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I love reading obituary notices in the newspaper

Article for May 2024

South Okanagan Similkameen Community Connections Volunteer Centre

Prepared by Laura Turnbull

Board Chairperson

I love reading obituary notices in the newspaper.  They tell such wonderful accounts of a person’s life story.  Information about working life, and family and friends is shared with much warmth and love.  I am regularly struck by the amount of volunteering that the person has done.  Often beginning as a young parent helping with school activities, sporting leagues, programs like Cubs and Brownies, and let’s not forget the Women’s organizations of the community. In later years we read about helping in the hospital, being part of service organizations, and involvement in political parties.  All of this and more tells the story of a complex and wonderful individual.

I can’t help wondering what our life story will say.  Will it talk about service to the community?  Will it speak of helping to make groups and organizations function more effectively?  Are we as committed to our community as our forebearers were?  These certainly are probing questions.

I became involved in the South Okanagan Similkameen Community Connections Volunteer Centre in 2012 out of my desire to give some time and energy to an organization I believed in.  Having been a volunteer since I was a young teenager it seemed natural that I would help others get involved in volunteering.  We have over 40 member organizations connected to us and many more who utilize our resources.  With over 1,000 volunteers that interact with us, we are busy!  We promote and advocate for volunteerism in the region.  

Perhaps you are an active volunteer and are looking for information that will help you to become an even more informed helper in the organization, or possibly you have been thinking about volunteering but don’t know where to start, then the SOSCC Volunteer Centre is the place to turn to.  Subrina Monteith, the Executive Director would like to meet with you.  Call for an appointment at 1-888-576-5661. or check out the website:

Why not make the South Okanagan Similkameen Community Connections Volunteer Centre and one or more of its many organizations, festivals, and activities part of your life story.  You won’t regret it!

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