Dean

On May 6th 2019, Umbrella was lucky to have Dean join us for his practicum. We didn't know at the time what a gift had been shared with us. During his practicum, Dean provided incredibly important counseling support for many Umbrella clients. He also participated in our ...

It’s been 5 great years…

April 1 is a very special day at Umbrella. This marks the day that Umbrella took over the operations of Foundation House from Vancouver Island Addiction Recovery Society in 2015. We are limited with how we can celebrate this wonderful day due to COVID 19, so Umbrella pi...

Umbrella and COVID 19

How Umbrella is managing with the COVID 19 pandemic During these uncertain times with social distancing, self-isolating and staying healthy, the Umbrella team is still working hard, we have just made some changes on how we are working. For our clients, we are still pr...

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, ...

Engaged for Good

Umbrella is extremely grateful to win this years Engaged for Good HR support through Engaged HR. Umbrella takes a lot of pride in our staff and we work hard to support them and engage them as long term partners. In order to do that, we have to consistently look at our pr...

Presentation

Today, Karen Urbanoski from Canadian Insititute for Substance Use Research at UVIC and Umbrella's Team Lead, Evan James presented to over 100 interested individuals about the different understandings of addiction and implications for treatment. This dialogue provided a...

Our favourite photographer

We have a favourite photographer and we want to tell everyone about her! Erin Ruff has been taking our staff, board and dog photos for many years, and captured our last hockey game too. We just updated our staff photos - check them out! She is wonderful to work with an...

Lunch with Angels

Today, Sharlene and Blake joined a lovely group of community members appropriately called "Angels" for lunch and an update. Over the past year, this generous group has been doing a monthly grocery shop with the residents of Cooper and Hudson Houses. The residents are so...

Thank you St Aidans Church

There are not enough ways to say thank you! Today St Aidans Church members donated $11, 178 to Umbrella which 100% of this donation will be applied to the downpayment for Foundation House that we are working so hard to secure. The staff and board are incredibly grateful...

Thank you Cold Comfort!

Thank you so much to Cold Comfort for their recent fundraiser for the Umbrella Society! For the month of December, the local ice cream hot spot donated all proceeds from scoops of ice cream to the Umbrella Society. Support from the business community is always so very ...