Haven’s Holiday Wish List

Every year, Haven Society relies on the generosity of our donors for items that ensure women and children from Ladysmith to Bowser have the basic necessities they need as they seek support, shelter, and a safe place to begin healing from abuse.  Below are items that Haven Society is in dire need of this year, and we thank you for your continued support of our vital work in your community.

Gift Cards

Gift Cards in any denomination for local businesses (e.g. Superstore, Chapters, Wal-Mart, theatres, restaurants are very welcome!

Help local women and children celebrate the holiday.

Bring some joy and holiday cheer into the lives of local families who may not otherwise be able to afford basic necessities, food or gift items this season.

Grocery Gift Cards and Turkey Vouchers

Gift cards or food vouchers in any denomination can make a huge difference to local families struggling to make ends meet.

Help local women and children get enough to eat this Christmas

For many Haven Society clients, the holidays can prove to be challenging. Grocery cards and turkey vouchers can go a long way to providing basic necessities,and a most welcome treat during a tough time.

Bus Tickets

For many women and their children, transportation costs are a barrier. Donating bus tickets to Haven can provide freedom and opportunities.

Help give the gift of freedom and mobility.

Women and children without access to transportation are often unable to access assistance in their community. By donating bus tickets, you can help ensure women and their families have full access to the support they need.

New Socks, Underwear, Toiletries and PJs for Women and Children

Women and children fleeing domestic violence often leave with nothing but the clothing on their backs. Help provide basic comforts and necessities for clients in the Transition and Safe Houses.

Give a Gift of Comfort

Think of all the things you need for an overnight trip. Toothbrush? Deodorant? Shampoo? Comfy pajamas? Help us make sure our clients have the most basic comforts during what can be a very difficult time.

16 Days of Activism Campaign

It starts now.

November 25 – December 10


The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose these dates to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is indeed a human rights issue.  What actions can you take right now that will make a difference?  What will you do tomorrow?

Everyone can do something to end violence against women and girls.

What is Gender-based violence?

Gender-based violence is violence that is directed against a woman because she is a woman, or is violence that affects women disproportionately. Both gender-based violence and violence against women are terms used to describe human rights violations committed against women that stem from gender inequality and the failure of governments and societies to recognize the human rights of women. Acts of gender-based violence can include domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, sexual harassment, trafficking of women, forced prostitution, harmful social practices, and more. Gender-based violence also includes denial of medical services and adequate care.

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Thank you to the Thirsty Camel Cafe!

In addition to delicious food, the Thirsty Camel Cafe also makes a huge difference in the Nanaimo community.  On behalf of the thousands of women and children who will benefit, thank you to Ilan and his amazing staff for this incredible gift to Haven Society!




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Quotes From Clients About Their Experience With Haven Society

I feel I was valued here. I feel more valued out in the world too and in my personal relationships.
Anonymous, Haven Client
I did not know what I was going through was common to others. It was profound as I have always felt so alone and helpless. Now I have greater understanding, I am able to move forward.
Anonymous, Haven Client
I was homeless for five years and now I have had a place for two years thanks to this program.
Anonymous, Haven Client
I cherish you all so much. I haven’t got the deep enough words to express how I feel about the counsellors at Haven and the system of Haven.
Anonymous, Haven Client
Haven has donated a lot to me, I’m so grateful for that. It really gave me a feeling like I’m going to be able to make it. It gave me a sense of stability.
Anonymous, Haven Client
A year ago I was suicidal and did not plan for tomorrow. Today the world is my oyster. There is nothing I cannot do now!
Anonymous, Haven Client