Facebook icon.RSS Feed.

Main menu

December 2016

Art Lovers of Sooke!
 
The Sooke Community Arts Council, the Sooke Fine Arts Society and the Prestige Hotel in Sooke are happy to announce that Appetite for Art 2017 will be happening again in March at the Prestige Hotel in Sooke.
 
Dates: Thursday, March 9 & Friday, March 10

 
A Gala Art opening with Food Pairings by local establishments will be held Thursday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm with the Art Gallery portion open to the public by donation from noon to 9 on Friday.

Art Lovers of Sooke!
 
The Sooke Community Arts Council, the Sooke Fine Arts Society and the Prestige Hotel in Sooke are happy to announce that Appetite for Art 2017 will be happening again in March at the Prestige Hotel in Sooke.
 
Dates: Thursday, March 9 & Friday, March 10

 
A Gala Art opening with Food Pairings by local establishments will be held Thursday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm with the Art Gallery portion open to the public by donation from noon to 9 on Friday.

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

 

 
 
Facebook icon.
Admin
Shopping cart
Your shopping cart is empty.