for information exchange between other arts councils, maximizing opportunities for our members.

Our Mission

  • to encourage creative participation and excellence in the arts, culture and heritage;
  • to encourage the development of opportunities to perform and to exhibit the arts, culture and heritage;
  • to act as a clearing house for information pertaining the arts, culture and heritage;
  • to promote and foster public interest, appreciation and understanding of the arts, culture and heritage;
  • to bring community planning priorities in the arts, culture and heritage to the attention of the local, regional, provincial and federal authorities;
  • to encourage and advocate for arts education and cultural development in the West Shore communities of Colwood, Highlands, Langford, Metchosin and View Royal.

Organization

The West Shore Arts Council is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Arts Council could not exist without its volunteers and if you would like to get to know your fellow Arts Council members better, and have some fun at the same time, please consider volunteering.

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World Fisheries Trust

Mission Statement

World Fisheries Trust is dedicated to the equitable and sustainable use and conservation of aquatic biodiversity. 

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Environmental Education

Environmental Research/Monitoring

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