One of my volunteer activities involves co-chairing the Impact Council for the United Way of Greater Victoria. The Impact Council is made up volunteers from funding agencies such as various levels of government, private foundations, financial institutions and the community at large. We review funding applications and do some mid-term site visits and participate in ongoing monitoring and evaluations of the funded programs. This evening myself and the other co-chair made our recommendations to the Board for this year’s funding allocations, which were accepted without change. I am happy to be a part of this effort to ameliorate the challenges faced by so many and I am rewarded by the warm glow of social relevance I am feeling now.