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

September is a time of change and settling back into routines, and a time to look forward to the coming months and the new year ahead. From a program supporting the arts leaders of today and tomorrow to acts of generosity leaving an impact for generations, see stories below highlighting Vital People working to make their community a better place.


Sandra Richardson

Sandra Richardson: Small acts can leave an impact for generations

“In a time of constant emails and notifications, our days can feel like our attention is being pulled in many directions. However, there was one story that came across my desk this summer that had a profound impact. It reminded me that our actions could have an impact not just today, but for generations.” Read more



Belfry training program shapes leaders of the arts

The Belfry Theatre is offering an arts leadership training program to help Indigenous, Black and people of colour communities take on leadership roles in arts organizations. This is the second year for the program, which is funded in part by the Victoria Foundation. Last year, the cohort was a team of 10, with eight Victoria-based organizations and two from Regina. Read more

Michael Shamata, artistic director of the Belfry Theatre, says the arts leadership training program came about with the recognition that the arts community is predominately white. ADRIAN LAM, TIMES COLONIST


September Vital People Videos

Broken Promises Rescue: Pamela Sadler, the founder of Broken Promises Rescue, has been rescuing animals for over 25 years. At any given time, she cares for between 15 and 25 cats and kittens in her home. Watch video

Children Who Witness Abuse Program: The PEACE/Children Who Witness Abuse Program, led by the Victoria Women’s Transition House, helps to stop the inter-generational cycle of abuse for children, ages 3–18, who have witnessed domestic violence and abuse at home. Individual and group counselling and seasonal camps help children recognize abusive behaviour, learn the tools to cope with their experiences and emotions and consider alternatives to violence in their own behaviour. Watch video

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Serving Smiles Campaign: Broadmead Care is aiming to raise $150,000 this month through its Serving Smiles Campaign to update the ageing kitchenettes and dining rooms at Veterans Memorial Lodge. As the centre for gathering and dining, these areas ensure that the 150 veterans living at the lodge feel at home. Watch video

Emerge Stronger Campaign: The countdown is on for the Royal Victoria Marathon and one of the CHEK Charity Pledge Program Charities this year is the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. Through the Emerge Stronger campaign, they’re hoping to raise $10 million to buy 200 pieces of priority equipment for Royal Jubilee, Victoria General, and Gorge Road Hospitals. Watch video