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Community Connections - Issue No. 31 | September 21, 2015

Issue No. 31| September 21, 2015

In this Issue:

  • Welcome to our newest members
  • Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers
  • Grand Cook Off II - Collaborative Fundraiser
  • SRVC attending at Volunteer Victoria's 'Volunteer Recruitment Fair'
  • Arial Views of Sunriver Gardens
  • Applications Accepted for Community to Community Forums
  • United Nations International Day of Older Persons
  • Funding Announcements - from Volunteer Victoria
  • BC Association of Charitable Gaming (BCACG) Symposium - October 6 & 7
  • Call for Nominations - BC Medal of Good Citizenship
  • District of Sooke Proclaims September 'Literacy Month'
  • National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th
  • Job Opportunities


Welcome to our newest Members:

  • Fred W.

Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers

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. 

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 travelling 20 Km or more.  If there is enough interest we will bring training to the regional communities.


Check out our website for full details:

Sept. 15th (2hrs) - Board Governance 101 - Cancelled

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

September 23rd (2 hrs) - Types of Grants - Cancelled

September 29th (2 hrs) - Board Accountability

October 6th (1 hr) - Lunch & Learn: Team Building with Wii - NEW

October 7th (2 hrs) - Planning and Budgeting

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

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

October 21st (2 hrs) - Finding Grants

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

November 3rd (1 hrs) - Lunch & Learn: Getting your word out through Newsletters

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

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

November 10th (2 hrs) - Effective Meetings

November 17th (1 hr) - Self Advocacy  NEW

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

December 1st (1 hr)  - Lunch & Learn: Silent Communcation  NEW

December 15th (1 hr) - Lunch & Learn: Wii Play NEW

January 15th (4 hr) - From Surviving to Thriving NEW


Grand Cook Off II - Collaborative Fundraiser

Coordination and organization is well under way for the second Grand Cook Off collaborative fundraiser. Member organizations are invited to participate in this year's Project Serve Collaborative Fundraiser.  SRVC will organize the event, provide the space, insurance, and supply our own volunteers on the day of the event.

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.

To make donations of fruit and canning jars please contact us at sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com


SRVC attending at Volunteer Victoria's 'Volunteer Recruitment Fair'

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre will be hosting a booth at the annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair organized by Volunteer Victoria and the University of Victoria on Thursday, October 1st, 2015. 

"We have to aims when attending this event." says Marlene Barry, Volunteer Centre Coordinator, "The first is to showcase volunteer opportunities in the area we define as the Sooke region, from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew.  The second is to learn from the success this event so we can make the 5th Annual Sooke Region Volunteer & Non-Profit Fair a bigger and even more successful event.

The annual Sooke Region Volunteer and Non-Profit Fair is held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th.  The fifth annual event will be held Saturday, April 9th, 2016. 
Please put it on your calendar now.  We acknowledge that we got started with organizing a bit late last year and have learned lessons from that.  We are gearing up now. 

The event is free for SRVC member organizations and also free for the public to attend.  Fee free to share your ideas, challenges and successes with us.  Member input is essential for us to effectively work on your behalf.

Contact Marlene at sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or drop by the office to talk with one of our team members.

Arial Views of Sunriver Gardens

This is where Sooke’s Applefest is held.  How lovely to see the changes over 5 short years between these photos.  These folks have done a lot of work, pulled together a lot of people, united people, brought funding into the community, and built social capital!   To watch the video in the Sooke Pocket News click here.


Applications Accepted for Community to Community Forums

Applications are now being accepted for the fall intake of the 2015/16 Community to Community (C2C) program. C2C forums are about opening lines of communication and building relationships between neighbours. In this case, the neighbours are local governments and First Nations. Download the application form and guide here.


United Nations International Day of Older Persons

United Nations General Assembly designated October 1 - International Day of Older Persons on December 14, 1990.  This year 25th anniversary objectives are to enhance the recognition and dignity of Older Persons.  To recognize the need to strengthen solidarity among generations and intergenerational partnerships, and to encourage mutually responsive relationships between generations.

 Mayor Maja Tait on behalf of the District of Sooke has proclaimed Thursday October 1, 2015 as International Seniors Day – to urge our fellow citizens to recognize the crucial role played by older Canadians in our community. 

Seniors in the District of Sooke are present in all aspects of our lives:  they are our parents, grandparents, teachers, volunteers, mentors, neighbours, shoppers and co-workers.

Sooke Elderly Citizens Housing Society and Ayre Manor Care Home are hosting an event in celebration of the day.  There will be speakers, activities, music and refreshments, as well as an opportunity to mingle with the residents and guests.

SEAPARC are offering free swimming, skating and fitness for 60+ on that day.  A few of the local businesses have special discounts for seniors on Thursdays.

“We celebrate rising life expectancy in many regions of the world as one of humanities major achievements”- NGO Committee on Aging – United Nations, NY (Madrid 2008).

Mayor Tait includes “every day local seniors make a big difference to better their communities, families and workplace, and we value what they are doing”.  Sooke has also been designated as an Age Friendly Community and plans are ongoing to continue improving access and mobility for seniors.

Submitted by Shirley Lowe

Funding Announcements - from Volunteer Victoria

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.

The Fresh Voices Initiative at Vancouver Foundation, in partnership with Vancity and MOSAIC, recognizes the inspiration and leadership of immigrant and refugee youth in British Columbia working to advance social and systemic change. The following awards are available:

Education & Learning - $1,000
Family - $1,000
Building Bridges across Diverse Communities - $1,000
Immigration - $1,000
+ Ally Award - $1,000 - This award will go to an adult, an organization or a grassroots movement in B.C that works to advance the rights of immigrant and refugee youth.

Completed nominations (including additional supporting documents) must be received by 4:30pm PST on Tuesday September 22nd, 2015. Contact Vancouver Foundation staff at 1-604-688-2204 or email: freshvoices@vancouverfoundation.ca or visit their website.



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). 

District of Sooke Proclaims September 'Literacy Month'


National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th
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.


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.

Live-in Resident Caretaker Position Sooke, BC; closes Oct 5: Under the direct supervision of the South Island Regional Property Manager, the Resident Caretaker is responsible for the daily upkeep, minor maintenance, and tenant relations for a 25-unit Apartment Building for 19 years plus. The incumbent must be aware and sensitive to the housing needs of the Aboriginal/Non-Aboriginal people. The Resident Caretaker represents the M’akola Group of Societies and embraces …


The International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD), is looking for a dedicated, enthusiastic administrator for their office housed at the Dock - Centre for Social Impact, in Chinatown, Victoria, BC. approx. 16 hours per week to start, ideally 4 hours/day, Mon-Thurs. For a detailed job description, please contact: info@iicrd.org  

The Burnside Gorge Community Association is seeking two part-time Supported Childcare Workers and a part-time Preschool Educator. The competitions will remain open until the positions are filled. Full job descriptions and application details are available on the BGCA's Employment Opportunities page.
Young Parents Support Network is looking to hiring a Youth Engagement Coordinator. $25/hour. See job description. Please send a resume, cover letter and three references to Petra Chambers-Sinclair at  petra@ypsn.ca and cc to our youth partners at youthinvaders@gmail.com

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres is seeking two positions:

  • A Conference Coordinator Assistant, to work with the Conference coordinator on the 14th annual Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference. This is a contract position located in Victoria. The Conference Coordinator Assistant will work with the lead conference coordinator in the organization of all aspects of Gathering Our Voices 2016.
  • A full-time Elders and Youth Coordinator. This person will have direct responsibilities for the BCAAFCs Elders Council and Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council (PAYC). 
James Bay Community Project's Family Centre is looking for an on-call program facilitator for our busy family drop-in program. On-call shifts from 8:30 to 11:30. $25/hour. Please send cover letter and resume to the Family Centre Coordinator Nancy Smith at nsmith@jbcp.bc.ca. Posting open until filled. See their website for more details.
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