Summer Reflections

For many not-for-profit organizations, summer marks the tail end of a busy cycle. Volunteer and Community Resources (VCR) is no exception. We have had a great year with a very successful Volunteer Recruitment Fair, three well-attended worshops on the New BC Societies Act, our regular offering of Brown Bag networking luncheons for volunteer managers/coordinators, the launch of our survey to explore the admin needs of not-for-profits, the recruitment of a handful of mentors for our mentorship program and two exceptional volunteer recognition/awareness initiatives including our Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge.

We thank you for being a part of our success – VCR includes you, as we all work together to promote volunteerism and to support the work of not-for-profits on the island.  We wish you all a fun, restful and relaxing summer and hope that you are able to find time to renew and recharge.

Our Summer Hours and Closures:

Monday-Wednesday-Friday 8:30am-12:30pm

Closed: July 28th-31st, August 2nd-7th, August 11th-18th



On July 1st, Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May recognized 80 islanders with a special achievement in volunteer hours as part of the events at the Canada Day Show and Shine.

VCR 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge asked volunteers to commit to at least 150 hours of their time between from January 1st to July 1st, 2017.  When broken down, reaching 150 hours required a minimum of 5 hours per week over the 5-month period.  We found out that not only do many of our island volunteers give well beyond his amount per week, but a lot of them are giving to more than one organization!

Congratulations to the following 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge Achievers:

Brittany Allan, Jill Bartle, Sarah Belknap, Charlene Beaudette, Joyce Beckman, Catherine Bennett, Michelle Bennett-Peters, Rasma Bertz, Merryl Cockett, Mary Coombes, Nancy Cote, Ernestine Crawford, Randy Cunningham, Gwen Denluck, Kathy Darling, Marion DeLaFranier, Joan Douglas, Catherine Eberle, Irina Floercke, Max Haffner,  Anna Haltrecht, Hayden Family Kids, Janet Halliwell, Shari Hambrook, Ellen Hazelboom, Deb Helicar, Roz Hobbs, John Howe, Damien Inwood, Robin Jekinson, Sandra Hyslop, Dorothy Kyle, Arnica Langevin, Kerry Lee, Marguerite Lee, Sue Lehman, Liesbeth Leatherbarrow, Dan Logan, Lorinne MacKenzie, Margaret MacKenzie, Peggy MacKenzie, Neil Martin, Bruce Marshall, Wendy McClean, Gwen McDonald, Donald McLennan, Amy Mcleod, Bernadette Mertens-McAllister, Dianne Moir, Gail Muise, Ann Muller, Margaret Munro, Sheryl Munro-Taylor, Melynda Okulitch, Pat O’Neill, Bob Oudenaarden, Stan Peters, Loretta Rithaler, Mark Rithaler, Anna Rithaler, William Rithaler, Paul Roberts, Greg Slakov, Donna Smith, Lois Sprague, Jim Standen, Lu Stevens, Sabine Swierrenga, Geri Teagle, John Teagle, Lynne Terry, Sheila Twa, Carolyn Walkner, Judith Wardell, Jean Williams, Rob Wilson, Kay Woodhouse, Victoria Woodman.



 Thank You to our Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge Partners!

Country Grocer, Salt Spring Classic and Antique Motor Club, Gulf Islands Driftwood

We would also like to acknowledge our prize donors:  Pharmasave, Island Optical, Guayaki Yerba Mate, Moby’s Pub, ArtSpring, Country Grocer, Windsor Plywood and Island Dental Centre.


Results of Admin Services Survey

The initial survey findings on the administrative needs of not-for-profits on Salt Spring Island have been compiled.

Interested in the initial results?  Follow the link below to the top 17 areas that emerged from our survey.  In narrowing the focus, from this list of 17, where could we put our efforts to best support not-for-profit organizations on Salt Spring Island?  Where could you benefit from external support?  In your opinion, might your organization have some ability to contribute towards the delivery of the service?



  • VCR is a vibrant organization that serves not-for-profits and volunteers.

  • We are a volunteer hub for Salt Spring Island aimed at encouraging community involvement.

  • We provide a connecting point for organizations to network, build relationships, share experiences and gain knowledge that can help them better serve their communities and strengthen their own services.

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Other News

+ Island Savings #Simple Generosity

Throughout 2017, Island Savings is selecting 52 volunteers who are devoted to developing positive and vibrant communities.  Nominate an inspiring volunteer and he/she could be eligible to make a $1,500 donation to the non-profit or charity of their choice. (click here…)

+  Marg Munro to receive Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

Our very own Marg Munro has been awarded the Governor General of Canada Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.

Congratulations Marg!  A well-deserved honour!

 Volunteer and Community Resources Salt Spring Society (VCR) is a member of Volunteer BC .


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