Art Fletcher began his volunteer work at the Canadian Cancer Society Kelowna office in 1989, after losing their youngest son to cancer and moving to Kelowna. Since then he has devoted his life to serving the community, working full-time as a volunteer. Through many changes in staff and office location over the past 30 years, the one constant has been Art. He looked after many office tasks, including responding to inquiries, preparing donation receipts, updating databases, assisting at gala fundraising events, participating in Relay for Life, preparing bank deposits and the list goes on. At 87, he continues to get to the office as many days of the week as possible. Art’s wife, Norma has been his support over years, often assisting with records and extra work when Art would bring unfinished work home in the evenings and on weekends. Beyond the service they gave, the Fletchers set a lasting example for their family. Their children are active volunteers in their communities and even their grandchildren take pride in being able to visit and help their grandpa at “his office”. They continue to follow the example of giving back to their communities by supporting charities and causes important in their lives.
The Cancer Lodge Library was dedicated March 22, 2019 to Art & Norma Fletcher in recognition of their 30 years of full-time volunteer work and support of the Canadian Cancer Society. It should be noted that the financial impact of 30 years of full-time volunteer service is conservatively estimated at 1.5 million. Every minute we can give is impactful. Art’s example is that we can all give back to our communities - what we can, when we can.