Colour transforms shelters

Several women’s shelters across Canada are undergoing uplifting colour paint makeovers.

Several women’s shelters across Canada are undergoing uplifting colour paint makeovers as Benjamin Moore Paints rolls out its Colour Care Across Canada campaign nationwide.

Just in time for the holidays, Benjamin Moore is providing the transformation in a partnership with the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

The organization funds emergency housing and services for women and their children who are seeking aid from domestic violence. Nine shelters across the country will undergo the paint makeovers, including Nanaimo’s Haven Society.

“Abuse against women is increasing at frightening rates in Canada, and it has contributed significantly to driving women and their children from their homes, onto the streets and seeking safe havens like those The Canadian Women’s Foundation works with,” said Mike Kolind, market general manager for Benjamin Moore Canada. “For those in shelters, it can be a demoralizing, and in some cases, a dehumanizing condition breaking the spirit of any family.

“Benjamin Moore’s aim in launching Colour Care Across Canada is to bring attention to the situation, and at the same time try and brighten, with the power of colour, the living environments of those who seek this basic human need for safe housing and a community of support.”

The company’s promise is to provide interior paint for all bedrooms at each shelter location. Often these spaces are shared by families and include bathrooms and play areas for the youngsters.

The program includes the recruitment of local volunteer painting contractors who, in addition to undertaking the paint job, will handle minor repair on walls, ceilings and trims to properly prepare the surfaces to be coated.

Topping off the paint contribution will be new bedding ensembles from GlucksteinHome provided by The Bay.

Just Posted

Pirates have a chance to win pennant

Mid Island Pirates sweep Langley Blaze, four midweek games remain

Nanaimo tubber sets all-time record at bathtub race

Justin Lofstrom completes course in fastest-ever time

Junior A Timbermen even up playoff series with defending champs

Nanaimo doubles up Coquitlam 10-5 in Game 4 of best-of-seven BCJALL semifinal

Eight displaced after fire in Nanaimo’s south end

Nanaimo Fire Rescue responds to fires on Strickland Street and old Jolly Miner pub

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fact-check pipe dream

We deserve more transparency now that Trans Mountain is in public hands, says letter writer

Nanaimo tubber sets all-time record at bathtub race

Justin Lofstrom completes course in fastest-ever time

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

Nanaimo-Opoly will let board game players deal Harbour City properties

Victoria’s Outset Media and Walmart Canada partner on local edition of popular game

Tribal Journeys go through Snaw-Naw-As, Snuneymuxw, Stz’uminus territory

Paddlers now in Ladysmith en route to final stop in Lummi, Wash.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Housing and opioid crises the real threats

Letter writer shocked that someone could blame vulnerable citizens for Nanaimo’s tarnished image

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

Most Read