PEERS provides support, resources, and programs specifically for past and current sex workers—any gender—as well as help with housing, training and volunteering opportunities, advocacy and public education around sexual exploitation and the issues of adult sex work. PEERS UPDATE and more...
PROVINCIAL LEADERSHIP AWARD FOR PEERS
On November 1, 2013, PEERS received a provincial award from the Ministry of Justice for exemplary leadership in crime prevention and community safety. Marion Little, Executive Director, and Kristine Allard, Day Outreach, received the award on behalf of the agency. "We are delighted to be recognized for our work in the community." Said Little. " We really look forward to collaborating with the Ministry of Justice and other relevant ministries to brainstorm possibilities that will ensure ongoing services for sex workers in the Capital Region, especially those facing multiple vulnerabilities."
Full Funding should be restored to PEERS
Prof. Barbara Whittington, University of Victoria School of Social Work
"PEERS’ doors should be reopened and stay open. What PEERS has accomplished is phenomenal. Its success rate in working with women wherever they are on their life path is crucial."
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM MARION LITTLE,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PEERS
PEERS Victoria Resources Society regrets to announce the closure of its drop-in centre and pre-employment program Elements. The closures are due to changes in our contract with the Ministry of Social Development over the past couple of years. We will re-open the centre and re-start programs as soon as sustainable funding has been secured (even if only one day per week).
The Night Outreach van continues to operate funded by VIHA, BC Gaming, and individual donors. The Day Outreach van also continues to operate funded by the United Way and individual donors.
Thanks to the resourceful efforts of PEERS staff prior to being laid-off, and their continuing efforts as volunteers, we are collaborating with Aids Vancouver Island to implement a stop-gap support group for our drop-in centre clients.
PEERS is poised to engage in dialogue with the Ministry of Social Development and the Attorney General’s Office to explore possibilities for a new portfolio assignment that better fits our specialized services and the unique needs of our clients. We are also meeting with colleague agencies to discuss partnership opportunities while maintaining our distinct peer-based support model.
We are inviting community members to make a monthly commitment to PEERS (even $20/mo will make a big difference) to champion our drop-in centre, re-open our doors this January, and ensure they stay open. Click here to donate now or for more donation options.
If you believe in safety, dignity, education, access to basic resources, and equal justice, please choose your favourite media clip below and send it to your friends and colleagues with an invitation to participate in safeguarding PEERS.
Thank you for your attention.
Marion Little, Executive Director, PEERS
Marion Little, Executive Director, PEERS
http://www.cbc.ca/player/AudioMobile/On%2BThe%2BIsland/ID/2404020573/ Andrea, Todd Wellman, Marion http://www.cbc.ca/player/AudioMobile/All%2BPoints%2BWest/ID/2404135928/Maurine Karagianis, MLA
Jody Paterson (Thursday, September 12, 2013)
Jody Paterson (Monday, September 2, 2013)
Paul Wilcox (Friday, September 6, 2013)
OTHER MEDIA OUTLETS
peers annual general meeting
june 19, 2013
PEERS 2013 AGM on June 19th was a great success. Thank you to all who attended.
Victoria Foundation Vital Youth Grants
The students at Oak Bay High School were the only high school in the region to designate their entire grant of $2500 to one charity, and they choose PEERS as the recipient. SMUS also made a generous donation to PEERS with their Vital Youth Grant. We are honoured to be recognized by these youth and we are deeply grateful for their support.
Here’s a link to the Victoria Foundation Vital Youth program for more info:
"Voices from the Edge" poetry book
This book of raw poetry speaks directly to the heart with unflinching honesty. Facilitated by local writer, Dvora Levin, it was written by program participants at PEERS and Rock Bay Landing.
"Voices from the Edge" is available for $20 at Munro's Books, 1108 Government St., Victoria
All proceeds go to programs at PEERS and Rock Bay Landing.