One of the reasons people who move to Sooke stay here is because of the many positive efforts by the community at large to make this a better place.
Just this past weekend we saw the dedication of the Charters River salmon Interpretive Centre and heard that Sooke won five blossoms in the Communities in Bloom competition, as well the Sooke Hospice Society finally has a home of its own. Again these things were accomplished largely through volunteers who are passionate about their causes.
There are always quiet people in the background making these things happen and they are the real backbone of this community. They are the ones who sit back and apply for grants, make phone calls to politicians, and at times get out the hammer and set to work doing physical work. Of course none of these things would happen without the aid of funding bodies and donors and credit has to go to them as well.
People in Sooke should be proud of what is accomplished here. We have a vibrant and involved community and when people see a need, they just pull on their boots and get ‘er done. These same people have been at the heart of this community all their lives.
Volunteerism is waning as so many folks are busy making a living, so our hats go off to those who know the importance of giving back. Just take a look in the back of the Lions phone book to see how many community groups there are out there. If so inclined, pick one and give some of your time because the effort is worth it, more for yourself than for anyone else. It just feels good.