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Community Connections - Issue No. 28 | August 17, 2015

Issue No. 28 | August 17, 2015
 

In this issue:

  • Local Training in Reach of Everyone's Budget
  • Immortalize your Volunteers (Photos requested)
  • Sara Spencer Foundation now accepting applications
  • Sooke Fire Rescue Information Session September 23rd
  • Leadership Vancouver Island is accepting applications for 2015/16.
  • Volunteer BC Conference - Sept 24 & 25, 2015
  • Project Management for Non Profit Organizations coming to Victoria.
  • How To Write Effective Meeting Minutes
  • Self Advocacy Group in Sooke
  • October 1, 2015 is National Seniors Day in the District of Sooke
  • New medal will honor B.C. citizens who do good deeds
  • AIDS Vancouver Island hosting a Free One Day Training
  • Job Opportunities

 

Local Training in Reach of Everyone's Budget

Whether you are already a volunteer, considering volunteering, or even just plain curious, check out the local training being offered under the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre’s “Recruit, Retain and Retrain” project.  The project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, and will not likely be this affordable again.

Free ‘Lunch and Learn’ opportunities means this training fits everyone’s budget.  Discounts are offered to Volunteer Centre members, with further discounts when 2 or more volunteers from a non-profit organization register for the same workshop.  Travel subsidies are available for residents from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew who are traveling 20 Km or more.  If there is enough interest we will bring training to the regional communities.

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Board Governance 101 (not just for Board members, the curious welcome as well) Sept. 15th (2hrs)

Lunch & Learn: Changing Dynamics of Volunteering - September 22nd (1 hr)

Types of Grants - September 23rd (2 hrs)

Board Accountability - September 29th (2 hrs)

Lunch & Learn: TBD (Tell us what you want to learn about) - October 6th (1 hr)

Planning and Budgeting - October 7th (2 hrs)

Board Spheres & Responsibilities - October 13th (2 hrs)

Lunch & Learn: Volunteer Management Overview - October 20th (1 hr)

Finding Grants - October 21st (2 hrs)

Generative Boards: What is it we really do?October 27th (2 hrs)

Lunch & Learn: Getting your word out through Newsletters - November 3rd (2 hrs)

Social Media for Non-Profits - November 4th (2 hrs)

Messaging & Engaging Recruits - November 7th (4hrs)

Effective Meetings - November 10th (2 hrs)

Intro to Delegating Effectively - November 20th (2 hrs)

 

Immortalize your Volunteers (Photos requested)

We are developing a 'Recruitment Kit' which can be taken to events, coffee shops, etc. - anywhere people already get together.  We need photos of people, head shots mostly, doing what they enjoy.  Please share photos, with info on who to credit for the shot, for the tri-fold poster board we are having professionally developed.  They need to be quality .jpg's of 2 KB's or better.  Our graphic designer will choose from those submitted and we will let you know which ones we use.
 
In addition to the eye-catching tri-fold board, the kit will contain such things as pamphlets, brochures, give-aways (pens, key-rings, etc.), interview and sign-up forms, a list of the over 180 non-profit organizations in the Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew region, printed calendar of events, and a binder containing as many volunteer opportunities as we can locate. 
 
The intent is that the Volunteer Centre will bring this to as many opportunities as they can find and have capacity for, and member organizations can also borrow the kit for their own recruitment opportunities.
 
Please send photographs and details for volunteer opportunities to sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com
 

Sara Spencer Foundation now accepting applications

Attention local social service and health agencies: the Sara Spencer Foundation is now accepting applications for funding of programs. Criteria for applications can be accessed by emailing sspencer@enh.bc.ca. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 30th 2015.
 
 

Sooke Fire Rescue Information Session September 23rd

According to Fire Chief Steven Sorensen on Twitter, there will be an information session on September 23 at 7:00 p.m., hosted at the Sooke Fire Station #1 (on Otter Point Road, beside the District’s office building).

Following is the information as it appears on the District of Sooke’s website.

Joining the team of Sooke Volunteer Firefighters

How can I become a Volunteer Firefighter?

“Have you ever thought- If I don’t volunteer, who will?”

Applications for Volunteer Firefighters are accepted all year round. Next recruit class is January 2016. Applications are available online, at Fire Station #1, 2225 Otter Point Road, or by contacting Assistant Chief Matt Barney, Training Officer at 250-642-5422.

Training sessions for new recruit firefighters begin in January at Fire Station #1. When basic training is completed, successful applicants will be issued a pager and can begin attending emergency calls. Applications must be received in full before August 14th to be considered for the Winter Recruit class.

After basic training, recruits become a “Probationary” firefighter. Prior to being a Probationary Member, each recruit must successfully complete a written and practical evaluation.

Upon successful completion of probation, the new member becomes a “regular” firefighter and continues with regular Thursday night training sessions with their fellow firefighters.

Volunteers living west of the Sooke River Bridge will be assigned to Station 1
Volunteers living east of the Sooke River Bridge will be assigned to Station 2

All new recruit firefighters are trained to the NFPA 1001 Standard through the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Once recruit members have achieved the NFPA 1001 Level 1 Standard, they are able to continue the process to become accredited NFPA 1001 Level 2 firefighters.

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Leadership Vancouver Island is accepting applications for 2015/16.

There are some sponsored seats available.  For more information check out the website here.
Anne and I would be happy to discuss the program with you!

Anne-Marie Koeppen, Volunteer Cowichan, anne-marie@volunteercowichan.bc.ca


Volunteer BC Conference - Sept 24 & 25, 2015

Early Bird rate in effect.  Check it out the excellent line up! Conference fees include Volunteer BC membership, Breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and all sessions.

For more information check out the website here.



Project Management for Non Profit Organizations coming to Victoria.

PM-Volunteers are pleased to be bringing our successful series of project management workshops for Non Profits to Victoria this fall.

Designed specifically for Non Profit organizations, the day-long workshop will be led by experienced project management professionals who will introduce participants to project management processes & techniques.

When: Saturday, September 12, 2015
How Long: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: $95.00.
Included: workbook, access to online project management toolbox, Snacks, refreshments, and lunch.

Attendance is limited to 20 seats ( seats still available).  Click here to register

Anne-Marie Koeppen, Volunteer Cowichan, anne-marie@volunteercowichan.bc.ca

 

How To Write Effective Meeting Minutes

This article was prepared by Wild Apricot to help the volunteers and/or staff of small non-profits and membership organizations who may be new to the task of taking and preparing meeting minutes for committees or Boards of Directors.

Please note that since the format, style and content requirements for meeting minutes varies depending on the organization and the type of committee or Board, this article offers only general guidelines to help get you started.

Are you new to writing meeting minutes?

Whether you’ve been tasked with taking notes for a committee or you’ve been appointed Secretary to the Board of your organization, preparing meeting minutes doesn’t have to be an arduous task. Here are some tips and ideas that will help you get started with writing and preparing effective meeting minutes.

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SELF-ADVOCACY GROUP IN SOOKE

Self-advocacy: when a person speaks up and talks about their thoughts and feelings, when they ask for what they want, when they make decisions which affect them, or when they try to change things when they think they are being treated unfairly. (“Let me Speak” Manual)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

7:00 – 9:00p.m

You are invited to attend a meeting of individuals interested in setting up a self-advocacy group in Sooke and surrounding area.  The purpose of the meeting is to:

Define and identify what a self advocate is
Discuss what the self advocacy group is going to look like
Decide on a name for the group
Choose some goals for the group
Set up future meetings

This meeting is open to anyone who is interested in learning about self-advocacy.  For further information including the address you can contact us at selfadvocacysooke@gmail.com or call Astrid at 250-634-3020.

 

October 1, 2015 is National Seniors Day in the District of Sooke

 
 

New medal will honor B.C. citizens who do good deeds

This announcement was recently published by the Government of BC in recognition of B.C. Day. Given that Sooke is renowned for its high volunteer participation, there are numerous Sooke citizens making a difference who would look good donning this bit of jewelry.

The link to nominate a Sooke citizens making a difference for a Medal of Good Citizenship is listed in the resources below. The deadline for submissions is September 25, 2015.

The Province is heralding B.C. Day by unveiling its new Medal of Good Citizenship.

The medal features British Columbia’s shield, floral emblem and the words, ‘Generosity, Service and Selflessness’. British Columbians are now urged to consider good citizens making a difference in their communities and nominate them for this new honour.

The front of the Medal of Good Citizenship features the shield of the province. On the back, a stylized version of B.C.’s floral emblem, the Pacific dogwood, and the words, ‘Generosity, Service and Selflessness’ are engraved to honour the kindness and generous acts of recipients.

“This year and going forward, good citizens whose actions are making a difference in their communities will have the opportunity to be officially recognized by the Province,” said Shirley Bond, selection committee chair and Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. “The B.C. Day long weekend is the perfect time for British Columbians to think about those people in their communities who exemplify good citizenship with acts of generosity and service and consider nominating them for this provincial medal.”

Nominations for the medal close on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, and details on how to nominate individuals can be found here.

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AIDS Vancouver Island hosting a Free One Day Training

In October AIDS Vancouver Island is hosting a free one day training and I hope you will take a moment to look at the info, and send the invitation out far and wide to your contacts.  We are hopeful about building connections in the West Shore Community, and are looking forward to this opportunity.

http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/free-hiv-and-hepatitis-c-update-for-social-service-and-healthcare-providers-tickets-18122864977

Also, please find below a message from Griffin Russell, the Island Health Harm Reduction Coordinator:

 

Harm Reduction Training - HIV & Hep C

As a local professional working in partnership with AIDS Vancouver Island over the past decade I can attest to the incredible work being provided to folks across Vancouver Island.

As the Harm Reduction Coordinator for Island Health, I am very pleased and excited to work with you and the broader community towards addressing the needs associated across: HIV and Hepatitis C, testing, treatment, sexual health, and harm reduction. 

In October AIDS Vancouver Island is hosting a free one day training and I hope you will take a moment to look at the info, and send the invitation out far and wide to your contacts.  We are hopeful about building connections in the West Shore Community, and are looking forward to this opportunity.

The training on October 30th will certainly be a great opportunity to bring us all together to explore the issues facing what is most often our most vulnerable, marginalized and stigmatized members in the community.  Click here to register.

For more information contact: Griffin Russell, Harm Reduction Coordinator, Island Health 

Office: 250-755-7691 - Cell: 250-889-2251 - Fax: 250-740-2672

 

Job Opportunities

For local job opportunities the best source we have found is the Sooke Pocket News.

The following are courtesy of Volunteer Victoria

The Child & Youth Health Network Collective Impact initiative is seeking a part-time Youth Engagement Coordinator. This is a new position starting at the end of September for 25 weeks with the possibility of continued employment subject to funding. 17 hours/week: $25/hour. Closing date is Monday, September 14th at 4:30pm. Full job description and application details are available on our blog.

The Pandora Arts Collective Society, a community-based charity offering weekly art programming for all with a special emphasis on mental health and well-being, seeks a part-time Administrator. 4 hours weekly. $23-$25/hour depending on qualifications. Closing date: August 31, 2015. Details and information can be found on the Pandora Arts website.   

Greater Victoria Police Victim Services (GVPVS) is hiring for a on-call Relief Support Pager. The role of the Relief Support Pager is to support and supervise volunteers on pager shifts and to attend after-hour crisis calls with police. Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, detailed resume and 3 references by 4:00PM Friday August 14, 2015 via email to: Charli Winking, Program Director, charli.winking@gvpvs.org More info see here. 


Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria is hiring for their Community Clubs Program Leaders and Support Workers for September 2015. Details and information can be found on BGCSGV's website. 


The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre and Project Respect is looking to hire a new  Prevention Coordinator - Deadline for applications is Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 at noon.

Cook Street Village Activity Centre is hiring for a part-time Activity Assistant. Reporting to the Program/Volunteer Manager, the Activity Assistant will work with volunteers, programs, services, and other activities available at the Centre, ensuring the Centre's policies are observed. Work week to include Thursday evening and Saturday all day and other hours as assigned. More info can be found here. 

Oaklands Community Centre has a number of jobs coming down the line including Youth Lead, Out of School Care Activity Leaders, Out of School Care Program Lead and Supported Child Care Activity Leader. Here's the link.
 

 

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