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lonely youth excluded by peers

Youth as young as 11 and 12 years old are being recruited for criminal activities.

Kids who do not have strong family relationships or friendships are most vulnerable to crime and exploitation. They are often excluded from peer-to-peer social circles. They are operating alone in survival mode, and this is what makes them vulnerable.

Community supports can prevent at-risk youth from being pulled into a dangerous life of crime and exploitation.

It is so important to reach these youth before they become entrenched in circles of crime. The counsellors at Pacific Centre Family Services are trained...

food plate

You’ve probably watched the construction of the Pacific Centre for Wellbeing at 324 Goldstream Ave since it began in 2016. We are thrilled to be coming up to one year in this new centre, which has doubled our space for child therapy rooms and affordable counselling, and created a welcoming and healing atmosphere for our community.

The next phase of development  is to bring Skookum Food + Coffee home to the Centre for Wellbeing! 

Skookum Skills is a free 12-week training program for youth (between the ages of 16-22) to build skills and enhance their confidence through a well-supported on-the-job...

teenage boy depressed

Do you know that mental health challenges and social exclusion are some people’s biggest barriers to accessing education and jobs?  Every year at Pacific Centre Family Services we support 955 youth and their families as they work hard to change their lives. Jon’s story shows how powerful our Skookum Skills on-the-job training program can be:

In grade 9, Jon walked his mother around Langford and showed her all the jobs he could get if he quit school now, because he thought there was no hope for him. His learning disability had discouraged him from reading and he refused to study. He felt like...

Get Driving or enjoy coffee!

Let’s create Your volunteer opportunity!

 

West Shore Better at Home is currently looking to fill the following volunteer positions:

Drivers 2+ hours per month, flexible week days.

Assist older adults to get to medical appointments, grocery shopping or coffee social.

Locations within the West Shore or from West Shore to Victoria and / or return.

Requirements

Ability to assist older adults in/out of vehicle, familiar with use and transport of light weight walker. Patience and respect for our older adults.

Clear driver’s abstract, 3 million liability insurance...

See the photos and read the full article in the Goldstream Gazette at:

http://www.goldstreamgazette.com/news/family-service-provider-expands-fo...

The Pacific Centre Family Services Association (PCFSA) is almost
ready to start helping residents in its new building on Goldstream
Avenue.

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...

2017 AGM

PDF icon Download PCFSA AGM Invite 2017.pdf (366.88 KB)

 

Pacific Centre Family Services Association’s 49th Annual General Meeting

  • With refreshments provided by Skookum Youth Bistro

Thursday, June 29th 2017 at 12:30 p.m.  345 Wale Rd. in Colwood. Street and lot parking available.

RSVP by June 14th to imason@pcfsa.org

 

Guest presentation by Mia Golden, CRED Program and Cpl Pat Bryant, Mobile Youth Services Team “Sexual Exploitation and Gang Issues in Victoria”

The Board of Directors of Pacific Centre Family Services Association
congratulates Mitzi Dean on her recent election to the Legislative
Assembly of British Columbia as the MLA for Esquimalt - Metchosin! We
look forward to hearing of her contributions over the next four years on
behalf of the residents of the south island and British Columbia! The
Board welcomes the opportunity to join with the Staff in the near future
to say a formal 'Merci/Good Bye/Bonne Chance!'.

The position of Executive Director is the priority of the Board of
Directors on behalf of the PCFSA Family in the coming months...

This season we are happy to partner with the Victoria Grizzlies hockey team as part of the PCFSA Christmas Hamper Drive.

On Tuesday November 29th at 4:30 come by the gym at 345 Wale Road to meet the BCHL Victoria Grizzlies.

 

Meet the players, get an autograph, play some floor hockey and enjoy a festive Skookum snack.

As part of PCFSA’s effort to provide holiday support to local Westshore families we are asking for donations of a new unwrapped toys/gifts and non-perishable food items.

Find some hockey fans, bring a donation and have some fun with the Grizzlies.

Remembering 14 women murdered in Montreal in 1989. Remembering First Nations women who are murdered and missing.

Remembering women who are victims of violence in Canada and the world.

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Place: First+ Metropolitan United Church (Quadra & Balmoral)

Speakers:  Mitzi Dean, Executive Director, Pacific Centre Family Services Association  Lisa Helps, Mayor, City of Victoria  Rose Rice, Aboriginal Spiritual Director, Our Place Society

We affirm our commitment to end violence with actions and prayers.

We will share stories. Please join us...

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