Thank You.

Thank you to Altrusa Nanaimo for the beautiful Christmas swags!

Thank you to Altrusa Nanaimo for the beautiful Christmas swags!

We can never predict who might be seeking shelter at the house, but Christmas time is guaranteed to be busy. Six women and six children spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with us, and preparations started weeks in advance.

Six women plus two four year old boys, one 15 year old boy, a 14 year old boy, a 13 year old girl and one 10 year old girl made for a lot of secretive stocking stuffing and gift wrapping.

“The little ones absolutely believe Santa is coming,” said Cindy, Resident Program Supervisor. “And we always try to prove them right.”

Christmas Eve, Jackie, a Women’s Support Worker with the Transition House took care of Santa’s main duties, and made sure there were gifts for everybody.

“Women’s Support Workers go above and beyond, “said Cindy, Resident Program Supervisor. “They take turns year after year, and it’s always a regular staff person and not a casual member, which is really unusual.”

Jackie did a fantastic job playing Santa that morning, for all the residents in the house.

“The four year-olds were beyond ecstatic,” said Cindy. “Even the teenagers were awestruck, and the Moms were so grateful.”

“The gratitude that was shown was just beyond.”

The gratitude that we have at Haven Society for all of the donors in our community who helped make the Transition House a safe and joyful home for the women and children seeking shelter from abuse also goes beyond any words we can express.

In addition to the incredible financial support we receive, items donated throughout the year and at Christmas help us to ensure whoever may be at the Transition House knows that there are folks in Nanaimo who care what happens to them, and that can make all the difference in the world.

A Very Special Thank You To:


Ladysmith Family Practice Practice Medical

DNBIA & Old City Quarter Association

Taoist Tai Chi

Central Drugs, Campbell Street

Rotary Oceanside & Interac Club

Berks Intertruck

VIU Health & Human Services

Solution Focused Consulting Inc.

Traveler’s Lodge

Home Depot

Zonta Club of Nanaimo

Altrusa Club

Rotary Club of Nanaimo

Little Match Girl Project

Heart & Stroke Walking Group

The Quilters Guild of Nanaimo

Princess Royal Family Centre Staff

Woodgrove Christian Community Church

VIU Student Residents

Dover Bay School

BCLDB (Longwood Liquor Store)

St. Andrew’s United Church

Nanaimo Community Corrections

Girl Guides Boomers Trefoil



Deerwood Craft Group

Jeremy’s Memorial Foundation

NRGH Admitting Staff & Patient Flow

Kiwanis Club of Nanaimo Sunrisers

Great Nanaimo Toy Drive


Warehouse 1

Nanaimo Harbor Lites Lioness

University Women Parksville

St. Vincent de Paul

Numb Thumbs and Nimble Thimbles Group

Angles & Demons Dragon Boat Team

Kerry’s Car and Truck Centre

Rainbow International

Runners of Compassion

Costco Wholesale


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