News & Events

Mitchell’s Story

As a young boy growing up in Shawnigan Lake, Mitchell loved sports. In fact, after first donning skates at the age of two, he became so accomplished that he, along with his skating partner, earned bronze medals in figure skating pairs at the 2007 Canada Winter Games. “I had such an amazing childhood,” he says. […]

Our Place Rebrands Employment Service: Our WorkPlace

By Kiernan Green, Victoria News Our Place Society has announced the rebranding of its pre-employment training service as Our WorkPlace, following this year’s success of their technology-for-employment training program. Since January, the Society’s employment training program – formerly known as Next Steps to Employment – has paired two of its programs for those experiencing employment […]

Hungry Hearts Gala Fundraiser 2021

We are pleased to announce the 8th annual Hungry Hearts gala fundraiser, presented by PwC on September 18, 2021. This high profile food competition has raised an incredible $900,000 for Our Place over the past seven years and is considered Victoria’s favourite culinary fundraiser. We hope you will consider being a part of the 8th […]

Portraits of Caring

The leaders of tomorrow are already making their mark in Greater Victoria, and Our Place wants to celebrate our region’s incredible, hard-working youth with a special exhibition opening Thursday in Hillside Mall. The public is invited to visit our storefront directly beside BC Shaver & Hobbies in Hillside Mall between now and July 15 to […]

Beverly & Andrew’s Volunteer Story

What do you do at the end of a long, hard week of running your own home-based business? If you are Beverly and Andrew, you spend every Friday afternoon serving dinner to the Our Place family. Beverly and Andrew find that volunteering is a meaningful way to end the week. Their time at Our Place […]

Janet’s Volunteer Story

“I’ve been a volunteer with Our Place for four years,” says Janet who enjoys helping out at reception and in both kitchens. “Four days after I retired, I was talking to my husband and realized I needed to get out of Dodge,” she laughs. Janet previously worked as a travel agent for more than 20 […]

Tim’s Story

Tim Dafoe never thought he could have a new start, nor if he was even worth it. Between the ages of 10 and 21, Tim spent 9 years inside one institution or another, learning not how to live in society, but how to hide from it. “I went through a lot of trauma at a […]

Leslie’s Story

From Victoria to Paris and back again, Leslie has lived a whirlwind life that saw her climb the peaks of happiness to the valleys of despair. Born in Victoria, Leslie moved at a young age with her family to Hawaii where she graduated high school and attended university. From there, she travelled to Paris where […]

Tony’s Story

The one word that has followed Tony around for his entire life is ‘Trouble’. He doesn’t know if his birth parents loved him — or even wanted him. He only knows that he was given up for adoption at 21/2 years old. That abandonment by his birth family ingrained in him that even at such […]