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February 25, 2013 - Leadership Awards

February 25, 2013 was a night of celebration for many of Victoria's community leaders, including Umbrella's Executive Director, Gordon Harper.

Gordon was nominated for The Rotary Community Leadership Award. This award recognizes exemplary leadership in community service that demonstrates the highest standards of personal integrity and ethical behaviour.

The list of nominees was impressive and included local heros, vibrant community leaders and humanitarians.

And the winner was.... Gordon Harper!

January 25, 2013 - Michelle's run

On April 15, 2013, Michelle Coccola will be running in the Boston Marathon.

Thousands of people every year participate in the Boston Marathon, each person running for their own reasons - personal health, the spirit of competition or for the once in a lifetime experience. This year Michelle is running to help bring awareness to the stigma that is often attached to addiction and mental health issues. 
Not only is Michelle helping to raise awareness and start important conversations, but she is taking this opportunity to raise money for Umbrella!
Her goal is to raise $1000.

December 21, 2012 - Enews

It has been sometime since our last Enews and we made a promise to send them out more regularly! Have a look at our December enews and if our Enews is not arriving directly to your inbox, please sign up on our homepage!

October 5, 2012 - CBC Interview

In October, one of Umbrella's team members, Trevor Franklin, was invited to speak on CBC radio about Umbrella, on behalf of the United Way. For anyone who hasn't heard Trevor's story, click here, it is worth a listen. For his first radio interview, we think he did a terrific job!

September 30, 2012 - Recovery Day

Centennial Square was host to hundreds of people who spent the day in the sunshine showing their support for participants, speakers and each other in Victoria's first Recovery Day!

Mayor Dean Fortin had officially declared September 30th "Recovery Day", and Victoria City Counsellor Marianne Alto was on hand to read the official proclamation.

Staff members from Umbrella were on site manning the Umbrella table providing information about our services. Hundreds of people stopped by to say hello.



Two amazing and brave Umbrella clients, Christopher and Evan, shared their personal stories of recovery with the welcoming and supportive crowd.

What a great day had by all! A huge thank you to the organizers of Recovery Day, to all that attended and to our Umbrella speakers, who did us proud!

August 19, 2012 - TC article

Please take a moment to read this compelling story that was in the Times Colonist on August 19 about Evan and his mom, Carole and their personal story about addiction, hope and family.
At Umbrella we see so many people struggle with complex substance use issues. A supportive family can make a huge difference, but it can take a huge toll on everyone.

June 20, 2012 - Umbrella AGM

Please join the Board of Directors, staff and supporters of The Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health for our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The meeting will take place at The MS Society at 1004 North Park from 7pm to 8:30pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to Sharlene by Friday, June 15 by email or by phone 250-589-3119. We look forward to seeing you there!

May 11, 2012 - Stigma Stomp Day

Centennial Square in Victoria was host to the first Stigma Stomp Day on May 11, 2012. This event was created by Team Eventus of Leadership Victoria in partnership with the Bipolar Disorder Society of BC.

Umbrella, and 14 other local organizations that serve people who are often stigmatized, set up tables and joined in the days festivities to help bring awareness and education to this very important social issue.

January 29, 2012 - Vital People series

The Victoria Foundation is sponsoring a new series with CHEK TV called Vital People. Airing each Sunday on CHEK News @ 5, Vital People shares the stories of people and organizations working on the vital issues that affect our community.

Umbrella is grateful to have been featured as part of the Vital Signs series on January 29th.

September 14, 2011 - Mike Danskin

Friend of Umbrella, Mike Danskin, is fully commited to raising money and awareness for mental health. In September 2011, he and a group of friends went for a little run.
They ran down one side of the Grand Canyon, across the river, and then up to the opposite rim.
And then they ran back again.
In temperatures that approached 45 degrees celsius.
And, yes, there were rattlesnakes.
Big ones!