Tenant Connection Newsletter #6
Posted on June 16, 2020
You may have noticed that we have shifted to biweekly publication for our Tenant Connection Newsletter. As GVHS community needs are changing during the progression of the pandemic, we are adapting our communications to ensure we continue to engage meaningfully with you.
Tenant Connection Newsletter #5
Posted on June 12, 2020
In this issue: grocery shopping safety, Government of Canada benefits finder, and a weekly puzzle.
One of the things you can do to shop safely is to shop in off-peak hours. Some stores like Thrifty’s, Quality Foods, Country Grocer, Whole Foods, Red Barn Market, Save-On-Foods, and Shoppers Drug Mart offer early morning hours just for seniors, immuno-compromised people, and people with disabilities. Check with your preferred store to see if they offer this, and what the hours are.
Tenant Connection Newsletter #4
Posted on May 26, 2020
In this issue: Creating a self-care and resiliency plan, common area accessibility, DIY mask how-to.
Did You Know? You can make a mask from breathable cotton and a pair of scissors.
Tenant Connection Newsletter #3
The GVHS weekly newsletter is designed to connect and engage with our tenants during this difficult time. We hope to remind you that you are not alone, and that together we will get through this, and emerge stronger on the other side. Thank you for doing your part, and helping to Flatten The Curve.
In this issue: new Canadian health initiative; order free healthy meals; fun and games, and a raffle with Red Barn gift card prizes!
Wellness Together Canada is a new, no cost, online portal dedicated to wellness. Access it at https://ca.portal.gs/
Tenant Connection Newsletter #2
Posted on May 20, 2020
In this issue: Protecting your privacy, resources during Covid-19, and some fun and games!
Did You Know? GVHS has a webpage dedicated to information about COVID-19. You can access financial and community resources, our policies, tenant stories, and more at https://greatervichousing.org/covid-19-resources/
Board of Directors
On May 13, GVHS held its first regular Board Meeting via video conference. Thanks to our great Board members who are so ably governing us through the pandemic and keeping our mission, values and plans alive!
Lisa Edwards was elected the new Chair of the Board; Kent Verge was elected Vice-Chair. We thank Scott Garman, who finished his term as Chair of the Board. We are so glad he stays on for a year as Past-Chair. Fraser Stamp-Vincent continues as Treasurer and Melody Hermann continues as Secretary.
Congratulations to our new Board Chair, Lisa Edwards.
Lisa has been a Greater Victoria Housing Society (GVHS) board member since 2016. In her consulting practice for Get the Picture, she supports pivotal strategic dialogue for corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies through visual facilitation. She is also a partner in a real estate development business, currently building a senior living community in Esquimalt, BC. Lisa loves art and sits on the board of the Vancouver Island School of Art (VISA). She spends her spare time boating, kayaking and hiking in the Gulf and San Juan Islands.
Tenant Connection Newsletter
Posted on April 28, 2020
GVHS is introducing a weekly newsletter to connect and engage with our tenants during this difficult time. Our aim is to bring a little warmth and entertainment to those of you who are isolated due to the pandemic. We hope to remind you that you are not alone, and that together we will get through this, and emerge stronger on the other side. Thank you for doing your part, and helping to Flatten The Curve.
Our tenants speak about Covid-19
Posted on April 1, 2020
We asked staff to talk to some of our tenants to see how they are doing. Here’s what they had to say:
“This is so surreal – hard to wrap my head around. I was laid off and suddenly have all this free time. There’s so much of a struggle with grief – longing for the way things were – we all just want to hug the people we love, and we can’t. I do art on the side and am focusing on that, going for runs – the city is so empty. Looking on the positive side – we’ve been given a chance for introspection and understanding what’s really important to us. That’s a blessing. It’s so important to find the positives.” – Forest Heights tenant
“Our family is holding together well, and have gotten better acquainted with the little beaches in town than we thought possible. We are really conscious of everyday risks now that have the potential to overburden our medical system – I don’t go climbing, and we drive really carefully now. We appreciate your [GVHS’s] proactive efforts to help us be secure during the crisis – we love our home. We are very anxious but this helps so much.” – Forest Heights tenant
“I’m so worried about how all this will work out. I’ve lost all my clients [elder care] – one by one they’ve gone into quarantine. Thank goodness for the rent deferral you’re offering. I miss my community and have to content myself with looking out over this beautiful city and sending it positive energy.” – Sitkum tenant
“I’m very grateful to be in Canada. My family really feels this is the best place we could be right now. Even though we’ve lost our jobs we feel like our city, province, and country stand by us.” – Dahli tenant
Posted on March 20, 2020
As a resilient organization we are adjusting our work and plans every single day to make sure our staff and tenants are healthy and safe and to keep the doors to affordable housing open. The non-profit housing sector is banding together to share strategies and best practices. We have the support of our provincial organization, BC Non-Profit Housing Association and our government partners, especially BC Housing. We are so concerned about all the people in our community who face enormous financial and emotional stress. We are aware that the need for affordable housing is going to be greater than ever. Our response is to focus on keeping our core operations open. We are keeping our eyes on a happier future when we can celebrate in the same room! We have faith in our staff and our community to get us through this. Take care everyone.
The Parsons at Brentwood
Posted on February 24, 2020
GVHS staff and board members were pleased to provide a tour of the Parsons at Brentwood for the family of Peter Parsons, for whom the building is named. Peter was a GVHS Board Member who passed away unexpectedly in December 2007.
Peter played a huge role in community life in Central Saanich and we are proud to honour him with our first building in the community. The tour was provided for Peter’s wife Natalya and children Tim, Nick and Dominique.