StoriesBelow are some of the stories of Victory Manor residents that have been able to overcome great obstacles with the help of the Victory Foundation and re-establish themselves in society.
Colin was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada. However, due to shortage of employment, Colin left his beloved home and headed West in hopes of getting a good job. After spending a year in Ottawa, Colin returned home for his father’s funeral and then went back to school for his apprenticeship in welding. Armed with his certificate, he left again for Ontario in attempt to find steady employment. In Toronto he found work for a couple of years, however, Colin was laid off for a period of time. Through his supervisor, who had brothers in Calgary with welding shops, Colin made a connection for work in Calgary. So it was that in 1991 that Colin arrived here. He was able to find good housing and work initially for the first number of years in Calgary, however, due to drinking and health issues, both housing prospects and work became unsteady and he eventually found himself staying at the shelters for Calgary’s homeless.
When asked how Victory Manor has helped him, Colin reminisced a bit about his time moving in, almost two years prior. Colin said he was pleased to find Matthew, the Program Director, was able to pick him up along with his belongings and drive him to his new home, something he very much appreciated. In addition, he lives in a safe building, has his own room with enough space for his belongings, a fridge and access to a meal program during the week for a very affordable cost. Colin also loves the kitchens which he uses to make his meals outside of the meal program. Colin said that before moving to Victory Manor he had been trying to get his own place, desiring his own space and privacy . At the Manor he said that he finds this while having a sense of community, and that he is happy here.
Colin's health issues have become quite a significant challenge for him as he was diagnosed with serious brain and lung cancer. Colin endured a couple months of treatment and surgery and miraculously returned to the building which was something that did not seem possible. Colin arranged with his family to return to Newfoundland for a long visit this Fall and is hoping to return to Newfoundland permanently in the near future, something that is quite achievable given he is now on AISH and has the secure income to do so.