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July 2016

Issue No. 44| August 1st, 2016

In this Issue:

  • SHOW CASING: Volunteers Doing What they Do Best - Giving
  • Flip Chart Found - This newsletter works!
  • Attention Organizations that offer Concessions
  • Looking for volunteers to help out your organization this summer?
  • Volunteer Victoria Workshops August - October 2016
  • BC Societies Act Transition Guide 
  • Sooke Region Food CHI Summer Newsletter
  • Sooke Community Arts Council News
  • Fair Vote
  • Job Opportunities
  • Submissions


SHOW CASING: Volunteers Doing What they Do Best - Giving

Busy day for RCM-SAR Station Sooke July 25/16. At approx. 6:30pm we were tasked by JRCC/CCG for their second long mission of the day.


Would you like to showcase your volunteers in action?  Send us pictures and a few words so we can share and celebrate!


Flip Chart Found - This newsletter works!

In our last newsletter we posted a plea for groups to have a look for our flip chart stand. We neglected to use our own sign-out system and couldn't remember if we'd left it somewhere or leant it out.  This newsletter works!  Our flip chart is safely back in our offices and or sign out system us put to date.

If your organization is looking for something or has something to share, feel free to submit to sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com.


Attention Organizations that offer Concessions

Here's another way this newsletter works.  We offered 6 dozen pop to the first organization that showed up at our office.  Sooke Youth Show Choir was the first to read the newsletter and respond.  Good luck on their next event and fundraising concession.


Looking for volunteers to help out your organization this summer?

Volunteer Victoria's Youth Team will be sending out a regular NewsFlash to our youth pool of volunteers of over 1000 subscribers every two weeks. Please send any positions you wish to have featured to Adrianna.

Please note: for those wishing to have volunteer positions posted in Volunteer Victoria's Newsflash to youth volunteers, please following the format below...

  • Organization:
  • Volunteer Position:
  • Description of Position:
  • Benefit to Volunteer:
  • Time Commitment:

Contact: Arianna Klus, Youth Program Coordinator & Better Impact Aficionado 

Better Impact Hours: Mondays & Fridays
Volunteer Victoria
306-620 View Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1J6


Volunteer Victoria Workshops August - October 2016

Volunteer Victoria Learning Events and Workshops

Register or Learn more here.

New Series! Governance Salon: Expanding the Conversation on Governance and the BC Societies Act -  August 8th, 11:30-1:30pm with Ann Moskow & Claire Rettie
Governance: Clarifying your Purpose - August 23rd, 9am-12pm with Ann Moskow & Claire Rettie
Leading Volunteers- Foundations in Volunteer Management -
September 19th- October 28th with Leanna Hill & Lisa Mort-Putland
Elements of Good Governance - September 20th, 5-7pm with Vic Murray
Facilitation Basics: Learning Lab - September 26th, 1-4pm with James Pratt
Building Blocks of Budgets for Non-Profits - September 28th, 9-12pm with Susan Lucato
Save the Date! Facebook: Pages, boosting, & more - October 13th, 9am-12pm with Rose Jang
Understanding Financial Statements - October 25th, 5-7pm with Susan Lucato
Stakeholder Engagement: Learning Lab - November 1st, 9am-12pm with James Pratt
Research Made Easy: Informing & Supporting our Work - November 9th, 9-12pm with Marika Albert



BC Societies Act Transition Guide 

Hello Volunteer Victoria Members, as you may know all non profit societies in BC have to transition their Constitution and Bylaws to become compliant with the new BC Societies Act - which comes into force on November 28, 2016.

The good folks at BC Registry Services just released the official transition guide - which provides step by step instructions on how to transition your Society and other important details. Please feel free to share the guide with your board members and management team.   


Sooke Region Food CHI Summer Newsletter

  • Allotment Gardens
  • Healing Garden
  • Grow a Row
  • Sunriver Community Orchard
  • Winter Workshops
  • Event Coordinator Wanted
  • and more......



Sooke Community Arts Council News

Art in the Park  is on Shaw) TV



Fair Vote

To determine the best model of Proportional Representation for Canada, while respecting the need for all MPs to face the voters
and be accountable to voters, we call on federal parties to commit to:

  1. Conducting a multi-partisan process involving citizen and expert consultation to determine the best model.
  2. Implementing the model in time to Make Every Vote Count in the 2019 election.


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.


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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Check out the great line-up of entertainment and activities we will have at Art in the Park, at McGregor Park, Saturday, August 18th, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Lots of fun for all ages!

We still have capacity for art and food vendors. The deadline to register is July 30.

Hope to see you all there!

This year the Sooke Fall Fair has its “Finger on the Pulses”, but we are full of beans.
Pulses are dried peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas and lupins.

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