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Community engagement news, updates, information and education from around the Sooke Region.

 

 

In this Issue:

  • About Us
  • Educational Sessions for Seniors
  •  Interesting Volunteer Opportunities
  • Community Events

About Us

Sooke Region Volunteer Center helps connect People with volunteer opportunities in the Sooke Region. We believe that volunteering is a pillar in everyone's life. Our mission is to inspire to volunteer. Please contact us and become a volunteer! Please check our Facebook Page at Sooke Region Volunteers or our website. We have a list of organizations looking for volunteers. Drop by our office we would love to know what you would like to do as a volunteer, what skills you have and what your background is.  We can refer you to a compatible organization in our region. It is easy and time efficient. You can volunteer once, only during summer time or all year round. You decide how much time you can dedicate.  Please do not wait. Give us a call. Our office hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12.30-4.30PM and our phone number is: 250-642-6364 Ext 235

 

Educational Sessions for Seniors - 

Educational Sessions for seniors continue to be very popular.  All sessions are by donation only, and free transportation is provided.

November will bring new sessions about Alzheimer, Downsizing, Nutrition Talk, Advance Health Care Directive, How to Make a Will, Introduction to Tablet, How to Communicate Through email and Skype. Registration for those sessions will start on October 10th and EMCSS and SEAPARC. Please go on calendar to find more details

Our Volunteer Centre plays a significant role in those sessions. It will not be possible to have that extensive program in Sooke if we do not have our volunteers who invest their talents to support us.

Our volunteers are everywhere. They distribute flyers, are in the office to help with the program preparation, they will answer your phone calls, and there are so many of them during educational sessions to prepare and provide refreshment, welcome participants, check attendance, introduce our guest speakers. 

THANK YOU TO ALL VOLUNTEERS THROUGH THE SOOKE REGION VOLUNTEER CENTER FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE

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Interesting Volunteer Opportunities

Sooke Yoga & Wellness Center
Do you want to join some yoga classes for free? Yes, it is possible if you decide to dedicate your time and volunteer there. Please contact Alanda for more details. Her phone number is 250-642-9642.

 

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Meals on Wheels

Help feed people in need by getting involved with Meals on Wheels.

Meals on Wheels is a program in Sooke that provides people in need with nutritious, affordable meals. A small group of locals get together every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Sooke Community Hall and prepare fresh meals to be sent out.

Each meal costs $6 and is usually large enough to feed a customer for a full day.

Lorraine Hoy, who has been volunteering for more than 12 years, said Meals on Wheels prevents seniors from being put in a care home, by making sure they are OK when dropping off the food, and by giving them fully balanced meals.

“We keep a watchful eye on the community by delivering these meals,” said Hoy. “A lot of the seniors are very isolated, so it’s also nice for them to have a visit because most of the drivers will stay and chat for a bit with the customers when they deliver the food.”

Right now, Meals on Wheels is struggling to find enough volunteer drivers to help deliver the food.

Volunteer driver Cheryl Asham said her role is very rewarding because she loves being able to go into the senior’s homes and see them thriving, and knowing that they are getting the proper nutrition they need.

Each route takes a driver approximately an hour and allows them to see parts of Sooke they may not have seen before, and to help out people in their community.

“There’s nothing more gratifying than to know you are helping other seniors, being a senior myself,” said Asham. “Giving back is the most special gift to me.”

Ayre Manor

There are a lot of volunteer opportunities at Ayre Manor.

1) Essentials Shop Volunteer

2. Volunteer doing 1-on-1 activities with residents

3. Gardener

5. Ayre Manor Volunteer Coordination 

6. And much, much more. Please contact us for more information.

More volunteer opportunities.......

Do you want to know what else you can do to help our community? Check our website for updated volunteer opportunities. There is a lot of options for almost everyone! Too many to mention them all.

Community Events

If you would like more information about community events please go to our calendar.

The community resources website www.sookeregionresources.com is funded in part by the
District of Sooke.

 

 

In this Issue:

 

What is new in Sooke Region Volunteer Center?

 

  • About Us
  • Staff additions - An interview with Carol (coming soon)
  • Educational Sessions for Seniors

 Interesting Volunteer Opportunities

  • Golf Tournament - event helper
  • Fire Department
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Sooke Region Musem
  • Ayre Manor

Community Events 

  • Beach Art, Sept 2nd
  • Sooke Community Choir Fall Registration September 6th
  • Sooke Fall Fair, Sept 9th and 10th
  • Used Book Sale Sept 9th
  • Educational Sessions for Seniors September 12th
  • Golf Tournament September 14th
  • Seniors' Cafe at Vienna Bakery every Wednesday

About Us

Sooke Region Volunteer Center helps connect People with volunteer opportunities in the Sooke Region. We believe that volunteering is a pillar in everyone's life. Our mission is to inspire to volunteer. Please contact us and become a volunteer! Please check our Facebook Page at Sooke Region Volunteers or our website. We have a list of organizations looking for volunteers. Drop by our office we would love to know what you would like to do as a volunteer, what skills you have and what your background is.  We can refer you to a compatible organization in our region. It is easy and time efficient. You can volunteer once, only during summer time or all year round. You decide how much time you can dedicate.  Please do not wait. Give us a call. Our office hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12.30-4.30PM and our phone number is: 250-642-6364 Ext 235

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Staff Additions - An Interview with Carol Mallett

Carol Mallett has always been drawn to the French-Canadian joie de vivre, with its proud cultural heritage and picturesque language. She received her B.A. in French Language and Literature at York University, then did a year at the Université de Stasbourg in France to gain more fluency and learn about the birth place of the language. She has since had 32 wonderful years of teaching French, with forays into English 11 and Industrial Arts 8 (woodworking, sheet metal, and drafting). To top off her passion for “all things French”, she and husband David discovered – a mere eight years ago – that he is of Acadian French ancestry!

Carol also loves to volunteer. She has given years to various organizations in Sooke, starting in the 1990’s with the Sooke Garden Club. She has also volunteered at the original Sooke Seniors’ Drop-In Centre (where she “did Mondays”), Ayre Manor, Sooke Food CHI, and the Sooke Fine Arts Seniors’ Teas.

“The first time we did a Seniors’ Tea was a disaster,” she says. “None of us had ever worked in a restaurant and no one knew the first thing about it, but we survived!” By the third year, they thought they had the teas down to a fine art – only to blow the entire electrical system in the Sooke arena with their coffee urns!  “The electrician restored the hydro after half an hour of darkness and volunteers showing visitors “art by flashlight.” From that year on, her husband ran around the entire SEAPARC building with urns on trolleys to find outlets to provide enough “hot water” without blowing electrical circuits! "We never did live down that day!”

Though she has enjoyed all her volunteer opportunities, at least in hindsight as with the blown circuits, her greatest passion has been working with the members of SECHS (Sooke Elderly Citizens Housing Society) at Ayre Manor. There, she was a board member for 12-13 years, and wore many hats: acting as PR person and secretary, hosting Friday Night at the Movies, applying for grants to create the courtyard gardens, establishing Cooperative Scrabble Tournaments (a Carol invention, where all players at a table help find words, and the tables compete against each other), organizing Pot Planting days to create container gardens for patios and balconies, setting up the B’Ayre Essentials Shop, and party planning.

If you noticed the fun and games in her list, you’ve noticed an important theme in Carol’s approach. She loves morale-building activities. Chocolate fondue parties, an event designing Seniors’ Centres out of marshmallows and skewers (the tallest won!), decorating the halls with quilts and pictures, installing a Christmas train in the lounge, and helping to tie written regrets to balloons to release into the sky on New Year’s Eve, are a few examples.  

As she creates a sense of fun, for residents and participants alike, she also likes to create choices. She finds it sad that, as people age, many of their choices are taken from them. Carol does what she can to restore that sense of having the “freedom to choose.” Wistfulness also enters her voice as she speaks of Ayre Manor: “It was such a celebration when the new building opened on July 9, 2008. Such a neat thing for a small town. Ayre Manor is part of my soul.” 

When asked why she volunteers, Carol hands me a list, then says with a smile, “Volunteering gives craziness to my life … which I love!” 

The reason for the list? She has so many reasons to volunteer! She loves learning, meeting and being with others, and helping others in ways that exercise her own creativity and body, plus distracts her from her challenges.  When winter rains come, she feels cheered to have a volunteer activity, whether planning something at home or out meeting people. 

At the top of her “I-love-volunteering-because" list is this: “Helping meet the needs of others helps me to meet my own needs.” When asked to explain, she says that all people need to meet five basic needs to achieve a high quality of life, according to both the Quality Schools movement and her own experience.

Elements of survival;
Love and a sense of belonging;
Power to achieve, to sustain a feeling of
self worth;
Freedom to direct our lives;
Fun! As Carol says, “We need to laugh and to play to fill our lives with hope and joy.”

Carol devotes her volunteering life to helping people meet these five basic needs, and has increased the quality of life for many in her circle, as well as for herself. She is an inspiration to many. Without her giving spirit and effervescent spark, there would be less love and laughter in Sooke.

Thank you, Carol, and welcome to the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre staff!

Educational Sessions for Seniors - 

Our flyer with all information is available in most of our local businesses in Sooke. Yes, there are a lot of interesting sessions you can participate. You can join us for the Memoir Writing, Liveable Communities, Taste of India, Movies from Around the World, Fall Prevention, BC Transit and How to Prevent Financial Abuse sessions in September and October. All are by donation only, and free transportation is provided.

We are also planning sessions about Alzheimer, Downsizing, Nutrition Talk, Advance Health Care Directive, How to Make a Will, Introduction to Tablet, How to Communicate Through email and Skype a much, much more in coming months.

Please stay connected for more information. 

Our Volunteer Centre plays a significant role in those sessions. It will not be possible to have that extensive program in Sooke if we do not have our volunteers who invest their talents to support us.

Our volunteers are everywhere. They distribute flyers, are in the office to help with the program preparation, they will answer your phone calls, and there are so many of them during educational sessions to prepare and provide refreshment, welcome participants, check attendance, introduce our guest speakers. 

THANK YOU TO ALL VOLUNTEERS THROUGH THE SOOKE REGION VOLUNTEER CENTER FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE

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Interesting Volunteer Opportunities

Golf Tournament - event helper September 14th!

Linda needs a couple more volunteers to help with setup in the morning (8 am to 11 am), another person at the bar tent (3 pm to 8 pm), and another person at the Chamber Hole. Please contact her, if you can. 250-507-772

THANK YOU SO MUCH

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Volunteer Fire Department is looking for Volunteers

Volunteer Fire Departments everywhere are regularly looking for new members, especially people able to respond during the daytime. Volunteering with your local fire department is a great way to meet new people; learn new skills and get in shape. Volunteers not only protect their community, they also help to build community spirit.

For more information please join their event on September 6 7 PM-8.45PM at:

Sooke Fire Rescue Service
2225 Otter Point Road, Sooke V9Z 1J2

Meals on Wheels

Help feed people in need by getting involved with Meals on Wheels.

Meals on Wheels is a program in Sooke that provides people in need with nutritious, affordable meals. A small group of locals get together every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Sooke Community Hall and prepare fresh meals to be sent out.

Each meal costs $6 and is usually large enough to feed a customer for a full day.

Lorraine Hoy, who has been volunteering for more than 12 years, said Meals on Wheels prevents seniors from being put in a care home, by making sure they are OK when dropping off the food, and by giving them fully balanced meals.

“We keep a watchful eye on the community by delivering these meals,” said Hoy. “A lot of the seniors are very isolated, so it’s also nice for them to have a visit because most of the drivers will stay and chat for a bit with the customers when they deliver the food.”

Right now, Meals on Wheels is struggling to find enough volunteer drivers to help deliver the food.

Volunteer driver Cheryl Asham said her role is very rewarding because she loves being able to go into the senior’s homes and see them thriving, and knowing that they are getting the proper nutrition they need.

Each route takes a driver approximately an hour and allows them to see parts of Sooke they may not have seen before, and to help out people in their community.

“There’s nothing more gratifying than to know you are helping other seniors, being a senior myself,” said Asham. “Giving back is the most special gift to me.”

Sooke Region Museum is looking for volunteers!

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These are photos of one of the two narrow gauge rail engines the museum is restoring. We have come a long way, but we still have more to do. We are looking for more volunteers to help us. We usually get together on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am to spend a couple of hours working on them. 

Ayre Manor

There are a lot of volunteer opportunities at Ayre Manor. 

Ayre Manor Lodge and Cottages

1) Essentials Shop Volunteer

2. Volunteer doing 1-on-1 activities with residents

3. Gardener

5. Ayre Manor Volunteer Coordination 

6. And much, much more. Please contact us for more information.

More volunteer opportunities.......

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Do you want to know what else you can do to help our community? Check our website for updated volunteer opportunities. There is a lot of options for almost everyone! Too many to mention them all.

Community Events

If you would like more information about community events please go to our calendar.

 
The community resources website www.sookeregionresources.com is funded in part by the

 

 
 
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Issue No. 56 | August 1st, 2017

In this Issue:

What is new in Sooke Region Volunteer Center?

  • About Us
  • Staff additions - an interview with Trudy
  • Educational Sessions for seniors coming soon!

 Interesting Volunteer Opportunities

  • Meals on Wheels
  • Volunteers are needed to help construct the Avatar Grove boardwalk 
  • Sooke Region Museum
  • Ayre Manor 
  • More volunteer opportunities.....

 Community Events

  • Sooke Fine Arts Show July 28th-August 7th
  • August 1st, Free overdose prevention and Naloxone training in Sooke
  • Shirley Day, August 20th
  • Seniors' Cafe at Vienna Bakery, every Wednesday 

About Us

Sooke Region Volunteer Center helps connect People with volunteer opportunities in the Sooke Region. We believe that volunteering is a pillar in everyone's life. Our mission is to inspire to volunteer. Please contact us and become a volunteer! Please check our Facebook Page at Sooke Region Volunteers or our website. We have a list of organizations looking for volunteers. Drop by our office we would love to know what you would like to do as a volunteer, what skills you have and what your background is.  We can refer you to a compatible organization in our region. It is easy and time efficient. You can volunteer once, only during summer time or all year round. You decide how much time you can dedicate.  Please do not wait. Give us a call. Our office hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12.30-4.30PM and our phone number is: 250-642-6364 Ext 235

Staff Additions -Trudy Vermaas - Knowledge to Share

Trudy Vermaas went from loving cats to raising champion Burmese cats, to becoming a judge, to becoming one of only two European All-Breed Cat Judges in the northern European region. She recalls how difficult it was to gain the knowledge needed to accomplish these dreams, and it’s clear that she enjoyed the challenge as much as the accomplishment. In fact, it seems to be a theme in her life. To some extent, it is why she volunteers, and why she is even living in Sooke. She doesn’t let challenges slow her down.

Decades ago, she moved to Sooke from Holland with her husband. They stayed for several years, then headed back to Holland. However, they couldn’t get Sooke out of their hearts – so they bought a retirement home here, and looked forward to returning.

Sadly, before they could come back, Trudy’s husband passed away. Though she missed him terribly, and with her son’s encouragement, Trudy decided to keep to their plan – and in 2006, she returned to Sooke to face the challenges and learning that comes with living in a different country with different norms and values, and speaking a second language.

Shortly after arriving, Trudy started volunteering at EMCS Society as a board member, and later as treasurer. This led her to attend meetings at the Sooke Child, Youth, and Family Centre (then, CASA) as a liaison for the EMCS board, which led to volunteering at the CASA community garden and the Youth Council Steering Committee.

Trudy started working in the office at Sooke Region Volunteer Centre in 2013 because she was impressed by the number of volunteer organizations in Sooke, and the good they do. She is also intrigued by the questions: What do they need? How do we make them successful?

Those questions became her next challenge, as she set out to make the volunteer organizations as effective as possible through her work at the SRVC. Trudy enjoys the connection to the community that working with the SRVC gives her, plus feels satisfied that she can make a difference.

She also makes a difference by holding classes to help people suffering from chronic pain. She herself suffers pain as a result of meeting the challenges of a strenuous nursing career. “People can tell doctors or specialists how they feel, but it’s different when you learn from someone who has been there and knows what it’s like to feel that pain. You can see in their faces that they’re relieved. Finally, someone understands.”

Trudy is a big believer in the sharing of knowledge, and continuously learning, both very valuable contributions she makes to the SRVC. If she could do anything differently? She would be an extrovert, so she could make even more of a difference and help even more people. However, her wonderful example in facing challenges and her eagerness to not only learn but to share what she has learned speaks far more than she realizes. 

Educational Sessions for Seniors - 

Our flyer with all information will be available at the end of August. Please check community boards, visit local businesses to get a copy of it. It will be also advertised in local newspapers. You cannot miss it. Please mark your calendar for September 12th. This is the first day of the program. Sessions will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays here is Sooke. All by donation.

Interesting Volunteer Opportunities

Meals on Wheels

Help feed people in need by getting involved with Meals on Wheels.

Meals on Wheels is a program in Sooke that provides people in need with nutritious, affordable meals. A small group of locals get together every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Sooke Community Hall and prepare fresh meals to be sent out.

Each meal costs $6 and is usually large enough to feed a customer for a full day.

Lorraine Hoy, who has been volunteering for more than 12 years, said Meals on Wheels prevents seniors from being put in a care home, by making sure they are OK when dropping off the food, and by giving them fully balanced meals.

“We keep a watchful eye on the community by delivering these meals,” said Hoy. “A lot of the seniors are very isolated, so it’s also nice for them to have a visit because most of the drivers will stay and chat for a bit with the customers when they deliver the food.”

Right now, Meals on Wheels is struggling to find enough volunteer drivers to help deliver the food.

Volunteer driver Cheryl Asham said her role is very rewarding because she loves being able to go into the senior’s homes and see them thriving, and knowing that they are getting the proper nutrition they need.

Each route takes a driver approximately an hour and allows them to see parts of Sooke they may not have seen before, and to help out people in their community.

“There’s nothing more gratifying than to know you are helping other seniors, being a senior myself,” said Asham. “Giving back is the most special gift to me.”

To become a driver for Meals on Wheels, please contact Marionn Smith at 250-642-5424.

  • Volunteers are needed to help construct the Avatar Grove boardwalk

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Volunteers are needed to help the Ancient Forest Alliance construct the Avatar Grove boardwalk over the next two weekends in Port Renfrew. Activities may include carrying boardwalk planks, hammering nails, bucketing gravel, digging soil, and moving a rock. Construction experience is not necessary but those with building skills are an asset. For more info, please contact the Ancient Forest Alliance by email at info@ancientforestalliance.org. Work crews will be on site July 29 to 30 and Aug. 5 to 7. The boardwalk officially opens to the public in mid-August

Sooke Region Museum is looking for volunteers!

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These are photos of one of the two narrow gauge rail engines the museum is restoring. We have come a long way, but we still have more to do. We are looking for more volunteers to help us. We usually get together on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am to spend a couple of hours working on them. 

Ayre Manor

There are a lot of volunteer opportunities at Ayre Manor. 

Ayre Manor Lodge and Cottages

1) Essentials Shop Volunteer

2. Volunteer doing 1-on-1 activities with residents

3. Gardener

5. Ayre Manor Volunteer Coordination 

6. And much, much more. Please contact us for more information.

More volunteer opportunities.......

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Do you want to know what else you can do to help our community? Check our website for updated volunteer opportunities. There is a lot of options for almost everyone! Too many to mention them all.

Community Events

If you would like more information about community events please go to our calendar.

 
The community resources website www.sookeregionresources.com is funded in part by the

 

 
 
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Issue No. 55 | July 1st, 2017
 

In this Issue:

What is new in Sooke Region Volunteer Center?

  • About Us
  • Staff addtions - Andrea Montalbano  -  How One Person Changes the World
  • Educational Sessions for seniors comming soon!

 Interesting Volunteer Opportunities

  • SFRS Community Thrift Store
  • Girl Guides

 Community Events

  • Canada's 150 Birthday Celebration! July 1 at Flats
  • Sooke Philharmonic Fling July 9 at Mc Gregor Park
  • Car Show July 23rd at Flats
  • Sooke Fine Arts Show July 27th- August 7
  • Seniors' Cafe at Vienna Bakery

About Us

Sooke Region Volunteer Center helps connect People with volunteer opportunities in the Sooke Region. We believe that volunteering is a pillar in everyone's life. Our mission is to inspire to volunteer. Please contact us and become a volunteer! Please check our Facebook Page at Sooke Region Volunteers or our website. We have a list of organizations looking for volunteers. Drop by our office we would love to know what you would like to do as a volunteer, what skills you have and what your background is.  We can refer you to a compatible organization in our region. It is easy and time efficient. You can volunteer once, only during summer time or all year round. You decide how much time you can dedicate.  Please do not wait. Give us a call. Our office hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12.30-4.30PM and our phone number is: 250-642-6364 ext 235

Staff Additions -Andrea Montalbano  -  How One Person Changes the World

Andrea Montalbano started volunteering in a secure compound in Albuquerque, NM, surrounded by high impassible walls – except these walls were meant to keep violent people out, not in. As she was getting her Bachelor degree, she volunteered doing “intakes” at a Domestic Violence Shelter.

The shelter tried to be warm and homey, and though it was unsuccessful, the women and children who went there didn’t care. To them, it was a safe haven, and after walking through the doors, one of the first people they met was the empathetic University student who welcomed them and respectfully took their information.

Of this time, Andrea says, “When these women would come in, they would be so vulnerable and hurt. It always amazed me that they would trust me with their stories, that they’d be so open with me. I felt so honoured to be there for them.”

Many roads and life experiences led her and her family to Canada, looking for a place that “spoke to them” and when they reached Vancouver Island, they simply fell in love. They camped in Metchosin to explore the area further, and one day ended up in Sooke. They felt like they’d finally come home.  

Andrea continued to volunteer when her children were elementary students, doing things for their schools like implementing a reading program, helping the teachers, and working in the Safe Arrival program. “I’ve always enjoyed working with little people,” she says with a smile.

Though they had to leave Sooke for a time, they came home again last July. Andrea started volunteering at the Sooke Family Resource Centre in Colwood, childminding the little people as their parents took classes. Then, when she met Agnes Kossakowska, the Coordinator for the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre, she became inspired by Agnes’ vision for the SRVC, and knew she wanted to become part of the team. Today, Andrea volunteers regularly for the SRVC, working in the office, and continues to be inspired by the good that the many community organizations do in Sooke, organizations that struggle because of a lack of volunteers.

When asked why she volunteers, Andrea says, “I see how much good the different organizations do, and how there is so much need, not just here but in the world. The big picture can be sad and overwhelming, and I don’t want to ever become apathetic to that. And I believe that small actions can have a ripple effect. Giving a bit of light to someone throughout the day means a lot to me. Even just a smile, a small kindness. These things make a difference.”

She then gave a paraphrased quote by Krishnamurti, a quote that affected her deeply at a pivotal time in her life, encouraging her toward volunteer work: When faced with a choice, go where you are most needed.

This is what she tries to do, but just as much, she tries to give purely. Yes, she gave to the chronically ill for years through her job as a Social Worker, and knowing that she could bring comfort when things were scary and tough for them gave her a strong sense of value in her work. But she was paid a wage for helping them.

Now she wants to give with no expectation of reward, not only as an exercise in giving, but as an exercise in self-exploration.

Though her influence in Sooke is huge, ironically Andrea says she’s a behind-the-scenes person, and not the type to stand up and lead. However, it’s obvious that she’s been tremendously influential. In fact, she seems to personify this statement by Gandhi: “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

Andrea might seem to be quietly going about her volunteering business, but in actuality, she is shaking the world. 

Educational Sessions for Seniors'.

Thank you so much to all of you who returned our questionnaire. It is really so imporant to know what your interests are. We are working hard to organize as many sessions as possible and will give you information about all details in August.

If you are interested in helping with coordinating sessions (calling participants, introducing guest speakers, time keeping, collecting donations, preparing refreshments please give sa a call. Our phone number is: 250-642-6364 ext. 235. Our office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 12.30-4.30PM

Thank you so much!

Interesting Volunteer Opportunities

SFRS Community Thrift Store

Look at the fun the volunteers have at the SFRS Community Thrift Store. They are looking for a couple more people to join the team. Interested? Give them a call

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Volunteer at Girl Guides

Volunteering with Girl Guides means you choose to have fun, explore, laugh, create, connect, mentor and inspire girls to become the best they can be.

Girl Guides offers girls and women the chance to make new friends, challenge themselves and put their ideas into action through an amazing range of activities developed to support girls.

When you volunteer with kids at Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada (GGC), you're playing a key role in providing girls aged 5-17 with the fun and the challenge of Guiding. You'll be their cheerleader and mentor as you help your girls develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. Imagine the fun, the smiles and giggles, and all the confidence-building moments for the girls – and for yourself.

As a volunteer Guider, you'll help girls:

Experience fun adventures in a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment
Learn the skills that will help them confidently navigate their world
Discover they can achieve more than they ever imagined
Make a difference in the world

What's in it for you?

Make a positive impact on the lives of girls in your community
Opportunities to develop highly transferable skills such as leadership, communication and planning
Access to member-only training
Access to special events such as regional rallies, camping and international travel
Grow your group of friends in a fun environment

Take the next step and start making an impact today!

Administrative Opportunities

There are a number of ways to volunteer in an administrative capacity at GGC. Work as a Treasurer or an Adviser (international travel, camping, program, public relations, communications, etc.) to help plan program delivery. Or work as a Commissioner, a leader for a provincial council/district/area.

For more information on ways to volunteer in your community, contact your Provincial Office or view National Volunteer Opportunities within the organization.

To learn more about the benefits of Guiding and how you can register, please call 1-800-565-8111 to speak to a membership representative.

Community Events

If you would like more information about community events please go to our calendar.

This is free (to you) marketing and promotion.  We encourage you include it in your regular marketing plans.
Press release, special requests for assistance, AGM information, or whatever you need to get the word out about.  It must be related to something happening within the Sooke region (Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew).  Your logo and or a quality photo will help create eye appeal.  We post it here in our Community Connections Newsletter and then share to our Facebook page 'Sooke Region Volunteers'. 
www.sookeregionresources.com is designed for organizations to create and manage their own listings for timeliness and accuracy.  New listings do not show up immediately as they must go through a security check.  Organizations may have more than one user account and password.
Feature Banner on home-page:  We require a write-up in text format and a quality .jpg photograph (at least 1100 x 300 pixels).  Landscape format generally works the best.  These we create upon request and are usually for special events and can run for up to a month before the event.
We are here to help.  For collaborative endeavours we can create listings and promote as our contribution.  We also provide support to smaller organizations without technical capacity.
 
The community resources website www.sookeregionresources.com is funded in part by the

 

 
 
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Issue No. 54 | June 1st, 2017
 

In this Issue:

 

     What is new in Sooke Region Volunteer Center?

  • About Us
  • Staff addtions (an interview with Angela)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Open House
  • Questionnaire - Educational Sessions for Seniors  (will be available soon)

      Interesting Aritcles 

  • Appreciations to volunteer extraordinaire: Laura Smith

      Community Events

  • Small Workshop Show May 27-June10, 2017
  • Sooke Secret Garden, June 4, 2017
  • Sooke Philharmonic Performs June 10 and 11, 2017
  • Bluegrass Festival June 16-18, 2017
  • Tall Tree Music Festival June 23-26, 2017

About Us

Sooke Region Volunteer Center helps connect People with volnteering opportunities in the Sooke Region. We belive that volutneering is a pilar in everyone's life. Our mission is to inspire to volunteer. Please contact us and become a volunteer! Please check our Facebook Page at Sooke Region Volunteers or our website. We have a list of organizations looking for volunteers. Drop by our office we would love to know what you would like to do as a volunteer, what skills you have and what your background is.  We can the refer you to a compatible organization in our region. It is easy and time efficient. You can volunteer once, only during summer time or all year round. You decide how much time you can dedicate.  Please do not wait. Give us a call. Our office hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12.30-4.30PM and our phone number is: 250-642-6364 ext 235

Interview with Angela King

A History of Volunteerism

As a child, Angela King was no stranger to volunteer work, though at that time, no one in her New Brunswick community called it that. Instead, volunteerism came under the label of: the right thing to do. Angela did her part by running errands and babysitting for neighbours, plus grocery shopping, collecting mail, attending to yards, and shovelling snow for extended family. In addition, her family regularly gave blood, as Angela and her sister helped in the Red Cross donor registration and aftercare area. Giving was just something most people did. You help others when you can, and when you’re in a bind, people help you. 

Between the ages of 12 and 18, Angela discovered the flip side of volunteer work; she became a recipient of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization. Her beloved Big Sister profoundly changed her life by opening her mind to things she never thought possible, not only by encouraging her in countless positive ways to step out of her comfort zone and gain self knowledge and confidence, but also through new opportunities.   

Years later, as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Angela continued to give, not only through planned military actions and the military’s partnership with the United Way, but in her spare time as well.

In fact, a compassionate act of volunteering brought her to the island. In 1999, while stationed in Ontario, she heard of a single mother asking for help. The single mother, also in the armed forces, was about to be deployed to the west coast, and was desperately asking for a volunteer: would anyone trade postings with her so she could stay with her child and existing support system? Angela volunteered to go in her stead, even though she had to leave a budding relationship to do it (a relationship that then ended), as well as sacrifice her own connections and support system.

Angela stayed in the Navy for more than a decade after she moved west, and continued volunteering on the side. After finally retiring and completing a Commerce degree program at Royal Roads, it was a natural fit for her to create a business based on helping others. As a Life Assistance Facilitator, she cares for the infirm and shut-ins, as well as provides companionship, housekeeping, and mentorship.  She regularly travels four hour return trips to provide food, clothing, and supplies to others in need, often preparing and sharing meals with the explanation that she has extra, whether she does or not. She also volunteers within the fishing community in sponsoring the Sooke Food Bank.

Angela has been at the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre since last August, where she works to match new volunteers with opportunities, provides resources to drop-ins, manages databases, coordinates volunteer opportunities for the youth, and operates information booths.

So why does this Volunteer Extraordinaire do it? What does she get out of it?

When she was a child, Angela says that it was just the way things were done. Everyone gave when they could. The community was small and close, and helping each other was their family and community culture.

However, after leaving her original environment, her reasons slowly changed and grew. Now, she does it because she enjoys feeling part of something bigger. Working for something more important than her own wants, for a higher cause, is not only satisfying, but gives her a strong sense of creating something of lasting value.

Another part that draws her is the professional development she can explore. Volunteering gives her opportunities to learn new things, to get further experience in fields she is already proficient in, and to gain professional connections. By giving her time and expertise, she gains experience worthy of any resume.

She is giving, and she is receiving. As she says, “If you want to live in this world, you must also support this world. You help others, and you are helped.”

There’s no doubt she has returned her own Big Sister’s kindnesses a hundred-fold, and who knows where the impact of her own work will end? If carried on by those she inspires, it simply may not.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters Open House

On May 18th 2017, we hosted Big Brothers, Big Sisters Open House in our office. As you know Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria offers mentoring programs, which enhance a child's sense of belonging, self-worth, resiliency and capacity to make healthy, well informed choices.

Now  this program is available in Sooke!. Get involved and Become a Community Mentor Volutneer! If you have 2 to 4 hours each week doing fun activities and sharing your interest with a child this is a program you should volunteer for. You can help our kinds in Sooke!

 

 Interesting Aritcles 

LETTER: Appreciations to volunteer extraordinaire: Laura Smith

May 20, 2017

– by Maxine Medhurst

There are times where the words “Thank You” are not nearly enough!!  This is especially true when recognizing Laura Smith!!

Laura has volunteered for 10 years through SEAPARC to lead a Tuesday/Thursday walking group.  She chose trails around Sooke and as she was a volunteer, affordability was not an issue for anyone.  Laura strongly believes in living a healthy lifestyle, so helping the people of Sooke become healthier folk was a natural fit for her.

My husband and I have been part of Laura’s walking group for seven years.  We have watched a small group of strangers become a large group of friends.

This didn’t just happen but was created due to Laura’s welcoming, caring, open, friendly personality!!

We became a group where newbies easily connected with others.  Where they learned about our beautiful city of Sooke and all the wonderful things it has to offer.

Strong friendships were formed.  The walkers, along with Laura, have laughed and cried together, have supported each other through times of sorrow and celebrated happy times.

Laura’s gift of volunteering to lead SEAPARC’s walking club and the after walk coffees have also resulted in many members becoming involved in  volunteering for clubs/groups/organizations that enhance our community.

Laura Smith is retiring this year.  Her 10 years of volunteering have resulted in creating healthier lifestyles for many people as well as making a difference in so many lives.

We, her walkers, will be forever grateful for our time spent with this amazing, energetic, warm friend, Laura!  We are thankful for the laughter, tears, jokes, companionship, beautiful walks and healthier us!!!

Laura Smith ……..THANK YOU!!  THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!

Maxine Medhurst
Sooke, BC

Community Events

  • Small Workshop Show May 27-June10th 

  • Sooke Secret Garden, June 4th 2017

  • Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus June 10th and June 11th 2017

  • Bluegrass Festival June 16-18th 2017

15th anniversary bluegrass festival at Sooke River Campground

Sooke River Bluegrass Music Festival

  • Tall Tree Music Festival June 23-26th

Brown Mountain, Port Renfrew

Tall Tree Music Festival

 

 

 

This is free (to you) marketing and promotion.  We encourage you include it in your regular marketing plans.
Press release, special requests for assistance, AGM information, or whatever you need to get the word out about.  It must be related to something happening within the Sooke region (Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew).  Your logo and or a quality photo will help create eye appeal.  We post it here in our Community Connections Newsletter and then share to our Facebook page 'Sooke Region Volunteers'. 
www.sookeregionresources.com is designed for organizations to create and manage their own listings for timeliness and accuracy.  New listings do not show up immediately as they must go through a security check.  Organizations may have more than one user account and password.
Feature Banner on home-page:  We require a write-up in text format and a quality .jpg photograph (at least 1100 x 300 pixels).  Landscape format generally works the best.  These we create upon request and are usually for special events and can run for up to a month before the event.
We are here to help.  For collaborative endeavours we can create listings and promote as our contribution.  We also provide support to smaller organizations without technical capacity.
 
The community resources website www.sookeregionresources.com is funded in part by the

 

 
 
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Issue No. 53 | May 1st, 2017
 

In this Issue:

 

     What is new in Sooke Region Volunteer Center?

  • Community Volunteer Tax Program
  • About Us
  • Staff addtions

      Interesting Aritcles 

  • Special meeting approves $ 270,500 for Sooke Turf Field Project
  • A heartfelt “Thank You” from Rotary

      Community Events

  • The 3rd Annual ARTIFACTS show April 27-May 28, 2017
  • 1th Annual Duck Day returns to the Flats, May 6, 2017
  • Power to Change, May 10, 2017
  • Disaster Aid Canada Charity Concert, May 11, 2017
  • The Spirit Train, May 12,13,14, 2017

 

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

 

The  2017 tax season was a great success. More than 200 returns were e-filed this year. We would like to say thank you to everybody that was involved in making this tax season a great result.  THANK YOU!

 

About Us

Sooke Region Volunteer Center helps connect People with volnteering opportunities in the Sooke Region. We belive that volutneering is a pilar in everyone's life. Our mission is to inspire to volunteer. Please contact us and become a volunteer! Please check our Facebook Page at Sooke Region Volunteers or our website. We have a list of organizations looking for volunteers. Drop by our office we would love to know what you would like to do as a volunteer, what skills you have and what your background is.  We can the refer you to a compatible organization in our region. It is easy and time efficient. You can volunteer once, only during summer time or all year round. You decide how much time you can dedicate.  Please do not wait. Give us a call. Our office hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12.30-4.30PM and our phone number is: 250-642-6364 ext 235

To give you an example how it works please find a message from HeroWorks

HeroWork is looking for volunteer leaders! Help lead volunteer teams during our 2017 Radical Renovations. It’s a great opportunity to be a community role model, participate in something totally amazing, and make a big difference at the same time.

One event will be in July for Power To Be and the other in September for Anawim House.
We need both renovation and non-renovation leaders and coordinators. These positions require participation weeks prior to the event for training and organizational purposes. If interested, we are holding info sessions on May 9th and 11th at the Vancouver Island Construction Association, 1075 Alston Street, from 6pm-7:30pm. Register for the 9th here and for the 11th here. If you want to be involved, but can’t make either of these days, just reply to this email and let us know. 

Here is a list of some of the possible roles:

·       Safety Leaders
·       Food Service Coordinators
·       Carpentry Coordinators
·       Blog Writers
·       Site Coordinators
·       Reno Area Coordinators
·       Volunteer Coordinators
·       Photography Coordinator
·       Landscape Coordinators
·       Electrical Leader (Sept)
·       Painting Leader (Sept)
·       And much more…

Staff additions

It is a great opportunity to introduce our volutneers, who support our center. We would like to share their stories and passion for volunteering. First edition will be in June. Can't wait!

Special meeting   approves   $270,500  for Sooke Turf  Field  Project

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At a Special Council meeting held on Monday, May 1, Sooke elected officials approved a motion that they would give $270,500 to the Sooke Community Association for the first installment of the Turf Field Project on one of the Soccer fields at Fred Milne Park on River Road.

It was noted that those funds would come from the $400,000 Playing Field Reserve Fund (bylaw 608).

There was objection from a member of the public, as the land housing the playing fields was private and belonged to the Sooke Community Association. Other objections included a finding that removal of turf fields in general could cost more than the initial installation, and the expected lifespan of the current field was 10 years.

Countering that was a statement that when the volunteer contributions from members of the Community Association subside, all lands owned by them would be probably sold to the District for $1. The Sooke Community Association was founded in the 1930s to undertake projects for the benefit of the community.

Other funding is coming from the CRD and the gas tax

A heartfelt “Thank You” from Rotary

Well, the dust is settling at the Arena, the tables are being stacked and the last items from the Auction are being picked up by their happy owners. What a great event! Originally started in 1991 this Auction has grown from its modest beginnings to be a major fundraiser for our Rotary Club.

It could not happen without the generous support of the community from Victoria to Port Renfrew. Thanks are due to many-to the business that year after year graciously donate goods and services –this year totaling over $70,000.00. To friends of Rotary that give selflessly of unlimited time and energy- a shining example this year was of Dal Little, who spent hours working with a funky sound system and ended up driving to Victoria to get a new speaker for us! And of course to the many people who gave items for the Auction, and those that came and bid – on bikes, fishing and crabbing charters, pottery, art, clothing, jewelry, books, equipment, gift baskets galore…. The list goes on and on.

These funds will come back to the community in the many ways Rotary supports Sooke. In the last year, we have helped John Muir Elementary build a teaching garden and outdoor classroom. We have sent three Youth to Leadership Camps in Powell River, Saskatoon and Prince George, and one to  Rotary Leadership weekend in the U.S. We support youth with two scholarships annually as well, the Stu Youngson and Faith Jacobsen Memorial Scholarships annually. Rotary also supports literacy projects in Sooke, and gives money to each of the schools to buy books. In the past, we have helped build the skateboard Park ,the Rotary Pier, play areas at Casa and helped with a major renovation at the Food Bank a couple of years ago.

Internationally we have supported many projects such as the Malawi Girls school, (Girls on the Move), and various community backed projects that help build the capacity and resilience of the communities. Our Club is also strongly supportive of the fight to end Polio.

From the Sooke Rotary, we would like to give a huge THANK YOU to the residents of Sooke and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area for the steadfast and ongoing support of our Club and our Auction. We truly could not do it without you.

The 3rd Annual ARTIFACTS show

The third annual ARTiFACTS art show is on its way at the Sooke Region Museum this spring. Organized by the Sooke Community Arts Council, this exhibit will run from April 28 to May 28. The Upstairs Gallery at the Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. ARTiFACTS will feature local art by both established and up.

1th Annual Duck Day returns to the Flats, May 6 2017

The Sooke Harbourside Lions are hosting their 11th annual Rubber Duck Race called “Duck Day at the Flats” on May 6th at the Sooke River Campground.

This is a fun family event, featuring the “duck race”, concession, games, bouncy castle, face painting and more.

You can adopt a duck to race down the river by purchasing “Duck Tickets” for $5 each or a “Quack Pack” of 5 for $20 sold at Pemberton Holmes or at the Campground Office.

Proceeds go to help send kids to Easter Seals’ Camp Shawnigan and Canadian Diabetes Camp Kakhamela.

About

Our Club accepted the “Lioness Bridging Program” offered by Lions International and “bridged” our “Lioness Club” (formerly Sooke Lioness Club) in September 2003 which became our official charter date. There were 25 original members of the newly formed Sooke Lioness Lions Club.  On July 1, 2010 we re-named our club to the Sooke Harbourside Lions Club.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

 

Power to Change May 10, 2017

 

Disaster Aid Canada, Soap for Hope Concert May 11, 2017

 

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The Spirit Train.May 12, 13, 14 2017

The choir presents The Spirit Train with music celebrating train songs, African American spirituals and a few transcendent peices by Woody Guthrie, the Beach Boys and Billy Joel. 

This deeply inspired arrangements sung by the Sooke Community Choir under the direction of artistic director Bruce Ruddell also includes piano accompaniments and a solo work performed by Kathy Russell with orginal percussion arrangements played by renowned Victoria percussionist Kelby MacNayr.

The Spririt Train concert is performed at Sooke Community Hall. 

 

 

 

This is free (to you) marketing and promotion.  We encourage you include it in your regular marketing plans.
Press release, special requests for assistance, AGM information, or whatever you need to get the word out about.  It must be related to something happening within the Sooke region (Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew).  Your logo and or a quality photo will help create eye appeal.  We post it here in our Community Connections Newsletter and then share to our Facebook page 'Sooke Region Volunteers'. 
www.sookeregionresources.com is designed for organizations to create and manage their own listings for timeliness and accuracy.  New listings do not show up immediately as they must go through a security check.  Organizations may have more than one user account and password.
Feature Banner on home-page:  We require a write-up in text format and a quality .jpg photograph (at least 1100 x 300 pixels).  Landscape format generally works the best.  These we create upon request and are usually for special events and can run for up to a month before the event.
We are here to help.  For collaborative endeavours we can create listings and promote as our contribution.  We also provide support to smaller organizations without technical capacity.
 
The community resources website www.sookeregionresources.com is funded in part by the

 

 
 
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Issue No. 52 | April 1st, 2017
 

In this Issue:

Some interesting articles

  • 15 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering That Will Inspire You
  • How Volunteer Programs Improve Employee Retention

What is new in Sooke and Area?

  • Community Volunteer Income Tax Program
  • Something New is Coming from GrantStation
  • Sooke Rotary Silent Auction and Spring Fair
  • The 3rd Annual ARTIFACTS show
  • Sponsorship team expects a family of four from Iraq to arrive shortly
  • 7th Annual Farm and Film Gala

Submissions

 

15 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering That Will Inspire You

 

Happy people volunteerinng at food bank.

If you have ever volunteered, you may have noticed that you felt fantastic afterward. Maybe you saw a little boost in your mood, or that you felt like part of a team. You felt like you made a difference.

When we volunteer, we may see real changes as a result of our efforts. We may even witness the effects that our efforts have on others in our community. When we volunteer, we know that we are helping others by giving our time and resources.

People volunteer for many reasons. It may be to support a cause they are passionate about or to engage in their community. We often volunteer to help groups or individuals who need it the most without expecting any reward.

Most of us want to help those less fortunate than ourselves. We do not volunteer, for the most part, because it benefits us. We volunteer because it makes a difference.

But, there are even more benefits to volunteering. We notice a subtle shift in ourselves when we volunteer. We feel more connected to others, and we become less absorbed in the normal stresses of daily life. We share our experiences with others and want to help more.

Sure, we know that volunteering makes us feel good. Yet, did you know that, when you volunteer, you are improving your life and maybe even your health?

The benefits of volunteering are countless. But there definitely are social, emotional, physical, and professional perks.

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How Volunteer Programs Improve Employee Retentionention

 

by Tessa Srebro   14. March 2017   Employee Engagement, Employee Volunteer Programs   0

Guest post by Jon Hainstock

According to Dale Carnegie Training, companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%. Surprising?

It’s simple: when your employees aren’t engaged, they aren’t productive. They may even begin to explore outside opportunities if they sense that their current role with your company isn’t — and isn’t about to become — fulfilling.

According to a recent survey, one in five workers (22%) are looking to change jobs this year.

This is one of the reasons why employee retention initiatives have never been more important.

People in the office or workplace have the advantage of face-to-face contact that telecommuters don’t. You must have an engagement plan in place and execute against it if you wish to keep the team you’ve worked so hard to build. Beware of disconnection and a lack of proper recognition and feedback.

So, what’s a possible answer?

Volunteer programs can bring people together, give them purpose in their work, instill pride in your company, and increase their conviction that your company is doing something worthwhile in the world. Plus, you’re helping give back to your community. Are you taking advantage of all an employee volunteer program has to offer??

Volunteering Encourages Teamwork and Collaboration

Roughly 75% of employees rate teamwork and collaboration as “very important,” according to ClearCompany. Are you prioritizing teambuilding activities within your company?

Your team will become more productive and effective if they collaborate and work together. Why? A team is made up of a group of people, and when those people bond together and understand each other, they become better able to support each other in their work. And isn’t this what every manager or executive wishes to see happen in the workplace — a motivated, autonomous, and effective team?

Volunteer programs can create this much-needed bond. As your employees begin to work together toward a common goal in their volunteering efforts, you’ll see increased collaboration carried over into the workplace as well.

Volunteering Can Translate into Leadership Development

Not interested in helping your team members grow and advance in their careers? That doesn’t bode well for your employee retention efforts.

According to Training Magazine, 83% of organizations said that targeted development for all leader levels is “important” or “very important.” Yet, only 5% have implemented solutions at all job levels.

People today are not looking for dead-end jobs. They want to explore the outer reaches of their potential and have a clearly laid out career path before them.

Volunteer programs give your workers a way to dig deeper into their personal growth, and if you’re looking to develop future leaders within your company, you’ll see your team members come to life. People that aren’t natural leaders sometimes rise to new levels, discover new talents, and gain a broader perspective on the world when they’re engaged in volunteerism.

If you want to foster more ownership from employees within your organization, volunteering may be a good way to bring this skill into fruition.

Volunteering Instills a Sense of Purpose in Your Team

Do your employees take their jobs seriously? Do they understand how important their role is in your company?

The reality is that many workers are unclear about how what they’re doing fits into the bigger picture of the business. According to one survey, 53% of employees said they wish they had more insight into how their effort affected their employer’s bottom line. This was especially true for younger employees with 64% of those ages 18-34 wishing they had more insight.

You may know how important their work is and why, but if they’re just doing the same work day-in day-out, they’re going to lose perspective over time.

When people volunteer, they are often in direct contact with people that have great needs. They begin to understand how valuable their time and efforts are. This gives them a mission and a sense of purpose. Again, this can carry over into their duties at work too.

Additionally, people are proud to work with organizations that are making a difference in the world. This can mean different things to different people. One survey found that 65% of people across various countries want to work for an organization with a strong social conscience.

If they don’t believe the company they’re working for is contributing to society, or isn’t trustworthy in some way, they won’t take pride in their work and will begin to feel disheartened. More than ever, people want to make a difference and give back. Volunteering gives them that much-needed outlet.

Conclusion

On the surface, it’s easy to see outside activities — such as volunteerism — as being a waste of time. Don’t limit yourself to this short-term thinking. When you understand that volunteering gives your team members greater purpose, you’ll see that your community isn’t the only one that benefits when you encourage your workers to do give back.

About the Author: Jon Hainstock is the co-founder of ZoomShift, scheduling & time clock software designed for hourly employees. Jon lives in Burlington, WI with his wife Grace, and children June, Evelyn and Charlie. Connect with Jon on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Medium and Instagram.

 

What is new in Sooke and Area?

 

 

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

 

 

In partnership this year with Saint Vincent de Paul, the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre is once again sponsoring the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) for individuals and couples earning less than $40,000 in 2016. We are partnering with Saint Vincent de Paul for this initiative.

This free service will be available from MARCH 1st - APRIL 21st. 

Our registered tax preparer will prepare income tax and benefit returns for eligible individuals. This service is available in both English and French. Contact us at 250-642-6364 ext 235 for an appointment or email coordinator@sookeregionvolunteers.org.

 

Launching the New GrantStation!

 

 

 

A new GrantStation is coming in early April 2017. We will still have the same great content and the same high-quality listings of grantmakers. However, we are building a more advanced platform so that we can start delivering new tools and functionality for our valued Members.
You will find a new look, new navigation, new search interfaces, and additional charitable database search criteria.
Click here to learn more, and stay tuned for additional details about the launch and future enhancements.
Once we launch, we will want to know what you think! All of our changes are driven by our conversations with our Members, so we look forward to hearing your feedback.
If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to reach out to David Preis, our Director of Member Services, at david.preis@grantstation.com.

Rotary Club of Sooke Spring Auction and Fair

 

The 3rd Annual ARTIFACTS show

 

The third annual ARTiFACTS art show is on its way at the Sooke Region Museum this spring. Organized by the Sooke Community Arts Council, this exhibit will run from April 28 to May 28. The Upstairs Gallery at the Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. ARTiFACTS will feature local art by both established and up.

Sponsorship team expects a family of four from Iraq to arrive shortly

 

Imagine risking your life to take your children from persecution and war to safety. Imagine leaving behind everything to try for a new start in Canada, then waiting almost three years to find out whether you will be given a chance.

Imagine you are finally are told ‎”yes”!

It is with great delight the Team Sooke/Juan de Fuca Refugee Sponsorship Committee announces that the Iraqi family of four they are sponsoring has been officially accepted to Canada.

The next wait is for the travel documents to be arranged. This could take as little as six weeks, but could take several more months. In the meantime, the parents and their two daughters (13 and 21) are working hard on English, and learning everything they can about their new home. They know this has been a community-wide effort, and look forward to moving to such a welcoming place.

Team Sooke/JdF is doing their best to make plans without yet having an arrival date. The priority is to begin the search for affordable accommodation. They are hoping for:

Two or three bedrooms
Near the main bus route (61)
Ideally in the Sooke town core

The sponsorship group will sign a lease on behalf of the family, and will guarantee that the property will be maintained according to the terms of the lease.

If anyone has a lead on a property that might be available this spring or early summer, they should phone Howard Taylor at 250.642.0908, or send an email to teamsookejuandefuca@gmail.com

Awareness Film Night and Sooke Region Food CHI will present our 7th annual Farm and Film Gala on April 12th.

 

 

Doors open at 6:30 for stocking up, browsing and noshing in the theatre foyer.  The film will start at 7:45 and the evening will conclude with gift basket draws at 9:20.  
The featured film will be "Seed: The Untold Story".  96% of the vegetable seeds available in 1903 have disappeared according to a National Geographic article that inspired this well-paced, comprehensive and beautifully-filmed documentary.  Yet seed diversity is crucial to prevent the collapse of our world-wide food systems and ecologies.  The film takes moviegoers around the world to meet farmers, scientists, seed savers, educators, lawyers and indigenous communities who are waking up to the need to save local, acclimated, not genetically modified seeds.
Vendors will be selling local seeds, plants, first-of-the-season produce and other products created from locally harvested ingredients.  There will be information tables from regional non-profits concerned with land, growing and sustainability and The EMCS Culinary Arts students will be preparing healthy cookies (by donation) to go with freshly-brewed local herb teas.  Gift baskets will be filled with items donated by the vendors.
The Gala will be held at the Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Rd.  Admission is by donation.
 

Submissions

This is free (to you) marketing and promotion.  We encourage you include it in your regular marketing plans.
Press release, special requests for assistance, AGM information, or whatever you need to get the word out about.  It must be related to something happening within the Sooke region (Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew).  Your logo and or a quality photo will help create eye appeal.  We post it here in our Community Connections Newsletter and then share to our Facebook page 'Sooke Region Volunteers'. 
www.sookeregionresources.com is designed for organizations to create and manage their own listings for timeliness and accuracy.  New listings do not show up immediately as they must go through a security check.  Organizations may have more than one user account and password.
Feature Banner on home-page:  We require a write-up in text format and a quality .jpg photograph (at least 1100 x 300 pixels).  Landscape format generally works the best.  These we create upon request and are usually for special events and can run for up to a month before the event.
We are here to help.  For collaborative endeavours we can create listings and promote as our contribution.  We also provide support to smaller organizations without technical capacity.
 
The community resources website www.sookeregionresources.com is funded in part by the

 

 
 
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Issue No. 51 | March 1st, 2017
 

In this Issue:

Volunteer Handbook

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

Volunteer Victoria March Workshops

Volunteering Boosts Tolerance

GrantStation

Non-Profit Job Opportunities

Submissions

 

Volunteer Handbook

Handbook #1 - I WANT TO VOLUNTEER

This handbook provides the step by step process on how to help people find volunteer engagement programs in their community. This easy to use handbook includes the benefits of volunteering, rights and responsibilities of a volunteer, latest volunteer engagement tools/resources, skills needed to be a great volunteer and the health benefits of volunteering. It will be made available on our new website. Feel free to share it with your network of volunteers.
Stay tuned for next handbook in the series - 
How to Start a Volunteer Program.

 

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

In partnership this year with Saint Vincent de Paul, the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre is once again sponsoring the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) for individuals and couples earning less than $40,000 in 2016. We are partnering with Saint Vincent de Paul for this initiative.

This free service will be available from MARCH 1st - APRIL 21st. 

Our registered tax preparer will prepare income tax and benefit returns for eligible individuals. This service is available in both English and French. Contact us at 250-642-6364 ext 235 for an appointment or email coordinator@sookeregionvolunteers.org.

Volunteer Victoria March Workshops

What Now... That the BC Societies Act is in Force?
Learn essential parts of this legislation that your board and senior manager need to know and act on to be compliant.
Thursday, March 2nd | 4 pm - 7 pm 
Register for this workshop

Workplace and Volunteer Safety: Tools & Tips by WorkSafe BC
Here's your chance to catch up on workplace safety according to WorkSafe BC. What do your safety systems look like for your paid staff and volunteers? How do you train the people working in your organization? How do you know the systems are being followed?
Tuesday, March 7th | 10 am - 11 am
Register for this FREE workshop

Building Blocks of Budgets for Non-Profits
Learn the fundamental components of designing an effective budget as well as the budgeting process. Participants in this workshop will take-away tools and approaches that will streamline the overall budget experience.
Wednesday, March 15th | 5 pm - 7 pm
Register for this workshop

Governance salon: The last chance to ask what you always wanted to know about governance and the BC Societies Act
We will answer the tough questions together. What’s the impact of the new legislation on how we operate as a board and as an organization? Should our senior manage be a Director and what does that actually mean? Should the members elect the Officers or should the members elect the directors and the directors elect the Officers? 
Thursday, March 23rd | 1 pm - 3 pm
Register for this workshop


Volunteering Boosts Tolerance, New Study Finds
Volunteering boosts tolerance, new study finds 15:58Wednesday 22 February 2017 0 HAVE YOUR SAY As intolerance and hate crime continue to rise, a new study by national disability charity Revitalize to mark Student Volunteering Week has discovered that student volunteers are leading the way when it comes to making society a more tolerant place. “This proves that, whatever one’s motives for volunteering in the first place, the experience leads to more confident, engaged and tolerant individuals – and this in turn makes society a better place.
To read more, click here.

Just a reminder... our Sooke Region Volunteer Centre offers free access to GrantStation. It is an online resource for building a strong grant seeking strategy.

They have divided their service into four key areas:

Search:

Find the funding information that is relevant for your organization and programs. 

Quality Grantmaker Profiles:

We feature profiles of thousands of grantmakers in an easy-to-read, narrative format.

Our researchers update these profiles throughout the year, providing you with the most current information available.

Our researchers are professional writers, who distil the information about each grantmaker, generating the specific information you need to quickly identify the most appropriate funder for your project or program. 

We note each grantmaker's specific geographic scope, be it national, state, county or city level.

One-Stop Shopping:

We offer searchable databases for private and government grantmakers throughout the U.S., Canada, and internationally, all under one roof.

We have one level of Membership which provides you access to ALL of the resources and tools on the GrantStation website. 

Saving You Time:

Your search will only return those grantmakers who are actively engaged, accepting unsolicited grant requests in the coming year, and making awards to a variety of organizations. 

You can search by Funder Name, by Keyword, or by using our Advanced Search, which uses robust Search Terms based on the language of the grantmaker. 

 

Job Opportunities

The Community Connections Newsletter is an information source for all things volunteer and non-profit.  We obtain most of our information on jobs in the non-profit sector from information received from Volunteer Victoria.  These jobs could be anywhere in the lower island.  For Sooke jobs, though not necessarily in the non-profit sector, we recommend SookePocketNews as the widest source of local job information we have seen compiled.
 
Check out the latest job postings from Volunteer Victoria in their Oct. 27th/16 newsletter.
 

Submissions

This is free (to you) marketing and promotion.  We encourage you include it in your regular marketing plans.
Press release, special requests for assistance, AGM information, or whatever you need to get the word out about.  It must be related to something happening within the Sooke region (Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew).  Your logo and or a quality photo will help create eye appeal.  We post it here in our Community Connections Newsletter and then share to our Facebook page 'Sooke Region Volunteers'. 
www.sookeregionresources.com is designed for organizations to create and manage their own listings for timeliness and accuracy.  New listings do not show up immediately as they must go through a security check.  Organizations may have more than one user account and password.
Feature Banner on home-page:  We require a write-up in text format and a quality .jpg photograph (at least 1100 x 300 pixels).  Landscape format generally works the best.  These we create upon request and are usually for special events and can run for up to a month before the event.
We are here to help.  For collaborative endeavours we can create listings and promote as our contribution.  We also provide support to smaller organizations without technical capacity.
 
The community resources website www.sookeregionresources.com is funded in part by the

 

 
 
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Issue No. 50 | February 1st, 2017
In this Issue:
  • Sooke River 10 K Run needs Volunteers
  • Sooke Mayor Welcomes Pubic Input
  • Tea and Symphony
  • Communiry Volunteer Income Tax Program
  • Volunteer Victoria February Workshops
  • Little Mermaid Callout
  • Seedy Saturday
  • Sooke Soccer
  • HeroWork
  • GrantStation
  • Non-Profit Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

 

Sooke River 10 K Run still needs Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the Sooke River 10K Race, taking place Feb. 5.

Starting and finishing at Edward Milne Community School, the race is expected to attract 500 runners from across Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and the Gulf Islands.

“The Victoria Marathon Society will host the race but it needs local participation  to make this event successful,” said local organizer Mark Ziegler.

“[The race] raises the profile of our community and provides an opportunity to meet new and interesting people.  Some dandy refreshments will be served after the race.”

The Sooke River 10K  is one of eight races in the Vancouver Island Race Series, which begins Jan. 8 in Saanichton.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mark Ziegler at 250-642-5784 or markziegler@shaw.ca.

Mayor Welcomes Public Input...

Mayor Maja Tait is pleased to announce the addition of Public Input sessions immediately prior to Regular Council meetings, beginning on January 23, 2017. During these informal sessions, the public is invited to address Mayor and Council regarding any issue of concern that falls within Council’s authority. An informal “Town Hall” meeting format will be used to promote open dialogue.

Public Input sessions will continue through to the month of April on a trial basis. If the public finds these sessions valuable, Mayor and Council will consider extending them on a more permanent basis.

Public Input Meetings are scheduled as follows, and will be held in the Council Chambers at 2225 Otter Point Road:

Monday, January 23, 2017 6:00 pm – 6:40 pm
Tuesday, February 14, 2017  6:00 pm – 6:40 pm
Monday, February, 27, 2017 6:00 pm – 6:40 pm
Monday, March 13, 2017 6:00 pm – 6:40 pm
Monday, March 27, 2017 6:00 pm – 6:40 pm
Monday, April 10, 2017 6:00 pm – 6:40 pm
Monday, April 24, 2017 6:00 pm – 6:40 pm

Join us for our Tea & Symphony on February 12, 2017, 2:30 pm at the Sooke Community Hall.  Ticket sales are limited and we are always sold out so purchase your tickets early.  For more information go to our website  http://www.sookephil.ca/.  For tickets you can get them at local venues noted on our website or online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tea-symphony-tickets-29114544386

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

For the second year, the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre is sponsoring the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). Our registered tax preparer will prepare income tax and benefit returns for eligible individuals. This service is available in both English and French. Contact us at 250-642-6364 ext 235 for more information.

​Volunteer Victoria is located at:
306-620 View Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1J6

Tel: 250-386-2269
Fax: 250-386-2279
E-mail: volvic@volunteervictoria.bc.ca
Website: www.volunteervictoria.bc.ca

February 2017 Workshops

Planning Good Board Meetings and Running Them Well

The board meeting is where all the action happens… or is it? Does your board make progress on important matters at its meetings, or just circle around the same topics? Does discussion flow enough – or too much? Do you get bogged down in Robert’s Rules of Order, or suffer from a shortage of structure and direction?

Wed, 1 February 2017 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Evolving the Generative Board

21st Century non-profits operate in environments where beneficiary needs are increasingly complex, competition for talented staff is relentless, and accountability expectations are continually changing.

Boards are challenged to create more ‘space’ for critical, in-depth conversations; to expand engagement outside the board room while, at the same time, make sure they stay out of the day-to-day business of the organization.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • explore where the concept of the ‘generative board’ fits on a governance continuum,
  • complete an inventory of their existing governance structure, and
  • identify opportunities and approaches for holding generative conversations with their board colleagues.

Wed, 8 February 2017 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The Executive Directors and the BC Societies Act

The new BC Societies Act is in force as of November 28, 2016.

The Act says that once that happens, you have two years to transition your existing constitution and bylaws onto the new Registrar’s system.

Regardless of when you make that transition, as soon as the Act comes into force, your society must operate in accordance with the new Act.

Tue, 21 February 2017 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Foundations in Strategic Planning

Are you ready to take your organization to the next level? First, you’ll need to determine where you want to go.  Next you’ll need to assess what you currently have in place that can either help or hinder you, and finally decide how you’ll get there. 

Strategic planning is similar to planning for a trip.  You need a destination, a map and GPS, and a mode of transportation.  This workshop will help you bridge the gap between the vision you have for your organization and the current reality using strategic planning.  

In this workshop you will get the tools to create a strategic plan for your own business or organization.

We’ll work through:

  • Vision statements
  • Mission statements
  • SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats)
  • Gap analysis
  • Goals
  • Action plan

Thursday, 23 February 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

 

Into the Spotlight - Sooke Pocket News

It’s a Little Mermaid Callout!

Into the Spotlight is looking for kids aged 4 – 18 from Sooke, East Sooke, Metchosin and the Westshore to join the cast of their spring production of “Little Mermaid”.

Into the Spotlight provides performing arts opportunities for all youth ages four through 18 in a professional environment that promotes new and/or young talent in Metchosin, East Sooke, Sooke, Langford, Colwood, View Royal, and the rest of Greater Victoria.

Regular rehearsals for Little Mermaid will be from 6:00 – 7:30 pm Wednesdays at the Langford Legion (761 Station Avenue).

Anyone interested in participating is invited to register in person on January 18th, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Langford Legion (761 Station Avenue). No audition is required, all registered children will be in the cast.

 February 25
10am to 3pm
Sooke Community Hall
Come be part of Sooke’s premier seed and local food growing event! This family-friendly day will feature a diverse range of seed and plant vendors, seed exchange, workshops, and more. Sooke Fall Fair Society is proud to support the event and provides a healthy lunch and market downstairs throughout the day. Everything in one place to get you geared up for the gardening season! Volunteers are still needed. More information about volunteering contact Emily  parsonsemily@hotmail.com or call 250-642-5788
 

Registration for Spring Academy starts Feb 6th. The spring program is Mondays, Feb 6 – April 10. SSC will supply the training jersey. The Sooke Soccer Club (SSC) wants all returning players to register before the end of AprilCost Per Program:

U9-U12 $125 6 :00– 7:15 PM
U13+ $150 7:15-9:00 PM

You can sign up here https://ssc.soccerregistrar.com/index.php?fuseaction=league.form&id=8

​Training times will be adjusted according to the number of players coming to Academy.

 

Job Posting: Event and Sponsorship Manager
HeroWork is looking for an inspired leader who wants to mobilize community on a grand scale. This person must be of high integrity and willing to ignite others to work together with common purpose so as to create legacies of infrastructure renewal.

To read the full job description or to apply go to www.herowork.com/careers

 

Just a reminder... our Sooke Region Volunteer Centre offers free access to GrantStation. It is an online resource for building a strong grantseeking strategy.

They have divided their service into four key areas:

Search:

Find the funding information that is relevant for your organization and programs. 

Quality Grantmaker Profiles:

We feature profiles of thousands of grantmakers in an easy-to-read, narrative format.

Our researchers update these profiles throughout the year, providing you with the most currentinformation available.

Our researchers are professional writers, who distill the information about each grantmaker, generating the specific information you need to quickly identify the most appropriate funder for your project or program. 

We note each grantmaker's specific geographic scope, be it national, state, county or city level.

One-Stop Shopping:

We offer searchable databases for private and government grantmakers throughout the U.S., Canada, and internationally, all under one roof.

We have one level of Membership which provides you access to ALL of the resources and tools on the GrantStation website. 

Saving You Time:

Your search will only return those grantmakers who are actively engaged, accepting unsolicited grant requests in the coming year, and making awards to a variety of organizations. 

You can search by Funder Name, by Keyword, or by using our Advanced Search, which uses robust Search Terms based on the language of the grantmaker. 

 

Non-Profit Job Opportunities

The Community Connections Newsletter is an information source for all things volunteer and non-profit.  We obtain most of our information on jobs in the non-profit sector from information received from Volunteer Victoria.  These jobs could be anywhere in the lower island.  For Sooke jobs, though not necessarily in the non-profit sector, we recommend SookePocketNews as the widest source of local job information we have seen compiled.

 

Submissions

This is free (to you) marketing and promotion.  We encourage you include it in your regular marketing plans.
Press release, special requests for assistance, AGM information, or whatever you need to get the word out about.  It must be related to something happening within the Sooke region (Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew).  Your logo and or a quality photo will help create eye appeal.  We post it here in our Community Connections Newsletter and then share to our Facebook page 'Sooke Region Volunteers'. 
www.sookeregionresources.com is designed for organizations to create and manage their own listings for timeliness and accuracy.  New listings do not show up immediately as they must go through a security check.  Organizations may have more than one user account and password.
Feature Banner on home-page:  We require a write-up in text format and a quality .jpg photograph (at least 1100 x 300 pixels).  Landscape format generally works the best.  These we create upon request and are usually for special events and can run for up to a month before the event.
We are here to help.  For collaborative endeavours we can create listings and promote as our contribution.  We also provide support to smaller organizations without technical capacity.
 
The community resources website www.sookeregionresources.com is funded in part by the

 

 
 
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Issue No. 49 | January 1st, 2017
 

In this Issue:

  • Message from our Board Chair, Rick Robinson
  • Pblic invited to Mayor's New Year's Day Levee
  • Polar Bear Swim
  • Sooke River 10 K Run needs Volunteers
  • Communiry Volunteer Income Tax Program
  • BC Tax Changes in 2017
  • January Volunteer Victoria Learning Events and workshops
  • Seasonal safety tips for outdoor adventurists
  • First time homebuyers eligible for $37,500
  • Non-Profit Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

 

Message from our Board Chair, Rick Robinson

On behalf of our Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many organizations and individuals that have supported us over the last year. In particular, I would like to thank Mayor Maja Tait and the District of Sooke for their ongoing financial support. I would also like to thank the many volunteers that help not only in our office, but also at the many events we participate in throughout the year. The Sooke Region is blessed to have so many individuals that willingly give of their talents and time to help make our communities better places in which to live and work.The Board of Directors wish everyone in the Sooke Region a healthy, happy, New Year.

2017 is a very special year for Canada. It is our country's 150th anniversary. In recognition of this milestone and to celebrate the event, the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre is joining a nation-wide movement led by Volunteer Ottawa in partnership with Volunteer Canada and Volunteer Centres across the country. Our goal is to have Canadians give 150 hours of volunteer time in 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge will engage tens of thousands in making a difference in the lives of Canadians.

Volunteerism is a movement to benefit community and serve the common good without financial gain. Volunteerism can be formal or informal. Formal volunteering takes place as part of a non-profit organization’s activities like canvassing for funds; providing advice, counselling or mentoring; visiting seniors; preparing and delivering food; serving as volunteer drivers; advocating for social causes; coaching children or serving on boards and committees. Informal volunteering are those actions that benefit people outside the family or household. Canadians are known for helping our neighbours, random acts of kindness like shoveling a sidewalk or buying someone’s coffee in the line up behind us.

Registration starts the last week of December for the Challenge by signing in to the 150 for 150 on-line platform. Share your volunteer stories, track your volunteer hours, create your volunteer profile and hear about what others across the country are doing to meet the Challenge. 

 

New Year's Levee

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait hosted the annual New Year’s Levée at the Chamber Council on the morning of January 1, 2017.

After welcoming the audience (and it was a full house), Mayor Tait spoke to her desire to serve the people of Sooke. Focusing on the positive achievements from the past year, Tait appreciated the improvements to the town’s infrastructure including new roads and sidewalks.

    READ MORE   

 

 

Polar Bear Swim

More than 80 people braved frigid conditions to take part in the  Otter Point Fire and Rescue’s annual Polar Bear Swim at Whiffin Spit today.http://www.sookenewsmirror.com/news/409191955.html

Volunteers needed for Sooke River 10K

Volunteers are needed for the Sooke River 10K Race, taking place Feb. 5.

Starting and finishing at Edward Milne Community School, the race is expected to attract 500 runners from across Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and the Gulf Islands.

“The Victoria Marathon Society will host the race but it needs local participation  to make this event successful,” said local organizer Mark Ziegler.

“[The race] raises the profile of our community and provides an opportunity to meet new and interesting people.  Some dandy refreshments will be served after the race.”

The Sooke River 10K  is one of eight races in the Vancouver Island Race Series, which begins Jan. 8 in Saanichton.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mark Ziegler at 250-642-5784 or markziegler@shaw.ca.

 

Sooke River 10 K Run needs Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the Sooke River 10K Race, taking place Feb. 5.

Starting and finishing at Edward Milne Community School, the race is expected to attract 500 runners from across Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and the Gulf Islands.

“The Victoria Marathon Society will host the race but it needs local participation  to make this event successful,” said local organizer Mark Ziegler.

“[The race] raises the profile of our community and provides an opportunity to meet new and interesting people.  Some dandy refreshments will be served after the race.”

The Sooke River 10K  is one of eight races in the Vancouver Island Race Series, which begins Jan. 8 in Saanichton.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mark Ziegler at 250-642-5784 or markziegler@shaw.ca.

 

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

For the second year, the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre is sponsoring the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). Our registered tax preparer will prepare income tax and benefit returns for eligible individuals. This service is available in both English and French. Contact us at 250-642-6364 ext 235 for more information.

 

Canadian Taxpayers Federation advises BC tax Changes in 2017

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has released its annual report crunching the numbers on new year’s tax changes for British Columbians, and what taxpayers will save from the federal government will be more than taken away by the province and cities. The two main federal measures are changes to Employment Insurance (EI) premiums which will result in tax savings of up to $132 for employees and $185 for employers, and the first full year of the means-tested Canada Child Benefit (CCB), which is also tax-free. “What the feds giveth in tax relief, the provinces and cities more than happily taketh away,” said Jordan Bateman, BC Director for the CTF. “It will be another year with higher taxes and fees for BC taxpayers.”

But that modest relief will be more than eaten up by various provincial and municipal tax and fee increases, including:

  • Medical Services Premium tax (January 1, 2017) – Any couple without children making more than $45,000 will pay $168 more this year. Any senior couple making more than $51,000 will pay $168 more this year. However, some households will see MSP go down, including singles making less than $42,000, couples making less than $45,000, senior couples making less than $51,000, single parent families, and families with kids making less than $51,000.
  • BC Hydro (April 1, 2017) – The average residential customer will pay $49.32 more this year.
  • ICBC (January 16, 2017) – The average driver will pay $42 more this year for basic insurance and $18 more for optional insurance.
  • Property taxes (July 1, 2017) – Many cities across BC are still finalizing their tax hikes, but most are raising taxes 2 to 5 per cent. In Vancouver, the average homeowner will pay $156 more – $83 more for taxes and $73 more for utilities. Vancouver’s empty home tax (1% of a home’s assessed value) also comes into effect this year.
  • TransLink property tax and fare hike (July 1, 2017) – $5 more this year for the average property; 5 to 10 cents for single-use fares, and $1 to $3 for monthly passes.
  • BC Ferries has its commissioner’s permission to raise its fares 1.9 per cent this year, although it has not confirmed its plan to do so.

Jabuary 2017 Workshops

Click here to register for any of these sessions.

Criminal Records Checks: Screening Tools that support Your Volunteer Selection Process

Criminal Record Checks are a pivotal tool in determining a volunteer's suitability for your organization and the various volunteer roles needed to support your vulnerable community members. This workshop will help you explore where criminal record checks fit into your processes, and what the results might mean for your volunteers and your recruitment strategies. 
 Jan 10th 1-4 PM

Governance: Clarifying Your Purpose

Your purpose says what your organization is here to do, for whom and to what end. It tells people why you exist and distinguishes you from other societies.
In this session, we'll incorporate design thinking as we launch the process of producing a purpose statement that is clear, compelling and reflective.
Jan 12th 1-4 PM
 
Learning Lab: Facilitation Skills

This learning lab is designed as an opportunity to develop savvy and skills in basic facilitation. The design reflects a belief in the importance of participatory and experiential learning. Exercises will include designing and facilitating sessions, with plenty of opportunity for Q&A and discussion.
Jan 17th 1-4 PM

Organizational Effectiveness in your NPO

Join Iris Colyn, to explore the secrets of organizational effectiveness. Iris is the Director of the Business Consulting team at the BC Public Service Agency, providing organizational effectiveness services throughout BC Public Service.
 Jan 18th 5 -7 PM

Creating a Better Team: Helping Staff to Work With Volunteers

Whether it's shared visioning, critical conversations or progressive 'collaboration', everyone contributes to building high performance teams. To help your team stay in top shape, join us for this strategic workshop to enhance not only your leadership skills but to help avoid breakdowns.
Jan 19th 9 AM - 12 PM
 
The New BC Societies Act for Executive Directors

The BC new act comes info effect on Nov 28, 2016. This workshops will help you navigate significant changes while bringing your bylaws into compliance.
Jan 24th 9 AM - 12 PM
 
Understanding Financials and Working with Accountants and Treasurers: A Practical Approach

A great relationship with the main provider of your financial information is essential. How often do you meet with your in-house financial person? How much information should you receive each month, each quarter, and each year?
Part 1 Jan 25th 9 AM - 12 PM
Part 2 Feb 22nd 9 AM- 12 AM

Developing Your Non-Profit Leadership Practice

Where do you exercise your leadership and how do you want to expand your potential? Beginning with a one-day face-to-face launch the course proceeds with 6 weeks of online learning. By the end of the course you'll have explored new approaches to leadership and learning, deepened your leadership understanding and skills, and defined ways to have a greater impact.
4 weeks online, with 2 in-person sessions
The course starts on January 30th. The first In-person session is Jan 31st 9 AM - 4 PM

 

Seasonal safety tips for outdoor adventurists

Anyone who makes the decision to go into the backcountry must be able to take care of themselves and their companions. That means suitable equipment, first aid supplies and an awareness of the risks.

The following safety tips are recommended for anyone venturing out into the beautiful trails, mountains and backcountry areas of British Columbia:

  • Never hike alone. Leave a message with someone on your destination, route and anticipated return time.
  • Planning ahead is a must – before you head outdoors, be sure to leave a trip plan with family or friends and then stick to that plan. For a printable copy of a trip plan, visit: www.adventuresmart.ca/trip_safety/planning.htm
  • Be prepared for the elements with the essentials – like extra water, layers of clothing, a shelter and something to start a fire with for warmth overnight: www.adventuresmart.ca/land/survive-essentials.htm
  • Do not venture out of bounds or off marked trails.
  • Be aware of how far you’ve gone and when you need to turn back to avoid hiking in the dark. Always carry a flashlight just in case.
  • Be aware of the time for sunset. During the winter months, darkness comes much earlier.
  • If you become lost, do not keep moving. Stay put and wait for help. Do not presume by moving downhill that you will get back on track – it can lead you into dangerous terrain.
  • Carry a signaling device (such as a whistle) so that searchers can find you even if they cannot see you.
  • Carry communication and navigation devices like a fully charged cellphone, a personal locator beacon, compass and/or GPS unit.
  • Take the conditions into account and plan appropriately. Learn more about avalanche safety and risks. Get the most-recent bulletin and weather forecast: www.avalanche.ca

For real-time, location-specific information on conditions this winter, visit the Mountain Information Network 

 

New provincial program lends up to $37,500 to first time homebuyers

Starting after January 16, 2017, the BC Government will be lending eligible first-time homebuyers up to $37,500 through a new B.C. Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership program.

This new program is for qualifying first-time home-buyers. The provincial government will match a first-time buyer’s saved down payment, “providing up to $37,500, or up to 5% of the purchase price, with a 25-year loan that is interest-free and payment-free for the first five years.” The government is estimating that this incentive will help up to 42,000 families enter into the housing market

 

Non-Profit Job Opportunities

The Community Connections Newsletter is an information source for all things volunteer and non-profit.  We obtain most of our information on jobs in the non-profit sector from information received from Volunteer Victoria.  These jobs could be anywhere in the lower island.  For Sooke jobs, though not necessarily in the non-profit sector, we recommend SookePocketNews as the widest source of local job information we have seen compiled.
 
Check out the latest job postings from Volunteer Victoria in their Oct. 27th/16 newsletter.
 

Submissions

This is free (to you) marketing and promotion.  We encourage you include it in your regular marketing plans.
Press release, special requests for assistance, AGM information, or whatever you need to get the word out about.  It must be related to something happening within the Sooke region (Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew).  Your logo and or a quality photo will help create eye appeal.  We post it here in our Community Connections Newsletter and then share to our Facebook page 'Sooke Region Volunteers'. 
www.sookeregionresources.com is designed for organizations to create and manage their own listings for timeliness and accuracy.  New listings do not show up immediately as they must go through a security check.  Organizations may have more than one user account and password.
Feature Banner on home-page:  We require a write-up in text format and a quality .jpg photograph (at least 1100 x 300 pixels).  Landscape format generally works the best.  These we create upon request and are usually for special events and can run for up to a month before the event.
We are here to help.  For collaborative endeavours we can create listings and promote as our contribution.  We also provide support to smaller organizations without technical capacity.
 
The community resources website www.sookeregionresources.com is funded in part by the

 

 
 
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