Sally Manning volunteers because she has “so much fun!”
Nine years ago Sally and Bryan Manning were contemplating retirement and moving from Winnipeg to the West Coast. They fully intended to relocate to Victoria but a holiday in Sooke changed their mind when they fell in love with the small town atmosphere, the stunning scenery and all the arts and cultural activities.
Moving permanently to Sooke in 2003, Sally thought she might try a bit of volunteer work. From that day forward Sally has never looked back as she gives generously of her time and talents to organizations that are aligned with her many interests.
Always willing to lend a hand, Sally first began volunteering with the Sooke Crisis Centre. She then followed in her husband Bryan’s footsteps and became active with the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society, helping to organize fundraising efforts during their annual Chinook Derby.
Being a firm believer in it’s never too late to learn a new skill, Sally forged a new direction when she took up playing the piano with a particular interest in jazz music. It wasn’t long before she was convinced to join as a board member for the U-Jam Jazz Society in Victoria.
Witnessing the challenges close friends were having as the caregiver for spouses diagnosed with Alzheimer disease, Sally contacted the Alzheimer Society of BC and convinced them a local support program was needed in Sooke. Under Sally’s leadership the Alzheimer Family Caregiver Support Group now meets once a month.
Her passion for Sooke Fine Arts began back in 2007 as a show volunteer. Through the years she has taken on increasing levels of responsibility and for the past two years has accepted the challenge of show c-ordinator. Sally’s dedication and commitment has made an enormous difference to the Sooke Fine Arts Society.
Volunteering is just one of the many ways you help to shape the community where you live.
When asked, “Why do you volunteer Sally?” She simply laughs and replies, “Because I have so much fun!”
The Sooke Region CHI is highlighting many of the volunteers in Sooke.