Celebrating community leadership for Canada 150
In support of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Island Savings is celebrating community leadership across British Columbia by recognizing local volunteers, non-profit organizations and charities that are making meaningful contributions in our communities.
From our Volunteer Awards to our Community Grants, we are partnering with inspiring individuals and organizations and we are making our communities stronger together. We like to think of it as simple generosity.
We’re selecting 52 volunteers and empowering them to make a $1,500 donation, courtesy of First West Credit Union, to the non-profit of their choice.
Do you know someone who's making a difference? Is it you?
We're giving out a $50,000 grant to one organization to further a community-focused project, program or initiative.
Does your non-profit organization or charity have a community project or program that aims to enhance our communities for children and families?
The stories behind #SimpleGenerosity
Behind every dollar awarded there is a story of inspiration and generosity. We’re proud to share these stories – stories of your community – with you.
Melissa Morris, a resident of Vancouver Island is donating her $1,500 award to Our Place Society. Melissa began volunteering with Our Place Society six years ago, when she convinced her employer at the time to sponsor and serve a holiday meal. Today, Melissa visits this important community hub once a week to serve breakfast and share in conversation, taking the time to get to know the stories of each and every member. But her contributions don’t stop there! Melissa recently completed a comprehensive mental health & addictions program to better understand how to help neighbours-in-need in meaningful ways. Thank you for inspiring us, Melissa!
Vancouver Island resident Monty Bryant is donating his $1,500 award to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria and Area. A dedicated volunteer for the past 25 years, Monty has generously contributed his time on the Board of Directors and various committees. As a former educator and Associate School Superintendent, Monty was instrumental in implementing the In-School Mentoring program in partnership with local elementary schools. Through his efforts, Big Brothers Big Sisters is able to connect children with other caring volunteers who change lives, one relationship at a time. It’s clear Monty cares for his community and the children supported by Big Brothers Big Sisters. Thank you for inspiring us, Monty!
Vancouver Islander Kristy Martin Hale is donating her $1,500 award to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley. It’s been 11 years since Kristy first became a big sister, and to this day these two regularly spend time hiking the Island’s great outdoors, swimming, skating, doing crafts and just hanging out. With remarkable compassion, Kristy is always a source of encouragement for her little sister—a shoulder to lean on during difficult times, and a cheerleader there to celebrate every success. It’s no surprise that these two will be lifelong friends! Also a positive advocate for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Kristy leads by example—her story illustrates the benefits of mentorship, and encourages others to participate in the program. Thank you for inspiring us Kristy!