National Health Awareness Month

It’s February – National Health Awareness Month. We’d like to take a minute to show our appreciation and recognition.

There are a number of nonprofit organizations in Victoria who work tirelessly to make sure that everyone has a fair shot at equal health care. Behind each organization are a number of valuable staff and volunteers who make these organizations what they’ve become today.

Victoria Cool Aid Society

Victoria Cool Aid Society

Cool Aid operates a diverse range of social and health services for those in our community who are most vulnerable. They first opened their doors over 40 years ago as Cool Aid Hostel, providing short-term, emergency shelter to transient youth who were travelling the country.

Today their services are diverse; they offer housing and shelters, and health and dental care. Cool Aid also offers online resources, operates the Casual Labour Pool, the Downtown Community Activity Centre and they run a thrift store.

The Victoria Foundation is proud to be working with the Society on a great program, Every Step Counts. It is a running program for people experiencing barriers and challenges with housing, mental health, addiction, and other related issues. This innovative and positive program draws on the many and long lasting benefits of running and teamwork, and fosters self esteem, confidence, energy and positive growth.

For more information about Victoria Cool Aid Society, their services, or how you can get involved, please visit their website.

Crystal Meth Society of BC

The Crystal Meth Society is volunteer run. They aim to provide support, resources and education to parents, educators, family and youth.  Their website boasts a tremendous amount of information about everything from prevention to addiction recovery. They offer peer support, forums and task forces, and are always on the lookout for more volunteers.

Please visit the Crystal Meth Society of BC’s website for more information about how to get involved or donate.

Vancouver Island Kidney Patient’s Association

The Vancouver Island Kidney Patient’s Association is a volunteer organization that works for the benefit of all renal patients, particularly those living on Vancouver Island. Their members consist of patients, health care workers, family members, friends and others interested in improving the well-being of those people facing the very real challenges of renal failure.

The Association has numerous facilities up and down the island and is funded primarily by donation, Thrifty’s Smile Card purchases, and special fundraising events. Membership is only $5 per year.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Vancouver Island Kidney Patient’s Association, please visit their website.

The Prostate Centre

prostate centre

The Prostate Centre is a self-supporting nonprofit organization. Serving Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, the Centre provides unbiased, understandable medical information, follow-up, and psychological and peer counselling on prostate cancer and prostate health issues. The Centre also highlights the importance of early detection and is dedicated to prevention and research of prostate cancer.

The Centre’s main fundraiser, the Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live, raised over $66,000 in 2010 for research and education in our community.

To get involved, learn more about the Prostate Centre, or sign up for their newsletter, please visit their website.