Cool Aid’s 42nd AGM: Building Community Together

June 25, 2010 – View Royal Mayor Graham Hill, Chair of the Capital Regional Hospital District (CRHD), is the keynote speaker at Victoria Cool Aid Society’s Annual General Meeting, this Monday, June 28 @ 12 noon, at Cool Aid’s Downtown Community Activity Centre, 755 Pandora Avenue. Mayor Graham Hill will speak on the theme: Building Community Together. The CRHD was instrumental in providing over $1 million in funding for the Access Health Centre and land for Olympic Vista seniors housing in Saanich.

Highlights for Cool Aid’s 2009-10 year include:

  • Access Health Centre opened on September 9, 2009 with AIDS Vancouver Island
  • $4.4 million of $5.3 million now raised for Access Health Centre capital campaign
  • Construction begun on the new Ellice Street shelter in Rock Bay neighbourhood
  • Planning completed for new Olympic Vista seniors housing in Saanich
  • New partnership with Beacon Community Services begun with Pandora Thrift Shop
  • 225,000 nutritious meals served to Victorians through Cool Aid’s shelters, seniors housing and Every Step Counts running program
  • 56,000 shelter bed nights provided, serving 1,800 different homeless adults
  • 29,000 health and dental appointments held with Cool Aid’s doctors, nurses, counsellors, dentists, psychiatrists, nutritionist and other health professionals
  • 100 people helped daily through the Community Casual Labour Pool and REES Program mental health and employment services
  • 42,000 prescriptions filled at Cool Aid’s dispensary
  • 256 adults housed in supportive buildings with 24/7 staffing

The Victoria Cool Aid Society has been building hope, lives and community in the Capital Region for 42 years, since 1968, through a wide range of programs including supported housing, community health and dental services, emergency shelter, and a casual labour pool for adults who are homeless or in need of help. For more information visit www.CoolAid.org or call 250-383-1977.

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Information:               www.CoolAid.org                     www.AccessHealthCentre.ca

Kathy Stinson, Executive Director
250-383-1977, kstinson@CoolAid.org

Cathy Stigant, Chair
250- 477-3038, cstigant@telus.net

Documents –

2009-10 Annual Report
Cathy Stigant, Board Chair speech: Hope and Progress 
Kathy Stinson, Executive Director speech: Building Community Together