Victoria Walk for Community Social Services

March 25, 2011 17:06 ET

Annual Walk for Community Social Services Mar. 26 in Victoria

Popular walk celebrates this "invisible sector" -- Mayor Dean Fortin; Namgis Elder Michael Cook; community living advocate Ellen Tarhis; suicide prevention and awareness advocate Erica Day to speak

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor VICTORIA, BC, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - March 25, 2011) - The third annual Walk for Community Social Services will bring together clients, self advocates, families, workers, service providers and community members to raise awareness about the important role these services play in the health of our communities.

The walk kicks off from Centennial Square at 11 a.m. with a BBQ and entertainment at 12:30 p.m.

From child care to group homes to counseling programs and life skills support, community social services make a difference in all our lives. They provide vital programs for women, families and youth in need, victims of violence, people with developmental disabilities, immigrant families and many more.

Here in Victoria these services are provided by agencies like Cool Aid, Community Living Victoria, Streetlink Emergency Shelter, the Victoria Women's Shelter and the Native Friendship Society.

The Victoria Walk is one of several activities taking place in cities and towns across B.C. during March. This year, more than 40 municipalities - including Victoria, Saanich, Colwood, Oak Bay, and the Capital Regional District - have issued declarations proclaiming March as Community Social Services Awareness Month.

Speakers include: Mayor Dean Fortin; Namgis elder Michael Cook; community living advocate Ellen Tarhis; and suicide prevention and awareness advocate Erica Day. They'll speak at the beginning of the walk.

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Centennial Square, Victoria
Start Time: 11:00 am
Wrap up Barbeque: 12 noon/ Live Entertainment by the Tom Morrissey Band

Everyone is welcome and there is no charge for the Walk, but we ask participants to pre-register by emailing bwilson@heu.org or by calling 250-978-5475. And we encourage people to take public transit, walk, bike, or have a friend drop them off. IN: HEALTH, JUSTICE, MEDIA, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Patty Gibson, Communications Officer, Walk for Community Social Services
    Primary Phone: 604-328-7393
    E-mail: pgibson@heu.org