Volunteer of The Year: Alice Chan

If you’re a regular shopper at Hastings Park, Main St Station or Downtown Farmers Markets, you have likely met our superstar volunteer, Alice Chan. Last year Alice generously volunteered over 100 hours of her time at the Vancouver Farmers Markets! Her hard work and dedication was recognized this year that the provincial BC Association of Farmers Markets Market Awards, naming Alice the Volunteer of the Year! When Alice is at the market, you can find her handing out samples, covering vendor breaks or helping out VFM staff. She’s become an indispensable part of our volunteer team and we feel lucky to have her at the markets.

What drew you to volunteer with the Vancouver Farmers Markets?

I wanted to do something meaningful in my recent retirement & had actually never been to a Vancouver Farmers Market!

What’s your favourite part about volunteering at the markets?

Socializing with the farmers, vendors, & the VFM staff!  And, of course being able to shop!

You’ve volunteered at a number of our markets, which one is your favourite and why? 

Main Street is still my favourite because of its location & the vibe.

When you’re not volunteering at VFM, where can we find you?

Wildlife Rescue (volunteering), at the gym & the pool (exercising), out with friends eating, & travelling!

Alice setting up her favourite market, Main St Station

Are you interested in volunteering at VFM?  Visit our volunteer page or email volunteer@eatlocal.org for more information!