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Quilters go beyond goal for Haven

The Nanaimo Quilters Guild presents dozens of quilts made during its January quilting bee to the Haven Society.

The Nanaimo Quilters Guild has broken records yet again. Every January, the group holds its annual quilting bee to make quilts to donate to Haven Society. This year the aim was to make 70 quilts and that was exceeded with a total of 91 quilts.Clients who access Haven services are given the beautiful quilts when they leave Haven’s transition house or one of the many programs offered by Haven, as a token of their healing journey.“The Nanaimo Quilters Guild are longtime supporters of Haven Society and we are so delighted to receive the quilts made by the guild,” said Sarah Dymock, resource development coordinator of Haven Society. “The quilts are works of art and are cherished by the clients of Haven that receive them.”Haven Society provides services to women, children, youth, and families who have experienced violence. Every year, more than 3,000 women and children in the mid-Island area seek support to deal with issues of physical abuse, sexual abuse and violence. Haven’s programs provide everything from shelter, emotional support, counselling, advocacy, court accompaniment, and most importantly a safe place to begin healing from the abuse.For more information on Haven Society, please go to