Tapestry at Victoria Harbour has proudly raised a grand total of $18,759.00 to fund the exploration of a pilot program that could create long-term housing solutions for newly arrived Ukrainians.
Earlier this year, a group of dedicated Tapestry residents partnered with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) to find ways to support the settlement of Ukrainian Nationals seeking temporary residency in the Victoria region.
Tapestry residents came up with the idea of creating a spectacular quilt, the ‘Patchwork of the Heart’, that beautifully weaves colours of the Ukrainian flag and features a gorgeous sunflower. The quilt was a cumulation of six weeks of dedicated hard work. Tickets for a chance to win the quilt were sold by employees and residents of Tapestry’s Victoria Harbour community throughout the summer and many individuals donated directly to the ICA as well.
“It started with one idea and four people,” says Winnie Lee, Interim Chief Executive Officer of the ICA. “We are pleased to announce that the money raised will contribute to seed funding for a new program designed to address one of the most pressing needs for new immigrants– housing.”
Coincidentally, one of the members of the quilting group won the raffle draw for the grand prize at the September 1st event, which featured a celebration of Ukrainian culture. Don, who was the lucky winner of the ‘Patchwork of the Heart’, elected to donate the quilt to the Ukrainian Cultural Centre as a final gesture of warmth and love for those who are most in need.
“Our residents succeeded in bringing our community closer together by sharing ideas and passions to support a greater purpose, says Adena Waffle, Interim Senior Vice President of Tapestry. “We are so proud of their achievements.”