August Vital People Roundup

While August is a month of summer vacations and warm weather, it’s also a time of transition into the fall season and the school year. There are many ways we can support our communities during this time of change. See stories below highlighting Vital People working to make their community a better place.


Sandra Richardson

Sandra Richardson: A time of renewal and reflection

“The anticipation of something can be just as exciting as the actual moment. It feels like yesterday we were dreaming of summer vacations, warm weather and beaches. While those moments start to fade, there’s anticipation growing for a new time of year, a time of renewal, re-commitment and reflection.”

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Kids Klub distributes nutritious free lunches to schoolchildren

As the school year begins and children return to school, a Christian-based non-profit organization is ensuring no child goes hungry by feeding young minds through a free Brown Bag Lunch Program.

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Child eating lunch packed in brown bag.

A child eats a free nutritious lunch provided by Kids Klub, Christian-based non-profit organization who are feeding young minds through a free Brown Bag Lunch Program. Photo submitted by Kids Klub


Stigma-Free Society helps with youth mental health issues

The Stigma-Free Society has transitioned to a virtual-only future as it gives parents and educators the tools to help school-age youth and teens cope with mental health and well being issues, with a new online Student Mental Health Toolkit.

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Andrea Paquette from Stigma-Free Society

Andrea Paquette of the Stigma Free Society, which provides resources for educators, school counsellors, parents and guardians. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST


August Vital People Videos

Kiwanis Tea Room Volunteers: The Kiwanis Tea Room at Willows Beach in Oak Bay has drawn beachgoers for decades, but it wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of its amazing volunteers. Watch video

Country Grocer and BC Children’s Hospital: Country Grocer makes a difference in our community every year by donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to a wide variety of causes. They’re currently part of a BC Children’s Hospital tip tap kiosk campaign raising funds to support the many Vancouver Island kids needing to travel to Vancouver for treatment. Watch video

Government House Costume Museum: The newly expanded costume museum at Government House showcases a large variety of stunning pieces. The museum takes visitors on a journey through the history of the Estate and Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Watch video

Ride for Parkinson’s Disease: 70-year-old Alf Todd is gearing up for his sixth annual ride for Parkinson’s disease in order to raise funds for the Parkinson Wellness Project. In his trek to peddle for a cure, he’s raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years. Watch video

Stigma-Free Society: Mental health has been a big issue during the pandemic and it’s certainly something we’re talking about more. There can still be a stigma, and that’s why Andrea Paquette started the Stigma-Free Society. Watch video