Victoria Highlanders FC is an amateur soccer club in the United Soccer Leagues in Victoria, BC Canada. The club has a U23 Men's team in the Premier Development League and a Women's Team in the W-League. They also run a year-round soccer development academy for youth ages 9-20.
Sooke Potholes Campground swaddles outdoors enthusiasts of all types in the verdant beauty and gently rocky riversides of the picturesque Sooke River basin. Guests pitch tents at one of 66 fire-pit-equipped campsites, choosing from 60 vehicle-accessible tent beds and six pitching grounds accessible only via bicycle or fleet-footed alpaca. In between setting up tents and flat-screen TVs, wander along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, swim with a school of friends in one of the many freshwater pools, or enjoy a leisurely picnic while gazing across one of the park's lush vistas.
"What does it take to be inspired to connect with our neighbours when nothing out of the ordinary is happening?" This question is always on the mind of Oaklands Community Centre's executive director, Kristi Rivait, as she brainstorms new personal-enrichment programs and community action plans. Along with increasing the emotional and physical safety of a neighbourhood, the centre's classes give people of all ages—particularly those younger than 21—a fun way to bond with a group while getting in shape, acquiring language skills, or learning to cook with a violin. Kids get their hands dirty safely in programs led by nature educators, teens socialize through musical theatre or laser tag, and adults stay active with classes as energetic as boot camp and as meditative as yoga. Most events happen at a modern brick building on Belmont Avenue, and a white bungalow on Victor Street is largely devoted to the Little Acorn child-care program.
During the course of a 3.5-month classroom-gardening program, chefs visit an elementary classroom every two weeks to help students plant and tend windowsill vegetable gardens. In the meantime, students play games and engage in other activities designed to teach them about plant growth, local agriculture, sustainability, and nutrition. Once it's time to harvest the vegetables, the chefs teach students how to cook nutritious meals with their homegrown goods. Growing Chef! organizers hope that after participating in the program, students will be more likely to eat healthful meals on their own based on what they've learned about growing and cooking healthy foods.
Part of Copley Commons, the Heritage Orchard celebrates the generosity of Richard Copley, who developed the orchard and donated apple trees to the neighbourhood. The EYA aims to expand the Heritage Orchard’s natural splendour with perennial fruit crops by replanting a total of 16 apple trees at Heritage Orchard. Each apple tree costs $60 to plant, and the EYA is still in need of funds for the seeds, materials, transportation, and labour costs necessary to reach its 16-tree goal. The addition of apple trees to the commons will help beautify the neighbourhood, increase its organic-fruit supply, and help teach youth about sustainable-food production.
Hosted by the Arthritis Research Foundation, Power of Movement fundraises for the foundation through yoga sessions held across the country. The event, which raised $10,000 during its inaugural fundraiser and now features 2,000 participants across Canada raising $1.6 million, began in 2005 when Dorna Chee found herself hospitalized after being diagnosed with lupus. As a yoga instructor, she turned to her breathing exercises to help manage pain and achieve mental calmness during her hospital stay. She experienced substantial benefits, and thought to share them with the world. She pitched an idea for a yoga-based event, with proceeds benefiting the Arthritis Research Foundation. Participants fundraise to support the foundation.and also take a Power of Movement yoga class, which vary by location.