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

See stories below highlighting March’s Vital People who are working to make Victoria a vibrant, caring community for all. As spring is here, it’s a chance to get out and discover the pockets of history and the organizations working to better our community.


Sandra RichardsonSandra Richardson: The pockets of history in our community

“… as we take time to get out and explore our region more, it’s also a chance to discover. As we spend more time outside, we have a wonderful opportunity to find the hidden corners of our region that tell stories of years past.” Read the full column here.



Shelbourne Community Kitchen plans expansion

A pair of bright pink doors sets the tone for the warm welcome low-income families and individuals receive when they seek out the Shelbourne Community Kitchen to alleviate their food insecurity. Read the full story.

Kim Cummins, left, and Clarice Dilman pose for a photo in front of a wall full of historical photos at the Shelborne Community Kitchen

Kim Cummins, left, and Clarice Dilman at the Shelborne Community Kitchen. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST


Disability society receives funding for case worker

The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, the only Indigenous disability organization of its kind in Canada, has hired a case worker to serve the capital region thanks to funding from the Victoria Foundation. Read the full story.


Paisley Pelletier, left, a case manager for the B.C. Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, works with client Sharon Borg

Paisley Pelletier, left, a case manager for the B.C. Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, works with client Sharon Borg. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST


March Vital People Videos

Harvest and Share Food Relief Society: Food insecurity is a major issue on Vancouver Island. That’s why the Harvest and Share Food Relief Society started growing fresh food for people in need 3 years ago. Because growing food is weather dependent, the society has partnered with Glenlyon Norfolk School to grow food underground in winter. Watch video

Support Soweto Junior School Fundraiser: Our below-seasonal weather hasn’t stopped a Victoria woman from jumping into the ocean every day. She’s dipping 40 times in 40 days to raise funds for Support Soweto Junior School’s Dipping for Dinner Fundraiser. Watch Video

Quadra Island Cookbook Fundraiser: The tight-knit community of Quadra Island has spent thousands of volunteer hours creating a cookbook to raise funds for the Quadra Children’s Centre. The Taste of Life on Quadra Island shares tips and tricks for foraging, harvesting, creating, growing and more. Watch Video

Heros Hockey: Hockey is an expensive sport, which can be a barrier for a lot of kids. That’s why Heros Hockey was founded over two decades ago. Learn how this organization is helping to empower marginalized and at-risk youth on and off the ice. Watch Video

Together We Can: Addiction is a major issue in our community. And there is a shortage of treatment beds and sober recovery houses for people to go to after treatment. Local charity, Together We Can, Addiction Recovery & Education Society, runs three homes in Victoria that support people in their recovery. Watch Video