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Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Mission Statement

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is a public art gallery committed to the celebration of art. With vision, leadership and scholarship we will engage and inspire diverse audiences through exhibitions, interpretation, and stewardship of the collection.

 

-      Overview: The AGGV is the region’s major public art museum, and has the largest collection of visual arts in public trust in British Columbia, with over 18,000 works stored on site.

 

-      Curatorial emphasis: The AGGV showcases exhibitions from our celebrated East Asian collection (from India to Japan) and from Canadian and international contemporary and historical artists.

 

-      East Asian Collection: The AGGV is home to one of Canada's most important East Asian art collections, second only to the Royal Ontario Museum. The collections of Chinese amber and ivory carvings are amongst the finest in the world. The East Asian Collection is one of the most comprehensive held in public trust in North America.

 

-      Emily Carr: On permanent display is the work of British Columbia's foremost historical artist Emily Carr. An exhibition including paintings, excerpts from her books and archival images offers an insightful look at this inspiring Victoria artist who captured the British Columbia landscape and was inspired by the rich culture of First Nations people of the province.

 

-      Shinto Shrine: The Gallery's Asian Garden boasts the only authentic full-sized Japanese Shinto Shrine outside of Japan.

 

-      Spencer Mansion: Incorporated in 1947, the Gallery hasbeen at its current location since a donation of the Spencer mansion in 1951. Sara Spencer’s niece Myfanwy Pavelic, an esteemed Victoria artist, continued the family’s artistic legacy on Vancouver Island until her passing in 2007.

 

Volunteer Policy Statement

 

The Board of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria recognizes the valuable role volunteers have had in its history and will play in its future. The Gallery ensures that there are fair, consistent and equitable procedures pertaining to volunteer practices and performance.

BC Housing Management Commission

Mission Statement

Thank you for your interest in supporting the BC Housing Management Commission

Our role is to assist British Columbians in greatest need of affordable housing by providing options along the housing continuum. We work in partnership with the private and non-profit sectors, provincial health authorities and ministries, other levels of government and community groups to develop a range of housing options.

To find out more about us, please visit our website: http://www.bchousing.org.

To see volunteer positions in Victoria/Saanich area, please see volunteer job descriptions.

Contact Tricia Irish, Community Developer, VI Region:  250-978-2918, tirish@bchousing.org

General Interests

Community Development Volunteer Opportunities

BC SPCA Wild ARC

Mission Statement

BC SPCA Wild ARC is a wild animal rehabilitation centre operated by the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. As the only wildlife rehabilitation centre on southern Vancouver Island, Wild ARC treats 2,500 wild animals annually from throughout the region.

Wild ARC's mission is to provide humane care to injured, orphaned, sick and distressed wildlife based on established rehabilitation standards and the animal's natural history. Each patient is treated individually and assessed for eventual release back into the wild. Wild ARC also aims to educate the public about wildlife, animal welfare, and co-existing with nature, as over 80% of the wild animals treated at Wild ARC are impacted by human activity. 

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Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

Burnside Gorge Community Association

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Burnside Gorge Community Association (BGCA) is to lead, promote and support prevention and intervention based initiatives which encourage healthy, inclusive, socially just living. The BGCA strives to provide a continuum of high quality programs and supports that strengthens the lives of children, youth and families throughout the Capital Regional District.

What We Do
BGCA provides social support, child care, recreation, youth and family services, and community development programs as well as a number of special events and partnership initiatives to children, youth, families and seniors in the Greater Victoria area. Programming includes:

Child care – Pre-school, out-of-school care, winter, spring and summer day camps.

Youth and Family Services – School and community based counselling services for families who struggle with parenting, homelessness, finances and other issues that are a barrier to meeting their children’s needs; youth outreach to at risk youth and youth transitioning from Government care to independence; family drop-in programs including a weekly community dinner and a Resource Room for low-income families to access free clothing, food and toiletries.

Housing and Asset Development – Direct housing and financial support to families in housing and financial crisis; long term asset building programs for families in subsidized housing; financial literacy workshops to youth and adults throughout the CRD.

Recreation and Special Events – Range of fitness and recreation opportunities for children, youth, families and seniors; community and special events; adventure day camps for youth during spring, summer and winter breaks.

Community Development – Burnside Gorge Community News with a distribution of 8,000; Community History projects; Public Art projects; environmental initiatives such as Friends of Cecelia Ravine and the Cecelia Ravine Community Gardens.

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Admin & Clerical

Family Centre

Children's International Summer Villages - Victoria

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Creating Homefulness Society- Woodwynn Farms

Mission Statement

Woodwynn Farms is a therapeutic community for the homeless with a unique and compassionate approach to helping people in need. Participants and volunteers live and work together on the farm, each day beginning with yoga along with mindfulness practices woven throughout the day. Meals are enjoyed together, consisting of nutritious, organic farm-grown food. This brings people back to health physically, spiritually, and mentally, so they can flourish and contribute to their communities. We operate by the motto believe in people until their ready to believe in themselves.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Woodwynn Farms Event Coordinator

Woodwynn Farms is a Therapeutic Community for the Homeless located in Central Saanich.


We are hoping to get one or more volunteers to join our team to work towards building and growing Woodwynn’s community and social engagement.


We are specifically looking for someone to take on an Events Coordinator role for both small and medium scale events for Woodwynn to increase community awareness of our program, our market, and peace garden, while additionally fostering community building and connection.

We are looking for volunteers who have, or seek, experience with marketing, social media, and event planning, although this experience is not required!
The time commitment is flexible and some projects can be worked on individually over the computer. Team meetings will be arranged regularly as needed.

This is a unique, fun and valuable opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a well-known charitable organization.
Please let me know if you would like any additional information or are interested in joining our Team.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

-Woodwynn Farms

 

Creatively United for the Planet Society

Mission Statement

Creatively United for the Planet is a registered not-for-profit society dedicated to empowering communities and individuals to take better care of the Earth.

We showcase and celebrate the important work that people are doing to make a difference to ensure where we live, work, eat, play and study remains beautiful, vibrant, healthy and resilient.

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Disaster Aid Canada

Mission Statement

At the Soap for Hope Program of Disaster Aid Canada, we are dedicating to meeting the hygiene needs of the needy in our community, here on Vancouver Island and abroad in disaster relief. Two years ago, our Executive Director, Anne McIntyre, was collecting lightly or unused hygiene products from hotels to send overseas in Disaster Aid kits when she asked herself if there was a need for these soaps here in Victoria. She quickly discovered that the answer was not only yes, but many shelters had no budget for hygiene products. This means that if they need to buy soap, then this money has to be diverted from food or other essential programs. 

In the last two years, we have grown to service 26 different shelters/ transitional houses or community centers on Vancouver Island. By diverting hygiene products such as shampoos, bar soaps and lotions that would normally be thrown into the trash, we have been able to help homeless individuals regain their dignity and health while protecting the environment.

Our Mission

To provide and assist in delivering humanitarian aid, shelter, sustainable water systems and hygiene products to people affected by natural and other disasters, or with compelling local need.

How We Fulfill Our Mission

By collecting lightly used or unused products from the hotel and accommodations industry, we divert waste from landfills and help people in need. Our service to the community means we connect and build relationships in the accommodations industry and those organizations that service homeless or at-risk individuals. We process these products to make sure they are clean and organized to make the biggest impact, then arrange for delivery or pick up to our local community or to send overseas. 

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Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre

Mission Statement

To conserve nature on south Vancouver Island

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Fairfield Gonzales Community Association

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Volunteer Opportunities

Friends Uniting for Nature Society

Mission Statement

FUN Society is a dynamic, youth-driven organization dedicated to making learning about the environment and becoming an agent for positive change a fun and rewarding experience. FUN Society is a registered Canadian charity that creates and runs hands-on environmental education programs for kids and youth.

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Gardens at HCP (Horticulture Centre of the Pacific)

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The HCP will achieve its vision by effectively executing its mission of:

  • Providing an inspiring natural learning environment in which visitors and students can learn responsible horticulture and conservation practices and the importance of plants to a sustainable world.
  • Reaching out to our community and the world with innovative education programs that connect people, especially children, with plants and nature and increase awareness of the importance and fragility of our natural environment.
  • Developing, cataloguing and displaying a rich collection of plants that demonstrates the rich heritage of plants that can be grown in our climate and contributes to the protection of biodiversity.
  • Demonstrating responsible stewardship of our conservation lands through our sustainable management practices, habitat restoration and education programs.
  • Providing high quality, accredited education for horticulture professionals by responding to the needs of the horticulture industry and our students through innovative programs.
  • Engaging in research with partners in plant sciences to expand our knowledge of native plants and their importance for biodiversity and sources of food.

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Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team Society

Mission Statement

Originally formed in 1999 as a comprehensive partnership of experts, the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team Society (GOERT) is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the recovery of Garry Oak ecosystems, one of the three most endangered in Canada. GOERT accomplishes species and ecosystem recovery through: education and outreach to highlight their significant conservation value; addressing knowledge gaps pertaining to the status or recovery of at-risk species; and by undertaking on-the-ground stewardship to protect and restore these endangered ecosystems and the species at risk that inhabit them. We are proud of our many achievements to date – including our award winning Garry Oak Gardener’s Handbook – which could not have been accomplished without the hundreds of volunteers who support us.

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Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society

Mission Statement

The Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society is a registered non-profit society governed by a volunteer board of directors whose mandate is to encourage and promote the use of the bicycle as a viable form of transportation.

Now in its 21st year, the Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week provides individuals the opportunity to experience cycling in a safe, fun way. Participants learn cycling is an enjoyable and feasible option for everyday transportation, particularly for commuting to work.

The Society started Bike to Work Week 21 years ago and hosts the provinces largest annual Bike to Work Week event. We also provide urban bike skills courses to the public building confidence and safety in commuter cycling. Click here to register in a course today.

Learn more here: http://biketoworkvictoria.ca/

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Volunteer Opportunities

Greater Victoria Placemaking Network

Mission Statement

Greater Victoria Placemaking Network

Our Mission is to inspire people, neighbourhoods and communities to create vibrant public places that promote health, happiness and well-being. 

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Habitat Acquisition Trust

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Volunteer Opportunities

James Bay Market Society

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Life Cycles Project Society

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Oaklands Community Association

Mission Statement

Strengthening the Oaklands community by providing programs, services, and resources for its residents, businesses and visitors. 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Peninsula Streams Society

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RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values & Environmental Needs)

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Rocky Point Bird Observatory

Mission Statement

Rocky Point Bird Observatory’s mission is to conserve birds through long-term ecological monitoring, scientific research and community outreach. Our primary role is to monitor the population trends, productivity and survivorship of songbirds in coastal British Columbia through daily surveys and bird banding. We also have a strong commitment to public education and training.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Saanich Parks - Pulling Together Volunteer Program

Mission Statement

Saanich's Pulling Together Volunteer Program supports volunteer efforts to remove invasive plants and restore ecosystems. We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities to join in with our efforts to care for and restore the unique ecosystems of Saanich. 

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Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

Mission Statement

The mission of the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is to create advocates for our oceans, especially for the Salish Sea that surrounds us.

Our Volunteers(Oceaneers) serve as interpreters in our family friendly aquarium. There also are positions as aquarist  and school program assistants.

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Southern Vancouver Island Nature Trails Society

Mission Statement

Mission - The Nature Trails Society will connect communities by formalizing the managed         access of a world class outdoor recreation network of shared use trails for all ages, abilities, and            experiences.

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Uncategorized

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

Mission Statement

To foster appreciation of nature and provide experiences that will develop personal responsibility for the care and protection of the environment.

General Interests

General Volunteer Opportunities

The Land Conservancy (TLC)

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Volunteer Opportunities

Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group

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Volunteer Opportunities

Victoria Compost Education Centre

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Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

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Victoria Marine Rescue Society

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Volunteer Access Program (at Volunteer Victoria)

Volunteer Access

Have you been challenged by mental health or substance use? Volunteer Access can provide you support towards your volunteering goals. 

Volunteer Access Mental Health Visiting & Activity Program

The Mental Health Visiting & Activity program matches community volunteers with individuals living in mental health group homes to provide companionship and reduce isolation.  

Join the Mental Health Visiting & Activity Program

Do you want to make a difference in the life of someone with mental illness? We are seeking volunteers to assist resident living in mental health group homes where isolation and loneliness can negatively impact their lives. Volunteers may visit, go for walks, provide fitness programs, teach arts and crafts, play board games, go to movies, or enjoy a common interest in the community.

We are looking for enthusiastic, compassionate and inclusive volunteers

Your time and companionship can have a huge positive effect—and it's so rewarding!

  • Social companions for both men and women to go for walks and talk, or have coffee and conversation with a resident
  • Program leaders for group home activities such as playing cards or board games
  • Arts program assistants
  • Provide fitness programs or accompany a resident to the gym or activity centre
  • Therapeutic yoga teachers at various sites
  • Do you have a musical talent to share? Playing piano or guitar at a group home will brighten the lives of the residents

These volunteer positions can provide invaluable experience for students or persons interested in mental health, psychiatry and other health-related fields. 

Ongoing support and training is provided.

For more information

Please contact the Volunteer Access Program Coordinator at accessprogram@volunteervictoria.bc.ca or call 250.386.2269 for an appointment. 

Volunteer Access is funded by Island Health Mental Health and Substance Use Services and operated by Volunteer Victoria 

World Fisheries Trust

Mission Statement

World Fisheries Trust is dedicated to the equitable and sustainable use and conservation of aquatic biodiversity. 

General Interests

Environmental Education

Environmental Research/Monitoring

Uncategorized

YMCA-YWCA of Greater Victoria

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Volunteer Opportunities