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November 2014

Issue No. 6 | November 7, 2014

In this issue:

  • Fundraisers in Action
  • Sooke Harbour Players presents: Afterlife the Musical
  • Sooke Community Arts Council's Winter Show and Sale
  • Registration for Sooke Santa Parade Sunday, November 30th.
  • Transition Sooke's Open Spaces Report
  • Vote 'Yes' for Community!
  • Deryck Thomson Award information

 

Fundraisers in Action:

Sooke Philharmonic Society is selling poinsettia, wreaths and arrangements. 

We are selling these as a Christmas fundraiser and would appreciate your support if you’re interested. 
The plants are beautiful and come from a reputable Nursery on the mainland.  They will be delivered to the home of Margaret Lintern at the end of November for your pick-up, and must be paid for at the time of ordering. Orders must be complete by Nov. 13th so I would appreciate hearing from you a.s.a.p. if you would like to order. Click here for the order form. I could arrange to come to you for your order and money before Friday this week but then will be away.  You could also contact Kathryn Mainguy, an SPS Board director at 250-534-0405 © or 250-425-1106 (home)  email kathray1@gmail.com
 

Sooke Food Bank Fundraiser

 

Sooke Harbour Players presents: Afterlife the Musical

EMCS Theatre, 6218 Sooke Road, Sooke
Only 6 shows left!
Fri Nov 7 @ 7pm
Sat Nov 8 @ 7 pm
Sun Nov 9 @ 2 pm
Fri Nov 14 @ 7pm
Sat Nov 15 @ 7 pm

Sun Nov 16 @ 2 pm

Everything you want in a great musical! Action! Adventure! Drama! Comedy! Fantasy! Romance! Even a sword fight! And, of course, awesome music! An all-ages show, with an all-ages cast!
Written by local playwright and songwriter, Thom Southwood.

Click here for more information.
 

 

Sooke Santa Parade Sunday, November 30th. 

Please mark your calendar for this year's annual Sooke Santa Parade on November 30th!  The parade starts at noon from Sooke Elementary along Sooke Road to Shields Road, culminating at the Sooke Community Hall of Eustace Road where hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available.
Please see the attached registration form for more information and to participate.  There is no charge to participate.  If you know of anyone who is interested in participating in the parade with a float, vehicle, walking group or as a volunteer, please forward and share the attached form to submit to the Chamber office.
Thank you so much for your support!  Best regards,
Aline Doiron, Office Administrator
Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, #201-2015 Shields Road, Box 18, Sooke, B.C., V9Z 0E4
Telephone: (250)642-6112
Email: info@sookeregionchamber.com                Web: sookeregionchamber.com 

 

Transition Sooke's Open Spaces Report

A group of 33 concerned citizens – the three mayoralty candidates and five individuals running for council included – huddled with six of Transition Sooke’s core team to discuss and map out next steps related to the day’s discussion topic: “In a spirit of cooperation and self-reliance, the people of Sooke have successfully established lives, overcome hardships and responded to change for more than 160 years. (And the people of T’Sou-ke have done so for much longer). Within this tradition, how can we elect and support a council that will transform current and future challenges into opportunities?”

Seven discussion topics were determined at the day’s start in an open process by the attendees:

i) energy independence and collaboration with the T’Sou-ke Nation;

ii) health, education and social services;

iii) jobs and transportation;

iv) local food economy; v) quality of life (beautification, trails and parks, infrastructure);

vi) council/community relationship (structure, communications, integrity); and

vii) emergency response services.Open Space meetings allow participants to express diverse opinions, self-select into discussion groups, work through each issue and, at day’s end, reach firm and meaningful conclusions.

Invites to the event were extended to Transition Sooke members, election candidates and to the community at large via ads, bulletin-board posters and social media.

Prepare to be inspired!  Click here for the final summary of ideas generated at the Open Space meeting on Oct. 18 at the Sooke Harbour House They are circulating the report to the District, local community organizations, the media and as many other interested parties as possible. Please share with your own circles as well.  Check out their website for more information on


Vote 'Yes' for Community!

On November 15th, 2014 Voters will be asked:

“Would you support the District of Sooke working with the community to develop multi-use community centre facilities?     YES or NO”

This question is designed to allow the electors of the community an opportunity to give direction to the newly elected Council as to whether or not the renovation of existing buildings and / or construction of a new building for multi-use purposes is a community priority.

Representatives of community groups and non-profit organizations have been working to assess the needs of the community. Involving community groups in the process from the visioning stage to planning and beyond is of primary importance to ensure community ownership of the project.  Extensive work is required to expand on information already collected, including a full review of existing facilities, further exploration of sharing opportunities, detailed functional planning, location identification, prioritization, as well as funding opportunities.

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Deryck Thomson Award

The Deryck Thomson Award was established by the SPARC BC Board of Directors to recognize individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to social planning and social justice in BC. December 19th, 2014 is the deadline for submissions and winners will receive $5,000.00 to help continue their good works.  Click here for more information and here for the application form.

 

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Issue No. 7 | November 14 2014

In this issue:

  • Fundraisers in Action
  • 2014 Sooke Region Santa Claus Parade November 30th, 2014
  • Sooke Region Food CHI hosts Virtual Food Connections webinar
  • East Sooke Flu Clinic
  • Funding Opportunity for School Food Gardens
  • How healthy is your Board of Directors?

 

Fundraisers in Action:

Sooke Food Bank Fundraiser: Barney Bentall's Grand Cariboo Oprey at the Edward Milne Community Theatre on November 20th, 2014 doors open at 7pm...show starts at 7:30pm.  Tickets are on sale now at Sooke Shoppers Drugmart, The Stick in the Mud Cafe and through Eventbright.  This event is brought to you by Mel Dobre, Sooke Harbour Players, Sooke Region Volunteer Centre and the many businesses and individuals who sponsored songs.  Don't miss your chance to attend this lively event here in Sooke.

Sooke Fall Fair Celebrates The Biggest, Little Craft Fair: Saturday, November 29, 2014
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the newly renovated Diningroom of the Sooke Community Hall.  Click here for more details and to book your table to sell your non-profit tickets and fundraising items.

T ’Sou-Ke Arts Group (TAG) Presents the 6TH Annual Christmas Art’s & Crafts Show, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 10 am to 6 pm, 6221 SOOKE Road.  To book your table contact llbristo@gmail.com  (note it IS llbristo NOT llbristol).  Cost  $25 per table space. Here is another opportunity to fundraise while helping fundraisers!

Grand Cook-Off Collaborative Fundraiser:  We now have our Island Health approvals to see the jams made at the September 27th event.  For Sale:  Yellow Plum Jam, Prune Plum Jam and Blackberry Jam (already wrapped for Christmas gifts) $4.00 per jar.  Also individual serving sized, fresh frozen blackberry-appl crumbles $5.00 each or 4 for $15.00.  Proceeds to to support the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre and the Sooke Therapeutic Yoga Society. 
To order please contact sookeregionvolunters@gmail.com, or stop by the Volunteer Centre office on Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, or stop by the Ahmisa Yoga Studio in the new Hope Centre on West Coast Road.

Click here for a poster which we hope you will be able to display and share.


Sooke Volunteer Firefighters are selling a 2015 wall calendars to raise funds for the Fraternidad De Bomberos project.  At $20 each, these 13-month calendars glossy colour 2015 calendars are available during the day at the main fire hall at 2225 Otter Point Rd, at The Stick in the Mud coffee shop, at Western Foods customer service desk, at the Sooke Craft Fair, or by delivery (orders can be placed on Twitter @FDBSooke, or by phone at 250-642-5422 or on the Sooke firefighters Facebook page). Payment in cash is preferred.
In 2013, six firefighters participated in a trip to Panama, where they trained local firefighters in a small village there. In 2015, six to eight firefighters will participate in the rewarding pro-gram (including three who attended in 2013).

This information was collected from the Sooke Voice News.

 

Click here for the registration form.

 

Sooke Region Food CHI hosts Virtual Food Connections webinar

Join us on November 19 for Virtual Food Connections – a full day of webinars and live discussion about food security issues in rural communities.
 
Sooke Food CHI is hosting this year’s Food Connections, an annual conference intended to support food security efforts – join us in person or participate online from your home or office.
 
Wednesday, November 19 - 9:30am to 4:00 pm
Sooke Child Youth and Family Centre, Volunteer Centre Room
6672 Wadams Way (end of Townsend)
 
Everyone is welcome – local governments, non-profit organizations, public health professionals, community food security advocates, educators, farmers, fishers, food retailers and people interested in food!  
 
Register today see here for details
More info on Food CHI Site here

 

East Sooke Flu Clinic

Saturday November 22, 2014 10:00 am to 12 Noon

•WHERE:  East Sooke Country
•Doctor administered
•No Cost
•Free coffee courtesy of East Sooke Country Grocer

It might seem like a strange place to advertise this but it's harder to get the word out to the more spread out communities so any opportunity seems like a good opportunity.

 

Funding Opportunity for School Food Gardens

Whole Kids Foundation: Canadian School Garden Grants

The Whole Kids Foundation believes that student involvement in school gardens fosters a relationship between students and their food. Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Whole Kids Foundation Canadian School Garden Grants program provides $2,000 grants to support new or existing edible gardens on school grounds.

In order to be eligible for support, gardens must be edible school gardens (growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc.) and be located on the grounds of a nonprofit Canadian primary or secondary school, including public, private, religious, and charter schools.

Eligible applicants include Canadian public schools, public charter schools, private schools and private charter schools with charity nonprofit status, and charity nonprofit organizations supporting a garden at a public or a nonprofit private school. Applicants do not need to be located in a community with a Whole Foods Market in order to apply for School Garden Grant.

Applications must be submitted online by November 30, 2014. 

 

How healthy is your Board of Directors?

Many organizations are seeking new members for their Board of Directors.  It is the top area of concern with the changing dynamics of volunteering.  One of our area's longest standing non-profit organizations is about to fold due to its inability to find people to be on its Board.

If you are already a Board member, it may be helpful to review the health of your Board before you reach your next annual general meeting. 

If you’re interested in volunteering on a board, first consider your skills, interests and experience. Board members should know an organization’s history and mission. And they should understand the board’s role before joining.

Volunteer Canada has more information to help with both scenerios.

Imagine Canada has information on Board Governance which outlines key processes, policies, and practices to have in place to support board effectiveness. - See more at:

 

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T ’Sou-Ke Arts Group (TAG) Presents the 6TH Annual Christmas Art’s & Crafts Show, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 10 am to 6 pm, 6221 SOOKE Road.  To book your table contact llbristo@gmail.com  (note it IS llbristo NOT llbristol).  Cost  $25 per table space. Here is another opportunity to fundraise while helping fundraisers!

EAST SOOKE FLU CLINIC
Saturday November 22, 2014
10:00 am to 12 Noon

•WHERE:  EAST SOOKE COUNTRY GROCER AND GENERAL STORE
•DOCTOR ADMINISTERED
•NO COST
•FREE COFFEE COURTESTY OF EAST SOOKE COUNTRY GROCER
 

Issue No. 8 | November 28, 2014

In this issue:

  • Santa Parade this weekend!
  • SRVC Membership Benefits - Access to funding database
  • Recruiting members for keeps!
  • BC Pensioners share concerns for Medicare
  • This illustrates how truly fortunate we are!
  • Victoria Foundation's Vital Signs Report
  • On the Move, the CRD Regional Transportation Newsletter.

 

 

Santa Parade this weekend!

Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce is again hosting the 2014 Sanata Parade in down town Sooke. 

The parade starts at noon, leaving from Sooke Elementary School parking lot.and ending at the Sooke Community Hall, Eustace Road. Refreshments will be available af the end of the parade. Sooke Harbourside Lions will serving.  The proceeds going to the Christmas Bureau and Sooke Food Bank.

If possible, please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Sooke Food Bank/Christmas Bureau. 

To participate (by entering a float, walking in the parade or volunteering to help with the parade or refreshments afterwards), please contact Aline at info@sookeregionchamber.com or call 250-642-6112.

The parade is brought to you by the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the District of Sooke and EPCOR Water Services.

Click here for a route mapClick here for a detour map.

 

SRVC Membership Benefits:

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre (SRVC) members are invited to call our office to book an appointment for a 1/2 hour consultation to review our granting database GrantStation.  Come tell us what you are looking for and we shall see if we can find  you some additional sources.  To book your appointment leave a message at 250-642-6463 Ext. 235. 

As a newly developing organization we are still working on our official membership package.  We have been offering a number of services for some time with no membership requirement.  Some of these, like listings on the community resources website www.sookeregionresources.com will remain open to all regional non-profits at no cost to them.  Other services are being developed or expanded on to provide additional benefits to members.  Individual and regional non-profit membership is $25.00 per year.

Recruiting members for keeps!

Recruiting new members is so much more than “selling” a membership. The way you recruit has a direct impact on the way new members participate…and whether or not they renew.

Join us for a free live webinar on Thursday, December 11th with Patricia A. Hudson, MPsSc, President Melos Institute and discover how simple changes in the recruitment conversation can make all the difference.
In this webinar, we will:

Examine why current approaches fail to produce desired results
Explore a recruitment technique that resonates across generations
Learn practical ways your fellow members can become successful recruiters
Discover how this approach can be incorporated in print and digital ways
Gain access to samples and templates for your immediate use

Date: Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (PST)
Register today! (limited space available)

If you are interested, you need to register with Wild Apricot and you could then join us at the Volunteer Centre to participate together and have discussions afterwards.  Please register first and then contact us at sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

 
BC Pensioners share concerns for Medicare

Taking a Stand for Healthcare

Sent by Shirley Lowe, B.C. Pensioners & Seniors Organization, Sooke Branch #88

This week is Medicare Week!
On Tuesday, hundreds of public health advocates will arrive on Parliament Hill to ask our politicians to commit to protect and strengthen our universal public healthcare system during their election campaigns.
They need your help to stop the sabotage of Canada’s healthcare. Email your MP and all the party leaders today to show that Canadians will support politicians that make universal public healthcare a priority in the 2015 federal elections.

Our healthcare is being sabotaged by the federal government, and facing legal attack in the courts.
From the Harper government’s deep budget cuts, to a lawsuit in BC that could shatter the legal foundation of Canadian public health care, our healthcare system is facing attacks on various fronts. Now Leadnow is joining with the Canadian Health Coalition and other public healthcare advocates to fight back.

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This illustrates how truly fortunate we are!

It is amazing when you put things in perspective......We are lucky!  Take a deep breath, let it out and say 'Ahhhhhhh!  Global statistics reduced down to something that is relatable.

This illustrates how truly fortunate we are

 

 

Victoria Foundation's Vital Signs Report

Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada. It measures the vitality of communities in key areas, providing critical information that can help set priorities and identify opportunities for action. Yesterday, 27 community foundations across Canada launched their own local reports.
 
The Victoria Foundation released its 9th edition of the report, sponsored by Island Savings Credit Union. This year adds results of the first ever Victoria Capital Region Community Wellbeing Survey conducted earlier this summer. The Vital Signs report combines public opinion with statistics and relevant facts to provide a snapshot of the livability and wellbeing of the community.
 
Back again for the sixth year is a special eight-page Youth Vital Signs section that examines what people aged 15 to 24 think about life in Greater Victoria.
 
Visit our website to read the report, and for a complete listing of all indicator sources.

 

Welcome to On the Move, the CRD Regional Transportation Newsletter. This quarterly publication will provide you with information on news, events, resources and stories related to multi-modal forms of travel. Feel free to share this newsletter and provide us with ideas for future content. Enjoy!  Sooke is mentioned in this issue a couple of times.

 

 

 

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Issue No. 9 | December 8, 2014

In this issue:

  • Welcome to our newest members
  • Sooke Region Volunteer Centre Members Benefit
  • Santa/Candy Cane Run Saturday, Dec. 13 - Sooke, Otter Point and East Sooke
  • State of the Board - BC Pensioners, Sooke Branch #88 closes
  • John Horgan, NDP Leader, statement on the changes to the Societies Act
  • Job Opportunities:

 

Welcome to our newest members:

Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce

West Coast Family Medical

 

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre Members Benefit:

We have signed up for a  webinar on refcruiting and retaining new members.

Join us for a free to members j(Non-Member Fee: $10.00) live webinar on Thursday, December 11th,2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Patricia A. Hudson, MPsSc, President Melos Institute and discover how simple changes in the recruitment conversation can make all the difference.

Recruiting new members is so much more than “selling” a membership. The way you recruit has a direct impact on the way new members participate…and whether or not they renew.

In this webinar, we will:

  • Examine why current approaches fail to produce desired results
  • Explore a recruitment technique that resonates across generations
  • Learn practical ways your fellow members can become successful recruiters
  • Discover how this approach can be incorporated in print and digital ways
  • Gain access to samples and templates for your immediate use

RSVP to sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com.  Members may send more than one respresentative.

 

Santa/Candy Cane Run Saturday, Dec. 13 - Sooke, Otter Point and East Sooke

Does anyone know if the Shirley Fire Department will also be doing a run on this day?  I haven't heard.

For those in the District of Sooke and Otter Point & East Sooke areas, your local fire departments will be doing their annual Santa/Candy Cane Runs on Saturday, December 13th.  For more details on the routes and times check out the listing on the community resources website.

 

State of the Board - BC Pensioners, Sooke Branch #88 closes

You probably saw this in the Sooke News Mirror about the BC Pensioners and Seniors Organiation Br. #88 (formerly the OAP Organization) closing down after 50 years of service!  The article hits some of highlights of what this group has done for our community over the years, and for seniors specificially.  Is it not ironic in this time of the largest sector of people entering 'senior-hood' in the history of the world, that one of our seniors based organizations is folding?! 

We can only say we are sorry, and thank you for all the hard work that you (all those who helped over the decades) did for the community at large and seniors specifically!  Good luck and good rest!

It is not only seniors organizations that are having troubles fulling the board of directors positions.  This is a growing challenge across the nation, possibly across the world.  That doesn't mean there are not solutions and rethinking the task is likely one of them.

The Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) understood some of the challenges facing volunteer based organizations and has been taking steps to find creative solutions.  One of those was to open our very own Sooke Region Volunteer Centre.  On top of that Sooke Region CHI recently merged with a registered cooprerative charity and now has a Board of Directors for the first time!  We are all eager to learn together!

If you are interested in learning more and being part of the solutions (there will be more than one), please contact us at soookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or sookeregionchi!yahoo.ca

This is a sad farewell to the B.C. Pensioners and Seniors Organization members and board of directors.  We hope to see you again soon in happier times!

 

John Horgan, NDP Leader, statement on the changes to the Societies Act

You won’t believe this.

Christy Clark is trying to change the BC Society Act to give deep-pocketed interests new powers to drag any community group that opposes them into court.

The changes would allow private interests to sue environmental and community groups for opposing their projects, tying those groups up in expensive court battles. Environmental organizations, neighbourhood associations, churches, you name it -- they could all find themselves targeted if Clark’s plan goes through.

The potential impact of this policy is chilling. It could effectively muzzle free expression and public debate across British Columbia, striking at the very heart of our democratic values and giving unprecedented power to those with the deepest pockets.

This is wrong and the NDP is going to fight it. But we need your help. Please visit www.DontMuzzleBC.ca right now to add your voice and show Christy Clark that we won’t stand for this.

This plan affects over 27,000 groups across the province. It could bankrupt small community organizations, muzzle public dissent, and force non-profits to fight against constant legal proceedings from anyone who disagrees with their work.

The legislative session ends this Thursday, and we have a simple goal: get as many people as possible to join our campaign before the legislature adjourns.

Please add your name to www.DontMuzzleBC.ca now to send Christy Clark a message before it’s too late.

With your help, we can stop this.

-John Horgan, Leader – BC New Democrats

 

Job Opportunities:

Wideglide Entertainment Ltd. is seeking a dynamic independent leader for the role of Volunteer Coordinator for Sunfest Country Music Festival. This is a part-time position. 10-15 hours per month from December to March, then April to July approximately 30 hours per week. For more information.

 

The Mustard Seed is seeking a full-time Shipper Receiver.  Position is 37.5 hours/week. Closing date is Dec. 13 or when suitable person found. Please click here for details and application process.

 

The MS Society is hiring a Community Services Coordinator in our Client Services Department.  28 hours per week.  Deadline is December 28th. For information, please check here.

 

Island Health is looking for an energetic, enthusiastic and experienced Manager, Volunteer Resources to manage a large group of volunteers (300-500) in various programs at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.  For more information and to apply visit their website. Position is open until filled.
 

 

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