Dear Friends and Member-Owners of the Victoria Health Co-operative,
The Victoria Health Co-op is excited to share the following updates on our new fall initiatives and plans for the winter months ahead.
In late September, we were thrilled to learn that we received funding from the Canadian Red Cross Society to deliver health information and protective supplies to vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19. Our goal with this funding was to support local non-profit organizations working hard to serve our community during the pandemic by providing protective supplies such as masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. We purchased enough supplies to deliver COVID-19 safety packages to the Cook Street Village Activity Centre, Salvation Army Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre, Retail Action Network, and Community Food Support Initiative. These supplies will help keep staff, volunteers, and our community safe and healthy as we work through these challenging times. We are actively pursuing additional funding for this project to continue providing donations to these and other community-focused organizations.
We continue to host bi-monthly Wellbeing Sessions over Zoom. Our Wellbeing Sessions help connect our community and introduce new ideas about health and wellness. Participants share 3-minute presentations followed by group discussion and good conversation. November’s Wellbeing Sessions are scheduled for November 17th at 7pm and November 22nd at 1pm. Everyone is welcome! Visit victoriahealthcooperative.com to find the Zoom link and tune in.
A big thank you to all our members who have paid their annual membership dues ($25 or whatever is possible). If you have yet to pay your annual dues, we kindly ask that you send a cheque to Victoria Health Co-op c/o Unit 1, 380 Cook St., V8V 3X7 or e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, we are also happy to receive donations to the Creating Community Wellness Society and can provide a charitable donation receipt for any amount of $20 or more. VHC fees and donations to the CCWS can be made through the VHC website, or c/o Unit 1, 380 Cook St., V8V 3X7 and are very much appreciated.
We want to hear from YOU! The VHC is seeking community feedback on how we can best meet our community’s needs as we look ahead to winter and beyond. Please fill out the feedback survey on our website under the Fall 2020 tab, to share your thoughts.
At Victoria Health Co-op, we know the thought of winter approaching can be daunting. Here are some tips to help beat the winter blues:
- Go outside and get as much sunlight as possible. Go for a walk, eat lunch outside, or spend some time in nature. Outdoor light can help even on cold and cloudy days.
- Exercise regularly. Movement can help lift your mood by relieving stress and anxiety.
- Connect with friends or family. Positive social relationships can do wonders for your mood. Even during the pandemic, phone or video calls, and socially distant gatherings will help keep your social life thriving.
Thank you all for your continued support on our mission to make wellbeing a reality for everyone.
Courtney Wiens, Health & Wellness Coordinator
Victoria Health Co-operative