News & Events
Apr 28, 2017
Oasis Society wins United Way Community Partner Spirit Award
by Margaret O'Donnell
The Oasis Society for the Spiritual Health of Victoria is grateful to acknowledge and thank the United Way of Greater Victoria for its decision to award it the Community Partner Spirit Award for 2017.
Chosen from among 73 non-profit societies and entities, Oasis was presented this honour at a luncheon held at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, which brought together approximately 200 community leaders to celebrate the collective impact of the United Way campaign 2017.
In attendance were three Mayors and Council Representatives from other jurisdictions; representatives from Camosun College, Royal Roads and University of Victoria; Island Health; from the banking industry (RBC, CIBC, TD Canada Trust and BMO, Coast Capital Savings); and from other entities such as Canada Revenue Agency, City of Victoria, Correctional Services of Canada, Transport Canada, CUPE, BC Transit and special guest, Dave Wheaton from Wheaton Chevrolet Buick Cadillac GMC Ltd. It was a gala affair!
Accepting this honour, Kathryn Lacerte spoke about our brother Kyle, who began drinking at age 13, and continued for 38 years until we met him, homeless, at an Oasis Retreat, a life-changing encounter which launched his healing journey. Fast-forward to August 2016, and we see Kyle surrounded by 30 family and community members who came together to celebrate his second year of sobriety and his Nuu-chah-nulth uncle names him in his traditional language ‘Man of Honor’.
Oasis facilitated reconnection to Kyle’s family, and supported his growth and transition to a stable life that now includes having his own apartment and being gainfully employed. This did not happen in one step, or even 21 steps; it was born out of a long-term relationship of trust and commitment.
Oasis is grateful to receive the Spirit Award from the United Way on behalf of the many ‘Kyles’ it serves. It is even more thankful to the Great Spirit who breathes Life into Oasis and guides it in unexpected and providential ways.
Learn more about The Oasis Society for the Spiritual Health of Victoria at www.oasisvic.org.