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John Howard Society of Central and South Okanagan
We're a registered charity with a long history of providing services in the Central and South Okanagan.
Our goal is to respond to the underlying issues of crime and to suppor...
1440 St. Paul Street
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 2E6
Causes we care about

  • Housing and Homelessness

  • Justice and Legal Services

  • Special Needs and Diverse Abilities

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
Social Mission
Autonomous non-government voluntary organizations have a vital role in the criminal justice process and in building healthy communities. The criminal justice process must include preventative measures, effective reintegration, and seek to resolve conflicts, repair harm, and restore peaceful relations in society by addressing underlying issues.
Businesses and organizations that we work with
Interior Savings
Central Okanagan Foundation
Do Some Good
Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc.
Kelowna Capital News
United Way Southern Interior BC
OGO Car Share
Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society
Community Living BC
Stories of our community involvement
Congratulations to our recent #SimpleGenerosity recipient from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Bob McCoubrey! He’s donating $1,500 to the Central Okanagan Community Farm Society. Bob has played a key role in the start-up of COCFS – an organization committed to growing food in the valley for those in need of fresh produce. Their mantra is “Grow. Feed. Teach” and Bob donates hundreds of hours each year to ensuring the farm’s success. Last year they donated 20,000 pounds of produce to local charities and food banks. Bob encourages volunteers from all walks of life, cultures and backgrounds to participate. He has brought Syrian refugees in to benefit from the program as well as students, children, single mothers, families, seniors as well as clients from the John Howard Society of Central and South Okanagan and Karis Support Society.
Know a volunteer doing good work in your community? Nominate them on Volinspire today: http://bit.ly/2ouTm67 #Canada150
Nominee: Bob McCoubrey <bobmccoubrey@telus.net>

Please provide the name and address of the organization this nominee volunteers with.


Central Okanagan Community Farm Society (C.O.C.F.S.)
1686 Camp Road, Lake Country, BC V4V1K1

How long has this nominee been volunteering with this organization?


4 years- Bob was the key leader who led the organization in start up and is now the Chair of the board. He has been extremely active in the day to day work on the two vegetable farms.


How does this nominee contribute to this organization? Describe the specific volunteer activities of this nominee.


The Central Okanagan Community Farm Society is a non-profit agency and the mantra is Grow. Feed. Teach. Bob has donated hundreds of hours in farm set up, prepping of the land, planting seedlings in the greenhouses, transplanting, direct seeding, weeding, harvesting, and delivering food to the Lake Country and Kelowna Food banks.
They also have an incubator farmer program where they receive applications from people who wish to learn organic farming practices and pair them with the support and education needed to grow their business. Bob has worked directly with the farmers to help grow their knowledge about organic vegetable farming.
Bob has also been very involved in raising awareness of the need for healthy food for all in the Okanagan Valley.


Why is this nominee an exceptional volunteer? Describe the ways the organization and community benefits from his/her volunteer contributions.


Bob has dedicated his life to farming. Now in his retirement, he is focusing on the needs of others who have limited access to healthy food. He spends many hours per day between April and October at the farms nurturing the plants and teaching the volunteers about gardening. He also spends countless hours during the winter months organizing for the coming year. With Bob's leadership, C.O.C.F.S. grows pesticide free produce for organizations such as The Salvation Army Central Okanagan Last year they donated 20,000 pounds of produce to local charities. Food banks from Salmon Arm down to Merritt and numerous nonprofits in between have benefitted. Bob also encourages volunteers from all walks of life, cultures and back grounds to participate. He has brought Syrian refugees in to benefit from the program as well as students, children, single mothers, families, seniors as well as clients from the John Howard Society of Central and South Okanagan and Karis Support Society.

John Howard Society of Central and South Okanagan is changing lives with their One Cup at a Time coffee shop. Stop in and support the new trainees as they work on their skills in the workplace.
OGO Car Share has partnered with the @Fruit Tree Project along with Central Okanagan Foundation and the City of Kelowna, to bring more fresh food to the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank, The Canadian Mental Health Association, Freedom's Door, Inn From the Cold - Kelowna , Karis Support Society, John Howard Society of Central and South Okanagan, and many more. Last year, the volunteers from the Fruit Tree Project picked over 58,000 lbs of fruit! Check out the video below.
https://youtu.be/x80NcC5cc2w
1440 St. Paul Street
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 2E6
Causes we care about

  • Housing and Homelessness

  • Justice and Legal Services

  • Special Needs and Diverse Abilities

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
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