Homelessness Action Week 2008 Calendar

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Calendar of Events & Activities: October 13-19

Almost a dozen activities will be held for the general public and people who are homeless this October 12 through 19 – the third annual Homelessness Action Week in British Columbia.

The Victoria Cool Aid Society will have a historical display celebrating our 40th Anniversary at The Bay Centre from Tuesday, October 14 through Sunday, October 19 during regular mall hours. Other organizations including Our Place and the Mustard Seed will also have displays at “Centre Court”. For more information call 250-590-1931.

More activities are listed below and additional information can be found at the following web sites:


Please contact Cool Aid if you know of something else that should be added to this calendar.

Activities Prior to Homelessness Action Week

Starting October 1, “A Dozen Days, A Dozen Ways” to help end homelessness. A series of television public service announcements sponsored by City TV – with one practical suggestion each day on how to help end homelessness. See http://communitychallenge.wordpress.com.

Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 5-11, is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada. Information: http://www.miaw-ssmm.ca/en/default.aspx.

All Week

Social service providers including the Mustard Seed, Our Place and the Victoria Cool Aid Society will have displays at The Bay Centre (Centre Court) from Tuesday, October 14 through Sunday, October 19 during regular mall hours. Cool Aid’s display includes historical photos and materials celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary. Information: Kathy Stinson, 250-383-1977, www.CoolAid.org.

Monday, October 13 – Thanksgiving Monday

31st Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Event at Azul’s Family Restaurant, 811 Bay Street (at Blanshard) starting at 5 pm. Free meal for 600. Tickets available at the Upper Room, Mustard Seed and the Blanshard Community Centre. Sponsored by Dodd’s Furniture & Mattress.

Our Place Thanksgiving dinner from 11:30 am till 3 pm. Antoinette Warren, 388-7112 x 239,antoinette@ourplacesociety.com.

Tuesday, October 14 – Federal Election Day

9:30-12:30 am. By registration workshop presentation by Iain de Jong, from the City of Toronto’s Streets to Homes program at Begbie Hall, Woodward Room, 2100 Richmond. Sponsored by the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness. To register call Lynn Driver, 250-370-1512, lynndriver@solvehomelessness.ca.

Wednesday, October 15

Café Philsophy will host a discussion on: “Is homelessness a preventable evil?” Takes place from 7  to 9:15 pm at Solstice Cafe, 529 Pandora Avenue. Information: 250-385-CAFE (2233) or www.cafe-philosophy.com.

Thursday, October 16 – World Food Day

Project Connect brings together the street community and a variety of service providers for a day-long event that will feature everything from free haircuts and a pet clinic to help with getting on income assistance, replacing ID, opening a bank account, and many more  services. BBQ lunch. Event runs 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Saint John the Divine church hall, 1611 Quadra Street. Email jodypaterson@shaw.ca or call 250-881-4792 for volunteer opportunities or further information. Sponsored by the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness.

The Social Economy and Homelessness in Victoria, a talk by Dr. Benjamin Isitt, Department of History, University of Victoria. From 4 to 5 pm at the University, David Strong Building, Room C130. Join us as we celebrate co-op week with an exploration of how co-operatives and the social economy address the need for affordable housing. This talk will be the launch for Dr. Isitt’s paper “Housing for All: The Social Economy and Homelessness in Victoria” published by the The Canadian Social Economy Hub and the Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships. Information:

Friday, October 17

9 am to 12 noon.  Gaining Community Acceptance Workshop for housing providers, city staff and neighbourhood associations at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, 231 Regina Avenue. Information and to pre-register ($20): BC Non-Profit Housing Association, Kate Nielsen, 1-800-494-8859, kate@bcnpha.ca.

Lunch with Steve Snyder, CEO Transalta  and Tim Richter, Calgary Homeless Foundation at Harbour Towers, 345 Quebec Street. Tickets $30 at Munros Books, Victoria City Hall or Our Place. Information: Antoinette Warren, 388-7112 x 239, antoinette@ourplacesociety.com.

Saturday, October 18

“Moving Mountains: Housing for All in An Unaffordable Market” with representatives of Victoria’s faith communities. At Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2121 Cedar Hill Cross Road from 1 to 4 pm. Pre-registration required through Faith In Action, Peggy Wilmot, 250-592-2320, pwilmot@shaw.ca.

11 – 12 noon @ Saanich Municipal Hall on Vernon Avenue. Put Affordable Housing on the Municipal Election Agenda. You can make a difference – political pressure works – municipal candidates must commit to developing affordable housing strategies! Let them know you’ll stand and vote for housing! Wear something blue and bring your own sign. Faith in Action, graceful@shaw.ca or pwilmot@shaw.ca.