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Philanthropy second nature to Rolls

Carol-Ann Rolls received recognition for her role with Community Policing and much more during National Philanthropy Day. - Don Bodger
Carol-Ann Rolls received recognition for her role with Community Policing and much more during National Philanthropy Day.
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Personal recognition for her philanthropy is nice, but Carol-Ann Rolls doesn't expect it.

National Philanthropy Day honourees in Victoria included Rolls for the outstanding fundraising volunteer award presented by the Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

She has done so much more than that for the betterment of the community since coming to the valley from Victoria in 1991.

"My big thing is it's not about me,'' said Rolls. "I may be the leader. I may be the person that's organizing, but it's the countless volunteers that step up when I ask them to be involved.''

Rolls' forte has long been her role in Cowichan Valley Community Policing, a collaborative effort between the RCMP and the community to identify crime problems and involve all elements of the community to find solutions.

Her work with Community Policing has garnered some $15,000 annually in funding and in-kind donations to support crime prevention programs. Rolls chaired the Musical Ride committee that raised more than $18,000 for local groups, has submitted the bid for the 2013 ride and stepped up as chair again.

Organizing the first Cram The Cruiser event to raise food and funds for the local food banks is another of her many undertakings. Rolls has been a tireless worker on behalf of Tour de Rock over the years and devoted her energy to many other charitable organizations.

In October, Rolls received the Queen's Jubilee medal in recognition of her volunteer service.

Five members of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment were also recipients of that award, Rolls pointed out.

The National Association of Fundraising Professionals conducted a nomination process for the philanthropy awards and a couple of organizations put Rolls' name forward.

Awards were handed out at the Empress Hotel.

"It was sold out, recognizing the various community groups they had honourees for,'' said Rolls.

Most of the winners were from the Greater Victoria area. Rolls follows in the footsteps of young fundraising phenom Jeneece Edroff, who received the honour in her category last year.

"It was a really good cross-section of people,'' said Rolls of the winners. "You're sitting up there among very powerful, influential donors.''

Rolls grew up in a household where donating time and services was second nature.

"We were all engaged at a very young age to volunteer,'' she said.

"I was young, I was rescuing homeless cats.

"If you learn it at a young age, it becomes a behaviour and a way of life that carries on for the rest of your days.''

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