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Chef Ken Waterman in the brand new Arbutus Bistro, opening July 8 at Berwick House. Left: Berwick Royal Oak's light-filled dining room and plates of the day's dishes for those who don't want to read a menu.

What the little details tell us about life at these Saanich retirement residences

How the building itself supports active, engaged senior living!

  • Jun 27, 2022
Local author, historian and longtime musician Lucky Budd is the host of the Victoria Foundation's Vital Victoria Podcast.

Vital Victoria Podcast: Sharing stories + building community

Don’t miss the Vital Signs survey – open til July 4

  • Jun 20, 2022
Saanich Pride

Saanich shows its Pride!

Pride Month initiatives just one part of ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts

  • Jun 20, 2022
The Royal Bay area offers ocean adventures just steps from your door.

Effortless + elegant condo living arrives in Royal Bay

New project is the first to bring condos to this unique, tranquil area

  • Jun 13, 2022
The Royal Bay area offers ocean adventures just steps from your door.
Tom Dudley from Wild Birds Unlimited wants to help you create bird joy in your backyard.

‘Bird Joy’ brings balance, peace and fulfilment – and supports our wild birds

Victoria nature shop helps bring the wild birds closer

  • Jun 13, 2022
Tom Dudley from Wild Birds Unlimited wants to help you create bird joy in your backyard.
At the heart of the Parksville Beach Festival is the Sand Sculpting Competition, attracting professional sculptors from all over the world.

Sun, sand + celebrations: Festival brings international sand sculptors to Parksville

Parksville Beach Festival returns July 14 to Aug. 21 with activities for all ages

  • Jun 13, 2022
At the heart of the Parksville Beach Festival is the Sand Sculpting Competition, attracting professional sculptors from all over the world.
Mena Westhaver, Community Programmer with Saanich Parks, Recreation Community Services, encourages Saanich residents to join the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge, a physical activity initiative encouraging Canadians to get active, and search for Canada’s Most Active Community.

Saanich wants YOU to take on the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge!

Sign up, record your activity minutes + help Saanich compete to be Canada’s Most Active Community

  • Jun 6, 2022
Mena Westhaver, Community Programmer with Saanich Parks, Recreation Community Services, encourages Saanich residents to join the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge, a physical activity initiative encouraging Canadians to get active, and search for Canada’s Most Active Community.
Seedlings Forest Education children's growth and outdoor learning.

Giving kids a place ‘where nature becomes the teacher’

Greater Victoria nature programming takes the classroom into the trees

  • May 30, 2022
Seedlings Forest Education children's growth and outdoor learning.
As part of Berwick Retirement Community's Passion Projects, concierge Hanan hosted three seminars about Syrian culture and her journey to Canada. Not only did residents enjoy learning about another part of the world, it also helped them build stronger bonds.

Sharing passions sparks conversation! Innovative project builds bonds at retirement community

Music performances, wine tastings, cultural knowledge… Berwick staff have many hidden talents!

  • May 30, 2022
As part of Berwick Retirement Community's Passion Projects, concierge Hanan hosted three seminars about Syrian culture and her journey to Canada. Not only did residents enjoy learning about another part of the world, it also helped them build stronger bonds.
Indoor cycle classes are now available at three Saanich recreation centres: G.R. Pearkes, Saanich Commonwealth Place and Gordon Head.

Pedal power: Saanich cycling class makes workouts easy, affordable – and FUN!

An avid cyclist for many years, Trace Walker was sidelined when an…

  • May 23, 2022
Indoor cycle classes are now available at three Saanich recreation centres: G.R. Pearkes, Saanich Commonwealth Place and Gordon Head.
The Victoria Foundation's 17th annual Victoria's Vital Signs citizen survey digs a little deeper into the idea of community – specifically, “What does community mean to you?”

What does community mean to you? Victoria’s Vital Signs wants to know!

17th citizen survey explores what’s working, what needs attention in Greater Victoria

  • May 23, 2022
The Victoria Foundation's 17th annual Victoria's Vital Signs citizen survey digs a little deeper into the idea of community – specifically, “What does community mean to you?”
Hometown Heroes Lottery spokesperson – and Vancouver fire fighter – Sebastian Sevallo shows off one of this year’s Grand Prize homes, in Lake Country.

Every ticket changes a life

Support our health care heroes – and get in to win a $2.7 million Grand Prize

  • May 23, 2022
Hometown Heroes Lottery spokesperson – and Vancouver fire fighter – Sebastian Sevallo shows off one of this year’s Grand Prize homes, in Lake Country.
Individual differences, and different environments, affect how we experience hearing challenges.

Channelling the power of AI to improve hearing

Technology has come a long way to help those with hearing loss hear better

  • May 9, 2022
Individual differences, and different environments, affect how we experience hearing challenges.
Whether you’re working part-time as a lifeguard, fitness instructor or receptionist, or building a full-time career, working in recreation brings many rewards, says Alyssa Staples, Arts and Wellness Recreation Programmer at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre.

Recreation reaps rewards – for participants and staff!

Summer camp leader, lifeguard or Zamboni driver, a Saanich Recreation career can take many paths!

  • May 9, 2022
Whether you’re working part-time as a lifeguard, fitness instructor or receptionist, or building a full-time career, working in recreation brings many rewards, says Alyssa Staples, Arts and Wellness Recreation Programmer at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre.
Staff at Foundry Vancouver-Granville, operated by Providence Health Care. One of many Foundry centre across BC that provide integrated health services to young people like Aslam and Lee. Jeff Topham photo.

Foundry supports youth in living a good life

Free and confidential health and wellness supports for BC youth ages 12 to 24 – online and in-person

  • May 2, 2022
Staff at Foundry Vancouver-Granville, operated by Providence Health Care. One of many Foundry centre across BC that provide integrated health services to young people like Aslam and Lee. Jeff Topham photo.
Marlena and Nick Salvador Nick, joined the 2021-2022 Gadsden Initiative cohort. Now in its second year, this Victoria Foundation initiative brings together GenXers and Millennials to build relationships within the community through learning sessions, community activities and networking opportunities based on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Inspiring stories: Why it’s important to share stories of philanthropy

Now’s the time to Make It Happen! Victoria

  • Apr 25, 2022
Marlena and Nick Salvador Nick, joined the 2021-2022 Gadsden Initiative cohort. Now in its second year, this Victoria Foundation initiative brings together GenXers and Millennials to build relationships within the community through learning sessions, community activities and networking opportunities based on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
From April 29 to May 2, the Capital Regional District and partners are hosting the Greater Victoria arm of the global City Nature Challenge – an opportunity to join a large community of local nature buffs who are helping to inventory and celebrate the capital region’s amazing flora and fauna.

Love exploring nature? Join the Greater Victoria City Nature Challenge today!

Explore the biodiversity in your backyard, get a chance to win awesome prizes

  • Apr 25, 2022
From April 29 to May 2, the Capital Regional District and partners are hosting the Greater Victoria arm of the global City Nature Challenge – an opportunity to join a large community of local nature buffs who are helping to inventory and celebrate the capital region’s amazing flora and fauna.
Abe and AJ Stobbe, dairy farmers in Mara, BC standing in front of the geothermal heat exchange system that heats their milking parlour and their homes.

BC Dairy farmers going green — 3 stories of environmental innovation

BC dairy farmers caring for their cows, their land and their community

  • Apr 18, 2022
Abe and AJ Stobbe, dairy farmers in Mara, BC standing in front of the geothermal heat exchange system that heats their milking parlour and their homes.
Berwick

What’s on the menu? Life’s a buffet at these retirement communities!

Good meals are at the heart of healthy communities. Find out how Berwick does it.

  • Apr 18, 2022
Berwick
Shop Pets West online at petswest.ca and in-store at #220 - 777 Royal Oak Dr. (Broadmead Village) for healthy pet food, including raw food and toppers.

Raw pet food, how does it measure up?

Victoria’s favourite local pet store, Pets West, has seen an increase in…

  • Apr 11, 2022
Shop Pets West online at petswest.ca and in-store at #220 - 777 Royal Oak Dr. (Broadmead Village) for healthy pet food, including raw food and toppers.