Childcare Staffing Shortages 2022 Despite significant investments in childcare in recent years, spaces still sit empty due to a lack of qualified Early Childhood Educators. Chek News picked up the story, find it here: https://www.cheknews.ca/brand-new-victoria-daycare-sits-unused-as-early-childhood-educator-shortage-continues-1022504/
Community Votes Victoria 2021 We are pleased to share we have been nominated four times in the Community Votes Victoria 2021 contest for our childcare services and cooking classes. If you'd like to vote for us, please visit Community Votes Victoria and find us in the "Education, Lessons, Courses" section in the "Cooking Classes" category. You'll also find us in the "Parenting and Childcare" section in the categories of "Best Childcare Services" and "Daycare Services" as Saanich Neighbourhood Place, Beansprouts Infant and Toddler Care, and our Full o'Beans Preschool. Thank you to the folks who have nominated us. Voting closes on December 5, 2021.
Food Security Connection Film 2021 Earlier this year theGood Food Network and the Food Literacy Working Group released the 'Food Security Connections' documentary exploring food insecurity through stories from people in our community and from individuals and organizations that are working to alleviate food insecurity through food justice efforts. We are so pleased to have collaborated on this project and you will see some of our staff and participants included in the film.
Commercial Building Award 2021 We are pleased to share that we have been nominated for our new Child and Family Services building in the annual Commercial Building Awardsdesigned by Iredale Architects. Winners will be announced in November 2021 and we are grateful to everyone who contributed to this project. We recently had award-winning architectural photographer Andrew Doran in the building to take photographs for the contest. View photos here.
Saanich Approves SNP New Child & Family Centre 2021 With the support of community, our new Child & Family Services building was constructed behind Pearkes Rec Centre. The new centre offers 49 childcare spaces for local families. In June 2021, we were waiting for final approval from City Council to open our doors. Thank you to our community for their overwhelming support. You can read the article here.
Pandemic Pregnancy - Interview on CBC Radio 2021 In May 2021, our executive director Corinne Hilton Bains was interviewed on CBC Radio about the impact of the pandemic on families. She speaks of the challenges for pre and post natal parents and how Saanich Neighbourhood Place has adapted services to continue to support the community in these uncertain times. Listen to the interview here.
Fundraiser: Bonnie Henry T-Shirts In October 2020, we were grateful to receive funding from the sale of limited-edition Dr. Bonnie Henry T-Shirts that had the word 'Be Kind, Calm, Safe, Brave'. Thank you to everyone who purchased a shirt. You can read the CTV News article here.
The Victoria Community Leadership 2019 The Victoria Community Leadership Awards celebrate the inspiring stories and successes of community leadership in Greater Victoria. For the past 15 years, businesses in our region have been recognizing the contributions of local leaders who demonstrate commitment, inspiration, encouragement, and accomplishment. Our Family Services Manager Jacquelin Green was a ‘Thriving Child and Youth Award” recipient in 2019 for her outstanding work with families in the community for more than twenty-plus years. View the article here.
Family Services Manager Jacqueline Green Vital People Article 2019 In 2019, our Family Services Manager gave an interview to the Times Colonist about her ongoing commitment to community service. View the article here.
Executive Director Colleen Hobson 25 Years of Community Service 2018 In 2018, the founding Executive Director of Saanich Neighbourhood Place gave an interview to the Times Colonist, on her 25 years of service in the community. View the article here.
With gratitude, we respectfully acknowledge that we work and serve on the unceded lands of the L'kwungen speaking peoples of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. Read our detailed land acknowledgement here.