Zoe Licastro Memorial Award

The Zoe Licastro Memorial Award gives recognition and a financial contribution to a student who has overcome significant obstacles and adversity in their lives to graduate from the alternative education program at S. J. Willis Education Centre in Victoria, BC.

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THE RED FUND – Remembering Elliott Dagg

In 2015, Elliott Dagg, a 19-year-old who was much loved by his coaches, the children he supervised at summer camps and his family, lost his year-long fight with leukemia.

Read about the fund established in his memory to honour his true spirit by providing support for sport and education for young people.

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Federation of Canadian Music Festivals (FCMF): an enduring financial footing

When the FCMF joined the Victoria Foundation, an anonymous Victoria donor offered to establish the permanent fund. Together with a match from the Foundation of $7,500, the fund was launched with a balance of $30,000. The Federation’s main objective is the development and encouragement of Canadian talent in the performance and knowledge of classical music.

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Rise Up Youth Employment Project

Phoenix Human Services received $15,000 this year to support vulnerable youth find and maintain volunteer and paid employment. Half way through the project – and…

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The Garden House Foundation Fund

After retiring from education, Jackie and Jim Barker wanted to give back to their community. In 2008, they began The Garden House Foundation Fund as a means of offering support to families and animals in need in the Cowichan Valley, along with promoting childhood literacy and recycling. These are broad goals, making their success all the more inspiring.

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Welcome Gardens! New Project Cultivates Friendship, Knowledge and Food

With help from a Victoria Foundation grant of $13,473, VIRCS has established the Welcome Gardens! project, which places newcomers and locals together in gardens. Ultimately, these gardeners will sow more than just food — the bushels of benefits include creation of  friendships, cultural awareness and the sharing of horticultural knowledge.

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The Ewan Fund: giving to The Haven in perpetuity

Gwen, in her thoughtful way, wanted to provide ongoing support for the work done at The Haven (a charitable organization) – but only so long as it holds firm to its core principles that she found instrumental in her own life. And, she wanted this to be an ongoing support. So she donated this money to the Victoria Foundation to administer as an endowment – and each year the Haven will get the income from the bequest.

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Kyle Bobiwash: PhD candidate wins 2015 Aboriginal Student Award

Growing up with traditional farming practices, like wildfire burning, taught Bobiwash about the relationship between land and food, and how to manage land in an ecologically sustainable way. Complemented by his interest in beekeeping and his studies, Bobiwash developed a thorough understanding of how biodiversity supports healthy ecosystems and thriving communities…

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