Jessie Leung-Cottrell hired as Child & Youth Program Coordinator

Jessie Leung-Cottrell came to  BCSS Victoria in 2011 as a student of the Child and Youth Program at the University of Victoria.  As part of her experience here she co-facilitated the Kids in Control Group.  In January 2012 she joined our staff as our first Child and Youth Program Coordinator.  This February she will be facilitating the  Free to Be Me group (formerly Kids in Control).  Welcome Jessie!

Celebrating the Season: Annual BCSS Victoria Christmas Dinner a Success

The 27th Annual BCSS Victoria Christmas Dinner and Dance, held on Saturday, December 3rd was a memorable evening.  A record number of guests feasted on roast turkey, succulent ham and all the trimmings.  The buffet table was flanked by glistening ice sculptures, one of a swan and the other of an orca.  Heartfelt thanks go out to a crack team of volunteers from  DND who planned, prepared and served the dinner.  A corps of dedicated BCSS Victoria volunteers assisted with every aspect of the evening.  Honorary Board Member Bill Buckle was the master of ceremonies for the evening.  Even Santa Claus (Kees Bastien) dropped in for a visit.  Entertainment was provided by Friends of Music.  Following dinner, those not too stuffed to move danced.

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