Brenda MacFarlane: Victoria Hockey Legacy Society


I do not watch a lot of hockey. I once wanted to play hockey, but I never got further than adult power-skating lessons. I am not your typical hockey fan, yet I found myself on a leadership team hosting a fantastic event called Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada (January 17 to 20, 2024).

In February 2023, I learned that a group of people were lobbying to bring this national event to Victoria, and I thought I could step outside of my comfort zone and help. I currently sit as the board treasurer for a non-profit organization, and while I wasn’t looking for another large volunteering commitment, I knew that I could fit a special event into my busy schedule. Now, I’m absolutely delighted to be the treasurer for Victoria Hockey Legacy Society, the local organizing committee who brought Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada to Victoria.

As you might expect, a treasurer spends time working with budgets and overseeing accounting, but because of this volunteering opportunity I also visited with the Stanley Cup, met fantastic sports stars and celebrities and got to stand on the ice and drop the puck at a WHL hockey game. None of these things were expected, but each new adventure has opened the doors to new people, experiences and memories.

I am not going to change my day job at IG Wealth Management for a career in hockey, but I can more than hold my own with the sports fans in my family and I am so proud to have been part of something that brought joy and happiness to people on such a large scale. I never thought I’d be on a hockey team, yet here I am, treasurer of Victoria Hockey Legacy Society.

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