Dr. Leslie King sitting in front of the quilt that will be raffled off by the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra at the upcoming Fling

Good connections made at volunteer fair

Organizations and groups highlighted their missions and mandates

On the weekend before Easter, the Volunteer Centre together with the Sooke Family Resource Society hosted a Volunteer Fair.

According to Marlene Barry, chair of the Volunteer Centre, the event was well attended.

“Not everyone found the special connections they were hoping for, which is to be expected, however several really valuable connections were made which will benefit everyone in the long run,” wrote Barry in correspondence. “The general feeling was of valuable exposure and interest in what each group had to offer.”

Barry indicated that a number of potential volunteers were at the event, ranging from teens looking to fulfill their high school requirements, to young families and moms.

“It could not have been pulled together as smoothly as it was without the help of my team: Sheila, Trudy, Les, Nicky, Doreen, Bobbie, and the crew of six from the Royal Bank, Sooke Branch,” summarized Barry.

Besides being well attended, visitors also provided excellent feedback. “It was such a great opportunity to network,” wrote one visitor. Another one added, “I didn’t know there were so many supports in the Sooke area.” And a third piece of feedback simply said, “Thank you so much for putting this on. It is such a value to the community for these groups to get together and talk.”

There was a door prize at the event, drawn by a visitor. The winner was our own mayor, Wendal Milne.

This was Sooke’s third annual Volunteer Fair.

With notes from Marlene  Barry

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