Snapshot: June
Preparing for the Summer

What a Year!

While the 2019/20 school year has come with a number of challenges, it has also come with unique opportunities to re-envision education, while collectively working to support the well-being of children and youth through remote and blended environments.  This is a year where we have truly come together as a community, working collaboratively to support one another in learning and growth.  Below are a few ongoing opportunities and resources to support students and families through the months ahead.
Community Resources

Navigating Updated Delivery Models

While it can be difficult to navigate resources under usual circumstances, keeping current with various delivery models and community resources has been particularly challenging throughout Covid-19.  While the following is not an exhaustive list of resources, it serves as a starting point reflecting current delivery models as of June.  Be sure to visit the attached links as delivery may change as the province continues to open up.
Counselling   Health Care
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Children & Youth Mental Health (CYMH & ICYMH)

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


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

Beacon Community Services

Beacon continues to support 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.

Discovery Youth & Family Substance Use Services

Discovery continues to support youth and their families through virtual and online platforms.  Please contact the office at 250‐519‐5313 to learn more about counselling, referrals, and caregiver resources.

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.

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. 

Project Respect

Project Respect continues to offer virtual drop-in space for youth ages 13-18 every Friday from 4:30pm-6:00pm. Hosted by Project Respect staff, this is an opportunity for youth in the community to check-in, share their thoughts and reflections, and find connection with each other. 

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

Immigrant and Refugee Resources
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Victoria Immigrant Refugee Center

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.

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.

Community Recreation Centers, Play, and Outdoor Opportunities
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The Panorama has opened back up, and 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. 


As of June 10, Commonwealth remains closed.  Please visit their website and social media page for up to date information as they begin to open back up, or contact the Commonwealth at 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.

Crisis and Support Lines

Check Out the Following Chat Lines:

There are several crisis lines to support mental health and well-being. The following represent three of our more frequently accessed services. These supports will be able to connect youth and families to specific resources according to the presenting need. The crisis and support lines will work directly with clients and will also provide information in support of a loved one. 


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 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 

Websites and Further Resources

Open Learning BC

Open Learning 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.


First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations School Association

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.


Canadian Mental Health Association

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

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Have a wonderful Summer!

On behalf of the Saanich School District, we hope you have a wonderful summer! We look forward to the exciting opportunities ahead in the coming year.