Letters from Santas: August 2016

Everyone talks about our Christmas Hamper program, but do you know what keeps Santas Anonymous busy through the rest of the year? Follow our “Letters from Santas” series to find out what we’re doing, who we’re helping out, and what’s going on behind the scenes.

Every month, we’ll talk about our current work and invite a guest writer to share their perspective. You’ll learn a bit more about the people at the heart of Santas Anonymous, and why we love what we do.

August’s guest writer

Suzanne_ColeSo far, Letters from Santas have been written by our executive director, a board member, a volunteer, and a bear wrangler. This time around, we’ll hear from a member of our extended family: Suzanne Cole, the Executive Director of the Burnside Gorge Community Association (BGCA).

The BGCA provides a continuum of high-quality social and recreational programs and services that strengthen and support the lives of children, youth, and families throughout the Capital Regional District.

In addition to offering a wide variety of programs and services, the BGCA organizes special events such as the Selkirk Waterfront Festival, Gorge Waterway Cleanup, Halloween Monster Mash, Santa’s Pancake Breakfast, and the Community Christmas Dinner.

We’re grateful to have Suzanne share her perspective as an important partner of CFAX Santas Anonymous.

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Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow, Aug 13-14

13522736_10154401211367022_5016343380175596585_oFrom August 13-14, 2016, join Santa Bear and volunteers from Santas Anonymous at Michell R/C Airpark for Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow.

Hosted by the Victoria Radio Control Modelers Society, the airshow is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4:30pm, and includes a concession, 50/50 raffle, children’s activities, and free parking.

Admission is by donation, and all proceeds support Santas Anonymous. Bring your lawn chairs, sunscreen, and sun umbrellas, and enjoy the show!

Visit Google Maps for directions, and the Airshow Facebook page for the latest updates and information.

Letters from Santas: July 2016

Do you know what keeps Santas Anonymous busy throughout the year? Follow our “Letters from Santas” series to learn more about the people at the heart of Santas Anonymous, and why we love what we do.

July’s guest writer

SBThis month’s Letter from Santas is written by Robyn Byrne, who has filled a very special volunteer with Santas Anonymous since 2012. She’s our official bear wrangler! Robyn coordinates all of Santa Bear’s appearances throughout our community, and she’s always on the lookout for new opportunities.

If you’ve got an upcoming event, email us to find out if Santa Bear is available.
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Letters from Santas: June 2016

Do you know what keeps Santas Anonymous busy throughout the year? Follow our “Letters from Santas” series to learn more about the people at the heart of Santas Anonymous, and why we love what we do.

June’s guest writer

Russ_headshot_1This month’s Letter from Santas is written by Russ Wong, a volunteer with Santas Anonymous since 2013. As our communications coordinator, Russ works closely with our executive director and a dedicated group of volunteers who contribute to our website, social media, and special events throughout the year.

And every December, you’ll find him greeting families when they pick up their Christmas hampers at our warehouse, and making sure everyone receives a warm welcome.
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Our thanks to the Dobber Classic

June 3, 2016

Dobber Classic 2016

CFAX Santas Anonymous is grateful to Jim Pattison Lexus Victoria and the organizing committee of the 23rd annual Dobber Classic golf tournament! June 3 was a beautiful day to be outdoors, and everyone had a fantastic time at Cedar Hill Golf Course.

Thank you to everyone who come out to support Santas Anonymous, have fun, and make the 2016 Dobber Classic another great success!

 

Update on 2016 Special Grants

Due to existing commitments and ongoing support for flagship projects, CFAX Santas Anonymous Society will not hold a public grant cycle in 2016. The next announcement for special grant applications will take place in late spring of 2017.

Letters from Santas: May 2016

Do you know what keeps Santas Anonymous busy throughout the year? Follow our “Letters from Santas” series to learn more about the people at the heart of Santas Anonymous, and why we love what we do.

May’s guest writer

Eric Spurling sharpened 2x3 300 dpi sRGB for internetAt Santas Anonymous, our focus is typically on getting your donations to children and families in need as efficiently as we can. But as our programs have grown to support more people in the Greater Victoria, so has our footprint…and our bottom line.

For May’s Letter from Santa, we’ve invited Eric Spurling to talk about opportunities for you to celebrate LEAVE A LEGACY™ Month by supporting the CFAX Santas Anonymous Society.

Eric is the founder of Victoria-based Proline Management Ltd., and has served on the Santas Anonymous board of directors since 2011. He puts his expertise in real estate and business management to use as a member of our finance committee and as chair of our HR committee and legacy committee. Continue reading »