15 Amazing Years!

Our end of the month staff meetings are always exciting. It's there that we celebrate all the best parts of the past month. And what could be greater than one of our favorite people living 15 amazing years of sobriety! We are so proud of Louise and grateful that she sh...

Go Royals!!!

We could not be more proud of the Royals and their current playoff run so we are selling hockey tickets by donation! Each ticket will be a minimum donation of $10 with every donation over $20 being eligible for a tax receipt. The game is this Saturday, March 31st so ema...

Chuck-A-Puck winner!

Last night during the Victoria Royals second playoff game, Umbrella staff and residents sold pucks for the Chuck-A-Puck game during the second intermission. This was a wonderful fundraiser that raised over $1500. The Royals won, and so did Umbrella!

Playoff Tickets

It's no secret that we love the Royals. So when Devin from their office got in touch and asked us to do the Chuck a Puck draw this Saturday, we couldn't say no! Staff and volunteers will be roaming the arena on Saturday night, so come say hi! But not only that, we have t...

Pie and benefits

Today, was a fabulous day at Umbrella. Not only did Bronwyn make a delicious apple pie, but we met our new insurance provider to learn about our staff benefits package that begins April 1. The team are all very pleased and everyone is looking forward to getting their te...

Community Connections

We  had a great time this morning connecting with City Council member Jeremy Loveday. Jeremy met with Evan (who manages Foundation House) and Conor (a former resident and now casual employee) to talk about services in the community, what gaps exists and how we can all wor...

Baked with love

Working in the substance use field can be challenging, heart breaking, devastating and wonderful - all in the same day! Today we need to say a huge thank you to Island Health's Intake Team - they hear from us...a lot, and every so often they pull off a miracle. That hap...

St. Johns Ambulance

Ross and Mike came by our staff meeting this week to talk to us about scene assessment, CPR and strategies when encountering an overdose. These guys know their stuff and managed to make the afternoon both highly informative and entertaining! The whole staff enjoyed the...

Ready to Rent

Evan at Umbrella recently became a certified Ready to Rent trainer and we are hosting our first Ready to Rent training session. The training takes 12 hours to complete and will be done over two days, April 9 and April 16. There is no charge for this training and all mater...

Two Great Reasons to Celebrate

Our last staff meeting was all about celebrating Angela and Lesley. Angela celebrated 5 years sober and Lesley celebrated 8 years sober, both in February. Our staff members in recovery are a source of strength and insight for our community and clients. Their successes rem...