See what December’s Vital People are doing across Greater Victoria

See stories below highlighting December’s Vital People who are working to make Victoria a vibrant, caring community for all. As the year 2022 wound down, reflection and gratitude were in abundance for our community across the Greater Victoria region.


Sandra RichardsonSandra Richardson: The gift of gratitude

“In the last few weeks, life seems to move at a quicker speed. As school winds down, plans are made, and the dash for a last-minute gift can dominate our time, I’m taking time to reflect. For myself, one of the greatest gifts I’ve received this year is the gift of gratitude.” Read Sandra’s full column




Nature is the co-therapist in Human Nature Counselling

Kids and youth who go to Human Nature Counselling for mental-health support won’t be asked to lie on a couch. In fact, they might just end up running, playing and hiding, in a therapeutic process that takes place in the great outdoors rather than behind office walls, with nature serving as a co-therapist. Read more

David Segal and Katy Rose, in Knockan Hill Park, co-founded Human Nature Counselling. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST


Herowork founder says building renovations make a big difference to charities

The buildings used by charities — especially ones that serve the vulnerable population — are too often ignored, says Paul Latour, founder and CEO of Victoria-based Herowork Canada, which renovates buildings for charities. Read more

Paul Latour at his latest renovation, at Cool Aid Downtown Community Centre. ADRIAN LAM, TIMES COLONIST


December Vital People Videos

Helmet Heads Canada Toy Drive: Helmet Heads Canada collects around 1,000 toys a year as part of their annual toy drive and delivers them to sick kids on Vancouver Island. Watch Video

Anawim House: Anawim House is a day house for people living in poverty who are trying to find a better way of life. Their drop-in and residential programs have helped hundreds of people over the years. Watch Video

UVic’s Multifaith Centre: The University of Victoria‘s Multifaith Centre volunteer spiritual care providers are helping students cope with life’s stressors. From more than a dozen different faiths, they support over 2,000 students each week with 25 different programs. Watch Video