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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.

    Register Here   

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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Issue No. 16 | March 20, 2015

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

 

In this Issue:

  • Welcome to our newest members
  • 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 and area non-profits
  • Sooke Orientation is Open for Patients as Partners/Patient Voices Network
  • VolunteerBC's Annual Photo Contest is here! 
  • Cycle of Life Tour (COLT)
  • Enterprising Non-Profits
  • Call of Auditions - Tommy
  • SookeSpace establishes a Sooke Makers and Artists Presence in Etsy, a certified B-Corporation on its way to IPO
  • The Trickle Down Economics of Credit Unions 
  • Job Opportunites

 

Welcome to our newest members:

Sooke Harbour House

Reflections of Fantasy Dance & Variety Group

 

 

 

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

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.

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)!

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

Local volunteer organizations find they have two big challenges: getting grant funding and promoting their cause or event.

“We have a great volunteer base in Sooke yet we hear even the most enthusiastic volunteers could use some help with grant writing and promotion,” said Marlene Barry, Chair of the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre (SRVC).

“We are very excited to present two learning opportunities for Sooke area organizations to address both of these needs, “Barry added. “It’s a way we can recognize and support our many volunteer groups in the region with workshops beginning during National Volunteer Week (April 12-18).”

A 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.

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.
 

Sooke Orientation is Open for Patients as Partners/Patient Voices Network

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.

Please note that location information is not included in the poster.  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

 

VolunteerBC's Annual Photo Contest is here!

Another great opportunity to promote your volunteers and organization during National Volunteer Week.
Volunteer BC's Annual Photo Contest is Here!

March 10 to April 6, 2015
Do you have photos of volunteers that "rock" your community?  A volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake: its effect has a direct impact and like ripples,volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities. Like stones - volunteers are unique.

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, Sooke Division was last year's first place winner! This picture of Paul (RCM-SAR Station 37 Sooke member) was taken by Rob Duffus.
Send VolunteerBC photos that reflect the unique qualities of your volunteers and the strong contribution they have in your community. Photos must be taken in the 2014/2015 year. Multiple entries are allowed.
Entries will be posted on Volunteer BC's photo contestwebsite
Submit photos to:   volbcphotos@gmail.com   by April 6.
Spread the word to all your community partners. and for more National Volunteer Week Resources check out Volunteer Canada to download your NVW Campaign Kit

 

The Cycle of Life Tour (COLT) is a group cycling event in support of hospice care on Vancouver Island. Hospice care is an incredible community service that provides end-of-life care focused on palliative treatment.

Founded in 2011 as a solo ride, COLT adopted a group ride format in 2013. With 50 cyclists raising pledges for hospice care annually, the event has raised $115,000 to date.  

A crew of dedicated volunteers and sponsors make COLT possible each year. The 2015 event will be held on July 25-26. Visit www.cycleoflifetour.ca to find out more.  If you are an avid cyclist and would like to support Sooke Hospice Society this might just be the event for you!

 

Enterprising Non-Profits

The social enterprise movement is growing and more charities than ever are asking, "is social enterprise for us"? The Enterprise Non-Profits BC's informative "Building your Social Enterprise" workshop provides a unique opportunity to have your questions answered. Register and detailed information here.

 

Call of Auditions - Tommy

Want to be a part of one of the greatest Rock Operas of all time? Come on out and show your talent! We are looking for vocalists and musicians to re-create this iconic classic. All musicians are requested to email Stephen J. Horak, our Musical Director, for info on ensemble auditions (phantomxiis@gmail.com).

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SookeSpace establishes a Sooke Makers and Artists Presence in Etsy, a certified B-Corporation on its way to IPO

Posted on March 15, 2015 by SookePub

by Michael Clouser

[news-Sooke-Etsy]  SookeSpace, part of the creative triad in Sooke, has established a presence for Sooke makers and artists in Etsy. This team will benefit from a collaborative effort in marketing and promoting of Sooke-based arts and crafts, and peer-to-peer learning on how to build better and larger businesses on the Etsy platform which already attracts a large international base of buyers.

Early team members from Sooke include Catherine Sutherland from SookeSoap; Pat Godbout from patricgoudboutart; Vincent Fay from DirtyDragonStudio; Sarah Howells from PhotosbySarahHowells; and Jenna Lee from Jennaleeart.

Team membership is open to all makers, artists, aficionados of Sooke arts and crafts from [news-Sooke-Etsy2] anywhere in the globe. Sellers and buyers both are welcomed to join the group.

   READ MORE    or find the article on SookePocketNews.ca

 

 

The Trickle Down Economics of Credit Unions

This is a U.S. based article though much of it applies to our local Coast Capital Credit Union as well. 

Read more about Coast Capital Savings Helping Communities

As the U.S. continues to recover from the financial crisis started over seven years ago, the prospect of "too big to fail" banks still lingers because no real reforms have been made in the financial sector. 

But what if that change started at the grassroots level? What if average citizens took their money out of Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Citibank and put it in local credit unions? 

Well, this is already happening. Last year saw the largest increase in credit union membership in 25 years. Why? Because unlike big banks, credit unions are not-for-profit, cooperative, tax exempt organizations that are owned by their depositors. They exist to serve their depositor-owners, not shareholders as in the case of big banks. This enables them to offer lower fees and higher interest rates than big banks all while offering the same services.

This makes credit unions the one place where trickle down economics actuallly work.

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Job Opportunities

The Glenshiel Housing Society (affordable living for independent seniors) requires a permanent part-time Bookkeeper/Assistant Manager. This position requires 3-5 years recent, related financial experience.  A recognized accounting designation  (CA, CGA, CMA) is preferred. Payroll and accounting are essential elements of this position.  Preferred skills and experience include working in a non-profit organization, preferably unionized; knowledge of Quick Books and Excel. This position relieves the Executive Director when necessary. This position pays $21.00 per hour plus payment in lieu of benefits. This posting will remain open until the position is filled. Please send your resume and covering letter to Laurie Mueller, Executive Director at lauriemueller@theglenshiel.bc.ca
  

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

Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria is seeking a full-time Youth Justice - After Hours Activity Support Worker. The positions is 35 hours/week at $34,035 to $38,220, depending on qualifications and experience. This position closes at 12:00pm on March 23, 2015. Details and information can be found on BGCSGV's website

Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria is seeking a part-time Development and Communications Officer. The positions is 21 hours/week. This position closes at 12:00pm on March 23, 2015. Details and information can be found on BGCSGV's website.

The Burnside Gorge Community Association is seeking a part-time Support Childcare Worker. Position is 18.5 hours/week, $15/hour. Closing date is Monday, March 23rd at noon. Please see their Employment Opportunities page for full job description and application details.

Victoria Women In Need is looking for a part time Assistant Mover/Swamper to assist in the pick-up and delivery of stock, furniture and recycling in the community and between stores. Please see the full job posting and how to apply here.


Victoria Women In Need is looking for a full time Assistant Retail Manager. Responsibilities includeprocessing sales, displaying merchandise, and ensuring that all store functions are carried out effectively. Please see full job posting and how to apply here

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Issue No. 15 | March 13, 2015

National Volunteer Week - April 11 - 18th, 2015
4th Annual Sooke Region Volunteer/Non-Profit Fair,

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

In this issue:

  • Sooke Region Volunteer Centre monthly meeting Wed. March 18th - 5:30 - 7:30
  • Welcome to our newest members
  • How to get money and promote your cause – workshops in April for Sooke non-profits
  • Accepting Registrations for 4th Annual Volunteer/Non-Profit Fair April 11, 2015
  • VolunteerBC's Annual Photo Contest is here!
  • Call of Audtions - Tommy
  • Administration of Volunteer Resources BC (AVRBC) Conference May 28-29
  • Patients as Partners | Patient Voices Network

 

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre monthly meeting

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - 5:30 - 7:30 at the Sooke Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way.  We will be discussing this year's budget and up-coming training opportunities.

Bring food to share if you can.  Everyone is welcome.  Members are encouraged to bring their challenges and concerns for discussion.  If convenient, please bring snacks to share. 

On the agenda:

  • results of the telephone-a-thon
  • SRVC 2015 budget
  • 4th Annual Non-Profit/Volunteer Fair
  • New funding received

 

Welcome to our newest members:

Edward Milne Community School Society

Sooke Harbour Players

Sid Jorna

Awareness Night Video

 

 

How to get money and promote your cause – workshops in April for Sooke and area non-profits

Local volunteer organizations find they have two big challenges: getting grant funding and promoting their cause or event.

“We have a great volunteer base in Sooke yet we hear even the most enthusiastic volunteers could use some help with grant writing and promotion,” said Marlene Barry, Chair of the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre (SRVC).

“We are very excited to present two learning opportunities for Sooke area organizations to address both of these needs, “Barry added. “It’s a way we can recognize and support our many volunteer groups in the region with workshops beginning during National Volunteer Week (April 12-18).”

A 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.

Marketing, Promotion and Communications begins on 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.
 

Accepting Registrations for 4th Annual Volunteer/Non-Profit Fair April 11, 2015

We are pleased to be again hosting the 4th Annual Sooke Region Volunteer/Non-Profit Fair on Saturday, April 11th and during National Volunteer Week.

A volunteer fair is an opportunity for volunteers, prospective volunteers and volunteer based groups to get to know each other.  Whether you are looking for help or looking to give of yourself in some way, this is a great opportunity.  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.

It is also a great opportunity for the organization representatives to network and brainstorm.  There will be refreshments, games and a silent auction.

Any group, club, organization, society or charity may participate.  We provide 4' of table space for free to members of the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre ($25/yr).  The cost to  non-members is $20 for 4' of table space.  Additional table space can be rented at ann additional $10 for a whole table. 

For more information and to register please contact sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or leave a message at 250-642-6364 Ext. 235.

 

VolunteerBC's Annual Photo Contest is here!

Another great opportunity to promote your volunteers and organization during National Volunteer Week.
Volunteer BC's Annual Photo Contest is Here!

March 10 to April 6, 2015
Do you have photos of volunteers that "rock" your community?  A volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake: its effect has a direct impact and like ripples,volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities. Like stones - volunteers are unique.

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, Sooke Division was last year's first place winner! This picture of Paul (RCM-SAR Station 37 Sooke member) was taken by Rob Duffus.
Send VolunteerBC photos that reflect the unique qualities of your volunteers and the strong contribution they have in your community. Photos must be taken in the 2014/2015 year. Multiple entries are allowed.
Entries will be posted on Volunteer BC's photo contestwebsite
Submit photos to:   volbcphotos@gmail.com   by April 6.
Spread the word to all your community partners. and for more National Volunteer Week Resources check out Volunteer Canada to download your NVW Campaign Kit

 

Call of Auditions - Tommy

Want to be a part of one of the greatest Rock Operas of all time? Come on out and show your talent! We are looking for vocalists and musicians to re-create this iconic classic. All musicians are requested to email Stephen J. Horak, our Musical Director, for info on ensemble auditions (phantomxiis@gmail.com).

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Administration of Volunteer Resources BC (AVRBC) Conference May 28-29

Registration is now open for the upcoming May 28-29 conference from the Administration of Volunteer Resources BC (AVRBC)!

This is an opportunity for the best minds in volunteer management to get together to learn, network, and share. This year's conference - "Sowing the Seeds for Innovation" - features a special keynote presentation from nationally recognized volunteer engagement strategist Beth Steinhorn, president of JFFixler Group, a cutting-edge thought leader and developer of volunteer engagement solutions.

Register and learn more here.

 

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

 

 

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Issue No. 14/March 6, 2015

In this issue:

  • Welcome to our newest members
  • Workshops:  Marketing, Promotion and Communications: April 18th & 25th in Sooke
  • Grantsmithing Tips Evening - April 23rd, 2015
  • Calling All East Sookers!
  • Call for Exhibitors for the 2015 Sooke Rotary Auction & Spring Fair
  • What is Placemaking?
  • Zero-Waste Sooke
  • Patients as Partners
  • Coaching Opportunity
  • Quick facts from Canada Revenue Agency
  • Job Opportunities

 

National Volunteer Week - April 11 - 18th, 2015

4th Annual Sooke Region Volunteer/Non-Profit Fair, Saturday, April 11th, 2015

 

Welcome to our newest members:

Reflexology 4 You

Edward Milne Community School Society

Coastal Crunch Granola - Owner Sheila Wallace has generously sponsored the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre - $1.00 from every bag of granola sold will go to support our endevours!  Thank you, Sheila!

 

 

Workshops:  Marketing, Promotion and Communications: April 18th & 25th in Sooke

The Sooke Region Volunteer Centre (SRVC) is presenting a series of educational opportunities for local non-profit organizations on marketing, promotion and communications at no cost to SRVC members.  $10.00 for non-members.

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, April 18: 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, April 25: 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.

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/.

 

Grantsmithing Tips Evening - April 23rd, 2015

April 23, location TBC
6 pm light supper with event to follow
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.

 


CALLING ALL EAST SOOKERS

The East Sooke Neighbourhoods Association (ESNA) is a newly established group that seeks to enhance the quality of life of people in our community. We are conducting a survey to learn about the areas and services that you and your family members would like see developed or improved in East Sooke.  Please go to our website to complete the survey

 

Call for Exhibitors for the 2015 Sooke Rotary Auction & Spring Fair

You are cordially invited to participate in Sooke Rotary's 24th annual Auction & Spring Fair! 

You’ll find food, fun, and bargains galore.  Everyone's invited, from bargain hunters to brazen bidders, young and old. Silent auction, live auction, door prizes, display booths, garden sales, and more!  And all in support of a good cause.   10 am to 10 pm at SEAPARC Leisure Complex.
For more information check out the Auction webpage here.

 

What is Placemaking?

‘Placemaking’ is both an overarching idea and a hands-on tool for improving a neighborhood, city or region. It has the potential to be one of the most transformative ideas of this century.

What if we built our communities around places?

Placemaking is a quiet movement that reimagines public spaces as the heart of every community, in every city. It’s a transformative approach that inspires people to create and improve their public places. Placemaking strengthens the connection between people and the places they share.

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Zero-Waste Sooke

This new Transition Sooke/Awareness Film Night co-venture met for the first time at the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre on Feb. 25. Inishoge Farm's Steve Unger has stepped up to coordinate the citizen's initiative, which will meet again at the SRVC on March 26th at 7 p.m.  A public education campaign promoting the 5Rs of the zero waste movement - Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot in that order - is a priority. A proper compost facility, yard-waste depot and free store for unwanted items may well be good fits for Sooke. And there's talk that a community open space meeting dedicated exclusively to waste management issues would be timely later this year. If you want to join this inspiring initiative, please contact us! A website is in the works, but for now please visit the organization's Facebook page. 

 

Patients as Partners

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 

 

Coaching Opportunity

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.
Details of the coaching opportunity
Location:
Learning and Innovation Centre
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Rd     
Date:  April 8 or 9, 2015
Your Time Commitment:  Approximately 1 hour:
-  10 minute introduction with your student coach;
-  30 minute coaching session;
-  15 minute debrief with our panel

These sessions are available to working professionals with a real business challenge based on a current business issue.  Perhaps you are considering these types of challenges in your workplace:
  • My business or career keeps me so busy, I find that I am less able to put aside the time to work on important projects and opportunities.
  • Our business or organization is growing so rapidly, I find it difficult to maintain a close relationship with all of the new staff and departments.
  • We are downsizing.  How do I manage change in my organization and keep pace with all of the new developments?
  • As our organization grows, I find it difficult to communicate effectively across the organization to maximize the potential for each project.  How can I more effectively get my point across?
  • Morale is down across the organization and I am not sure why, or what to do about it.

There is no cost to participate. To comply with the International Coach Federation Confidentiality Code of Ethics, your coaching session will be kept confidential.
If you are interested in booking a coaching session please contact Annette Siewertsen to set up a time at 391-2600 Ext 4372 or by email at: annette.siewertsen@royalroads.ca.

 

Quick facts from Canada Revenue Agency

  • As of December 31, 2013, there were 86,617 registered charities across Canada, up from 86,159 on December 31, 2012.
  • Canada's approximately 86,000 registered charities issued receipts worth more than $14 billion in 2012.
  • In the 2013-14 fiscal year (April 1 to March 31), the CRA's Charities Directorate completed 845 audits of registered charities chosen using a variety of methods, including random selection, follow-up on possible non-compliance or complaints, and based on a review of annual information returns; during that same period, 23 charities had their registered status revoked by the CRA as a result of an audit.
  • As of March 31st, 2014, the CRA had reassessed more than 190,000 taxpayer returns, denying in excess of $6.3 billion in donation claims. The CRA has also assessed more than $162 million in third-party penalties against promoters and tax preparers.

 

Job Opportunities

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.

The YMCA-YWCA of Greater Victoria is seeking an Emergency Response Counsellor. Job description is available. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Monica Legge: mlegge@victoriay.com

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, BC & Yukon is hiring a full time Award Officer to join our growing team. Our office is based in Victoria and home to a dedicated and diverse team of non-profit professionals. (See attached pdf for details here).  We are also hiring a part-time administrative assistant for 23 hours per week. (See attached pdf for more details here). To learn more about the Award program and its phenomenal benefits for youth, please visit our website at www.dukeofed.org/bc

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 Glenshiel Housing Society requires a permanent part-time Assistant Manager/Bookkeeper. This position requires a recognized accounting designation along with a minimum of 5 years experience in financial administration. Please apply if you love working with and for seniors and are experienced and knowledgeable working in non-profit organizations, union environments and rental transactions. Payroll and accounting are essential elements of this position with the ability to use Quick Books and Excel. This position relieves the Executive Director when necessary. This position pays $21.00 per hour plus benefits. Please send your resume and covering letter to Laurie Mueller, Executive Director at lauriemueller@theglenshiel.bc.ca

The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre is looking for a Victim Service Worker Assistant. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 16th, 2015, 4:30pm Please see detailed information on their 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

 

 

 

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Issue No. 13 | February 14, 2015

In this issue:

  • SRVC meeting Wed. Feb. 18th, 2015 5:30 - 7:30
  • Welcome to our newest members
  • Grantsmanship Tips Evening
  • Further on the Non-Profit Training Series in Sooke
  • HeroWork is looking for New Projects!
  • Part-time Office space for rent.
  • Plan H newsletter
  • Job Opportunities

 

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre monthly meeting

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 5:30 - 7:30 at the Sooke Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way.  We will be discussing this year's budget and up-coming training opportunities.

Bring food to share if you can.  Everyone is welcome.  Members are encouraged to bring their challenges and concerns for discussion.

 

 

Welcome to our newest members:

  • Sooke Fall Fair Association
  • Transition Sooke

 

 

 

Grantsmanship Tips Evening

Something special for Sooke's non-profits!  Sooke Region FoodCHI 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?  Rrepresentatives from the Victoria Foundation and VanCity Foundation will join us for the evening.  We need 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 February 28.

 

Further on the Non-Profit Training Series in Sooke

April 11, 2015 - Overview of marketing, including social marketing, promotion and communications – What is the difference and how they each benefit non-profit organizations
Finding out what you need to know (research, audience, situation analysis, media and channels)
Proactive public relations (how to develop news releases; identify appropriate media; distribute through key channels)
April 18, 2015 - Introduction to social media (how to use, what to use, time commitment)
Looking the part and insider info - grammar and style, etc; communications tips and challenges
Other (You can add more topics if you wish, and let others provide suggestions of what they would like to learn).

April 15th, 2015 - Individual meetings to follow-up on topics covered and to provide custom feedback.

We would like to hear from you.  Where could you use a hand up?  Are there common needs and gaps.  With your input we can be sure to tailor the workshops to your needs.

Not a member but would like to participate and learn?  Membership is just $25.00 per year for any not-for-profit group or organization. Contact us at 250-642-6364 Ext. 235 or email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

 

HeroWork is looking for new projects!

If you haven't heard of this group you need to!!  The HeroWork Program Society organizes modern-day versions of old-fashioned barn raisings for worthy charities who own their building or land. Called Radical Community Renovations, these renovation events are fast-paced, leadership-driven events that bring people, communities, and companies together.


HeroWork is looking for new projects in 2015 and 2016. If you are a registered charity, you own your building, and your space needs a renovation you do not want to miss this amazing opportunity. HeroWork provides the supplies, the volunteers, and the passion to make a difference. Contact 
paul@herowork.com or call (250) 590-4221.

 

Part-Time Office Space for Rent

The Sooke Region Volunteer Centre rents space in the Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre 2 half days per week.  The space has additional availability and includes many services.  If you are a non-profit organization, especially one with a youth/child focus, and are looking for part-time space, please contact us at sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com for further details.

 

BC Health Communities - Plan H Newsletter:

Listing promising initiatives underway throughout the province, such as the activities by their PlanH Healthy Communities Capacity Building (HCCB) Grant Recipients.  Also information for Health Community Municipalities.

 

Job Opportunities

Canadian Blood Services is seeking a part-time Volunteer Coordinator. Position is a .80 FTE, $22.95 per hour. This posting will remain open until the position is filled. Please visit www.blood.ca/en/job-seekers for more details.
  

Pacifica Housing is seeking a part-time Director of Human Resources and Administration. This position is primarily accountable for human resource management, fund development and corporate development. As a member of the organization's Leadership Team the Director is accountable for participating in strategic and operational planning decisions as well as expanding and enhancing the public profile of the organization. For full posting details and application instructions please visit 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.

 

The YMCA-YWCA of Greater Victoria is seeking an Emergency Response Counsellor. Job description is available. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Monica Legge: mlegge@victoriay.com 
 

The Victoria Disability Resource Centre is looking for a part-time, volunteer executive director to manage daily operations. The Centre promotes independent living for people with disabilities through its core programs of information and referral, peer support, employment and community development. Ideal for newly retired person. See www.drcvictoria.com for more information.

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Issue No. 12 | January 16, 2015

 

In this issue:

  • Sooke Region Volunteer Centre Monthly Meeting
  • SRVC Membership Benefits
  • Are you lookin' for a home?
  • Sooke Food CHI AGM Next Week!
  • Patients as Partners | Patient Voices Network
  • Dispatches from Shirley Lowe, B.C. Pensioners & Seniors Organization
  • Job Opportunities

 

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre Monthly Meeting

The next meeting of the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre (SRVC) will be held on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at the Sooke Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.   Agenda and Minutes of the November meeting.  Everyone welcome.

Please bring food to share, if you can.  You are still welcome even if you can't!

 

SRVC Membership Benefits:

This is an exclusive, members only, opportunity to participate in a series of free two-hour workshops (maximum of 8 hours) that can be delivered in an evening or on a weekend over the course of a few weeks.  Give us your feed back on both time and topic preferences.

Suggested topic are:

Overview of marketing, including social marketing, promotion and communications – What is the difference and how they each benefit non-profit organizations
Finding out what you need to know (research, audience, situation analysis, media and channels)
Proactive public relations (how to develop news releases; identify appropriate media; distribute through key channels)
Introduction to social media (how to use, what to use, time commitment)
Looking the part and insider info - grammar and style, etc; communications tips and challenges
Other (You can add more topics if you wish, and let others provide suggestions of what they would like to learn).

We would like to hear from you.  Where could you use a hand up?  Are there common needs and gaps.  With your input we can be sure to tailor the workshops to your needs.

Not a member but would like to participate and learn?  Membership is just $25.00 per year for any regional not-for-profit group or organization. Contact us at 250-642-6364 Ext. 235 or email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

 

Are you lookin' for a home?

Does your non-profit organization feel a bit like the boll weavil in the old Brook Benton song? "Lookin' for a home, lookin' for a home.  Gotta have a home!"

If you are lookin' for a part-time home give us a call.  We are lookin' to share! The SRVC office is centrally located, fully accessible, substantially equiped and furnished.  Rent includes: wifi, cleaning and maintenance, heat & lighting, as well as access to the commercial kitchen and additional 'free' meeting space. There are some building restrictions on who can be a tenant so do come talk with us.

We are currently the mailing address for one of our members, Sooke Community Arts Council, and could provide that service to any member at no additional cost.  Mail slots are available across from the receiptionist so members can conveniently pick up their mail any time the building is open, not just when the Volunteer Centre office is open.

And maybe it is simply filing cabint space for your records you desparately need a home for?!  We're not miracle workers but we'll do our best for our members.

So if you want to sing "we have a home all right, we have a home" give us a call 250-642-6364 Ext. 235 or sookereigonvolunteers@gmail.com and we'll talk!

 

Sooke Food CHI AGM Next Week!

Including Guest Speakers

Monday, January 19 - 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Sooke Harbour House, Potlatch Room

Our guest speakers will tell us about the Regional Food and Agriculture process and how it fits into the larger Regional Sustainability Strategy.

Doors open at 7:00 pm, AGM begins at 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be served (coffee, tea, and cookies).

You can review the AGM Agenda, Annual Report and the 2013 AGM Minutes, available below and on our website here. Copies of the Annual Report and Financials will be available at the AGM.

 

Patients as Partners | Patient Voices Network

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 in collaborative opportunities with health care partners such as advisory committees, 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

Anyone is welcome to join the network, because we are all patients. 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. 

There will be an orientation session held for new volunteers who want to become involved in the Network on Friday April 17 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.    Please be in touch with Mary (contact information included). 

Thank you for your assistance in spreading the word.

Mary Chudley

Engagement Liaison, South Island area

ImpactBC

T 1.888.742.1772 ext. 355 

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

 

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

First press briefing of the Arctic Emergency Methane Group(AMEG) held on Dec. 4, 2014 at the 20th annual Conference of the Parties (COP 20) for the United Nation's Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Lima, Peru.

 

 






 

 

 











Job Opportunities

Sooke Transition House is seeaking a Stopping The Violence Counsellor (Sooke BC).  Check out the details on Craigslist.

Wideglide Entertainment Ltd. is seeking a dynamic independent leader for the role of Volunteer Coordinator for Sunfest Country Music Festival. This is a part-time position. 10-15 hours per month from December to March, then April to July approximately 30 hours per week. For more information.

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 Royal Jubilee Hospital.  For more information and to apply visit their website. Position is open until filled. 

LEADERSHIP VICTORIA SOCIETY is seeking an EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. If you are passionate about leadership are looking for a change, are retired or soon to be have considerable leadership skills...

We want you to apply them as our new EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

As Executive Director, you will be helping prepare the next generation of leaders in our community - a challenge that has become more important during these days of financial restraint and demands for increased collaboration. Leadership Victoria will celebrate 15 years of community leadership development. Put us on the right track to add another 15 years to that record!

Interested? Visit out our website for a detailed Job Profile
www.leadershipvictoria.ca
Deadline: January 31, 2015
Email Resumes to: edie@leadershipvictoria.ca
 

The Victoria Disability Resource Centre is looking for a part-time, volunteer executive director to manage daily operations. The Centre promotes independent living for people with disabilities through its core programs of information and referral, peer support, employment and community development. Ideal for newly retired person. See www.drcvictoria.com for more information.

 

Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria is seeking a full-time Supportive Recovery Youth and Family Counsellor. The positions is 40 hours/week at $40,560 to $45,760, depending on qualifications and experience. This position closes on January 19, 2015. Details and information can be found on BGCSGV's website.


Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria is seeking a full-time Turning Point and Youth Prenatal and Parenting Youth and Family Counsellor. The positions is 40 hours/week at $40,560 to $45,760, depending on qualifications and experience. This position closes on January 19, 2015. Details and information can be found on BGCSGV's website.

 

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