TJ Thrives!

TJ's journey with us has not been without it's ups and downs but today was a definite up! A vet visit confirmed that TJ continues to thrive and has gained 15lbs. TJ reminds us all daily to stay present, patient and mindful and for that we are forever grateful.

Christmas Fundraiser

This year, we decided to try a little fundraising to purchase gifts for the residents in Foundation House and Hudson House. Our ED baked dozens of cookies and the team delivered them. This little fundraiser, became a huge fundraiser - $1506.00!! We were able to purchase...

Pam’s New Adventure

A part of doing the work we do is watching each other grow. We support each other on the hard days when nothing seems to work and we cheer each other on when things work out against all the odds. So, as sad as we are to see Pam go on to her next adventure, we could not b...

What A Treat!

Our monthly staff meeting was pleasantly interrupted this week. We were all delighted to received a chocolate dipped fruit bouquet created by Edible Arrangements. The bouquet was sent to us by a grateful parent to celebrate the second year of sobriety for her son. ...

Bowling…Umbrella style

Today was Umbrella'a annual staff Christmas lunch and afternoon of fun! We divided into two teams, ate and bowled. Sharlene, Evan, Louise, Angela and Lesley won!

Fare Thee Well Jason

At Umbrella, we work together, a tight knit team who support each other through the good and bad times. It's always hard to see one of us go. Today is Jason's last day as an Umbrella employee. We will all miss his fantastic wit, giving spirit and wicked memes. We are s...

Congratulations Lesley!

All of us at Umbrella are very proud of Lesley as she received the Greater Victoria Police Department award for Mental Health from Camosun College today. Lesley has been with us for a few months on our SAMI team, and she brings kindness, compassion and hope to the team, ...

Jenny’s Last Day

Friday was Jenny's last day with Umbrella. Jenny, who has been the primary outreach worker on our very successful doctors project, is moving away from our beautiful island to be closer to her family and be a hands on "Grammy". Jenny has been such a wonderful part of...

Living Wage Certified

Today, Umbrella was certified as a Living Wage Employer. We take pride knowing that we are not contributing to poverty in our community, and that our valued employees are receiving a wage that makes living, working and playing affordable.

Larry retires

Larry Stevens, from Coolaid's REES program, has been a long time friend  and supporter of Umbrella, and a huge advocate for our clients. This week, Angela and Evan went to Larry's retirement party with thanks, hugs and gratitude. Larry will be very missed by Umbrella an...