Truth and Reconcilliation Day

Thursday, September 30 is Truth and Reconciliation Day. Umbrella will be closed to give each of our employees time to reflect and deepen our understanding and honour indigenous residential school survivors, their familiies and communities. 

Sandwich Day!

Tuesday was sandwich day at Tiny Town! Thanks to our weekly donation from Cobbs Bread in Royal Oak our sites are fully stocked with bread and pastries. This donation helped to create sandwich day! The residents really enjoyed their feast and our staff had a fun time ma...

Gifts from alumni

Our residents are very special to us, and we know that Foundation House holds a special place in their heart too. Recently one of our alumni Luke and his wife Marie generously bought the house a new fridge and stove - and they are beautiful! Having our residents give ba...

Our Evan…

Today was a bittersweet day. Umbrella, staff, board, friends and funders turned up in droves to Umbrella's office to wish Evan well. From 2-6pm it was non-stop coming and going at the office with people coming to share their thanks and share how Evan has impacted their ...

Overdose Awareness Day

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day. Today we mourn the loss of thousands of lives due to toxic drug poisoning. Today we stand with first responders, front line workers, health care workers and loved ones and ask for more to be done. Today, we hope for change.

International Dog Day!

Happy International Dog Day to everyone's favourite dog Lyca! This girl changes lives. She lives in our second stage recovery house, has about 40 people that walk her, love her, throw a ball to her and cuddle her. She is so loved and she gives it back 1000%. Many resi...

Comfortably UN-Numb

Umbrella is just finishing up our current group and are ready for start filling the next one, running September 13 until September 30. We are still keeping small limits, so our capacity is 10 participants. If you answer yes to any of the following questions then contac...

Victoria Master Gardeners Association

Our staff had the pleasure of meeting with some volunteers from the Victoria Master Gardeners Association recently to talk about the therapeutic value of gardening. These great community members will be working with our team to create a therapeutic gardening program for r...

What an honour!

What a huge honour! Every year the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI Canada) invites youth in select high schools to research and present on a charity. Each year we are interviewed by keen high school students looking to present to their class on Umbrella. This ye...

Minister Sheila Malcolmson

Yesterday, some folks from Umbrella had a great ZOOM meeting with Minister Sheila Malcolmson from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions. Our Executive Director Sharlene, Team Lead Evan and Board Member Guy joined Minister Malcolmson for an in-depth discussion ab...