It's National Volunteer Week April 6-12, 2014

The Lake Country community is well known for its strong sense of community spirit. The altruistic activities that take place throughout Lake Country are not just done by the highly-visible volunteer service organizations such as the Lions Club, Kiwanis and Rotary, Food Bank, Hospital Auxiliary, or various church groups. We see every age group and every ability getting involved in diverse aspects of community service in Lake Country.

Volunteers are often the unsung heroes in our community that work hard to improve the quality of life for all. We thank and celebrate all Lake Country volunteers!

Volunteering has a meaningful, positive impact on our community. But did you know that it can have many benefits for you too? Some of the reasons to volunteer are: sense of achievement in helping others; connecting with others with similar interests; discover a new talent or learn a new skill; boost your career options; be a role model for your children by giving of your resources, time and energy; relax and get energized by giving back to the community and creating a balance in your life. Show others what you are passionate about and perhaps you will inspire them too.

Thank you for getting involved!

There is often a need for more volunteers, so this blog post is intended to give readers an idea of some of the current needs in Lake Country.

Ever feel like you want to be a super hero, but not big on risking your life? . . . Here's a group you could get involved with and make a difference to the safety of Lake Country residents:

Lake Country Citizens Patrol is looking for volunteers who are concerned about making their community a safer place. Organized programs such as Citizens on Patrol, Speed Watch, Auto Crime and Child I.D. have been running in the community for 26 years. If you are 19 or older, have a valid driver's licence and no criminal record, and can dedicate a few hours a month, please call Richard at 250-766-3681 or Bill at 250-540-5231 or leave a message at 250-766-5400.

Wanted to be a doctor or nurse, but med school was too intimidating?. . . be a support:

The Lake Country Health Planning Society is a non-profit organization that has been in the community since 1982. Since the launch of this organization the group has worked hard to advocate for improvements to health and social services in the community. Today many organizations within Lake Country such as BC Ambulance Service, Lake Country Lodge and Manor, and Lake Country Seniors Lunch Buffet exist because the members saw a need in the community and advocated for change. Please consider volunteering your time to support Lake Country Health Planning Society as a Board member or committee participant for the Better at Home program or the Health and Wellness Fair. Call 778-215-5247 or email

Find yourself singing: "I'm gonna pop some tags; only got twenty dollars in my pocket I wear your granddad's clothes, I look incredible . . ."

Lake Country Food Assistance Society is working on the set up of a new thrift store location on Berry Road next to L'Isola Bella restaurant. The hours of operation will be determined by the number and availability of volunteers. Please call 250-766-0125 if you would like to get involved.

Feel like a pop star, rock band drummer or sports commentator, every time you are alone in the car with the radio on? . . .

Lake Country Open Air Performance Society plans weekly free concerts in the parks on Saturday evenings around Lake Country through July and August each year. In addition to the volunteer board, additional assistance is needed to secure sponsors and prize donors; contract performers; develop marketing materials; arrange catering; and help at each performance to: set up and take down the small shade structure, collect donations, host and emcee the evening as well as manage the nightly sponsored prize draw. Email or visit the website at

Thinking of other organized groups in our community that accomplish a significant amount of volunteer work, the following come to mind:


Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team

Carr's Landing Community & Recreation Association

Community Hall Association of Okanagan Centre

Community Volunteer Income Tax Preparation

Connect Communities


Lake Country Art Gallery

Lake Country Boys & Girls Club

Lake Country Citizens Patrol / Community Policing

Lake Country Health Planning Society

Lake Country Museum

Lake Country Open Air Performance Society

Lake Country Senior Activity Society

Lake Country Seniors Bus

Lake Country Senior Housing Society

Oceola Fish and Game Club

Okanagan Small Dog Rescue Society

Oyama Community Club

Parent Advisory Committees (at each school)

Scouts Canada

Seniors Bus Society

The Lakes Community Association

Walk Around Lake Country (WALC)

Take time to visit their websites, show your support, or get involved in a cause that you are passionate about.

Feel free to comment on this blog post to share your appreciation or experiences in dealing with any of the volunteer groups in Lake Country; or let us know if we've missed a group you are involved with.