We are so grateful to Our Place’s Donors and Supporters!

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all the kind and compassionate donors and supporters that have helped give hope and belonging to those in need. Below are just a few examples that warmed our hearts. Each month, we will update this page to give special recognition to those who have made a major difference in the lives of those we serve.

We are also grateful to the organizations that provide us funding through grants. These generous supporters nourish many lives and making a true difference in our community.

Updated – Please see the list of 2022 Great Grantors here.


A big thank you thanks to businesses who have already donated to our Hungry Hearts auction with amazing items such as two tickets to a BC Lions Game and a 2023-24 season Victoria Royals hockey game experience in the Wilson’s Transportation Luxury Box (up to 12 people). If you’re interested in donating an auction item or experience, please click here.

We’re extremely grateful to all of our recent Heart of the Matter podcast guests, including: Dr. Somers, Le-Ann Dolan and Dr. Voon. Watch and listen for new podcasts from Victoria Mayor Alto, Diana Gibson, Executive Director of the Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria, and more.

Huge thanks to Big Wheel Burger, for their support during Coldest Night of the Year, and for making Our Place one of their featured charities of the month. They’ve donated $5000, while will go towards Coldest Night fundraising and be split between Our Place and PCFSA.

The UVic Commerce Students Society recently held their annual 5 Days event and raised an incredible amount on behalf of Our Place – nearly $9000! Huge thanks to this fantastic team of students for all their hard work!

Our new permanent housing site at Albina is now open! We’d like to say a massive thank you to all the groups who donated Tenant Starter Kits, to help our new residents settle in: the IODE Boundary Bay Chapter, First Metropolitan Church, Broad View United, Victoria Multifaith Society, St John’s United Church, Christ Community Church, Esquimalt United, Two Saints Church, St Peter’s Anglican Church, Central Saanich United, the Cooley family, Victoria Harvest Church, Abstract Property Development, and Peninsula Co-op.


Thank you to all our fantastic supporters who participated in Coldest Night of the Year. Your willingness to brave the chilly temperatures to walk in support of those experiencing homelessness and poverty is truly inspiring. Between downtown and the Westshore, we had more walkers registered than any other location in Canada, and together you raised over $170,000! We can’t thank you enough for your support and we hope to see you again next year.

We gratefully acknowledge Dr. Kris and Mrs. Pushpa Tangri for their valued support to vulnerable community members at Our Place.  They donated generously for many years, and then left a gift in their will to continue to help those most in need. Compassionate community members make the wrap-around support services offered by Our Place Society possible.

Thank you to everyone who donated floor hockey items to the New Roads Therapeutic Recovery Community. Hobbies and physical activity play a critical role in recovery, and the men at New Roads are so grateful that you’ve supported them on their journey.


As we begin a new year, Our Place would like to thank our Advisory Cabinet who act as ambassadors with the purpose of helping raise awareness, philanthropic opportunities and community profile for the organization. The 2023 advisory cabinet consists of: Ian Batey, Angela Bassage, Trudi Brown, Colin Gilroy, Pete Jando, Lee King, Kyle Loree, Peter Powell, Terry Scandrett, Mike Shannon, Maureen Shaw, Jennifer Vornbrock, John Wilson.

Our Place will be launching a new podcast series in February. Heart of the Matter will offer a glimpse behind the scenes of the incredibly challenging work that Our Place does, but also engage with community leaders around real and lasting solutions. We are grateful to those community leaders and Our Place champions who have agreed to participate including Victoria Police Chief Del Manak, MLA Grace Lore, Chamber CEO Bruce Williams, organizers from Moms Stop The Harm and Our Place’s Housing and Wellness Directors. Stay tuned!

Legacies of Love:
We honor Audrey Iris Male (nee Dickens) of Sidney for her generous, compassionate support to vulnerable community members. Audrey made regular contributions to Our Place Society for many years and included a bequest in her will to continue to help those in need.

Helen Treva O’Brien (nee Bryan) of Victoria often shared that it distressed her greatly to think of people sleeping in the cold without enough to eat. Her donations and bequest to Our Place Society lighten the burden of those struggling with poverty and homelessness.


We are grateful for the continued support of Patrick Stewart. His generous donation of $15,000 (through the Vancouver Foundation and McLean Foundation) helped support our Paramedics and bought Christmas gifts for family members at our transitional housing sites. We are also grateful to the Peninsula Co-Op who helped to provide Christmas stockings to the residents of our shelter locations!

Thanks to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund, we received a generous donation of $30,000 for Food Services! And a special thank you to our good friends at the Sovereign Order of Jerusalem, who will kindly administer the TC Christmas Fund this year.

We received some incredible gifts from local businesses over the holiday season, including significant donations from Waves Veterinary Hospital, Ron Neal and Royal Lepage, the Dodd’s Furniture family, Jagg Asset Management, Electric Edge Systems Group and Wilson’s Transportation who held a “Stuff the Bus” campaign at a December Victoria Chamber event.


A big thank you to the students of the Camosun College Criminal Justice program who stopped by Our Place this week to drop off dozens of bags of clothing. Just in time for the snowfall.

Thank you to the CBC Victoria, West Coast Reach Choir, First Met United Church, Our Place volunteers and our guest readers, Jack Knox of the Times Colonist and Joe Perkins of CHEK News. They will all be pulling together to present the live reading of A Christmas Carol on Friday December 9. Tix still available.

After attending the recent Open House for donors and neighbors at the New Roads Therapeutic Recovery Community this fall, a generous couple made the decision to provide a gift in support of a Cultural Connections program there to expand resources for Indigenous residents and programming.

Joan Wiggins, Senior Investment Counsellor for RBC Phillips, Hagar, North Investment Counsel Inc., and her husband Graham Lamb, a personal trainer who works out of Oak Bay Recreation Centre, were very moved by what they saw and heard on the tour with staff and residents.  They are committed to reconciliation efforts locally and wanted to help. They requested a grant from their donor-advised Opportunity Fund held at the Victoria Foundation and added a flow-through top up.  The generous donation will support weekly workshops with elder Frazer Smith, a drum-making workshop, honoraria for visiting elders, and materials for reconstruction of the sweat lodge on site at New Roads.

They want to help residents learn about and reclaim their heritage, strengthen pride and identity, bolster healing from past trauma and forge a substance-free path forward.

Our Place presented them with orange shirts, pictured below, featuring a design by New Roads graduate Patrick Tatoosh, on National Truth and Reconciliation Day. Hych’ka!

Continuing a relationship that spans more than 50 years, the United Church of Canada Foundation featured Our Place Society as a recommended choice in their annual Gifts with Vision catalogue for the coming year. The OPS seniors program was highlighted on the back cover as a choice for individual donors; copies were distributed to 3,000 United Churches across Canada. The Foundation then collects those donations and sends them to OPS quarterly, as a part of their social justice mission. Former United Church emeritus, Allan Saunders, is the Our Place Society board chair. We appreciate this ongoing connection to people living their values through their care and compassion.

We have already received some wonderful sponsorship commitments for the 2023 Coldest Night of the Year walks. Thank you to Big Wheel Burger, Paladin Security, Proline Property Management, Aon Reed Stenhouse, Coastal Community Credit Union, the Times Colonist and used Victoria.

And in the WestShore: Slegg Building Materials, Work Link BC, F45 Training, Keycorp, Auxilium Mortgage Corporation and the WestShore Chamber of Commerce. Sponsorship opportunities still available. Contact stevens@ourplacesociety.com

Thank you to BC Transit for donating hundreds of bus tickets to Our Place. We provide them regularly to people without means who need to get to medical appointments, housing appointments, interviews, and for access to meals, clothing and shelter.

Our Place was the recipient of Forge Training Victoria’s Deadlift Competition. They raised over $8,000 which will go right to our meal services. As we continue to feel over 1,000 meals each day to those in need.

In November, we had some wonderful community groups sponsor and serve meals out of our 919 Pandora community centre kitchen. They include: Sysco, Sparta Finance, SKAL Victoria, Khalsa Aid, Avi Sirlin and friends and the Camosun Hospitality program.

With the 2022 harvest completed by Farmlands Trust and 12,912 pounds of fresh local produce grown at Newman farms on the Peninsula, a milestone was reached that we invite you to share in celebrating. Achieving their goal set this year, the talented team of Farmlands Trust Society has provided 102,685 pounds to Our Place Society kitchens, valued at $315,660 from 2014 to date!


Thank you to everyone who voted for Our Place’s New Roads Therapeutic Recovery Community in the WestShore Chamber’s Best of the WestShore Awards. We are grateful to the municipality of View Royal for their ongoing support of our commitment to addiction recovery.

Continuing a relationship that spans more than 50 years, the United Church of Canada Foundation featured Our Place Society as a recommended choice in their annual Gifts with Vision catalogue for the coming year. The OPS seniors program was highlighted on the back cover as a choice for individual donors; copies were distributed to 3,000 United Churches across Canada. The Foundation then collects those donations and sends them to OPS quarterly, as a part of their social justice mission. Former United Church emeritus, Allan Saunders, is the Our Place Society board chair. We appreciate this ongoing connection to people living their values through their care and compassion.

In October, the Hotel Association 0f Greater Victoria stopped by to serve breakfast at our downtown community centre and presented their annual cheque in support of our vital programs and services. So grateful for the partnership with our local hospitality sector.

Thank you to Forge Training on Johnson St. In October they held their sixth annual deadlift competition with all proceeds going to Our Place. They raised over $8,000! So grateful for a giving fitness community.  www.forgevictoria.com


In September, two new legacy gifts were received by Our Place – gifts that are already helping us nourish hope, dignity, belonging, and change for our family members. We remember Audrey Hiscock, a faithful supporter for many years who named our charity as the beneficiary of her tax-free savings account. Her thoughtful planning made for an efficient, straight-forward gift that has extended her compassion beyond her lifetime to continue to touch the lives of others. We also remember Larry Wagner, who named Our Place Society as a beneficiary in his will. He used to walk each morning and meet people on the street who were experiencing homelessness, poverty, and substance abuse disorder. Instead of passing them by, he engaged them in conversation, and this ultimately shaped his decision to leave a legacy gift. Now, his kindness is still helping others. We are honoured to carry on our work in the spirit of these two caring individuals.

As shown on the back cover page of the Times Colonist wrap on September 16, Our Place Society is extremely grateful for the incredible sponsors, talented chefs, generous local auction donors, participating guests and the Board, and Hungry Hearts committee who attended our Hungry Hearts gala on Sept. 10th, and to CHEK TV and Roll. Focus for working with us to broadcast a half hour television show on Sept 3. Because of your shared efforts, “family members” or guests to our various locations will be enjoying a nourishing meal as they come in from the cooler, wet weather this fall and winter. Maree says it best on behalf of us all here. Special shout outs to our Lead sponsor and MC from PwC, auctioneer Tony Joe, and musical guests the Wes Carroll Trio for adding their talents to the evening.


Fr. Garth Millar, who passed away last year, kindly included a bequest to Our Place Society in his estate plans. Now, his heartfelt sense of compassion for others is still touching lives. He was once a securities broker who followed his heart to a Master of Divinity degree from the Vancouver School of Theology, becoming an ordained Priest and serving at Alert Bay, Nimpkish, and St. Barnabas Church in Victoria. He and his wife Joan were long-time supporters of Our Place. We remember them and are truly grateful.

Our Place’s July Bottle Drive was a huge success thanks to you! An incredible $12,438 was raised for Our Place in the month of July thanks to the Bottle Drive. All money raised is going towards Our Place’s vital food security programs as we see food prices rise dramatically. Money earned from recyclables dropped off at the 94 Talcott Bottle Depot Charity Bin after July will support both Our Place and the Diverters Foundation.

Our thanks go out to everyone who contributed to the Hungry Hearts broadcast, Best of the Region auctions and culinary gala! Go to  https://www.ourplacesociety.com/events/hungry-hearts-2022/ for more.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the F & J Einstein Family Foundation, held at the Vancouver Foundation. This will be directed toward emergency meals. Thank you F & J Einstein Family Foundation! 


Ken Scott and his wife Andrée were fun-loving, community-minded people who enjoyed boating (and boat building), social gatherings, and square dancing.  Ken, who retired from the Royal Canadian Navy as a Lieutenant Commander, was also a talented saxophone player who played in local concert and jazz bands.  As a couple, they supported Our Place Society for many years, ultimately choosing to name our charity as a beneficiary in their will.  With that gift now received, we pause to remember the Scotts and be inspired by their legacy of kindness and compassion.

A participant in Our Place Society’s Music Therapy at New Roads program said it “helped me rediscover who I am as a musician, poet and artist; bringing joy and passion to a form of art I had forgotten about in my addiction.” Arts funding in the CRD provides multiple benefits – Vancouver Island Free Dailyhttps://youtu.be/l2ULKFYOWvk

Our New Roads Therapeutic recovery community was featured in this month’s PULSE magazine with 90,000 copies published and distributed across the region and online, created by our friends at the Victoria Foundation. Enjoy new photos by Derek Ford of the healing garden that benefactor Jaymac Fund through the Victoria Foundation provided for the residents here. And the subsequent story of a recovery house where six graduates live now, purchased thanks to the $1M received from three local families. It’s WORKING; graduates are employed or in school, and housed. Thank you to the lead donors and two dozen other philanthropists, on behalf of the men and their families who have a fresh start in life after doing transformative work during their residency at New Roads.

Thanks to so many people in our community who chose to recycle and support Our Place in July, we have raised well over $10,000 through our partnership with The Bottle Depot! Bottles and cans can still be dropped off in our bin outside of our New Roads Therapeutic Community, 94 Talcott Road in View Royal.

We are so grateful to everyone who helped us to create our Hungry Hearts broadcast in July. All filming has just been completed and will now be edited by Roll Focus.

The broadcast will air on CHEK TV on Saturday, September 3 at 6pm. Stay tuned!

Thank you to the Greater Victoria Riding Club who held their community event in July with all proceeds to Our Place. So many wonderful and giving groups in our community.

In July, Jiajia with Rotaract Victoria dropped their donation to Our Place. These great youth were able to raise $3,000 for Our Place by raffling off some cool prizes. Thank you to these future community leaders.

Community Foundations across Canada are a cornerstone of social profit investment for donors wishing to set up donor-advised anonymous granting to local charities. Our local foundation was born out of the need for supporting a soup kitchen in 1936, so is the second oldest in the country. We were thrilled to receive a grant from the fine folks at the Victoria Foundation in July.

In response to our application to their Community Grants stream, of $28, 121 for accreditation of a trainer and subsequent workshops in Mental Health First Aid, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, and changing internal procedures for updating Worksafe procedures across our various housing sites.

This month our Monthly Donors let us know what they appreciate about Our Place! Click here to see the Monthly Donor Survey Insights.


Thank you to the over 35 community leaders who joined us in June to discuss how we can support our community through spiritual care. It was a wonderful, interactive event and you can watch it here.

Proofreading, writing profiles, facilitating skills development and promoting the important work of Our WorkPlace is a labour of love of two exceptional women behind the scenes: Veronica Osborn and Heather Kohler. They have produced six editions of the Hire Ground newsletter, that highlight the People in Progress program  participants and staff, changing lives for the better. Their donations of time and talent is a ‘gift in kind” that we treasure, and we hope you read and enjoy too!

We are grateful for the years of support Jack Archer provided to Our Place Society during his lifetime.  He was a communitarian at heart who, along with his wife Clanell, chose to make a difference for others.  Mr. Archer kindly named Our Place Society as a beneficiary in his will, and now we celebrate the legacy of love he has left.   He is still helping to give a hand up to those who experience homelessness, poverty, and substance abuse disorder.

Two wonderful women, incredible visual artists, have issued a $25,000 Hungry Hearts matching challenge together this year. Ira Hoffecker and Samantha Dickie make room for philanthropy while also expressing their creative genius in their work, to connect to community impact.


Here are some wonderful May stories of giving and compassion:

We are grateful to the over 100 local businesses who donated to our Best of the Region auction in May, which will be unveiled in August as part of our Hungry Hearts campaign. So far we have golf, hotel and restaurant certificates, pet and people care packages, art leisure and garden items and more. If you would like to support our major fundraiser, email stevens@ourplacesociety.com

Sands Funeral Chapel Cremation and Reception Centre by Arbor Memorial continued their long-standing support of Our Place in May.  They donated $5,000 to our Dandelion outreach. This will help us to visit members of the homeless community where they are to provide snacks, counseling and support.

This month we recognize Sparta Finance and Something4Humanity who sponsor a meal on at the beginning of each month. On June 15, they will be hosting BarberQ, a barbeque lunch and an afternoon of haircuts for anyone in need at our Place, with support from Gibson’s Barbershop and School

Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Doreen Crawley, who passed away in December of last year.  For years, she and her husband Brian faithfully supported our charity—a tradition she continued after his passing in 2011.  Ultimately, Doreen chose to remember Our Place Society in her will, and now her legacy will continue to nourish hope, dignity, belonging, and change for those who need a hand up to a better life.  Now, it’s our turn to remember Doreen and be thankful for the dedication she and Brian felt toward the community we all share.


The following are some wonderful stories of April giving:

This month we recognize Second Harvest’ Emergency Food Security Fund. We are grateful for their support that enable us to serve 1,000 emergency meals each day. Thank you!

We were recently presented with a $5,000 donation from the UVic Commerce Student Society from their Five Days campaign. 5 Days is a national campaign that takes place across 20 participating universities.  The mission of the campaign is to raise awareness about homelessness and collect monetary donations for a local charity.  Thank you to Christina, Grace and their team!

We have just created a page to recognize our Great Grantors. Have a look

Watch for a profile of one of our grantors, the Big Wheel Burger Foundation in the upcoming Our Place Newsletter

We remember and thank Jessie Mantle, whose faith and sense of social justice underscored her long-time support of Our Place.  Jessie lived her values, volunteering as a way

 of expressing her caring and compassion for those experiencing poverty and homelessness—she used to volunteer at the Upper Room many years ago, and that spirit of dedication never left her.  Like many who feel strongly enough about a charity to volunteer, Jessie also financially supported our work.  What’s more, she took the natural next step

of naming Our Place Society as a beneficiary in her will.  As a result, her values will continue to touch others’ lives.  We are grateful for the meaningful legacy she has left.

We would like to the thank everyone from Khalsa Aid who have restarted their dinner campaigns at Our Place, cooking and serving a fantastic meal once a month for our family members. On top of that, they have just purchased and donated one of the two fridges needed at the New Roads Therapeutic Recovery Community!

The Numbers are in! For the second straight year, we have raised over $100,000 from the Coldest Night of the Year walk with all money going to our extended hours campaigns to keep our doors open until 9pm whenever possible.

As we wrap our 2021-22 fiscal year, we send a huge virtual hug to the Circle of Love members: the 1300 monthly donors who supplied Our Place with a steady source of

reliable funds for daily food, paramedic care, paying utility and water bills for needed showers and supplies and coordinating the volunteer programs and hiring of needed staff.

Monthly donors each contribute from $5 to $1000 a month, that grew to a heart-rending total of $472,000 from last April 2021 to March 31, 2022!


Here are some March stories of caring and compassion:

Thank you to Sobeys and Thrifty Foods for providing us thousands of dollars in

gift cards. This will be used to purchase much needed ingredients for our meals programs. Our Place serves over 1,000 meals each and every day.

We are humbled and inspired by the recent estate gifts we have received from John Carr, Ridley Carver, Richard Chalk, Jocelyne Manning, William Meier, and Judith Turner.  Each of these community-minded people chose to extend their values beyond their lifetime by leaving a gift to Our Place Society in their will in order to give a hand up to others.  Their kindness and compassion lives on and continues to touch our family members.  What a legacy to have!

BC Nurses make such a positive impact on our lives every day. Recently they gave even more. Thank you to the BCNU for inviting representatives of Our Place to speak to their members about our vital role in the community. Nurses also were a big part of the success of Coldest Night of the Year as they volunteered at our toque toss events and hosted a rest-stop during the walkathon.

Hungry Hearts 2022 has been confirmed for September! It will feature the return of the popular culinary competition and soiree as well as a broadcast on CHEK Television. Thank you to the sponsors who have stepped forward so far: PwC, Odlum Brown, Coast Capital, CHEK Television, PARC Retirement Living, Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation, Canadian Tire. Knappett Projects, Max Express and the Times Colonist! Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact stevens@ourplacesociety


Please join us in thanking the following February heroes in our community:

On Saturday, February 26, we saw our community come out in full support of the Coldest Night Night of the Year walkathon – both downtown and in the WestShore. Thank you to everyone who made the event such a heartwarming success. The national Coldest Night  campaign raises money and awareness for issues of poverty and homelessness. Over 165 cities and charities participated and only one other location had more participants then the Pandora-WestShore walks!

Pls watch video to find out why this campaign is so important: https://youtu.be/OSI_GWVCIhw

We would like to thank the following event sponsors:

Downtown: Big Wheel Burger, the BCNU, Cornerstone Properties, Paladin Security, Proline Mgt, Dr. Fred Voon, Brown Henderson Melbye, Times Colonist, Used Victoria

WestShore: Slegg Building Materials, Island Corridor Foundation, Worklink Employment Soc., F45 Training, Auxilium Mortgage, the WestShore Chamber of Commerce, Philip Bisset-Covaneiro, IG Wealth Mgt, Langford City Centre. And of course, a big thank you to our WestShore partner Pacific Centre Family Services Association.

Barbara Bos has financially supported our work every year for many years now and has named Our Place Society as a beneficiary in her will so others can be helped in the future.  She also shares her time and talent by knitting toques and sweaters for our family members to help get them through the cold winter months.  We are extremely grateful for how she lives her values.  The world needs more people like this. Thank you, Barb!

We are very thankful to WIL Digital and ICTC for the funding to hire a UVic Co-op student for our Fund Development Team. Dane has just been hired and will be a great addition. His focus will be building towards our first in-person Hungry Hearts gala in three years!


Here are some wonderful stories of giving to launch 2022:

A new handwashing station was installed in the dining hall at 919 Pandora, thanks to a generous grant from the Shaw Family Foundation, for this upgrade. The grant also helped to pay for the tents in the courtyard, to keep folks dry as they queue up for three meals a day and shifts for paramedic outreach workers to distribute masks and information.

In January, we raised over $30,000 for the Coldest Night of the Year walkathon. Of the 167 charities participating this year, this puts us in the top 20. Thank you to everyone who have sponsored, signed up and helped us to promote this vital campaign. There is still time to step up, form a team, sign up to walk, fundraise and walk in support of those struggling with poverty and homelessness in our region.

Thank you to the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort, Odlum Brown, Coast Capital Savings, PARC Retirement Living, Canadian Tire, Knappett Projects, CHEK Television and the Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation who in January have confirmed their sponsorship and support of our Hungry Hearts 2022 campaign. Still some great sponsorships available.

Shout out to The Oak Bay Rotary, having just announced it raised over $12,000 with their recent raffle campaign. 1/3 Of the proceeds will be donated to Our Place. The Rotaract Club of Victoria have also just launched their raffle campaign in support of Our Place. Tickets can be purchased at rotaractvictoria@gmail.com

Pacific Design Academy will be donating its time and resources to creating a video for Our Place. Our Place was chosen from 50 local charities who applied. The decision was based on a presentation in January by two members of the Fund Development team.

We are grateful to Ben Salvatore.  He generously donated a vehicle to us through Donate A Car Canada (donatecar.ca/), a service that liquidates vehicles for charities.

Ben’s creative thinking and kindness has provided much-needed financial support to benefit our family members.  Thank you!

We are pleased to announce the completion of chapel renovations at the Drop-In Centre thanks to The United Church of Canada Foundation’s Living Spirit Fund. Their $8,000 Seeds of Hope grant for chapel renovations and volunteer support will enable us to enhance spiritual care for all at Our Place.

The Seeds of Hope granting program supports innovative, unique, and much-needed projects which enable congregations and other United Church-affiliated individuals and organizations to live out the New Creed’s call to seek justice, live with respect in creation and love and serve others. For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website: unitedchurchfoundation.ca the United Church of Canada Foundation Seeds of Hope

The work as therapy and educational upgrading programs will expand in 2022 for residents of the New Roads Therapeutic Recovery Community, thanks to significant

donations from the 100 Women who Care Saanich Peninsula and Joan Wiggins and the RBC Foundation (donation of computer lab equipment), and

Bernie and Cairine MacDonald, in honour of Marj Tory, who believed “work is love made visible.”

Our first Honorary Life Membership in the Our Place Society was awarded in 2021 to our top donor and long-time supporter John McEown by our OPS Board Chair

Allan Saunders and Treasurer Andrea Jakeman-Brown. Were also nominated John for an Honorary Citizen of the City of Victoria, which he was awarded in October this year.

Thank you to the Dodd Family for sponsoring our Christmas dinner. We still couldn’t invite them in to serve but they still stepped forward to make sure it happened again this year.

Thank you to a couple culinary community leaders. Tutti, a food ordering app partnered with our restaurants and did a Christmas giveaway, resulting in 250 orders, which

meant a donation of $500 to Our Place Society. As well, Virtuous Pie donated $1 from every holiday pie sold out of our Victoria location to Our Place Society.

We are so grateful to the cast of our Christmas Carol dramatic reading in December. Thank you to the team from CBC radio and Victoria Chamber CEO Bruce Williams for makin

g Charles Dickens’ classic tale come to life again this year.

Gratitude to the team at 100.3 The Q stepped up again this Christmas to raise over $3,000 in cash and gift cards during their Christmas fundraising drive

FLT tripled almost the fruits of its labours this year through one of the hottest summers and wettest falls in recent memory. Our Place Society “family members” benefitted f

rom FLT’s in-kind donation of 17,381 pounds (7,891 kg) of 11 different types of locally grown field-to-table ingredients for those meals. The valuation of $62,685 for that labour, that several staff witnessed first-hand on a summer day tour of the Newman Farm site, is so appreciated.

Here are some wonderful stories of giving in November:

Thank you to those caring and compassionate people who have recently updated their will to include a gift to Our Place Society. Eileen Gormley is one such person who feels a bequest is a great way to extend her values and support beyond her lifetime.

Our Place Society honours the memory of the late Larry Wagner, the late Reverend Elizabeth Butler, and the late Mr. Arthur Whittingham. We have received bequests from each of these donors that will help us serve those experiencing homelessness, poverty, the opioid crisis, and mental health issues. Their kindness and caring for others will continue to be felt.

Major Gift donors Peter and Sandra Powell ensured that the Digital Job Seekers program continues at Our WorkPlace into 2022 and that Chromebooks stations will be installed in temporary housing locations for residents to connect to resources such as bc.211.ca. (pic on desktop).

Thank you to the McLean Foundation who are helping us to ensure that we are able to provide a small Christmas stocking to every resident of our housing and shelter sites.

We are grateful to CBC Victoria and the Canadian College of Performing Arts who are working together to create a wonderful virtual Christmas Carol Dickens reading.

Jordan from New Roads Therapeutic Recovery Community received 2 spontaneous donations of guitars for Tom Lee Music! One for Art Therapy I and one for Music Therapy at TRC…

Thank you to everyone who is stepping up to sponsor a meal! As of December 1, we are able to invite groups back to serve meals to those in need. We are grateful Sparta Finance, Epicure, Carbon Cure, The Neal Estate Team, Dr. Jennifer Lee LIDA Homes, the Niven Family Khalsa Aid, and the Dodd Family!

In November Vic PD dropped off hundreds of pairs of socks in November to help those struggling with the inclement weather.

A huge thank you to Camosun College’s Criminal Justice program who gathered bags and bags and bags of clothing for the most vulnerable on our streets. We will get these donations sorted and ready to hand out.

We are grateful to the Coldest Night of the Year sponsors who have stepped up so far: Slegg Building Materials, The Times Colonist, Used Victoria, Paladin Security, DR. Fred Voon, WorkLink Employment Soc. Auxilium Mortgage and the Westshore Chamber of Commerce.

Here are some wonderful stories of giving in October.

This month we are sending thank you cards out to our Hungry Hearts donors and sponsors who maked this year’s signature fundraiser our most successful one yet. Scroll down or Click here for our Times Colonist 4 page wrap which includes a list of campaign contributors.


TD Canada Trust has made significant contributions to Our Place Society in October, donating $10,000 as well as bags of clothing and supplies for those in need.


In October we also received a City of Victoria Great Neighbourhood Grant for $5,000 toward the cost of cleaning supplies, janitorial contactors, a marquis tent and outdoor heaters.


While the Dodd family were not able to join us in person this year, they sponsored the Thanksgiving dinner at Our Place and have committed to the same for Christmas!


And a special thank you to everyone who contributed to our Thanksgiving campaign this year.

Your support meant that we could serve hundreds of delicious hot turkey meals with all the fixings to our family members this week. Lots of smiling faces, full bellies and warmed hearts were made possible because of your kindness and generosity.


We thank the Victoria Foundation for their support through the Community Recovery Program, helping us upgrade our computers and remote connection so we can continue to provide best-practice services during the challenging conditions of COVID-19.  This grant was made possible thanks to the:Joan C. McCarter Foundation, Orion Fund, Humby / Frampton Fund, and Rapid Relief Fund.


Thank you to the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller ~ Victoria Commandery for coming down to Our Place in October to present their donation. https://youtu.be/bhjML7KSI_w towards medical supplies for paramedics and foot care clinics. It will make a big difference for our health and safety programs


So grateful to the Times Colonist and their readers for the donation to our meals+ campaigns which helps to ensure anyone who needs a meal gets one as well as access to our wrap-around services.


Thank you to all of our Hungry Hearts sponsors and auction donors.