The Victoria Event Centre recieved $20,000 in funding to launch a pilot coffee shop and shared workspace in daytime hours. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Victoria Event Centre to open café, begin workspace pilot project

$20,000 grant from Coastal Community Credit Union will help Centre expand its services

The Victoria Event Centre will be hosting a new daytime space soon, thanks to funds from the Coastal Community Credit Union.

The Victoria Multicultural Society, owners of the VEC, received a $20,000 Building Healthier Communities grant in a competitive application process that saw 21 other local businesses apply.

The VEC will be installing a work space and coffee shop as a pilot project for one year. The non-profit café will be a space where people can buy inexpensive coffees, teas and snacks and the free work space is open to all people, without obligation to make a café purchase.

“The VEC is already an important hub for grassroots organizers and activists, so testing the support for a free meeting place felt like a natural step,” Eric Nordal, a Centre employee and Retail Action Network organizer said in a statement. The Network and other groups will partner with the VEC to host meetings, workshops and other daytime programming as part of the café space, he added.

ALSO READ: Victoria venue hires consent captain

While the competition was stiff, Coastal Community indicated that the VEC’s application made them an obvious choice.

“What we love to see in our grant applications is groups looking to be self-sustaining in the long term,” said Allyson Prescesky, senior manager of communications and community. “The VEC had a good idea, but needed a model to get it going.”

Representatives of the credit union and centre are expected to meet soon to plan out next steps. The new work space and café are set to open in the fall.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
and Instagram

Just Posted

PRIDE: 25-plus years of celebrating community and inclusion in Victoria

A host of events are planned to mark this year’s Pride Week, outdoors and in

Queue up your playlist of Victoria-area musicians’ songs

Local guitarist uses Spotify to highlight city’s thriving independent music scene

Out of the flames comes inspiration for Quinn Bachand

Victoria guitarist and Brishen to unveil new CD in Friday show at Christian Science Church

Irreverent comedy a habit in VOS’ newest show, Nunsense

Musical theatre production by Victoria Operatic Society features three shows in July

Esquimalt artist captures culinary personalities with body art

Mary Ploegsma’s unique chef/tattoo portrait series on display this month in Chinatown café

VIDEO: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be re-released with new footage

‘Avatar’ holds global box office record at $2.788 billion, while ‘Endgame’ stands at $2.743 billion…

Feed your hunger for Canucks hockey in Victoria this September

NHL team to host camp at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, exhibition vs. Calgary set for Sept. 16

Taylor Swift’s new music video features Ellen, Ryan Reynolds, RuPaul and more

Cast of Queer Eye and Katy Perry make appearances too on “You Need to Calm Down” video

COLUMN: Revisiting a decade ago as Victoria celebrates 20 years of Ska

4 million tourists visit Greater Victoria each year and there’s a reason we remain despite them

Rick Mercer-led comedy team in for second Just for Laughs show at UVic

Comedy company will stage two shows Nov. 16 at Farquhar Auditorium

Trade expo a key part of 2019 BC Seafood Festival

Comox Valley hosts celebration of seafood industry; numerous events on tap this weekend

Samoa bans Elton John biopic, Rocketman

Depictions of homosexuality, contrary to law, cause country’s censor to prevent film’s screening

REVIEW: If you like farce, you’ll love Noises Off at Langham Court!

By Sheila Martindale The nine cast members in Langham Court Theatre’s new… Continue reading

Most Read