Threshold Housing Society - Offering Solutions for the Future

Threshold exists to serve youth from across Vancouver Island through a program towards independence. Providing programming, housing, positive role models and constructive support that helps youth in our community navigate the challenges of school, work, relationships and life. Many of these young people just need someone to believe in them.


OUR VISION:  Greater Victoria at-risk youth confidently fulfilling their potential.

OUR MISSION:  Threshold Housing Society helps at-risk youth attain independence and self-reliance through supportive transitional housing.

OUR MANDATE:  To provide a transitional housing program for youth at risk of homelessness.  Our program offers stability for school completion, work training, and employment. To augment the experience of being safely housed, Threshold also provides an innovative foundation skills programming and transitional planning to connect youth with community resources to assist them in achieving their goals.

Our Housing

Housing for homeless youth

Threshold House

Threshold House is our newest house! Opened in September 2016, Threshold House is a home for youth aged 16-22. The co-ed house provides a home where residents develop community and plan for their future with the support of Threshold staff. As with all THS homes, knowing that they can count on a roof over their heads and on a sense of caring community means that Threshold House youth can concentrate on finding work, finishing school and realizing their true potential.


Mitchell House

Mitchell House is a home where young men are given the chance to gain valuable skills and grow towards working or getting an education with the support of Threshold staff. Stability in knowing there’s a roof over their head means they can concentrate on the next steps toward independence. Read more

Holly House

Holly House is a home where young women are able to escape intolerable living circumstances and unhealthy relationships. Here, they are able to get the care and support they need to succeed in work and school while moving towards a bright, independent adulthood. Read more


With the help of our community, the Safe Housing for Youth (SHY) Program connects vulnerable youth with stable and affordable housing. Learn how you can become a SHY landlord

Our Team

Jody Yurkowsky Pace

Jody Yurkowsky Pace

Director of Program Services

Jody comes to Threshold with nearly 20 years of experience working in non-profit organizations in Canada, Latvia and Sweden.  She has a background in social work and adult education.  Jody has a deep passion for social justice and poverty issues and enjoys devoting her time to organizations that are committed to the inherent dignity of all people.  Her work with marginalised and homeless youth and adults spans settings from Eastern Europe to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

In her spare time, Jody can be found on a west coast beach somewhere in rubber boots and a raincoat holding the hand of her little girl and watching her husband throw a stick for their pooch – all the while juggling the obligatory cup of hot coffee and a sand bucket.

Jason Walsh

Youth Mental Health Navigator

Jason has 20 years’ experience working with youth, adults and families through non-profits in Canada. B.A. in Child and Youth Care, Diploma in Community Support Work. Specializing in Mental Health and disabilities. Jason has a passion working with youth who have no advocates, supporting them to find their own voice. Free time is spent with his wife and 6 year old daughter. Jason enjoys playing hockey and curling, and is rarely seen without a cup of coffee.

Natalie Woldnik

Youth Engagement Liaison

Natalie has always wanted to travel the world, settle down by the ocean and work with youth. Despite the lack of stamps in her passport Natalie feels like she’s living proof that some dreams do come true. Natalie started her career as a Child and Youth Care worker in Edmonton Alberta as a graduate of Grant MacEwan University. After three years of front line work with children in care Natalie triumphantly returned to Victoria in 2014. Since then she has spent her time working in various shelters and transitional housing programs as she completes her Social Work degree through Dalhousie University. Natalie has never won a staring contest in her life, given the choice she wouldn’t own a pair of shoes and she tells people she does yoga even though it’s been a solid three months since her last class. On the weekend, if Natalie is not sleeping in, she is at the beach wondering how she ever got so lucky to be living in such a beautiful chunk of the world.

Kacie Stirrett

Youth Engagement Liaison

Kacie has spent most of her adult life working with youth and going to school. In 2014, Kacie graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in English & Sociology. She spent several of her university years as a Girl Guide Leader. Through this wonderful organization, Kacie had the honour of working with a Pathfinder unit run out of the Calgary Young Offenders Center. The girls she met there inspired her to take her education to the next level and she recently graduated from UVIC with a Bachelor of Social Work, specializing in Child Welfare. With this program, Kacie had the privilege of working with many youth & understanding MCFD. Kacie believes that every youth needs someone to fiercely believe in them and hopes that the youth she works with know that she so greatly believes in their ability to be good people and do great things! Kacie can often be found in one of the houses toting around Fran, her bearded dragon, who loves to share her lizzy snuggles with any of the residents.

Kara Udell - LIfeskills Coordinator

Kara Udell

Foundations Coordinator

Kara was raised in a family of service, she was taught that she is here to walk with each other through all of life’s trials and serve whenever there is a need. That lead her to many years working in the care industry. Following a personal tragedy, Kara experienced what it was to be on the other end of that service; the humbling position in which she needed support, understanding and compassion. One of her most beautiful supports during that time was a new young friend who battled with a chronic drug habit; a decade long battle with addiction. That season and that young friend lead Kara to school to school to become a counsellor and better understand the brain and addiction and from there, work with Victoria’s homeless and marginalized communities.  A career path Kara is grateful for daily, a life where every moment is very much raw, purposeful and humbling. Still new to the island, Kara believes it is like a mini vacation every time she gets to slip out for a bare foot walk by the water or a scurry through the forest! The icing on the cake for Kara has been that she cannot begin to explain how excited she is for the opportunity of this role as Life-Skills Coordinator.

Lindsay Mitchell

Threshold House Supervisor

After seeking change from years in hospitality industry, Lindsay made the leap to transitional housing and youth care. As a housing supervisor, Lindsay strives to create a space where all youth that pass through our doors feel like they have a safe space where they are accepted and that they can call home.  When not working, Lindsay can be found singing songs, playing tiny guitars on tiny beaches, exploring new parts of the world and all the delicious sausage rolls that they have to offer.

Cailey Foster - Holly House Supervisor

Cailey Foster

Holly House Supervisor

Cailey is honoured to be a part of Threshold Housing’s fulfilling initiative, as she recognizes the urgent necessity of long-term housing for youth at risk of homelessness.  Cailey has enjoyed working with youth both locally and abroad as she believes in global community and is dedicated to social justice.  In her free time, Cailey enjoys volunteering with therapeutic horseback riding and Victoria parole.  Cailey is also an active advocate for animal rights. After playing ‘Goldilocks’ between Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast, Cailey has finally settled in Victoria where it feels ‘just right’!


Graham Kelly

Mitchell House Supervisor

Graham Kelly brings many years of experience working with at-risk youth to his position as Mitchell House mentor. He first heard of Threshold while volunteering for the Restorative Justice program, and loved how purposeful and holistic the role of house mentor could be. When the position suddenly came available, he applied and has been with Threshold ever since.

Graham is motivated by building life connections that aren’t confined to scheduled appointments. He believes that Mitchell House is not merely a house, but a home for youth, and often the first safe space they are able to call their own.

Graham is a born storyteller and will often weave a tale or two from his travels. He also enjoys working with the written and the spoken word, and has helped develop an in-school seminar series to help students come together to tackle shared challenges.

Our Board

Andrew Reeve - THS Board Member

Andrew Reeve


Andrew Reeve was born and raised in Victoria. He is the Director of Communications & Government Relations for the Trust for Sustainable Development and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Victoria, having studied Political Science and History. He has been involved with many organizations including Amalgamation Yes, Open Victoria, and was a Senior Fellow at the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee. Reeve served as the President of the Liberal Party of Canada in Victoria for two years and as a Liberal Campaign Manager in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford during the 2015 federal election. Aside from politics and the community, he is an avid writer, Canucks fan, movie-buff, and a life-long skier.

Helen Smith

Helen Smith has a broad range of career experience in pediatric health care, early childhood education/early intervention with children with special needs and in development/fundraising. Helen has served on various boards and chaired committees including Centennial Infant and Child Centre (for children with special needs), New Visions Homes (housing for developmentally challenged young adults) and the Art Gallery of Ontario. After 40 years in Toronto, Helen recently relocated to Victoria with her husband…. and looks forward to engagement in her new community and especially working with THS to ensure that early intervention with vulnerable youth will provide hope for their futures. 

Sean Dhillon

Sean Dhillon is a finance professional with CIBC Bank with expertise in residential and construction financing across Canada. Sean is an award winning finance professional and is a long time resident of Victoria. In addition to helping Canadians reaching their financial goals Sean actively volunteers in the community with numerous non-profit agencies. Sean is also trainer and lecturer on Social Media Best Practices and has been recognized for such work by speaking at small and large scale conferences. spare time Sean is a “weekend warrior” whereby he participates in Soccer, Running and Cycling.

Carol Martin - Threshold Housing - End youth poverty

Carol Martin

Carol has a B.A. from UBC and M.P.A. from University of Victoria, as well as a Certificate in Mediation from the Justice Institute of BC. Over the years, Carol has worked with many Ministries of the Provincial Government both in frontline services and policy development, finance and administration and HR and Strategic Planning. The latter years were spent planning, coordinating and implementing government change initiatives affecting all Ministries. Carol has served on Church Boards at the Congregational, Presbytery and Conference level and community boards focused on housing and support services for youth, as well as an advisory Board for the Regional District on Agricultural Land Reserve applications. Carol has enjoyed past involvement in contributing to the wellbeing of youth and looks forward to this opportunity to serve on the Board of Threshold Society.

Gillian Hoyer Threshold Board Member - End Homelessness

Gillian Hoyer

Gillian Hoyer is the Assistant Curate at the Church of St John the Divine, Victoria and a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO). In addition to being the representative to the Threshold Board from the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, she brings a history of working in social services, non-profits, and with youth prior to beginning ordained ministry. She has worked for the Victoria Cool Aid Society, Canadian Mental Health Association, Island Health, and volunteered as a counsellor with the South Island Centre for Counselling and Training. She also currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. Gillian holds a BA in psychology from the University of Victoria, an MA in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, and a Master of Divinity from Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario.

Karen Blakely - THS Board Member

Karen Blakely


Karen Blakely has been the Treasurer of Threshold since March 2015. Her accounting and financial background has spanned over 40 years in a multitude of aspects of finance and IT. Her broad financial experience includes over 18 years in senior positons: accounting manager with Dow Chemical in the oil and gas industry, corporate controller for British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and Director of Finance for Our Place Society. She has also served on a number of volunteer boards as treasurer for charitable and non-profit organizations including, Our Place Society, the Open Door Society, Pilgrim United Church and the Victoria Ski Club.

Guy Dagenais Threshold Board Member - Youth Homelessness

Guy Dagenais

Guy has spent 35 years working in Ottawa in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Fields, and teaching at Algonquin College in the Police Foundations Program. In Child Welfare, Guy worked for the Children’s Aid Society as a youth worker, a principal Child Abuse Investigative Social Worker and a program supervisor for youth and transitional residences. In Youth Justice, Guy worked one on one with high risk criminally involved young persons at the Easter Ontario Youth Justice Agency and later became Executive Director. While working in Youth Justice, Guy accepted a part-time teaching position at Algonquin College. Finally, Guy is a trained mediator / facilitator and enjoy volunteering with Restorative Justice Victoria. Guy has a BA in Psychology from Ottawa University and an incomplete MA in Pastoral Counselling from St-Paul’s University, in Ottawa. While studying at UofO, Guy played with the GEE-GEEs football team and won the Vanier Cup. His 1975 team was also inducted in the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame. Guy has been enjoying his retirement since 2009.

Donald W Storch, MSW, OC.

Don is a social worker retired from private practise in the Employment Assistance field. Prior to opening his own practise he was employed by the South Vancouver Island Counselling and Assessment Service in Duncan, was a partner in Kelly Luttmer and Associates in Calgary, Vice-President for Children’s Services for Catholic Charities in Edmonton, and Executive Director of the Family Service Association in Edmonton. Don has served on many boards in Victoria, British Columbia and Alberta and Nationally. He was awarded an Order of Canada in 2008 for his extensive volunteer activity. Don’s interests are in social justice, housing, and interconnectedness of social services. He is a member of Lutheran Church of the Cross, Our Place Society and the Shelbourne Community Kitchen. He and his wife (Dr. Janet Storch) have lived in Victoria for over 20 years. They have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

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