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Issue No. 40| March 31st, 2016
 

In this Issue:

  • 5th Annual Volunteer Fair - April 6th, 2016 - Registration Open Now
  • New SRVC Membership Benefit - Volunteer Appreciation Coupons
  • Free Tax Preparation Program Continues Through April
  • Canada 150 - Sooke Program for the Arts Committee Project
  • Volunteer BC National Volunteer Week Photo Contest is here again!
  • Gearing up to engage volunteers this Spring/Summer?
  • New Directions - Community Conversations with BC Non-Profits
  • Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

 

The 5th Annual Volunteer Fair will be held April 6th, 2016

  • AT:  Edward Milne Community School

WHEN:

  •  12:15 - 12:55 - Student Portion
  •  5:30 - 7:30 - Public Portion

WHY:  Everyone knows Sooke is a Volunteer Capital of Canada. This is a great opportunity find out who's doing what, network with like minded folks, find out about what supports and social engagement opportunities there are in our communities, and maybe find new volunteer opportunities.

For organizations, the event provides an opportunity to:

  • Showcase what you do and what your needs are (be specific and be clear).  Volunteer Opportunity Template provide here.  Email us for a fillable version.
  • Reach out to youth specifically, as well as the general public.
  • Be revitalized by networking with others who truly understand what you are dealing with.
  • Let someone else do something for you.  We do all the work, including mass marketing, you just show up and manage your own booth.
  • Sell tickets, and do other fundraising at this event, if you are selling something or providing a service such as entertainment, food or family activity.  No donation boxes without a service being provided.
  • Promote yourself at no cost if you are a SRVC member ($20 for 4 feet of table space for non-members).  More space is bookable at a low fee should you need it.

We will a silent auction to raise funds to cover the cost of putting on the fair and continue the work we do in supporting volunteerism in the Sooke Region. 

Other questions?  We are happy to answer them.  Call 250-642-6364 ext. 235 or email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

SRVC Membership is $25.00/year.  Read full membership package details here.

Cheques must be made payable to our fiscal host: Sooke Region Communities Health Network

Brought to you by the dedicated team at the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre.  We believe in community, in sharing, in collaboration and in you!

 

New SRVC Membership Benefit - Volunteer Appreciation Coupons

We are shamelessly copying Cowichan Valley Volunteer Centre in creating volunteer appreciation coupons for National Volunteer Week April 10th - 14th, 2016.  Eleven local businesses have bravely agreed to participate in our 'Cup O' Thanks' volunteer appreciation campaign.  Each coupon will be worth one free small tea or coffee from one of the following supporting businesses:

  • 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

Redeemable only during National Volunteer Week.  No Cash Value.  One per Volunteer, please.

As a member organization you can request as many coupons as you need for distribution to your volunteers. (Membership is $25/year for those who wish to join us)

The hope is that the volunteers will bring a friend with them and/or purchase something to go with the coffee or tea.  Whether the coupons are used or not, this will promote these business as being supportive of the volunteers in our communities.  We are already aware of the many ways these businesses and others supports community and the various activities.  This is a small thank you to the individuals that make it all happen.

 We will provide businesses with a poster leading up to National Volunteer Week.

To request your coupons, take out membership and more information please connect with us at sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or call 250-642-6364 Ext. 235

 

 

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

 

Canada 150 - Sooke Program for the Arts Committee Project

Sooke is taking part in a nationwide mosaic project to celebrate Canada's 150th in 2017. The Sooke Program for the Arts Committee is spearheading the project and they are looking for submissions of an iconic, overall design to represent Sooke. The image will be converted into a mosaic, and each tile hand-painted by members of the community. Submit your design ideas to the District of Sooke before April 16. 
Mosaic Project Resources: 
Call for Submissions
Community Toolkit
Canada 150 Mosaic website
Video on how to paint tiles
Video about a participating community

 

Volunteer BC National Volunteer Week Photo Contest is here again!

Do you have photos of volunteers that are the root and foundation of your community?  April 10 to April 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week (NVW), a time to celebrate and thank BC's volunteers. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom. Thanks to volunteers, communities grow strong and resilient.

Send us photos that reflect the unique qualities of your volunteers and the strong contribution they make. Prizes awarded to top 3 photos. 

Submission deadline is April 4. Check out contest details here.
 

 

 

 

Gearing up to engage volunteers this Spring/Summer?

Check out some of Volunteer Canada's top 12 volunteer engagement tips for 2016: http://volunteer.ca/blog/12-tips-2016

 

 

 

 

New Directions - Community Conversations with BC Non-Profits

The New Directions for British Columbia’s Non-Profit Sector Project set out to create a foundational BC non-profit narrative informed by research and focused on non-profit impacts in BC communities; a narrative that could be shared across the sector and on which non-profits could build their own unique stories. With the contributions of non-profits across BC, this project presents a picture of the BC non-profit sector, identifies key ideas like the importance of “working together”, and highlights BC non-profit impacts. These are the resources for a foundational BC non-profit narrative.

The 348 participants in 15 BC communities told us non-profits engage with British Columbians in
many different ways and many different places, from farms to nature reserves, to theatres and cultural centres, to sports fields and facilities, to restaurants, offices and homes. “Community Conversations” participants told us how the work of their organizations enriched their communities, and how much they valued the opportunity to meet and discuss “ways to make the non-profit sector visible, and its impact understood”.

To help build awareness they recommended ways to support networking – by developing umbrella
groups, regional or provincial organizations, or networks of networks that are facilitating not
controlling. They also identified the need for communication and media training, and training in
demonstrating value and impact. “Community Conversation” participants recommended that non-
profits reframe how they think of themselves, and promote their strengths. They discussed ways
to help advance a broad understanding of the impact of non-profits, emphasizing that “working
together is better”.

   Read More  

BC Non-Profits Website

 

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. 39| March 1st, 2016
 

In this Issue:

  • 5th Annual Volunteer Fair - April 6th, 2016 - Registration Open Now
  • Volunteer Victoria offers Governance Workshop Series
  • More people volunteer for the arts in B.C. than elsewhere in Canada, report finds
  • The Governor General's Caring Canadian Award
  • Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

 

The 5th Annual Volunteer Fair will be held April 6th, 2016 - Registration Open Now

  • AT:  Edward Milne Community School

WHEN:

  •  12:15 - 12:55 - Student Portion
  •  5:30 - 7:30 - Public Portion
  • You may register for one or both segments.  Displays can be left up between sessions and presenters may leave. We will keep an eye on them.

WHY:  Everyone knows Sooke is a Volunteer Capital of Canada. There are some great people out there, some new to Sooke, some newly retired, and they are looking to connect in their community. If you want them, get a table for YOUR volunteer program before they sell out!

The event provides an opportunity to:

  • Showcase what you do and what your needs are (be specific and be clear).  Volunteer Opportunity Template provide here.  Email us for a fillable version.
  • Reach out to youth specifically, as well as the general public.
  • Be revitalized by networking with others who truly understand what you are dealing with.
  • Let someone else do something for you.  We do all the work, including mass marketing, you just show up and manage your own booth.
  • Sell tickets, and do other fundraising at this event, if you are selling something or providing a service such as entertainment, food or family activity.  No donation boxes without a service being provided.
  • Promote yourself at no cost if you are a SRVC member ($20 for 4 feet of table space for non-members).  More space is bookable at a low fee should you need it.

We will be taking sumissions for groups to run a concession, family activities and entertianment.

We will also run a silent auction to raise funds to cover the cost of putting on the fair and continue the work we do in supporting volunteerism in the Sooke Region.  If you are interested in providing either of these, please contact us.

Other questions?  We are happy to answer them.  Call 250-642-6364 ext. 235 or email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

SRVC Membership is $25.00/year.  Read full membership package details here.

Cheques must be made payable to our fiscal host: Sooke Region Communities Health Network

Brought to you by the dedicated team at the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre.  We believe in community, in sharing, in collaboration and in you!

 

Volunteer Victoria offers Governance Workshop Series

We are happy to announce a workshop series designed for non-profits to navigate the changes to the BC Societies Act, AND to address some of the bigger governance questions that have been emerging in the community. Join Claire Rettie and Ann Moscow for this series, with support from the Victoria Foundation.
Along with every other society in BC, you have to review and rewrite your Constitution and Bylaws to comply with the new Societies Act (2015).

    READ MORE   

 

More people volunteer for the arts in B.C. than elsewhere in Canada, report finds

B.C. leads the way when it comes to both volunteering for and donating to arts and culture.

A new report from Hill Strategies Research, five percent of British Columbians (about 186,000 of us) contribute time to the cause, versus the national average of three percent.

Hill's findings were based on analysis of Canada’s 2013 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering, and Participating.

Other key findings include the fact that 900,000 Canadians volunteered for the equivalent of 56,000 jobs in arts and culture organizations in 2013.

    READ MORE   

The Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

This award recognizes individuals who volunteer their time to help others and to build a smarter and more caring nation. If you know a friend, neighbour or member of your community who has made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community and deserves this special award, nominate them today. Read here and visit the website for more information. See the picture of the 2012 Award Winner.

 

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. 38| February 19th, 2016
 

In this Issue:

  • Last of the Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers
  • Healthy living in Sooke no longer just an initiative: Introducing SRCHN
  • Financial Review for Smaller Non-profit Organizations
  • Doing Good for Nothing
  • Date Changes to the Sooke Region Volunteer Recognition Program
  • Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grants: Round Three
  • Program matching Syrian relief donations extended to Feb 29
  • Four Ways to Fail Your Volunteers
  • Building Blocks for Boomer Volunteer Engagement
  • National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th
  • Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

 

Last of the Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers

Congratulations and thank you to those who took advantage of the local training being offered under the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre’s “Recruit, Retain and Retrain” project.  Free ‘Lunch and Learn’ opportunities, discounts for Volunteer Centre members, and more made these workshops affordable to all. 

We have learned a lot from you all throughout the process.  We've had some wonderful successes as well as disappointments when classes didn't run.  We've met new people and inspired a few people to get out and volunteer for the first time! 

We have a couple of workshops left to run and then it will be time to start writing reports and making recommendations for the future.  We hope to see you there.

The project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

2 hour workshops - $30 for General Public, $20 for SRVC members, $17.50 for 2 reps from SRVC member org. attending the same workshop, $15 for 3 or more reps from the same SRVC member org. attending the same workshop;

4 hour workshops - $50 for general public, $40 for SRVC members, $30 for 2 reps from SRVC member org. attending the same workshop, $25 for 3 or more reps from the same SRVC member org. attending the same workshop;

Travel subsidy available for attendees traveling 20+ km.  Must apply for the subsidy before the event date.

Check out our website for full details:

February 17th (2:30-4:30) - Creating Budgets for Grants - to be confirmed - email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com for further details

February 27th (4 hr) - From Surviving to Thriving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program matching Syrian relief donations extended to Feb 29

The best way for Canadians to help people affected by the conflict in Syria is to donate money to a recognized Canadian or international humanitarian or development organization that is responding to the crisis. For every eligible dollar donated between September 12, 2015, and February 29, 2016, by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the Syria crisis, the Government of Canada will contribute one dollar to the Syria Emergency Relief Fund.

http://sooke.pocketnews.ca/program-matching-syrian-relief-donations-by-c...

 

 

Volunteer Canada's top 12 volunteer engagement tips for 2016

Volunteers are an important part of communities nationwide. Many non-profits depend on them to deliver services and make a difference. Here are our top 12 volunteer engagement tips for 2016:

  1. Ensure that your organization's values and goals align with the experience your volunteers are looking for.
  2. Informal volunteer recognition is often more effective than formal methods.
  3. Volunteers should receive training specific to their volunteer role and their individual needs.
  4. Discover what motivates your volunteers.
  5. Youth are more inclined to join their friends, so consider offering them group volunteering opportunities.
  6. Family volunteers want opportunities where their kids can actively participate.
  7. Some volunteers enjoy public recognition while others prefer to hear it one-on-one.
  8. Current newcomer volunteers can serve as cultural bridges to engage new volunteers.
  9. When engaging big groups of volunteers, organize several different activities to happen at the same time. This makes organization easier for you and gives them options.
  10. Today’s volunteers want to find more information online. Post your volunteer opportunities and details about your volunteer program on your website or social media page.
  11. Employer-supported volunteers often want tasks that are different from their work.
  12. When training volunteers, provide clear information about your organization and the specific tasks and scope of the volunteer position.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Job Opportunities

The Community Connections Newsletter is an information source for all things volunteer and non-profit.  We obtain most of our information on jobs in the non-profit sector from information received from Volunteer Victoria.  These jobs could be anywhere in the lower island.  For Sooke jobs, though not necessarily in the non-profit sector, we recommend SookePocketNews as the widest source of local job information we have seen compiled.
 

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. 37| February 9th, 2016
 

In this Issue:

  • Last of the Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers
  • Healthy living in Sooke no longer just an initiative: Introducing SRCHN
  • Financial Review for Smaller Non-profit Organizations
  • Doing Good for Nothing
  • Date Changes to the Sooke Region Volunteer Recognition Program
  • Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grants: Round Three
  • Program matching Syrian relief donations extended to Feb 29
  • Four Ways to Fail Your Volunteers
  • Building Blocks for Boomer Volunteer Engagement
  • National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th
  • Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

 

Last of the Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers

Congratulations and thank you to those who took advantage of the local training being offered under the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre’s “Recruit, Retain and Retrain” project.  Free ‘Lunch and Learn’ opportunities, discounts for Volunteer Centre members, and more made these workshops affordable to all. 

We have learned a lot from you all throughout the process.  We've had some wonderful successes as well as disappointments when classes didn't run.  We've met new people and inspired a few people to get out and volunteer for the first time! 

We have a couple of workshops left to run and then it will be time to start writing reports and making recommendations for the future.  We hope to see you there.

The project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

2 hour workshops - $30 for General Public, $20 for SRVC members, $17.50 for 2 reps from SRVC member org. attending the same workshop, $15 for 3 or more reps from the same SRVC member org. attending the same workshop;

4 hour workshops - $50 for general public, $40 for SRVC members, $30 for 2 reps from SRVC member org. attending the same workshop, $25 for 3 or more reps from the same SRVC member org. attending the same workshop;

Travel subsidy available for attendees traveling 20+ km.  Must apply for the subsidy before the event date.

Check out our website for full details:

February 17th (2:30-4:30) or February 23rd (6:30 - 8:30) - Creating Budgets for Grants - to be confirmed - email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com for further details

February 27th (4 hr) - From Surviving to Thriving

 

Healthy living in Sooke no longer just an initiative: Introducing SRCHN

Since 2003, the Sooke Co-operative Association of Services Agencies (CASA) and the grass roots Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (SRCHI) have worked together to benefit the Sooke Region from Port Renfrew to Beecher Bay. The two have merged their resources and have officially changed its name to Sooke Region Communities Health Network (SRCHN), retaining its co-operative and charitable status.

It was acknowledged the organization had outgrown its “initiative” status and it wished to be more aligned with its sister Vancouver Island Communities Health Networks.

    READ MORE   

 

Financial Review for Smaller Non-profit Organizations

Jackie Eastgaard has been auditing non-profit organization records for 10 years.  She is offering to conduct an annual review of smaller, local organizations records as a volunteer. To discuss options and for further details please contact Jackie at ajeastgaard@telus.net

 

Doing Good for Nothing

Doing Good For Nothing Victoria Team is pleased to announce that a new round is open and ready to take submissions.  Imagine a day focused on YOUR non-profit or social enterprise. What would you do to make 2016 the year of “gettin’ it done?” 

How does Doing Good For Nothing work?

  1. You tell us about an issue or opportunity that needs addressing in your organization - something that could help your organization increase its impact.
  2. We will choose one organization for a day of free tailor made professional services, facilitated before mid-April 2016.
  3. Our DGFN core team will work with you to get at the heart of your dilemma.
  4. Based on your needs, we will access our professional network to fill the room with the best thinkers and skilled volunteers, and design a full day of action-oriented forward momentum with you and your team.

    READ MORE    

 

Date Changes to the Sooke Region Volunteer Recognition Program

The District of Sooke chose 2001, the International Year of the Volunteer, to initiate a program recognizing long-time volunteers who have made significant contributions of benefit to Sooke and/or the surrounding region. This program is now ongoing with the last Volunteer Recognition Ceremony held March, 2013. The next ceremony will be held in March, 2017 to coincide with the Canada 150 celebrations.

If you wish to nominate someone for recognition, please complete and submit the Nomination Form by October 31, 2016. Nominations must be submitted by a non-profit organization or a group of not less than three individuals unrelated to the nominee.

    READ MORE   

Download the Volunteer Nomination Form here.

Boundaries – refers to the area included within East Sooke, the District of Sooke, and as far west as Port Renfrew.

 

Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grants: Round Three

This is a call for expressions of interest from local governments in BC who are leading the way in creating the conditions that enable healthy people and healthy places – in partnership with regional health authorities and other key community stakeholders. There are two streams of support available:

STREAM ONE
Seeding Healthy Small, Rural and Remote Communities
This stream is open to up to 30 small, rural, and remote communities and includes grants of up to $5,000, along with other capacity building support such as tailored resources, limited coaching and facilitation.

BC Stats and Statistics Canada (2011) define small population centres as those with populations between 1,000 - 29,999 or a population density of at least 400 people/sqkm. Rural / remote communities are classified as those with population under 1,000 OR under 400 people per square kilometer (population density).

STREAM TWO
Growing Impact: BC’s Next Level of Healthy Communities Leadership
This stream is open to up to five communities of any size, and provides an integrated suite of support including learning events, coaching, a community of practice, and grants of up to $15,000.

Priorities & Focus Areas (Both Streams)

Partnership development and collaboration between local governments, health authorities, and other community stakeholders is a priority, as is working upstream for greater impact in one or more of the following focus areas: healthy eating and food security, tobacco reduction, physical activity, healthy early childhood development, positive mental health and well-being, culture of moderation for alcohol use, injury prevention, and planning for a healthy built environment.

Deadline

Grant Applications for Stream One and Stream Two will be accepted up until noon (PST) on February 29, 2016. Successful applicants will receive notification by March 31st, 2016.

More Information

Find an overview of the latest Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grants here, to find out which stream is right for your community and important next steps in the grant application process.

If you have questions or require assistance please contact:
BC Healthy Communities Society
grants@planh.ca
250-356-0883

 

Program matching Syrian relief donations extended to Feb 29

The best way for Canadians to help people affected by the conflict in Syria is to donate money to a recognized Canadian or international humanitarian or development organization that is responding to the crisis. For every eligible dollar donated between September 12, 2015, and February 29, 2016, by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the Syria crisis, the Government of Canada will contribute one dollar to the Syria Emergency Relief Fund.

http://sooke.pocketnews.ca/program-matching-syrian-relief-donations-by-c...

 

Four Ways to Fail Your Volunteers

Volunteers are the backbone behind many organizations. BusinessAdvising.org, for example, is made possible by business advisers who volunteer their time, insight, and experience to strengthen small businesses that create jobs in underserved communities.

Because volunteers are so important, it’s essential that your engagement and appreciation efforts don’t fall through the cracks. Read on to discover four management missteps that are easy to make, yet with a proactive approach, even easier to avoid.

    READ MORE   

 

Building Blocks for Boomer Volunteer Engagement

Canada was home to the largest baby boom of any western country. Considered to be born between 1946 and 1964, the baby boomer generation can be characterized as having multiple mosaics, between ethnicity, family, religion and lifestyle preferences. This range and variation in the experiences of baby boomers affect their ability and/or motivation to volunteer.

Volunteer Canada has developed a variety of tools and resources that explore the opportunities and barriers to effectively engaging boomers and older adults. We are in a very fortunate position, as there now exists a large and highly talented group able to contribute to their communities and nurture the spirit of civic engagement in Canada.

    READ MORE   

 

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

 

 

Job Opportunities

The Community Connections Newsletter is an information source for all things volunteer and non-profit.  We obtain most of our information on jobs in the non-profit sector from information received from Volunteer Victoria.  These jobs could be anywhere in the lower island.  For Sooke jobs, though not necessarily in the non-profit sector, we recommend SookePocketNews as the widest source of local job information we have seen compiled.
 

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. 36| January 12th, 2016
 

In this Issue:

  • 2015 Was A Good Year, May 2016 Be Even Better.
  • Financial Review for Smaller Non-profit Organizations
  • New List of Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers
  • Sooke Region Volunteer Recognition
  • Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grants: Round Three
  • The Courage to Come Back Awards
  • Program matching Syrian relief donations extended to Feb 29
  • High school volunteering: As some struggle to secure hours, others raise bar
  • Preparing Your Short-Term Volunteer Roles
  • Keeping Former Volunteers as Our Long-term Friends
  • 5 Ways to Find the Right Board Members for Your Nonprofit
  • Updated Police Check and Criminal Record Check Resource
  • Civic Info BC Searchable Grants Database
  • National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th
  • Volunteers Are The Roots of Strong Communities
  • Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

 

2015 Was A Good Year, May 2016 Be Even Better.

We've come a long way in the less than 2 years the volunteer centre has been open.  Membership is up, and new residents are coming in for an interview and finding out more about their new community,   We are also seeing increased numbers of youth reaching out to find rewarding volunteer opportunities both in terms of meeting their graduation requirements, and to give back to the place they call home.  We've had young, stay-at-home mom, and newly retired long term residents come in to find out what the opportunities are to give to their community.  And people say no one is volunteering these days.  Well, that's not true in the Sooke area.

Planning has begun on the 5th annual Sooke Region Volunteer Fair to be held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week April 10 to April 16, 2016.  We want to make this the biggest and best event yet.  If you have any new ideas, we'd love to hear them!

The dedicated people who keep our office doors open two afternoons a week are key to our success.  They take on many tasks and learn new things about our communities, enabling us to support promotion, collaboration and resource sharing.  When you have the opportunity please stop in and share a few words with members of our team.  Let us know how we've helped you and your organization, what you have on the go that's new, and where we might be able to assist you in the future.

We would like to thank all of the organizations that took out membership, and of course those who renewed their membership, for your support.  Your vote of confidence in our efforts to support and promote the volunteer ethos in our small piece of the plant is appreciated.

We also wish to thank a few people who were on our team though have moved on to new endeavours: Sheila, Bev, Melinda, and Gail Y.  We thank them for the time and effort they were able to contribute and wish them well with their new projects.

May 2016 be generous and fruitful.

Trudy, Gail P., Gill, Caroline, Marilyn, Jane, Ellen, Les & Marlene

The Sooke Region Volunteer Centre Team

 

Financial Review for Smaller Non-profit Organizations

Jackie Eastgaard has been auditing non-profit organization records for 10 years.  She is offering to conduct an annual review of smaller, local organizations records as a volunteer. To discuss options and for further details please contact Jackie at ajeastgaard@telus.net

She is also looking for someone to review the Sooke Meals on Wheels Society accounting records for their annual report.  Upon review of their Bylaws they found that a member cannot conduct the audit, and Jackie is a member.  If you are able to help them with this, please contact Jackie as well.

 

 

New List of Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers

Whether you are already a volunteer, considering volunteering, or even just plain curious, check out the local training being offered under the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre’s “Recruit, Retain and Retrain” project.

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

Workshop Fees:

Lunch & Learns – Free – Bring your lunch, we will have tea/coffee & cookies by donation

2 hour workshops - $30 for General Public, $20 for SRVC members, $17.50 for 2 reps from SRVC member org. attending the same workshop, $15 for 3 or more reps from the same SRVC member org. attending the same workshop;

4 hour workshops - $50 for general public, $40 for SRVC members, $30 for 2 reps from SRVC member org. attending the same workshop, $25 for 3 or more reps from the same SRVC member org. attending the same workshop;

Travel subsidy available for attendees traveling 20+ km.  Must apply for the subsidy before the event date.

The project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. 

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Check out our website for full details:

January 20th (2 hrs) - Creating Work/Life Balance for Non-Profits

January 22nd & 23rd (12 hours) - Mental Health First Aid

January 26th (2 hours) - Grant Writing 101

January 30th (4 hours) - Advanced Grant Writing - Sharpen Your Skills

February 3rd (2 hours) - Succession Planning for Non-Profit Organizations

February 27th (4 hr) - From Surviving to Thriving - Date Change

 

 

Sooke Region Volunteer Recognition

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.

The District of Sooke chose 2001, the International Year of the Volunteer, to initiate a program recognizing long-time volunteers who have made significant contributions of benefit to Sooke and/or the surrounding region. This program is now ongoing with the last Volunteer Recognition Ceremony held March, 2013. The next ceremony will be held in April 2016.

    READ MORE   

Download the Volunteer Nomination Form here.

Boundaries – refers to the area included within East Sooke, the District of Sooke, and as far west as Port Renfrew.

 

Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grants: Round Three

This is a call for expressions of interest from local governments in BC who are leading the way in creating the conditions that enable healthy people and healthy places – in partnership with regional health authorities and other key community stakeholders. There are two streams of support available:

STREAM ONE
Seeding Healthy Small, Rural and Remote Communities
This stream is open to up to 30 small, rural, and remote communities and includes grants of up to $5,000, along with other capacity building support such as tailored resources, limited coaching and facilitation.

BC Stats and Statistics Canada (2011) define small population centres as those with populations between 1,000 - 29,999 or a population density of at least 400 people/sqkm. Rural / remote communities are classified as those with population under 1,000 OR under 400 people per square kilometer (population density).

STREAM TWO
Growing Impact: BC’s Next Level of Healthy Communities Leadership
This stream is open to up to five communities of any size, and provides an integrated suite of support including learning events, coaching, a community of practice, and grants of up to $15,000.

Priorities & Focus Areas (Both Streams)

Partnership development and collaboration between local governments, health authorities, and other community stakeholders is a priority, as is working upstream for greater impact in one or more of the following focus areas: healthy eating and food security, tobacco reduction, physical activity, healthy early childhood development, positive mental health and well-being, culture of moderation for alcohol use, injury prevention, and planning for a healthy built environment.

Deadline

Grant Applications for Stream One and Stream Two will be accepted up until noon (PST) on February 29, 2016. Successful applicants will receive notification by March 31st, 2016.

More Information

Find an overview of the latest Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grants here, to find out which stream is right for your community and important next steps in the grant application process.

If you have questions or require assistance please contact:
BC Healthy Communities Society
grants@planh.ca
250-356-0883

 

The Courage to Come Back Awards

Nominate someone today for a 2016 Courage To Come Back Award!
Click here to go to couragetocomeback.ca

The Courage To Come Back Awards is a province-wide annual campaign that pays tribute to BC residents who have demonstrated extraordinary courage in their recovery from illness or adversity. The awards are presented to one individual in each of the following categories: Addiction, Medical, Mental Health, Physical Rehabilitation, Social Adversity and Youth.

The Courage Awards gala is an uplifting evening celebrating the best in our province. The Chair of the Courage To Come Back Awards is Lorne Segal, President of Kingswood Capital.

What people say about The Courage To Come Back Awards:

"Courage is amazing! It is a life-affirming event."

"It was a very emotional evening."

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Program matching Syrian relief donations extended to Feb 29

The best way for Canadians to help people affected by the conflict in Syria is to donate money to a recognized Canadian or international humanitarian or development organization that is responding to the crisis. For every eligible dollar donated between September 12, 2015, and February 29, 2016, by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the Syria crisis, the Government of Canada will contribute one dollar to the Syria Emergency Relief Fund.

http://sooke.pocketnews.ca/program-matching-syrian-relief-donations-by-c...

 

High school volunteering: As some struggle to secure hours, others raise bar

It's not clear if compulsory community service will turn teens into life-long volunteers.

By Aleksandra Sagan, CBC News (VIA Volunteer Canada)

If  Zayn Alazawi doesn't complete 40 hours of volunteer work, he won't graduate from his Hamilton, Ont., high school. So the 15-year-old spent some of his school-free days this past summer listening to younger kids read at his local library.

He's one of many teens across Canada who must accumulate a certain amount of community service before graduation in order to receive a diploma. 

The provinces and territories that mandate volunteering in high school generally require students to complete between 25 and 40 hours of community service. Students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program must complete more, though, and those in certain districts, boards or schools may have different requirements.

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Preparing Your Short-Term Volunteer Roles

Currently, short-term volunteering is one of the biggest trends in volunteer management. More and more volunteers want to make a bigger impact in a shorter time-frame – maybe they can’t commit to long-term or recurring programs, or maybe they’re drawn to the shorter event or activity you’re running. Either way, volunteer managers, and coordinators want to know how to engage this new crop of short-term volunteers.

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Keeping Former Volunteers as Our Long-term Friends

People have many reasons for leaving volunteer service but only a small percentage depart because they are unhappy with their experience in your organization. Of course, some volunteers do leave because of dissatisfaction and, in turn, you may be very relieved to see some disgruntled people depart.

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5 Ways to Find the Right Board Members for Your Nonprofit

Assembling a good board is the most important thing you can do when setting up your nonprofit. Plus, keeping a pipeline full of good candidates means that you'll never run short. Board members rotate on and then off of boards. How you handle those vacancies says a lot about your nonprofit's health. 

Finding good board members is easier than ever. We have all the traditional tools but also many online sources to help find good people and communities for reaching them.

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Updated Police Check and Criminal Record Check Resource

Want to know the difference between Local Police/RCMP and the Criminal Record Review Program (Ministry of Justice)? Check out Volunteer BC's updated resource along with a new FAQ section.  
 

It should be noted that PIPEDA does not apply to organizations that are not engaged in commercial activity. As such, it does not generally apply to not-for-profit and charity groups, associations or political parties, for example—unless the organization is conducting a commercial activity (fundraising is not considered a commercial activity).

In addition, PIPEDA will not apply to an organization that operates wholly within a province that has legislation that has been deemed substantially similar to the PIPEDA, unless the personal information crosses provincial or national borders.  Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec have general private-sector legislation that has been deemed substantially similar. (see following section titled “Provincial privacy laws” for more information)

https://www.priv.gc.ca/resource/fs-fi/02_05_d_15_e.asp

BC's Personal Information Act  http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/00_0306...

 

Civic Info BC Searchable Grants Database

Civic Info BC has a searchable grants database, well two by the look of it.  Our research brought us to two addresses, one with about 70 funding organizations at https://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/grants and a much more extensive database at http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/rbcs/grant1.asp  We located these through our membership in the GrantStation Database that we took a one year membership in to see how useful it might be to ourselves and other organizations.
 

 

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

 

Volunteers Are The Roots of Strong Communities

Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Even the tiniest volunteer effort leaves a profound and lasting trace in a community, much like tree rings that appear over time.

April 10 to April 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week (NVW), a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. This year marks the 13th consecutive year that Volunteer Canada and Investors Group have partnered to deliver the NVW campaign.

Volunteer Canada and Investors Group’s Volunteer Recognition Study indicates that most volunteers prefer a genuine thank you for their efforts. Sincere words that highlight the impact of a volunteer’s contributions or simple personalized tokens are meaningful and appreciated.

The “Volunteers are the roots of strong communities” campaign will celebrate volunteers across Canada, by offering NVW-branded recognition items made from all natural seed paper that can be planted. Gift packs of seed paper confetti, seed paper journals and seed paper postcards will include space to add a personalized thank you message to a volunteer. Recipients can then plant their recognition item, allowing it to sprout roots that shape new paths and keep growing, much like the incredible efforts of volunteers.

 

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. 35| December 8th, 2015
 

In this Issue:

  • You are invited to our Christmas Social Tues. Dec. 15th 12:00 - 4:30
  • Example of Local Succession Planning
  • Need (Free) Help With Your Website and On-Line Presence?
  • More Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers
  • Fundraiser in Action: Grand Cook-Off Sales
  • Four ways to create a more rewarding volunteer experience
  • The importance of screening volunteers
  • Building better boards: Strengthening fiduciary and risk oversight
  • Pictures, Pictures, Pictures
  • Civic Info BC Searchable Grants Database
  • Canadian Code For Volunteer Involvement - Did you there was one?
  • How to Find Superstar Volunteers For Your Next Event
  • Healthy Built Environment - Resources Now Available
  • Membership growth as stagnant as a pond?
  • National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th
  • Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

 

You are invited to our Christmas Social, Tuesday, December 15th from 12:00 - 4:30. 

Feel free to stop by the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre, 6672 Wadams Way, for a quick what or stay a while.  We will have refreshments, prizes and even some team-building games to play or watch.

 

Example of Local Succession Planning

    I am thrilled to tell you that our ad for a Book Bin Coordinator posted on the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre website has been successful ! We had a response from several people, and have selected a younger, energetic career-woman to fill the position. She plans to involve her four daughters in the program as well, which will be a big positive to the long-term existence of this Literacy program.  As an extra bonus, the family is also going to provide storage space for our inventory in their home, which solves another major issue we have.
    I have spearheaded this program for over 4 years, (after replying to  a posting on your website). Together with 5 other volunteers, we have  grown this into a valued asset, providing free books at locations in the community at large. But we have also been very concerned about how to keep the program going beyond my involvement, as there is no successor in our group.  I knew the answer was to be proactive, recruit and train a new team while the originals were still in play. We have successfully begun that process, thanks to the Volunteer Centre.
    Once the new Coordinator is comfortable in her role, we will be calling on you again to assist us in posting ads for new Book Bin volunteers.  We are currently writing up the procedures we have developed over time to use as our training tool. With new recruits, we will also be able to expand this successful  program into other areas of the community.
    Thanks again, you provide a valuable service.
    Alice Gable
 

Need (Free) Help With Your Website and On-Line Presence?

The Edward Milne Community School Society has hired a Communications Intern to aid the community with the development, implementation, and evaluation of various communications projects.

Key Project Responsibilities:

  • The role of the Communications Intern can include, but is not limited to:
  • Web page updating, maintenance, and development
  • Helping community members develop their own web pages
  • Developing and maintaining an EMCS Alumni database
  • Assisting local organizations in developing social media strategies
  • Promoting awareness of electronic commerce to local small businesses
  • Training and assisting the general public and target groups on basic computer and internet use
  • Delivering internet-related workshops geared to specific topics of interest

Bio: My name is B. J. Voth and I am working as a Communications Intern for the Edward Milne Community School Society. I moved to Sooke a little under two years ago and am enjoying this part of the world immensely. I have a degree in philosophy from Trinity Western University but am looking to transition into a career in computer science. My position as Communications Intern is a great first step in that direction; so far I have been exposed to: website design, development, and maintenance, social media policy and strategy development, and database information acquisition and management. If you or your business/organization could use an ambitious, motivated intern for any of your communications requirements, please contact me via email: bjvothdev@gmail.com.

 

More Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers

More Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers

Whether you are already a volunteer, considering volunteering, or even just plain curious, check out the local training being offered under the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre’s “Recruit, Retain and Retrain” project.

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

The project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. 

    READ MORE   

Check out our website for full details:

January 5th (1 hr) - Lunch & Learn: More Team Building with WiiU

January 6th (2 hrs) - Grant Writing 101 - NEW

January 16th (4 hr) - From Surviving to Thriving

January 20th (2 hrs) - Work/Life Balance for Non-Profits - NEW

January 20th (4 hrs) - Advanced Grant Writing - NEW

February 23rd (2 hrs) - Strategic Planning with Dr. Rhordon Wikkramatilekem

 

Fundraiser in Action: Grand-Cook Off Sales

Sales are going well with only a few jams/sauces and cookies in a jar left.

Drop by the office 6672 Wadams Way on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, give us a call at 250-642-6364 Ext. 235 or email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com to place your order for these great gift opportunities.

Proceeds go to the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre and the Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 54 Sooke.

 

Four ways to create a more rewarding volunteer experience

More than four in 10 Canadians volunteered in 2013, according to the latest General Social Survey released earlier this year. While that’s impressive, volunteering is down since 2010, the last time the survey was conducted. That’s not terribly surprising considering a Volunteer Canada report found that 62% of volunteers have had a negative experience. That draws the challenge for nonprofits into clear focus: How do you not only recruit volunteers, but keep them coming back?

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The importance of screening volunteers

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. Vulnerable people may include children, people with disabilities and senior adults.

The benefits of screening are:

  • People’s skills and experience are better matched to the needs and opportunities of organizations
  • The quality and safety of volunteer programs in communities are improved
  • The risks and liability for people and organizations are reduced

Screening practices are ongoing and go beyond the selection process. Screening promotes better volunteer matching, improved quality and safety of programs and reduced risks and liability.

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Building better boards: Strengthening fiduciary and risk oversight

Increasingly boards of directors for charities are expected to strengthen their governance practices, including their fiduciary and risk oversight. Driving this demand for stronger governance is research that finds that governance failures are at the root of many problems in charities.

In response, regulators and funders are taking steps to codify expectations and sanction charities that do not meet expectations.

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Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

Almost forever I’ve urged leaders of volunteers to always carry a camera and to capture images of volunteering in action. Today there is no excuse to miss great photographs, since the ubiquitous smartphone is also a high-quality digital camera, video camera, photo editor, and immediate transmitter/poster of anything we shoot. But even this powerful tool cannot produce pictures unless we remember to take it out and press the button.

Not that long ago, creating a collection of multi-purpose photographs required all manner of camera equipment and a budget for developing and printing the shots. While it still takes creative skill to snap a great image or expressive portrait, everyone can gather a large library of photographs and videos for many purposes.

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Civic Info BC Searchable Grants Database

Civic Info BC has a searchable grants database, well two by the look of it.  Our research brought us to two addresses, one with about 70 funding organizations at https://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/grants and a much more extensive database at http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/rbcs/grant1.asp  We located these through our membership in the GrantStation Database that we took a one year membership in to see how useful it might be to ourselves and other organizations.
 

Canadian Code For Volunteer Involvement - Did you there was one?

Volunteer Canada created the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (CCVI) to support organizations that engage volunteers. The CCVI is a framework for involving volunteers in all levels of an organization. This includes volunteers working in leadership, direct service and virtual roles.

We encourage all organizations to think about how they engage volunteers. Download the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement to evaluate your volunteer program.

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2015 Victoria’s Vital Signs® report

Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada. It measures the vitality of communities in key areas, providing critical information that can help us set priorities and identify opportunities for action.

The Victoria Foundation released its 10th edition of Victoria’s Vital Signs® report, sponsored by Island Savings. To celebrate this achievement, we’ve included several special features. A six-page feature article by Dr. Trevor Hancock examines the impact that measuring trends in a community can have, and he looks at ten years of Vital Signs results. We’ve also included interviews with five of Victoria’s sector leaders. They’ve generously shared their perspectives on how the region has changed and grown over the past ten years. And finally, we’ve included a timeline that spans ten years of milestones in our community. These are the key events and impacts related to Vital Signs over the last decade that help make the Capital Region a vital place to live, work, grow and play.
Read the report, and find a complete list of all indicator sources on our website.

 

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

April 10 to April 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week (NVW), a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. This year marks the 13th consecutive year that Volunteer Canada and Investors Group have partnered to deliver the NVW campaign.

Volunteer Canada and Investors Group’s Volunteer Recognition Study indicates that most volunteers prefer a genuine thank you for their efforts. Sincere words that highlight the impact of a volunteer’s contributions or simple personalized tokens are meaningful and appreciated.

The “Volunteers are the roots of strong communities” campaign will celebrate volunteers across Canada, by offering NVW-branded recognition items made from all natural seed paper that can be planted. Gift packs of seed paper confetti, seed paper journals and seed paper postcards will include space to add a personalized thank you message to a volunteer. Recipients can then plant their recognition item, allowing it to sprout roots that shape new paths and keep growing, much like the incredible efforts of volunteers.

   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. 34| October 26, 2015
 

In this Issue:

  • What's Happening For The Holidays?  Anyone Need Volunteers?
  • Need (Free) Help With Your Website and On-Line Presence?
  • More Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers
  • Fundraiser in Action: Grand Cook-Off Sales
  • Civic Info BC Searchable Grants Database
  • Please Vote Daily to Support Sooke Family Resource Society's Bid
  • How to Apply for a Rotary Club of Sooke Grant
  • Multiculturalism has announced the 2015/16 Multicultural Grants Program
  • Prince's Youth Service Awards
  • How to Find Superstar Volunteers For Your Next Event
  • Healthy Built Environment - Resources Now Available
  • Membership growth as stagnant as a pond?
  • National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th
  • Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

What's Happening For The Holidays?  Anyone Need Volunteers?

We've had people call looking for volunteer opportunities over the holidays.  Most want to do something for people in need.  The only activity we are aware of is the Christmas Bureau and we pass along their contact information. 

Email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or call if you are looking for volunteers for the holidays.

 

Need (Free) Help With Your Website and On-Line Presence?

The Edward Milne Community School Society has hired a Communications Intern to aid the community with the development, implementation, and evaluation of various communications projects.

Key Project Responsibilities:

  • The role of the Communications Intern can include, but is not limited to:
  • Web page updating, maintenance, and development
  • Helping community members develop their own web pages
  • Developing and maintaining an EMCS Alumni database
  • Assisting local organizations in developing social media strategies
  • Promoting awareness of electronic commerce to local small businesses
  • Training and assisting the general public and target groups on basic computer and internet use
  • Delivering internet-related workshops geared to specific topics of interest

Bio: My name is B. J. Voth and I am working as a Communications Intern for the Edward Milne Community School Society. I moved to Sooke a little under two years ago and am enjoying this part of the world immensely. I have a degree in philosophy from Trinity Western University but am looking to transition into a career in computer science. My position as Communications Intern is a great first step in that direction; so far I have been exposed to: website design, development, and maintenance, social media policy and strategy development, and database information acquisition and management. If you or your business/organization could use an ambitious, motivated intern for any of your communications requirements, please contact me via email: bjvothdev@gmail.com.

 

More Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers

More Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers

Whether you are already a volunteer, considering volunteering, or even just plain curious, check out the local training being offered under the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre’s “Recruit, Retain and Retrain” project.

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

The project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. 

Despite conducting a survey and gathering other input on topics of interest, only the free Lunch & Learn workshops, the custom Board Governance 101, and the Social Media for Non-Profits have run.  Please talk to us.  Tell us what you want and need.  

    READ MORE   

Check out our website for full details:

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

November 14th (4 hrs) - Messaging & Engaging Recruits

November 17th (1 hr) -  Lunch & Learn: Self Advocacy  NEW

November 24th (2 hrs) - Intro to Delegating Effectively

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

December 8th (2 hr) - Changes to the BC Societies Act - Will affect all Societies.

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

January 5th (1 hr) - Lunch & Learn: More Team Building with WiiU - New

January 16th (4 hr) - From Surviving to Thriving - NEW

January 19th (1 hr) - TBD

February 23rd (2 hrs) - Strategic Planning with Dr. Rhordon Wikkramatilekem - NEW

 

Fundraiser in Action: Grand-Cook Off Sales

Our jams and fruit sauces have passed testing and are ready to sell. Net proceeds will be shared proportionately between Royal Canadian Legion Br. #54 and SRVC.

  • Jams, jellies & dessert sauces (strawberry, blackberry, mango, blueberry & black elderberry) - $5.00 each
  • Bean soup in quart (8-10 servings) and pints (4-5 servings) - $10.00 each
  • Lentil and Rice soup in quarts - $10.00 each
  • Small batch cookies in a jar (pints 8-10 cookies) with M&Ms, Smarties, Skittles, or Chocolate Chips - $5.00 each
  • Quart cookies in a jar (makes 2 dozen) oatmeal-chocolate chip, oatmeal-raisin-walnuts-chocolate chip and oatmeal-carob-raisin) - $10.00 each

Most of the recipes in quart jars are in antique jars with the glass lids.  Get them while they last.  These make great gifts and are already decorated and labeled. 

Drop by the office 6672 Wadams Way on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, give us a call at 250-642-6364 Ext. 235 or email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com to place your order for these great gift opportunities.

 

Civic Info BC Searchable Grants Database

Civic Info BC has a searchable grants database, well two by the look of it.  Our research brought us to two addresses, one with about 70 funding organizations at https://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/grants and a much more extensive database at http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/rbcs/grant1.asp  We located these through our membeship in the GrantStation Database that we took a one year membership in to see how useful it might be to ourselves and other organizations.
 

 

Please Vote Daily to Support Sooke Family Resource Society's Bid

In September, with the support of a number of wonderful volunteers, SFRS created a video to promote a new social enterprise in Sooke.  The enterprise is a community thrift shop that promotes environmental and community sustainability, while raising funds for the SFRS—the main non-profit that provides services to local families, children and youth.

The video has been selected as one of 15 semi-finalists in an annual provincial competition sponsored by BC Hydro. As a semi-finalist, our video has a 3-in-1 chance of winning a $10,000 prize (five cash prizes will be awarded). This kind of money would go a long way in helping the society underwrite start-up costs for our new store, assist families and promote sustainable living.

I invite you to click on the link below, which should open the BC Hydro video contest page. Please enjoy the video (just 3 minutes), and select the “Vote” button on the same video page. Everyone is permitted to vote once a day, so keep the link handy to vote daily between Oct 15 and November 30.

Here’s the link: https://champions.bchydro.com/entries/view/sfrs

Thank you for supporting the Sooke Family Resource Society in this way. Please forward this email and spread the word through your social media contacts to other folks who might wish to see the video and support SFRS.  

With sincere appreciation,

Nicky Logins, Executive Director,

Sooke Family Resource Society

 

How to Apply for a Rotary Club of Sooke Grant

The Rotary Club of Sooke is always on the look-out for community projects in need of support.  If you wish to request funding, the next deadline for application is coming up — October 15. After that, the next deadlines are January 15 and May 15.

All of our Club’s fundraising efforts work towards pooling resources to help with these kinds of worthy endeavours in our community. We are grateful for the continuing support of local individuals and businesses, in helping us to help Sooke!

Contact: Bruce MacMillan, Co-Chair, Community Service Committee, Rotary Club of Sooke
bruce@sookehomes.com - 250-642-6987

Click here to view a list of recent projects supported and a link to the application form.

 

Multiculturalism has announced the 2015/16 Multicultural Grants Program

This program will provide grants up to $5,000 to non-profit societies and community based groups to promote multiculturalism and combat racism. Applications open October 26, 2015 and close on December 13, 2015. 
For further details regarding the program click here.

Community Gaming Grant Resources
Deadline is November 30 for organizations that fall under Human and Social Services. Community Gaming Grants provide funding to eligible organizations for direct delivery of approved ongoing programs to their communities. 
Need support preparing your application - contact Lori Heart, Volunteer BC volunteerbc
@gmail.com, your local  Community Charitable Gaming Association and/or visit the BC Association of Charitable Gaming website for resources/tools to assist you to develop your grant application.

This information was received from Volunteer BC due to the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre's membership with them.
 

Prince's Youth Service Awards

The Prince of Wales has joined forces with WE Day organizers and Prince's Charities Canada to launch a new awards program that will recognize young Canadian volunteers who are making a difference in their communities. 
The Prince's Youth Service Awards, which will recognize "the most outstanding" Canadian volunteers between the ages of five and 18. 
Young Canadians can apply for the award online, where they'll be asked to describe their volunteer activities and submit a portfolio of their work and reference letters.

 

How to Find Superstar Volunteers For Your Next Event

Recruiting quality volunteers plays a major role in the success of your events. Finding volunteers who are dedicated to your organization and the mission of your event can be a challenge, but using the following tips will lead you towards recruiting and retaining excellent event volunteers.

Everyone longs to find the volunteers that best fit their event. The people who actually “get it” and will work hard to help your event succeed are out there, but where exactly should you look for that elusive “perfect” volunteer?

    READ MORE   

 

Healthy Built Environment - Resources Now Available

PlanH collaborated with members of the Healthy Built Environment (HBE) Alliance on an introductory webinar describing the foundations for linking health and the built environment. The foundational information included what it means to have a healthy built environment and how it impacts health issues in B.C. Learn more through the webinar recording and HBE Linkages Toolkit found here.

 

Membership growth as stagnant as a pond?

Wild Apricot is a web-based database for volunteer and membership management.  They provide a lot of free, on-line training and webinars.  We have found the ones we participated in particularly interesting and helpful.   Here's one we thought would be interesting to some of you.

If you’re a new organization, or an organization of a few hundred members experiencing slow growth, this case study is perfect for you! Do you think this growth is possible for your organization? It totally is! This is exactly what Connecting for Kids, an organization based out of Westlake, Ohio, has done. Founded in the fall of 2011, they ended their first year with 300 members. Since then, they’ve grown to over 1,000.   Click here to view the case study.

 

 

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

 

Job Opportunities

The Community Connections Newsletter is an information source for all things volunteer and non-profit.  We obtain most of our information on jobs in the non-profit sector from information received from Volunteer Victoria.  These jobs could be anywhere in the lower island.  For Sooke jobs, though not necessarily in the non-profit sector, we recommend SookePocketNews as the widest source of local job information we have seen compiled.
 

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. 33| October 18, 2015
 

In this Issue:

  • SRVC meeting Wed. Oct. 21st
  • Recipe for Volunteer Magic
  • Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers
  • Fundraising Opportunity
  • Please Vote Daily to Support Sooke Family Resource Society's Bid
  • How to Apply for a Rotary Club of Sooke Grant
  • Grand Cook Off II - Collaborative Fundraiser
  • Update on Volunteer Victoria's 'Volunteer Recruitment Fair'
  • EMCSS Annual General Meeting
  • How to Find Superstar Volunteers For Your Next Event
  • National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th
  • Job Opportunities

 

Come Tell Us What You Need - SRVC mtg. Wed. Oct. 21st 5:30 - 7:30

Would you like to see more organizations work together, share resources and ideas?  We are here to help coordinate and support exactly that.  Our next meeting is this Wednesday, October 21st from 5:30 - 7:30 at the Sooke Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way.  Come tell us your ideas and what you need to really for your next project.  Registration not necessary, just walk in the door and join us.  Whether you represent an organization or not, you will be made welcome.

 

Recipe for Volunteer Magic

By Holly (Vancouver Improve Theatre) & Marlene (Sooke Region Volunteer Centre)

 

 

  • 2 or more heaping handfuls of like-minded people
  • 1 sharing disposition for each person in the mix
  • 1 dose great organization
  • 1 dozen inspirational presenters
  • 1 dash stated intentions
  • 1 large pinch serendipity
  • 1 dose apiece of good timing and luck
  • (optional:  Draw prizes for extra seasoning)

Start with one very large room and stir in the remaining ingredients.  What the magic start to happen! 

(Caution: Results may vary.  Watch for delayed and unexpected reactions to occur any time in the next 12 months, anywhere across British Columbia. Results.  Results may compound as well.)

We were inspired to write this recipe based on some magic that happened in the last minutes of the 2015 Volunteer Futures conference.  We met in the ‘Digital Storytelling’ workshop.  Before it started we chatted and found we had 100 Mile House in common.  What transpired is that Marlene was heading up there right after the conference, as soon as the prizes were drawn.  Holly was going to dash out the moment the workshop was over to catch a bus and train to Mission.  Holly wouldn’t be able to stay for the prize draws.  As she was going that way, Marlene offered Holly a ride, which enabled her to stay for the draw as well as saving Holly time and money.  Marlene gained by not being alone for the whole trip. 

When the prizes were announced Holly said “I would like the Langara Certificate.”  Marlene couldn’t use that one but said “I would like the Volunteer Conference Certificate.”  The long and short of it is that Holly won both gift certificates and gave the conference one to Marlene for enabling her to be there for the draw, and for the ride. 

These two ladies, who had never met until the last 15 minutes of the event, drove off away from the sunset together, happy, inspired and richer in many ways.

 

Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers

Whether you are already a volunteer, considering volunteering, or even just plain curious, check out the local training being offered under the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre’s “Recruit, Retain and Retrain” project. 

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

Despite conducting a survey and gathering other input on topics of interest, only the free Lunch & Learn workshops, and the custom Board Governance 101 for one organization, have run.  Please talk to us.  Tell us what we are missing.

    READ MORE   

Check out our website for full details:

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

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

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

October 21st (2 hrs) - Finding Grants - Cancelled

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

October 7th (2 hrs) - Planning and Budgeting for Non-Profits - New Date

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

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

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

November 10th (2 hrs) - Effective Meetings

November 17th (1 hr) -  Lunch & Learn: Self Advocacy  NEW

November 24th (2 hrs) - Intro to Delegating Effectively

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

December 8th (2 hr) - Changes to the BC Societies Act - Will affect all Societies.

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

January 5th (1 hr) - Lunch & Learn: More Team Building with WiiU - New

January 16th (4 hr) - From Surviving to Thriving - NEW

January 19th (1 hr) - TBD

February 23rd (2 hrs) - Strategic Planning with Dr. Rhordon Wikkramatilekem - NEW

 

Fundraising Opportunity for Local Non Profit Organizations

The Sooke Community Choir is preparing for their Christmas Concerts and are looking for groups to run concessions at their events.  SRVC has done this, and will likely do one of these dates.  We found that even with buying most of the goodies we made approximately $175 for one evening in which 3 of our volunteers got to enjoy the concert for free. If you make all purchases by donation, as we did, two people could handle this once it is set up.  All of the concerts will be upstairs in the community hall.  If you are looking for a fundraising opportunity here are the dates:

  • Sunday, December 6th 2:00 p.m. (concert start time - add 1 hour for set up)
  • Friday, December 11th - 8:00 p.m. (concert start time - add 1 hour for set up)
  • Saturday, December 12th - 2:00 p.m. (concert start time - add 1 hour for set up)
  • Sunday, December 13th - 2:00 p.m. (concert start time - add 1 hour for set up)

For more information and to sign-up for one or more dates please contact Hildegard Burkart 250-642-5525 or hburkart@shaw.ca

Please Vote Daily to Support Sooke Family Resource Society's Bid

Dear Friends of Sooke Family Resource Society

In September, with the support of a number of wonderful volunteers, SFRS created a video to promote a new social enterprise in Sooke.  The enterprise is a community thrift shop that promotes environmental and community sustainability, while raising funds for the SFRS—the main non-profit that provides services to local families, children and youth.

The video has been selected as one of 15 semi-finalists in an annual provincial competition sponsored by BC Hydro. As a semi-finalist, our video has a 3-in-1 chance of winning a $10,000 prize (five cash prizes will be awarded). This kind of money would go a long way in helping the society underwrite start-up costs for our new store, assist families and promote sustainable living.

You are receiving this email because you have supported SFRS in the past, or you are actively engaged with SFRS in providing services.  I invite you to click on the link below, which should open the BC Hydro video contest page. Please enjoy the video (just 3 minutes), and select the “Vote” button on the same video page. Everyone is permitted to vote once a day, so keep the link handy to vote daily between Oct 15 and November 30.

Here’s the link: https://champions.bchydro.com/entries/view/sfrs

Thank you for supporting the Sooke Family Resource Society in this way. Please forward this email and spread the word through your social media contacts to other folks who might wish to see the video and support SFRS.  

Here’s wishing for a WIN-WIN!

With sincere appreciation,

Nicky Logins, Executive Director,

Sooke Family Resource Society

 

How to Apply for a Rotary Club of Sooke Grant

The Rotary Club of Sooke is always on the look-out for community projects in need of support.  If you wish to request funding, the next deadline for application is coming up — October 15. After that, the next deadlines are January 15 and May 15.

All of our Club’s fundraising efforts work towards pooling resources to help with these kinds of worthy endeavours in our community. We are grateful for the continuing support of local individuals and businesses, in helping us to help Sooke!

Contact: Bruce MacMillan, Co-Chair, Community Service Committee, Rotary Club of Sooke
bruce@sookehomes.com - 250-642-6987

Click here to view a list of recent projects supported and a link to the application form.

 

Grand Cook Off II - Collaborative Fundraiser

We found out at 9:00 on the evening before the event that we would be engaging with 18 young and enthusiastic international University of Victoria students.  This is more than we had organized to keep busy, so some juggling and creativity had to come into play.  We did it and everyone had fun!

Our local volunteers got things set up and started from 10:00 to 12:00 and then the work really began once the students arrived.  Together we produced the following and more:

  • Jams, jellies & dessert sauces (strawberry, blackberry, mango, blueberry & black elderberry)
  • Bean soup in quart (8-10 servings) and pints (4-5 servings)
  • Lentil and Rice soup in quarts
  • Small batch cookies in a jar (pints 8-10 cookies) with M&Ms, Smarties, Skittles, or Chocolate Chips
  • Quart cookies in a jar (makes 2 dozen) oatmeal, chocolate chip and oatmeal, raisin, walnuts, chocolate chip)

These make great gifts and are already decorated and labeled.  Most of the quarts are in antique jars.

Many thanks to Johanne, Quinlan, Gail Y., Gail P., Gill K., Sheila N., Marilyn M., Anne C., or local volunteers who were instrumental in making this work party shine.  A warm thank you goes out to Pam, an amazing 90 year old, dynamic lady who donated most of the jars we used, including dozens of antique canning jars with glass lids!  What a find and what a savings!

We now have the task of selling all the product.  In our spare time, we are still tagging and pricing so stay tuned.  Net proceeds will be shared proportionately between Royal Canadian Legion Br. #54 and SRVC.

 

Update on Volunteer Victoria's 'Volunteer Recruitment Fair'

On October 1st, 2015.Sooke Region Volunteer Centre attended the annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair organized by Volunteer Victoria and the University of Victoria.  One of the aims was to learn from their successes in preparation for the 5th annual Sooke Region Volunteer and Non-Profit Fair set for Saturday, April 9th, 2016.

So, what did we learn?  We already knew that the networking opportunities were amazing when you get a group of like-minded people together in one room.  Attending this event reinforced this fact.  "One might be excused from thinking there would be no reason to bring a Sooke representative in with a bunch of Victoria wide community organizers, but you would be missing some very important connections." says Marlene Barry, Volunteer Centre Coordinator, "Yes, there were times when I was a little lonely and people were walking by our booth without stopping as we were located 'just too far away'.  Those who stopped were generally curious and we were able to help direct them to rewarding opportunities closer to home.  It was the learning and networking connections that will really have an impact for residents of the Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew region."

Some of the highlights of our day include:

  • Made better connections with Canadian Blood Services and Scouts Canada representatives for our area
  • Having a P.A. system is helpful at the event
  • Volunteer Victoria organizers shared their marketing plan
  • It does help to be in a more heavily populated centre for sure. Smaller is doable though.
  • People came from all walks of life.  It was not just university students by any means.  We talked with 12 people under age 30, 13 people aged 30-55 and 20 people aged 55+
  • Have carry bags for people to hold the literature people pick up
  • Some sort of a draw or free give away does help to slow people down so they will talk to you.  Others will come anyway if your message appeals to them.
  • Enhanced connections with UVic administrators looking for community projects to engage students.  They will bring them out to Sooke, and beyond, if we identify a need that relates to their studies.

The annual Sooke Region Volunteer Fair is held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th.  The fifth annual event is currently scheduled for Saturday, April 9th, 2016.  We are considering moving it back to a week day and evening at EMCS in order to engage with students more.  We acknowledge that we got started with organizing a bit late last year and have learned lessons from that.  We are gearing up now. 

The event is free for SRVC member organizations and also free for the public to attend.  We encourage you to share your ideas, challenges and successes with us.  Member input is essential for us to effectively work on your behalf.  Membership is $25.00/year for individuals, families, businesses and organizations.

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

 

 

EMCSS Annual General Meeting

The EMCS Society Annual General Meeting is set for Thurs. Oct 22 at 5:30 p.m. Are you interested in getting involved, either as a member of the society or as one of our team of board members? Please give our office a call at 250.642.6371 to learn more.

 


How to Find Superstar Volunteers For Your Next Event

Recruiting quality volunteers plays a major role in the success of your events. Finding volunteers who are dedicated to your organization and the mission of your event can be a challenge, but using the following tips will lead you towards recruiting and retaining excellent event volunteers.

Everyone longs to find the volunteers that best fit their event. The people who actually “get it” and will work hard to help your event succeed are out there, but where exactly should you look for that elusive “perfect” volunteer?

    READ MORE   

 

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

 

Job Opportunities

The Community Connections Newsletter is an information source for all things volunteer and non-profit.  We obtain most of our information on jobs in the non-profit sector from information received from Volunteer Victoria.  These jobs could be anywhere in the lower island.  For Sooke jobs, though not necessarily in the non-profit sector, we recommend SookePocketNews as the widest source of local job information we have seen compiled.
 

 
 
 
 
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Issue No. 32| October 5, 2015
 

In this Issue:

  • Welcome to our newest members
  • Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers
  • Grand Cook Off II - Collaborative Fundraiser
  • SRVC attending at Volunteer Victoria's 'Volunteer Recruitment Fair'
  • Applications Accepted for Community to Community Forums
  •  
  • Funding Announcements - from Volunteer Victoria
  • National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th
  • Job Opportunities

 

Welcome to our newest Members:

  •  
 
 
 
 

Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers

Whether you are already a volunteer, considering volunteering, or even just plain curious, check out the local training being offered under the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre’s “Recruit, Retain and Retrain” project. 

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

    READ MORE   

Check out our website for full details:

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

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

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

September 29th (2 hrs) - Board Accountability

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

October 7th (2 hrs) - Planning and Budgeting

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

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

October 21st (2 hrs) - Finding Grants

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

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

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

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

November 10th (2 hrs) - Effective Meetings

November 17th (1 hr) - Self Advocacy  NEW

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

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

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

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

 

How to Apply for a Rotary Club of Sooke Grant

The Rotary Club of Sooke is always on the look-out for community projects in need of support.  If you wish to request funding, the next deadline for application is coming up — October 15. After that, the next deadlines are January 15 and May 15.

All of our Club’s fundraising efforts work towards pooling resources to help with these kinds of worthy endeavours in our community. We are grateful for the continuing support of local individuals and businesses, in helping us to help Sooke!

Contact: Bruce MacMillan, Co-Chair, Community Service Committee, Rotary Club of Sooke
bruce@sookehomes.com - 250-642-6987

Click here to view a list of recent projects supported and a link to the application form.

 

Grand Cook Off II - Collaborative Fundraiser

 

 

SRVC @ Volunteer Victoria's 'Volunteer Recruitment Fair'

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 



 

 

 

 


 

 
 
 
 
 

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

 

Job Opportunities

The Community Connections Newsletter is an information source for all things volunteer and non-profit.  We obtain most of our information on jobs in the non-profit sector from information received from Volunteer Victoria.  These jobs could be anywhere in the lower island.  For Sooke jobs, though not necessarily in the non-profit sector, we recommend SookePocketNews as the widest source of local job information we have seen compiled.
 
 
 
 
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Issue No. 31| September 21, 2015
 

In this Issue:

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

 

Welcome to our newest Members:

  • Fred W.
 
 
 
 

Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers

Whether you are already a volunteer, considering volunteering, or even just plain curious, check out the local training being offered under the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre’s “Recruit, Retain and Retrain” project. 

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

    READ MORE   

Check out our website for full details:

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

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

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

September 29th (2 hrs) - Board Accountability

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

October 7th (2 hrs) - Planning and Budgeting

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

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

October 21st (2 hrs) - Finding Grants

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

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

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

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

November 10th (2 hrs) - Effective Meetings

November 17th (1 hr) - Self Advocacy  NEW

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

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

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

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

 

Grand Cook Off II - Collaborative Fundraiser

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arial Views of Sunriver Gardens

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

 

Applications Accepted for Community to Community Forums

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

 

United Nations International Day of Older Persons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submitted by Shirley Lowe

Funding Announcements - from Volunteer Victoria

The Sara Spencer Foundation is now accepting applications for funding of programs. Criteria for applications can be accessed by emailing sspencer@enh.bc.ca. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 30th 2015.

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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


Call for Nominations - BC Medal of Good Citizenship

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

District of Sooke Proclaims September 'Literacy Month'

 
 

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

 

Job Opportunities

The Community Connections Newsletter is an information source for all things volunteer and non-profit.  We obtain most of our information on jobs in the non-profit sector from information received from Volunteer Victoria.  These jobs could be anywhere in the lower island.  For Sooke jobs, though not necessarily in the non-profit sector, we recommend SookePocketNews as the widest source of local job information we have seen compiled.
 

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

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

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

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres is seeking two positions:

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