The Pacific Centre Family Services Association (PCFSA) is almost
ready to start helping residents in its new building on Goldstream
While physically located in Colwood, the impact from these
additional services will be felt across the West Shore and the region.
That was evident by the community representatives present at last
Friday’s ribbon cutting ceremony, which included Premier John Horgan,
Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon, MLA Mitzi Dean, local mayors and councillors,
as well as first responders and other service providers from across
“The Pacific Centre … is in the business of promoting dignity and
quality of life for individuals and families across Greater Victoria,”
Whether it’s senior or youth, she noted the services the centre
offers helps keep people in their homes through many different programs
that are based on respect.
“It’s so very difficult to put a dollar figure on the benefits
provided by all of the services offered now and in the future because in
fact, by encouraging possibilities, the Pacific Centre Family Services
Association keeps people from becoming statistics.”
Horgan added, “the Pacific Centre has done so much for the people
in this region over five decades … We’re a growing community and with
growth comes challenges, whether it be for children, whether it be for
women fleeing abuse, whether it be for basic services for those in
The Pacific Centre offers a number of services, including
counselling, youth outreach, parent/teen mediation and many more, which
will continue to be offered at the original building at 345 Wale Rd. as
well as the new space at 324 Goldstream Ave. which isn’t quite ready to
start serving clients.
“I really just want to say thank you to everybody,” said Dean,
who, before making the recent shift into politics, served as the
association’s executive director for more than a decade.
“Sometimes when you have a significant milestone like this, it
turns your universe upside down … but I think this will turn it right
side up,” she said, noting the desperate need for more family services
on the West Shore.
“This is a standing monument to collaboration.”
Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton added to that. “This is an open
resource for our community that is so badly needed,” she said. “This is a
realization of a dream … thank you for your commitment and your
vision.” For more information on services, go to pacificcentrefamilyservices.org.