It’s Coffee Time – A Hug in a Mug

It’s time to order free coffee coupons for your volunteers!

We’ll be teaming up with coffee shops on the Island to thank our island volunteers with a coupon for one free drip coffee.  If you are an organization that depends on volunteers, let us know how many you’ve got by March 23rd, 2018.  Last year we distributed 2000 coupons. Please forward this note to the person responsible for your volunteers.  If no such person exists and you would like to take charge for handing these out to your organization’s volunteers, it would be my pleasure to reserve some for you.

VCR and the Salt Spring Island Public Library will be hosting a Coffee Kick-Start on Tuesday April 3rd, 2018 between 10:00 am-2:00 pm in the Library Program Space.  This will be the opportunity for volunteer coordinators, managers and representatives to pick up their coupons for distribution, network with each other and get fueled up to celebrate our island volunteers.

Our volunteers are indispensable.  Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup.  Take this time of appreciation to fill your cup and allow our community to benefit from your overflow.



My late husband, Garnet, learned early in his life how important community was.  He was just 7 years old when he and his 2 younger siblings lost their mother and their father never really recovered.  They were a very poor Saskatchewan farm family.  The community stepped in and made sure that the children had what they needed, and Garnet always felt the need to “pay back”, which can really only be done by “paying forward”.  When he came to BC in his early 20’s, he quickly got involved as a volunteer firefighter, and throughout our married life, he always gave to his community in some way, later as a director for the SSI Farmers Institute and the SSI Farmland Trust.

 When I was growing up, volunteering was something that other people did.  It was simply not a part of what my family did.  So, Garnet really introduced me to the idea of nurturing one’s community.  Throughout our married life, following his example, I was always involved in something.  Girl Guides became my passion and after 32 years, it still is.  Part of our promise is to “take action for a better world”.

One of my personal goals is to help our girls to learn that volunteering is not something that just other people do – that no matter how much or little time or resources you have to give, it all makes a difference.  I have learned so much, and while the rewards are difficult to describe, they are very real.

The value of community was never so profound to me as when Garnet passed away.  After 5 years, I am still awed and overwhelmed by the support people have given to me.  I have met the most amazing people through volunteering.  Kerry Lee

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On July 1st, Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May recognized 80 islanders with a special achievement in volunteer hours as part of the events at the Canada Day Show and Shine.

VCR 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge asked volunteers to commit to at least 150 hours of their time between from January 1st to July 1st, 2017.  When broken down, reaching 150 hours required a minimum of 5 hours per week over the 5-month period.  We found out that not only do many of our island volunteers give well beyond his amount per week, but a lot of them are giving to more than one organization!

Congratulations to the following 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge Achievers:

Brittany Allan, Jill Bartle, Sarah Belknap, Charlene Beaudette, Joyce Beckman, Catherine Bennett, Michelle Bennett-Peters, Rasma Bertz, Merryl Cockett, Mary Coombes, Nancy Cote, Ernestine Crawford, Randy Cunningham, Gwen Denluck, Kathy Darling, Marion DeLaFranier, Joan Douglas, Catherine Eberle, Irina Floercke, Max Haffner,  Anna Haltrecht, Hayden Family Kids, Janet Halliwell, Shari Hambrook, Ellen Hazelboom, Deb Helicar, Roz Hobbs, John Howe, Damien Inwood, Robin Jekinson, Sandra Hyslop, Dorothy Kyle, Arnica Langevin, Kerry Lee, Marguerite Lee, Sue Lehman, Liesbeth Leatherbarrow, Dan Logan, Lorinne MacKenzie, Margaret MacKenzie, Peggy MacKenzie, Neil Martin, Bruce Marshall, Wendy McClean, Gwen McDonald, Donald McLennan, Amy Mcleod, Bernadette Mertens-McAllister, Dianne Moir, Gail Muise, Ann Muller, Margaret Munro, Sheryl Munro-Taylor, Melynda Okulitch, Pat O’Neill, Bob Oudenaarden, Stan Peters, Loretta Rithaler, Mark Rithaler, Anna Rithaler, William Rithaler, Paul Roberts, Greg Slakov, Donna Smith, Lois Sprague, Jim Standen, Lu Stevens, Sabine Swierrenga, Geri Teagle, John Teagle, Lynne Terry, Sheila Twa, Carolyn Walkner, Judith Wardell, Jean Williams, Rob Wilson, Kay Woodhouse, Victoria Woodman.



 Thank You to our Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge Partners!

Country Grocer, Salt Spring Classic and Antique Motor Club, Gulf Islands Driftwood

We would also like to acknowledge our prize donors:  Pharmasave, Island Optical, Guayaki Yerba Mate, Moby’s Pub, ArtSpring, Country Grocer, Windsor Plywood and Island Dental Centre.



  • VCR is a vibrant organization that serves not-for-profits and volunteers.

  • We are a volunteer hub for Salt Spring Island aimed at encouraging community involvement.

  • We provide a connecting point for organizations to network, build relationships, share experiences and gain knowledge that can help them better serve their communities and strengthen their own services.

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 Volunteer and Community Resources Salt Spring Society (VCR) is a member of Volunteer BC .


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