OSF People - Joanna – Our Social Fabric

OSF People - Joanna

Our Social Fabric is largely run by a passionate team of volunteers. With varied backgrounds, skills and interests they all bring something special to OSF. We’d like to introduce some of these wonderful people who help make OSF happen. First up is Joanna, our co-chair. 

Joanna holds an armful of OSF deadstock fabrics

What is your role with OSF?

I am the co-chair of OSF. I volunteered to join the board in January 2020 just before COVID and just after I retired because I wanted to share some of the skills I developed during my career to help a non-profit organization. I love to sew and OSF’s mission to keep fabric out of landfills made it a perfect fit.  

What is special about working with OSF?

I really enjoy the camaraderie of our volunteer team because we all share a common interest in the fabric arts. It’s fun seeing - and touching – the new fabrics we receive and thinking about what I might create with them.

Do you have a favourite moment at OSF?

My favourite moments are the end of each sale when we realize just how much we have saved from the landfill.

What’s the last thing you made?

My most recent make is a top with a ruffle collar in a wild linen print I bought during a trip to Vietnam. It has been in my stash for a while and I finally figured out what I wanted to do with it. My current make is a sweater in a gorgeous blue French terry knit from OSF. I want to wear it on a trip I am taking next month to the northern part of BC.

What’s your favourite fabric/material to work with?

I am quite partial to knits as the fit doesn’t have to be as precise as it does with wovens. But I also love linen, it is just so classy and cool for the summer.  

Do you have any questions about how OSF works? Ask us below!


  • Joanna! I’ve been missing you for years. You haven’t changed a bit. OSF is a wonderful organization. So great that I recognized you immediately in the post photo. All the best!!! Donna Dobo

    Donna Dobo
  • Great to learn more about OSF and to see Joanna. Keep up the good works.

    Mary Shore
  • Love this new blog about the volunteers! Please continue to introduce us to them so when we come in person to the sale, a face will have a name. Thank you OSF, a customer since 2106!

    Kathryn Grant

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