Stories

Transforming lives begins with something as simple as a friendly smile and a non-judgmental ear.

That’s why Our Place believes in offering a hand up rather than a hand out. The lives that have been transformed because of the love, support and friendship that radiates within our building is incredible. Here are just a few of our stories.

October 18, 2021

Max’s Story

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If there is one thing Max has learned in his young life, it’s that recovery takes time. It is not as simple as flicking a switch…
July 8, 2021

Mitchell’s Story

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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…
May 21, 2021

Beverly & Andrew’s Volunteer Story

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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…
May 21, 2021

Janet’s Volunteer Story

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“I’ve been a volunteer with Our Place for four years,” says Janet who enjoys helping out at reception and in both kitchens. “Four…
May 5, 2021

Tim’s Story

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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…
March 23, 2021

Leslie’s Story

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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…
February 16, 2021

Tony’s Story

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The one word that has followed Tony around for his entire life is ‘Trouble’. He doesn’t know if his birth parents loved him…
January 21, 2021

Dakota’s story

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When the coronavirus pandemic first hit, Dakota Johnny thought about going back to his old life of using crystal meth. When he was…
January 20, 2021

My life has changed a thousand-fold

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October 14, 2020

Forest’s Story

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Without a lone moment of kindness, Forest may have fallen deeper into the depths of addiction. After moving to Vancouver…
June 15, 2020

Benoit’s Story

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“It’s a blessing to be able to help the person I used to be.” — Benoit Growing up in Montreal, Benoit had a very typical…
June 15, 2020

CEO Julian Daly Welcome

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It seems there is no place quite like Our Place, and I feel truly blessed to have the chance to work alongside such dedicated and compassionate…