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Combined with local, provincial and national statistics, Victoria’s Vital Signs survey results will create a snapshot of Greater Victoria livability and wellbeing that will guide donors and decision-makers in programming and funding decisions.

25 million+ Vital reasons to take this local survey today

Deadline is July 1 to participate in this year’s Victoria’s Vital Signs

  • Jun 21, 2021
Combined with local, provincial and national statistics, Victoria’s Vital Signs survey results will create a snapshot of Greater Victoria livability and wellbeing that will guide donors and decision-makers in programming and funding decisions.
Longtime Cadboro Bay resident Eric Dahli, 78, has stepped down from his role as chair of the community association board after nearly 20 years. (Photo submitted by Eric Dahli)

Longtime Saanich neighbourhood volunteer stepping back to tend to bucket list

Eric Dahli, a Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association stalwart since 1999, making travel plans

  • Jun 6, 2021
Longtime Cadboro Bay resident Eric Dahli, 78, has stepped down from his role as chair of the community association board after nearly 20 years. (Photo submitted by Eric Dahli)
Greysen Miller is loving the response to his campaign for gates to be installed on the gaga ball pits at Chemainus Elementary School and others across the school district. (Photo by Robyn Plumsteel)

Donors go gaga for Vancouver Island youngster’s ball pit fundraiser

People get on board with Chemainus student’s idea to make wheelchair accessible

Greysen Miller is loving the response to his campaign for gates to be installed on the gaga ball pits at Chemainus Elementary School and others across the school district. (Photo by Robyn Plumsteel)
Back in 1936, Burges Gadsden, right, had a seemingly simple, yet innovative, idea: Build an organization that with a solid source of funds could provide support to local charities. With $20 donated by his mother, Fannie, Gadsen founded the Victoria Foundation out of the Sunshine Inn, a soup kitchen he ran on Pandora Avenue.

How an innovative idea + $20 created 85-year community legacy

Back in 1936, Burges Gadsden had a seemingly simple, yet innovative, idea:…

  • May 24, 2021
Back in 1936, Burges Gadsden, right, had a seemingly simple, yet innovative, idea: Build an organization that with a solid source of funds could provide support to local charities. With $20 donated by his mother, Fannie, Gadsen founded the Victoria Foundation out of the Sunshine Inn, a soup kitchen he ran on Pandora Avenue.
Reunited and it feels so good, Stefan and Josh are back together again. (Photo by Cim MacDonald)

Snipe hunting brothers reunited in Chemainus (and it feels so good)

Ten long years of fundraising leads to replacement of bronze figure in signature downtown artpiece

Reunited and it feels so good, Stefan and Josh are back together again. (Photo by Cim MacDonald)
Queen Elizabeth II and Clive Holland, deputy commonwealth president of the Royal Life Saving Society, top left, virtually present Dr. Steve Beerman, top right, with the King Edward VII Cup for his drowning-prevention work. Tanner Gorille and Sarah Downs were honoured with Russell Medals for their life-saving resuscitation. (Buckingham Palace photo)

Queen presents Vancouver Island doctor with award for global drowning prevention

Dr. Steve Beerman receives Royal Life Saving Society’s King Edward VII Cup at virtual ceremony

Queen Elizabeth II and Clive Holland, deputy commonwealth president of the Royal Life Saving Society, top left, virtually present Dr. Steve Beerman, top right, with the King Edward VII Cup for his drowning-prevention work. Tanner Gorille and Sarah Downs were honoured with Russell Medals for their life-saving resuscitation. (Buckingham Palace photo)
The Victoria Foundation launches its 16th annual Victoria’s Vital Signs Survey, open from May 4 to July 1.

Take the 2021 Vital Signs Survey, help the region chart a course forward

Have your say May 4 to July 1

  • May 3, 2021
The Victoria Foundation launches its 16th annual Victoria’s Vital Signs Survey, open from May 4 to July 1.
Sooke district council has approved $88,925 in community grants to be shared between 24 local not-for-profit and community organizations for 2021. (Pixabay.com)

Sooke council earmarks $88,925 in grants for community groups

Mayor Maja Tait this has been an ‘extraordinary time’ due to the pandemic

Sooke district council has approved $88,925 in community grants to be shared between 24 local not-for-profit and community organizations for 2021. (Pixabay.com)
After more than a year, open forums will resume at a Saanich committee of the whole meeting on April 19 with up to five residents having the chance to speak for three minutes each about any district-related matter. (Black Press Media file photo)

Public input resumes at Saanich council following lengthy suspension due to pandemic

Up to five residents can present by phone for up to three minutes starting April 19

After more than a year, open forums will resume at a Saanich committee of the whole meeting on April 19 with up to five residents having the chance to speak for three minutes each about any district-related matter. (Black Press Media file photo)
The District of Sooke will continue to flower with Communities in Bloom. (Pixabay)

Sooke will bud but not bloom in provincial competition

Council scales back participation in Communities in Bloom

The District of Sooke will continue to flower with Communities in Bloom. (Pixabay)
One of the grand prizes for this year's Hometown Heroes Lottery includes a seaside home at SookePoint, $1.5 million, and an Audi Quattro. (Photo courtesy of Hometown Heroes)

Hometown Heroes Lottery features seaside home in Sooke

A stunning seaside home in Sooke could be yours for the price…

One of the grand prizes for this year's Hometown Heroes Lottery includes a seaside home at SookePoint, $1.5 million, and an Audi Quattro. (Photo courtesy of Hometown Heroes)
City workers from Duncan were busy recently putting up street signs in both Hul’q’umi’num’ and English. (Submitted photo)

Hul’q’umi’num street signs installed in downtown Duncan

Partnership with Cowichan Tribes sees English street names twinned with Indigenous language

  • Apr 14, 2021
City workers from Duncan were busy recently putting up street signs in both Hul’q’umi’num’ and English. (Submitted photo)
Sooke artist Jessica Ruth Freedman is one of nine virtual in-residence artists who share the creative process, conduct webinars, write and offer sage advice with artsUNITE, a free online wayfinding platform for artists. (Contributed - Jessica Ruth Freedman)

Sooke artist joins artsUNITE, getting creative through pandemic

National program brings much-needed support to arts community

Sooke artist Jessica Ruth Freedman is one of nine virtual in-residence artists who share the creative process, conduct webinars, write and offer sage advice with artsUNITE, a free online wayfinding platform for artists. (Contributed - Jessica Ruth Freedman)
Joe Sommer of Chilliwack reaches toward a killdeer on its nest on his property, in March 2021. The red marking is to alert the neighbouring farm to avoid the area. (Submitted photo)

Chilliwack man has close encounter with killdeer after marking nest

Killdeer nest near farm fields and other high danger areas, but man is intent on saving birds

Joe Sommer of Chilliwack reaches toward a killdeer on its nest on his property, in March 2021. The red marking is to alert the neighbouring farm to avoid the area. (Submitted photo)
Devin Meads planned to walk 150 kilometres from Langford to Qualicum Beach in support of the Victoria Humane Society and homeless animals. (Contributed photo)

Sooke man’s walk for homeless animals takes detour

Devin Meads forced to quit 24-hour fundraiser at 100-kilometre mark due to injury

Devin Meads planned to walk 150 kilometres from Langford to Qualicum Beach in support of the Victoria Humane Society and homeless animals. (Contributed photo)
When cancelled performances decimated arts organization revenues, the Victoria Foundation's Arts & Culture Fund offered support. For Intrepid Theatre, funds helped them  modify the Metro Studio Theatre to include distanced, cabaret-style seating.

Victoria Foundation program boosts Community Recovery

Community Action Fund donations continue to make a difference; grant applications open March 29

  • Mar 22, 2021
When cancelled performances decimated arts organization revenues, the Victoria Foundation's Arts & Culture Fund offered support. For Intrepid Theatre, funds helped them  modify the Metro Studio Theatre to include distanced, cabaret-style seating.
Cowichan Valley’s W. Jeff Leggat is an organizer of the Community Rally to Raise the Rates for Persons living with Permanent Disabilities in B.C. that will take place on the grounds of the legislature building in Victoria on March 18. (Submitted photo)
Cowichan Valley’s W. Jeff Leggat is an organizer of the Community Rally to Raise the Rates for Persons living with Permanent Disabilities in B.C. that will take place on the grounds of the legislature building in Victoria on March 18. (Submitted photo)
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the Weir family who lost their Errington home in a fire. (Facebook page photo)
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the Weir family who lost their Errington home in a fire. (Facebook page photo)
Retired SD62 custodian Jim Black brought his ‘pack’ of BARK ambassadors to a drive-thru for David Cameron Elementary School students during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Black championed the BARK program, which encouraged students to keep their school and homes clean. (Courtesy of David Cameron Elementary)

Colwood custodian’s dachshund-inspired cleaning program a delight for students

Retired elementary school custodian’s BARK program a hit with the kids

Retired SD62 custodian Jim Black brought his ‘pack’ of BARK ambassadors to a drive-thru for David Cameron Elementary School students during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Black championed the BARK program, which encouraged students to keep their school and homes clean. (Courtesy of David Cameron Elementary)
Willow Street Cafe is going to be looking good as the central building in filming of a movie in Chemainus next week. (Photo by Pete Cavanaugh)

Hallmark movie crews moving into Chemainus for the week

Filming of The Baker’s Sons being conducted downtown

Willow Street Cafe is going to be looking good as the central building in filming of a movie in Chemainus next week. (Photo by Pete Cavanaugh)