Giving Thanks!

Victoria Healthy People Board of Directors is thankful to share that our non-profit has obtained approval by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as a Registered Charity (BN 75409 4084). As a Canadian registered charitable organization, we will now be able to offer tax deductible receipts for the remainder of 2021 and onwards. We are thrilled that our health education and community service is recognized by the Government of Canada as charitable. This is a huge step in helping support our purpose statements which are:

1.    To promote health by developing and delivering holistic health and wellness information, workshops, and counselling for the public.

2.    To promote health by protecting and maintaining public health through the operation of cooking and exercise classes for the public.

3.    To undertake activities ancillary and incidental to the attainment of the aforementioned charitable activities.

In support of our purpose, we are excited to announce that we will be offering free and low-cost events via Zoom. Watch your email for announcements! If you don’t receive our emails, please sign-up on our website here. We send communication up to twice a month typically.

We miss interacting with each of you in-person, however we have plans for some exciting new opportunities starting later this month and in January 2022. Our first few Zoom events will allow for both a presentation and interactive health and wellness education.

We are so thrilled that we will also be able to remotely offer health education at William Head Institution, where we have had a presence for a number of years. We miss our in-person weekly study groups and monthly meals with the men and look forward to serving again in a meaningful way.

In closing, we want to give thanks to each of you who have supported Victoria Healthy People Society by volunteering, attending, donating, and participating in our events through the years. Your gift of time, talents, financial support and participation have blessed many lives.

Here is a personal story of one of our participants: “After attending a number of health presentations and movie screenings, I decided to try a whole food, plant-based and oil free diet. Within 2 months, my rheumatoid arthritis in my hands was reversed. I’m medication free and my doctor wanted to know what I did! My husband and children love the food too!”

Cecilia one of our amazing participants, she shared her personal journey with her co-workers in the federal government run institution. Victoria Healthy People was invited to do a lunch and learn. We had two physicians and a nurse who present and responded to questions from the thirty-one attendees. As a follow-up, a Canada-wide press release with photographs was sent internally within this organization about the positive effects seen in this work-site by dietary and lifestyle changes adapted by many participants.

Today, we are appealing to each of you, our valued supporters to partner with us to continue to provide quality health education for the community on the journey towards ‘living their best life’. Your generous donation today, will help us reach an even larger audience and continue to transform lives.

If you have been blessed and would like to show your gratitude with a charitable tax deductible gift, you may do so in the following ways:

  1. By eTransfer to Victoria Healthy People Society:
  2. Cheque mailed to: Victoria Healthy People Society, #360-1641 Hillside Ave, Victoria, BC V8T 5G1
  3. Contact Heidi through the “Contact Us” page or call us.

    Please note: We must have your name, address, phone (and email, preferably) to issue a tax receipt. If we do not have your name, address and phone number, we will not be able to send you a charitable receipt.

Thank you for your support and generosity.

Heidi Domke, RN, BSN, MBA/HCM

Director, Victoria Healthy People

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Happy Holidays

December is speeding past!  It seems as though 2020 has rushed forward and yet dragged on forever!  If you’re like many of us, we are looking forward to traveling, exploring, meeting together in person and much more.  We hope you’ll take a few moments to explore our online newsletter and online events until we can meet again in person.

Wishing you a season filled with health and happy memories.

Heidi and the Victoria Healthy People Team

Inspire Kindness and Forgiveness!

Our world continues to shake as Covid-19 continues to rip apart our lives in varying degrees. It’s becoming more common to see signs asking people to be patient and kind too!

There is no place in this world for hatred. Sadly, many of us have been on the receiving end of ill-placed behaviours of co-workers, employees, church leaders, or a family member. It’s painful!

We would do well to remember we all came from the same parents. While we all eat, breathe, love, and have emotions, sometimes we forget common decency and kindness. Many in this world today are on the receiving end of hateful actions and hurtful words. To this end, we collectively as a world can do better! We MUST do better!

No matter one’s background, everyone is a spiritual being. With that in mind, a friend reminded me that there is a God in heaven who is always there to listen and help in times of need and give us the wisdom to live by.

Here are a few words of wisdom from His book:

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 ESV

And when those around forget to be kind…remember:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:6-8 NIV

Try spreading kindness and forgiveness today!

It’s free and leads to a happier and healthier life, as well as longevity!