United Way Southern Vancouver Island serves the communities of southern Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands that are located in the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples including; the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees) and Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) Nations here in the core area, the W̱SÁNEĆ Nations (W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱(Tsawout), and W̱SIKEM (Tseycum)) and Pune’laxutth’ (Penelekut) out on the Saanich Peninsula and Gulf Islands, and to the west the Sc’ianew (Beecher Bay), T’Sou-ke, Pacheedaht, and MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) Nations. We respectfully acknowledge that we live, work, and play within these traditional territories.
It’s Pride Week in Victoria June 30 to July 7. From last weekend’s Youth Pride Parade kick-off, to the closing Victoria Pride Parade on July 8, Pride Week is a celebration of diversity. Celebrating diversity is easy to get behind: United Way’s purpose is to create and support a strong, inclusive community where everyone has […]
Your input is a key element in ensuring that we are providing the greatest impact in the community and improving local lives. We value your feedback. Please take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the United Way Stakeholder Survey. All survey responses will remain anonymous, but if you would like to be entered to win one […]
Mark Lovick, RBC Regional Vice President for South Vancouver Island, has won United Way’s Chair’s Award of Distinction. The Award was presented at United Way’s annual Spirit Awards. The annual United Way Spirit Awards recognizes and thanks donors and workplaces for their ongoing community support. The Chair’s Award of Distinction is the event’s most prestigious […]
Last year, 1,510 people in BC died from a drug overdose: in 87% of the overdoses, fentanyl was detected. Overdoses are happening in our community. Far from being an issue confined to the streets, the opioid epidemic is affecting people from all walks of life and from all socio-economic backgrounds; it could be your friend, […]
Victoria, BC – February 11 is 211 Day across North America. 211 is a free, up-to-date, reliable gateway to community, social, non-clinical health and government services. Free, confidential help is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Funded by United Way Greater Victoria, in British Columbia, people can access help by calling or texting 211 or […]
VICTORIA, BC – Tre isn’t on the streets because a local youth program – funded in part by United Way – caught him at a critical turning point in his life. Now he’s working as a sales associate at a skate shop in Victoria. United Way is at a critical point in our fundraising campaign: […]