Cucumbers and gratitude

One of our wonderful board members Nancy, delivered about 50 pounds of cucumbers to Umbrella today. Nancy and her green thumb husband grew these huge cucumbers in their yard and shared their bounty with our grateful staff and our residents. We all feel very fortunate t...

2020 AGM

Tonight was Umbrella's 2020 AGM. Since this was our 20th year, we wanted to have a big splash and celebrate Umbrella. Instead, we held our AGM via ZOOM. It wasn't how we planned it, but it was wonderful. It was so great to see friendly faces who share our success, a...

ZOOM Board Meetings

Last night, Umbrella held our monthly board meeting via ZOOM. We had to cancel April's board meeting due to the uncertainty of the COVID situation, so it had been awhile since we met. Our board is a critical resource for the ED and they are a group of warm, caring and c...

Celebration of Excellence

Umbrella's amazing board member Cindy Trytten was the recipient of the Celebration of Excellence Award from Island Health for developing and maintaining collaborative partnerships that benefit the organization, colleagues, clients, and the communities we serve. In 2012, ...

So…we bought a house!!!!

Today at noon, Umbrella became the owners of Foundation House, the supportive recovery house for men we have been operating for almost 5 years. The owner, Clive, pictured below with our ED Sharlene, offered Umbrella the house below market value earlier last year, with...

Christmas Party 2019

Last night was our annual staff/board Christmas mixer, this year we held it at our new office! This space was perfect for chatting, eating and playing our annual gift stealing game. All in all it was another fun Umbrella event! Nicole and Amy chatting and socializing...

Housing Provider of the Year!!

On Sunday, November 17 Umbrella was awarded the Housing Provider of the Year award! Sharlene and Blake, Housing Manager, were at the event to accept the award. This is a true honour to be recognized for our housing program, the staff, board and all our residents are gra...

Overdose Awareness Day

Today is Overdose Awareness Day and Umbrella is at Centennial Square to provide information, support and connection for those who attend. Victoria has been significantly impacted by the overdose crisis and we are all doing what we can to help end overdoses. Our board me...

Our new office!

It took all day Friday and half of Sunday, but we have the new office set up and ready to go for Tuesday! This office was truly a community effort with support from our board, staff, residents, and community. There was some major magic that played a role in this move as...

IKEA building

Umbrella has been busy getting our new office all set up. We needed to enlist the help of board, staff and friends of Umbrella to get all the IKEA things together. As you can see Kelly and Sean were working hard while Evan was falling behind.. looking distracted by his ...