Our History


Since 1977

The Kelowna and District SHARE Society grew spontaneously in the 1970's when our community was welcoming Vietnamese refugees coming to Canada at that time. Lionel Wace, a community-minded citizen, made a call-out to others in Kelowna to donate or SHARE whatever provisions they were willing to gather in order to ensure that these newcomers had what they needed upon arrival. From those humble origins, SHARE quickly grew into a small but energetic community institution, receiving donations and aiding all local people in need.

The SHARE Society remains true to its origins and is a unique, locally established, non-denominational, non-political, non-profit society dedicated to the principles of self-help and creating opportunities for ‘low-income people in-need’ in our community. Since 1977, the SHARE Society and Thrift Store, located at 581 Gaston Ave., Kelowna BC, have gratefully received quality clothing, household goods and furniture from the generous public and faithful donors of Kelowna. In turn, the Society provides 'work exchange' opportunities as well as donations of clothing and goods to the people of Kelowna and surrounding area who are in need of assistance. The SHARE Society welcomes continuing donations and support from our generous local public and welcomes low-income shoppers to the SHARE Thrift Store, where affordable, quality clothing and household goods and furniture are available at very reasonable prices.


The Kelowna and District SHARE Society does not use any profit based soliciting or marketing in its donation and sales operations. SHARE strives to remain entirely non-profit and locally based throughout its operations, in the hope of producing the most efficient and economical results to both its donors and its users within the local area.