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Issue No. 50 | February 1st, 2017
In this Issue:
  • Sooke River 10 K Run needs Volunteers
  • Sooke Mayor Welcomes Pubic Input
  • Tea and Symphony
  • Communiry Volunteer Income Tax Program
  • Volunteer Victoria February Workshops
  • Little Mermaid Callout
  • Seedy Saturday
  • Sooke Soccer
  • HeroWork
  • GrantStation
  • Non-Profit Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

 

Sooke River 10 K Run still 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.

Mayor Welcomes Public Input...

Mayor Maja Tait is pleased to announce the addition of Public Input sessions immediately prior to Regular Council meetings, beginning on January 23, 2017. During these informal sessions, the public is invited to address Mayor and Council regarding any issue of concern that falls within Council’s authority. An informal “Town Hall” meeting format will be used to promote open dialogue.

Public Input sessions will continue through to the month of April on a trial basis. If the public finds these sessions valuable, Mayor and Council will consider extending them on a more permanent basis.

Public Input Meetings are scheduled as follows, and will be held in the Council Chambers at 2225 Otter Point Road:

Monday, January 23, 2017 6:00 pm – 6:40 pm
Tuesday, February 14, 2017  6:00 pm – 6:40 pm
Monday, February, 27, 2017 6:00 pm – 6:40 pm
Monday, March 13, 2017 6:00 pm – 6:40 pm
Monday, March 27, 2017 6:00 pm – 6:40 pm
Monday, April 10, 2017 6:00 pm – 6:40 pm
Monday, April 24, 2017 6:00 pm – 6:40 pm

Join us for our Tea & Symphony on February 12, 2017, 2:30 pm at the Sooke Community Hall.  Ticket sales are limited and we are always sold out so purchase your tickets early.  For more information go to our website  http://www.sookephil.ca/.  For tickets you can get them at local venues noted on our website or online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tea-symphony-tickets-29114544386

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.

​Volunteer Victoria is located at:
306-620 View Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1J6

Tel: 250-386-2269
Fax: 250-386-2279
E-mail: volvic@volunteervictoria.bc.ca
Website: www.volunteervictoria.bc.ca

February 2017 Workshops

Planning Good Board Meetings and Running Them Well

The board meeting is where all the action happens… or is it? Does your board make progress on important matters at its meetings, or just circle around the same topics? Does discussion flow enough – or too much? Do you get bogged down in Robert’s Rules of Order, or suffer from a shortage of structure and direction?

Wed, 1 February 2017 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Evolving the Generative Board

21st Century non-profits operate in environments where beneficiary needs are increasingly complex, competition for talented staff is relentless, and accountability expectations are continually changing.

Boards are challenged to create more ‘space’ for critical, in-depth conversations; to expand engagement outside the board room while, at the same time, make sure they stay out of the day-to-day business of the organization.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • explore where the concept of the ‘generative board’ fits on a governance continuum,
  • complete an inventory of their existing governance structure, and
  • identify opportunities and approaches for holding generative conversations with their board colleagues.

Wed, 8 February 2017 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The Executive Directors and the BC Societies Act

The new BC Societies Act is in force as of November 28, 2016.

The Act says that once that happens, you have two years to transition your existing constitution and bylaws onto the new Registrar’s system.

Regardless of when you make that transition, as soon as the Act comes into force, your society must operate in accordance with the new Act.

Tue, 21 February 2017 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Foundations in Strategic Planning

Are you ready to take your organization to the next level? First, you’ll need to determine where you want to go.  Next you’ll need to assess what you currently have in place that can either help or hinder you, and finally decide how you’ll get there. 

Strategic planning is similar to planning for a trip.  You need a destination, a map and GPS, and a mode of transportation.  This workshop will help you bridge the gap between the vision you have for your organization and the current reality using strategic planning.  

In this workshop you will get the tools to create a strategic plan for your own business or organization.

We’ll work through:

  • Vision statements
  • Mission statements
  • SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats)
  • Gap analysis
  • Goals
  • Action plan

Thursday, 23 February 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

 

Into the Spotlight - Sooke Pocket News

It’s a Little Mermaid Callout!

Into the Spotlight is looking for kids aged 4 – 18 from Sooke, East Sooke, Metchosin and the Westshore to join the cast of their spring production of “Little Mermaid”.

Into the Spotlight provides performing arts opportunities for all youth ages four through 18 in a professional environment that promotes new and/or young talent in Metchosin, East Sooke, Sooke, Langford, Colwood, View Royal, and the rest of Greater Victoria.

Regular rehearsals for Little Mermaid will be from 6:00 – 7:30 pm Wednesdays at the Langford Legion (761 Station Avenue).

Anyone interested in participating is invited to register in person on January 18th, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Langford Legion (761 Station Avenue). No audition is required, all registered children will be in the cast.

 February 25
10am to 3pm
Sooke Community Hall
Come be part of Sooke’s premier seed and local food growing event! This family-friendly day will feature a diverse range of seed and plant vendors, seed exchange, workshops, and more. Sooke Fall Fair Society is proud to support the event and provides a healthy lunch and market downstairs throughout the day. Everything in one place to get you geared up for the gardening season! Volunteers are still needed. More information about volunteering contact Emily  parsonsemily@hotmail.com or call 250-642-5788
 

Registration for Spring Academy starts Feb 6th. The spring program is Mondays, Feb 6 – April 10. SSC will supply the training jersey. The Sooke Soccer Club (SSC) wants all returning players to register before the end of AprilCost Per Program:

U9-U12 $125 6 :00– 7:15 PM
U13+ $150 7:15-9:00 PM

You can sign up here https://ssc.soccerregistrar.com/index.php?fuseaction=league.form&id=8

​Training times will be adjusted according to the number of players coming to Academy.

 

Job Posting: Event and Sponsorship Manager
HeroWork is looking for an inspired leader who wants to mobilize community on a grand scale. This person must be of high integrity and willing to ignite others to work together with common purpose so as to create legacies of infrastructure renewal.

To read the full job description or to apply go to www.herowork.com/careers

 

Just a reminder... our Sooke Region Volunteer Centre offers free access to GrantStation. It is an online resource for building a strong grantseeking strategy.

They have divided their service into four key areas:

Search:

Find the funding information that is relevant for your organization and programs. 

Quality Grantmaker Profiles:

We feature profiles of thousands of grantmakers in an easy-to-read, narrative format.

Our researchers update these profiles throughout the year, providing you with the most currentinformation available.

Our researchers are professional writers, who distill the information about each grantmaker, generating the specific information you need to quickly identify the most appropriate funder for your project or program. 

We note each grantmaker's specific geographic scope, be it national, state, county or city level.

One-Stop Shopping:

We offer searchable databases for private and government grantmakers throughout the U.S., Canada, and internationally, all under one roof.

We have one level of Membership which provides you access to ALL of the resources and tools on the GrantStation website. 

Saving You Time:

Your search will only return those grantmakers who are actively engaged, accepting unsolicited grant requests in the coming year, and making awards to a variety of organizations. 

You can search by Funder Name, by Keyword, or by using our Advanced Search, which uses robust Search Terms based on the language of the grantmaker. 

 

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.

 

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

 

 
 
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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

 

 
 
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Issue No. 48 | December 1st, 2016
 

In this Issue:

  • District of Sooke OCP Drop-in Session
  • Fundraising Opportunity
  • Sooke Philharmonic's Festive Harmony
  • 10,000 Tonight Returns to Sooke December 1st, 2016
  • Volunteer Victoria Workshops December 2016
  • New RCMP in BC Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)
  • Nominate a Deserving Citizen for the BC Medal of Good Citizenship
  • Senior volunteer project
  • Sooke Seniors Centre Closes
  • Canada Revenue Agency Educational Video
  • SFRS is Sponsoring Its Annual Gift of Good Food Box
  • Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

 

District of Sooke OCP Drop-in Session 

The District of Sooke is hosting its third Official Community Plan (#PlanSookeNow) drop-in focus session on December 1, 2016, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event is being held at SEAPARC Leisure Complex, 2168 Phillips Road.

 

 

 

Fundraising Opportunity

The Sooke Community Choir is looking for organizations interested in doing concessions for one of their Christmas concerts.  They perform on Dec.9, 7:30 pm at the Church of the Advent in Langford

The Sooke performance dates are as follows:

Friday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 pm, at the Sooke Community Hall.

Sunday, Dec. 18, 3:00 pm, again at the Community Hall.

We know it is still early, but Christmas is such a busy time and we do like to plan ahead and have all the concessions confirmed early.

If your organization is interested in working with the Sooke Community Choir please contact Hildegard Burkart at 250-642-5525 or email hburkart@shaw.ca

The Sooke Community Choir is bringing the spirit of a Celtic Christmas to the West Shore in a concert on Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Church of the Advent, 510 Mt View Avenue, Colwood. Tickets are available at the door and are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and students, and free for under 18.

The choir will be performing again in the Sooke Community Hall on Friday December 16 and Saturday December 17 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday December 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available in Sooke at Shoppers Drug Mart, at the Stick in the Mud Coffee House and at the door.

 

Festive Harmony Performances

Step away from your holiday bustle and enjoy the enduring music of J.S. Bach, performed by the Sooke Philharmonic Chamber Players and the Sooke Philharmonic Chorus   This year’s Festive Harmony concerts will be conducted by Choral Director Nicholas Fairbank. 

The December 2nd concert will be at the Sooke Community Hall at 7:30pm and December 4th at Royal Roads University at 2:30 pm.  Tickets are available online at http://www.sookephil.ca/seasontickets/

The holiday spirit will be picked up in the intermission of the Sooke concert when the Sooke Philharmonic Society will be holding a holiday bake sale to raise money for the SPO.  There will be a large variety of homemade baked goods for you to enjoy over the holidays or just to nibble on at the concert. All sales will be for cash only (no credit cards).

 

10,000 Tonight Returns to Sooke December 1st, 2016

My name is Ella Constandinou, and I am a student in Edward Milne Community School's Leadership class. Last year, our class pushed to make Belmont’s 10,000 Tonight Food Drive a school district-wide initiative. It was tremendous success. Last year, our school collected over 12,000 food items for the Sooke Food Bank, which serves a community of over 12,000 people from Sooke to Port Renfrew. This year, we are extending an invitation to other schools, community organizations/businesses, and prominent community leaders to become a part of this event.

We would like to make this year’s 10,000 Tonight an even bigger success than last year’s. We feel that the success of this year's event rests heavily on the amount of volunteers we have. We are hoping that could help recruit volunteers to help us with various tasks, such as collecting and sorting food. I'm sure your involvement would allow us to generate even more interest and awareness.

The event will take place on Thursday, December 1st. While the event is still a long way away, we would like to have volunteers commit early to ensure turnout.

I look forward to hearing back from you, and we hope that you will be able to work with us this year.  Please email me at emcs.tentonight@gmail.com with offers to help.

 

Volunteer Victoria December Workshops

Executive Directors Series: Auditing (Lunch & Learn)

Ever wondered about the differences between an audit and financial reporting to funders? Join Richard as he explores the benefits to stakeholders of an audit and answers your questions regarding financial statement audits. 
(Please bring lunch. Hot beverages and light refreshments will be provided).
Instructor: Richard Games Cost: $5 Register Monday, December 5th 12 - 1:30 pm.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/executive-directors-series-auditing-lunch-an...

 

New RCMP in BC Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)

Similar to the National RCMP Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), the RCMP in BC YAC will be a virtual Committee allowing any young person across the province to participate.

The YAC will be accessing a non-searchable Facebook page to communicate with the participants. Each month we will post youth, community, and police related questions/polls in order to get a better understanding of how youth perceive these issues, what changes they'd like to see, and what type of information and resources we should be providing to police officers, specifically officers in youth specific policing roles.

Also, we will encourage committee members to share content from their lives, interests, and communities to encourage them to be active participants of the committee, and to build connections with other participants.

If you have any questions, please contact us directly.  Click here to view or download the application.

For more information contact:
Vijay Morancie
RCMP in BC, Crime Prevention Services - Youth Strategies
Ph: 778-290-4021

Nominate a Deserving Citizen for the BC Medal of Good Citizenship

BC is recognizing outstanding citizens with the Medal of Good Citizenship for their exceptional long-term service, and contributions to their communities without expectation of remuneration or reward. The medal reflects their generosity, service, acts of selflessness and contributions to community life. Nominations are accepted throughout the year on an on-going basis. Nominate someone today! 

 

 

Senior Volunteer Project

Volunteer Victoria is reaching out to you for help recruiting for our Senior Volunteer Focus Group sessions. Volunteer Victoria is engaged in a year-long project to help us and the non-profit community better understand experiences and needs of local senior volunteers. 

Dec. 8th 1:00 PM -  3:30 PM Juan de Fuca Library

Dec.12th 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Esquimalt Rec. Centre

To register contact Ashley 250.386.2269 or Ashley@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

Sooke Seniors Drop-in Centre Closes

We are saddened to learn the Sooke Seniors Drop-in Centre located in the basement of the Community Hall is closing. The lack of a suitable permanent home has contributed to the volunteers finally calling it quits after trying to make it work for the last three years in an inadequate temporary space. Providing activities and supports for our Seniors is a vital component of what makes up a healthy community and must be remedied very soon.

Canada Revenue Agency: New educational video series on “Gifting and receipting”

The Charities Directorate is pleased to announce that the first educational video of our new “Gifting and receipting” series is now available. Learn about the types of donations for which registered charities and other qualified donees can issue a tax receipt, and the various rules on receipting.

Watch the Gifting and receipting 101 video on the Videos and recorded webinars for charities and donors webpage, or on our YouTube Channel for a better resolution.

We will be uploading more videos in the series as they become available.

Also, as announced on September 27 by Minister Lebouthillier, in-person consultations with representatives from the charitable sector about political activities will take place in Halifax, Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver later this year. Information on the consultations and on how charities can express interest in participating is now available on The Canada Revenue Agency's online consultation on charities' political activities.

SFRS is Sponsoring Its Annual Gift of Good Box

Sooke Family Resource Society would like to invite you to stop by the Sooke Child, Youth and Family Centre (CASA) on December 5, 6, and 7th from 12:00-4:30 for a coffee and cookies.  We are providing coffee and cookies by donation to support The Gift of Good Food project that will bring bi-weekly healthy food to Sooke families.

The Gift of Good Food annual fundraiser can help make the difference by providing fresh fruit and vegetables to family’s in-need for an entire year.

Please join us in supporting families who are in transition, have low incomes, single parents or families who need support in our community. Your participation is essential to provide this relief. Every $500 supports one family with a large Good Food Box every two weeks for 2017 – are you up for the challenge?

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

 

 
 
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Issue No. 47| November 1st, 2016
 

In this Issue:

 

  • SHOW CASING: Volunteers Doing What they Do Best - Giving
  • Nominate an outstanding volunteer
  • Fundraising Opportunity
  • Poirier Fundraiser for books
  • 10,000 Tonight Returns to Sooke December 1st, 2016
  • New RCMP in BC Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)
  • Nominate a Deserving Citizen for the BC Medal of Good Citizenship
  • Volunteer Victoria Workshops October - November 2016
  • A quick guide to engaging short-term volunteers
  • Spotlight on Systems Thinking
  • Maximizing the Strategic Impact of your Volunteer Program
  • Volunteer Canada - 2016 Policy Summit Summary
  • TechSoup Canada Contest
  • Canada Revenue Agency: New educational video series on “Gifting and receipting”
  • Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

 

SHOW CASING: Volunteers Doing What they Do Best - Giving

Thanks to amazing community support, Team Sooke/Juan de Fuca, the local refugee sponsorship group has achieved their fundraising target of $50,000.

Some very generous people rose to the challenge of matching donations at the Sooke Fall Fair. And in Shirley, Colin McMechan and Catherine Hawkins’ online garage sale recently netted $350 for the family.

   READ MORE  

Showcase your volunteers in action.  Send us pictures and a few words so we can share and celebrate!
 

Nominate an outstanding volunteer

The District of Sooke recognizes that volunteerism has played a major role throughout the history of Sooke in the betterment of the community in a great variety of ways.

For example, the Sooke Community Association was formed in 1934 to help raise money for a new community hall and has been called “one of the most effective volunteer civic groups in Canada.”

With over 120 known volunteer organizations in the area, Sooke has claimed the name “Volunteer Capital of Canada” and proudly displays the title on the “Welcome to Sooke” sign.

Nominations will be accepted until November 30 at the Municipal Hall.

    READ MORE   

 

Fundraising Opportunity

The Sooke Community Choir is looking for organizations interested in doing concessions for one of their Christmas concerts.  They perform on Dec.9, 7:30 pm at the Church of the Advent in Langford

The Sooke performance dates are as follows:

Friday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 pm, at the Sooke Community Hall.

Sunday, Dec. 18, 3:00 pm, again at the Community Hall.

We know it is still early, but Christmas is such a busy time and we do like to plan ahead and have all the concessions confirmed early.

If your organization is interested in working with the Sooke Community Choir please contact Hildegard Burkart at 250-642-5525 or email hburkart@shaw.ca

 

Poirier Fundraiser for books

Our second Annual Online Auction raising funds for Ecole Poirier Elementary starts today. This online fundraiser will raise money for new Grade-level books in all their classrooms. Anyone can bid on items starting today until November 13.

Items will be added every day until the 13th November.

    READ MORE   

 

10,000 Tonight Returns to Sooke December 1st, 2016

My name is Ella Constandinou, and I am a student in Edward Milne Community School's Leadership class. Last year, our class pushed to make Belmont’s 10,000 Tonight Food Drive a school district-wide initiative. It was tremendous success. Last year, our school collected over 12,000 food items for the Sooke Food Bank, which serves a community of over 12,000 people from Sooke to Port Renfrew. This year, we are extending an invitation to other schools, community organizations/businesses, and prominent community leaders to become a part of this event.

We would like to make this year’s 10,000 Tonight an even bigger success than last year’s. We feel that the success of this year's event rests heavily on the amount of volunteers we have. We are hoping that could help recruit volunteers to help us with various tasks, such as collecting and sorting food. I'm sure your involvement would allow us to generate even more interest and awareness.

The event will take place on Thursday, December 1st. While the event is still a long way away, we would like to have volunteers commit early to ensure turnout.

I look forward to hearing back from you, and we hope that you will be able to work with us this year.  Please email me at emcs.tentonight@gmail.com with offers to help.

Best regards, Ella Constandinou on behalf of EMCS Leadership

 

New RCMP in BC Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)

Similar to the National RCMP Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), the RCMP in BC YAC will be a virtual Committee allowing any young person across the province to participate.

The YAC will be accessing a non-searchable Facebook page to communicate with the participants. Each month we will post youth, community, and police related questions/polls in order to get a better understanding of how youth perceive these issues, what changes they'd like to see, and what type of information and resources we should be providing to police officers, specifically officers in youth specific policing roles.

Also, we will encourage committee members to share content from their lives, interests, and communities to encourage them to be active participants of the committee, and to build connections with other participants.

If you have any questions, please contact us directly.  Click here to view or download the application.

For more information contact:
Vijay Morancie
RCMP in BC, Crime Prevention Services - Youth Strategies
Ph: 778-290-4021

Nominate a Deserving Citizen for the BC Medal of Good Citizenship

BC is recognizing outstanding citizens with the Medal of Good Citizenship for their exceptional long-term service, and contributions to their communities without expectation of remuneration or reward. The medal reflects their generosity, service, acts of selflessness and contributions to community life. Nominations are accepted throughout the year on an on-going basis. Nominate someone today! 

 

Volunteer Victoria Workshops November 2016

Volunteer Victoria Learning Events and Workshops

Management/Board/Governance Workshops:

  • Understanding Financial Statements - New Date - Nov 1st, 5 pm @ Volunteer Victoria 
  • Designing Your Board - Nov 3rd, 1 pm @ West Shore Recreation Centre OR Dec 7th, 4 pm - 7 pm @ Volunteer Victoria
  • Defining Your Members - Nov 7th, 1 pm @ Volunteer Victoria
  • Governance Salon: Expanding the Conversation on Governance and the BC Societies Act - Nov 22nd, 5 pm - 7 pm @ Volunteer Victoria  
  • ELN: Auditing - Lunch and Learn - Dec 5th, 12 pm @ Volunteer Victoria
  • Developing Your Non-Profit Leadership Practice - 2017 - Jan 30th, 1 pm @ Volunteer Victoria

Essential Skills Workshops:

  • Project Management 101: Half a day workshop! - Nov 17th, 9 am @ Volunteer Victoria
  • Grant Wwriting 101: Framing, Writing & Standing Out - Nov 29th 10:30 am @ West Shore Recreation Centre
  • Facebook 101: Strategic Social Media - Nov 30th 5 pm - 7 pm  @ Volunteer Victoria

Save your spot for a workshop by clicking here.

Questions? 
Email Anabel Wind, Manager of Learning and Development: anabel@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

 

A quick guide to engaging short-term volunteers

Written in collaboration with Sara Wessling, Project Manager, MAVA.

In our increasingly modern world, time is becoming ever more precious. Almost half of Americans feel they don’t have enough time each week to spend on personal activities, according to a Workplace Trends report.

That statistic has trickled down to affect how much time people spend volunteering in America.

One theme that emerged is the trend in volunteers making shorter time commitments. To learn more about the challenges and opportunities organizations face in responding to this, MAVA surveyed over 250 leaders of volunteers and nonprofit managers.

    READ MORE   

 

Spotlight on Systems Thinking

This month we are celebrating systems thinking: a tool for finding the root cause of challenging problems and situations. Systems thinking allows us to understand complex issues (such as food security) by viewing them as part of larger systems. Understanding the root cause of complex problems gives us the perspective needed for pursuing strategic opportunities that create lasting change and build healthier, more resilient communities.

 

Maximizing the Strategic Impact of your Volunteer Program

Original broadcast date: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Summary: This recorded webinar, presented by volunteer management expert Stacy Ashton, will take you beyond the idea of volunteers as “free labour” and explore how your volunteers currently contribute to your donor base, goodwill in the community and the labour force. From there, we’ll learn how to benchmark and track the full impact of your volunteers on organizational success, and build strategy to connect those impacts to fulfilling your mission.

    READ MORE AND WATCH THE VIDEO   

 

Volunteer Canada - 2016 Policy Summit Summary

Organizations have moral, legal and ethical responsibilities to the people they reach. This includes members, clients, employees and volunteers. Screening is especially important for organizations that work with vulnerable people.

In September 2016, Volunteer Canada and La Fédération des centres d’action bénévole du Québec co-presented the 2016 Policy Summit on Volunteer Screening. The Summit included presentations on the screening process in varying regions in Canada, including British Columbia, Alberta and Québec.

Download the full Policy Summit Summary Report here.

 

TechSoup Canada Contest

Our friends at TechSoup Canada just launched a design contest for non-profits! 
Does your non-profit have a knack for creating beautiful posters? Or maybe you designed a stellar pamphlet or educational resource that you're really proud of?

If so, then this contest is for you -- Adobe and TechSoup Canada have teamed up to bring you a Facebook contest where your creative material (e.g., posters, brochures, any marketing collateral), designed in any Adobe program, can win your organization up to $2,000 CAD. Check out details.
 

Canada Revenue Agency: New educational video series on “Gifting and receipting”

The Charities Directorate is pleased to announce that the first educational video of our new “Gifting and receipting” series is now available. Learn about the types of donations for which registered charities and other qualified donees can issue a tax receipt, and the various rules on receipting.

Watch the Gifting and receipting 101 video on the Videos and recorded webinars for charities and donors webpage, or on our YouTube Channel for a better resolution.

We will be uploading more videos in the series as they become available.

Also, as announced on September 27 by Minister Lebouthillier, in-person consultations with representatives from the charitable sector about political activities will take place in Halifax, Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver later this year. Information on the consultations and on how charities can express interest in participating is now available on The Canada Revenue Agency's online consultation on charities' political activities.

 

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

 

 
 
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Issue No. 46| October 1st, 2016
 

In this Issue:

  • PLEASE VOTE for an All-Weather Turf Field for Sooke
  • SHOW CASING: Volunteers Doing What they Do Best - Giving
  • Volunteer Victoria Workshops October - November 2016
  • Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue Open House
  • Transition Sooke - October 2016 Newsletter
  • Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

 

PLEASE VOTE for an All-Weather Turf Field for Sooke

If you had a chance, and it only cost you a few minutes of your time, would you help bring $100,000.00 to our community?  Not only can you help, so can your friends and family here and around the world.  The Sooke Community Association (SCA) and Sooke Soccer Club (SSC) have joined forces to make the dream of an all-weather turf field a reality.  Their application through the AVIVA Community Fund is open for voting on Tuesday, Oct. 11th through Oct. 28th. 

AVIVA has made voting much easier this year you can log in once here.

You can cast all 18 of your votes for our project.  In previous years voters had to log in daily to vote.  Once you’ve voted, share the link with your friends and family here and abroad so they can vote, and make a difference in your community as well.  If you are old enough or young enough to have an email account, you can vote.

“We feel we have a very good chance of success with this application.” Says Laura Lockhart, SSC President. “Voting counts for 15% of the criteria and we would like to receive the full 15%.  We feel we have defended our goals by addressing the other criteria of longevity, sustainability, impact on the community, likelihood of success, originality and quality of our application.”

SCA and SSC have much of the funding in place, as well as commitments for major support in the way of expertise, materials, equipment and volunteer labour.  The field is being designed to serve soccer, football, lacrosse, rugby, field hockey and baseball.  Project management, site work and other tasks will be largely done by volunteers and in-kind support, though the turf field will be professionally installed by FieldTurf.

To lend a hand with this project and for more information you can contact Lockhart at lockhart@shaw.ca

 

SHOW CASING: Volunteers Doing What they Do Best - Giving

If you know Ellen Lewers, you'll know she is one busy lady.  Not only is she Sooke Fall Fair President and runs her own farmstead, she is nowis looking for an abundance of canning jars for donation to a project she is organizing.  Lewers is planning on making apple sauce for the food bank with apples donated from yards "where there are too many apples and potential bears encounter problems."

Donations of jars and apples can be dropped of at Mrs. Lewers' Farm House, 5526 Sooke Road.

Lewers is not in a position to come pick apples though will greatfully accept donations.

Please share this widely to folks you know who may be interested in donating applies or jars, and also those who might be interested in helping with the project.
 

Showcase your volunteers in action.  Send us pictures and a few words so we can share and celebrate!
 

Volunteer Victoria Workshops October - November 2016

Volunteer Victoria Learning Events and Workshops

Register or Learn more here.

October 
Save the Date! Facebook: Pages, boosting, & more - October 13th, 9am-12pm with Rose Jang
Understanding Financial Statements - October 25th, 5-7pm with Susan Lucato
November
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

     FURTHER DETAILS AND LINKS     

 

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue Open House

Transition Sooke - October 2016 Newsletter

It looks like their Eco-Home Tour was a success despite the weather and a downed tree.

    READ MORE  
 

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.
 

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

 

 
 
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Issue No. 45| September 1st, 2016
 

In this Issue:

  • SHOW CASING: Volunteers Doing What they Do Best - Giving
  • Sooke Fall Fair hiring flaggers
  • The Sara Spencer Foundation Guidelines for 2016
  • Networking for Non-Profits Education Sessions - Conflict Resolution
  • Volunteer Victoria Workshops August - October 2016
  • Volunteer Futures Conference: Back to the Future - Looking Forward by Looking Back
  • Plan H Newsletter (Healthy People - Healthy Society - Healthy Environment)
  • Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

 

SHOW CASING: Volunteers Doing What they Do Best - Giving

 

Sooke resident Amy Chwojka is retiring from her volunteer duties at CBS after more than 60 years with the organization, donating countless hours of her time and 114 pints of blood.

   READ MORE  

 

 

 

Showcase your volunteers in action.  Send us pictures and a few words so we can share and celebrate!

Sooke Fall Fair hiring flaggers

Sooke fall fair us looking for certified flaggers, September 10 &11 for the Sooke Fall Fair.

Pay is $15 per hr.

Call 250-812-2830 for information.

 

The Sara Spencer Foundation Guidelines for 2016

To view the guidelines CLICK HERE.

For a fillable version contact us at sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or go directly to sspencer@enh.bc.ca

 

Networking for Non-Profits Education Sessions - Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution with Sandra Mcculloch.

- Please send your questions about conflict resolution so that Sandra can frame the presentation in a way that answers your general questions. It could be about power struggles on the board, disagreements about how to fundraise or problems between volunteers or volunteers and staff etc.  The more realistic the better.

- The workshop will include a mock mediation which means a troublesome issue that you feel is fairly common in non-profits.  Your suggestion on a topic would be appreciated. 

  • When: Sept 9, 2016 (Friday)
  • Where: Sands Reception Room, Duncan, B.C.

Oct 2016 forward will see meetings return to the last wed of each month.

Anne-Marie and Anne
Networking for NonProfits - gotoallthingsvolunteer@gmail.com

 

Volunteer Victoria Workshops August - October 2016

Volunteer Victoria Learning Events and Workshops

Register or Learn more here.

August 
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
September
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
October 
Save the Date! Facebook: Pages, boosting, & more - October 13th, 9am-12pm with Rose Jang
Understanding Financial Statements - October 25th, 5-7pm with Susan Lucato
November
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

     FURTHER DETAILS AND LINKS     

 

 

   READ MORE  

 

Plan H Newsletter (Healthy People - Healthy Society - Healthy Environment)

Celebrating Rural Communities: There are over 110 cities, towns, municipalities and villages in BC and of those, over 75% are small, rural or remote communities of less than 30,000 people. A healthy community approach can be challenging in small and remote communities where there are fewer organizations, resources and volunteers to do the work. However, rural communities all over BC are rising to the challenge with projects involving cross-sector collaboration, "can do" attitudes, and creative solutions to improve well-being for all residents.

    READ MORE   

 

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.
 

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

 

 
 
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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.

    READ MORE AND SEE THE VIDEO   

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
arianna@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

 

Volunteer Victoria Workshops August - October 2016

Volunteer Victoria Learning Events and Workshops

Register or Learn more here.

August 
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
September
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
October 
Save the Date! Facebook: Pages, boosting, & more - October 13th, 9am-12pm with Rose Jang
Understanding Financial Statements - October 25th, 5-7pm with Susan Lucato
November
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

     FURTHER DETAILS AND LINKS     

 

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......

    READ MORE   

 

Sooke Community Arts Council News

Art in the Park  is on Shaw) TV

    WATCH THE VIDEO   

 

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.

    READ MORE   

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.
 

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

 

 
 
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Issue No. 43| June 2nd, 2016
 

In this Issue:

  • Next Volunteer Centre Committee Meeting Wed., June 15th, 2016 5:30 - 7:30
  • LOST - flip chart dry erase board
  • Attention Organizations that offer Concessions
  • Sooke Fine Arts Call to Volunteers
  • Looking for volunteers to help out your organization this summer?
  • Volunteer Victoria Workshops June 2016
  • How To Use Positivity To Attract New Volunteers
  • 2016 Victoria Vital Signs survey online NOW
  • BC Societies Act Transition Guide
  • FREE legal clinic in Sooke Starting June 8th at 6pm
  • Competition to Design Salmon-Themed Street Banners for Sooke
  • Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

Our next Volunteer Centre Committee Meeting will be Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 5:30 - 7:30 at the Sooke Child Youth & Family Centre. 

Please come to welcome Dawn and to share your ideas for the future direction of the Volunteer Centre.  How can we best serve the non-profit and volunteer community?

 

LOST - flip chart dry erase board

Please contact us if you have seen this flip chart dry erase board. It is labelled on the back as belonging to Sooke Region Volunteer Centre.  We can't remember where we might have left it or if we loaned it to someone but didn't follow our own process of signing things out.

Please email us if you find it tucked away with one of yours in error. --- Thanks in advance for your help!

 

 

Attention Organizations that offer Concessions

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre has approximately 6 dozen pop left over from an event. The first organization that shows up at our office and tells us how the donation will benefit them will be able to take them away.  We have offered this donation to other organizations - but they have not shown up. This could be YOUR opportunity. Remember office hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30 to 4:30.

 

Sooke Fine Arts Call to Volunteers

 

The Sooke Fine Arts Volunteer sign up in now live online and you can now see what it available and when to come be a part of the show again this year. Lots of new changes will be happening this year, all of them good, so there will be many new opportunities throughout the show to contribute.

   READ MORE  

 

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
arianna@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

 

Volunteer Victoria Workshops June 2016

Sept 19- Oct 28th (in person Sept 21, 6 weeks online) Foundations in Volunteer Management

Wednesday, June 1, 9-12pm: Foundations of Financial Management for Non-Profits
Wednesday, July 13, 9-12pm: Grant Writing - One Piece of Funder Relations

Wed, June 8, 9-12pm (free): Privacy Awareness Training for Non-Profits: a session for directors, staff, and volunteers

     READ MORE   

 

How To Use Positivity To Attract New Volunteers

Finding qualified and capable volunteers for your organization isn’t always easy. Getting the word out is one challenge. Finding people willing to commit to the tasks at hand is another. Once volunteers are recruited, keeping them around and satisfied is a whole other effort.

   READ MORE  

 

2016 Victoria Vital Signs survey online NOW

It’s time for Greater Victoria’s annual checkup! If you live or work in the Capital Region (including the Southern Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island, and Juan de Fuca up to Port Renfrew), take the 2016 Victoria’s Vital Signs® survey and tell us what you love about living, working and playing in Victoria.

The survey is short – between 5 and 10 minutes to complete – and it’s completely mobile friendly so you can take it on the go!

When you complete the survey before July 1, 2016, you can be eligible to win one of ten $50 gift cards to local restaurants.

 

   READ MORE  

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.   

We have removed our own Quick Fact Sheet from our website as this new document has more detailed and current information. As always, please feel free to contact us if you have questions or visit our website for more information about upcoming training and courses.

 

 

FREE legal clinic in Sooke Starting June 8th at 6pm.

Got legal woes? Need some input from someone who knows the legal system? Can’t access justice because it’s financially out of reach? There’s help for that.

Sooke’s MLA John Horgan hosts a free legal clinic at his Sooke Office once a month. He started it earlier this year, on January 13. On the second Wednesday of every month starting at 6:00 p.m., there will be someone at Horgan’s Sooke office to help you with your legal issues.

   READ MORE  

 

 

Competition to Design Salmon-Themed Street Banners for Sooke

As part of its Canada 150 celebrations the Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society is holding a contest to design salmon-themed banners which will be hung around Sooke.

To be eligible, entrants must either be resident within the East Sooke to Port Renfrew area, or have family resident within the area described. An entrant may submit more than one entry if desired.

Entrant must present design in colour, to encompass the entire area of the banner, to be viewed from either direction when printed. The design should not include wording that would date the banner, as it is expected to be used for many seasons. Four designs will be selected by the judges.

Get your entry form here:

Sooke Region Museum, 2070 Phillips Road
Charters River Salmon Interpretive Centre, 2895 Sooke River Road

You may submit more than one entry.
Banner dimensions: 20" x 58"

Deadline: July 1, 2016
Winners will be announced on August 1, 2016

Submit your design as a .jpg to admin@jdfcharterssalmon.com or hard copy delivered to the museum or charters. Your entry form must be attached.
For questions, phone (250) 642-4200.

 

 

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.
 

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

 

 
 
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Issue No. 42| May 10th, 2016
 

In this Issue:

  • New Lead for the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre
  • Next Volunteer Centre Committee Meeting Wed. May 18th, 2016 5:30 - 7:30
  • Sooke Region Health Summit Sat. May 28th 1:00 - 4:00
  • Looking for volunteers to help out your organization this summer?
  • BC Societies Act Transition Guide 
  • Member Annual General Meetings coming up
  • Free Webinar: 8 Digital Trends Affecting Non-profits Today
  • Project Serve 2016
  • Volunteer Victoria Workshops May - June 2016
  • $75-million BC Rural Dividend helps small communities
  • How to Engage the Right Volunteers for Your Organization
  • How Great Leaders Inspire Action
  • Competition to Design Salmon-Themed Street Banners for Sooke
  • Storytelling, Fundraising, Volunteer Management & more
  • Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

 

New Lead for the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre

Like you, we at the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre (SRVC) care about community, volunteers, costs and resources. With over 200 agencies serving the Sooke Region (Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew), it is clear that some level of coordination and sharing would be beneficial.  The small but motivated SRVC team have been doing what they can for individuals and organizations since 2010.  They’ve grown from a virtual centre to a part-time office for people to meet.  SRVC has continued to mature through collaboration and team efforts and Marlene Barry has been a common thread throughout this process. 

“It is time for a change in leadership.”  Says Barry, retiring coordinator, “We are ready for new ideas and energy, and are is pleased to announce the hiring of Dawn Humphreys as the new part-time coordinator.”

Though new to Sooke, Humphreys is not new to volunteering.  She has served on over 15 boards, with her volunteer experience ranging from youth and arts, to mental health and grant writing.  Humphreys is excited to live in such a beautiful place, be near family, and do what she loves best, community engagement and development.

"I can't believe this opportunity of furthering community connection has been given to me!" says Humphreys. “I’m so excited, have great ideas to share but also want to meet everyone and find out where they are and what their ideas are first.”

Humphreys feels strongly that "We need our teens - if we can get that message out, we can show them, seriously show them, how to get where they want to go."  She is beginning to learn about the various groups with that focus, and looks forward to seeing how the Volunteer Centre and her skills can help.

“This is a great community.  I love it here and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of getting the Volunteer Centre up and running.” Says Barry.  “I wish Dawn and the SRVC team all of the best in life and community.  I will still be around just with a back seat view.”

Looking for community services or where to volunteer? Or do you represent an organization needing some assistance.  Drop by the volunteer centre Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 – 4:30 at the Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way or call 250-642-6364 Ext. 235 or email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

 

Our next Volunteer Centre Committee Meeting will be Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 5:30 - 7:30 at the Sooke Child Youth & Family Centre. 

Please come to welcome Dawn and to share your ideas for the future direction of the Volunteer Centre.  How can they best serve the non-profit and volunteer community?

 

Sooke Region Health Summit Sat. May 28th 1:00 - 4:00

What is a 'Health Summit'?  It's an opportunity to find out what services we actually have in our communities (there's likely more than you would think).  Also to see who's doing what about trying to make it better, and how you can add your voice to the discussion.

The Primary Health Care Services Working Group, led by Mayor Maja Tait, will be hosting the first ever Sooke Region Health Summit to be held Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at Sooke Community Hall at 1:00-4:00 pm.

"Healthy Together: Community Conversations on our Assets, Actions and Advocacy"

This event is open to the public, and all community members and associations from the Sooke Region (East Sooke to Port Renfrew, including the Scia'new, T'Sou-ke and Pacheedaht First Nations) are very welcome to participate and contribute with views on how to improve our region's health and well-being through our own initiatives.

Our Guest Speaker is Dr. Richard Stanwick, Chief Medical Health Officer, Island Health, to set the stage with a talk about community health. 

    READ MORE   

 

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
arianna@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

 

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.   

We have removed our own Quick Fact Sheet from our website as this new document has more detailed and current information. As always, please feel free to contact us if you have questions or visit our website for more information about upcoming training and courses.
 

Member Annual General Meetings coming up:

Sooke Residents in Need Society (Crisis Centre)

  • Wednesday, May 25, 1:30 PM , at Knox Church on Church Road. We will be there at 1pm with a light luncheon. Please let us know if you will be able to attend.
  • Contact: Christene Rafuse canuckfurby@shaw.ca

Sooke Region Communities Health Network (SRCHN) Formerly CHI and parent to the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre

  • Thursday, June 16th, 6:30 PM at the Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way.
  • Contact Christine Bossi, Coordinator, srchn@sookeregionCHN.com

 

Free Webinar: 8 Digital Trends Affecting Non-profits Today

Paul Nazareth, VP Community Engagement at Canada Helps, will be presenting a free webinar on 8 Digital Trends Affecting Non-profits Today.
Tuesday, May 17th from 9:00am - 10:00am PDT

   Register & learn more about the webinar  

 

Project Serve 2016

Volunteer Victoria’s Youth Team and the University of Victoria’s Resident Services are proud to officially announce the fourth Project Serve date for 2016!  Since we are a member of Volunteer Victoria, our member organizations have the opportunity to apply as well.

Project Serve 2016 will be taking place on: Saturday October 1, 2016, with short site visits in June with partner organizations.

Project Serve is a single-day volunteer event where agencies host a group of UVic students and alumni to help with a project, idea or task that the agency chooses. This project is intended to offer agencies the opportunity to connect with young volunteers, get large loads of work done, and strategically engage with a demographic that may be looking for an organization to support long-term. It is also meant to give students and alumni a better perspective of the non-profit community in Victoria as well as showcase a variety of ways service is beneficial. The three previous Project Serves have been highly successful with fantastic feedback from both the non-profit community and students. Agencies in the past have had students engage by playing games with residents, marketing, focus groups, gardening, painting, and helping out at fairs to name a few.

If you’re curious about participating but are struggling to think of how students and alumni might contribute we like to offer the idea of an agency “wish-list”. What are the things your organization hopes to complete in this next year practically and idealistically? Project Serve is a fantastic way to complete or even begin some of these ideas, or get the ball rolling on other projects that might need more capacity than your day-to-day staff and volunteers can give.  This year all students and alumni from UVic are being offered spots in Project Serve (up to a maximum of 300) so feel free to get creative!

Sooke participating projects included:  Transition Sooke's 'Glean n Clean' roadside clean up and fruit cleaning; CASA Community Garden's fall clean up; and 2 successful 'Grand Cook Off' collaborative fundraisers for Sooke Region Volunteer Centre.

Click here for information and for an application form contact sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

Deadline for return of application: Tuesdays May 17th at 12pm.

Please feel free to contact with any questions or concerns: arianna@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

Volunteer Victoria is very much looking forward to hearing about your creative and engaging project ideas!

 

Volunteer Victoria Workshops April - June 2016

Thursday, May 12, 10-12:30pm: YPQI Methods: Planning & Reflection

Sept 19- Oct 28th (in person Sept 21, 6 weeks online) Foundations in Volunteer Management

Wednesday, June 1, 9-12pm: Foundations of Financial Management for Non-Profits
Wednesday, July 13, 9-12pm: Grant Writing - One Piece of Funder Relations

Wednesday, May 18, 9-12pm: Strategic Social Media

Wed, June 8, 9-12pm (free): Privacy Awareness Training for Non-Profits: a session for directors, staff, and volunteers

Wednesday, May 18, 5-7pm: Board development: Evaluating the Executive Director

     READ MORE   

 

$75-million BC Rural Dividend helps small communities

Applications for the first year of funding under the BC Rural Dividend will be accepted from April 4 to May 31, 2016.

As committed during the September 2015 Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention and in Balanced Budget 2016, the three-year $75-million Rural Dividend will help rural communities with populations under 25,000 diversify and strengthen their economies.

Funding of $25 million per year is available in four categories:

Community capacity building;
Workforce development;
Community and economic development; and
Business sector development.

    READ MORE   

 

How to Engage the Right Volunteers for Your Organization

A first year University student, a stay at home parent, and a 68-year-old retiree walk into your office.

No, it’s not the beginning of a bad joke. These are the people who could be your next volunteers. But which one of them will be the right volunteer for your organization?

As a volunteer manager, you have many job responsibilities, and likely limited time. So it’s important to engage the right people and get the most out of the volunteering experience both for you and the volunteer.

    READ MORE   

 

How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Simon Sinek understands the difference between leaders and great leaders.  In the changing dynamics of the volunteer and non-profit world this message is truly key.  When we tell people the 'why' of our existence, and the 'why' of how they can make a difference we will resonate with their 'why' or meaning in life.  Connection will be almost, if not completely, effortless when the why becomes clear.

    Watch Simon's TED Talk here  

 

Competition to Design Salmon-Themed Street Banners for Sooke

As part of its Canada 150 celebrations the Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society is holding a contest to design salmon-themed banners which will be hung around Sooke.

To be eligible, entrants must either be resident within the East Sooke to Port Renfrew area, or have family resident within the area described. An entrant may submit more than one entry if desired.

Entrant must present design in colour, to encompass the entire area of the banner, to be viewed from either direction when printed. The design should not include wording that would date the banner, as it is expected to be used for many seasons. Four designs will be selected by the judges.

Get your entry form here:

Sooke Region Museum, 2070 Phillips Road
Charters River Salmon Interpretive Centre, 2895 Sooke River Road

You may submit more than one entry.
Banner dimensions: 20" x 58"

Deadline: July 1, 2016
Winners will be announced on August 1, 2016

Submit your design as a .jpg to admin@jdfcharterssalmon.com  or hard copy delivered to the museum or charters. Your entry form must be attached.
For questions, phone (250) 642-4200.

 

Storytelling, Fundraising, Volunteer Management & more

The workshops offered over the past year through our 'Recruit, Retain & Retain' project showed the benefits of training volunteers to support and encourage individuals as well as expand the capacity of the organization.  While it was helpful to have workshops in our community, the numbers were not high enough to run regular courses, though when the need is identified, we will work to bring specific courses to Sooke again. 

In the meantime, Volunteer Victoria continues to run workshops.  Here is there line-up for April - June 2016

    READ MORE   

 

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.
 

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

 

 
 
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Issue No. 41| April 25th, 2016
 

In this Issue:

  • Youth Recognition Certificates
  • Project Serve 2016
  • New SRVC Membership Benefit - Volunteer Appreciation Coupons Follow up
  • $75-million BC Rural Dividend helps small communities
  • Fundraising Opportunities for Non-Profit Group
  • Looking for volunteers to help out your organization this summer?
  • $75-million BC Rural Dividend helps small communities
  • Free Tax Preparation Program Continues Through April
  • Competition to Design Salmon-Themed Street Banners for Sooke
  • Storytelling, Fundraising, Volunteer Management & more
  • New Fact Sheet Regarding the New BC Societies Act.
  • Wondering how to 'sell' those tough-to-fill volunteer positions?
  • Looking for some tips to help make your volunteer positions sounds more engaging?
  • Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

 

 

Youth Recognition Certificates

Each year Volunteer Victoria recognizes the valuable contribution of our youth volunteers by sending Youth Recognition Certificates to high schools, middle schools and elementary schools to be presented at their Awards Day Ceremonies in June.
 
If you have youth volunteers with your organization please forward your AGENCY'S NAME, STUDENT'S NAME AND SCHOOL THEY ATTEND to Jingwen Tang.
 
Please type or print this information then email jingwen@volunteervictoria.bc.ca, or Fax: 250-386-2279 before May 01, 2016. Please note this is for elementary, middle and high school students only. Thank you.

Arianna Klus,Youth Program Coordinator & Better Impact Aficionado

arianna@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

 

Project Serve 2016

Volunteer Victoria’s Youth Team and the University of Victoria’s Resident Services are proud to officially announce the fourth Project Serve date for 2016!  Since we are a member of Volunteer Victoria, our member organizations have the opportunity to apply as well.

Project Serve 2016 will be taking place on: Saturday October 1, 2016, with short site visits in June with partner organizations.

Project Serve is a single-day volunteer event where agencies host a group of UVic students and alumni to help with a project, idea or task that the agency chooses. This project is intended to offer agencies the opportunity to connect with young volunteers, get large loads of work done, and strategically engage with a demographic that may be looking for an organization to support long-term. It is also meant to give students and alumni a better perspective of the non-profit community in Victoria as well as showcase a variety of ways service is beneficial. The three previous Project Serves have been highly successful with fantastic feedback from both the non-profit community and students. Agencies in the past have had students engage by playing games with residents, marketing, focus groups, gardening, painting, and helping out at fairs to name a few.

If you’re curious about participating but are struggling to think of how students and alumni might contribute we like to offer the idea of an agency “wish-list”. What are the things your organization hopes to complete in this next year practically and idealistically? Project Serve is a fantastic way to complete or even begin some of these ideas, or get the ball rolling on other projects that might need more capacity than your day-to-day staff and volunteers can give.  This year all students and alumni from UVic are being offered spots in Project Serve (up to a maximum of 300) so feel free to get creative!

Sooke participating projects included:  Transition Sooke's 'Glean n Clean' roadside clean up and fruit cleaning; CASA Community Garden's fall clean up; and 2 successful 'Grand Cook Off' collaborative fundraisers for Sooke Region Volunteer Centre.

Click here for information and for an application form contact sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

Deadline for return of application: Tuesdays May 17th at 12pm.

Please feel free to contact with any questions or concerns: arianna@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

Volunteer Victoria is very much looking forward to hearing about your creative and engaging project ideas!

 

New SRVC Membership Benefit - Volunteer Appreciation Coupons

We shamelessly copied Cowichan Valley Volunteer Centre in creating volunteer appreciation coupons for National Volunteer Week April 10th - 14th, 2016.  Eleven local businesses bravely agreed to participate in our 'Cup O' Thanks' volunteer appreciation campaign.  Each coupon was worth one free small tea or coffee from one of the following supporting businesses, and we offer a big thank you to them as well:

  • A&W Sooke                         
  • E. Sooke Grocer & General Store
  • Far Out Pizza                                                               
  • Kelz Bakery
  • Mai Mai's Bistro                                         
  • Reading Room Café
  • Stick in the Mud Coffee House                         
  • Stone Pipe Grill
  • Sooke Subway                                            
  • Village Food Markets
  • Western Foods

We issued 230 coupons to member agencies.  Approximately 10% of those were used.  Feedback from volunteers and businesses is positive.  It looks like we will offer it again next year so stay tuned and keep in touch.

 

Fundraising Opportunities for Non-Profit Group

Sooke Community Choir, Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, Sooke Harbour Players, and other performance groups are often looking for a volunteer organization to do refreshments for their concerts.

We are aware that a number of groups do concession stands as fundraisers.  If you would like your group added to our database of organizations willing to do concessions, this will make it easier for future reference.

Please email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com if you are interested in being added to the database for concession services.

 

Volunteer Victoria Workshops April - June 2016

Thursday, May 12, 10-12:30pm: YPQI Methods: Planning & Reflection

Sept 19- Oct 28th (in person Sept 21, 6 weeks online) Foundations in Volunteer Management

Wednesday, April 13, 9-12pm: Research Made Easy - Informing and Supporting our Work

Wednesday, May 4, 9-12pm: Everyday Evaluation

Wednesday, June 1, 9-12pm: Foundations of Financial Management for Non-Profits
Wednesday, July 13, 9-12pm: Grant Writing - One Piece of Funder Relations

Wednesday, April 27, 9-12pm: Strategic Storytelling II - Articulating the Call to Action
Wednesday, May 18, 9-12pm: Strategic Social Media

Wed, June 8, 9-12pm (free): Privacy Awareness Training for Non-Profits: a session for directors, staff, and volunteers

Wednesday, May 18, 5-7pm: Board development: Evaluating the Executive Director

     READ MORE   

 

 

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 me by 12:00pm, Wednesday April 20th.

Arianna Klus, Youth Program Coordinator & Better Impact Aficionado 

Volunteer Victoria

Organization:

Volunteer Position: 

Description of Position:

Benefit to Volunteer:

Time Commitment:

Contact:

 

$75-million BC Rural Dividend helps small communities

Applications for the first year of funding under the BC Rural Dividend will be accepted from April 4 to May 31, 2016.

As committed during the September 2015 Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention and in Balanced Budget 2016, the three-year $75-million Rural Dividend will help rural communities with populations under 25,000 diversify and strengthen their economies.

Funding of $25 million per year is available in four categories:

Community capacity building;
Workforce development;
Community and economic development; and
Business sector development.

    READ MORE   

 

 

Free Tax Preparation Program Continues Through April

Most of us have heard stories of low income and disabled people not being able to get their tax refunds or credits for a variety of reasons.  Each year the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre (SRVC) and other caring organizations and individuals either fill in the basic forms or send people out of the community to try to get their taxes done.  That need not happen anymore.

When Leon, an experienced volunteer tax preparer moved to Sooke he found that the program was offered in Victoria but not Sooke.  Leon values the program itself and really enjoyed the work and the meeting people and he knew if would be of value here.

Based on his experience, Leon believes there are many low income and disabled people, as well as youth and seniors, who are not receiving the refunds and credits they are entitled to.  Leon is accredited to back file for up to 10 years.  The CRA program includes training and Leon encourages others to take the training.  To see if you qualify for free tax preparation check out here.

People who have been doing taxes off the side of their desk will now free up some time for other important tasks. 

Clinics will run Monday’s 9:00 – 4:00 and Tuesdays 12:00 – 4:00, at the Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way.  If there proves to be enough need workshop times and dates will be expanded.  SRVC can e-file (file over the internet) or submit your paper file for you. Appointments can be made or you can drop off your information and any required paperwork.  To book an appointment call 250-642-6364.  After April 30th, 2016 drop off service only.

For the communities of Beecher Bay, E. Sooke, Shirley, Jordan River and Port Renfrew:  If an organization is willing to be the location for people to drop-off and pick-up their information, please contact us to make arrangements.  sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

 

Competition to Design Salmon-Themed Street Banners for Sooke

As part of its Canada 150 celebrations the Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society is holding a contest to design salmon-themed banners which will be hung around Sooke.

To be eligible, entrants must either be resident within the East Sooke to Port Renfrew area, or have family resident within the area described. An entrant may submit more than one entry if desired.

Entrant must present design in colour, to encompass the entire area of the banner, to be viewed from either direction when printed. The design should not include wording that would date the banner, as it is expected to be used for many seasons. Four designs will be selected by the judges.

Get your entry form here:

Sooke Region Museum, 2070 Phillips Road
Charters River Salmon Interpretive Centre, 2895 Sooke River Road

You may submit more than one entry.
Banner dimensions: 20" x 58"

Deadline: July 1, 2016
Winners will be announced on August 1, 2016

Submit your design as a .jpg to admin@jdfcharterssalmon.com  or hard copy delivered to the museum or charters. Your entry form must be attached.
For questions, phone (250) 642-4200.

 

Storytelling, Fundraising, Volunteer Management & more

The workshops offered over the past year through our 'Recruit, Retain & Retain' project showed the benefits of training volunteers to support and encourage individuals as well as expand the capacity of the organization.  While it was helpful to have workshops in our community, the numbers were not high enough to run regular courses, though when the need is identified, we will work to bring specific courses to Sooke again. 

In the meantime, Volunteer Victoria continues to run workshops.  Here is there line-up for April - June 2016

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New Fact Sheet Regarding the New BC Societies Act.

Volunteer Victoria is pleased to share with you a new Fact Sheet they have developed in partnership with ProBono Law Students of Canada regarding the new BC Societies Act.

The Fact Sheets provides information about the steps all  non profit organizations registered in British Columbia must make to become compliant with the new legislation. Please feel free to share the Fact Sheet (attached) with your board members and colleagues, or with other non profit organizations.

You can also see the Fact Sheet online.

Best Wishes, 

Lisa Mort-Putland, Ececutive Director
Volunteer Victoria
306-620 View Street,
Victoria British Columbia, Canada

 

Wondering how to 'sell' those tough-to-fill volunteer positions?

Every time you ask your members for a chunk of their time, whether to do committee work or to attend a meeting, a sale takes place.” - Cynthia D'Amour

Wondering how to 'sell' those tough-to-fill volunteer positions? Find out how to make the perfect pitch by checking out Cynthia D'Amour’s article, “How to hit your members’ hot buttons” https://www.energizeinc.com/art/how-hit-your-members-hot-buttons

 

Looking for some tips to help make your volunteer positions sounds more engaging?

Check out this article by Susan J. Ellis: https://www.energizeinc.com/hot-topics/2014/september

 

 

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.
 

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

 

 
 
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