About Us


Saanich Volunteer Services Society was founded in the fall of 1992 and began operation with initial funding from the Municipality of Saanich.  The Volunteer Services Sub-Committee of Healthy Saanich 2000 and the Victoria Volunteer Bureau identified the need for one-to-one volunteer services in Saanich.  In their 1990 report entitled Volunteer-Provided Direct Services in Greater Victoria the first recommendation on volunteer services in the Capital Regional District was:

“The lack of volunteer based direct services in Saanich should be addressed.  With an estimated 1989 population of 89,190 people, this developing municipality has the largest population of any area in the Capital Regional District.  In spite of this population base, age integrated volunteer services are not universally available throughout the region.”

Mission Statement

“The Society promotes independent living and enhances quality of life for Saanich residents by providing coordinated volunteer services and connection to community resources.”

The Society meets these needs by matching trained volunteers with Saanich residents of all ages who request service.  The Society provides high quality volunteer training to volunteers, all of whom provide their volunteer service without remuneration.

Operational Structure

A volunteer Board of Directors directs the Society under the leadership of President Blair Matheson.
Four regular part time staff are employed by the Society: Gail Snider – Executive Director, Caroline Herbert – Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Sandi Best – Office Coordinator, and Linda Dawson-Reid – Community Services Coordinator.  Ten volunteer receptionists handle reception duties and dispatch drivers during a four hour shift, as many as 147 volunteers deliver companionship and service to 1,071 of Saanich’s residents.

The Municipality of Saanich provides office space at Mcrae House, 1445 Ocean View Road, near the 9th tee of Cedar Hill Golf Course.




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Serving the community since 1992, Saanich Volunteer Services matches people who need help with those eager to provide it. Driving to appointments, companionship, help with light yard work and minor home repairs are just a few of the ways we contribute to a healthy Saanich. Volunteers offer support to adults that need a hand to continue to live independently. Our Community Services Coordinator gives clients access to a wealth of information about community services and programs available throughout the region that meet the clients’ unique needs.

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