Vital People: Lifetime Networks fundraising gala returns after COVID hiatus


There are lots of silent auction prizes to unwrap at Lifetime Networks this week, as the Victoria non-profit gets ready for an important fundraising gala.

“It’s been a three-year-hiatus from it and we’re really excited to get everybody back together,” says Carlene Thompson of Lifetime Networks.

Lifetime Networks supports more than 300 people with developmental disabilities and their families… and the November 25th gala at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort will bring in some much-needed funds.

“Look around Victoria,” Carlene says. “We have a lot of people in need and Victoria’s an amazing community to be in and people here are generous and supportive but we have a lot of people here who need support.”

Melissa Couto has been coming to Lifetime Networks for the last few years and she loves it.

“I like getting out of the house, I like learning things, making friends,” Melissa says. “I do leadership, independent cooking and healthy relationships.”

Lifetime Network’s vibrant new space in Quadra Village is now fully operational and there’s lots of room for programs and break-out groups.

“We’re so excited!” Carlene says. “I mean, who buys a space in the middle of a pandemic, but this space came up and it’s been about a two-year renovation to get the program space up and running and we’re getting great feedback.”

Now that the extensive renovation is done to serve its participants better, Lifetime Networks is ramping up efforts to sell tickets and get more gala donations and sponsors, and this year, social media is a big part of that.

“It’s important because social media is very important these days and it’s one of the best platforms to showcase what our organization is doing and highlight all the milestones and achievements of all our participants,” says Nav Cahlon, who is in charge of social media for Lifetime Networks. “I love building connections. I love making friends and I love that I get to see the growth of all of our participants.”

If you’d like to help, you can call find out more on the Lifetime Networks website or call the office at 250-477-4112.

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