Beacon releases 2018-2019 Annual Report
We’ve had a very busy year at Beacon — too busy to include everything in a single report! But please check out our 2018-2019 Annual Report for “glimpses” of some of the past year’s activities and accomplishments. The report is posted in the About Us section of this website, on the Annual Reports page under News & Publications.
New Children’s Development Centre will host Beacon programs
On June 26, BC’s Ministry of Education announced a new project: a new, larger facility for the Children’s Development Centre in Cordova Bay.
We’re especially excited about this because Beacon Community Services and the Saanich Schoool District are partnering at the centre …. We’ll deliver additional services to strengthen local families, support youth, and enhance children’s development in their early years.
Construction will start in the spring of 2020 and should be completed by the fall of 2021.
Beacon Community Services awards volunteer scholarships
June 26 was a special day at Beacon: we were DELIGHTED to recognize exemplary youth volunteers with Beacon Community Services scholarships during a special awards ceremony at our AGM.
Board Chair Bryan Waller and CEO Bob Boulter presented $1500 Beacon Community Services scholarships to Reynold Secondary School’s Florencio Mende (1st photo, below) and Discovery School’s Sequilla Stubbs (2nd photo, below). Claremont Secondary’s Nicolas Fedrigo and Parkland Secondary’s Olivia Skillings weren’t able to join us, but received a Beacon Community Services scholarship and Beacon’s Donna Godwin Humanitarian Award, respectively.
Since moving to Victoria from the Philippines in 2016, Florencio has distinguished himself through an impressive range of volunteer activities at his school and in our community — including leadership in several initiatives that celebrated multiculturalism and brought immigrants together to share their experiences. Sequilla has been a powerhouse of support for her school and also worked to increase awareness about (and raise research funds for ) Type 1 diabetes. Among other things, Nicolas’s multi-faceted volunteer service included visiting with/playing piano for hospital patients, fundraising for cancer research, and applying his gift for science as an analysis assistant for the Rare Genomics Institute. Olivia’s undertaken a range of volunteer work, including mentoring Grade 5 girls, helping seniors in our community, and raising funds for the needy by sewing quilts.
We wish them well…and can’t wait to see what they do next!
Newsletter aims to ‘keep in touch’ with Beacon volunteers
In response to Beacon volunteers’ request for more communication about what’s happening across Beacon’s many programs and services, we’ve launched a quarterly newsletter.
In Touch: Beacon Volunteer News is dedicated to our amazing volunteers and the work they do to help people and improve lives in our community.
The first edition was recently emailed to our volunteer team. If you didn’t get it, hard copies are available at the SHOAL Centre — or you can click here to read it (in this website’s News & Publications Newsletters section, under About Us).
Home Support services to transition to Island Health this fall
On March 13, it was announced that the delivery of publicly funded home support services will transition to the Island Health Authority effective October 31, 2019. Beacon home support staff will also be offered opportunities to join Island Health’s team.
If you’re a home support client or family member, please click here for questions and answers about the transition that will take place in fall 2019.