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Get Growing, Victoria!

Get Growing, Victoria! summer distribution is on Saturday, July 27 between 11 am – 1 pm!

Please note there is no registration required. We will distribute seedlings on a first come first serve basis. 

Date: Saturday, July 27

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

Location: Burnside Gorge Community Centre

Are you interested in volunteering for this event? If yes, click here and fill out the application form. 


KATS Tennis – Summer Dates

The Society for Kids at Tennis (KATSwww.kidsattennis.ca) is once again providing their free tennis lessons and equipment to families experiencing financial barriers. This program uses the “progressive tennis” approach recommended by Tennis Canada, it uses smaller racquets, smaller courts, lower nets and low-compression balls. For more information and registration click here.


BGCN June 2024

The newest issue of the BGCN is online now! Packed with exciting updates, insightful articles and upcoming events, this addition is a must-read. Stay informed about everything going on in our community.

Don’t miss out – click here to read the full newsletter now! 

 




Gorge Road Safety Improvements

To improve road safety for everyone, the City is making transportation improvements
on Gorge Road from Blanshard Street to Harriet Road. The project will include
one-way protected bike lanes on each side of the road, paving, transit stop and
accessibility upgrades, new and upgraded traffic signals and crossings, landscaping,
right turn slip lane removal and underground water main replacement.
Construction is beginning April 2024 and will continue into 2025.

To see the City’s Current Constructions & Major Projects page click here. 


Get Growing, Victoria!

Much-loved Get Growing, Victoria! is around the corner! BGCA hosting the plant distribution event on Thursday, May 16 between 4 – 6 pm. We will have soil-building materials at the Cecelia Ravine Garden as well. Please don’t forget your shovel and containers to collect some compost, wood chips and leaf mulch too! For more information visit City of Victoria’s website here.

 

 


KATS Tennis

The Society for Kids at Tennis (KATSwww.kidsattennis.ca) is once again providing their free tennis lessons and equipment to families experiencing financial barriers. This program uses the “progressive tennis” approach recommended by Tennis Canada, it uses smaller racquets, smaller courts, lower nets and low compression balls. For more information and registration click here.


Selkirk Waterfront Festival

The much-loved community event is back on Saturday, May 25! Vendor applications are open, for more information and the application form click here. 

Stay tuned for the upcoming details!


Fiber Maker Space

Fiber maker space is offering a welcoming space to everyone who enjoys or wants to learn more about arts and crafts! Every Thursday between 10 am to noon come join to this free drop-in group.



Annual General Meeting

Join us for reflection, progress, and vision. Our Annual General Meeting awaits your presence! BGCA Annual General Meeting is on Monday, February 26 at 6 pm (doors open at 5:45). We will have Doug Clarke, Victoria Fire Department Emergency Management Community Liaison as a guest speaker!

Please don’t forget to RSVP at frontdesk@burnsidegorge.ca or (250) 388-5251 by Thursday, February 22.

 


Family Self Sufficiency program is currently accepting applications!

The Family Self Sufficiency program (FSS) is an innovative and comprehensive three-year financial literacy and asset building program for low income families. Priority is given to those receiving housing subsidies in the Capital Region.

 

If you’re interested in this program and want to learn more click here.


Camp Survivor Spring Camp Registrations are open!

Camp Survivor Spring Break Camp is open for registration! We’ve got two weeks of exciting activities planned for your camper! Come join us for laser tag, swimming, a visit to Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea Aquarium, bowling, a billiards lesson and more! If you are looking for adventure and fun, this is the camp for YOU! Click here for more information and the registration form.


Tillicum Daycare

Tillicum Daycare is located at 3155 Albina Street in one of the learning studios on Tillicum Elementary School property. Tillicum Daycare is licensed for 16 spaces and serves children ages 30 months to school age.

Tillicum Daycare is full and maintains a waitlist. If you would like to know more about our daycare and would like to be added to our waitlist please click here.


Zumba class is cancelled

The Zumba class tonight (January 17) is cancelled due to the weather. Stay warm and safe!


Board Game Drop-in

Board Game Drop-in evenings are starting on January 16. Come join us at the BGCA Youth Centre for an evening of board game fun. For details click here.


Tillicum Daycare is opening on January 15

Burnside Gorge Community Association is very excited to share with you that our Tillicum Daycare will be opening on Monday, January 15th, 2024. Tillicum Daycare is located at 3155 Albina Street in one of the learning studios on Tillicum Elementary School property. Tillicum Daycare is licensed for 16 spaces and will serve children ages 30 months to school age.

Tillicum Daycare has 2 open spots for 3-5-year-olds. If you’re interested and want to learn more about the registration process please contact the daycare manager Laura at daycaremanager@burnsidegorge.ca


2023 Santa’s Pancake Breakfast

A big THANK YOU to all the families who attended our Santa’s Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Dec 2. There was over 200 people in attendance! We love helping people kick start their Christmas season with this event. To the students at St. Michaels University School who came out to volunteer, thank you for making this event a success. To our sponsors, CFAX Santa’s Anonymous and Country Grocer, this event could not have happened without your generous donations … THANK YOU! And thank you to Victoria Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation Local 730 for cooking up delicious pancakes!

Families even got to meet jolly ol Saint Nick! Children got to tell Santa their Christmas wish list and get their photo taken with the big fella himself! Elves where also on hand to offer presents to all the children. Then once bellies where full and photos where taken, families got to spend time working on Christmas crafts and getting their face painted.

From everyone here at Burnside Gorge Community Association, we appreciate everyone coming out to be a part of this annual event. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in 2024! Happy New Year!


THANK YOU!

We’re incredibly grateful to announce that this year, we’ve distributed a total of 99 Christmas Hampers! Thanks to the unwavering support of our sponsors, donors, and volunteers, we’ve provided assistance to 98 families, 166 children, 1 independent youth, and 1 senior during this holiday season. None of this would have been possible without the incredible support from our community. A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone involved!

 

We also extend special appreciation to all those who contributed to the success of ‘Cram the Cruiser’ this year. Our gratitude goes out to Colquitz Middle School students, their families, school staff, and the dedicated members of Saanich Police (Shelley Eddy, Alex Omoding, Berle Zwaan, Mike Hales, Jody Pavesic, Andrea Tooms, and Steve Robinson). Your efforts in filling our hampers with non-perishable foods are truly appreciated.