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Issue No. 25 | June 16 2015

In this issue:

  • SRVC meeting Wed. June 17th, 2015
  • Heads Up! Updating the BC Societies Act Legislation Changes
  • Top Ten Volunteer Recruitment Tips - Brought to you via Volunteer Victoria
  • Community to Community Forum Funding
  • UPCOMING WEBINAR! Enhancing Social Connectedness for Healthier Communities
  • Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit
  • Coaching Opportunity | August 5 - 6 Royal Roads University
  • The Top 10 Happiest Countries and What Makes Them Happy
  • How to Integrate Open Collaboration into Your Project
  • Introduction to Implementing Workplace Democracy in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Job Opportunities

 

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre general meeting Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

5:30 - 7:30 at the Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way, Sooke.  Come help us serve you better.  What have we been doing well? What could we do better?  Where do we want to be in the world of volunteer coordination and training, as well as non-profit sustainability?  Everyone welcome, members and non-members.

 

Heads Up! Updating the BC Societies Act Legislation Changes

The BC Society Act is being repealed and replaced it with a new Societies Act. If your society is incorporated under the present Society Act you'll have two years to update your constitution and by-laws.

Volunteer Victoria is organizing a workshop on this topic June 17, 5-7PM Join Ann Moskow and Claire Rettie as they walk through the key changes.  Cost is $15.00 (plus GST).  Contact us if you are interested as we may be able to arrange carpooling and get a group discount rate.

 

Top Ten Volunteer Recruitment Tips - Brought to you via Volunteer Victoria

This article is written by Susan Ellis
This month, I want to share some very specific recommendations that are too often neglected in the volunteer recruitment messages I see, whether online or on paper. I've only listed ten here - please share your tips, too.

1.Be specific. You will always be more successful in inviting people to do something they can picture in detail than to ask them vaguely to "give us time for free." This means never starting a recruitment pitch with anything like "Volunteers Needed." To do what?

If you doubt the importance of this, think about whether someone looking for a paying job would respond to a classified ad saying simply "Company XYZ needs employees." To do what?

2.Titles matter. I've just explained that "volunteer" is a pay category, not a work identifier. It also does not need to be an adjective in a title, as in "Volunteer Tutor" or "Volunteer Tour Guide." Unless you have a clear reason for calling attention to someone as unpaid, it's unnecessary to append the word volunteer to the role. Since we often recruit people seeking paid work experience, they will be more attracted to having a title that means something on a resume.

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Community to Community Forum Funding

Applications are currently being accepted for this program.

In January 1997, UBCM and the First Nations Summit jointly organized the first province-wide Community to Community (C2C) Forum.  This event brought together First Nations and local governments from across BC to discuss common goals and opportunities for joint action.  The success of the event was due to a spirit of goodwill and an open exchange of concerns, ideas, and constructive viewpoints.  There was consensus among the participants that regional C2C Forums should be supported.

For most years, from 1999 to 2014/15, the provincial Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development and Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada provided funding for the C2C program.  The provincial government has continued to fund the program in 2015/16.  In this time close to 500 Regional C2C Forums have been held in communities across the province.

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UPCOMING WEBINAR! Enhancing Social Connectedness for Healthier Communities

MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2015

10:00 - 11:30 am PDT

REGISTER NOW!

PlanH is pleased to announce the upcoming release of our new action guide for local governments, entitled “Local Government Action Guide: Social Connectedness.”  To launch this new resource and to learn more about this important topic, please join us for a free online learning and dialogue session for local governments, health authorities and community partners interested in building healthy communities by cultivating social connectedness and belonging.

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Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit

How can local governments link planning principles to health outcomes?

Download (PDF)

The Healthy Built Environment (HBE) Linkages Toolkit,  developed by the PHSA Population and Public Health team in partnership with the Healthy Built Environment (HBE) Alliance,  is the first evidence-based and expert-informed resource that links planning principles to health outcomes.

Intended to inform built environment design and decision-making, the Toolkit summarizes health evidence related to the five physical features of the built environment (neighbourhood design, transportation networks, natural environments, food systems, and housing).  

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Read about what other communities across BC are doing in the PlanH Newsletter.

 

Coaching Opportunity | August 5 - 6 Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University (RRU) is pleased to offer you an opportunity to be coached by one of our Executive Coaching students as part of their final exam process.

The intention of these coaching sessions/panels is for students to demonstrate the International Coach Federation competencies learned during the Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching program.

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The Top 10 Happiest Countries and What Makes Them Happy

Everyone wants to be happy, and increasingly, countries around the world are looking at happiness as an indicator of national well-being and considering happiness in policy making. As this year’s World Happiness Report states, “Happiness is increasingly considered a proper measure of social progress and a goal of public policy.” But what makes people happy, and which countries have the highest levels of happiness?

For the World Happiness Report, researchers ranked countries based on factors including healthy life expectancy, social support, GDP per capita, the happiness of a country’s children, social capital, the civil economy, the absence of corruption, and subjective well-being.

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How to Integrate Open Collaboration into Your Project

Open collaborations are more open, non-hierarchical, transparent, participatory, and non-owned. Examples are Burning Man, the Transition Town movement, Food not Bombs, Alcoholics Anonymous, gift circles, Wikipedia, open source software and the internet.
 
Here are principles to creating open collaborations that work:

Rapidly prototype, & iterate
Get immediate yields
Create feedback loops
Create gradations for involvement
Connect people with each other
Listen to and anticipate each other
Facilitate diversity and synthesis
Help individual passions flower
Allow autonomy
Create autonomous circles/guilds of people

Here are questions to think about to make your project more open collaborative:

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Introduction to Implementing Workplace Democracy in Nonprofit Organizations

Here is the recent webinar recording from Shareable partners at the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC). Learn more

 

Job Opportunities

Edward Milne Community School Society is seeking two Summer Literacy Camp Assistants for the Play & Learn Summer Camp. The camp helps children ages 6-9 improve their literacy skills in reading, writing, and math. This position aids Camp Coordinators in administering literacy activities and assessments to children who need assistance meeting grade level expectations.
Successful candidates will also be involved in the Youth Engagement Program for approximately 3 weeks to deliver activities and programs to youth ages 13-21 in the Sooke region.     READ MORE   

Aquatic Worker 1 (Lifeguard/Instructor): SEAPARC, Sooke

(Information first seen in SookePocket News)

Sooke Fall Fair needs to hire two trained Flag people for traffic control on Sept. 12 and 13 during Fair hours. Please phone 250 642-0108 or email sookefallfairemail@gmail.com for more information or to apply.  Read more.

Under the supervision of the Aquatic Programmer, the aquatic worker lifeguards and assists in the delivery of public aquatic programs. The incumbent must be conversant with emergency procedures and able to respond accordingly. Employees are expected to be knowledgeable of the aquatic facilities rules and regulations and are able to implement the same while maintaining a co-operative and positive relationship with the public.

For the full job description and application information click for More

There are a number of local job opportunities posted in this issue of the Sooke Pocket News. and Sooke Pocket News

These in from Volunteer Victoria's News Letter

Pearson College Advancement is looking for a Manager Annual Fund & Stewardship. Full job description is available on their website. Please send cover letter and resume to hr@pearsoncollege.ca 

The Men's Trauma Centre is looking for a part time Executive Director - this is a one-year contract position in a small non-profit organization. In addition to some administrative and leadership responsibilities, the successful applicant will be responsible for expanding the financial resources of this agency by increasing fund-raising efforts, building relationships with potential donors and funders, researching and writing grant applications and raising the profile of the agency in the community.  Job description is available here. Please send cover letter and resume to alana@menstrauma.com.


Pacific Peoples' Partnership (PPP) is looking for an accounting/bookkeeping firm or qualified individual to perform bookkeeping services beginning mid to late June 2015, with an annual contact agreement. If you are interested in this position, please review the information package online and please submit your CV and cover letter to  info@pacificpeoplespartnership.org  before June 19th, 2015 @ 5 PM.

WorkLink Employment Society in Colwood is hiring for a Skills Link Job Developer and a Skills Link Facilitator for an upcoming youth employment program in the Western Communities. Please see their website for more details. Email resume and cover letter to info@worklink.bc.ca before June 16, 2015  

Pacifica Housing is currently filling two positions - Manager of Supported Housing Victoria & Manager of Supported Housing Nanaimo. The Supported Housing Managers are accountable for the successful and efficient operation of Pacifica's supported housing sites. For more information please visit here.

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria is looking for a Casual Childcare Worker. $17.36 - $21.72/hour. Full job description is available here. Please send cover letter and resume before 4:30 pm on June 17, 2015 to evanniekerk@icavictoria.org 

 

 

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Issue No. 24 | May 22, 2015

In this issue:

  • New Events Funding for those not already applying to BC Gaming
  • SEAPARC Open House Tuesday, May 26, 3-8pm
  • The Mock-tail Party! A Senior Volunteer Appreciation Event
  • Please complete Victoria Foundation's annual Vital Signs survey!
  • EMCS Student Volunteer Information
  • Sooke Night Market still has a few vendor spots available
  • Sooke Country Market have a community table for local non-profit organizations
  • Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) AGM June 2nd, 2015 6:00 p.m.
  • Pacific Centre Family Services Association's 47th AGM June 25, 2015 12.30pm
  • Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards 2015 - Call for Nominations
  • Guides to Exemplary Practices in Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
  • How to Build Thriving, Resilient Communities

 


New Events Funding for those not already applying to BC Gaming

Please pass this information on to your local sports, arts and community groups:

Up to $5,000 in funding to help community events
 
The Government of British Columbia is providing one-time funding to eligible non-profit organizations for small community events that strengthen volunteer capacity for event hosting throughout the province.
 
EventHostBC will provide a total of $250,000, divided among the six provincial tourism regions, to encourage events that are currently ineligible for other provincial government funding.
Eligible non-profit organizations may apply for up to $5,000 per event. As long as the broader community can participate, the type of event is fairly open – it could be sports, arts or culture related, or some other creative idea supported by the community.
 
Applications will only be accepted between May 19 and June 30, 2015.
 
Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so please help get the word out to organizations within your community that might benefit from this funding.  For more information check out their website.
 
Susan McLean, Communications Officer
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Arts, Culture & BC Arts Council Branch
PO Box 9819 Stn Prov Gov, Victoria, BC, V8W 9W3
250-952-0694
Susan.McLean@gov.bc.ca
 
 

SEAPARC Open House Tuesday, May 26, 3-8pm

The Sooke Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Commission is undertaking a Strategic Planning study to determine facility requirements for the next 5, 10 and 20 years. The population in the Sooke region is expected to grow significantly in the coming years placing new and greater demands on the recreation facility. The study is examining options for short-term expansion and improvements plus the acquisition of more land; medium-term additions; and, long-term re-investment in facilities.

You and your family are invited to an information open house at SEAPARC located at 2168 Phillips Road, Sooke. On Tuesday, May 26 between 3PM and 8PM there will be an information display as well as SEAPARC staff, Commission members and their consultant there to answer your questions and hear your thoughts. We’re hoping you can give us a few minutes of your time on that day to help shape the future of SEAPARC and your community.

Please feel free to share this invitation.

 

The Mock-tail Party! A Senior Volunteer Appreciation Event

SRVC wishes to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the Senior Volunteers in our communities.  In this case ‘senior’ refers to active volunteers 65+ years and older, as well as volunteers with 20 years or more active community engagement.  If you fit this criteria or know others who do, please let them know we are hosting:

What: Senior Volunteer Appreciation Event - The Mock-tail Party

When: Saturday, June 13th, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00

Where: Sooke Community Hall. 

“When we first started calling key senior volunteers we received feedback that we were stereo typing seniors by having a ‘tea’.  They felt that something more fun and upbeat would show better appreciation.  Suggestions of scotch and martinis made.” laughs Marlene Barry, SRVC Coordinator, “While we weren’t likely to be able to get a liquor license under our grant, we took the jesting feedback into consideration and came up with the Mock-tail Party.” There will be food, entertain and short presentations, as well as networking opportunities.

Registration is required by June 5th so that we have enough food and drinks!  We want to celebrate and appreciate everything seniors do for the Sooke region and this is our small way of saying thank you!

We may be able to arrange carpooling or provide a travel subsidy for Senior Volunteers travelling from outlying communities (20 km or more). 

To register and for more information contact Marlene Barry, Coordinator, sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or call 250-642-6364 Ext. 235.

 

Please complete Victoria Foundation's annual Vital Signs survey!

It’s time for Greater Victoria’s annual checkup! If you live or work in the Capital Region (including the Southern Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island, and Juan de Fuca up to Port Renfrew), take the 2015 Victoria’s Vital Signs® survey and tell us what you love about living, working and playing in Victoria.
 
We’ve made the survey shorter this year, and, for the first time, you can complete it on your mobile device!  Please share the survey widely.
 
When you complete the survey before July 1, 2015, you can be eligible to win one of several gift cards to local restaurants.
 
Take the survey today! 
 

EMCS Student Volunteer Information

As many of you know, Grade 11 & 12 students are required to give volunteer hours to receive credits towards graduation.  Students generally sign up in the Career Centre at the high school and it’s best to keep Susan Percival, Career Counselor, in the loop  to monitor those.

Community groups can submit student volunteer hours to Susan via email either in a separate letter per student or a “bulk” email listing event, date, times and student’s full names so she can document those hours in the data base.

Typically organizations write a “Thank you” letter on letterhead to the student outlining the details of their volunteer hours, and forward that to Susan at school. The letter is filed in the students on–going Career Center file and can be used by them for other purposes (ie: job applications). 

To submit volunteer opportunities and to submit student volunteer hours please contact Susan Percival. Career Counselor at spercival@sd62.bc.ca

 

 

Sooke Night Market still has a few vendor spots available

The Sooke Night Market is set to begin again this year on June 4, and will run until September 3.

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Sooke Country Market have a community table for local non-profit organizations

For most weeks of the season, we have space for one community table for a local organization and I wanted to share this information in case the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre would be interested in a presence at market in the season this year.

I've attached our guidelines and application form here, and our transferring over to our new website this week which will have additional information posted. Please feel free to review and email me with any questions and/or an expression of interest. We'd love to have you there this year!

Tp book and for more information contact Keeley, keeleynixon@gmail.comt

 

 

Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) Annual General Meeting June 2nd, 2015 6:00 p.m.

Sooke Region CHI invites community members to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sooke Child, Youth and Family Centre (the CASA building), 6672 Wadams Way. All are welcome to hear about this grassroots initiative to improve health and wellbeing for us all.

Refreshments will be served.

Since 2003, the Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) has worked to create a strong network of groups serving Sooke Region, from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew, promoting health and wellness. Many individuals participate by volunteering their time and have made a beneficial impact across dimensions of health and social care in our region. Members include local family physicians, social service agencies, Island Health representatives, other regional agencies, local government and most importantly community members, who seek to improve upon their own health and wellbeing.

CHI has a superb track record of achievements serving the community, such as the development of Sooke Youth Council, formation of Sooke Region Volunteer Centre, publication of a community needs assessment and far-reaching public awareness of health-related community matters.

[From left to right: Anne Bell (SRCHI treasurer), Maureen Rowan (SRCHI director), Nicky Logins (SRCHI member) thanking Mitzi Dean (past president)]

CHI is looking for new Board members for their Board of Directors.

For further information about Sooke Region CHI, its AGM, or learning more about exciting opportunities with its Board, please contact the coordinator, Christine Bossi, at SookeRegionCHI@yahoo.ca or call 250-858-3458.

Pacific Centre Family Services Association's 47th Annual General Meeting

When: June 25, 2015 12.30pm

Where: 345 Wale Road

GUEST SPEAKER: Suzanne Williams, Associate, International Institute for Child Rights and Development

Everyone welcome.

RSVP: imason@pcfsa.org


Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards 2015 - Call for Nominations

The Government of Canada is committed to recognizing the enormous contribution volunteers make to Canada. The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards (PMVA) were created to celebrate the exceptional contributions that individual volunteers, not-for-profit organizations and local businesses make to improve the well-being of Canadian families and communities, and to highlight the best practices in community leadership that these outstanding volunteers have demonstrated.

In 2013, 12.7 million Canadians, or 44 per cent of the population over the age of 15, volunteered their time, energy and skills helping not-for-profit organizations and communities deliver programs and services to Canadians. Volunteers devoted almost 2 billion hours to the benefit of others or the equivalent of about 1 million full-time jobs.

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Guides to Exemplary Practices in Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

For more information on the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards and highlights from the 2014 Exemplary Practices Session check out this page.

 

How to Build Thriving, Resilient Communities

Even if someone wants to start moving toward a more resilient community, it's easy to get bogged down in the muck and mire of "Where do we start?" That's when it's good to turn to the Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory (TRCC). Their five-part Building Thriving, Resilient Communities was put together from a multitude of sources who walked the walk before they talked the talk, so they know of what they speak. From initial research to actual lifestyle changes, here are some of TRCC's collected pearls of wisdom:
 
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Issue No. 23 | May 18 2015


In this Issue:

  • Sooke Region Volunteer Centre Meeting Wed. May 20th, 5:30
  • Funding for Sooke Region Training
  • The Mock-tail Party! - A Senior Volunteer Appreciation Event
  • Giant Cheque
  • New Membership Benefit
  • GrantStation Database Access
  • Fundraisers in Action
  • Raise More Money with Win-Win Sponsorships
  • EMCS Society Presents - Destigmatizing Mental Health
  • EMCS Society Presents - Climate Change Lecture
  • Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) Annual General Meeting
  • Booking Sheila's Fence: Sooke and Drennan Roads Event Signage
  • Welcome to our Newest Members
  • National Volunteer week 2016

 

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre Meeting Wed. May 20th, 5:30

We invite our members to come and have a say in what we are doing, as well as planning for the future.  Our next general meeting is Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (come for all or part - we seldom run late) at the Sooke Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way.
On the Agenda:
  • Database development & membership
  • Election/Appointment of Treasurer and Secretary
  • Budgeting funds from CHI
  • New Horizons Grant (Recruit, Retain & Retrain) update
  • Rotary Auction & Fair – May 2nd update
  • CHI AGM – June 2nd 6:00 – catering
  • Canada Day – July 1st
  • Art in the Park – August 19th?
  • Sooke Fall Fair – first full weekend in September
  • Project Serve – Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
  • Festival of Trees – SEAPARC - December
  • Community Facilities Committee update
  • Review Strategic Plan

Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, except July, August & December, at the SRVC office from 5:30 – 7:30.

 

Welcome to our Newest Members:

East Sooke Neighbourhoods Association

 

 

 

 

Funding for Sooke Region Training

The Sooke Region Volunteer Centre’s “Recruit, Retain and Retrain” project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. There is an intergenerational component as well. This means that many exciting things and events are to come. Our plans include various training workshops, networking opportunities, appreciation events and all around fun!  We want to put this grant to a good use which means increasing seniors’ support and involvement in the Sooke Region, as well as investing in some community swag (Wii Fit fun for all!).  Please help us make this an exciting year by filling out a short survey to help us determine what types of training events you want to see in Sooke this year!

We will be working to keep workshops affordable with some planning, development and materials being donated, and also the time required for development and delivery, in some cases. If you would like to compare the value for an organization to go to RFP or contract this kind of work, the development and delivery of could easily be around $5,000-$10,000 per training.

Please fill out our survey so we know what you feel your volunteers and organization need to be more confident and self-sufficient.

 

The Mock-tail Party! A Senior Volunteer Appreciation Event

SRVC wishes to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our Senior Volunteers.  In this case ‘senior’ refers to active volunteers 65+ years and older, as well as volunteers with 20 years or more active community engagement.  If you fit this criteria or know others who do, please let them know we are hosting:

What: Senior Volunteer Appreciation Event - The Mock-tail Party

When: Saturday, June 13th, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00

Where: Sooke Community Hall. 

“When we first started calling key senior volunteers we received feedback that we were stereo typing seniors by having a ‘tea’.  They felt that something more fun and upbeat would show better appreciation.  Suggestions of scotch and martinis made.” laughs Marlene Barry, SRVC Coordinator, “While we weren’t likely to be able to get a liquor license under our grant, we took the jesting feedback into consideration and came up with the Mock-tail Party.” There will be food, entertain and short presentations, as well as networking opportunities.

Registration is required by June 5th so that we have enough food and drinks!  We want to celebrate and appreciate everything seniors do for the Sooke region and this is our small way of saying thank you!

To register and for more information contact Marlene Barry, Coordinator, sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or call 250-642-6364 Ext. 235.

Giant Cheque

Have your or will you be receiving funding that you wish to really showcase!  Are you doing a photo-op or press release around this?  The Sooke Region Volunteer Centre has a beautiful giant cheque for everyone's use.  Members may use the dry-erase cheque for free.  Non-members $10.00 (membership is $25/year for individuals/businesses/non-profit organizations/clubs, etc.)

There is room on the cheque to attach your or your funder's logo, for a custom look.  You may have seen it in the Sooke News Mirror on November 26, 2014 at the 2nd annual Barney Bental Grand Cariboo Oprey fundraiser event.  This community asset was funded by that event as well.  The Grand Cariboo Oprey was a collaborative production by SRVC, Sooke Harbour Players, Edward Milne Community School Society, Journey Middle School String Band, and Mel Dobre.  The completely dry-erasable cheque was beautifully crafted by Tony at Sooke Signs.

To book use of the giant cheque contact the SRVC office 250-642-6364 Ext. 235, email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or simply drop by Tuesday or Thursday afternoon to chat with us and see what else we have in the works.

New Membership Benefit

SRVC has negotiated a monthly article and a month advertising space with the Sooke News Mirror.  The article, enttitled Community Connections, will showcase volunteering generally as well as special projects and activities.  Members may submit information for inclusion in the article and we will endeavour to include something, space permitting.  The first submission will appear in the May 20th issue.

The advertising space can only be used for promotion of non-profit activities, so cannot be used by business members.  The space is 7 columns by 4" in full colour.   This space can be booked by members at our special negotiated rate.

To book your ad space or submit information for inclusion in this newsletter or the Sooke News Mirror Community Connections monthly article please contact us at sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

 

GrantStation Database Access

After reviewing the options further, and with the support of our parent organization, Sooke Region Community Health Initiative, we have taken out a one year membership with GrantStation.  This is an on-line granting database which offers non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process. 

GrantStation provides access to a searchable database of private grantmakers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; federal deadlines; links to state funding agencies; and a growing database of international grantmakers. In addition, GrantStation publishes two newsletters highlighting upcoming funding opportunities, the weekly GrantStation Insider, which focuses on opportunities for U.S. nonprofit organizations, and the monthly GrantStation International Insider, which focuses on international funding opportunities.

For a small fee of $10.00, members may call and book a time to use the database on the Volunteer Centre office computer.  We are open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:30 - 4:30, though it may be possible to book other times.  To reserve a time please call 250-642-6364 Ext. 235 or email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

 

Fundraisers in Action

Sooke Family Resource Society - Jazzercise Fundraiser - May 22nd, 7-8 p.m. Saseenos Elementary School - Supporting SRFS'S Caring For Community Affordable Counselling Program.  Suggested minimum donation $10.00.  50/50 Draw & Raffles.  Raffle donations are being sought from local businesses. To contribute, or for more event info, please contact Sam Wilkinson at jazzercisesooke@telus.net

 

Raise More Money with Win-Win Sponsorships Webinar

SRVC has signed up for this workshop.  If you wish to join us and have a discussion afterwards please let us know.  The workshop is on Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT and we will display it on a projector at our office.  To confirm your attendance contact: sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

 

EMCS Society Presents - Destigmatizing Mental Health

Wed. May 20th | $30 | 6:30-9:30pm at EMCS
 
In this workshop, we reflect on our attitudes and beliefs about mental health with the hope of raising our awareness and understanding of people living with mental health concerns. Specifically, mood and anxiety disorders are examined, including a review of different supportive resources and coping strategies. Basic mental health fist aid skills are provided to empower anyone to be a "mental health first responder".
Register by phone: (250) 642-6371 or email Reta Vasey

Instructor: Kristin Stein, M.Sc.
Kristin as an extensive background in early intervention and crisis prevention, critical incident response, and trauma management.

EMCS Society Presents - Climate Change Lecture

Wed. May 20th at EMCS from 7 to 9pm
Admission by Donation

With the United Nations Report on Climate Change issued end of March 2014, this topic is of considerable interest to all. The Greenhouse Effect is impacting millions of people worldwide and the rise in ambient temperatures is leading to changes in traditional weather patterns. This lecture look at the causes of these changes and what the future holds for the Earth.

 

Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) Annual General Meeting

Since 2003, the Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) has worked to create a strong network of groups serving Sooke Region, from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew, promoting health and wellness. Many individuals participate by volunteering their time and have made a beneficial impact across dimensions of health and social care in our region. Members include local family physicians, social service agencies, Island Health representatives, other regional agencies, local government and most importantly community members, who seek to improve upon their own health and wellbeing.

CHI has a superb track record of achievements serving the community, such as the development of Sooke Youth Council, formation of Sooke Region Volunteer Centre, publication of a community needs assessment and far-reaching public awareness of health-related community matters.

[From left to right: Anne Bell (SRCHI treasurer), Maureen Rowan (SRCHI director), Nicky Logins (SRCHI member) thanking Mitzi Dean (past president)]

Sooke Region CHI invites community members to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sooke Child, Youth and Family Centre (the CASA building), 6672 Wadams Way. All are welcome to hear about this grassroots initiative to improve health and wellbeing for us all.

Refreshments will be served.

CHI is looking for new Board members for their Board of Directors.

For further information about Sooke Region CHI, its AGM, or learning more about exciting opportunities with its Board, please contact the coordinator, Christine Bossi, at SookeRegionCHI@yahoo.ca or call 250-858-3458.

 

Booking Sheila's Fence: Sooke and Drennan Roads Event Signage

Sooke and area non-profit groups are welcome to promote their events on Sheila Beech's fence at the corner of Sooke and Drennan Roads.  Approved signs may be posted for up to 7 days and must not exceed 8' by 3'.  'Andrea's Garden' in the boat in front of the fence is maintained by the Sooke Children's Garden Club and is in memory of Sheila's daughter. 

There is a suggested donation of $10, all of which goes to keeping the garden colourful and inviting. 

For more information and to book fence times please contact

Anne Boquist 250-642-3798 or email aboquist@shaw.ca 

The attached photo shows a sign which is 6' by 2'.  

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.

 

 

 

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Issue No. 22 | May 8, 2015

In this issue:

  • New SRVC Member Benefit - GrantStation Database Access
  • Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) AGM June 2nd
  • Booking Sheila's Fence - Sooke Road and Drennan Road
  • Project underway to explore the possibility for a water park in Sooke
  • TechSoup
  • Dispatches from Shirley Lowe, B.C. Pensioners & Seniors Organization
  • Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund
  • Prime Minister's Awards
  • Is your number up?

 

New SRVC Member Benefit - GrantStation Database Access

After reviewing the options further, and with the support of our parent organization, Sooke Region Community Health Initiative, we have taken out a one year membership with GrantStation.  This is an on-line granting database which offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process. 

GrantStation provides access to a searchable database of private grantmakers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; federal deadlines; links to state funding agencies; and a growing database of international grantmakers. In addition, GrantStation publishes two newsletters highlighting upcoming funding opportunities, the weekly GrantStation Insider, which focuses on opportunities for U.S. nonprofit organizations, and the monthly GrantStation International Insider, which focuses on international funding opportunities.

For a small fee of $10.00, members may call and book a time to use the database on the Volunteer Centre office computer.  We are open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:30 - 4:30, though it may be possible to book other times.  To reserve a time please call 250-642-6364 Ext. 235 or email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

 

Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) Annual General Meeting

Since 2003, the Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) has worked to create a strong network of groups serving Sooke Region, from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew, promoting health and wellness. Many individuals participate by volunteering their time and have made a beneficial impact across dimensions of health and social care in our region. Members include local family physicians, social service agencies, Island Health representatives, other regional agencies, local government and most importantly community members, who seek to improve upon their own health and wellbeing.

CHI has a superb track record of achievements serving the community, such as the development of Sooke Youth Council, formation of Sooke Region Volunteer Centre, publication of a community needs assessment and far-reaching public awareness of health-related community matters.

[From left to right: Anne Bell (SRCHI treasurer), Maureen Rowan (SRCHI director), Nicky Logins (SRCHI member) thanking Mitzi Dean (past president)]

From left to right: Anne Bell (SRCHI treasurer), Maureen Rowan (SRCHI director), Nicky Logins (SRCHI member) thanking Mitzi Dean (past president)

Sooke Region CHI invites community members to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sooke Child, Youth and Family Centre (the CASA building), 6672 Wadams Way. All are welcome to hear about this grassroots initiative to improve health and wellbeing for us all.

Refreshments will be served.

CHI is looking for new Board members for their Board of Directors.

For further information about Sooke Region CHI, its AGM, or learning more about exciting opportunities with its Board, please contact the coordinator, Christine Bossi, at SookeRegionCHI@yahoo.ca or call 250-858-3458.

 

Booking Sheila's Fence: Sooke and Drennan Roads Event Signage

Sooke and area non-profit groups are welcome to promote their events on Sheila Beech's fence at the corner of Sooke and Drennan Roads.  Approved signs may be posted for up to 7 days and must not exceed 8' by 3'.  'Andrea's Garden' in the boat in front of the fence is maintained by the Sooke Children's Garden Club and is in memory of Sheila's daughter. 

There is a suggested donation of $10, all of which goes to keeping the garden colourful and inviting. 

For more information and to book fence times please contact

Anne Boquist 250-642-3798 or email aboquist@shaw.ca 

The attached photo shows a sign which is 6' by 2'.  

 

Project underway to explore the possibility for a water park in Sooke

Posted on May 7, 2015 by SookePub

There is a new and exciting project on the go in our Sooke community. The project is called Sooke’s Water Park for Kids.

Need for a Water Park in Sooke (or how this project came about).

Water parks are a child’s idea of paradise on a hot summer day.

As a parent of two small boys, I’ve been talking to other parents of pre-school kids for some time. It did not take long to realise that Sooke as a community needs a Water Park of its own.

Right now Sooke and Shirley residents who want to take their kids to a Water Park have to travel to Langford. If you have access to a vehicle, it takes at least 30 minutes one way. If you do not, it will take much longer by bus with one or more than one small kid in tow. This does not sound like fun at all! Just putting a sprinkler in the back yard won’t necessarily work either. Guess what? For starters, not all parents have back yards.

Benefits of having our own Water Park in Sooke are numerous. For example fewer cars will travel between Sooke and Langford. This will result in less congestion on the road, reduced consumption of gasoline and decreased pollution.

How could a parent of a small child or several small children use the extra time that is not spent on getting to a Water Park in Langford? Maybe read a book with the kids? Cook a treat for the whole family? Take a much needed short break? The possibilities are too many to list.

Where do we go from here?

So where will we put our new Sooke Water Park? One of the obvious possibilities is to revitalize the old Water Park located by the Broomhill playground. This site is also close to a bus route.

If the municipality of Sooke makes a decision to go ahead with the Water Park, we will have to determine the location, design, cost to build and costs to operate and maintain the facility. The Water Park will be free to attend and won’t cost a fortune to operate.

To help with the costs, additional funding will also be sought from local private sources (like for example Sooke Rotary Club).

Please let us know if you are interested in helping out in any way by completing this short survey. Voice your support for this project. Every little bit counts!

– Alexandra Martin

 

Tell us what you think! We'll listen.

We would like to know what you see as missing in the way of support for volunteers and volunteer based organizations.  We really do!  Please tell us.

The folks at the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre will be arranging more training and workshops to present in Sooke, and maybe even some out to East Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River and Port Renfrew.  Let us know what type of training would help you by filling in our short survey. 

With this information we will see where the biggest need and the greatest interest is, then respond to those. 

How much interest can be drummed up in your community?  If there is enough we will see about bringing training to you!  We have received funding to subsidize some costs to keep these workshops affordable for all, whether as an individual or organization representative.

TechSoup

TechSoup Canada is a team of 8 people dedicated to empowering charities, nonprofits and libraries with the effective use of technology.

TechSoup Canada is a program of the Centre for Social Innovation, a nonprofit coworking space, community and launchpad for people who are changing the world.  Being a nonprofit ourselves, we understand all too well the challenges facing the Canadian nonprofit sector and we want to help. We can connect you to donated and discounted technologies through our technology donations program and provide valuable learning resources to equip your and your colleagues with technology tips and best practices.

We know that our sector is achieving great work and we believe we can have an even greater impact through the appropriate use of technology. Let us help you on your tech journey!

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Dispatches from Shirley Lowe, B.C. Pensioners & Seniors Organization

Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake centred 80 kilometres from the capital, Kathmandu, struck Nepal. Thousands of lives have been lost, with a large number of injuries and destruction of property and infrastructure. Although needs assessments are ongoing, it is clear humanitarian needs will be substantial.

Donation criteria for individual Canadians

For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the Nepal earthquake, the government will set aside one dollar for the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. The government will use the money set aside for the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund to provide financing to international and Canadian humanitarian and development organizations responding to the disaster, through established Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) channels and procedures.

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Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards

The new call for nominations is now open. If you know an individual, a business or a forward thinking not-for-profit organization that makes a difference in their community and deserves a Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award, you can nominate them until June 30, 2015.

On March 18, 2015, 17 Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards recipients were honoured by the Prime Minister at a ceremony held in Toronto. Meet the recipients of the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards.

During their visit to Toronto, these exceptional award recipients participated in a session in which they shared their achievements  and the exemplary practices in community leadership that have enabled them to contribute to their communities and succeed.

The best solutions to the challenges facing Canada's communities are often found locally. For this reason, the Prime Minister announced the creation of the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards to recognize the enormous contribution volunteers make to Canada. The Government of Canada also expressed its interest in looking to innovative charities and forward-thinking private-sector companies to partner on new approaches to many social challenges.

The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards recognize the enormous contributions volunteers, innovative not-for-profit organizations and forward‑thinking businesses make to their communities through voluntary contributions and innovative ideas and approaches to address social challenges. Volunteering, charitable donations and philanthropy all play a key role in helping communities to address these challenges, and these prestigious awards are an opportunity to recognize the tremendous contributions of many Canadians who work together to improve the well-being of families and communities across the country.

The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards program consists of 17 awards in total, two at the national level and 15 at the regional level. The awards highlight best practices in community leadership and encourage partnerships across sectors. The goal of the awards is to inspire Canadians from all walks of life to find new ways of making a difference in their communities.

You can find more information on the awards on their website.

Is your number up?

Did you know that about half of home address numbers are not visible from the street after dark and

many are also not even visible in daylight?   This is a real concern for emergency first responders who cannot help you if they cannot find you!  As Sooke residents, you may be aware of recent emergency situation in Sooke that was hampered by poor signage.  You can read the Times-Colonist article here. 

Team Enlighten consists of 7 participants in Leadership Victoria’s Community Leadership Development Program.  Each year, participants in the program undertake a Community Action Project.  We created Is Your Number Up? after consultations with Saanich Police and Fire Departments, Oak Bay Police, BC Ambulance, and CREST indicated that lack of clear signage is a serious hindrance to timely emergency response.  

So, Is Your Number Up? aims to encourage home owners, renters, businesses, etc. to ensure that their address numbers are clearly visible day and night.   Watch for Public Service Announcements on A&E, TLC and AMC and, for tips and solutions (and a few prizes!), go to www.facebook.com\AddressVisibility

Make sure you and your loved ones can be found when they need to be!

This information was submitted by, Christine Kenwood, Leadership Victoria’s Community Leadership Development Program.

 

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.

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Issue No. 21 | May 1, 2015

In this issue:

  • Marketing, Promotion & Communications workshop - May 9th & 16th
  • Grantsmithing Workshop Review
  • 4th Annual Volunteer and Non-profit Fair Review
  • Volunteer Canada Membership
  • How to find the money that is out there?
  • Job Opportunities

 

Marketing, Promotion & Communications workshop - May 9th & 16th

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre (SRVC), Doni Eve of Saseenos Communications and Mary Brooke Sooke Voice News are pleased to support local small businesses and non-profit groups with our new training opportunities.  These workshops are open to Sooke and area volunteers, small business owners and non-profit organizations, and are kept 'affordable' through sponsorship from funding obtained by SRVC. 

Marketing, Promotion & Communications will provide you with some new tips and tricks.  The workshops will be held over two Saturday mornings, May 9 and 16 (9:30- noon each Saturday) and will help build awareness of events, attract new members and raise revenue through donations or grants.

Participants can discuss their communications challenges, learn how marketing, promotion and communications can benefit their organization in today’s rapidly changing communications environment and receive hands-on help in developing a strategy. They will also receive feedback and discuss getting the message out, social media and no-cost and low-cost techniques. Participants will take away additional resources including handouts, templates and further reading list and be able to sign up for one-on-one structured feedback at a later date to polish their final product.

This workshop is free for SRVC members and $10.00 for non-members.

To register for either or both of these learning opportunities or to receive more information, contact sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or leave a message at 250-642-6364 Ext. 235.

We plan to continue to bring affordable training and workshops into the region.  Please let us know what you want to know by completing our short survey.

Grantsmithing Workshop Review

This was a collaborative event organized by Sooke Region Food CHI and Sooke Region Volunteer Centre. The workshop was considered a success by participants, organizers and presenters!  The Grantsmithing workshop brought 45 non-profit and small business focused individuals to hear presentations by Andrea DiLucca and Valorie Logan of VanCity Credit Union and Carol Hall of Victoria Foundation.  The evening started with a lovely soup and salad dinner catered by the EMCS Chef's Training Class and an opportunity for participants to network.  The workshop had general focus on how to find grants, especially ones where the funder and applicant are well matched with respect to goals.  It is also important to develop a relationship with funders, get to know each other, and what other connections and support might be available.  Funders sometimes have resources other than funds to help organizations, such as trailing, mentorship and even volunteers! The process is about understanding each other's needs, not just our own.  Steps to becoming a sustainable organization were also reviewed.

After the overview, our presenters quickly discussed the general requirements of their respective organizations.  Questions were many and interest was high, so high that we went slightly over-time and had to ask participants if they wanted to continue with questions or move on to the Case Study portion.  Consensus was that we proceed to the round tables to discuss a Case Study using the Sooke Community Hall as an example of how organizations might work together to achieve a common goal, obtaining more than any one could achieve alone.  Conversations were varied and lively.

Feedback from the evening included:

"I visited the Vancity website but I was overwhelmed.  Now I understand how easy it is"

"Networking with non-profits – the case study was great! To have the opportunity to have breakout groups following was fantastic!!  So many ideas sparked!"

"Maybe inter-organization round-tables ro discussion sessions.  It became very clear that many groups had info/resources the others needed, yet they didn’t know it."

"That was a most entertaining, informative and valuable evening. I learnt a fair bit about a field that's new to me, met some interesting folks for the first time, renewed my sense of solidarity with the larger community of non-profits ... and enjoyed a good meal in the bargain. Much appreciation to Anita, Marlene, Phoebe and anyone else responsible for putting this event together."

"How often do you have these events.  I think every three months would be ideal."

Yes, we will continue to bring training and workshops into the region.  Please let us know what you want to know by completing our short survey.

 

4th Annual Sooke Region Volunteer and Non-Profit Fair

The 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.

Twenty-three area non-profit organizations attended this year's event on a very spring day with sun, rain and wind switching it up moment to moment.  Two additional organizations set up unmanned displays.  While attendance by the public was low, about half the number of people attending the last three, every attending organization received at least one sign-up!  It appears that those who came, came with intent!

The fair provides an opportunity for some of the movers and shakers in our community to network, catch-up and share ideas.  The need for networking opportunities has been highlighted over and over again throughout the years, and this annual event provides a great opportunity, and many people expressed their awareness of that value in attending the fair.

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre volunteers operated a Bistro throughout the event, providing attendees with nourishing options for food and refreshments, and filling the space with lovely aromas!  We also held a small silent auction to help raise funds to cover this free-to-members event.  We raised $363.00 towards the over cost of $745.99 to put on the event.  In addition SRVC sponsored the space and printing to a value of $285.00. 

Evaluation feedback from participants included:

"There was a great opportunity to speak with others and also there were folks actually looking to volunteer who came to the event and they were selective."

“Thanks once more for this annual opportunity to introduce Transition Sooke to a new set of potential volunteers. I harvested another set of names for our email list, and at least three of the people I met on Saturday shape up as valuable resources for us as we proceed with our 2015 plans and projects. It was also a treat to meet and/or reconnect with other organizers in the volunteer sector. It was good to share stories, ideas, challenges, and those smaller and larger victories that make the work we all variously do worthwhile.” 

Fundraisers in Action:

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre will be providing the refreshments at the Sooke Community Choir event on Sunday, May 10th, Mother's Day.  Sooke Family Resource Society will be managing the refreshments for their events on Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th.  Come enjoy and support the Choir and support us to continue supporting volunteers and volunteer based organizations.  Details of the Choir events can be found here.

 

Volunteer Canada Membership

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre is a member of Volunteer Canada.  As such we gain benefit from their expertice in all things volunteer, as well as:
  • UnderOur Wing Insurance - Protect your organization with up to 30% off a group insurance plan, including National Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance, a National Office Package and Special Events Coverage. (NOTE: We have already found their event insurance considerably lower at $180 for $2M coverage as compared to $250 with other providers)
  • 10% discount on the "Certified in Volunteer Administration" credential registration fees.
  • Access to the Code Audit to help your organization assess its volunteer program based on the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement. 
  • Free subscription to The Canadian Journal of Volunteer Resources Management
  • Find new funding with a 10% discount off the annual subscription fee for Ajah Fundtracker (NOTE:  See article following.)
  • National Volunteer Week marketing tools - NVW 2016 April 10-16, 2016 with the 5th Annual Sooke Region Volunteer & Non-Profit Fair being held Saturday, April 9th, 2016.  Please put this on your calendar so we can really showcase what makes us a 'Volunteer Capital in Canada'.
  • Media monitoring reports on the voluntary sector provided by Volunteer Canada

 

How to find the money that is out there?

We can each spend hours and hours searching and researching, trying to find funding sources.  Victoria Foundation and others have lists on their sites.  As a member of Volunteer Victoria you could go into Victoria and search their database on-line. Or.....
 
As a member of Volunteer Canada we have access to a comprehensive database called Ajah Fundtracker at a 10% discount.  The database membership costs $1,000.00 per year and is prohibitive to all but the largest organizations. We are wondering if there is enough interest in having an extensive Canadian database available here in Sooke?  If 9 organizations came up with $100 (including SRVC as one) or 18 organizations putting in $50 each, this would make it affordable.  Other organizations wanting to use the database would have to pay a fee.

Ajah Fundtracker is an innovative online service that helps non-profits identify and connect to funders interested in their cause. A comprehensive online database of funding opportunities for the voluntary sector, it offers essential up-to-date information on over 11,000 funders, from foundations to government-funded programs to corporate support. Gain access to details on funders’ deadlines, granting history and contact information. Fundtracker can help you raise more money, diversify your funding and save time and resources doing it.

We are a Montreal-based software company that builds tools that the Canadian non-profit sector needs. We combine open and public data with our own research to help funders and non-profits better understand the patterns, and specifically the risks and opportunities in their funding environment. The founders of Ajah have backgrounds in community development, software development and web entrepreneurship. We have an established record of developing easy-to-use, innovative software for the community sector.

With advisors from Canada, the USA and the UK, our non-profit initiative, PoweredbyData, helps stakeholders collect and publish transactional, contextual and impact data about the non-profit sector that is open and interoperable.

 

Job Opportunities


Island Health is looking for an energetic, enthusiastic and experienced Manager, Volunteer Resources to manage a large group of volunteers (300-500) in various programs at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. For more information and to apply visit their website. The position is open until filled.

Oaklands Community Association has multiple openings. We are hiring for Activity Leaders in the Out-of-School Care Program. Positions are approx. 27 hours/week, $14.25/hour. We are also looking for Substitute On-Call Activity Leaders and this position can lead to a permanent shift. Oaklands is also hiring for a Youth Leaders in Training (YLIT) Coordinator, a great opportunity to oversee a Victoria-wide, leadership training internship program for 15-18 year old youths. These postings will remain open until positions are filled. Full job descriptions and application details can be found on our
Employment Opportunities link on our website.  
 

Pearson College Advancement is looking for a Manager Annual Fund & Stewardship. Full job description is available on their website. Please send cover letter and resume to hr@pearsoncollege.ca 

The Burnside Gorge Community Association is seeking one part-time Out of School Care Leader as well as multiple on-call positions. Position is approx 10 hours/week, $14/hour. This posting will remain open until the positions are filled. Full job description and application details are available on our Employment Opportunities page.

Oaklands Community Association has openings for Activity Leaders in their Out-of-School Care Program. Positions are approx. 27 hours/week, $14.25/hour. We are also looking for Substitute On-Call Activity Leaders and this position can lead to a permanent shift. These postings will remain open until positions are filled. Full job description and application details can be found on our Employment Opportunities link on our website.   

The Men's Trauma Centre is looking for a part time Executive Director - this is a one-year contract position in a small non-profit organization. In addition to some administrative and leadership responsibilities, the successful applicant will be responsible for expanding the financial resources of this agency by increasing fund-raising efforts, building relationships with potential donors and funders, researching and writing grant applications and raising the profile of the agency in the community.  Job description is available here. Please send cover letter and resume to alana@menstrauma.com.

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Issue No. 20 | April 24, 2015

In this issue:

  • Farewell to a Dedicated Volunteer. Good Bye to Vern Moore!
  • Welcome to new members!
  • Marketing, Communications & Promotions workshops May 9th & 16th in Sooke
  • Successful Grantsmithing Workshop
  • Tell us what you think! We'll listen.
  • Free dental care at Dental Academy in Sooke, with their annual Dentistry from the Heart event
  • Fundraiser for East Sooke resident accepted in Sustainable Tropical Forestry program
  • Raise More Money with Win-Win Sponsorships
  • Is your number up?

 

Farewell to a Dedicated Volunteer.  Good Bye to Vern Moore!

Vern will be missed by many and his absence will leave a big hole in many organizations' volunteer base.  Vern, and Martha, have been dedicated to this community since the first day they arrived. It will take a number of pairs of shoes to fill yours, Vern! We borrowed this picture from the Sooke Fine Arts Society newsletter.  Elida Peers, founder and coordinator of the Show's "museum days", has written a lovely tribute to Vern in the Sooke News Mirror.

 

 

Welcome To Our Newest Members:

Sooke Region Women's Cancer Support Society

 

 

Marketing, Communications & Promotions workshops May 9th & 16th in Sooke

All events and volunteer positions are full!  All businesses are prospering! Isn’t that a lovely dream!

What can we do to work towards this dream?  In part, by working from a sense of plenty.

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre (SRVC) and Saseenos Communications are pleased to support local small businesses and non-profit groups with our new training opportunities.  Workshops in May are open to Sooke and area volunteers, small business owners and non-profit organizations.

Marketing, Promotion & Communications will provide you with some new tips and tricks.  Originally scheduled for April, the workshops will be held over two Saturday mornings, May 9 and 16 (9:30- noon each Saturday) and will help build awareness of events, attract new members and raise revenue through donations or grants.

Participants can discuss their communications challenges, learn how marketing, promotion and communications can benefit their organization in today’s rapidly changing communications environment and receive hands-on help in developing a strategy. They will also receive feedback and discuss getting the message out, social media and no-cost and low-cost techniques. Participants will take away additional resources including handouts, templates and further reading list and be able to sign up for one-on-one structured feedback at a later date to polish their final product.

This workshop is free for SRVC members and $10.00 for non-members.

To register for either or both of these learning opportunities or to receive more information, contact sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or leave a message at 250-642-6364 Ext. 235.

 

Successful Grantsmithing Workshop.

The Grantsmithing Workshop was held Thursday, April 23rd at Edward Milne Community School.  It started with a soup, salad, bread & cookies dinner - providing a great opportunity for the 45 participants to network.  The food was provided by the Chef's Training Class at EMCS and was delicious, which was no surprise!

The presentations by VanCity Credit Union, Andrea Di Lucca & Valorie Logan, and Victoria Foundation, Carol Hall, was so helpful and informative that people were still asking questions when it was time to go on to the next phase.  The Case Study portion had people move to round tables to discuss how collaboration could take place within, and outside of the community, and what a sustainable.

Feedback included:

"The workshop was valuable since eventually .... It’s given me an intro into the non-profit world and I’m learning where to start building networks. It was also inspiring to meet so many people wanting to help better the world"

"I visited the Vancity website but I was overwhelmed.  Now I understand how easy it is"

"How often do you have these events.  I think every three months would be ideal."

 

Tell us what you think! We'll listen.

We would like to know what you see as missing in the way of support for volunteers and volunteer based organizations.  We really do!  Please tell us.

The folks at the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre will be arranging more training and workshops to present in Sooke, and maybe even some out to East Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River and Port Renfrew.  Let us know what type of training would help you by filling in our short survey. 

With this information we will see where the biggest need and the greatest interest is, then respond to those. 

How much interest can be drummed up in your community?  If there is enough we will see about bringing training to you!  We have received funding to subsidize some costs to keep these workshops affordable for all, whether as an individual or organization representative.

 

Free dental care at Dental Academy in Sooke, with their annual Dentistry from the Heart event

"Free dental care..." Reception at Academy Dental, photo from their website. We’re so happy to announce our next Dentistry from the Heart event for 2015! On Monday, April 27, between 8:00am-4:00pm, our Fort and Sooke locations will be providing free dental care to our children and adult patients. Our past Dentistry from the Heart events have been huge successes, which …

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Fundraiser for East Sooke resident accepted in Sustainable Tropical Forestry program

East Sooke resident has an opportunity of a lifetime, and he’s seeking the funds that will enable him to take advantage of it.

Jeremy Smith has been accepted into an M. Sc. Program with the University of Copenhagen, into their SUTROFOR (Sustainable Tropical Forestry) program.

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Raise More Money with Win-Win Sponsorships

Do you want to join us for another free Wild Apricot webinar?  Everyone talks about sponsorship, but how many organizations profit from win-win partnerships for their events and program? The answer is too few! 

Joe Waters (Selfish Giving) knows what both partners want and need. And he's going to share his insight at our upcoming Wild Apricot free expert webinar.

What you'll learn in this webinar:

Identify assets within your organizations that will appeal to potential sponsors
​Detect sponsors from the pool of businesses you know and interact with
Present and close your proposal with confidence and passion
Add a special "twist" to sponsorship that could raise you a lot more money


Date: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM (ET)   (12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PDT)

We can set up a computer and projector here at the Volunteer Centre office to watch the webinar and have a group discussion afterwards.  Please let us know if you wish to register on your own or join a group registration and discussion.

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Is Your Number Up?

Is your number up?

Did you know that about half of home address numbers are not visible from the street after dark and many are also not even visible in daylight?   This is a real concern for emergency first responders who cannot help you if they cannot find you!  As Sooke residents, you may be aware of recent emergency situation in Sooke that was hampered by poor signage.  You can read the Times-Colonist article here

Team Enlighten consists of 7 participants in Leadership Victoria’s Community Leadership Development Program.  Each year, participants in the program undertake a Community Action Project.  We created Is Your Number Up? after consultations with Saanich Police and Fire Departments, Oak Bay Police, BC Ambulance, and CREST indicated that lack of clear signage is a serious hindrance to timely emergency response.  

So, Is Your Number Up? aims to encourage home owners, renters, businesses, etc. to ensure that their address numbers are clearly visible day and night.   Watch for Public Service Announcements on A&E, TLC and AMC and, for tips and solutions (and a few prizes!), go to www.facebook.com\AddressVisibility

Make sure you and your loved ones can be found when they need to be!

This information was submitted by, Christine Kenwood, Leadership Victoria’s Community Leadership Development Program.

 

 

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Issue No. 19 | April 17, 2015
 

In this issue:

  • Correction Notice
  • Welcome to our new members!
  • May Workshops in Sooke: Marketing, Promotion and Communications Workshops
  • What is your biggest challenge?
  • Volunteer BC's Photo Contest Entries
  • Fundraisers in Action
  • Mentoring workshops: Grow Your Own Backyard Food?
  • 10 Steps to a Healthier Community through Social Marketing
  • 30 Day Social Media Challenge
  • A Challenge: Help local Sooke businesses
  • Job Opportunities (one in Sooke!!)

 

Correction Notice

Our apologies to Glen Thelin of Glen's Gardening Company for incorrectly showing his name in our last 'Welcome to our Newest Members'! 

 

 

Welcome to our new members!

  • Worklinks Employment Society
  • Sooke Community Choir Society

 

 

Grantsmithing Tips Evening

This presentation is shaping up to be a big event.  We have over 35 people registered!  What a networking opportunity in its own right!  Presented in partnership between SRVC and Sooke Region Food CHI. It will be an informative evening for local groups to learn ways to source out successful partnerships and funding grants. Representatives from the Victoria Foundation and Vancity Foundation will be on hand to provide tips on how to get grant funding.   A case study will be used to show by example.

Date: April 23, 6 pm (light supper with event to follow).

Cost: $10.00 for FoodCHI and SRVC members and $20.00 for non-members (including supper).

RSVP to info@sookefoodchi.ca. We want to know what you want to know.  Please complete a short survey on the Sooke Region FoodCHI website.

 

May Workshops in Sooke: Marketing, Promotion and Communications Workshops

Date: Saturday, May 9th and continues on Saturday, May 16th (9:30-noon each day). Effective promotion and communications help local groups build awareness of events, attract new members and raise revenue through donations or grants.

On the first day, participants can discuss their communications challenges, learn how marketing, promotion and communications can benefit their organization in today's rapidly changing communications environment and receive hands-on help in developing a strategy. The next weekend they will receive feedback and discuss getting the message out, social media and no-cost and low-cost techniques. Participants will take away additional resources including handouts, templates and further reading list and be able to sign up for one-on-one structured feedback at a later date to polish their final product.

The workshop is sponsored by SRVC and Saseenos Communications (www.Saseenos.com), a local non-profit resource dedicated to helping Sooke region volunteer groups, small and home-based business and artists share their stories for no cost. This workshop is free for SRVC members and $10.00 for non-members. (Membership $25/yr)

To register for either or both of these learning opportunities or to receive more information, contact sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or leave a message at 250-642-6364 Ext. 235.

What is your biggest challenge?

The folks at the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre will be arranging more training and workshops to present in Sooke, and maybe even some out to East Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River and Port Renfrew.  Let us know what type of training would help you by filling in our short survey. 

With this information we will see where the biggest need and the greatest interest is, then respond to those. 

How much interest can be drummed up in your community?  If there is enough we will see about bringing training to you!  We have received funding to subsidize some costs to keep these workshops affordable for all, whether as an individual or organization representative.

Volunteer BC's Photo Contest Entries

The photo contest entries are in! This year, more than 190 photos were submitted with photos that recognize, celebrate and thank volunteers. Look at all those happy faces around the province. Stay tuned - winners will be announced in the next Connector. 

Check out the photos

 

 

Fundraisers in Action:

Girl Guide cookies are for sale in various locations in Sooke. We bought ours from Bethany, who was selling her wares outside of the Shoppers Drug Mart, late Sunday morning (April 12). She got the sunny shift.

The cookies are the chocolate and vanilla sort, and cost a mere $5 (cash) per package. Support the Sooke chapter of Girl Guides and get your cookies today!

http://sooke.pocketnews.ca/girl-guide-cookies-season-in-sooke/

Sooke's First Scrabble Tournament:  Congratulations to Wilf Wenzel, Sooke's Grand Scrabbler for 2015! And thank YOU for participating, spectating, and donating. Edward Milne Community School Society raised over $1,100 for our local literacy programs and our "munch card" initiative for EMCS students who'd otherwise go hungry during the school day.  Thank you for your support!
 

Mentoring workshops: Grow Your Own Backyard Food?

Thinking about the small kitchen garden, patio food garden in tubs, or the family veggie patch?
YOU CAN DO IT – with some basic hands-on gardening mentorship.
Sooke Food CHI is offering hands-on mentoring sessions for the novice and experienced gardener.
Pick the session and time that works for you.  Sunriver Community Teaching Gardens on Phillips Road

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10 Steps to a Healthier Community through Social Marketing

Community-based social marketing (CBSM) encourages individuals to make life changes that are good for them and their community. Rather than trying to get people to buy cereal or a car, social marketers encourage them to do things like share more, reduce food waste, or stop smoking.

Recently, the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum hosted a webinar on social marketing featuring Amanda Godwin from Colehour + Cohen who explained how to implement CBSM techniques to achieve lasting behavior change within communities. Her advice is highly relevant to citizens and city officials who want to encourage more sharing where they live. Below are Godwin’s 10 steps for building a successful social marketing campaign.

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30 Day Social Media Challenge

Brought to you by Edward Milne Community School Society.  Check out the tips and ideas for testing the effectiveness of your social media marketing.  They include a downloadable PDF document for your convenience.

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A Challenge: Help local Sooke businesses

When businesses thrive, our communities thrive, there are more jobs and more support for the many non-profit based initiatives.  Social media is the new 'word-of-mouth'.

At Sooke’s recent Chamber Awards, local longtime business owner Frederique Philip (co-owner, Sooke Harbour House, winner of Sustainability Leadership) issued a challenge to the community of Sooke: Go online and rate businesses in Sooke. Any 10 businesses. This small act could have a big impact in supporting the local business community.

By click-voting and adding a simple review of your honest opinion, local businesses and residents of Sooke can collectively boost our economy. And when that thrives and grows, the opportunities for local jobs also thrive and grow.

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Job Opportunities

Sooke Philharmonic Society (Orchestra/Chorus) is looking for a part-time [Paid] Administrative Assistant to the Board, starting May 1, 2015. Must be flexible, with excellent interpersonal and Internet/social media skills and an appreciation for the arts. Occasional evening/weekend hours required. Deadline for applications: Monday April 20. Please email cover letter/resume to:  mjc@tideview@icloud.ca

Victoria Cool Aid Society is looking for a Facilitator of the innovative and empowering Every Step Counts program.This is a permanent part-time position that includes great employee benefits.  Details are included in the job posting. Please forward written expressed letter of interest and resume in confidence to: Lori Ferguson, lferguson@coolaid.org by Monday, April 20, 2015 at 4:30pm.

The Cook Street Village Activity Centre is hiring an Activity and Marketing Assistant. It is a 24 hour a week, $11 per hour position. Details are included in the job posting. Please submit your resume and covering letter by NOON on April 24 to Carol Turnbull  info@cookstreetvillage
activitycentre.com

Island Health is looking for an energetic, enthusiastic and experienced Manager, Volunteer Resources to manage a large group of volunteers (300-500) in various programs at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. For more information and to apply visit their website. The position is open until filled.
 

Pearson College Advancement is looking for a Manager Annual Fund & Stewardship. Full job description is available on their website. Please send cover letter and resume to hr@pearsoncollege.ca 

 

The Burnside Gorge Community Association is seeking one part-time Out of School Care Leader as well as multiple on-call positions. Position is approx 10 hours/week, $14/hour. This posting will remain open until the positions are filled. Full job description and application details are available on our Employment Opportunities page.

Oaklands Community Association has openings for Activity Leaders in their Out-of-School Care Program. Positions are approx. 27 hours/week, $14.25/hour. We are also looking for Substitute On-Call Activity Leaders and this position can lead to a permanent shift. These postings will remain open until positions are filled. Full job description and application details can be found on our Employment Opportunities link on our website.

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Issue No. 19 | April 10, 2015

 

4th Annual Sooke Region Volunteer/Non-Profit Fair

Saturday, April 11th, 2015 noon - 3:00 at the

Sooke Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way

Free admission - Bistro - Silent Auction - Children's Activity Table

In this issue:

  • Thank you to our sponsor!
  • Grantsmithing Tips Evening
  • SRVC general meeting Wednesday, April 15th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Sooke Family Centre
  • Welcome to our newest members
  • Date Change: Marketing, Promotion and Communications Workshops  May 9th & 16th
  • We would like to know what you would like to know!
  • Project Serve – Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
  • Fundraisers in Action
  • The Sooke 'Small Town, Big Talent' Show!
  • Youth Volunteer Recognition Certificates
  • Invitation to be Part of the Solution!
  • Charities Program Update – 2015

 

Thank you to our sponsor!

Small business owner, Sheila Wallace, of Sheila's Coastal Crunch Granola has kindly and generously offered to sponsor the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre.  One dollar from every bag of granola sold between now and the end of May will be donated to the Volunteer Centre to help continue our community efforts.

Sheila has also provided us with several bags of granola to sell at Saturday's 4th Annual Volunteer & Non-Profit Fair.  We will receive a larger share of the proceeds from these bags, $2.00 from each small bag and $3.00 from the large bags. 

You may purchase from us at the Fair or find Sheila at the Sooke Country Market running from May to October every Saturday.  Or by calling Sheila's Coastal Crunch directly at 250-642-7906 or smwallace@shaw.ca.

Grantsmithing Tips Evening

will take place on April 23rd, presented in partnership between SRVC and Sooke Region Food CHI. It will be an informative evening for local groups to learn ways to source out successful partnerships and funding grants. Representatives from the Victoria Foundation and Vancity Foundation will be on hand to provide tips on how to get grant funding. 

Date: April 23, 6 pm (light supper with event to follow).

Cost: $10.00 for FoodCHI and SRVC members and $20.00 for non-members (including supper).

RSVP to info@sookefoodchi.ca. We want to know what you want to know.  Please complete a short survey on the Sooke Region FoodCHI website.


 

SRVC general meeting

Wednesday, April 15th, 5:30 - 7:30 at the Sooke Family Centre,

6672 Wadams Way.

Everyone welcome.  Especially our members.  Come have your say.  Help us set our next priorities.

On the Agenda:

  1. Database development & membership
  2. SRVC 2015 Budget
  3. Grant Funding for training and workshops
  4. 4th Annual Volunteer/Non-Profit Fair
  5. Rotary Auction & Fair – May 2nd
  6. Other community events at which to promote volunteerism
  7. Review Strategic Plan
  8. Any other business

 

Welcome to our newest members

  • Speed Watch
  • Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.S.)
  • Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i Faith
  • Sooke Harbour House
  • Glen's Garden Works
  • Sooke Community Choir
  • Sooke Country Market

 

 

Date Change: Marketing, Promotion and Communications Workshops

Date: Saturday, May 9th and continues on Saturday, May 16th (9:30-noon each day). Effective promotion and communications help local groups build awareness of events, attract new members and raise revenue through donations or grants.

On the first day, participants can discuss their communications challenges, learn how marketing, promotion and communications can benefit their organization in today's rapidly changing communications environment and receive hands-on help in developing a strategy. The next weekend they will receive feedback and discuss getting the message out, social media and no-cost and low-cost techniques. Participants will take away additional resources including handouts, templates and further reading list and be able to sign up for one-on-one structured feedback at a later date to polish their final product.

The workshop is sponsored by SRVC and Saseenos Communications (www.Saseenos.com), a local non-profit resource dedicated to helping Sooke region volunteer groups, small and home-based business and artists share their stories for no cost. This workshop is free for SRVC members and $10.00 for non-members. (Membership $25/yr)

To register for either or both of these learning opportunities or to receive more information, contact sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or leave a message at 250-642-6364 Ext. 235.

 

We would like to know what you would like to know!

The folks at the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre will be arranging more training and workshops to present in Sooke, and maybe even some out to East Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River and Port Renfrew.  Let us know what type of training would help you by filling in our short survey. 

With this information we will see where the biggest need and the greatest interest is, then respond to those. 

How much interest can be drummed up in your community?  If there is enough we will see about bringing training to you!  We have received funding to subsidize some costs to keep these workshops affordable for all, whether as an individual or organization representative.

 

 

Project Serve – Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

The University of Victoria’s Resident Services and Volunteer Victoria’s Youth Team are proud to officially announce the third Project Serve date for 2015!  Sooke Region Volunteer Centre will again be applying for UVic students to help with a community project.  The Grand Cook-off last fall was considered a great success. We can do something similar or maybe you have another idea!  We'd love to hear it.  Deadline for submissions is April 18th so please send us your ideas ASAP.

The Grand Cook Off was planned as an event to bring non-profit groups together to ‘cook, bake and can up a storm’. The resulting products, pies, bread, jams, etc. would be sold and the proceeds shared between the participating organizations.  SRVC were successful with their proposal and engaged 14 ‘free’ volunteers through UVic & Volunteer Victoria’s Project Serve Day.  In addition, three members of the Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) committee and two Rotary Club of Sooke members came forward to be part of the general pool of volunteers.   Read the full report here.

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

 

Fundraisers in Action:

Help send kids to camp by racing rubber ducks in Sooke.  The Sooke Harbourside Lions will once again be hosting their annual “Rubber Duck Race” at the Sooke Flats (aka the Sooke River Campground) on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

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The Sooke 'Small Town, Big Talent' Show!

Announcing Sooke Harbour Players’ first ever talent contest.......Saturday April 25

There will be prizes!

Auditions

  • Saturday April 18, 1:00-4:00
  • Tuesday April 21, 7:00-9:00

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Youth Volunteer Recognition Certificates

Each year Volunteer Victoria recognizes the valuable contribution of our youth volunteers by sending Youth Recognition Certificates to high schools, middle schools and elementary schools to be presented at their Awards Day Ceremonies in June. If you have youth volunteers with your organization please forward your AGENCY'S NAME, STUDENT'S NAME AND SCHOOL THEY ATTEND to Fan Zhang. Please type or print this information then email fan@volunteervictoria.bc.ca or Fax: 250-386-2279 before May 01, 2015. Please note this is for elementary, middle and high school students only. Thank you for your interest.

Fan Zhang, Administrative Coordinator

Volunteer Victoria, 306 - 620 View Street, Victoria BC  V8W 1J6

Tel: 386-2269  Fax: 386-2279

volvic@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

Follow us on Twitter @volvicbc

 

Invitation to be Part of the Solution!

The upcoming Patients as Partners| Patient Voices Network orientation session to be held in Sooke on Friday April 24, 2015.   We are looking to increase the number of patient volunteers from the Sooke area.   However, this orientation is open to others who can travel from other communities in the South Island area for the orientation session.

This is not a public drop-in event so a registration process is required.  We connect with individuals one-on-one beforehand.  Once they go through the intake process we make them aware of the orientation event details, if they want to take that next step in the Network.  Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and here for the Sooke Poster.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to connect with me.   I am happy to send you a few posters to post for promotional purposes. Thank you for your time.  For more information please contact:

Mary Chudley,Engagement Liaison | Island Health | ImpactBC

T 1.888.742.1772 ext. 355 

www.impactbc.ca | www.patientsaspartners.ca/network

 

Charities Program Update – 2015

Director General’s message

In this third installment of the Charities Program Update, I set out some of the measures we have taken in the Charities Directorate to promote transparency, both in terms of our programs and the diverse activities of the charitable sector.

Registered charities in Canada are subject to constant change because of evolving social needs, technology, expectations of funders, demographics, court decisions, and legislated requirements. We in the Charities Directorate recognize the demands that are placed on Canadian registered charities, and we are committed to facilitating voluntary compliance with the laws and rules related to registered charitable status.

To meet our commitment, we make sure that charities have easy access to accurate information that explains their obligations under the law.........    READ MORE  

 

 
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Issue No. 18 | April 3, 2015

In this issue:

  • Welcome to our newest members
  • "Come to the animal fair, tah dah! The birds and the bees will be there, tah dah!"
  • Grantsmithing Tips Evening - April 23rd, 2015
  • Date Change for Marketing, Promotion and Communications Workshops: May 9th & 16th
  • New Benefit to SRVC Membership!
  • We want to know what you want to know.
  • How do you show appreciation to your volunteers?
  • CRD Arts Development Service marking a difference...... but not for Sooke?
  • Fundraisers in Action
  • Make your voice count!  Check out Patients as Partners | Patient Voices Network
  • From Transition Sooke: Kinder Morgan is coming to town!
  • Job Opportunities

 

Welcome to our Newest Members:

Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Sooke

Malinda R.

Zero Waste Sooke

 

 

 

"Come to the animal fair, tah dah! The birds and the bees will be there, tah dah!"

Did we catch your attention?  We're not really having an animal fair, but you probably already guessed that!  Do you recognize this song from your childhood?  We looked it up, it originates for the late 1800's!  While volunteerism in Sooke could well have been around almost that long, formalized organizations began in the 1920's.  Volunteer & Non-Profit fairs, a bringing together of residents and area non-profit organizations, started to appear in the Sooke area until 2011.  Canadians from other areas will be more familiar with them.

We have had great positive feedback on the previous events.  We have also received feedback about a feeling of dissatisfaction with the experience.  Sounds pretty normal to me.  We have been listening and taking into account as much as possible.  It was interesting to note that we received the most complaints about the event held at the Community Hall.  People felt it was too spread out and not enough of the public came.  Others felt it was a great venue!  Some people felt last year's event at the Family Centre was too small and not enough visitors came.  Interestingly, we actually had almost the same number of presenters and visitors at both. 

The 1st Annual event was the best attended by organizations with 12 presenting to youth at noon and 54 in the evening for the general public. Compare this with around 23 presenters at both the 2nd & 3rd annual events.  At all 3 events we had around 100 general public attended.  It's funny what perception can do to us!

We hope you will attend as a presenter or as a visitor.  Come find out more about your community!  As more people understand the concept, both as presenters and exporers, this will continue to grow.  We look forward to you attending which will help us continue to help you.

To register and for more information call 250-642-6364 Ext. 235 or email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

Grantsmithing Tips Evening - April 23rd, 2015

When: April 23, 6 pm light supper with event to follow

Where: Edward Milne Community School

RSVP to info@sookefoodchi.ca

Cost: $10.00 for FoodCHI and SRVC members - $20.00 for non-members (including supper)

Something special for Sooke’s non-profits!  Sooke Region Food CHI and Sooke Region Volunteer Centre invite you to an informative evening learning approaches and tips to how to source out successful partnerships funding grants. The money is out there, how can we all bring more of it to our communities?  Representatives from the Victoria Foundation and Vancity Foundation will join us for the evening. 

We want your help – tell us what topics or questions you would find helpful. 

For more information and to participate please complete the on-line survey here or contact us at sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com for a Word document version.  Please complete this survey by March 13.

 

Date Change for Marketing, Promotion and Communications Workshops: May 9th & 16th

Due to unforeseen circumstances our instructor has requested that we move the Marketing workshops to early May.  They will remain on Saturday mornings at the same time, though now set for May 9th and 16th. The Sooke Region Volunteer Centre (SRVC) will be presenting these and other educational opportunities for local non-profit organizations and area volunteers who wish to update or increase their skills. 

Do you know the difference between 'Marketing', 'Promotion', and 'Communications'?  Did you know there was a difference?  While the words are often used interchangeably, there really is a difference.  Come learn from our experts.  Find out the whens, wheres, hows and whys of these topics.  Effective promotion and communications help build awareness of your organization or event to attract new members and attendees, it can help you raise revenue through donations or grants. and it can keep you in touch with your members and customers.

Here’s what you will get:

Saturday, May 9: 9:30 - noon
-introduce your communications challenges.

-learn how marketing, promotion and communications can benefit your organization in today's rapidly changing communications environment.
-hands-on help in developing a marketing or communications strategy for your organization. 

Saturday, May 16: 9:30 - noon
-feedback and discussion. 
-getting the message out to your key audience, proactive public relations, and news releases that get covered.
-media channels and social media.
-low-cost and no-cost techniques, and how to get best value when you need to buy advertising or services.

In addition to the hands-on workshop, you will take away additional resources including handouts, templates and further reading list. You can discuss your challenges and work on your own communications product and will be able to sign up for one-on-one structured feedback at a later date to polish your final product.

To register, contact sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or leave message at 250-642-6364 Ext. 235
Hurry! Space is limited.

NOTE:  For anyone registered already, if you can not attend on these dates our instructor will connect with you to provide on- on-one consultations.

The Sooke Region Non-profit Marketing and Communications Workshops are sponsored by SRVC and Saseenos Communications. Saseenos Communications is dedicated to helping Sooke region volunteer organizations, small and home-based business and artists share their stories - for free! The workshops will be conducted by Doni Eve who has a "lifelong passion for promoting the people, places and spirit of our awesome community". Doni's background includes a Bachelor of Journalism (Hon) degree from Carleton University; Graduate Professional Certificate in Public Sector and Non-profit Marketing from Sprott School of Business; Marketing Your Small Business from West Shore Learning Centre and 25+ years of professional work in journalism, communications, public relations, health promotion and social marketing. For more information see: http://www.saseenos.com/.

 

New Benefit to SRVC Membership!

We are pleased to announce that we have negotiated with the Sooke News Mirror for regular, discounted, colour advertisement.  The first example will be in next week's edition.  This will be similar to the SEAPARC ad and will appear monthly.  SRVC will use the space to promote volunteerism generally and the activities of the centre.  The ad space can also be' purchased' by a member for promotion of their activities.  The regular ad rate is $350.00 plus taxes.  The special membership rate is $210.00 plus taxes.  Please contact us well in advance to reserve your date.  sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

 

We want to know what you want to know!

The folks at the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre will be arranging more training and workshops to presented in Sooke, and maybe even some out to East Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River and Port Renfrew.  Let us know what type of training would help you by filling in our short survey

With this information we will see where the biggest need and the greatest interest is, then respond to those. 

How much interest can be drummed up in your community?  If there is enough we will see about bringing training to you!  We have received funding to subsidize some costs to keep these workshops affordable for all, whether as an individual or organization representative.

 

 

How do you show appreciation to your volunteers?

April 12 - 18th, 2015 is National Volunteer Week.  How do you demonstrate your appreciation of the time, dedication and sometimes even finances that your volunteers contribute to your organization?  We would like to share an overview in the National Volunteer Week issue of this newsletter.  Please submit your stories.

We know it is hard to single out one dedicated volunteer from the others.  It may be that one or two people have done an outstanding job that you would like to recognize. Here is an opportunity to send a brief write-up recognizing that someone extra special who works quietly behind the scenes or has taken on a monumentus task for you.  Or maybe it is one of your longstanding volunteers who is now 'retiring' that you wish to recognize? You may submit a picture as well, if you like. 

Here are some volunteering stats for you from Volunteer Canada's 2013 Report on Giving, Volunteering and Participating in Canada:

Findings from the most comprehensive study on giving and volunteering reveal that Canadians continue to be generous by volunteering close to 2 billion hours in 2013. However, the survey also indicates that 12.7 million Canadians volunteered in 2013 compared to 13.3 million in 2010. What does this mean for the future of volunteering in Canada?

According to Paula Speevak, President and CEO of Volunteer Canada “although the numbers are down, they provide clarity for organizations and communities. This information sheds light on where organizations need to focus their volunteer engagement strategies.”

The information also tells us that the volunteer landscape has changed.

Canadians continued to be generous by volunteering close to 2 billion hours in 2013. However, the survey also indicates that 12.7 million Canadians volunteered in 2013 compared to 13.3 million in 2010. 

Youth (15 to 19 years) are more engaged with 66% volunteering an average of 110 hours per year. While the volunteer rate decreases with age, older adults (55 and over) continue to contribute the most (39%) of all hours. Notably, Canadians between the ages of 35 to 44 saw a 6% drop in their volunteer rate. 

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CRD Arts Development Service marking a difference...... but not for Sooke?

The CRD Arts Development Service provides funding support to arts organizations on behalf of 8 municipalities in the capital region: Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Metchosin, Highlands and Sidney. The Arts Service has three funding programs Operating, Project and IDEA grants.  We are wondering why only these 8 municipalities are included since we all pay into the CRD?

Does any or all of the arts organizations know the answer, or care to question the reasoning?  Here's the contact information:

CRD Arts Development 625 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1R7 Email: artsdevelopment@crd.bc.ca Tel: 250-360-3215   Applicants must be registered, not-for-profit societies in B.C. For more information, please visit 
www.crd.bc.ca/service/arts-funding

The deadline for the CRD (Capital Regional District) Arts Development IDEA and Project Grant applications is Friday, May 1, 4:30pm. 
 

From Transition Sooke: Kinder Morgan is coming to town!

With climate change rampant, we believe now is the time to transition away from dirty fossil fuels and to invest in clean energy, instead of expanding the greenhouse gas producing tar sands. Because Supernatural BC, the Best Place on Earth, deserves to be treated with respect.

Kinder Morgan will defend its plan for pipeline expansion and increased tanker traffic before Sooke Council on Tuesday night, April 7th, 2015 - 7 pm, Sooke Townhall

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Fundraisers in Action

Wadams Way Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, April 18th, 2015 from 10:00 - noon, corner of Townsend Road and Wadams Way.  Proudly brought to you by Sooke Family Resource Society

Pancake plate (includes bacon or sausage, juice, coffee)

Adults $6.00, Children $3.00, Seniors $3.00

Sponsored by Centre Court Raquets, Royal Bank of Canada, Sooke Family Resource Society. Coffee sponsored by Stick in the Mud Cafe

 

Make your voice count!  Check out Patients as Partners | Patient Voices Network

The network is a community of patients, caregivers, and family members who are using their experiences to improve health care in BC.
Interested in becoming a volunteer?
For more information, register to attend a free orientation:
www.patientsaspartners.ca/volunteer
Sooke: Friday, April 24, 2015
10:00am to 2:00pm*
*Lunch provided.  Travel expenses reimbursed

Mary Chudley, Engagement Liaison, would like to have the opportunity to present, share, connect with and promote the Patients as Partners|Patient Voices Network in the Sooke area. She needs your ideas and help on this.  If you would like to host a presentation see below for further details.

Everyone accesses the health care system at some point in their lives. Many of us have also supported family members and friends in their  journeys through the health system. Anyone is welcome to join the network, because we are all patients.

Patients as Partners | Patient Voices Network is a Ministry of Health, Patients as Partners initiative administered by ImpactBC.  The Network is a community of BC patients, families, caregivers and others who are using their experiences to influence change in BC’s health care system. Through the network, patient volunteers have the opportunity to work openly and collaboratively with health care providers and decision-makers by lending their voice to important discussions around health care service delivery.  Activated patients are eligible to participate with health care partners in collaborative opportunities such as advisory committees, working groups, focus groups, conferences, or other projects.  

The network collaborates with a wide range of partners and providers all over BC. This includes the Ministry of Health, all BC health authorities, the BC Medical Association, the General Practice Services Committee, and many other non-governmental and community organizations.  There are over 1,600 members in the network.   Since the inception of PasP|PVN in 2009, members have  been matched with over 700 opportunities to work with health care providers and decision-makers on a  wide variety of health care issues.  There three interesting video modules available online with more detail about the Network and patient engagement:   Online Modules

There will be an orientation session held for new volunteers who want to become involved in the Network on Friday April 24 in Sooke.  This is a 4 hour session.  Location information and details will be forwarded to individuals after they have an initial conversation with Mary Chudley.   If individuals register on our website to “Become a Volunteer”, they will receive a phone call/email to set up a time to talk about questions and to get more information.  We purposely do not advertise the location of the orientation until individuals have an intake interview.  

Prior to the orientation session, Mary Chudley welcomes any invitations to speak with community groups or service providers groups about the Network so that people can know and understand the process.     She invites any opportunity to come in person to speak with service providers, staff meetings, community groups, or to fit into an already existing agenda of a weekly/monthly meeting, to speak about the Network.

Mary Chudley, Engagement Liaison | Island Health

ImpactBC  Telephone 1.888.742.1772 ext. 355 

Job Opportunities

According to CBC (yep, really!), SEAPARC is looking for a Skate Park Host. The District of Sooke, B.C., is creating a new position of Skate Park Host as its skateboarding park ramps up for the surge of bikers and boarders set to hit the concrete this summer.      Read more  


Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is seeking bookkeeping/financial administration services for $23 per hour, about 40 hours per month. Qualified individuals with expertise in QuickBooks and non-profit accounting are invited to contact info@swanlake.bc.ca for a full list of duties. Position open until filled. 


Victoria Cool Aid Society is looking for a Facilitator of the innovative and empowering Every Step Counts program. This is an opportunity for a dynamic and committed individual to use their skills, knowledge and experience to lead a positive and healthy community-based program. This is a permanent part-time position that includes great employee benefits. Details are included in the  job description.
 

Pearson College Advancement is looking for a Manager Annual Fund & Stewardship. Full job description is available on their website. Please send cover letter and resume to hr@pearsoncollege.ca

The Burnside Gorge Community Association is seeking one part-time Out of School Care Leader as well as multiple on-call positions. Position is approx 10 hours/week, $14/hour. This posting will remain open until the positions are filled. Full job description and application details are available on our Employment Opportunities page.

Oaklands Community Association has openings for Activity Leaders in their Out-of-School Care Program. Positions are approx. 27 hours/week, $14.25/hour. We are also looking for Substitute On-Call Activity Leaders and this position can lead to a permanent shift. These postings will remain open until positions are filled. Full job description and application details can be found on our Employment Opportunities link on our website. 

 

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Issue No. 16 | March 27, 2015

              

In this issue:

  • Welcome to our Newest Members
  • Fundraisers in Action
  • ARTiFACTS Show Saturday Opening - Sooke Region Museum Upstairs Gallery
  • Sunday at EMCS - Greater Victora Police Chorus with local band program students
  • 4th Annual Volunteer & Non-Profit Fair, Sat. April 11th, 2015 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Working from a sense of plenty: get the funding/find the people -  workshops in April for Sooke (Grantsmithing and Marketing & Promotion)
  • Less is More for Zero Waste Sooke - Monday March 30th Meeting
  • Sooke resident issues a Food Bank Challenge
  • Sooke and Drennan Roads Event Signage
  • This Saturday at 8.30pm local time it’s Earth Hour.

 

Welcome to our Newest Members

  • Speed Watch
  • Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.S.)
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Sooke Therapeutic Yoga Society

 

Fundraisers in Action

Wadams Way Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, April 18th, 2015 from 10:00 - noon, corner of Townsend Road and Wadams Way.  Proudly brought to you by Sooke Family Resource Society

Pancake plate (includes bacon or sausage, juice, coffee)

Adults $6.00, Children $3.00, Seniors $3.00

Sponsored by Centre Court Raquets, Royal Bank of Canada, Sooke Family Resource Society. Coffee sponsored by Stick in the Mud Cafe

 

ARTiFACTS Show Saturday Opening - Sooke Region Museum Upstairs Gallery

You are all invited to the OPENING - MEET THE ARTISTS at the Sooke Region Museum ARTiFACTS Show Upstairs Gallery opening:

WHEN:    Saturday, March 28th - Noon to 4

               Regular ongoing hours: Tues to Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

               March 28 to May 30 with rotating exhibits.

The show highlights fourteen established and new artists. Some will be showing their work for the first time at this event. The show includes fibre art, driftwood, photography and painting, along with artifacts and images of historical importance.

See who the new artists are in town!  Unique to this show is Bobbie Momsen and her images painted on bird feathers, Linda Anderson and her "vertical line" paintings, and Linda Gordon with "Fotograffia" or painting on photos.  As well, there will be well known artists and photographers adding their interpretation of the Sooke Region.

Shaw TV interviewed Linda Anderson and Linda Gordon the other day. The feature will be going on the air on Wed., April 1st in their Go Island show on Shaw TV, Channel 4.  The program is shown throughout Greater Victoria, the Cowichan Valley, Salt Spring, Galliano and Pender Islands.

The TV interview starts on April 1st, and will start at 6 pm, with repeats later in the evening and overnight as well.  It will be shown Thur., April 2nd and Friday April 3rd, starting at 6:00 p.m. and playing several more times throughout the evening as well.

Info on the web:

 

Sunday at EMCS - Greater Victora Police Chorus with local band program students

Who: Greater Victoria Police Chorus with performances by the students of Journey Middle School and EMCS band program.
Date: Sunday March 29th, 2015.
Where: EMCS Community THEATRE
When: 2.30pm
Why: This is a fundraising concert. We are hoping to raise enough money to get the students to the MUSICfest Competition in Port ALBERNI on April 9th, 2015. Doing well at the Port Alberni Competition would open the door to performing at the National level.
Tickets are on sale at The Stick, EMCS Program Office and Shoppers.
 

 

 

4th Annual Volunteer & Non-Profit Fair, Sat. April 11th, 2015 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Come find out what some of the over 180 non-profit clubs, groups, societies and charities are doing in the area we call the Sooke Region, from East Sooke to Port Renfrew.  There will be refreshments, games and a silent auction.

This event is also a great opportunity for networking between organizations.  "You're doing what?"  '"Well, we've go this that might help!  Let's talk!"  When the buzz starts people get re-energized and feeling enthusiastic again.  It's contagious and this is an opportunity to catch it (again)!

Come see who's doing what. Rub elbows with the movers and shakers, and a few of the quietly doing, people in your community. Whether you are looking to volunteer, wanting to know what programs and services are available, or just plain curious, this is the event for you.

We are accepting registrations for area clubs, non-profit organizations and businesses who engage volunteers. Organizations that are located outside the region but offer programs or services here are also welcome. 4' display table space free for members/$20 for non-members. ($25/yr and we have a lot to offer). Additional table space can be rented at an additional $10 for 8' of table space. 

To register and for more information call 250-642-6364 Ext. 235 or email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

 

Working from a sense of plenty: get the funding/find the people -  workshops in April for Sooke and area non-profits

A Grantsmithing Tips Evening presented in partnership between SRVC and Sooke Region Food CHI. It will be an informative evening for local groups to learn ways to source out successful partnerships and funding grants. Representatives from the Victoria Foundation and Vancity Foundation will be on hand to provide tips on how to get grant funding. 

Date: April 23, 6 pm (light supper with event to follow).

Cost: $10.00 for FoodCHI and SRVC members and $20.00 for non-members (including supper).

RSVP to info@sookefoodchi.ca. We want to know what you want to know.  Please complete a short survey on the Sooke Region FoodCHI website.

Marketing, Promotion and Communications begins on

Date: Saturday, April 18th and continues on Saturday, April 25th (9:30-noon each day). Effective promotion and communications help local groups build awareness of events, attract new members and raise revenue through donations or grants.

On the first day, participants can discuss their communications challenges, learn how marketing, promotion and communications can benefit their organization in today's rapidly changing communications environment and receive hands-on help in developing a strategy. The next weekend they will receive feedback and discuss getting the message out, social media and no-cost and low-cost techniques. Participants will take away additional resources including handouts, templates and further reading list and be able to sign up for one-on-one structured feedback at a later date to polish their final product.

The workshop is sponsored by SRVC and Saseenos Communications (www.Saseenos.com), a local non-profit resource dedicated to helping Sooke region volunteer groups, small and home-based business and artists share their stories for no cost. This workshop is free for SRVC members and $10.00 for non-members. (Membership $25/yr)

To register for either or both of these learning opportunities or to receive more information, contact sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or leave a message at 250-642-6364 Ext. 235.
 

 

 

Less is More for Zero Waste Sooke

Zero Waste Sooke, a local citizen's initiative arising from Awareness Film Night and Transition Town Sooke, is meeting monthly at the SRVC. A founding group of volunteers led by Inishoge Farm's Steve Unger gathers again on Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m.  Anyone in town interested in exploring the many ways we can individually and collectively reduce our household, business and municipal waste streams is welcome to attend. Subjects discussed at the first meeting in February included the need for more public education, regional yard-waste and compost facilities, roadside litter clean-up campaigns and, as a top short-term priority, a community forum on local waste management issues. To learn more, please visit the ZWS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zero-Waste-Sooke/992980690715446.  

 

Sooke resident issues a Food Bank Challenge

Sooke resident Tanis Nielsen-Rhoads issued the following Food Bank Challenge to all residents of Sooke today.

“In light of the shortage at the Sooke Food Bank I challenge you to spend 10 minutes gathering items to donate. I tend to stock pile, and in 10 minutes I gathered 42 pounds of food.......

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Sooke and Drennan Roads Event Signage

Sooke and area non-profit groups are welcome to promote their events on Sheila Beech's fence at the corner of Sooke and Drennan Roads.  Approved signs may be posted for up to 7 days and must not exceed 8' by 3'.  'Andrea's Garden' in the boat in front of the fence is maintained by the Sooke Children's Garden Club and is in memory of Sheila's daughter. 

There is a suggested donation of $10, all of which goes to keeping the garden colourful and inviting. 

For more information and to book fence times please contact

Anne Boquist 250-642-3798 or email aboquist@shaw.ca  

The attached photo shows a sign which is 6' by 2'.  

 

This Saturday at 8.30pm local time it’s Earth Hour.

7,000 cities around the world will be switching off the lights that light up their most iconic buildings. The Houses of Parliament, Sydney Opera House, The Eiffel Tower, The Burg Khalifa, The Taipei Tower will, for an hour, be cast into darkness. Meanwhile millions of people will also turn their power off. It will be quite a sight and will send a clear message: we want action on climate change.

As you may guess, I’m no neutral on the subject. I studied the evidence as an undergraduate 15 years ago when there was a growing concern in the scientific community. Their response was to widely advocate a precautionary approach. The evidence and the scale of the problem it points to has only grown since then. It has been part of my motivation for setting up Streetbank.

The issue is unsexy, vexed and is generating a crisis that unfolds too slowly for the media to adequately report. But as Barack Obama says “we are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change… and the last generation that can do something about it”.

Let’s not turn-off, dial-out and bury our heads but allow #earthhour (if you are on Twitterk) – a simple mass action to make us think. Watch this video and be inspired… There’s fun to be had in – for instance - consuming less, cycling more, living better.

Sam and the Streetbank Team

 

Don't miss Saturday, April 11th, 2015

4th Annual Sooke Region Volunteer/Non-Profit Fair

Now Accepting Registrations - we do the work - you tell your story!

National Volunteer Week - April 11 - 18th, 2015

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