Snapshot: June 2021

We acknowledge and thank the W̱SÁNEĆ people on whose traditional territory we live, learn, and teach. The W̱SÁNEĆ people have lived and worked on this land since time immemorial.


Heading into Summer.

Moving through our second year of the pandemic has required strength, energy, commitment and endurance. The year has come with challenges, though also has fostered resilience, community, and growth in ways we couldn't have anticipated.  As we prepare for the Summer Holidays, pausing to reflect on the year we've had and the obstacles we've overcome reminds us of the strength and resilience exhibited throughout the year. 

What community supports and resources can I access over the summer?

While Summer can be a difficult time for many, the strain of the pandemic has added additional stress for many of our students and families over the last 18 months.  This month's snapshot focuses on community resources, as we work to support wellness amidst such a difficult year.  While this can be a challenging endeavour, the information below is intended to support this process, while providing points of access to various community resources.  Don't forget to also visit our Wellness Hub for additional updates and information.
Sports and Recreation


Panorama is offering a number of summer programs and fitness options, like outdoor tennis and yoga.  Contact 250-656-7271 or visit their website for a full list of programs and opportunities.



Visit the Commonwealth Recreation Centre website and social media page for up to date information pertaining to summer programs and opportunities, or contact 250-475-7600 for more information.


Power to Be

Power To Be is running some of their programming, and is also offering self guided activities and digital programs.  Check out their website for more information, or call 250-385-2363.

Community Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Children & Youth Mental Health

CYMH offers counselling  support to children and youth through virtual and in person platforms.  Please contact the main office at 250-952-5073 to make an appointment, or 250-952-4073 for supports specific to Indigenous youth.


Beacon Community Services

BCS supports youth and families across a  number of domains, including counselling, meal deliveries, childcare and family supports. Contact Beacon at 250-656-0134 for more information about their various programs.


Learning Through Loss

Learning Through Loss is currently offering virtual short-term grief and supportive mental health counselling for youth and their families, in addition to Peer Group Programs. Visit their website or call 250-413-3114 for more information.


Discovery Youth and Family Substances

Discovery Youth and Family Substance Use Services provides individual counselling for youth and/or family members who are navigating substance use, in addition to family support and education groups, and access to treatment.  Services are offered to any youth 13-19 experiencing direct or indirect impacts of substance use, and to families and caregivers.


Virtual Substance Use and Psychiatry Service

The virtual substance use and psychiatry service provides all BC First Nations people and their families (even if not Indigenous) with access to addictions medicine and psychiatry.  The link below offers more information about the referral process, and supports available through the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)

Physical and Sexual Health Resources


Foundry is offering both services through telephone and video conferencing as well as some in person appointments. If seeking access to physicians, nursing, counselling, outreach and/or peer support, call the main office at 250-383-3552, or visit the Foundry app.   Booking for the day begins at 1030am by telephone.  Family and parent supports are also available.


Sidney Youth Clinic

Appointments at the Sidney Youth Clinic can be booked with doctors or counsellors, by calling the Shoreline Medical Clinic at 250-656-4143 Thursdays from 5:30-7:30.  Youth interested in a leadership role supporting youth wellness and the clinic are also invited to check out the social media page, and consider joining the Youth Action Team.


Island Sexual Health

ISH is offering both services through telephone and video conferencing as well as some in person appointments.  Call the clinic at 250-592-3479 for more details, or text the confidential text line for sexual health questions at 250-812-9374


Victoria Sexual Assault Center

VSAC offers education, phone support, and appointments for individuals who have experienced sexual violence.  Contact VSAC at 250-383-3232 to learn more about services, support and to access information about VSAC's services.

Immigration and Refugee Services

Inter-Cultural Association

ICA offers a number of supports to children, youth and families, including summer camps, school supports, and homework clubs. Contact ICA at 250-388-4728 to learn about what resources and services are currently running, and to seek further information.


Victoria Immigration and Refugee Centre Society

The Enable program supports children and youth 6-25, offering academic, social and emotional supports for immigrant and refugee youth as they transition into Canadian Society.  Contact 250-361-9433 for more information and updates on how the program is operating at present.

Crisis Lines


The KUU-US Crisis Line Society operates a 24/7 provincial aboriginal crisis line for Adults/Elders (250-723-4050), Child/Youth (250-723-2040), Toll Free Line (18005888717).  Supports include outreach, risk assessment, safety monitoring, and more. 


Kids Help Line

Kids Help Phone offers support 24/7, including professional counselling, information and referrals in both English and French.  Contact the KidsHelpLine at 1-800-668-6868 or visit their website to learn more.


Vancouver Island Crisis Line

The Vancouver Island Crisis Line can be reached at 1‑888-494-3888, and offers 24/7 counselling support.  Individuals can also text at 250-800-3806 between 6-10pm, or can chat online 6-10pm by visiting

Educational Resources

Saanich School District Mental Wellness Hub

The Mental Wellness Hub offers ongoing opportunities and information for youth, families, and staff, an extensive list of community resources, and a link to previous Snapshots with further supports around topics such as the opioid crisis, healthy relationships, sleep hygiene, and more.


Open School BC

Open School BC offers ongoing information, updates and resources supporting learning and health for children and youth during the pandemic.


Heart-Mind Online

Heart-Mind Online offers evidence-based research, resources, and ideas for activities in the cultivation of healthy hearts and minds.



FNESC and FNSA offer research, communications, information dissemination, advocacy, program administration and networking.  Check out the link below to learn more about continuous learning opportunities during the pandemic.



CASEL (*US Based) offers a number of webinars, resources, ideas, and information supporting social emotional learning and development for schools and home.



CMHA offers a number of resources, information, counselling supports and opportunities supporting mental health and wellness.

Family Supports

Family Smart

Family Smart offers a number of resources, information, and webinars supporting families navigating mental health and substance use, in addition to PiR and YiR.  Parent in Residence (PiR) and Youth in Residence (YiR) are young people and families with lived experience pertaining to substance use, and are available to connect with parents, caregivers, and young people to offer support.   


Kelty Mental Health

Kelty Mental Health offers a vast array of information supporting children, youth and families navigating complex mental health and substance use.  From videos, to webinars and information supporting and guiding conversations around substance use, Kelty has a number of resources to support families as they navigate substance use.


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