Join us for Every Step Counts – The Summer Session July 20th at the Atrium!

July 14, 2011  (Victoria, BC) – Every Step Counts, Victoria’s inclusive walking and running program, is holding The Summer Session, a culinary and musical fundraiser with a silent auction at the Atrium on Wednesday, July 20 from 6:00 -9:00 PM.
Inclusive and powerful, Every Step Counts is a community initiative of the Victoria Foundation, housed and run through the Victoria Cool Aid Society. It has played a vital part in the health, happiness and success of many men and women who experience challenges with mental health, addictions, poverty, social isolation and other barriers.  Since February 2009 Every Step Counts has seen over 280 people through its doors, including:.

A former stylist for Celine Dion who found herself on the streets unable to walk a block when she started the program…now she has a half marathon under her belt and enrolled in pre-med at UVic (

A man who would not leave his apartment for months on end now comes out, socializes and participates.

The Summer Session will delight in food from Devour, Zambri’s, Pig and AJ’s Organics, and coffee will be served by Habit. Musical talent will feature cowboy lounge from Open Mike, bluegrass from Riverside Bluegrass Band, folk with Buck 99, and a little rhythm and blues with Curl. This is a dry event. Every Step Counts sponsors for 2011 include The Jawl Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, Frontrunners and Victoria Cool Aid Society.

Full details about the evening program, sponsorship opportunities and ticket purchases can be found at For more information on Every Step Counts, please watch this video or visit
Every Step Counts – The Summer Session at the Atrium (1311 Blanshard) takes place Wednesday, July 20 from 6:00-9:00 PM. Tickets are $35 and include food, music and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets are available at Frontrunners (250-382-8181), Victoria Cool Aid Society (250-383-1977), the DVBA (250-385-2238) and AJ’s Organics (250-419-2179). For more information please call 250-882-5261 or email


Gillie Easdon
Every Step Counts Coordinator

Shannon Drew-Burrows
Director of Communications
The Victoria Foundation