The Legion Foundation is pleased to announce a new partnership in the day-to-day running of Veterans House Victoria (previously known as Cockrell House). The South Vancouver Island Housing Society (Legion Manor Victoria) and the Legion Foundation BC/Yukon will be working together to ensure that Veterans experiencing homelessness have somewhere to stay, someone to listen and help to access Veteran-specific supports.
“We see this as a re-invigoration,” says SVIHS Chair, Rod Hughes. “I am fourth-generation Canadian military and when I see the Veterans who need help, I see my family.”
The South Vancouver Island Housing Society will oversee the day-to-day operations of the 11-bedroom duplex located in Colwood, BC. Led by a committee co-Chaired by Dave Sinclair and Terri Orser, the SVIHS team has a strong track record of providing independent and assisted living for Veterans, their spouses, and individuals 55+ in Victoria for 51 years. With their expertise and commitment, they are well-positioned to support homeless Veterans and ensure they receive the care they deserve.
The property is owned by the Legion Foundation BC/Yukon who will provide the funding needed to support Veterans.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with the team from Legion Manor Victoria. Their dedication, connections within the community, and experience working with Veterans will undoubtedly make a positive impact on the lives of those who have served our country,” stated Val MacGregor, Chair of the Legion Foundation BC/Yukon.
Cockrell House was previously operated by the SMVIZ Veterans Housing Society. The discontinuation of this collaboration comes as a result of differences in reporting and accountability standards.