Marlene Barry

Volunteer Fair hopes to bring people and jobs together

Organizers are busy getting ready for a Volunteer Fair at EMCS

Sooke is full of volunteers. Sooke is also full of organizations and groups which would not function without their dedicated and passionate community volunteers.

On June 6, The Sooke Region Volunteer Centre Committee is hoping to get the community together for the first ever Volunteer Fair.

“We’re hoping to have as many of the 160 groups as we can connect with,” said one of the organizers Marlene Barry. This includes sports, service, arts, advisory, government and food groups, to name just some of the organizations operating in the Sooke region.

The idea is for non-profit and service groups to promote what they do and for those interested in volunteering to find a group they want to help.

Barry says they want to make it simple and fun. Each  table will be shared by two groups/organizations in the common area/foyer at Edward Milne Community School. The event is free to non-profit groups and attendees. It runs from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

They want to have the bouncy house for kids, concessions put on by youth groups and just some fun things to do.

Many people in the region may not know what these non-profit groups do. She used an example by stating that did people know that the Sooke Transition House  could use all those small shampoo and conditioner bottles most people bring home from a hotel stay.

“The groups will talk about what they do, what they need and how you can help. People can find out more about what is going on in the community, how to be involved and make better connections.”

Wendy Lambert, President of Royal Canadian Legion Br#54, said,  “We all know what we (organizers) are doing and have to offer but we need to find better ways to let the general public know.”

More information on what’s happening in Sooke can be obtained through the Resource Inventory at: sookeregionresources.com.