What’s New

Office makeover for our 35th year!

Wednesday March 3, 2021

Colour Us Grateful! What a wonderful surprise it was to learn that Help Fill A Dream had been nominated for White Knight Painting’s Annual Charity Paint Giveaway! We were nominated by a past Board President, and longtime volunteer, John Kelly. Walls were prepped and painted last week and the team is feeling very happy to… READ MORE

One Track Mind

Monday November 23, 2020

Record-breaking attempt on Vancouver Island! Victoria-based ultrarunner, and Help Fill A Dream friend, supporter (and Dream kid) Jerry Hughes, decided to make an attempt to break the current 130 year old Canadian 6 day running record which sits at 870 kms. A unique challenge event came out of Jerry’s crazy idea! One Track Mind was… READ MORE

Golf for Kids 2020

“The outpouring of support to continue this important fundraiser has been overwhelming. One thing remains clear during this time of uncertainty is that no one wants the special legacy of Golf For Kids to end. With this in mind, we went full speed ahead on a virtual fundraiser for this year’s event using our traditional… READ MORE

We have a winner!

Monday October 5, 2020

Comox Valley Mega 50/50 has two winners It was a beautiful sunny Saturday in Courtenay to find out who would be the big winner of the Comox Valley Mega 50/50. We were very grateful to have Dream kid Annie draw the winning ticket at 1:00 pm. Tickets had been on sale for several months and… READ MORE

Thank You VICA!

Thursday September 17, 2020

In difficult times we really rely on our community of fantastic fundraisers who continue to support us and our families. The incredible U40 Vancouver Island Construction Association hold an annual Casino Night event with all proceeds supporting Help Fill A Dream. This year’s event was a Mardi Gras carnival theme, held back in February when… READ MORE

BC Transit Loyal Supporters

Thursday February 20, 2020

Another Phenomenal Year! BC Transit employees have been our longest consistent corporate partner in terms of employee giving. We were again humbled and honoured to receive a cheque representing funds raised through the BC Transit employee giving campaign in 2019, as well as many additional fundraising events and activities. The donation of $26,000 will do… READ MORE

Thank You Country Grocer

Wednesday February 12, 2020

Another amazing season of giving will mean more Dreams for kids in our community Every year Country Grocer runs a seasonal fundraising campaign with Help Fill A Dream as the beneficiaries. It is a huge amount of work for them, and we are so grateful for the time and passion that they put into it…. READ MORE

Donald Peterson

DEEP 50 Challenge – Wrap Up

Monday December 23, 2019

Peninsula Ultrarunner Tackles The Deep 50 Challenge to Make Dreams Come True We were delighted when our friend Donald Peterson told us last year that he was going to raise some money for us in 2019. We were surprised (intrigued/impressed) when we learned how he was planning to do it! Turning 50 is a significant… READ MORE

Grizzlies Game Night – Wins all around!

Thursday December 19, 2019

It was a win for the Victoria Grizzlies on Saturday against the Nanaimo Clippers, and it was a win for Vancouver Island kids, as the second Victoria Grizzlies Help Fill A Dream night raised over $20,000!! We had so much fun and many special moments including a puck drop ceremony with Dream kid Jonathan and… READ MORE

Haunted House raises over $10,000!

Thursday November 14, 2019

Phobias theme a Phenomenal Fundraiser! The 2019 Heritage Haunted House with its ‘Phobias’ theme was as fearsome and frightening as we expected! It was also a huge, sellout success. We are always staggered by the scale of this Halloween project, imagined and spearheaded by Carly Burbank. It takes months each year to transform the private… READ MORE

Golf For Kids 2019

Monday September 23, 2019

It was another incredible event at Bear Mountain for the 21st Golf For Kids tournament and fundraiser. $1.1 million was raised, of which Help Fill A Dream received a significant donation. We were also thrilled to see Dreams being filled right on the day including a wonderful surprise for Jonathan when his Dream of an… READ MORE

2019 AGM Wrap Up

Wednesday August 7, 2019

Our AGM this year (held in June) was a special occasion thanks to our friends and supporters at Golf for Kids and Bear Mountain. We were graciously hosted in the Bear Mountain Ballroom, with an audio/visual system that allowed us to show some photo highlights of the past year. These included events, volunteers, and lots… READ MORE

Community Fundraising – The Ripple Effect

Monday May 27, 2019

Country Grocer are huge supporters of Help Fill A Dream. Throughout the year they make donations from in-store promotions, and support us with pancake breakfasts, Superhero Calendar sales and community barbeques. We were honoured to be invited to appear in Country Grocer’s latest TV commercial for CHEK TV. It’s all about the ripple effect of… READ MORE

National Volunteer Week 2019

Tuesday April 9, 2019

National Volunteer Week is a chance to thank volunteers, and acknowledge the incredible value that volunteering brings to our community. We wouldn’t be able to make Dreams come true if it weren’t for the tireless efforts of our many volunteers. We thank you all from the bottom of our heart’s. Elk Lake Triathlon volunteers Every… READ MORE

Fight 4 The Cause’s Heavyweight Donation!

Monday March 25, 2019

Contenders left it all in the ring at the 7th Annual Fight 4 The Cause (December 1, 2018). It’s a huge physical and mental undertaking to take part in this charity boxing tournament. Many of the contenders had never been in a boxing ring before signing up for the event, and all undertook long weeks… READ MORE

Scotia McLeod Charitable Foundation Donation!

Wednesday March 6, 2019

We were honoured to recieve  a cheque for $6,500 from the ScotiaMcLeod Charitable Foundation today. The donation was made possible by Kevin Greenard, Portfolio Manager and Director with the Greenard Group, through the Share the Wealth awards program. Kevin also sits on our Board of Directors. He knows the valuable work we do, and advocates for… READ MORE

Grizzlies Game Night A Win!

Monday March 4, 2019

Hockey Fans Celebrated a 4-1 Victoria Grizzlies win AND huge fundraising total It was a win-win at the Q Centre on February 9th as the Victoria Grizzlies beat the visiting Wenatchee Wild, and raised funds and awareness for Help Fill A Dream. We were so pleased and grateful for the support we received for this… READ MORE

So Many Thank Yous

Wednesday February 13, 2019

We’ve been so busy planning our next fundraising events, as well as Dreams for deserving kids, that we’ve neglected to say a few thanks yous. At Help Fill A Dream we are always humbled when we are chosen to receive donations, knowing how many good causes there are to chose from. In December and January… READ MORE

Seafirst Insurance 2018 Jeans Day donation

Monday February 11, 2019

It was a beautiful sunny day when Craig collected a cheque from the wonderful staff at Seafirst Insurance. One of the ways that SeaFirst works to encourage and support community involvement is through a company wide Wednesday Jeans Day fundraising initiative. Staff members who wear jeans donate $5 each Wednesday, or $20 for the month…. READ MORE

Van Isle Comic Con

Monday August 27, 2018

Not all heroes wear capes, some are dressed up as anything from Gandalf the Grey to Princess Leia to Deadpool to Sailor Moon. This past June the Vancouver Island Comic Con was held at Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney and welcomed a plethora of geeks and nerds of all ages! The organizers not only put… READ MORE

Ted Balderson & the Victoria Harbour Cats

We would like to thank Ted Balderson who presented us with at cheque of $1,100 on the final game of the Harbour Cats’ regular season. Earlier this summer Ted promised to donate $50 for every double play that the Harbour Cats would turn at a home game. We were so happy to once again share… READ MORE

Yana and Run4Dreams

Thursday August 23, 2018

Yana Hempler is one motivated young woman. She seeks to empower and help others through her running and invites others to partake in this movement. Run4Dreams is a virtual 5k “race” that you can run and walk in your own time. When you sign up for Run4Dreams all proceeds go to Help Fill A Dream,… READ MORE

Cornerstone Properties Ltd.

We would like to thank the lovely people over at Cornerstone Properties for generously donating to us following their annual golf tournament. Co-workers and invited guests gather every year and participate in some friendly competition while also fundraising for the charity of their choice. This year they chose to donate to Help Fill A Dream… READ MORE

Dynamic Race Events & Our Wonderful Volunteers

Wednesday August 8, 2018

Early mornings are not how most people spend their BC Day Long Weekend except for the great group of volunteers who came out Sunday, August 5th, to keep the athletes who participated in the Elk Lake Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquabike hydrated!! Without the volunteers we wouldn’t have been able to run the aid station! The… READ MORE

VICA U40 ‘Under the Big Top’ Casino Night

We would like to give a warm thanks to the lovely people over at Vancouver Island Construction Association and their Under 40 charity casino night on February 23rd of this year. They raised $15,000 for Help Fill A Dream by introducing carnival games to their casino night, and having a live and silent auctions. This… READ MORE


Monday July 23, 2018

This amazing calendar showcases 11 children and their superhero alter-egos! These children have not only demonstrated strength and courage while battling their illness, chronic pain or other health challenge, but they have shown compassion and drive in their missions to help make their communities a better place. Don’t miss out on your chance to own your… READ MORE

Ted Balderson and Riley

Wednesday July 11, 2018

When a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition a family’s focus becomes their child, their medical appointments and treatment; there’s no time for anything else. We were very happy to invite Riley Jupp and his family to our office to receive a special gift from Ted Balderson. After receiving his very own custom Inkedbot,… READ MORE

The Cownden Family and Shae

Liane Cownden (pictured left) and her family have been involved with Help Fill A Dream for 10 years, and each year they surprise us more and more. Liane’s father, having started his own company, Northridge Excavating Ltd., valued the importance of giving back and recognized the ability he had to give back; therefore Liane and… READ MORE

Changing Lives with Spare Change

Monday July 9, 2018

If you’ve ever traveled on the Clipper, between Victoria and Seattle, you might have played a small part in a big story. On your right, once you’re through ticketing on your trip to Seattle, is a little square box that calls for your spare change – those funny Canadian coins that you won’t need when… READ MORE

Wells Gray Tours

Thursday June 28, 2018

We are so very grateful for the generous donation of $1,000 made yesterday by Sema Phair, the Office/Operations Manager and the rest of the dedicated staff at Wells Gray Tours in Victoria. Sema confessed to us that our origin story brings a tear to her eye. Every time she uses BC Transit she is reminded… READ MORE

Monk Office

It’s like Christmas in June! Our staff was pleasently surprised Tuesday morning with new office furniture that was generously donated by the good folks over at Monk Office We can’t wait to revamp the office with all these wonderful new items!   Thank you so much for your generosity and for supporting the Help Fill… READ MORE

Ron Heal: the Newest Member on the Help Fill A Dream Foundation’s Board of Directors

Tuesday June 26, 2018

The Help Fill A Dream Foundation welcomed its newest board member Ron Heal during their AGM on June 5th, 2018. As a life long resident of Victoria, Ron is very passionate about giving back to our community through extensive volunteer work from coaching his children’s sports teams to sitting on the Board of Directors of… READ MORE

We are growing – Program Manager job posting

Wednesday April 4, 2018

PROGRAM MANAGER POSITION We are growing and we are looking for another Program Manager to join our team. Our ideal candidate is a gregarious individual with solid administrative and excellent communication skills. We are an immediately responsive Victoria-based registered charity which supports Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands children with medical conditions, health challenges and… READ MORE

Behind the Scenes – The Making of the Junior Superhero Calendar

Monday December 4, 2017

Junior Superheroes Calendar

Friday December 1, 2017

The Junior Superheroes Project is a joint effort between the Superheroes of Victoria Volunteer Society and the Help Fill A Dream Foundation with one simple goal: to turn already super children into comic book superheroes. We wanted to provide a once-in-a-lifetime superhero experience. Each child received a tailored superhero outfit, custom photo shoot and a… READ MORE

Pacific Links Raffle

Pacific Links Raffle Winner

Wednesday September 20, 2017

Congratulations to Rob Edwards who was the lucky winner of the Pacific Links Championship Golf Tournament raffle. Winning a huge selection of items donated by Think Local First members valued at over $1,300. 

Winning 50/50 Tickets at Pacific Links

Saturday September 16, 2017

50/50 Prizes can be claimed at Help Fill A Dream tent by Admission Gate at Spectator’s Village or by contacting the Help Fill A Dream office at   250-382-3135 September 17, 2017 winning ticket Blue ticket #162159 Prize $2062.50 September 16, 2017 winning ticket Red ticket #365257 Prize $1,575 September 15, 2017 winning ticket CLAIMED… READ MORE

Winning 50/50 Tickets at PLBMC

50/50 Prizes can be claimed by contacting the Help Fill A Dream office at   250-382-3135 September 17, 2017 Blue ticket #162159 Prize $2062.50               September 16, 2017 winning ticket Red ticket #365257 Prize $1,575                     September 15, 2017 winning ticket… READ MORE

Volunteer Contest

Thursday August 31, 2017

The Pacific Links Golf Bear Mountain Championship is coming soon with the likes of Sir Nick Faldo and John Daly on the greens.  Aside from offering a beautiful tournament and an amazing volunteer experience, they have also chosen Help Fill A Dream as their charity partner. Are you interested in volunteering?  Help Fill A Dream… READ MORE

Help Fill a Dream Returns as Official Charity Partner of the 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship

Tuesday May 16, 2017

VICTORIA, B.C. (May 2, 2017) –  Pacific Links International and the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Tournament Organizers are pleased to announce that Help Fill a Dream, a Victoria based charitable organization, will once again be the Official Charity Partner of the PGA TOUR Champions Event. After a successful partnership through the 2016 Event, raising over… READ MORE

Student Summer Job Opportunity

Tuesday May 9, 2017

We are  looking for  a Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator (Summer Position – 9 weeks). The perfect opportunity for a student working on a post-secondary degree in a related field  such as non-profit management, marketing, public relations, communications, event planning or social work. However it is your attitude and aptitude which are most important. Application deadline… READ MORE

Help Fill a Dream Named as Official Charity Partner of the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship

Wednesday August 31, 2016

Media Release

Fight 4 The Cause

Friday April 29, 2016

A big thank you to Kevin and Darcy from Studio 4 Athletics and everyone involved with the Fight 4 The Cause – Charity Boxing Classic for including us as one of their partner charities once again. It was a very pleasant surprise to receive an $8,000 donation from these amazing people. Did you know our… READ MORE


Monday April 4, 2016

You are never too young (or old) to make Dreams come true! A huge thank you to Ireland for choosing to make Help Fill A Dream part of her birthday celebration once again this year. Ireland just turned 8 but as we can see from the photo from her 1st birthday, she has always been… READ MORE

Running For a Cause

Tuesday May 5, 2015

Tiffany is a wonderful example of how a person can make a difference simply by participating in an event like the TC10K. She is running in memory of her brother Tyler, who was the recipient of a Dream trip to Disneyland in 1994. To view the video, click here.

Help Fill A Dream Supports Maternal Child Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital

Monday February 25, 2013

The Help Fill A Dream Foundation has donated two new pieces of equipment, a Wireless Transducer and a Specialty Freezer, to the Maternal Child Unit at St. Joseph’s General Hospital. The wireless transducer is needed to monitor patients with risk factors, throughout their labour while still allowing the patient to be mobile rather than confined… READ MORE

Marathon Man

Sunday January 27, 2013

Donald Peterson worked with his friend Erin Smith to put on the Mistletoe Gala in December, and that night of music, dancing and a silent auction raised thousands for Help Fill A Dream. You might think that he would be ready for a vacation after putting so much effort into that event and you would… READ MORE