We are a non-profit organization with a mission to support the health and social well-being of lesbians as we age by ensuring safe, accessible, welcoming spaces for social interactions to build community through education and social action.
The Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society (VLSCS) was incorporated under the Society Act on November 6, 1996.
VLSCS grew out of the commitment of a dynamic group of lesbians with a vision to improve the outcomes for lesbian as they aged. Back in December of 1994, under the auspices of the Victoria chapter of SWAG (Status of Women Action Group), a steering committee formed for the then named Lesbian Senior Care Society (LSCS). Over the next two years the Steering Committee pioneered development of the mission and the Constitution and Bylaws for the society. They held fundraisers and conducted an all important needs assessment survey. They set up finances and administration, created committees to handle specifics, and crafted policy and procedures.
Their passion and dedication served the lesbian community well. They gave lesbians a place to meet and speak, to dance, have fun, debate and educate. Lesbians loved the opportunities to interact beyond the bar scene, where they could really get to know one another on a personal level and help to build community in a meaningful manner.
Initially, there was a strong focus on acquiring housing dedicated to the support of lesbians and their partners as they aged, ensuring thoughtful, respectful care that supported their lesbian lifestyles. Over the years there was a transition away from the housing initiatives for lack of funding and feasibility.The purpose of the society was redrafted to reflect the change.
Today, we provide health and social programs for lesbians, and we reach out to the community with advocacy, education and social action. We are an amazing group of dedicated volunteers who have sustained the only lesbian-identified organization in the Greater Victoria area for more than two decades. We are very proud of our past accomplishments and look forward to ever more success as we continue to grow and evolve in the 21st century.