By News Editor Aislinn Cottell

Want to help improve your community? Looking for some experience to bolster your resume? 

On April 8, Volunteer Nanaimo (VN) is hosting the Nanaimo Volunteer Fair for 10 am – 5 pm at Woodgrove Centre. The Fair is a networking event aimed at raising awareness for local not-for-profit organizations, as well as connecting those in the community looking for volunteering opportunities to places where their help is needed. This year’s Fair was organized by three MBA students as part of a co-op, and there will be prizes available. 

Volunteer Nanaimo is a multi-service volunteer centre which has been serving the Nanaimo area for almost 40 years. Working with over 800 local non-profit and community based programs, the goal of VN is to enhance the quality of life in Nanaimo by promoting volunteerism and providing leadership and resources to local non-profit and community groups. In addition, VN helps facilitate community services such as the Community Income Tax Service, which provides tax assistance to those of low income, pensions, or disability services; the Vancouver Island Community Knitter’s Association (VICKA), which collects locally knitted clothing to donate to those in need; and the Youth Volunteer Network, which offers youth opportunities to collaborate on community projects submitted by local not-for-profits.

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday VN is holding the 150×150 challenge: volunteer for 150 hours in 2017 to be entered into a contest to win prizes . For more information on volunteering in Nanaimo, visit the VN website at, or call 250-758-7121.

Aislinn is a third year Bachelor of Arts and Science student majoring in creative writing and minoring in chemistry. New to The Nav team this year, she’s enjoying finding out about all the interesting things happening on campus. Her hobbies include reading, drawing, Netflix, and the copious consumption of coffee.