Bridges for Women Society serves the communities of southern Vancouver Island and the south Gulf Islands that are located on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia’new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ, (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples.

Bridges is a gutsy, innovative nonprofit inspiring diverse women impacted by violence or abuse, to reclaim their lives and build economic stability. Bridges draws on its extensive knowledge of the impacts of abuse on employability, to provide education, training and consulting to community agencies, employers and government.

Our aim? To see all of the women who come to us enter the workforce as financially independent, self-sufficient members of the labour market, free from the impacts of trauma and abuse that previously held them back.

Our Values?

  • Respecting the rights, dignity and worth of each woman, her boundaries, cultural context and diverse belief systems
  • Honouring the individual learning and healing process and cultivating non-judgmental environments
  • Committed to trauma-informed, anti-oppressive practice and non-violent organizational culture
  • Breaking the silence and educating on trauma, violence, abuse and neglect
  • Honouring our feminist roots in our commitment to cooperation, collaboration and building consensus
  • Fostering community connections to support knowledge-sharing, collaboration and advocacy
  • Recognizing and valuing women’s work, paid and unpaid, women’s equality, and contribution to the economy.
  • Practicing mindfulness and critical curiosity
  • Acknowledging and embracing change as a constant