The Red Dress Awareness Campaign & Installation

Once again members of the Comox Valley community have joined forces to raise awareness by hosting the Red Dress Awareness Campaign and Installation.

From October 1 to October 7, the Red Dress Awareness Campaign & Installation will be visible in the Comox Valley which seeks to recognize and inform the public about the
increasingly high numbers of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls throughout Canada.

This year we are pleased to announce the Installation is being
hosted by the City of Courtenay at Simms Park. The REDress Project was started in 2010 by Metis artist Jamie Black to raise
awareness about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada.

If you would like to show your support it’s as simple as hanging a Red Dress in your front yard or your place of business or store front. We encourage you to share this information with friends, family, co-workers and within your community and hang a Red Dress.

For more information please contact: Lee Everson Cell 250-702-6740

Job Posting – Casual/Relief – Residence Worker

Summary of Job Responsibilities : Working from a trauma-informed and harm reduction perspective, the Residence workers assist clients to enhance their quality of life through activities of daily living, including the development of life and coping skills and engagement in healthy leisure and recreational activities; Facilitate various client focused activities in support of women’s personal recovery plans; Ensures the safety and cleanliness of the House.


Education and Experience:

  • Certificate in a related human/social services field.
  • One year relevant experience working in a residential setting
  • Or equivalent combination of training and experience in the substance use recovery field.

Other Requirements:

  • Valid Level I First Aid Certificate including CPR
  • Food Safe
  • Valid BC driver’s license and use of personal vehicle
  • Relevant Criminal Record Clearance.

Start Date: September 2017

Wage: Union/Grid 10/Standard

Hours: Casual/Relief

Company: Comox Valley Transition Society

Contact:  Kate Mantta


Address:  625 England Ave


End date for applying is: September 18, 2017

Email or deliver resume and cover letter addressed to Kate Mantta, Human Resources Manager.

Please contact us for a full job description.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. We thank everyone who applies but only those shortlisted will be contacted for an interview


New Triple P Session starting soon!

The next Triple P Parenting Group sessions are starting soon so please call 250-897-0511 to register! Tuesday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Lewis Centre – Salish Bldg; or Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at 625 England Ave. Registration deadline is September 15th and ask about daycare for the morning session. (Click on the poster to view as a larger image)


Job Posting

Transition House Crisis Intervention Support Worker


Job type:  Casual

Status:  Union (HSA)

Wages:  Grid 11 – Standard


Working with the Transition House team to provide crisis support, residential support, information and referrals to women, with or without children, who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing violence and abuse.


Minimum of one year relevant training/experience in human services/crisis intervention, support and knowledge of abuse issues and experience supporting women within a feminist framework; excellent interpersonal skills; Valid BC driver’s license; Successful Criminal Record clearance.

Please contact us for a full job description.
End date for applications is August 8th, 2017  12:00pm
Send resume and cover letter by emailto: Kate Mantta, or by fax to: 250-897-0595


We thank everyone who applies but only those shortlisted will be contacted.  Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Workshop

For the past 10 years in partnership, the Comox Valley Child Development Association and the Comox Valley Transition Society have been facilitating a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group. The need for grandparent support came about through the awareness of the large number of children being cared for and raised by extended family members. According to Stats Canada there were 11,000 children being raised by an extended family member in 2011; more children than were in the foster system.

Grandparents face unique challenges in caring for their grandchildren and many feel isolated and out of sync with current trends in child rearing. Many of the children have experienced trauma and have less than ideal start in life.

On October 2, 2017 Jan Ference and her team from Pathways to Healing will offer a workshop for grandparents that will include information on how early childhood trauma, stress and neglect impact the developing brain. This will assist caregivers in gaining a deeper understanding of challenging behaviors, as well as practical strategies to address them. There will be follow-up sessions once a month as part of our regular group time.   Please contact us if you are interested in attending the work-shop. Lunch will be provided.  For more information or to register call Gladys at 250 897-0511 or Lee at 250 338-4288 ex 223.

The Grandparent Raising Grandchildren Support Group will begin their regular weekly meetings on September 11, 2017 from 10 to 11:30 at the Transition Society.

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to preventing and ending youth homelessness, pledging to invest $10 million over three years through The Orange Door Project. This initiative will give homeless youth the support and hope they need to live safe, healthy and productive lives.

One component of The Orange Door Project is The Home Depot’s national fundraising campaign.  From now until July 2nd, The Home Depot customers can buy a $2 paper door in support of a local youth-focused housing charity.

All proceeds raised at the Courtenay The Home Depot store during the campaign will support Comox Valley Transition Society.

Encourage your friends, family members, neighbours and colleagues to support the campaign today!

Learn more at

Shelter Voices 2017 Report

Women’s Shelters Canada released the Shelter Voices 2017 Report.

On the “snapshot day” 44% of Women’s Shelters across Canada were full!

In a single day:
606 requests for residential services were made to transition houses and shelters
151 were able to be accommodated
455 were denied due to lack of capacity and resources

More information here:

Job Posting – Thrift Store Manager

Too Good To Be Threw Thrift Store, Courtenay


The Thrift Store Manager is responsible for the effective and profitable operation of the Comox Valley Transition Society’s thrift store to generate revenues to support CVTS administration & programs. The Manager directs, supervises and works alongside the team of Associates and Volunteers to meet objectives, to oversee sales, donations of merchandise & store presentation, to promote the store in the community, & manage internal fiscal controls.


  • Bachelor’s degree is highly preferable or equivalent retail/resale experience;
  • Experience in retail management (5+ years) and supervision of staff (3+ years) required;
  • Proficiency in Windows, database programs, point of sale software, and Microsoft Office;
  • Exemplary skills in strategic development, staff management, store presentation and merchandising, administration and financial management;
  • Superior interpersonal skills;
  • Full and valid BC driver’s license;
  • Successful Criminal Record clearance.


Schedule – Full-time 37.5 hours/week

Salary – dependent on requisite experience

Start date – 4th September/ negotiable


Contact: Kate Mantta for further information or to apply with resume.

call: 250.897.0511

fax:  250.897.0595

2017 Peace Begins at Home Launch

From April 10 – 21, 2017 we are running our annual Peace Begins At Home campaign to end family violence.  

For so many women and children in the Comox Valley, home is not a safe place to be.  The RCMP responded to 163 incidents of domestic violence in 2016.  Through our work, we know that domestic violence is not just physical so we are aware that there were many more local incidents that went unreported.

The motto of this campaign is “Peace Begins at Home” and assumes that there is a home. At the Transition Society, we work everyday with women who don’t have homes and who live every day with extreme vulnerability as a result. We also work with women who are afraid to leave violent relationships because of the lack of affordable housing to move to. 

How can you help?

 *   Speak out against family violence
 *   Take the pledge here:
 *   Donate to Comox Valley Transition Society here:
 *   Donate to Too Good To Be Threw which is our thrift store.  All proceeds come back into programs and services
 *   Support initiatives in your community to expand the stock of affordable housing

2 New Triple P Sessions starting soon

There are 2 Triple P Parenting Groups starting soon so please call 250-897-0511 to register!        1. Group Triple P, Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at 625 England Ave., starting April 20th. Registration deadline is April 19th.
2. Family Transitions Group, Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at 625 England Ave., starting April 18th. Registration deadline is April 17th.
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