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With your support, we hope to raise $25,000 annually towards our Happy Helathy Kids Fund, which provides practical support, opportunities for growth and hope for our single parent families.

You can help us get there, Donate now.

All children deserve and need to know that they are loved, that they matter, and have a secure place in their family. All parents want their children to have healthy self-esteem, positive role models and community connections. We have seen the transformation of families through the combination of 1Up’s support and programs. The changes in parents flow back to enrich children with warmer, more loving family connections.

In this uncertain economy it becomes increasingly difficult to secure grants. And many grantors are increasingly unwilling to fund ongoing programs. We are currently facing a $45,000 shortfall in unsecured grants for 2013 for programs that will help over 600 children grow up in a healthy, happy home by providing education and support to parents.Practical support is part of 1Up’s mandate, along with education and empowerment.

“Most of all, practical support is about relieving stress, creating hope and giving that sense of community,” states single dad Trevor, who has transitioned from client to volunteer and now 1Up’s Administrative Coordinator.
Kerri-Ann receives a $25 food voucher as an incentive for every fourth Choices and Changes class she attends. She feels it helps to take the worry out of finding the money to buy diapers and allows her to focus on learning positive coping mechanisms for her and her child. Coming to class from Sooke by bus for the 9:30 AM class is no small feat for Keri-Ann, who says that before 1Up she was feeling isolated and unmotivated. “Before 1Up I was isolated and would stay in my pyjamas for days at a time”, says Kerri-Ann.

A parent’s first contact with our services may be ‘The Anatomy of Anger’ or ‘Lighthouse Parenting’ and then the support and stress relief of receiving a backpack full of required school supplies or the clothing, bread, books and toys available solidifies a sense of belonging, commitment and hope that helps them make changes.

School Supplies

Each year, thanks to many organizations and your generous donations, we're able to send hundreds of children back to school with new backpacks full of school supplies.





Christmas Food Vouchers

Emergency food vouchers ensure that our families have some food in their cupboards at Christmas and with your help, we can provide food vouchers for single parent families year round.





Our MOMentum Series matches volunteer mentors with single moms who would like extra support, guidance, information, and friendship.

What we offer:



“I was emotionally and physically distraught when I was suddenly on my own with two children. I came to 1Up because I needed counselling and a connection with others who could understand. I found a sense of belonging, inspiration, mentoring and role models.” Tania, mom to Bonita and Cianna.

For more information contact: Susanne 'Sanni' Rosebrock, Moms and Mentors' program coordinator

(250) 385-1114 Ext#228  or


Donate today and make an immediate difference in the lives of children and parents from single parent families. 

 Ways To Give:

  1. Give securely online using your credit card by clicking here.
  2. PHONE Trevor with your credit card number during office hours (9AM- 4PM), Tel:  250-385-1114.
  3. VISIT us at the Office at 602 Gorge Rd. East  9AM – 4 PM daily.
  4. Print the Response Form and MAIL or FAX it, ATTN: Trevor Tuckwell, Administrative Coordinator
  5. Thrifty Foods – Smile Cards – Click here for more information.
    All proceeds from the Smile Cards will go to purchase food vouchers for one-parent families.

Thank you for your kind and generous support. All gifts over $20 will automatically receive a charitable tax receipt. For gifts under$20 tax receipts will be issued upon request.  CRA #10798 2472 RR 0001.


*All amounts are (CDN). 



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