Sooke Volunteer Fair set for April

The second Saturday in April sees the third annual Volunteer Fair in Sooke.

The second Saturday in April sees the third annual Volunteer Fair in Sooke. This year, it will be held at the Sooke Child, Youth and Family Centre at 2145 Townsend Road, April 12 from noon to 3 p.m.

Hosted by the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre (SRVC), this volunteer fair is an excellent way for present and future volunteers to check out the many organizations in Sooke that utilize volunteers. There are about 180 such organizations in Sooke suggested Marlene Barry, who serves as the Chair of the Centre.

“The aim is to have a good cross-representation of the 180-plus organizations in the region,” said Barry.

When they first started two years ago, Barry said that about 54 organization were present, and in the their second year, the number dropped to 45. Regardless of the numbers, the number of Fair visitors were about the same, which Barry estimates were over 100.

This year, Barry would love to see more organization represented. Clubs, charities, societies are all encouraged to apply.

It’s a great deal, said Barry, adding that there is no cost to be present and that it’s a great opportunity to put your non-profit organization forward for community involvement.

SRVC’s mission is to promote and support volunteerism in the Sooke Region, referring to the geographic region that extends from East Sooke to Port Renfrew.

Barry is interested in promoting volunteerism as a way of life. “You just help someone. You make a casserole because your neighbour is sick, or you look after their kids … spontaneous volunteering.”

Volunteering fills voids. Using the volunteer firefighters as a visible example, Barry notes the invaluable contributions that volunteers give to a community.

In Sooke, one can easily say that volunteering is central to our community.

The District’s website (sooke.ca) easily makes the claim that volunteerism “has played a major role throughout the history of Sooke in the betterment of the community in a great variety of ways.”

The website continues, “Sooke has claimed the name ‘Volunteer Capital of Canada’ and proudly displays the title on the ‘Welcome to Sooke’ sign.”

Organizations that utilize volunteers may benefit from a membership with SRVC, in that the Centre does an initial screening of volunteers and helps them locate the organization that would best fulfil their reasons for volunteering.

The event is being sponsored by the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre, the Royal Bank, and Sooke Family Resource Services. Visit sookeregionresources.com/sooke-region-volunteer-centre, 250-642-6364 Ext. 235

 

Just Posted

Victoria teen killed by falling tree, remembered as hero

Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling towards him and his friends

Jordan River is his home and he’s working to save it

Wayne Jackaman’s own mining background put to use to help save Jordan River

Victoria woman in L.A. hospital after she was run over twice

Lynn Phillips has suffered from multiple broken bones and internal bleeding

Downtown Victoria businesses cite parking issues as top challenge

A report put forward by the Downtown Victoria Business Association asked owners for input

Tiny Yorkshire terrier Poppie survives days on remote island

ROAM rescue crews, family searched for dog, missing in Saanich for days

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Top B.C. court upholds ruling that struck down indefinite solitary confinement

Feds had appealed ruling in case brought by B.C. Civil Liberties Association, John Howard Society

Two bear cubs saved near Revelstoke after mother hit by car

Conservation officers trapped the cubs and transported them to a wildlife sanctuary

Heroism medal for B.C. woman who tried to save wheelchair-bound man stuck on rail tracks

Julie Callaghan awarded Carnegie Medal from U.S.-based foundation for ‘extraordinary heroism’

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

B.C. students’ camping trip goes ahead despite tents getting stolen

Nanaimo businesses, school staff and parents ensure trip goes on

Only legal pot shop between Vancouver and Kamloops now open

Private cannabis store on Skwah land in Chilliwack is first B.C. licensee to be Indigenous owned

B.C. judge defies lawyers and adds six months to man’s sex assault sentence

‘I find the joint submission is contrary to the public interest and I’m rejecting it’

Man presumed dead after boat capsizes in Columbia River

Search and rescue efforts recovered a life jacket

Most Read