Victoria resident Barb McVagh has been donating to the United Way for more than 45 years.

Victoria United Way fetes longtime donors

United Way hosts tea for longtime donors and volunteers at Government House

Donating and volunteering for any length of time is laudable.

But how about donating to your favourite charity for nearly five decades, and for good measure, volunteering another 30 years?

Victoria resident Barb McVagh has done just that, and on Wednesday was celebrated by the United of Greater Victoria at a Red Feather tea at Government House along with 475 other donors for more than 25 years of dedication to the movement.

“United Way is my social conscience,” says McVagh. “They can do for my community what I cannot, and so I give.”

Serving the insurance industry for the length of her career, McVagh was influenced by an employer who believed in United Way. She learned the fine art of perpetual giving, embracing the ideal of giving back over the long term.

In addition to her years of generosity, McVagh also volunteered for more than 30 years with United Way’s leaders committee.

“Barb McVagh is a dedicated patron who shares our vision to improve life for thousands of local citizens,” says Patricia Jelinski, CEO of United Way.

“She has taught us so much in giving wisely of her time, her knowledge, and with consistent generosity which enriches our community greatly. All our Red Feather donors represent the foundation of our community, uniting for change to build a stronger, more inclusive and caring community.”

Her years with the leaders committee brought her an even deeper understanding of United Way and Greater Victoria’s needs.

“I really learned how United Way improves our community,” says McVagh.

McVagh has also been involved with other charities over the years.

But she has always remained with the United Way.

“Everybody should be giving to United Way,” says McVagh, who, in a word, describes the organization as “necessary.”

“They care. They believe. And they ensure every penny goes where it can do the most good.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vancouver Island hasn’t seen a new homegrown case of COVID-19 in two weeks

Island’s low and steady transmission rate chalked up to several factors

Three people facing mischief charges after protests at Premier John Horgan’s home

Special prosecutor was appointed to avoid real or perceived undue influence

VIDEO: Saanich police tackle man who refused to move off Trans-Canada Highway

At this point, it is unclear why the man refused to move

Crime stats show a shift in Oak Bay during COVID-19

Thefts from automobiles, marinas up this spring

Suspected thief drops backpack of stolen goods and runs

Oak Bay Police use K9 for suspicious male

Trudeau to seek 10 days of paid sick leave for Canadian workers, says talks are ongoing

Paid sick leave is key to keeping COVID-19 spread under control, prime minister says

COVID-19 cases next to nil on Vancouver Island

Only one COVID-19 patient being treated at Island Health’s hospitals

Andrew Weaver says he was ready to defeat John Horgan government

Independent MLA blasts B.C. Greens over LNG opposition

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

44% fewer passengers flew on Canadian airlines in March 2020 than in 2019

COVID-19 pandemic has hit airlines hard as travel remains low

Commercial rent relief applications open as feds encourage landlords to apply

Program would see government cover 50 per cent of the rent

For the record

A correction to the May 20 Rickter Scale

COVID-19: B.C. park reservations surge as campgrounds reopen

Keep trying, many sites not reservable, George Heyman says

B.C. residents can now reserve a provincial campsite for a stay starting June 1

Campsite reservations will only be available to British Columbians

Most Read