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Celebrating Volunteers in the Capital Regional District

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What Would Happen If There Were No Volunteers? How Parents Can Inspire Volunteerism in Teens

Profile of Don Monsour Volunteer Champion






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Vol I Ed I 2023 Celebrating Volunteers in the Capital Regional District



Don Monsour Volunteer Champion!

Benefits of Volunteering


18 7 Ways Parents

Can Inspire Volunteerism in Teens

What Would Happen 23 if There Were NO Volunteers

30 Volunteer Opportunities You May Not Have Thought Of


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Benefits of Volunteering V olunteering is an incredible experience that not only helps other people and communities but offers many benefits to the volunteers themselves. By simply giving some time and energy, you will reap incredible rewards. Here’s what to expect when you volunteer.

positivity and helpfulness. This sense of giving has the potential to bring about positive changes on a wider scale, transforming both local communities, as well as the world at large.

disease. Plus, many volunteer activities involve physical movement, even if it’s simply walking around or handing out food, and this helps to contribute to better overall fitness.

Your Mental Well-being Increases

You’ll Aid in Community Building

You Get a Sense of Purpose & Fulfillment

When you volunteer, you’re not just giving your time; you’re giving yourself a sense of purpose, especially if you’re volunteering with a cause close to your heart and values. It’s very rewarding to know that your actions are making a positive impact in the lives of others. This tends to result in a deep sense of belonging and meaning.

You Develop New Skills

Volunteering is an incredible opportunity to grow and learn new skills. The skills you acquire while you volunteer can prove invaluable in various aspects of your life. Trying out new roles and tasks broadens the skills you already have; plus helps you learn many new ones. These often include organization, communications, leadership, and problem-solving skills. These skills are invaluable for both personal development and potential career paths.

You Create Wonderful Social Connections

One of the best things about volunteering is that it connects you with people who share your passion for making a difference. These connections often lead to long-lasting friendships and help you to develop new network connections. You’re not just volunteering alongside others; you’re forming a close-knit community driven by a common purpose.

You Can Create a Ripple Effect of Generosity

Your volunteer efforts likely have a larger impact than you might realize. Witnessing acts of kindness tend to inspire others to take action by volunteering too, creating a ripple effect of

Acts of kindness and service trigger the release of endorphins, those natural ‘feel-good’ chemicals in your brain. Plus, the feeling of community increases your sense of inclusion. And over time, the habit of volunteering can take you out of your comfort zone which also builds your confidence and lessens anxiety, therefore fostering stronger mental resilience. Plus, being exposed to different types of communities and people from all walks of life can help to approach opportunities with resilience and an open mind.

You May Gain Physical Health Benefits Too

Volunteering is not only good for your mind; it’s good for your body too. Studies show that volunteers tend to have lower stress levels and a reduced risk of heart

When you volunteer, you’re contributing to building a stronger and better community. By investing your time and energy, you’re not only improving the lives of individuals but also enriching the collective well-being of your community.

You’ll Gain Better Understanding & Empathy

Volunteering puts you in direct contact with people from all different walks of life. This exposure to diverse cultures and different perspectives fosters understanding and empathy. It helps to debunk stereotypes and prejudices, which encourages the growth of a more inclusive and open society.

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Community Living Victoria

Family Caregivers Society of BC

1 Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre

Community Options for Children & Families

Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group

9–10 Club Serving Soup to the Hungry Society

Community Social Planning Council

Friends of Bowker Creek Society

Cook Street Village Activity Centre

Global Village Store – Victoria Global Village Society

250-385-1114 x3 singleparentvictoria.ca

778-440-7687 thesoupkitchen.ca

Beacon Community Services 250-658-6407 beaconcs.ca

BeaYOUtiful Foundation

778-918-3059 thebeayoutifulfoundation.com

Burnside Gorge Community Association 250-388-5251 X223 burnsidegorge.ca

Capital Region Food & Agricultural Initiatives Roundtable 250-896-7004 crfair.ca

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum 250-363-4312 forces.gc.ca

250-477-7231 clvic.ca

250-380-6363 cocf.ca

250-383-6166 communitycouncil.ca 250-384-6542 csvac.ca

Destination Greater Victoria (Tourism Victoria) 250-953-2022 tourismvictoria.com

Esquimalt Farmers Market esquimaltmarket.com

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House 250-385-2635 enh.bc.ca

Esquimalt Volunteer Services 250-412-8511 esquimalt.ca

Fairfield Gonzales Community Association 250-382-4604 x104 fairfieldcommunity.ca

250-384-0408 familycaregiversbc.ca

250-381-1552 fernwoodnrg.ca

250-370-4365 bowkercreek.org

250-388-5591 victoriaglobalvillage.ca

Gorge View Society 250-360-1977 gorgeviewsociety.ca

Greater Victoria Citizens’ Counselling Centre 250-384-2934 citizenscounselling.com

Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness Society 250-370-1512 victoriahomelessness.ca

Greater Victoria Housing Society 250-384-3434 greatervichousing.org

Habitat for Humanity – Victoria 250-480-7688 x115 habitatvictoria.com

Help Fill A Dream Foundation 250-382-3135 helpfilladream.com

InnovativeCommunities.Org Foundation 250-896-3236 innovativecommunities.org

Inter-Cultural Association 250-388-4728 icavictoria.org

James Bay Community Project 250-388-7844 jbcp.bc.ca

James Bay Community School Society 250-389-1470 sd61.bc.ca 6

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James Bay Market Society

Mercy Ships Canada

Our Place

James Bay New Horizons Society

Monterey Recreation Centre

Pacific Centre Family Services Association

250-381-5323 jamesbaymarket.com

250-386-3035 jamesbaynewhorizons.ca

John Howard Society of Victoria 250-386-3428 jhsvic.ca

250-381-2160 mercyships.ca

250-370-7300 oakbay.ca

Lifetime Networks Victoria

Oak Bay Volunteer Services

MADD Canada – Victoria Chapter 1-877-676-6233 madd.ca

Mental Health Society of Greater Victoria 250-363-9429 mhsvictoria.org

Pacifica Housing Advisory Association

250-220-6991 mustardseed.ca


250-477-4112 lifetimenetworks.org

1-866-478-8357 pcfsa.org

Mustard Seed Street Church

Learning Through Loss 250-413-3114 learningthroughloss.org

250-388-7112 ourplacesociety.com

250-385-2131 x2212 pacificahousing.ca

Phoenix Human Services Assoc. (Thrive Social Services Soc.)

250-386-6328 youthspace.ca

250-995-5510 thrivevictoria.org

250-595-1034 oakbayvolunteers.org

Oaklands Community Association & Centre 250-370-9101 oaklandsca.com

Open Space Arts Society 250-383-8833 openspace.ca

Power to Be Adventure Therapy Society 250-385-2363 powertobe.ca

Quadra Village Community Centre 250-388-7696 x225 quadravillagecc.com

WHAT COULD YOU SHARE? Share your spark with a child or youth as a volunteer mentor! Demand for our services is higher than ever and local young people are reaching out for the support of our mentors. Apply online and help make a BIG difference in a child’s life!

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Get matched with a young person to mentor Access training, support and activity ideas Spend time together at school or in the community Feel good about making a difference in a child’s life Have fun and gain volunteer experience with youth Learn more and apply online: Victoria.BigBrothersBigSisters.ca Volunteer Matters 2023


Rainbow Health Cooperative

Sooke Shelter Society

Red Cedar Cafe Association

Southern Gulf Islands Community Resources Centre

1-888-241-9992 rainbowhealth.coop 778-817-0395 redcedarcafe.ca

Royal Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary 250-217-0600 rjhaux.ca

Saanich Neighbourhood Place 250-360-1148 snplace.org

Saanich Volunteer Services 250-595-8008 saanichvolunteers.org

Salvation Army – Public Relations Office 250-386-6304 salvationarmy.ca

Search & Rescue Society of BC 250-383-6849 sarbc.org


250-544-1234 thriftyfoods.com

Seniors Serving Seniors Association of BC 250-413-3211 sssbc.org

Shekinah Homes Society 250-595-1014 shekinahhomes.org

Shelbourne Community Kitchen Society 250-590-0980 shelbournecommunitykitchen.ca

Soap for Hope Canada 250-590-1462 soapforhopecanada.ca

Society of St. Vincent De Paul 250-727-0007 ssvpvancouverisland.ca

Sooke Family Resource Society 250-642-5152 sfrs.ca


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250-858-7700 sookeshelter.org

250-629-3665 sgicommunityresources.ca

The Cridge Centre for the Family 250-995-6404 cridge.org

Threshold Housing Society 250-383-8830 thresholdhousing.ca

Together Against Poverty Society 250-361-3521 tapsbc.ca

Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association

250-920-0688 visoa.bc.ca We provide education and support to condo, townhouse and other strata owners across BC. Visit our website to learn about equitable and inclusive in person and virtual volunteer positions. Experience with stratas not required.

Victoria Chapter of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan 250-391-3908 cw4wafghan.ca

Victoria Community Resources Society – Twin Oaks 250-658-4931 vcrs.ca

Victoria Cool Aid Society 250-595-8619 coolaid.org

Victoria Disability Resource Centre 250-595-0044 drcvictoria.com

Victoria Downtown Residents’ Association victoriadra.ca

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society 604-688-2382 victoriadragonboatfestival.com

Victoria Health Co-operative 778-440-0221 victoriahealthcooperative.com

The Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association provides education and support to condo, townhouse, and other strata owners across BC

Victoria Pride Society 888-241-9992 victoriapridesociety.org

Victoria Rainbow Kitchen Society 250-384-2069 rainbowkitchen.ca

Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association 778-426-0506 vtra.ca

Victoria West Community Association 250-590-8922 victoriawest.ca

Learn about in person and virtual volunteer positions at

Victoria Women In Need Community Cooperative


250-480-4006 x204 womeninneed.ca

Experience with stratas not required

Victoria Women’s Transition House Society


250-592-2927 x229 vwth.bc.ca

Wear 2 Start Society 250-472-9327 wear2start.com

West Coast Reach Association

250-882-4339 westcoastreach.org Sing for Change! West Coast Reach Association (REACH!) includes four diverse, inclusive groups in Greater Victoria singing songs of hope and healing for our planet and its people. All ages, backgrounds and abilities welcome.

Be a Part of Your Community. Come Volunteer with Us! You’ll have the flexibility to choose when and how often you volunteer

WITS Programs Foundation 250-386-7625 witsprogram.ca

Worklink Employment Society 250-478-9525 worklink.bc.ca

YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island 250-386-7511 vancouverislandy.ca

How You Can Help:

• Companionship through visits, phone calls and walks • In-home Support including minor home repairs, technology support and gardening

• Drives to medical appointments, recreation and shopping • Reassurance Phone Calls • Income Tax Support • Office Helpline

250-595-1034 | volunteer@oakbayvolunteers.org


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Borderline Personality Disorder Society of BC

Aberdeen Hospital

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada


250-370-5626 islandhealth.ca When you volunteer with a Long-Term Care Home resident you impact two lives— theirs and yours. Make a difference. Embrace your community. Gorge Road and The Priory are seeking volunteers: islandhealth.ca/volunteer-resources or volunteer@islandhealth.ca.

Alzheimer Society of BC 250-382-2052 alzheimerbc.org

AVI Health & Community Services Society 250-384-2366 avi.org

BC Association for Living Mindfully lokhorstgroup.com

519-642-7755 braintumour.ca

Broadmead Care Society 250-658-0311 broadmeadcare.com

Canadian Blood Services 1-888-236-6283 blood.ca

Canadian Cancer Society 250-592-2662 cancer.ca

Cancer DriveLine Society 778-265-0906 cancerdriveline.ca

Capital Region Food Share Network 236-464-7551 foodsharenetwork.com

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island 250-940-4950 islandkidsfirst.com

Diabetes Canada 778-622-4275 diabetes.ca

Heart & Stroke

1-888-473-0333 heartandstroke.ca

Island Community Mental Health Association 250-389-1211 icmha.ca

Island Kids Cancer Association ikca.ca

Island Prostate Centre 250-388-0214 islandprostatecentre.com

Island Sexual Health Society 250-592-3479 islandsexualhealth.org

James Bay Care Centre 250-388-6457 reveraliving.com

Kiwanis Pavilion 250-598-2022 obkp.org

Mental Health Society of Greater Victoria mhsvictoria.org

Mercy Ships Canada

Become a Volunteer at Canada’s 4th largest aviation museum with over 35 aircraft on display. The museum is run almost entirely by volunteers who perform a multitude of tasks including aircraft restoration, cashier, tour guide, online sales, etc. To volunteer please contact the museum or simply drop in. Summer Hours, May 1 to Sept 30: 10am to 4pm, Thurs through Tues Winter Hours, Oct 1 to Apr 30: 11am to 3pm, Thurs through Tues

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250-381-2160 mercyships.ca

Mount St. Mary Hospital 250-480-3100 x3201 mountstmary.ca


250-386-6328 youthspace.ca

Oak Bay Lodge, VIHA 250-370-6642 islandhealth.ca

Power to Be Adventure Therapy Society 250-385-2363 powertobe.ca

UVic Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health 604-940-3580 uvic.ca

Victoria Brain Injury Society 250-598-9339 vbis.ca

Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary 250-294-4078 vgha.ca

Victoria Health Co-operative Rainbow Health Cooperative

The First Open Heart Society of BC

Royal Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary

The Victoria Youth Clinic Society (Foundry)

1-888-241-9992 rainbowhealth.coop 250-217-0600 rjhaux.ca

Sooke Region Community Health Network 778-365-1878 sookeregionchn.org

250-595-2123 fohs.ca

250-383-3552 foundryvictoria.ca

Umbrella Society for Addictions & Mental Health

778-440-0221 victoriahealthcooperative.com

Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association 778-426-0506 vtra.ca

YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island 250-386-7511 vancouverislandy.ca

250-380-0595 umbrellasociety.ca

Grocery Shopping & Delivery Service

Thank you to our hundreds of dedicated Sendial volunteers, who take and shop customer orders in our stores! Interested in joining our volunteer team? Contact Customer Care: 250-544-1234 | 1-866-948-0196 (press 4) sendial@thriftyfoods.com | thriftyfoods.com/sendial Volunteer Matters 2023


Don Monsour Volunteer Champion!


e recently chatted with 84-year-old Volunteer Champion Don Monsour, for a fascinating look back at his volunteer journey. Find out how he got started, advice he has for both volunteers and volunteer managers, and how he has time to still sit on fifteen boards! How did you get started in volunteering? We fostered girls at our home. We had four teenage, troubled individuals who needed a home and tender care. What is your greatest achievement in volunteering? Helping to raise over two million dollars for numerous non-profit charitable societies, as well as helping many people with mental health issues. Do you have any special memories while volunteering? Thats a good question. I have so many! When I was volunteering with the Canadian Tourism Commission, I went to India to promote tourism in Canada. At an event I was attending a local Indian dance competition, and I was invited on stage to present the winners a trophy. As a way of thanking me they placed a flower garland around my neck and took me on a tour of their village. I was followed all afternoon by groups of people all wanting to touch the garland and they called me Don ji. For the rest of the stay that became my name!


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Do you have any advice for new volunteers. Is there anything you wish new volunteers knew? Do you want to make a difference? Are you looking for a way to contribute to your community in a valuable way? You can make a change through volunteering! I find volunteering is one of the most rewarding projects you can be involved in. It takes a little of your time to help to improve so many other people’s lives, and the satisfaction you receive back is tenfold. How about new volunteer managers? Do you have any advice for them? Volunteer management requires taking on many different roles and responsibilities. It includes fundraising, human resources, event management, and community leadership just to name a few. Use those learnings from other sectors and your previous expe-

rience in the work you will be doing. Doing so will help you improve your own skills and those of others in your day-to-day life. What qualities make a good volunteer manager? A good volunteer manager should be good at leadership and communication. They should set good examples for others to follow. They need to know when to lead and when to delegate actions and responsibilities to their board members. They need to show appreciation and respect to board members and staff. It is very important for them to appreciate the time and effort of the volunteers they work with day in, and day out, which have contributed towards the success of their organization. A good volunteer manager should hold at least one volunteer recognition day every year.

Boards Don Monsour Currently Sits On: What is your best advice to raise awareness and funds? Start an awareness campaign. Host an event, including cohosting with other non-for-profit organizations. Publicize what your organization does and how it does it. Use social media and flyers to get the word out. What are the key differences with working for profits vs. non-profits? For profit business it’s the investors who profit. For not-for-profit the volunteers profit by helping others less fortunate. For-profit businesses seek investors to help them launch and grow their businesses. In exchange, investors receive a portion of any profits made. Non-profit organizations seek donations or grants. All profits after expenses are used to help in making their society better. What is the best way to recognize volunteers? Hold an annual event just to recognize board members who have gone above and beyond what was asked of them. Invite a well-known guest speaker and perhaps include a silent auction to raise money and promote what your society does as well. Where do you see the biggest volunteering void? After Covid finding volunteers has become more difficult. Raising funds has also become more of a challenge. How can charities and organizations find quality volunteers? I find the Times Colonist free Sunday section on volunteer opportunities one of the most successful ways of recruit-

ing people interested in volunteering. Use your social media network, word of mouth, volunteer fairs and numerous free sites such as LinkedIn. Make sure when you advertise you give a clear and accurate description of exactly what you are looking for and their responsibilities such as hours of commitment, etc. How can someone who is shy find a place to volunteer? Someone who is extremely shy can get the support they need, and volunteering is a great way to overcome shyness. You’d be surprised how many shy people you will find on community boards. Most boards will work with you and support you while you get your feet on the ground. There is no better way to meet new people and make new friends than by serving on a volunteer board. I have met many of my best friends while serving on volunteer boards and committees. How do you find time to be on 15 boards? By dedicating all my spare time, seven days a week, to help wherever and whenever I can. The busier I am the less time I have to think about what bothers me. Any other thoughts? You’re never too old to volunteer. I am 84 and I look forward to getting going each day to try and help wherever and whenever I can. Keeping busy volunteering helps to keep you fit both physically and mentally. It is always better to give than to get. Ther more time I give to charities, the better I feel!

Accessible Transportation Advisory Committee – ATAC British Columbia Restaurant and Food Services Association British Columbia Chefs Association British Columbia Schizophrenia Society BC Food Safe Steering Program Committee CFAX Santas Anonymous Society Community Association Land Use Committee CRD – Solid Waste Advisory Committee Culinary Federation of Victoria Fairfield Gonzales Community Association Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre Late Night Advisory Committee, City of Victoria Nature Trails Society – Victoria Victoria Community Association Network Volunteer Victoria

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IDHHC would like to congratulate Board Director Don Monsour on the well-deserved honor of being recognized as one of Victoria’s Volunteer Champions. We celebrate Don’s over 45 years of service in the community and thank him for choosing IDHHC to share his talents and time in support of our work with the Deaf and hard of hearing community across Vancouver Island. As IDHHC’s Chair of the Board Governance Committee we benefit greatly from his many years of Board experience and his leadership and expertise in excellence in governance.

As a nonprofit membership organization, the agency is governed and lead by volunteer Board Directors who bring their time and talents, passion and dedication to provide strategic direction and policy development to guide the work to deliver the mission and vision. IDHHC is grateful to all our volunteers including those who champion the Sound of Change Initiative, providing free refurbished hearing aids to low-income individuals. To date 750 new and 175 returning clients have received over 1,600 refurbished hearing aids, which have a retail value of over $4 million dollars. These hearing aids have provided profound positive impact to their quality of life. IDHHC cannot provide these services alone. We thank Don Monsour and ALL of the volunteers, who together with the staff team, deliver unique and personalized services in this community.

Victoria Office

301 – 3960 Quadra St idhhc@idhhc.ca 250.592.8144 14

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Want to know more about our work? Go to idhhc.ca or call us

today—we are here to help.

Nanaimo Office

102 – 6588 Applecross Rd nanaimo@idhhc.ca 250.753.0999

Children & Youth Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria 250-475-1117 X40 bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

Boys and Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria 250-384-9133 bgcvic.org

C-FAX Santas Anonymous Society

250-920-4644 cfaxsantas.com CFAX Santas Anonymous Society is a local children’s charity working year-round to help local families with children, in need. Santas is 95% supported by 400 volunteers each year sharing their skills and time!

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island 250-940-4950 islandkidsfirst.com

CHOICES Adoption & Counselling 250-479-9811 choicesadoption.ca

Community Options for Children & Families 250-380-6363 cocf.ca

Scouts Francophones De Victoria 604-936-3624 scoutsfranco.com

Support Soweto Junior School 250-598-0708 supportsowetojuniorschool.org

The Victoria Youth Clinic Society (Foundry) 250-383-3552 foundryvictoria.ca

Girls Rock Camp Victoria Society

Vancouver Island Cooperative Preschool Association

Help Fill A Dream Foundation

Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary

Island Kids Cancer Association

Victoria Youth Empowerment Society


250-382-3135 helpfilladream.com ikca.ca

KidSport Greater Victoria 250-380-1518 kidsportvictoria.ca


250-294-4078 vgha.ca

250-383-3514 vyes.ca

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Social Services

CHOICES Adoption & Counselling

1 Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre

Community Social Planning Council

Greater Victoria Housing Society

Esquimalt Volunteer Services

Greater Victoria Women’s Shelter Society

250-385-1114 X3 singleparentvictoria.ca

9–10 Club Serving Soup to the Hungry Society 778-440-7687 thesoupkitchen.ca

Action Committee of People with Disabilities 250-383-4105 actioncommittee.ca

Anawim Companions Society 250-382-0283 anawimhouse.com

CFB Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre 250-363-2640 emfrc.com

250-479-9811 choicesadoption.ca

Greater Victoria Down Syndrome Society gvdss.org

250-383-6166 communitycouncil.ca 250-412-8511 esquimalt.ca

250-384-3434 greatervichousing.org


Family Caregivers Society of BC 250-384-0408 familycaregiversbc.ca

Inter-Cultural Association 250-388-4728 icavictoria.org

Foster Parent Support Services Society John Howard Society of Victoria 778-430-5459 fpsss.com

250-386-3428 jhsvic.ca

Global Village Store – Victoria Global Village Society

Lifetime Networks Victoria

250-388-5591 victoriaglobalvillage.ca

Gorge View Society 250-360-1977 gorgeviewsociety.ca

250-477-4112 lifetimenetworks.org

MADD Canada – Victoria Chapter 1-877-676-6233 madd.ca

Seth, Carmen, and Hana, Campbell River


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Oak Bay Emergency Social Services 250-598-3311 oakbay.ca

Our Place

250-388-7112 ourplacesociety.com

Pacific Centre Family Services Association 1-866-478-8357 pcfsa.org

Parent Support Services Society of BC 604-669-1616 parentsupportbc.ca

Saanich Neighbourhood Place 250-360-1148 snplace.org

Sooke Shelter Society 250-858-7700 sookeshelter.org

Sooke Transition House Society 250-642-2591 sooketransitionhousesociety.com

SUPPLY Victoria 778-700-7233 supplyvictoria.ca

Vancouver Isl. Counselling Centre for Immigrants & Refugees 778-404-1777 viccir.org

Victoria Community Resources Society – Twin Oaks 250-658-4931 vcrs.ca

Victoria Cool Aid Society 250-595-8619 coolaid.org

Victoria Rainbow Kitchen Society 250-384-2069 rainbowkitchen.ca

Victoria Women In Need Community Cooperative 250-480-4006 x204 womeninneed.ca

Victoria Women’s Transition House Society 250-592-2927 x229 vwth.bc.ca

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7 Ways Parents Can Inspire Volunteerism in Teens


ncouraging teenagers to volunteer is not just about making a difference in the community; it’s about fostering their personal growth and helping them to develop a sense of responsibility. As parents, you can guide your teens towards these meaningful volunteer experiences. Here are some practical strategies that will inspire your teenagers to get excited about volunteering in their community.

1. Be an Example

Demonstrating your own commitment to volunteering sets a great example for your teenagers. Bring them along to your volunteer events and engage in volunteer activities with them. Volunteer occasionally as an entire family. This could mean participating in community cleanups,


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volunteering at a local homeless or animal shelter, or helping out at community events. Your involvement shows them how important it is to give back and gives them an opportunity to try out volunteering with you beside them.

2. Help Them Search Out Opportunities that Will Interest Them

Teenagers are more likely to get involved in volunteer work when it aligns with their interests. Have a conversation with them about their interests and hobbies, as well as about anything they feel a special pull to help with, such as environmental concerns or animal welfare. Then, help them explore volunteer opportunities that relate to their interests and passions.

3. Find Other Teens Who Volunteer

Ask your friends and the parents at your school if their children volunteer in any capacity. Your teenager may feel better about volunteering if they can tag along with a friend. Plus, your teen may wish to try a few volunteer activities with their friends to see which one fits best for them.

4. Allow Them to Start Small

You may be keen for your teenager to commit to volunteering weekly; however, it may be best for them to start off slowly. For teenagers new to volunteering, starting with occasional volunteering can boost their confidence and enthusiasm. They can participate in one-time volunteer events or short-term projects. This

approach provides them with a taste of how rewarding volunteering is and helps them understand the value of their contributions. As they gain volunteer experience, they may wish to take on longer-term volunteer commitments.

5. Be Supportive

Being supportive is crucial for teenagers to feel comfortable discussing their volunteering experiences. Listen to what they have to say about their experiences. Sometimes volunteering in certain communities can be difficult, so be there to help them with the ups and downs of their volunteer journey. Perhaps the place they choose to volunteer with is continually proving to be more difficult than expected, or it no longer fits with a new school or activity schedule. Hear them out and support them by helping them adjust their schedule or by finding another volunteer commitment, if necessary.

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6. Create a Volunteer Group

As mentioned above, volunteering with friends can help your teen get started or find new interests. Gather a group of your friends with similar age teens to create a volunteer group who can work together, at least at first, to support and encourage each other.

7. Respect Their Choices

While you’re guiding your teenager towards volunteering, it’s important to keep in mind that they are individuals with their own preferences. Allow them to choose volunteer opportunities that resonate with them, even if they differ from your suggestions. Forcing them to volunteer with you regularly may backfire on you. Respecting their choices helps them develop a deeper sense of responsibility, plus you’ll be more likely to have an eager volunteer.

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Indigenous Perspectives Society

Inter-Cultural Association

250-478-9453 | spca.bc.ca

ElderDog Canada – Victoria Chapter 1-855-336-4226 | elderdog.ca

Pacific Animal Therapy Society 250-590-9082 | patspets.ca


250-391-0007 ipsociety.ca

Indigenous Perspectives Society: Centre of Excellence in Community Education (IPS) is a charitable and not-for-profit social enterprise that offers specialized training and consulting services to help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives, cultural differences and the need for self-determination.

250-388-4728 icavictoria.org

Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants & Refugees 778-404-1777 viccir.org


Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island

M’akola ILBC Housing Society

Centre for Earth & Spirit Society

Coast Capital Savings

R.A.V.E.N. Respecting Aboriginal Values & Environmental Needs

International Metaphysical Academy

250-386-6348 | vi.bbb.org

250-483-7000 | coastcapitalsavings.com


250-519-7000 | vancity.com


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250-474-1524 X2 makola.bc.ca

250-383-2331 raventrust.com

250-592-6400 centreforearthandspirit.ca

250-472-0909 metaphysicalacademy.com


Land Trust Alliance of BC

Capital Region Food & Agricultural Initiatives Roundtable

Oak & Orca Bioregional School

250-896-7004 crfair.ca

Centre for Earth & Spirit Society 250-592-6400 centreforearthandspirit.ca

Friends of Bowker Creek Society 250-370-4365 bowkercreek.org

Garry Oak Meadows Preservation Society 250-391-9480 garryoak.info

Greater Victoria Compost & Conservation Education Society 250-386-9676 compost.bc.ca

Greater Victoria Green Team 778-677-9078 greenteamscanada.ca

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific 250-479-6162 hcp.ca

250-590-1921 ltabc.ca

250-383-6609 orcapod.ca

Peninsula Streams Society 250-363-6480 peninsulastreams.ca

We Are Hiring (we pay in gratitude and sloppy wet kisses)

R.A.V.E.N. Respecting Aboriginal Values & Environmental Needs 250-383-2331 raventrust.com

Rocky Point Bird Observatory rpbo.org

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea (New Marine Centre Society) 250-665-7511 salishseacentre.org

Southern Vancouver Island Nature Trails Society NatureTrailsSociety.com

Swan Lake/Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary 250-479-0211 swanlake.bc.ca

TLC The Land Conservancy 250-479-8053 conservancy.bc.ca

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elderdog.ca 1-855-336-4226 info@elderdog.ca


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Be a part of the next issue of



Coming in Spring 2024 Volunteer Matters is a semi-annual publication with the goal to spotlight and celebrate volunteers in the CRD. It is dedicated to amplifying the importance of volunteering and providing valuable resources for non-profit groups, organizations and individuals. Our mission is to inspire, educate and connect volunteers and non-profit organizations to create positive change and make a lasting impact.

Target Market Our magazine caters to a diverse audience passionate about volunteering and includes the following segments. • Non-profit Organizations: Charities, NGOs, community groups and social enterprises seeking guidance, strategies and tools to enhance their volunteer programs, engage volunteers and further their missions. • Volunteers: Individuals looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities, seeking inspiration and wanting to make a difference in their communities. • Volunteer Coordinators: Professionals responsible for managing and coordinating volunteer programs within non-profit organizations, looking for best practices, tips and resources to optimize their volunteer management efforts.

Key Content Areas • Volunteer Spotlight: Inspiring stories of volunteers from various backgrounds, highlighting the transformative power of volunteering. • Volunteer Management Strategies: Guidance, tips and best practices to effectively recruit, train, retain and recognize volunteers. • Volunteer Skill Development: Resources, workshops and training opportunities to help volunteers acquire and develop essential skills. • Volunteerism in Action: Showcasing successful volunteer-driven initiatives, collaborations and community projects. Deadlines: Sales—March 27; Distribution—April 8. Circulation: Estimated readership of 25,000 (7,500 copies). 22 Volunteer Matters 2023 Contact: volunteermatters@islandparent.ca

Distribution: Throughout the CRD at targeted pick up locations including downtown Victoria businesses, grocery stores, libraries, recreation centres and community partners.

What Would Happen if There Were NO Volunteers


t’s hard to imagine a world where there were no volunteers. It would be a very difficult and frightening world to live in. You may not even realize exactly how important the time and energy volunteers give is, and what would happen if volunteerism didn’t exist. Here are a few things to think about.

1. Community Support Would Cease to Exist

Community events are mostly powered by volunteers, as are the majority of local food banks, homeless outreach services, and other community services. Without volunteers, seniors would have to find other ways to get to appointments, receive food delivery, and do without volunteer visitors. There would be little to no food services for the homeless and others in need, and most food banks would shut down, or at least cut their hours.

2. Non-Profits Would Be Left Hanging

Non-profit organizations who help important causes like the environment and education are powered by volunteers. Without volunteers, these organizations would likely be unable to continue operating, and a lot less funds would be raised. This would mean there would be no forward steps towards a positive outcome for all.

3. The Environment Would Be in Worse Shape We all know the environment is in

rough shape, and changes need to be made from all levels to make any difference. However, without volunteers planting trees, doing beach cleanup, or raising funds and awareness for wildlife and other environmental concerns, the environment, and the communities around us would already be in much worse shape.

6. The Arts Scene Would Basically Disappear

4. Education Would Suffer

7. There Would Be More Chaos in Times of Crisis

Although there are teachers, administrators, and other school staff to educate our children, volunteers play a huge role in education! Parent advisory groups help to raise funds for the school to buy more supplies for the classrooms, fund playground equipment, and allow kids to go on fun, educational field trips. Student mentors and tutors are often unpaid volunteers who help to guide our future adults through the school system.

5. Hospitals & Healthcare Would Be More Difficult to Navigate

Hospital volunteers have duties that range from bringing patients water, snacks, books, and blankets, to helping patients navigate their way through the various departments for day surgeries and other testing and waiting with them for family or taxi pickups. Without volunteers, nurses and other hospital staff would have less time to help patients with their health needs, and patients would likely have a less pleasant experience.

Volunteers often are the ones who organize events at galleries, musical shows, and other arts and cultural events. Even at provincially funded attractions such as museums, it’s often the volunteers who do tours, answer questions, and act as security for some exhibits.

When disasters like fire, earthquakes, hurricanes, or floods strike, volunteers are often the first on the scene, offering help, support, and care to those who are affected. If there were no volunteers, people would be on their own until medical professionals and other support arrived. Some smaller communities rely on volunteers to power their fire departments, and other important services. And without volunteers, these communities may have longer response time to receive crews from other communities. Or they may receive no service at all.

8. The Economy Would Get Worse

If there were suddenly no volunteers, it’s likely hospitals, museums, and other services would need to hire paid professionals to fill some of these positions. This would require more funding for these salaries, which could mean cutbacks in services and higher costs for things we’ve come to rely on.

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Greater Victoria Down Syndrome Society

Oak & Orca Bioregional School

BC Aviation Museum

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence Society

250-655-3300 bcam.net

BeaYOUtiful Foundation

778-918-3059 thebeayoutifulfoundation.com


250-479-6162 hcp.ca

Indigenous Perspectives Society 250-391-0007 ipsociety.ca

250-383-6609 orcapod.ca

250-220-2587 pise.ca

Pacific Training Centre for the Blind 250-580-4910 pacifictrainingcentre.ca

Scouts Francophones De Victoria 604-936-3624 scoutsfranco.com

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea (New Marine Centre Society) 250-665-7511 salishseacentre.org

Support Soweto Junior School 250-598-0708 supportsowetojuniorschool.org

The Circle Salt Spring Education Society 250-537-1336 thecircleeducation.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria 250-475-1117 x40 bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

Bridges for Women Society 250-385-7410 bfws.ca

Camosun College-Co-op Education & Career Services 250-370-3420 camosun.bc.ca

Diabetes Canada 778-622-4275 diabetes.ca

Girls Rock Camp Victoria Society grcvi.ca

Greater Victoria Alliance for Literacy literacyalliance.ca

Greater Victoria Compost & Conservation Education Society 250-386-9676 compost.bc.ca


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InnovativeCommunities.Org Foundation 250-896-3236 innovativecommunities.org

International Metaphysical Academy 250-472-0909 metaphysicalacademy.com

James Bay Community School Society 250-389-1470 jamesbaycentre.ca

Learning Through Loss 250-413-3114 learningthroughloss.org

University of Victoria Graduate Students’ Society 250-472-4543 uvic.ca

UVic Community Engaged Learning Department 250-472-5667 uvic.ca

Uvic Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health uvic.ca

Vancouver Island Cooperative Preschool Association vicpa.org

Mental Health Society of Greater Victoria

Victoria Literacy Connection Society

Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts

WITS Programs Foundation


250-391-2415 missa.ca

250-385-0014 victorialiteracyconnection.ca 250-386-7625 witsprogram.ca

Worklink Employment Society 250-478-9525 worklink.bc.ca

Be a Part of CommunityEngaged Learning at UVic!


ommunity-Engaged Learning (CEL) is applied learning with community organizations of all sizes and shapes (including non-profits, First Nations, small businesses, different levels of government, and grassroots initiatives). These experiences are facilitated by course instructors and supported by the CEL Office at UVic. Students earn credit for their contributions, and the community partners, instructors and students work collaboratively to shape the volunteer experience to meet community needs and learning goals. Every year there are hundreds of collaborations between students and community partners, across all areas of study and sectors. Jade (see photo to the right) was a student who collaborated with Friends of Music, a charitable organization that offers musical opportunities to persons recovering from mental illness. She contributed to their work by taking photos and being a part of their activities. Jade was in a Social Sciences course that explores the role of nonprofits organizations in society. This experience taught Jade a lot about how non-profit organizations function and how they contribute to our community. And this experience gave Friends of Music an opportunity to have documentation of their programing, a valuable resource for outreach and grant applications. UVic is so appreciative of the hundreds

Jade receiving the FoM volunteer of the year award

of community partners in our region and beyond who contribute to student learning. We are humbled by the work of community partners in support of social, ecological and economic issues in our re-

gion. We are inspired by the instructors and community partners who thoughfuully design applied learning experiences that align with participation in and contribution to community initiatives. We are inspired by the students who bravely try new things, apply their experiences, knowledge and skills and wrestle with how they can and want to be actively involved in the world around them. If you are a potential community partner, the CEL Office can work with you to connect with instructors and students across UVic who are keen to be part of applied learning with community. If you are a student, the CEL Office can support you to explore and/or connect your volunteerism with your course learning at UVic.

Students in the Clayoquot Sound Field School created teaching resources with local schools

How to get involved: celc1@uvic.ca | 250-472-5667

onlineacademiccommunity.uvic.ca/LearnAnywhere/cel The CEL Office at UVic has benefited from the guidance and support of organizations like Volunteer Victoria. We are committed to collectively working towards more just, sustainable and healthy communities.

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Seniors Abbeyfield House St. Peter’s Society 250-479-6140 abbeyfieldstpeters.org

Broadmead Care Society 250-658-0311 broadmeadcare.com

Cook Street Village Activity Centre

Kiwanis Pavilion

Selkirk Seniors Village

Mount Douglas Seniors Housing Society

Seniors Serving Seniors Association of BC

Mount St. Mary Hospital

Silver Threads – Saanich

Oak Bay Lodge, VIHA

The Glenshiel Housing Society


City of Victoria

Emergency Management Victoria (AKA VictoriaReady)

Aberdeen Hospital

CRD Parks

250-384-6542 csvac.ca

James Bay Care Centre 250-388-6457 reveraliving.com

James Bay New Horizons Society 250-386-3035 jamesbaynewhorizons.ca James Bay New Horizons provides opportunities for individuals to lead more meaningful, active, healthy and complete lives.

250-370-5626 islandhealth.ca

Camosun College Co-op Education & Career Services 250-370-3420 camosun.bc.ca

CFB Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre 250-363-2640 emfrc.com

250-598-2022 obkp.org

250-721-1818 mdshs.net

250-480-3100 x3201 mountstmary.ca 250-370-6642 viha.ca

250-361-0397 victoria.ca

250-360-3329 crd.bc.ca

District of Saanich Pulling Together Volunteer Program

250-475-5522 saanich.ca/EN/main/parks-recreationcommunity/parks/natural-areas/volunteerfor-pulling-together.html

250-940-1028 selkirkplace.ca

250-413-3211 sssbc.org

250-382-3151 silverthreads.ca

250-383-4164 theglenshiel.bc.ca

250-920-3373 victoria.ca

Royal BC Museum

250-387-7902 royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Saanich Emergency Program 250-475-7140 saanich.ca

Saanich Police Department, Block Watch 250-475-4321 x4365 saanichpolice.ca

Town of View Royal 250-479-6800 viewroyal.ca

Victoria Police Department 250-995-7654 vicpd.ca


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Sports & Recreation Bike Victoria Society 250-920-5775 biketowork.ca

Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame gvshof.ca

KidSport Greater Victoria 250-380-1518 kidsportvictoria.ca


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Monterey Recreation Centre 250-370-7300 oakbay.ca

Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence Society 250-220-2587 pise.ca


Get hands-on in our parks Help your neighbours in an emergency

Power to Be Adventure Therapy Society 250-385-2363 powertobe.ca

Royal Victoria Marathon runvictoriamarathon.com

Share your knowledge on a council committee Explore your passion for recreation

Saanich Parks & Recreation Services 250-475-5502 saanich.ca

Meet great people & learn new skills

South Island Mountain Bike Soicety simbs.com

Special Olympics BC – Victoria

604-737-3078 specialolympics.ca/british-columbia

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society 604-688-2382 victoriadragonboatfestival.com

We appreciate the contributions of the dedicated volunteers in our community. Join us! Learn more at esquimalt.ca/volunteer

YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island 250-386-7511 vancouverislandy.ca

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Arts & Culture

and abroad. BV offers many opportunities to volunteer throughout the season in valuable ways.

Alliance Française Victoria

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum

250-686-4065 afvictoria.ca

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 250-384-4171 x232 aggv.ca

Arts on View

250-388-9166 artsonview.ca


250-475-0354 artsreach.ca

Ballet Victoria 250-380-6063 balletvictoria.ca

Founded in 2002, Ballet Victoria is a boutique professional ballet company with 12 dancers that offers four yearly mainstage productions each season in Victoria and also tours BC

250-363-4312 forces.gc.ca

Dance Victoria Society 250-595-1829 dancevictoria.com

Destination Greater Victoria (Tourism Victoria) 250-953-2022 tourismvictoria.com

Early Music Society of the Islands 250-882-5058 gov.bc.ca

Friends of Government House fghgs.ca

Friends of Music Society 250-592-5114 friendsofmusic.ca

Greater Victoria Festival Society 250-382-3111 gvfs.ca

Greater Victoria Folk Festival Society folktoria.ca

Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival 250-386-9223 gvpaf.org

Intrepid Theatre Company Society 250-383-2663 intrepidtheatre.com

James Bay Market Society 250-381-5323 jamesbaymarket.com

La Societe Francophone De Victoria 250-388-7350 sfvictoria.ca

Maritime Museum of BC 250-385-4222 mmbc.bc.ca

Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts 250-391-2415 missa.ca


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Open Space Arts Society 250-383-8833 openspace.ca

Pandora Arts Collective Society 250-920-7227 pandoraarts.ca

Royal BC Museum

250-387-7902 royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Sooke Region Historical Society

What’sWhat’s Your Volunteer YourStory? Volunt

What’s Your Volunteer Story? What’s Your Volunteer Story? 250-642-6351 sookeregionmuseum.com

Victoria BC Ska & Reggae Society victoriaskafest.ca

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society

Volunteer Victoria is collecting volunteering stories for a new publication that celebrates older volunteers and their voluntee Volunteer Victoria is collecting adventures in volunteering. If you have a story to share new publication that celebrates older v e-mail vinny@volunteervictoria.bc.ca or tel 250.386.2269.

Volunteer Victoria is collecting volunteering stories for a

adventures inthevolunteering. If you have Volunteer Victoria is collecting volunteering stories for a of Canada Thispublication project is funded in part byolder Government new that celebrates volunteers and their New Horizons for Seniors Program. adventures inolder volunteering. If you have a story to share e-mail vinny@volunteervictoria.bc.ca o new publication that celebrates volunteers and their Victoria Film Festival 250-389-0444 e-mail vinny@volunteervictoria.bc.ca or tel 250.386.2269. adventures in volunteering. If you have a story to share victoriafilmfestival.com This project is funded in part by the Go volunteervictoria.bc.ca This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada Victoria Symphony e-mail vinny@volunteervictoria.bc.ca or tel 250.386.2269. 250-385-9771 New Horizons New Horizons for Seniors Program. for Seniors Program. victoriasymphony.ca This project West Shore Arts Councilis funded in part by the Government of Canada 250-478-2286 volunteervictoria.bc.ca New Horizons for Seniors Program. westshorearts.org volunteervictoria.bc.ca 604-688-2382 victoriadragonboatfestival.com

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Volunteer Opportunities You May Not Have Thought Of


hen you think of volunteering certain things may come to mind. Working with the unhoused population, helping at a food bank, giving money or time to animal shelters, or supporting the known charities in your area. But there are many ways you can volunteer, so you’re likely to find an opportunity that really speaks to you. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

The point is to think about what you already do and try to match it to a way you can help others. If you’re having trouble finding a way to match an opportunity with your talents, contact Volunteer Victoria or your local volunteer agency who can help.

Use Technology to Help Others

With technology taking over, there are many hotlines people can access via text

appointments with drivers (and if there isn’t then create one!) But there are many others who may require drivers to get places. Perhaps there is a teenager who is a brilliant basketball player but is unable to get to practice due to his parents not having a vehicle, or there may be a younger person with health or mobility issues that is having trouble accessing appointments because they don’t qualify for the senior driver service. You may also be able to help by delivering food or medication from food banks and local health organizations to people who aren’t able to go in person.

Organize a Clothing/ Food/Money Drive in Your Community

Utilize Your Talents

This is the best place to start when you’re trying to find a way to volunteer. Because wherever your talents lie and what you love to do can almost always be transferred into a volunteer opportunity! Do you love to do crafts? Contact a local community centre to see if you can do crafts with seniors or children. Are you an avid reader? Perhaps the hospital may allow you to come up and read to children. Do people call you an amazing seamstress or knitter? Consider making some outfits, hats, or scarves for local charities to give to kids or the unhoused. Love art? Volunteer your time to do art therapy with youth mental health services. 30

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or social media to obtain mental health and other services. If you’re a whiz with technology, this could be an incredible opportunity to connect with people in need and help them get the help they require. Technology such as zoom, or another online video service can also help you connect with seniors or others who are immunocompromised and can’t leave the home. You can connect with people from all over the world, keeping them company and giving them a vital connection a few times a week.

Become a Driver

There is likely a service in your area that connects seniors who need to get to

If you see a need in your community, go ahead and tackle it yourself by organizing an event to gather money or supplies. Maybe a community member or co-worker has recently lost a spouse or had a flood, and you want to help them get through this tough time. Or maybe you feel strongly about supporting a local animal shelter or another organization and want to help them. Set up a time and place to gather needed supplies and/or funds and spread the word on social media, and by using posters in your neighbourhood. Perhaps your community centre or local school could be a drop-off place and help you get the word out.

Become a Blood/Plasma/ Organ Donor

As the Canadian Blood Services commercial says, “Blood, it’s in you to give.” It’s easy and generally takes less than an hour of your time to donate blood. Look online for your local donor centers and find out how easily you can give blood and plasma. Your donation can save a lot of lives! It’s also important to consider becoming an organ donor. There are a few different options for which organs you may be willing to donate, and a strict process when it comes to donation.

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Volunteers play a vital role in fostering community growth and prosperity. They provide essential support for individuals dealing with challenges, advocate for better representation, offer a helping hand to those in need, and so much more. Undoubtedly, they are the heart and soul of community. We are so proud to support volunteers, and their selfless dedication, passion, and unyielding commitment to making British Columbia a better place.

Hon. Mitzi Dean

Hon. Rob Fleming

MLA, ESQUIMALT–METCHOSIN Mitzi.Dean.MLA@leg.bc.ca 250-952-5885

MLA, VICTORIA–SWAN LAKE Rob.Fleming.MLA@leg.bc.ca 250-356-5013

Ravi Parmar

Hon. Lana Popham

Hon. Murray Rankin

MLA, LANGFORD–JUAN DE FUCA Ravi.Parmar.MLA@leg.bc.ca 250-391-2801

MLA, SAANICH SOUTH Lana.Popham.MLA@leg.bc.ca 250-479-4154

MLA, OAK BAY–GORDON HEAD Murray.Rankin.MLA@leg.bc.ca 250-472-8528

Hon. Grace Lore MLA, VICTORIA -BEACON HILL Grace.Lore.MLA@leg.bc.ca 250-952-4211

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