A Boat for Hope Volunteer Share’s Their Story

The summer brings a busy event season for Variety BC and the commitment and dedication of our volunteers is key to the success of these events. We are privileged that many individuals and groups offer their time and talents to Variety year-round. In the summer especially, volunteerism is the driving force behind our fundraisers and offers ample opportunities for volunteers to give back to families in their communities. Samantha, a corporate volunteer from Teekay, offered her perspective of this year’s Boat for Hope in Vancouver:

“Each year I look forward to volunteer at the Boat For Hope event. When the skippers (and their friends and family), volunteers, service groups, firefighters and corporate supporters all work together, that itself just speaks volumes and the energy on the water, dock and land is radiating!

One of my favorite moments is when the kids return back from the water with a huge smile on their faces and share with me their pirate adventure on the high seas. I still remember that one big strong high-five I got from Peter many years ago when I first met him and his mother on the dock, and I got another high-five from him a couple years ago when he returned from the high sea. Saw Peter again this year – no high-five but he gave us the biggest smile when we’re taking a photo with him.

The parents and/or the caregivers of these children are always so thankful and grateful of what we do but I always say to them what we do is nothing compare to what they need to do to take care of their children and the challenges they face in their day-to-day lives.” – Samantha Heng from Teekay

We believe that working as a team means bigger and better results. We’re so grateful to work with over 3000 volunteers each year who offer us their hands and hearts to help us help kids. Looking to volunteer or put on your own fundraiser? Get involved with us today!

For more information or to support Variety, visit our financials page or donate today!

Have a story you want to share? We’d love to hear from you, email Shannon here.

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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 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