The Victoria Period Project was started by Megan Sociedade and Brett Koenig in the spring of 2017. They saw a need within the youth community for reliable access to menstrual products and set out to work on this. What began as two students scrambling to put together packages of supplies on their bedroom floor has since grown into a beautiful network of support.
From the beginning, VPP has been a grassroots project and relied on the generous support of our community, local musicians, non-profits, yoga studios, Zumba groups, schools, Indigenous organizations, social workers, and countless family members, friends, and volunteers.
The goal has always been to work with community organizations to improve access to menstrual products, and to address the stigma around periods. In the summer of 2020, Megan and Brett officially passed the tampon torch to the Youth Clinic at Foundry Victoria to ensure the menstrual health of youth in our community continues to be supported.
In early 2020, our peer support Maude took on the project. Since then, she has created a network of body positivity and support for young women in our community. Currently, Victoria Period Project is proudly partnered with Sanctuary Youth Center, Pandora Youth Apartments, MCFD, Quadra Village Community Center, Island Health's YT5 team, Lush Cosmetics, United Way and the Victoria Bay Center.
Each monthly pack includes a variety of menstrual products of the girl's choosing, as well as chocolates and a small self care gift. Maude hopes to reverse the harmful effects of period stigma by incorporating self care and body positive goodies into every pack. She continues to encourage the girls to see their menstruation as a celebration of womanhood, rather than something to be ashamed of. This service is intended for those who cannot afford or safely access menstrual products.
We work in partnership with the VPP. To learn more about their values and services visit their website:
To access an intake form for the Victoria Period Project, please email Maude. The packs are made at the end of each month, and are available for pick up at the girls discretion.