Mary Toynbee

Mary Toynbee

Recipient
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Mary Toynbee has devoted many volunteer hours to improving life for seniors on Salt Spring Island. She volunteered initially with the Salt Spring Island Community Centre and helped established a senior’s drop-in centre. In answer to the concerns that senior members of the Salt Spring Island community that had to leave the Island as they could not continue to maintain their home, Mary challenged her fellow seniors to join with her to create the Gulf Island Seniors Residence Association. Over the next 6 years, the Association conceived, developed and constructed Meadowbrook, a non-profit seniors’ supportive living facility, the first of its kind in the Southern Gulf Islands.