Victoria Banfield House
1230 Styles Street
Victoria is the capital city of the province of British Columbia and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, in the Pacific Ocean. The city has a population of 86,000, while the metropolitan area of Greater Victoria has a population of almost 400,000 making it the 15th most populous Canadian urban region.
Known as “The Garden City”, Victoria is a popular tourist destination. The thriving technology sector has risen to be its largest revenue-generating private industry. Victoria is in the top twenty of world cities for quality-of-life, according to Numbeo. The city has a large non-local student population and is also popular with retirees, who come to enjoy the temperate and usually snow-free climate of the area as well as the usually relaxed pace of the city.
ICO’s business office is located in Victoria and the ICO Victoria Community has the largest membership within ICO, many who are also involved as pro-bono ICO Team Members.
These team members may provide support to the organization as a whole and/or to their Initiative. Collaboration opportunities like the “Work Bee” and “Community Meeting” allow for people to get together as friends and to work on various projects. The community group has also been involved in a number of social endeavours in the area.
Victoria Banfield House
The Banfield House building was acquired by ICO in 2004 in co-operation with the Vancouver Island Health Authority. This health “facility” provides a supportive living environment for 22 citizens with persistent mental health issues and who might be at risk for poverty and homelessness. ICO leases the building to the Vancouver Island Health Authority to enable the overall mission. Island Health provides the health professionals and support including catering staff. Each resident has a private room with en-suite and shared common areas. ICO provides the maintenance of the building under contract and any planned upgrades. The administration and management of the building is handled by ICO pro-bono volunteer Team Members.
The mortgage, maintenance, insurance and taxes for this building are met by the lease cash flows with Island Health and no donations are involved. Any positive cash flows are used to support the overhead of ICO Initiatives and Projects worldwide so that every dollar donated is provided fully to the initiative.