News and Events

Honouring our Executive Director's accomplishments

The American Assocation of Suicidology (AAS) acknowledged the dedication, professionalism, and accomplishments of our Executive Director, Elizabeth Newcombe, with the presentation of the 2024 Crisis Services Award at the annual AAS conference, held this year from May 5 to 10 in Las Vegas.


Photo taken on the occasion of the award presentation. Included, from left to right: Kimberley Korfuzan (Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) Director, e-Mental Health & Special Projects); Cari Szalai – VICS CL Training Coordinator; Elizabeth Newcombe – VICS Executive Director; Trystan Jackson – VICS CL Supervisor Special Projects; Don King – Crisis Line Services Manager; and Alberto Almeido (PHSA Project Manager II, Crisis Line Enhancement Project).

Become a member of our Board of Directors!

We are seeking to augment our Board of Directors by one additional member, as we continue to endeavour to include members of underrepresented groups to reflect the people we support through our Crisis Services and those who participate in our workshops. This includes Indigenous persons, with whom the Crisis Society collaborates on an ongoing basis to share knowledge, increase cultural awareness, and develop protocols for our communities.

We invite you to apply to join our Board and become part of our dedicated and eclectic team, which has supported our Vancouver Island communities since 1970. Read about our Mission, the Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members, and apply online.

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Vancouver Island Crisis Society is part of the national 9-8-8 network

Suicide Crisis Helpline launched across Canada on November 30, 2023 – and Vancouver Island Crisis Society is proud to be a partner in this service. VICS responders take 9-8-8 calls and texts and provide support to people who are thinking about suicide or are worried about someone they know.

When FUN is part of FUNdraising!

An annual fun event returns for the 8th time! The Disc Golf Jamboree will take place once again at the lovely site of Mary's Farm & Sanctuary on Saturday, June 8. And once again, organizers Odd Fellows Columbia Lodge No. 2 of Victoria, are devoting time to raising funds for the Vancouver Island Crisis Society, as part of this event.

From left, Manager and Co-Stewart of Mary's Farm Tania Stearns-Smith, Crisis Society Executive Director Elizabeth Newcombe, Odd Fellows member and Organizer Extraordinaire Dave Pettenuzzo, and Crisis Society Community Awareness Coordinator Neil Cutler gathered to make presentations and extend messages of thanks to end the 2023 event.

Thank you to all the organizers and donors from the bottom of our heart!

Thank you to the team members
at the
Vancouver Island
stations of Pattison Media

Pattison Media is all about community and is dedicated to making their radio stations the voices of the cities they serve. Their philosophy is simple: Local, Local, Local. By working with organizations like ours, they further their mandate in a very relevant way. The Vancouver Island Crisis Society is grateful for the continued support provided by the Pattison Media. Lives are saved because of these important messages being broadcast to our communities.❤️

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