Provide support services for women, men, and children including counselling, advocacy, crisis intervention, and therapy;
Research, educate and create greater understanding of abuse;
Develop, deliver, and facilitate abuse prevention programs;
Provide refuge for women and their children who are victims of abuse.
Ann Davis Transition Society recognizes its leadership responsibility in supporting a community that respects diversity and fosters social inclusion.
The Society strives to deliver inclusive service, affirming the dignity of those we serve regardless of heritage (race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, linguistic origin, place of origin, citizenship, colour, ancestry), education, beliefs, creed (religion, faith, spirituality), gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental health, physical or cognitive capabilities, socio-economic status and political belief.
Diversity enriches the community, and the Society is committed to respecting, appreciating and celebrating the diversity of our clients, employees, students, volunteers, members, donors, funders and all community partners. We strive to increase understanding and acceptance of each other, making us more compassionate and strengthening the fabric of our community.
We hold ourselves responsible to our community to ensure the mission and purposes of the Society are met while maintaining our financial stability.
We are committed to assisting individuals who aspire to live free from abuse.
We celebrate and honour the differences within our community.
We acknowledge integrity as the foundation of truth while maintaining the highest ethical standards to ensure quality of service to our clients and community.
Our respect of every individual includes encouraging exploration of personal values. In our caring community, we empower people to make sound, educated decisions.
We provide a compassionate and safe environment in which individuals are supported.
Early in 1979, several members of the Chilliwack community met to discuss the need for a shelter for the victims of family violence. At that time there was no place for a police officer, a social worker or a community services worker to take a woman who had been beaten.
The concerned community members formed the Emergency Shelter Committee. They met in private homes and began to look at practical ways that they could help. At their first official meeting on October 29, 1979, someone volunteered to house two women and their children for three to four days. Members took responsibility to help women obtain medical treatment, deal with the police, contact the Ministry of Human Resources and locate housing.
The Emergency Shelter Committee approached Chilliwack Community Services, which agreed to accept donations for the society and to handle calls for assistance through their Crisis Line.
In 1981, the Emergency Shelter Committee became incorporated as the Upper Fraser Valley Transition Society, (UFVTS) a non-profit society. Thanks to a Ministry of Human Resources grant, the society was able to hire three staff members.
It was now time to find a name for the house that would provide shelter for so many women and children. Jean Scott, a fairly new member of the UFVTS, did some research and discovered that a local woman named Ann Davis had helped provide shelter for battered women and their children since her arrival in Chilliwack in the 1920’s. Jean found out that Ann Davis was still alive, living in a Chilliwack nursing home. She discovered a tiny woman, who was almost completely blind, but with her mind and spirit as sharp as it had ever been. She visited her several times and heard many stories of how she had helped people in Chilliwack.
Starting in the 1920’s, Ann Davis organized food hampers for the needy. Her husband picked up fruits and vegetables along the roadways which local farmers left for them. Over the years, she canned thousands of jars of fruit and vegetables to distribute to the needy. Her stepdaughter remembers her canning into the early hours of the morning to ensure that none of the food would go to waste.
Ann also recruited many Chilliwack women to go door to door, pulling wagons to collect blankets for the needy. She also gave temporary shelter to battered women and organized many other women to do the same.
2022: Program Shelter Executive of the Year – Purple Ribbon Award to Patti MacAhonic
2022: Outstanding Documentary or Film “Walk Through That Door” Purple Ribbon Award
2022: Non-Profit of the Year Chilliwack Business Excellence Awards
2021: Outstanding Support Award Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce
2021: Nominated for Cultural Diversity Award, Marketing
2021: Chilliwack-Hope Community Heroes Award
2020: Nominated Inclusive Environment Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Award
2020: Favorite Local Cause
2020: Community Hero Award – Awarded to Patti MacAhonic
2020: Chilliwack Chamber Outstanding Support Award
2019: Favorite Local Cause
2019: Every Door is the Right Door Partnership Award
2018-2019 Partnership Acknowledgment Chilliwack Healthier Community
2018: CYC Recognizes ADTS – Community Partnership Award
2014: United Way – Community Partner of the Year Spirit Award
2014: Provincial Ministry of Justice Community Safety & Crime Prevention Award
2014: Chamber of Commerce – Non-Profit Service Award
2014 & 2019: CYC Every Door is the Right Door Partnership Award
2013: CYC Recognizes ADTS – Community Partnership Award
2013: Community Partner Award – United Way