Victoria West Community Association
The Victoria West Community Association is run by volunteers. Follow the VWCA link above to find committees, minutes, and more.
The VWCA also runs the Community Centre, where you can join programs all year long or rent event rooms. Follow the Community Centre link above.
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Reporting directly to the Manager of the Victoria West Community Centre, the Program Facilitator will be responsible for planning and implementing relevant activities for the Guys Only program.
The Victoria West Community Centre and Rock Heights Middle School partnered to provide the “Guys Only” program to male youth in Grades 6-8 attending Rock Heights Middle School. The program provides a safe place for physical activity, mentorship and social skills development. The program gives youth an opportunity to be active and engaged while developing peer relationships, leadership, and problem solving skills. The program focuses on inclusive, active games that promote exercise, health and wellness. The qualified male facilitators build positive, lasting relationships with youth creating opportunities for dialogue on issues facing male youth in the program. A balanced, nutritious snack is provided to participants at the beginning of each program, encouraging healthy food choices and nutrition.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Previous experience working with youth in a child care or recreation-based setting
- Ability to understand and apply current recreation, child development and child care philosophy
- Ability to lead and deliver youth programs with minimal supervision
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Standard First Aid and CPR
- Clean criminal record check
- Foodsafe certification
WORK SETTING: Rock Heights Middle School
HOURS OF WORK: 2 hours of session time, 1 hour of preparation time per week for 35 weeks during school hours (September 2015-June 2016)
RATE OF PAY: $20.00 per hour
The Victoria West Community has a lot to celebrate! The New Youth
Project, funded by Harbourside Rotary and The Victoria West Community
Association has been completed, and the murals mounted on the Centre by
The City of Victoria. This project would not have been possible without
the support of so many.
This 32 week project brought together local and international youth to
participate in a leadership program. Throughout the program, the youth
learned more about themselves through a Lumina Spark psychosocial
assessment tool, helped with events in the neighbourhood including
Breakfast with Santa, where they helped to prepare and serve breakfast
alongside Harbourside Rotarians, and Vic West Fest, where they ran the
Boffer Battle station for the children. They led community action
projects, including a sock and glove drive for Our Place Society, and
they volunteered at The Salvation Army's Santa Shuffle Run.
Special thanks goes to the project facilitator, Corie Potter-Lowden,
Victoria West Community Centre staff, and our wonderful Board of
Directors who provided leadership and support over the course of the
New Youth project.
Please take some time to come to Banfield Park and see the three murals
with the theme of "Community". These murals were facilitated by local
artists Lori Garcia-Meredith and Matty Hillman. Their inspiration and
direction provided a lasting impact on the youth and the art will be
enjoyed for years to come.
Thanks to those of you who attended the Land Use Committee on 16 June to provide your input on the issue of Banfield Park being considered as a site for one of the temporary housing initiatives that were recently suggested in a staff report to Council. We are pleased that the Mayor and Council, through our representative Jeremy Loveday, clearly heard Vic West residents’ voices on this issue. (A copy of the Mayor's response to a community member follows below.) It is through the strength in member numbers that the Association is able to impact council’s decisions on issues related to Victoria West and we encourage you to participate in your Association as you can.
If you have neighbours who would have attended the meeting, had they received last week’s Special Bulletin announcing the Land Use Committee meeting, please encourage them to become members of the VWCA. Sign up online here. It's free! If you used to get our twice-monthly newsletter and no longer do, you can sign up again here.
Sincerely, your VWCA Board of Directors.
Letter From Mayor Helps re Camping in Banfield Park Proposal
Thank you. I have had lots of feedback from Vic West residents as well and I agree that it is not a good location. I have asked staff to come up with a proposed location asap so that people can rest a bit easier and so that Vic West residents can focus their amazing energy and ‘can-do’ spirit on other things than worrying and fighting the city. We’re here to work together.
Jeremy, thanks for being our ears in Vic West
-- Lisa Helps, Victoria Mayor
The communications committee is working on revamping the VWCA Website and would like to know what you think. Let us know by filling out our little survey.
The Pep is a new volunteer newsletter, bought to you by the Victoria West Community Association, to help Victoria West volunteers and those who are planning Victoria West community events and projects keep in touch.
The Pep is organized into two major categories:
Short Term Opportunities: Like the Vic West Fest or Potlucks: for those who like to help but are short on time.
Longer Term Opportunities: Like the Food Security Collective or emergency preparedness: for those who would like to be a part of an on going project to help build awareness and strategies in the event of an earthquake or learn how to grow a garden.
Sign up here today!