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I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Patrick at Mount Edwards Court homeless shelter. I could tell he was a warm and caring individual upon meeting him. Patrick is originally from Cape Breton and born in 1959, one of 7 siblings. He still had a tinge of his East Coast accent. He has 3 grown daughters who he keeps in contact with. His eyes lit up when he spoke of them.
Patrick worked full-time up until a few years ago and was living in one of the low rent motels which suddenly evicted everyone to upgrade and increase rents. He found himself homeless and ended up at Rock Bay Landing. He has worked over 25 years as a carpenter and stone mason mostly.
He stayed at Rock Bay a couple of years but told me that “I could not stay there knowing there were women who needed a place and it is a safe zone for them. So I slept outside with a tarp. Or if a woman was sleeping outside I would sleep outside to protect her from anyone.” He said his mother raised him to protect women and children. “They come first.”
When I asked Patrick what kind of help or services he needed the most he told me he is trying to get on disability and then get dentures. He is working with his family doctor on this application.
I asked him what makes him happy and he replied “If other people are happy. If I have money or cigarettes I give to others who need it more.” He says “You have to live with yourself and how you treat others. Friendship is more important than money.” Patrick spoke about the other people living at Mount Edward as “his family”. He said “I would give my life for my friends in here.”
When I asked Patrick if there was anything he would like for Christmas he said “No, just get stuff for others. I don’t want to take away from someone else.” We did come up with a few things that he could use:
• Hiking boots size 10
• Gloves size Large
• A Hoodie size Large
• A Backpack
• Bus Tickets
• Cigarettes (any kind)
It was a pleasure meeting Patrick. He deserves a few things for himself as he is so giving and selfless towards others.

Wish List
  • Hiking boots size 10

  • gloves size L

  • A Hoodie size L

  • backpack

  • bus tickets

Mount Edwards Park
Victoria, British Columbia

On February 23, 2016, Victoria Cool Aid Society started operating the BC Housing-owned Mount Edwards Court building to provide temporary transitional housing and support services for 38 people for approximately 12 months. Mount Edwards is located at 1002 Vancouver Street, at the corner of Rockland.

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