Revelstoke’s passion for volunteering showcased at annual fair

Revelstoke's annual Volunteer Fair took place during the Welcome Week Community Dinner.

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Jodi Kay dressed up as a strawberry to promote the Revelstoke Local Food Initiative during the volunteer fair. Photo: Melissa Jameson.

Revelstoke’s passion for volunteerism was front and centre at the Volunteer Fair and Community Dinner on Tuesday evening. A total of 26 volunteer organizations had information displays set up inside the Revelstoke Community Centre. The Volunteer Fair was included as part of the Welcome Week Community Dinner.

Jodi Kay of Revelstoke Local Food Initiative stood out in her strawberry costume. Kay was promoting the group’s upcoming Stock the Pantry Party at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre on December 5.

“The local food initiative is very active in the summer and we figured this is a great opportunity to meet people who come here for the winter and maybe decide to stay for the summer,” said Kay.

Lexi Ast (left) and Angela Brule were at the volunteer fair promoting Project Prom. Photo: Melissa Jameson/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Project Prom coordinators Lexi Ast and Angela Brule were also hoping to gain the attention of fair attendees. Their display included a newly donated prom dress. Brule began Project Prom seven years ago after she was given a dress to be altered. A young woman brought in a dress she had borrowed from a friend for graduation.

“It was a dress her friend had worn as a Halloween costume down at the flats. I couldn’t give her that. I had to give her something different,” said Brule.

Brule asked Ast to help out with promoting Project Prom a few years ago. The project provides prom-related formal wear and accessories for Revelstoke youth. This is done through the collection of donated items which Brule then alters to fit each individual.

Renita Swan encouraged people to sign up to volunteer for the Revelstoke Multicultural Society's annual Carousel of Nations. The event celebrates multiculturalism in Revelstoke. Photo: Melissa Jameson.
Renita Swan encouraged people to sign up to volunteer for the Revelstoke Multicultural Society’s annual Carousel of Nations. The event celebrates multiculturalism in Revelstoke. Photo: Melissa Jameson

Other volunteer groups at the fair were:

– Revelstoke Humane Society

– Revelstoke Community Response Network

– North Columbia Environmental Society

– Revelstoke Community Foundation

– Revelstoke Adaptive Sports Program

– Community Connections Food Recovery Program

– Revelstoke Elks Lodge

– Okanagan College Settlement & Immigration Services

– Revelstoke Hospice Society

– Revelstoke Crime Stoppers

– Revelstoke United Church Soup and a Smile Program

– Revelstoke CYMHSU Local Action Team

– Revelstoke Senior Citizen’s Association

– Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild

– Aboriginal Friendship Society of Revelstoke

– Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society

– Community Christmas Dinner

– Public Health

– Railway Museum

– Community Futures

– Revelstoke Museum & Archives

– Revelstoke Multicultural Society

– Red Cross Loan Cupboard

– Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy

Jill Pratt of Okanagan College settlement services chats with a potential volunteer. Photo: Melissa Jameson.

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Melissa Jameson
Melissa Jameson is the civic affairs reporter for the Revelstoke Mountaineer. She handles the newsy side of goings on about Revelstoke. Got a news tip? Feel free to contact Melissa at melissa@revelstokemountaineer.com