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For the Odd Fellows, "FUN" is part of "FUNdraising!"

What a fun event! Despite the rain. The 7th annual Disc Golf Jamboree took place once again at the lovely site of Mary's Farm & Sanctuary on Saturday, June 10. And once again, organizers Odd Fellows Columbia Lodge No. 2 of Victoria, raised an enormous amount of 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 after the event ended (when the rain had subsided – naturally).

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

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 for more than 52 years. Read about our Mission, the Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members, and apply online.

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988 Support Number comes to Canada

The Vancouver Island Crisis Society, which is part of the BC Crisis Line Network, is pleased to help spread the word about the three-digit number: 988. Beginning in November 2023, dialling 988 will help folks throughout Canada access the mental health support and suicide prevention services they seek. In the interim, crisis and distress line centres will continue to support Canadians through their existing phone numbers. The Vancouver Island Crisis Line continues to be available 24/7, by dialling 1-888-494-3888.

For more information, view this CBC Vancouver News broadcast, which includes an interview with Stacy Ashton from Vancouver's BC Crisis Centre, (starting at 33:40).

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.❤️

Promotion of the Vancouver Island Crisis Line
and our volunteering opportunity on
The Wolf 106.9 FM   The WAVE 102.3 FM
The Lounge 99.9 FM   The Beach 88.5 FM
The Peak 93.3 FM   The Eagle 97.3 FM
100.3 The Q!   The Zone@91.3

Our TV commercial addresses our Crisis Line, Chat, and Text services.