We are so excited to announce the BC Lions Be More Than a Bystander campaign – featuring JR LaRose – will be in Nanaimo on Monday! For the first time ever, the BC Lions will be hosting an evening event here in Nanaimo, free to the general public. JR LaRose will be speaking and available for autographs after the presentation, and a signed jersey will be a draw prize for early registrants.
This is a FREE public event, but please pre-register yourself or your group by contacting Jessica Lee by email:
February 1st 2016
Malaspina Theatre at VIU
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Be More Than a Bystander is a groundbreaking partnership between the BC Lions and Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) that sees sports icons from the BC Lions using their status and public profile to create awareness and urge everyone to “Break the Silence on Violence Against Women.” Founding partners of the Be More Than a Bystander initiative are Status of Women Canada, the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development and Encana Corporation.
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.