Valerie Murray

Victoria, British Columbia

Valerie Murray’s leadership has enhanced the Victoria community, as Head Gardener for Friends of Government House Garden Society and through her volunteer efforts as one of the founding members of Breakfast2Music (B2M). Valerie’s vision for B2M developed breakfast and music programs in School District 61 and raised substantial funding to support them. At Government House, Valerie inspires her team to bring both unity and innovation to the grounds, providing an engaging visitor experience.  



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Community service is given selflessly and usually silently, filling the gaps we see in what our many layers of government can often provide. There are hundreds of volunteer gardeners that work tirelessly and usually invisibly to make our communities more beautiful. (These) individuals don’t ask for acknowledgement, but it is worthwhile to occasionally remind the public how different our world would be without these folks.