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September 2021

Please check our website for the most up-to-date information on programs as we adapt to public health regulations.

Fall Fairfield

The FGCA cordially invites you to attend our annual fête, Fall Fairfield.
Fall Fairfield is a free, family-oriented community festival located in the heart of Fairfield. It is a celebration of community and the harvest season with live performances, workshops, and local vendors. Please join the FGCA to welcome the change of seasons!
Live performances from the lək̓ʷəŋən Traditional Dancers, Charles Appleton & Emily Stewart, Dead Deer in a Ditch, Lelolai, and Bučan Bučan!
30+ vendors including food, artisans, community organizations, and FGCA programs-Beverage garden serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink options-Food and snacks-Community art project-Free harvest hat making-Kids activities-Community building with friends, families, and neighbours!

Clothing Swap returns!

Saturday, October 2 from 10am – 1pm
Do you need some new duds? Come shop for free on the first Saturday of the month! Donated clothing is sorted by our volunteers and usually includes clothes for all ages and styles! It’s free for anyone to participate – come and fill up a bag to take home.
Do you have clothing to donate? We accept donations of clean, gently used items during Clothing Swap hours for all sizes, from babies to adult. Clothing will only be accepted during the event hours, and many of the remaining items will be packed afterwards for donation to charity. For more information click here

Art at the Place

Art at the Place returns in September! We are excited to welcome Rachel Marie as our featured artist for September and October. You can check out her work at The Place starting September 8.
Rachel Marie is a 22-year-old local artist, pursuing her passion of art making and letting the world become captivated by her contemporary aesthetic and intuitive expressions. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art from Brigham Young University–Idaho. She has lived on the lush and lively Vancouver Island all her life, which has surely aided her inspiration as she creates visuals through honest artistic executions.
Artist Statement “Art is not survival, but it is truly living. My unique style includes various levels and sublevels of abstraction and realism. In my art, I value intuition, the inner self, the human experience, and interpreting surroundings in new ways. Spirituality and nature are extremely important elements in my life that express themselves in my artwork as well. Much of my work includes surrealist sensations as well as embracing the “art for art’s sake” mentality. I believe that life is art. For me, pursuing creative work is an act of honouring the divinity within myself.”

Recreation programs

We have some new and exciting Recreation programs starting this fall.
Get moving with one of our Zumba classes, breath deeply with one of our Yoga classes, learn Spanish, or Rediscover Play in one of the workshops. Children can run around outside with one of our Soccer skills classes, or try our new creative dance classes.
For more information on our adult programs click here, school age programs click here & early years click here.

Volunteering at FGCA

Are you interested in volunteering with the FGCA this fall? We are looking for volunteers to help with the following opportunities:
  • Good Food Box delivery driver needed on Wednesday afternoons (12-1 pm) to pick up produce bags from the Fernwood Community Centre and transport to Fairfield Community Place
  • General event volunteers needed for Fall Fairfield on Sunday, September 26, roles including set-up and tear down, green team, kids’ activities, engagement workshops, and more!
  • Clothing Swap volunteer required to help set-up, organize, and greet participants monthly on the first Saturday of the month from 10 am-1 pm
For more information and to apply, connect with Erin at 250-382-4604 or

Join the Fairfield Community Book Club

Next book club meet-up is Monday, September 27th via Zoom.
We will be discussing: ‘We Two Alone’ by Jack Wang
Set on five continents and spanning decades, We Two Alone traces the arc and evolution of the Chinese immigrant experience. A young laundry boy risks his life, pretending to be a girl to play organized hockey in Canada in the 1920s. A Canadian couple is caught in when Shanghai is succumbs to violence during the Second Sino-Japanese War. A family struggles to buy a home in South Africa in the early years of apartheid. An actor in New York struggles to keep his career alive while yearning to reconcile with his estranged wife.
From the vulnerable and disenfranchised to the educated and privileged, the characters in this extraordinary collection embody the diversity of the Chinese diaspora past and present. In these deeply affecting stories, Jack Wang subverts expectations as he captures the hope, pain, and sacrifices of the millions who journey into the unknown to create better lives, and explores the shifting boundaries of morality, the intimacies and failings of love, and the choices circumstances force us to make.
For details about the book and how to borrow a copy check out our website.

Join Our Board of Directors!

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Join our Board of Directors! We welcome all interested candidates to stand for election in October, and particularly encourage applications from those with interest or experience in accounting, risk management, communications, or facilities management. We strongly encourage candidates from equity seeking groups to apply. For more detailed information read our Board Member Job Description or contact Vanya at (250) 382-4604.

Drop-In Fitness Classes return for Crystal Pool

Drop-in visits are resuming at the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre. Starting September 7, you can come for a swim or use the fitness centre without booking ahead. View the pool and fitness schedules below.
Registration is required prior to September 7, so please book ahead. View availability and reserve your time by clicking the buttons below or go to our Programs and Registration page. You can also give us a call at 250.361.0732.

Ship Point, Inner Harbour concert

On Friday September 3, CFUV 101.9FM and the City of Victoria will be hosting a concert at Ship Point, Inner Harbour. The free concert is the finale of this summer’s Eventide Music Series, an annual music series showcasing local curators and musicians.
Live music event will run from 6:00pm to 10:00pm on Friday September 3 at the picnic site at Ship Point, next to the Flying Otter. The concert will feature one or two food trucks and a licensed beverage vendor as well. The parking lot will remain open, however a limited number of parking spaces next to the picnic site will be removed for the event.
If you have any questions about the event, please contact me at or 250-883-5843.
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FGCA Reception desk is open:
Monday to Friday 9:00am- 5:00pm
Closed on Saturdays & Sundays & Statutory Holidays (Sep 6 & 30)