News release:  Monday, June 27, 2016 |  A new website that will help clients and agencies easily access information about services offered by Wear2Start has been launched thanks to funding from the Victoria Foundation.

The Victoria Foundation provided $5500 towards the work done on the new site which now clearly outlines how women who might need the services of Wear2Start can access them. As well, job training and employment agencies can find the necessary form to refer qualified clients to Wear2Start and others can learn about ways to support the work of the society.

“In supporting our organization, the Victoria Foundation is helping to build stronger community services in our city,” said Joanie Hesketh, President of the Wear2Start.

The Wear2Start Society is a non-profit organization and registered charity that helps women, who have completed a job training program, make their best impressions in job interviews and the workplace by providing them with a wardrobe. Over the years, it has assisted thousands of women in need gain confidence and increased chances of employment through a more polished appearance.

Compassionate boutique specialists work with clients who are referred by partnering agencies specializing in job  and skills training. Over the course of a two-hour consultation, clients are provided with a wardrobe suitable for the workplace along with suggestions on how to continue to dress her best.

“With our fresh online presence, we’re inviting Victoria residents to help spread the word about the work we do for women through social media,” added Hesketh. The Facebook page can be found at

“The Victoria Foundation is proud to be able to support such an amazing organization as Wear2Start,” said Victoria Foundation CEO Sandra Richardson. “Their new website is a fantastic complement to their already outstanding work.”

Run entirely by volunteers, Wear2Start relies on fundraising and donations of gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories suitable for the workplace. For information on how to donate clothing or funds, please see the website

For further information please contact:
Joanie Hesketh, President, Wear2Start Society
Telephone 250-472- 9327 (please leave a voice mail)