Shared Services BC

As the stewards of St. Ann’s Academy National Historic Site, Shared Services BC is our most important contact.  St. Ann’s Academy is a testament to the dedication of the Sisters of St. Ann who were integral to the beginnings of education and healthcare in British Columbia. Now a national historic site owned by the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, St. Ann’s remains one of Victoria’s premier landmarks surrounded by heritage gardens and greenspace to provide an oasis in the centre of the Capital city.

The Sisters of Saint Ann

The origin of the Sisters of Saint Ann dates back to September 8, 1850 when, in the parish church of Vaudreuil, in the Canadian province of Quebec, Esther Blondin and four companions pronounced religious vows.

Providence Farm

Providence Farm is owned and has been used for a number of activities by the Sisters of St. Ann for over 140 years.  Since 1979, The Vancouver Island Providence Community Association has been entrusted with the stewardship of these lands.  Each week, over 850 people access the farm, either by their direct involvement with the rehabilitation programs, the seniors’ horticulture program, the Allotment Gardens, the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association, the Cowichan Valley Alternate School, the Cowichan Folk Guild, or the Good Food Box program.

Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society

Located a short drive or a leisurely walk from the downtown harbour, just off Fort Street at 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, BC, Canada, Craigdarroch Castle is a beautiful historic Victorian-era mansion, built in the 1890s by wealthy BC coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. It is now owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society and almost totally funded by its 150,000 annual visitors.

Emily Carr House 

With an architecture described as both “San Francisco Victorian” and “English Gingerbread,” all agree that Emily Carr House is on the must-see list of Victoria’s attractions.

Mount St. Mary Hospital

Founded in 1941 by the Sisters of St. Ann, Mount St. Mary is a Catholic health organization dedicated to continuing the healing ministry of Jesus by providing compassionate, loving care to adults of all faiths who require long-term support.

Membership Organizations

The Society of Friends of St. Ann’s Academy is part of a larger collective of Catholic, archive, cultural and historical organizations enabled through memberships with the following establishments.  Becoming a member of the Friends grants you many benefits from these member organizations.  Contact us to know more.

BC Historical Federation

Canadian Catholic History Association

Catholic Archivists’ Group

Royal British Columbia Museum

BC Museums Association

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