Bob Saunders has been called a "perennial booster of good things" and the title is well-deserved. For decades, he has demonstrated his belief in, and support for, worthy causes. His sense of community is stronger than most and there is a reason for that. Unlike many of us today who seldom remain in one city or province for long - never mind one neighbourhood - Bob Saunders and his wife Norma still reside in the family home where they raised their five, now-grown, children.
As a young man, Bob Saunders was employed as a pipefitter and welder on ships and at mills. It was work that took him away from family and community for long stretches of time so he sought out new opportunities. A natural entrepreneur, he secured his own Subaru franchise in 1978 and turned it into an award-winning West Shore family business noted today for its superior customer service.
Never content to focus his energies on work alone, Bob Saunders exemplifies the community leadership ideals of Royal Roads University and is the very essence of a good neighbor. Accolades include a Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation and a Citizen of the Year award from the West Shore Chamber of Commerce. He has earned a Capital Families Association Community Support Recognition award and a number of Salvation Army Appreciation awards.
Many a high school students has landed that all-important first job thanks to Bob Saunders. He partners with the local school district to offer scholarships and work experiences so that students can earn their trade qualifications and a number have remained at Saunders Subaru.
A proud benefactor of arts and theatre programs, Bob Saunders also supports numerous charitable organizations including local food banks, Victoria Hospice, CNIB, Cops for Cancer, and the Victoria Firefighters Burn Unit. He is a committed champion of Chamber of Commerce activities and a staunch supporter of local youth sports at recreational and elite levels.
The enthusiasm and keen interest in community that Bob Saunders demonstrates every day has been passed on to his children as well. They give back and take on active roles within their own communities as do his eleven grandchildren who are all keenly involved in sports and hobbies.