Special Member’s Night


When A City Falls GraphicOn Friday, September 4, 2015 it will be five years since the first devastating earthquake at Christchurch, New Zealand. To commemorate the occasion, the Hallmark heritage society will be showing for members and guests only the acclaimed documentary movie “When a City Falls, The People’s Story”. Show time is 7 pm.

This two-hour film is a documentary as reviewed below:

The most earthquakes ever recorded in a series continue to this day. Filmed over the first year of the earthquakes, ‘When a City Falls’ records the emotional worlds of a community of half a million people. Character driven stories – raw and unmediated – of death, disaster, hope and inspiration. First hand observation of the destruction of a western city and an inquiry in to the survival skills of her residents.

Christchurch is a city similar to Victoria and they predict that we shall someday have the same experience.

Limited seating is available. First 35 to RSVP will be seated. Call the office at 250-382-4755 and leave a message or email the office at office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)hallmarksociety.ca and reserve your seating.

The movie will be shown again on February 22, 2016, the five –year anniversary of the second quake at Christchurch.

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Grand opening of Hallmark Heritage Society Education Centre

Current events and updates

Join us for the official opening of the Craigflower Schoolhouse as the Hallmark Heritage Society Education Centre. June 14, 2015, 2755 Admirals Road from Noon – 4:00 pm. Refreshments provided.

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41st annual Hallmark Heritage Society Awards report

For the forty-first time, the Hallmark Heritage Society presented awards to those who demonstrated excellence in heritage restoration, conservation, and advocacy. The event, held at St. Ann’s Academy, was attended by an enthusiastic audience, including three mayors and several CRD councillors.

The evening began with the presentation of heritage designation plaques by the City of Victoria, District of Saanich and the District of Oak Bay.

The Society then presented its own awards: three Awards of Merit and four Communication Awards. All details from the ceremony are available on our awards page, complete with images of the winners.

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Heritage Fair another success.

The South Vancouver Island Regional Heritage Fair was held on May 1, 2015 at the Royal BC Museum, Clifford Carl Hall. Students from the three local school districts brought their projects to the museum for the public to view. Projects were adjudicated by experienced judges and students attended two tours during the day.

For a complete wrap up of the day’s events, see the results at this site.

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Former RCAF Administration Building demolished

Check out the latest on this building at our blog.



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Office closure

As we prepare for our move to the Craigflower Schoolhouse and the establishment of the Hallmark Heritage Education Centre, the office will be closed for a short while. Watch this site for further information.

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Endow a chair at Craigflower Schoolhouse

With our move to Craigflower Schoolhouse on March 1, 2015, we will need approximately 50 folding chairs for our heritage classroom.

We are seeking donations of folding chairs, or for $20, you can purchase one for us.

See the official document for details. You can also use the “donate now” button on our main page.

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The Parfitt Brothers of Fernwood

The Hallmark Heritage Society presents “The Parfitt Brothers of Fernwood” membership drive event.

Spend an evening with the descendants of  5 English brothers who emigrated to Victoria in 1889 and were responsible for building more than 40 significant commercial/religious structures along with almost 100 houses during the construction boom of the early 1900’s. These buildings include: Christ Church Cathedral, Bay Street Armouries, George Jay Elementary School, James Bay Inn,  Royal Jubilee Hospital, several buildings in Chinatown and the entire 1900 block of Fernwood Road to name a few. Speakers Glenn, Daryl & Dewayne Parfitt share the family’s history with never before seen pictures and film of Victoria’s early years along with some excerpts from their personal diaries and historical family artifacts. This event is “Free” to all members of the Hallmark Heritage Society or $25.00 for non-members who’ll receive a one year membership with their admission. Refreshments available.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in the “Art Room” at the Fernwood Inn located at the corner of Fernwood and Gladstone Ave. Doors open at 8:00pm with the presentation starting at 8:30pm

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Annual General Meeting

The Hallmark Heritage Society Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014 at the James Bay New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies Street starting at 7 pm. Guest speaker is Mike Sweet on the move of a building from 1082 Richmond Road to 1016 Pemberton Road and the resulting restoration.

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Hallmark Heritage Society and Craigflower Schoolhouse

Letter to members

For some time now, the Hallmark Heritage Society Board of Directors has been discussing the future of the organization and looking for opportunities to enhance and expand our mission.

For the past three years our office has been in a small, re-purposed, bedroom at the Ross Bay Villa. While this room provided space for our files and a desk, it was quite small and precluded others working in the office at the same time.

Recently an opportunity has arisen. The historic Craigflower Schoolhouse has for the past two years been used as a contractor’s office for the construction of the Craigflower Bridge. Prior to that time it was a part of The Land Conservancy’s tenure at Craigflower Manor.

The Heritage Branch of the provincial government is now seeking proposals for a long-term lease of the property. The lease must meet a number of criteria and one of these is a use that would reflect the historical nature of the building. Your Board of Directors has unanimously voted to pursue this opportunity and are putting together a proposal to utilize the Schoolhouse as an office, meeting, and educational space and we are seeking support from the heritage community as well as the general public.

We have prepared a budget and a business plan which is within our current means.

Below, we have outlined our vision for the Hallmark Heritage Society and this important site. We feel this is a time, a moment, that can carry the Society into the future. We hope you will join us in seizing this opportunity and share in this inspiring plan.

The Hallmark Heritage Society believes that its use of the Craigflower Schoolhouse can make a significant contribution to heritage preservation in the Capital Regional District through:

1. The Hallmark Heritage Society would sponsor programs presenting classes on the maintenance of historic building fabric, similar to those classes currently being offered by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation under the title “Old School.” These would be presented by local professionals and tradespersons in each field and would cover such subjects as: Seismic Retrofits for Heritage Homes, Researching the History of Your House, Painting of Historic Homes, Energy Efficiency and Heritage Houses, and other, similar themes.

2. The Hallmark Heritage Society has long had, as a significant part of our mandate, an educational component directed towards the youth of our community. This has led to the Society being a sponsor and coordinator of the South Vancouver Island Student Heritage Fair held annually at the Royal B.C. Museum. The Craigflower Schoolhouse site is an ideal location for the coordination of the activities of the annual Student Heritage Fair and an opportunity for students from all over South Vancouver Island to become familiar with the history of the oldest surviving schoolhouse in Western Canada.

3. The Society would like to expand the educational component of its mandate through a greater interaction with local schools. This would include direct contact with Craigflower Elementary School and Shoreline Middle School offering historical tours and interpretation of Craigflower Schoolhouse.

4. During the summer months, the Craigflower Schoolhouse is adjacent to a popular walking route along the Saanich Gorge Park. During these months the Hallmark Heritage Society has, in its office, a summer student and, as a result, the Craigflower Schoolhouse would be available for public viewing during this time.

5. During the summer months, the Hallmark Heritage Society would organize and hold, in cooperation with such bodies as the Saanich Archives, special “History Fun Sessions”, bringing community youth onto the site to learn, with the help of games and displays, local and First Nations history and heritage.

6. The main floor space of Craigflower Schoolhouse would be available to community groups, such as the Gorge Tillicum Neighbourhood Association, for meetings.

7. There are great opportunities for future community involvement. Plans are currently underway for an independent senior’s residential facility at the nearby corner of Gorge Road and Admirals Road. The completion of this facility would provide opportunities for greater participation by the seniors in community activities through the Hallmark Society.

8. These new opportunities will allow the Society to build upon its historic strengths; those of heritage advocacy, the continued creation of a heritage inventory, and the reaching out to the Grater Victoria community to promote the importance of heritage preservation.

In the Hallmark Heritage Society’s response to the request of the B.C. Heritage Branch, we hope to demonstrate that there is a broad based support for the Craigflower Schoolhouse being used as a community oriented heritage interpretive and education center.






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