Sybil believes everyone should give back to their community and practices what she preaches. She is a dedicated philanthropist with her own charitable giving account, a foundation type account through the Raymond James Canada Foundation. Not only generous with her money, she is also generous with her time. Below are a few highlights:
- Sybil contributes 5-10% of her income each year to The Sybil Verch Charitable Fund and in turn distributes annual grants to various non-profit organizations, with a heavy weighting towards those organizations that empower women and girls.
- Sybil established the Sybil Verch Woman in Business Award of $2500 per year to a fourth year female B.Comm student with an interest in a career in finance.
- Sybil donated over $100,000 to the YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island to open a new childcare centre to further support women returning to work and empower their families.
- Sybil has volunteered on the Board of Directors for the YWCA-YMCA of Vancouver Island since 2009, including 2 years as vice-chair and 2 years as chair. She remains a continued advocate for the YMCA & YWCA locally and nationally.
- Sybil delivers a “Power of Giving” presentation to non-profit organizations, their boards and donors to inspire others to give more. She educates individuals, families, and organizations on ways to give and how to maximize impact.
- Sybil volunteers at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria in a number of ways including; member of the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award Gala committee since 2003, a guest speaker and mentor to students interested in pursuing a career in finance
- Sybil facilitated the joint initiative between the Raymond James Ltd. Victoria Branch and CHEK-TV for the Christmas Carol Campaign that raised a total of $77,382 for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
- Sybil supports an annual International Women’s Day event in support of Bridges for Women Society. Bridges is a gutsy, innovative community agency. Their employment training and supportive programs inspire women impacted by violence or abuse, to reclaim their lives and build economic stability.
- Sybil is a founding member of 100 Women Who Care Victoria, a large and growing group of women that meet quarterly and donate money to local charities for positive impact.
- Sybil helped raise $109,000 so a single mother of two boys could buy a home through Habitat for Humanity Victoria.
No matter what Sybil Verch undertakes, she does so with great passion, determination, compassion and a sincere desire to make a difference in the lives of others.