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The Wellesley

Property Information

Phone: (250) 383-9099
Fax: (250) 383-9079

2800 Blanshard Street
Victoria, BC
V8T 5B5

Property Highlights

Located centrally on Blanshard Street in Victoria, the Wellesley has for years been the focal point of many Victoria families and their retired parents. Originally designed for Independent Living only, in recent years Assisted Living suites have been added, enabling residents to receive the assistance required to remain independent.

Large, bright suites with full kitchens are a feature of the Wellesley. A majestic open space lounge welcomes residents and their guests. Gourmet meals are served in our dining room with just the right touch; less than formal, but slightly more than casual. The Wellesley, truly is the epitome of living in style and comfort.

Independent Living

Independent living is intended for functionally independent people who are capable of directing their own lives. These residents choose to be free of the home management duties and prefer the convenience of service in a social atmosphere that provides services and security. Residents direct their own lives, come and go as they please and participate in activities of their choosing within their community.

Services provided include a menu of optional fee-for-services from a base rate which include meals, housekeeping, and recreational opportunities. 

Assisted Living

Assisted living is the combination of housing, hospitality services and one or two personal assistance services, such as regular assistance with activities of daily living or medication services (referred to in Community Care and Assisted Living Act the as prescribed services). Assisted living is intended for people who are able to make the range of decisions that allow them to live safely in a supportive, semi-independent environment.

In British Columbia, assisted living is regulated by the Community Care and Assisted Living Act and monitored by the provincial Assisted Living Registrar who:

  • administers the registration of all assisted living residences in British Columbia, whether they are publicly subsidized or private-pay.
  • establishes and administers health and safety standards, policies and procedures.
  • ensures timely and effective investigation of complaints about the health and safety of assisted living residents.
  • has authority to inspect residences if there is a concern about the health or safety of a resident.
  • refers issues that are not within the registrar’s jurisdiction to the appropriate authorities.
  • Coordinates investigation of complaints with the health authority Patient Care Quality Office.


These are designed for residents who wish to maintain their independence, knowing assistance is available when they need it. Independent/Assisted Living residents need to be Self Directing, and they also need to be mobile (they may use walker and/or wheelchairs as long as they are able to transfer). This is ideal for couples as well as singles.

  • Independent suites are large one bedroom, and two bedroom suites with full kitchens
  • All suites are well appointed and pleasingly decorated
  • Bathrooms are large and are configured for easy access, with higher toilets in our Assisted Living facilities
  • One-step emergency call bells in every suite: living area and bathroom.
  • Residents bring their own furniture


  • A bright, elegant central dining room
  • Bistro gathering area, where residents and guests can enjoy a beverage and snack with family or friends
  • Lounges and outdoor areas, including a spectacular roof-top garden, offer gathering places or a quiet retreat
  • Library and internet lounge
  • Theatre and activity room
  • Fitness Room
  • Hair Salon
  • Bus trips and outings
  • Hobby room for activities such as woodwork
  • The General Store is open for business, supplying fresh milk, bread, cereal and a variety of other items
  • Freedom spa tub
  • Care in the form of assistance with Activities of Daily Living available. This may be through VIHA or other private agencies
  • 24 Hour Emergency Response
  • Call bells in each suite (bathroom and living area). Pendants available for Assisted Living residents
  • Underground Parking

Entertainment and Activities

We provide the entertainment and activities; you decide what you wish to do. You are welcome to participate in as much as you want, or to take quiet time for yourself. It is your decision.

  • Musical entertainment
  • Movies
  • Fitness Classes and Tai Chi
  • Billiards and pool
  • Gardening
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Bus Trips and outings
  • Computer Education
  • Wii
  • Board and Card Games
  • Discussion Groups and Trivia
  • Bingo
  • Special event and seasonal celebrations
  • Church Services
  • Crafts

Multi-Talented Chef at the Wellesley

On the surface, Connie Young-Davis appears to be a very talented chef. The Wellesley is well known for it’s excellent food, varied menus, use of fresh vegetables and herbs, and special menu days.

However, this is no ordinary Chef. Connie is also a highly accomplished and recognized grower of dahlias. She is known throughout the Pacific Northwest dahlia shows as the ‘dahlia queen’. To date she has had 15 ‘Best in Show’ dahlias, and her other awards are too numerous to mention.

But it doesn’t stop there. Connie also bakes and combines her baking talent and her gardening expertise, creating some of the most spectacular cakes, decorated with what else? Flowers – mostly dahlias.

The Wellesley is the recipient of flowers from Connie’s garden almost every day, and on every special occasion, residents are treated to one of Connie’s amazing cakes.

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"I would like to tell you how happy I am that I followed an intuition to come and see The Wellesley."


I would like to tell you how happy I am that I followed an intuition to come and see The Wellesley.  I find it to be very friendly and helpful, staff and occupants.

A special “thank you” to Connie the chef and her staff; they supervise the gluten free food that I can eat and won’t serve me anything that I cannot eat.  The food is always served in a very appealing manner.

Also, I find that there are many activities that one can participate in.

All in all I find it to be a very pleasant place to live – I’m comfortable here.  Thank you.

"I have been wanting to express our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you on the Wellesley staff, for all your kindness, thoughtful care and friendship that my Mom enjoyed throughout seven and half years residing in their spacious and comfortable apartment at the Wellesley."


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Laura Raycroft

Laura Raycroft

General Manager

Email: lraycroft@retirementconcepts.com

Margo McIntosh

Margo McIntosh

Marketing Manager

Margo became part of our team November 2004. She was born and raised in beautiful Victoria, BC and has several years experience in sales and marketing with companies on the Island. Margo finds working with seniors and their families a rewarding experience and it is something she thoroughly enjoys doing.

Margo’s excellent presentation and communication skills, combined with a determination to assist her clients with their needs as they relocate, make the transition to retirement living an easy one.

Email: mmcintosh@retirementconcepts.com

Connie Young-Davis

Connie Young-Davis

Executive Chef

The Wellesley in Victoria has been lucky enough to have Connie in the kitchen since 1992. She started as a first cook, worked her way up through the ranks to Sous Chef and is now the Executive Chef.

Along the way she has always striven to improve her skills by obtaining her Interprovincial Red Seal Certificate and numerous other food related courses.

Her attention to detail and unwavering commitment to using only the freshest of ingredients has made The Wellesley one of the premier retirement residences inVictoria.

Email: cyoung-davis@retirementconcepts.com

For information, reservations, tours etc, please contact Margo McIntosh at: Office: (250)-383-9099 extension 207  or via email: mmcintosh@retirementconcepts.com

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