Child, Youth & Family Centres
To better support the health of children and families in the West Shore and in Sooke, Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island constructed and operates two Child, Youth, & Family Centres in those communities. These facilities were created to be a one-stop location for families. The Centres bring together agencies that serve children and families in order to improve collaboration among the agencies and ease of access for families.
West Shore Child, Youth, & Family Centre
345 Wale Road, Colwood | Reception: 250-391-4320
The West Shore Child, Youth and Family Centre is a 38,000 square foot facility that was opened in the fall of 2005. Home to seven child, youth and family serving agencies, this $9 million dollar facility serves families from the communities of Langford, View Royal, Colwood, Metchosin, the Highlands, and Sooke.
Major funding for the construction and land costs of this Centre was provided by the Queen Alexandra Foundation (QAF) for Children, now the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island ($5.8 million), the Ministry for Children and Family Development ($1.4 million), and the Vancouver Island Health Authority ($300,000).
We gratefully acknowledge Hugh and Marie Marquis, whose $1 million gift launched the project from concept to reality.
Agencies providing services from the West Shore Centre:
- Boys & Girls Club
- Métis Community Services
- Ministry of Children and Family Development
- Pacific Centre Family Services Association
- Phoenix Human Services Association
- Sooke Family Resource Centre
- Vancouver Island Health Authority
Sooke Child, Youth, & Family Centre
6672 Wadams Way, Sooke | Reception: 250-642-6364
The 11,000-square-foot Sooke Child, Youth and Family Centre is a one-stop location for child and youth service agencies in the community of Sooke. Six agencies reside in the $2.5 million dollar centre built by the Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children (now the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island), sharing a receptionist and numerous common areas.
Volunteers from Sooke, many from the agencies themselves, have poured countless hours and energy into this Centre, creating a traditional West Coast, child-friendly space. The building reflects the community of Sooke with motifs and materials taken from the natural and marine environment. Posts from the Douglas fir logged on the site hold up the entranceway; rocks excavated for the foundations are moored in the red floor; and leaf and fern patterns adorn the walkways.