Island Savings


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.


Volunteer Awards

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?

Community Grants

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.



Cobble Hill resident, George Baird is donating his $1,500 award to Shawnigan Cobble Hill Farmers Institute & Agricultural Society. George has been volunteering with 4-H and the Farmers Institute since 1959. He was President of the organization and is now a director on the Farmers Institute Board and he is the longstanding Chair of the Cobble Hill Fair. The Fair raises money for the Institute so they can sponsor 4-H, the South Cowichan Seniors luncheons, the spring and Christmas Concerts with funds going to the Food Bank and a wide variety of other activities in the community. As a youngster, George became involved in the 4-H movement – teaching him the value of community and commitment to goals. George's willingness to participate and to enable others is inspiring. His steadfast commitment to community and to young people enriches the lives of those living in South Cowichan. George's decades of involvement provides an historical prospective, practical advice and very willing hands.



Island resident, Jane Wolverton is donating her $1,500 award to The Galiano Club. For the past 14 years, Jane has been volunteering with the Galiano Club and playing a key role in many events for the community organization. She helped create a food program to improve food security on the island - breaking down isolation and barriers and passing on skills. The program took off and now touches almost everyone on the island - community pot lucks to school food programs, soup luncheons to meals for those in need, and growing, gleaning and seed saving. Jane truly enjoys building teams and believes in people's capacity to change and grow.



Victoria resident, Gil Tourigny is donating his $1,500 award to ParkinGo Wellness Society. Gil has been instrumental in the development of ParkinGo, a centre to provide exercise classes for people with Parkinson’s disease. Gil has taken on the role of director for the organization, mentors other directors and has met with the head of neuroscience at UVic and head of clinical services at Island Health Authority to learn more about the disease and how the wellness centre can help. He has secured a $500,000 grant to build a permanent home for the centre on the corner of Blanshard and Hillside in Victoria and it is set to open this fall. Without Gil’s hard work and determination, ParkinGo wouldn’t be able to obtain their goal of being a Parkinson’s wellness centre serving the Greater Victoria communities.



Congratulations to Saanich Neighbourhood Place - winner of our $50,000 #SimpleGenerosity community grant! Saanich Neighbourhood Place provides important support services to Island families. They will be transforming the underutilized woodsy space behind G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre into a natural wonderland called “The Little Woods” for very young children to enjoy. As part of the makeover they’ll be removing invasive plant species, adding forts, platforms and other fun play structures, and building perimeter fencing to provide a secure outdoor play area for Victoria families. We can’t wait to see the final result!



Salt Spring Island resident, Cherie Gouvreau is donating her $1,500 award to Salt Spring Island Women Opposed to Violence Association. When Cherie first moved to Salt Spring Island, she was involved with SWOVA and it was a life changing experience for her. Now, for the last 15 years, Cherie has been helping establish the Copper Kettle Community Partnership - focused on finding solutions to end homelessness on Salt Spring Island. Her modest and caring nature makes her an exceptional volunteer. Cherie cares so passionately for helping people in her community and truly wears her heart on her sleeve.



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.




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.



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!


Thank you to our partner in #SimpleGenerosity.