Get involved with your vibrant, dynamic and sustainable community
Whatever your skills, interests and availability there are many ways to volunteer and get involved. Our neighbourhood has wonderful community groups and 'Friends of' parks volunteers. If you want to have fun, help out, or do some hands-on practical work, these groups would love to hear from you.
Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary
Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary is a unique site in Saanich, a paradise for walkers, birders and nature lovers. The Sanctuary promotes community awareness with nature talks for various ages, provides ongoing habitat restoration by hardworking volunteers, and has a hugely popular spring plant sale to provide much need funds for the organization. For more information please check their website: https://www.swanlake.bc.ca/
Friends of Cedar Hill Park
Do you enjoy working in nature and being outdoors? The Friends of Cedar Hill Park have volunteered to preserve and restore the natural areas of the Park since 2006. Cedar Hill Park is one of Saanich’s largest public parks. Home to Cedar Hill Golf Course, it is a beautiful natural area with many indigenous species of plants, birds and animals; large copses of Garry Oak; Kings Pond and Bowker Creek.
Please join us! We work every Monday morning from 9 am to noon to remove invasive species and plant indigenous shrubs and trees in collaboration with Saanich Parks’ Pulling Together Program. In the fall and spring we host work parties at Bowker Creek and Kings Pond. For more information, please check the FCHP website:
Saanich Volunteer Services
Saanich Volunteer Services Society (SVSS) supports and promotes the wellbeing of Saanich residents through coordinated volunteer services and connections to community resources from its office at McRae House in Cedar Hill Park. For over 27 years, Saanich Volunteers have fostered and supported a truly unique and genuine community of neighbours helping neighbours, providing the following to seniors and disabled residents of Saanich: supportive transportation - giving clients a ride to a variety of medical and non-medical appointments; companion visits; help with gardening and yard work and minor home repairs; shopping assistance; delivering food hampers, completing income tax returns and many other activities associated with living independently in one's own home.
SVSS supports our seniors to age actively, enjoy good health and remain independent and involved in the community. Learn more about how to access the above services or to become a volunteer.