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Community Connections - Issue No. 30 | September 14, 2015

Issue No. 30 | September 14, 2015

In this issue:

  • Come help shape the future of volunteering in our communities.
  • Free Lunch & Learn: Changing Dynamics of Volunteering
  • Types of Grants Workshop
  • Grand Cook Off II - Collaborative Fundraiser
  • Sooke Region Volunteers at the Sooke Fall Fair
  • New provincial fund to help Syrian refugee settlement
  • Sooke Literacy Project looking for Storage Space
  • Sooke Fine Arts Offering Halogen Bulbs and Coreplast to local groups
  • Member Annual General Meeting - Sooke Community Arts Council
  • BC Association of Charitable Gaming (BCACG) Symposium
  • Call for Nominations - BC Medal of Good Citizenship
  • Parkinson Society of BC Free Webinar Series for Carepartners
  • District of Sooke Proclaims September 'Literacy Month'
  • National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th, 2016


Come help shape the future of volunteering in our communities.

Next Sooke Region Volunteer Centre meeting:

  • Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
  • 5:30 - 7:30

On the Agenda:

  • Grand Cook Off II Collaborative Fundraiser
  • Review of recent booth attendance at events
  • Workshops planning and registration
  • Succession Planning

Everyone welcome, bring your ideas and challenges.


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

Lunch & Learns are free to participants.  Bring your own lunch.  We will provide tea, coffee & cookies by donation.  Travel subsidies are available, by application, for those traveling 20+ km.

There's no doubt about it:  the dynamics of volunteering are changing.  The reasons people volunteer have not changed as much, though the how, where, and when's have.  If we learn to understand and even embrace these changes our organizations will struggle less and even prosper. Come and find out about the newest statistics and stories.  Share your stories and network towards solutions.  Presented by Marlene Barry, SRVC Coordinator.   REGISTER HERE


Types of Grants - September 23rd (2 hrs)

All 2 hour workshops are on an sliding scale: General public $30.00; SRVC members & member org. reprs. $20.00; Two member org. reps. attending the same workshop $17.50; 3 or more $15.00.

Where do you turn when your small or medium sized non profit is constantly looking for new ways to fund essential projects and programs? In this workshop, we introduce the types of grants that are available, trends in granting, and strategies for being successful grant recipients. Presented by Volunteer Victoria staff.  REGISTER HERE


Grand Cook Off II - Collaborative Fundraiser

We are looking for 3 things:

  1. One (or more) representative from a local non-profit organization to help on one day for a share in the proceeds.
  2. Donated fruit for making jams (fresh or frozen is fine)
  3. Donated canning jars (even dusty old ones)

As with last year, SRVC will organize the event, provide the space, insurance, and supply our own volunteers on the day of the event.  Participating organizations will be asked to help where and when they can with sales.  We have already booked a booth at the All Sooke Christmas Craft Fair in November to facilitate this.

Project Serve is a joint effort of the University of Victoria and Volunteer Victoria which takes place each year in the fall.  Volunteer Victoria members are invited to put forward proposals that would engage a number of university students from around the world in community service.  Our proposal of a collaborative cooking event that would raise funds for more than one organization, and provide learning opportunities for the students, was well received by the organizers. 

It now remains to be seen how many university students will sign up, and how many local organizations wish to participate in the two related events we will be coordinating.  'Grand Cook Off II' and 'Recipes in a Jar' will take place Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 at the Sooke Child, Youth & Family Services Centre, 6672 Wadams Way.  Read the full report on the first Grand Cook Off here.  While only two organizations opted to share in the proceeds, 11 non-profits and 3 businesses and members of the public, all made contributions.


Sooke Region Volunteers at the Sooke Fall Fair

Yes, of course there were volunteers from across the Sooke Region at the Sooke Fall Fair.  Where else would they come from?  What we really mean as that we, the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre folks, were at the fair promoting volunteering in general, as well as specific needs and events. 

  • A couple of parents asked about volunteer opportunities for their high school kids who require volunteer hours for graduation
  • People took information from our display board of volunteer opportunities.  One person in particular indicated they love to cook and have few opportunities to do so at home, she sounded like a good match for Sooke Senior Drop In Centre.
  • Someone stopped by to say 'thank you' for the connections they had made via our office
  • Someone else stopped by to say they still intended to follow up but had not done so yet.
  • One organization representative expressed interest in participating in the 'Grand Cook Off II' collaborative fundraiser Oct. 3rd at our offices whereby we will be canning and creating 'recipes in a jar' along with 10-14 UVic students.  The resulting product will be sold and net proceeds share among the participating organizations.
  • We found out the Cubs and Scouts are in desperate need of support.  They have a long list of young people ready to join but not enough leaders and other support personnel, so the kids are left out in the cold, so to speak.  We've offered to help spread the word.
  • Lots of folk asked about the up-coming events displayed on our poster board, especially the Wadams Way Market, Family Fun Run, and AppleFest. Several families will be signing up for the Family Fun Run due to our presence and promotion!
  • Generally people talked about their volunteering experiences, here and abroad, good and not-so-good.
  • And a new members signed up with us.

So, was it worth our while being out there, meeting people where people meet, instead of just having them come to us?  Yes, we believe it was and time will tell how far the ripple effect has travelled this weekend. 
Thank you to the Sooke Fall Fair folks for allowing us to be there.


New provincial fund to help Syrian refugee settlement

The following release comes from the BC government. The original link is in the resources below. Following that is the Sooke connection to the refugee crisis: Rebecca Collard from Sooke is a journalist who is currently covering the refugee crisis in Hungary.



Sooke Literacy Project looking for Storage Space

Do you have an unused garage, insulated shed, or other space the Sooke Literacy Book Bin Program could use to store and sort donated books?  We will need to have regular access Monday - Friday in order to sort and redistribute the books.

For more information please contact Alice Gable 250-642-7720 or alice.gable@shaw.ca


Sooke Fine Arts Offering Halogen Bulbs and Coreplast to local groups

The Sooke Fine Arts Show converted to LED lighting this year, and we have roughly 450 halogen bulbs with some good life left in them for donation. They are 50-watt PAR 20s, for the most part, with a few 75 watt bulbs as well, if there are any groups in town that could make use of any number of them. 
We also have some large Coroplast signage that we have recently replaced, and thought perhaps they could be reused or repurposed by another group.
We wanted to offer these things locally, first, before extending the offer more widely. I thought you may be able to help us identify potential recipients, or at least help get the word out to the NPOs in the region.
Catherine Keogan, Executive Director, Sooke Fine Arts Society


PO Box 471 Sooke, BC V9Z 1H4 | Telephone: 250.642.7256 | www.sookefinearts.com


Member Annual General Meeting:

Sooke Community Arts Council -September 15, 2015 in the Sooke Harbour House in the Potlatch room we will have our annual general meeting at 7pm.      READ MORE  

BC Association of Charitable Gaming (BCACG) Symposium - October 6 & 7

BCACG Symposium will be at the River Rock Resort in Richmond. Community groups that broadly represent Arts & Culture, Public Safety, Sports, Environment, Human & Social Services, PAC's and Service Clubs are invited to attend and gather for dialogue and learning at the Annual Symposium. Workshops include: 

  • Gaming Grant Applications
  • Taking a Good Picture
  • Changes to the BC Society Act
  • Communicating Your Message

Call for Nominations - BC Medal of Good Citizenship

Nominations for the province's newly launched Medal of Good Citizenship are now being accepted for individuals demonstrating outstanding achievement, excellence and distinction in their field. The online nomination form is available on the website
Nominations must be received by the last Friday in September (September 25, 2015). 

Parkinson Society of BC Free Webinar Series for Carepartners

A 6-week webinar series for carepartners of people with Parkinson's

Providing emotional and educational support, Carepartner Connect is a 6-week webinar group for carepartners of people with Parkinson's.

Join us on Thursdays for discussions with carepartners and special guests from BC and Yukon. Topics include: finding thyself; story of an experienced carepartner; future considerations; advanced health planning; advocacy and proactive aspects of caregiving; reality of placement; and caregiver wellness.

Date: Thursdays, starting October 29 to December 3, 2015

Location: Via webinar. Instructions on how to login and access these presentations on a computer with Internet access will be provided closer to the event date.

Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: Free

For more information contact: Myriame Lepine Lyons | Education and Support Services Coordinator, Interim - mlepinelyons@parkinson.bc.ca


District of Sooke Proclaims September 'Literacy Month'


National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th, 2016
5th Annual Sooke Region Volunteer and Non-Profit Fair
will be held Saturday, April 9th, 2016. 
Please put it on your calendar now so we can make this the biggest and best event ever.

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