Premier John Horgan, Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon, MLA Mitzi Dean, board members of the Pacific Centre Family Services Associations and community members cut the ribbon on the associations new building. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)

Family service provider expands footprint

Pacific Centre Family Services Association opens new space on Goldstream Avenue

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 mayors and councillors, as well as first responders and other service providers from across Greater Victoria.

“The Pacific Centre … is in the business of promoting dignity and quality of life for individuals and families across Greater Victoria,” Guichon said.

Whether it’s senior or youth, she noted the services the centre offers helps keep people in their homes through many different programs that are based on respect.

RELATED: New Colwood well-being centre taking shape

“It’s so very difficult to put a dollar figure on the benefits provided by all of the services offered now and in the future because in fact, by encouraging possibilities, the Pacific Centre Family Services Association keeps people from becoming statistics.”

Horgan added, “the Pacific Centre has done so much for the people in this region over five decades … We’re a growing community and with growth comes challenges, whether it be for children, whether it be for women fleeing abuse, whether it be for basic services for those in need.”

The Pacific Centre offers a number of services, including counselling, youth outreach, parent/teen mediation and many more, which will continue to be offered at the original building at 345 Wale Rd. as well as the new space at 324 Goldstream Ave. which isn’t quite ready to start serving clients.

RELATED: Family service provider excited about upcoming move

“I really just want to say thank you to everybody,” said Dean, who, before making the recent shift into politics, served as the association’s executive director for more than a decade.

“Sometimes when you have a significant milestone like this, it turns your universe upside down … but I think this will turn it right side up,” she said, noting the desperate need for more family services on the West Shore.

“This is a standing monument to collaboration.”

Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton added to that. “This is an open resource for our community that is so badly needed,” she said. “This is a realization of a dream … thank you for your commitment and your vision.” For more information on services, go to pacificcentrefamilyservices.org.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Sea King helicopters make formal retirement flight Monday

Monday flight pattern includes Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum

Victoria athletes gold at karate provincials

Provincials were held in early December at The Richmond Olympic Oval

Police investigating ‘unprovoked attack’ at Uptown bus stop

Man was attacked while waiting at Douglas St bus stop Sunday night

Intense winds could reach 70km in Greater Victoria

Environment Canada issued wind warning for Dec. 17

Langford elementary school kids test their hand at entrepreneurship

Students sold their own products at a Young Entrepreneurs Fair Friday

Ryan Reynolds to narrate movie about B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest

Vancouver-born actor known for Deadpool movies will voice film to be released Feb. 15, 2019

Airline passengers could get up to $2,400 for delays, damaged bags: Canadian agency

Canadian Transportation Agency is releasing draft regulations for public feedback

Top of mind: ‘Justice’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year

Merriam-Webster has chosen “justice” as its 2018 word of the year, driven by the churning news cycle and President Trump’s Twitter feed.

‘Spider-Verse’ swings to the top; ‘Mortal Engines’ tanks

“Spider-Verse” has been very well-received among critics, and audiences in exit surveys gave it a rare A+ CinemaScore.

Speaker at rally says Alberta oil ‘puts tofu on the table in Toronto!’

RCMP estimated more than 1,500 people attended the rally in Grande Prairie

White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

Without a resolution, parts of the federal government will shut down at midnight on Friday, Dec. 21

Struggling Vancouver Island family needs help after baby born two months premature

A GoFundMe page has been set up as a difficult pregnancy and a long stay in Victoria have left the family struggling to get by

Canucks score 3 power-play goals in 4-2 win over Oilers

Vancouver sniper Boeser has 6 goals in last 5 games

Most Read