New Membership Year
October 2019

We have changed our membership year to January 1st - December 31st.  
This year's membership fee of $20 started on March 1st but ends December 31st, so this year's fee covers only 10 months.  Please let your members know that each  member is entitled to have TWO free Rollo sessions before the end of the year to make up the difference.

Upcoming Events




Refresh The Rollo Centre

                                 Fundraising Goal: $5,000

                                  Goal reached to date: 22%


   More about this project


         What Is It?


This program is a partnership between Village Food Market and a not-for-profit organization. Together, we raise funds for a specific project that benefits our community.


Village Food Market Community Card Program

Since 2010, Village Food Market has contributed over $75,000 to a wide variety of community projects.  In 2015, the Community Card helped the Gabriola Arts Council upgrade the old Women’s Institute Hall, the Gabriola Elementary School build an outdoor classroom, the Chamber of Commerce promote locally-grown products, and the Commons pay down their mortgage.  Great projects, all of them!


How Does It Work?

Supporters of your organization pre-load a Community Card (minimum $100) indicating to the cashier the organization they want to support. Each time a card is pre-loaded, Village Food Market donates 5% of the amount loaded to your organization.


Who Can Apply?

Any Gabriola-based, not-for-profit organization, including school and community groups.


How To Apply?

Participants for the 2016 Community Card program have been selected. Applications for the 2017 program will be available on our website and in the store by the end of November 2016.

The program itself runs for the calendar year, from January to December, or until the organization reaches their fundraising target, whichever comes first. In our selection, we look for three things:

  • Does this project have a positive impact on our community?  Does it help improve the lives of fellow Gabriolans?

  • How many people will benefit from this project?

  • Will this project benefit a wide spectrum of our population?


Program Details


  1. Your group must be a registered not-for-profit organization based on Gabriola.

  2. Your project must be for and about Gabriolans.

  3. Your application will be reviewed by our Donations Committee.  Village Food Market has the final decision whether to approve or decline a group applying to the Community Card program. Approval will include a fundraising amount (up to a maximum of $5,000 per organization), the fundraising eligibility period and a specific purpose for fundraising. The Fundraising period cannot be longer than one year and must fit into the January to December time frame.

  4. It is the responsibility of the organization to get supporters to participate in the program.

  5. Community Cards can be obtained from any cashier at Village Food Market. At the time of purchase, your supporter needs to let the cashier know which program they want to sign up for.

  6. Your supporter pre-loads their Community Card (minimum $100). Each time they load their card, Village Food Market will donate 5% of the amount loaded to the fundraising program they choose.  The Community Card can be re-loaded at any time during the fundraising initiative. Only cash or debit will be accepted when loading a Community Card.

  7. Your supporter shops as usual.  When it comes time to pay, their Community Card gets scanned to pay for the groceries and the amount of the purchase is subtracted from the card balance.

  8. The Community Card must be treated as cash. Community Cards can be used by anyone who presents them and CANNOT be replaced if lost or stolen. Village Food Market is not responsible for any unauthorized purchases made using a lost or stolen Community Card.

  9. When the fundraising initiative ends, the customer can continue using their card until they reduce the balance to $0.

  10. Cheques representing 5% of pre-loads made by Community Card holders will be made out your organization every four weeks. We will only make cheques out to not-for-profit organizations, not individuals.  Any funds your organization raises through this initiative must go to the project specified in the application.



by  Karl Yu - Nanaimo News Bulletin

posted Nov 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Regional District of Nanaimo directors have voted to provide $5,355 to the Gabriola Senior Citizens Association for renovation work at the Rollo Centre on Gabriola Island.

The association operates the centre and Ralph Hagen, association treasurer, had requested the money as a 40-square-metre addition is nearing completion, but the anticipated cost of $27,000 was more than the money the association had available.

The $5,355 will go toward a fire escape door and a ramp.

The board approved a motion at its Oct. 27 meeting, directing staff to complete an agreement with the association for the money, which will come from Gabriola Island's allotment of Community Works Fund money.

“They've already spent $27,000 and so they had a bit of a shortfall and that's why they came to the RDN,” said Howard Houle, regional district director for Gabriola Island.

“They've done some renovations and when they expanded, of course what it meant was that one of the emergency exits didn't have a ramp and so they had a bit of a shortfall and that's why we stepped up,” he said.


Ramp provided through community grant



New Members

Our payment plan for new members has changed.  If a NEW member joins in January, February or March, the fee is $20; April, May or June, the fee is $15; July, August or September, the fee is $10; and, October, November or December, the fee is $5.