Charitable group earns grant for unique employment program

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Vancouver Island will receive a community grant worth $25,000

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Vancouver Island will receive a community grant worth $25,000 through the Victoria Foundation for its innovative employment program.

The society, which operates a thrift store in Langford and offers many other social programs around Greater Victoria, runs the BLESS program, an acronym for Building Lasting Employment Success Strategies.

The program is directed toward adults with mental, developmental and physical disabilities to assist them in finding appropriate part-time employment. The goal is to increase the quality of participants’ lives through creating financial, emotional and social stability and independence.

Among the skills participants learn are overcoming obstacles to employment and  achieving greater independence and self-esteem.

For more information about the program or Saint Vincent de Paul, visit or email

Just Posted

Greater Victoria MP Randall Garrison calls on Ottawa to extend peacekeeping mission in Mali

The Esquimalt-Sooke-Saanich MP just returned from a trip to Mali and Senegal

Invasive crab spotted near Sooke

Fisheries need more data to know if numbers are increasing

No treatment for highly infectious measles, says doctor

10 cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver as of Friday

Credit card frauds target local businesses: VicPD

Crime Reduction Unit investigating several frauds costing several businesses over $50,000

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

POLL: Will you be wearing pink to take a stand against bullying?

Schools and workplaces across Greater Victoria and around the province will be… Continue reading

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

Most Read