The Braefoot Community Association provides facilities and programs for children and families throughout Greater Victoria. Braefoot runs popular summer camps for children, hosting over 600 children each year. The facilities at Braefoot are used by local soccer and lacrosse teams, as well as a dance academy and a day program for adults with special needs.
Through events, fundraisers and general community outreach, the Braefoot Community Association reaches over 50,000 people in the community annually.
Braefoot's mandate is to encourage and promote active, positive lifestyles, leading to a healthier community. Each year, Braefoot hands out multiple bursaries to community-minded youth, to help with their post secondary education, with specific bursaries handed out for those studying education, law and business.
The Braefoot Community Association (BCA) is very proud of the accomplishments in their almost 30 year history. The original building would not have been achieved without the association bringing together many interested parties including the Municipality of Saanich, trade unions, Lakehill Soccer and Saanich Lacrosse. After completing the facility, the Braefoot added a paved parking lot and lighting to Braefoot Park.
The association has since:
- Established a bursary fund to support community minded athletes to pursue their post secondary ambitions.
- Raised a bursary fund of over $226,000
- Awarded over 200 bursaries since 1989
- Initiated an award in 2004 recognizing Joy Pacquin, an outstanding teacher who displayed these community qualities to her pupils. Joy succumbed to cancer in January of 2004 but her legacy will live on through the recipients of the Joy Pacquin Bursary, awarded to individuals pursuing a career in education
- Operated basketball camps since 1993 and since has expanded to include Martial Arts, Soccer, Volleyball, Dance and Lacrosse. Over 3,500 children have participated in Braefoot's summer camps
- Supported Saanich Lacrosse with partial financial support in the rebuilding of the Lacrosse Box at Braefoot Park
- Made improvements to the Activity Centre to make it more friendly to all by including an elevator, handicap washroom and a front office.
- Supported Saanich Municipality's initiative to build a new playground by providing a financial contribution to the project
- Completed a $120,000 upgrade of the lacrosse with a state of the art multipurpose court surface great for lacrosse, futsal soccer, roller hockey, basketball and much more.
Unique situations are often presented to the BCA such as the case with Kyle Shaw. Kyle lost his arm at a very young age but has continued to pursue his love for hockey. Kyle managed to find himself on the National Amputee Hockey team which recently competed in the World Championships. Since the amputee program is not recognized by Hockey Canada, Kyle had to raise his own funds to compete at this event. The BCA supported this cause and raised over $12,000 for Kyle who returned from the World Championship with a smile and a gold medal.
In a similar situation, an outstanding talent in the BCA's martial arts program, Roxanna Ferarau, succeeded in competition to represent Canada at the World Martial Arts Games in Germany. Braefoot again willingly assisted with a donation and Roxanna returned with two gold medals.
Enable youth to participate in activities that promote positive lifestyles which contribute to healthy communities
The Braefoot Community Association strongly believes that the more positive activities our youth are involved in, the less time they are exposed to potentially negative influences. Braefoot's efforts to enable and encourage youth to be more active will ultimately lead to healthier communities beyond just the physical benefits.
- change colours: current scheme feels American, but keep blue (think: "Facebook" blue)
- keep a sports feel
- modernize the look and feel: current logo feels "dated"
- must appeal to a diverse market: local community, big corporations, marketers and most importantly families!
- trustworthy, confident and dependable
- warm, cheerful, friendly and wise
- families: children aged 6-12, parents aged 25-40 (with a slight skew towards females)