Established in 1919, The Royal Commonwealth Society Vancouver Island Branch (RCSVI) is the oldest RCS branch in Canada. Inspired by the original “Colonial Society” established in 1868, RCSVI was created by community leaders to create a social bond between the residents of Victoria and London, UK, which, in turn, would enhance positive trade relations and international camaraderie.
In 2017, the Vancouver Island branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society took another change to meet the needs of the 21st Century, developing a new Constitution and Bylaws. The new Society is now incorporated by the Province of British Columbia (#S0067335) and registered as a charity with Revenue Canada (CRA #717951693RR0001). The purpose of the Society in the modern era is to be supportive of the Commonwealth Charter through Respect, Curiosity, and Service.
In December 2018, RCSVI celebrated the creation of an Education Legacy Fund (an ELF) as an endowment with the Victoria Foundation to guarantee a source of revenue to support youth in building their knowledge and experience of life in the Commonwealth.
In 2020, RCSVI announced the launch of a new project to create a grove of trees in Victoria. Read more here.
RCSVI is pleased to announce the Board members for 2020-2021: Mary Bernard, Dave Friend, Tony Goodman, Koby Grewal, Sayge Klein, Donna Otto, David Spence (President), Nikki Tellem, and John Western.
The Society also received for 2020, from the FlagStone Fund (Victoria Foundation), a grant of $16,000.