Alice Chambers retiring from M2/W2 organization

Volunteer with 49 years of experience is retiring from organization

Alice Chambers is retiring from the M2/W2 organization after 49 years of service.

Alice Chambers is retiring from the M2/W2 organization after 49 years of service.

A volunteer with the M2/W2 organization in Abbotsford is retiring this year after 49 years of service.

Alice Chambers is one of the longest serving members of M2/W2 (Men to Men, Women to Women), A Christian-based organization which was founded in 1966 and offers a prisoner visitation program.

Volunteers, in conjunction with various professionals, also work with prisoners upon their release to help orient them with their reintegration in the community.

Chambers has been actively volunteering in correctional facilities and has been matched with more than seven inmates.

Her husband, Cal, who is now deceased, was also an active volunteer with M2/W2.

Raymond Robyn, executive director of M2/W2, said Chambers has been a valuable contributor to the organization, showing “compassion, care and love” to those being released from prison.

“Her dedication and faithfulness exemplifies compassion and loyalty in assisting offenders with their journeys.”

M2/W2 also operates the Hidden Treasures Thrift Store on the corner of George Ferguson Way and West Railway.

The store is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, selling low-cost quality items and making significant donations to support M2/W2.

Hidden Treasures also helps inmates by having them volunteer at the store before they are released.

“This gives them valuable work experience and also gives them a chance to give back to the community,” said Kristina Kobes, in communications and marketing with M2/W2.

Once they are released from prison, Hidden Treasues helps out where they can by providing free clothing and household items.

The store celebrates its 15th anniversary with a short program at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 12.

For more information about M2/W2 or Hidden Treasures, visit m2w2.com or call 604-859-3215.