HEALTHY WOMEN, HEALTHY COMMUNITY (Immigrant Women's Projects)
This program is run through the Settlement Department at VIRCS and aims to provide relevant, timely, and accessible information on female related issues. This program included the “Women’s Health Program” (2008), which was funded by the Candian Breast Cancer Foundation and provided immigrant and refugee women with information on breast cancer. The Healthy Women, Healthy Community Group is run through interactive methods: referrals, translations services, and a number of workshops conducted year round.
The VIRCS Multicultural Awareness Campaign for Breast Cancer is a part of the ongoing and successful Healthy Women, Healthy Community Program run through the Settlement Department at VIRCS. This new project is open to both men and women to participate in. Breast cancer awareness data amongst immigrant women in BC, and Victoria specifically, is largely unknown and has not been extensively studied in the past. In July 2017, VIRCS completed a survey report on breast cancer awareness within the immigrant population of Greater Victoria. Download the report here VIRCS Multicultural Awareness Campaign for Breast Cancer.