National Volunteer Week

Variety is the spice! National Volunteer Week is April 23-29, and this year’s theme is the concept of recognizing a broader definition of volunteering.

Volunteering can take many forms. Often Canadians across this large and diverse country are involved in volunteer activities and don’t even realize it!

Variety – the Children’s Charity and our fabulous volunteers are already onboard with a broad concept of volunteering. The opportunities to get involved with fundraising and helping children through Variety are many, varied and always changing. Our volunteers come with a wide variety of skills and abilities, and they are unfailing in their response. Sometimes we look at a potential volunteer opportunity and wonder if there is anyone who would want to do it, yet someone almost always steps up! The enthusiasm, commitment and adaptability of Variety volunteers make our team a pleasure to engage with and support.

The past half year has been a period of change. We’ve adapted to a one-day Telethon in February, which was preceded by a new partner event, Variety Week, last fall. We’re not rolling posters this spring, but we’re getting volunteer help with research and thank you calls. Recently we introduced a new volunteer management system, which enables online registration and shift sign-ups. Volunteers can also print their own service reports or a calendar with all their volunteer dates listed! Gradually, staff and many of the more than 3000 Variety volunteers are adapting to the new system and enjoying it. They can register for a shift on their phones while riding Skytrain and invite their friends to join in! The resulting administrative efficiencies mean that there’s more time for planning, recognition and listening to what volunteers have to say.

You are an integral part of a larger group of 12.7 million Canadians who volunteer throughout the country. The diverse ways people express their caring for their communities and their environment in this country is truly inspirational. Variety thanks you for the many ways you support our organization, turning your caring thoughts and enthusiasm into actions that impact and improve the lives of children throughout British Columbia!

Thank you and best wishes for 2017!

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Dear Variety Family,

During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation, our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of our Variety donors, families, members, supporters, volunteers and all British Columbians.

Variety BC has been here for more than 50 years ensuring kids with special needs thrive. I would like to assure you that during this uncertain time, we will continue to be here for BC’s kids with special needs.

I also would like to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward:

  • In keeping with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations, we will be postponing all Variety events between March 16th and April 30th including our One Night in the Valley Gala on Saturday, April 4th at the Glass House Estate Winery
  • We have closed the Variety Office as a precautionary measure and are having employees set up to work-from-home. All in-person meetings will be moved to teleconference. We will evaluate working “virtually” on a week-to-week basis while actively monitoring the evolution of this global pandemic and returning to regular operating procedures once health authorities deem it safe for our staff to do so.
  • Due to our office closure, we have postponed the shipping of Robert Bateman’s Woodworkers – Pilated Woodpeckers posters and our Variety water bottles. Anyone looking for tax receipts will receive them via email
  • With the closure of BC’s schools, the need to ensure our kids are supported has never been so great. As such, our Heart of Variety Fund will continue to accept grant accept applications by e-mail.
    Like all of you, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate with you on important health and safety measures and decisions regarding events regularly.

We encourage you to stay informed by visiting BC Centre for Disease Control’s website at www.bccdc.ca and the Government of Canada’s website at www.canada.ca/en/publichealth/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.

We are grateful for your support as we navigate through this uncertain time.

Thank you,


Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC