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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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Issue No. 11 | December 31, 2014

In this Issue:

  • A Summary of our First Year
  • Welcome to our newest members
  • SRVC Member Benefits
  • Member Opportunities
  • Fundraisers in Action
  • Plan H
  • Dispatches from Shirley Lowe
  • Job Opportunities

 

A Summary of our First Year

We would be remiss if we did not start with thanking our collegues at the SRVC office for their tireless dedication and support keeping the office open.  Without them, and the steering committee members, we would not have made the wonderful progress we have achieved this year!

To the non-profits, individuals/families and businesses who became members this year, we look forward to continuing to develop our relationship with you, learning more about your strengths, challenges and goals. 

We heard from you, our community of volunteers and organizations, loud and clear!  This year we opened the Volunteer Centre office on a part-time basis, in an existing facility at an affordable rate!  This enabled us to have more presence in the community, providing avenues for connection, face-to-face and telephone, not previously available to seniors and others who are not inclined or able to use the internet.

The 3rd annual Volunteer/Non-Profit Fair during National Volunteer Week, provided space for 22 local organizations to showcase their activities, network with other community leaders and connect with approximately 100 new prospective volunteers.

A 'Members Only' page on the community resources website made it easier for members to track minutes, agendas and other internal documents without having to keep their own files.

Development this newsletter reduced emails while keeping you well informed of changes, opportunities and news of importance to the volunteer and non-profit sectors.

In September the 'Grand Cook-Off' collaborative fundraising event brought a number of organizations, businesses and individuals, including 14 UVic students, together to bake and preserve a massive amount of food in one day.  The resulting products were sold to raise funds for participating organizations who wished to share in the proceeds.  Although several non-profits supported the event only two organizations, Sooke Therapeutic Yoga Society and SRVC chose to share the proceeds.  Due to a change in our accounting system the final report has not been completed.

For the second year, we worked with Mel Dobre, Sooke Harbour Players, Edward Milne Community School and the Journey Middle School Band to raise over $11,500.00 for the Sooke Food Bank via the Barney Bentall Grand Cariboo Oprey event held in November.

During the year we have written grant applications with an eye to activities that would benefit the broader volunteer/non-profit community.  We will keep you informed on the progress of these applications.  We look forward to hearing from our membership on other opportunities and ideas to collaborate on.

During the course of our first year thirty-eight people attended at the office for interviews and direction. We also provided assistance to others through emails and telephone calls.  In addition we received confirmation from individuals and organizations of people finding rewarding connections through the Volunteer Opportunities listings on our website. 

These are a few of the highlights of our first year.  We look forward to working with our members, developing deeper connections, finding pathways to fulfill goals and aspirations, and learning together.  This rendition of the parable of the long spoon from Shareable demonstrates the philosophy of the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre.  The dynamics of volunteering is changing.  A different approach is needed, together we can do more! 

We wish you all a memorable and successful 2015!

Welcome to our newest members:

Susan S.
Moore/Anderson Family
Shirley A.
Abernathy/Moore Family
Sooke Bike Club


Members' Benefits:

The SRVC is a one-stop community centre linking potential volunteers to rewarding opportunities within the Sooke Region and supporting the organizations that engage them.   As more organizations, businesses, individuals and families become members we will have a better idea of the strengths and challenges we have in our communities.  These will direct further development of the centres priorities, policies and proceedures.

MISSION:  “To promote and support volunteerism in the Sooke Region”

VISION:  “A community where everyone volunteers”

In working towards our mission and vision, our collegues at the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre provide some services to all non-profit organizations in the Sooke Region.  These include:

  • Initial screening and referral of potential volunteers to organizations and activities that suit their areas of interest.  We provide contact information for any and all organizations that fit their criteria.  We leave the rest to you
  • Maintaining the community website www.sookeregionresources.com for the benefit of citizens and organizations from Port Renfrew to Beecher Bay
  • Opportunities to create organization, event and volunteer opportunities listings in the community website.  The organization listing is especially helpful for organizations that do not have a website and it provides additional free (to you) promotion of organizations that already have a web presence.
  • Promotion of your events, volunteer needs and organizational activities on the community resources website www.sookeregionresources.com
  • Support in creating listings on the community resources website.
  • Keeping your organization up to date on changes and opportunities through information sharing via this newsletter

Member benefits are evoloving as we speak and include: 

  • Additional promotion of your events, volunteer needs and organizational activities on our FaceBook page 'Sooke Region Volunteers' as well as our bulletin board in the Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre
  • Feature Banner promotion of special events upon request on community website
  • Display of your pamphlets and printed material at the SRVC office.
  • Additional support in creating effective listings on the community resources website.
  • You have a voice!  With membership you can help direct and shape future of the volunteer centre through participation in the development of policy, programs and procedures.
  • Members receive discounted rates for meeting space (including commercial kitchen) and training events
  • Enjoy the annual networking and social interaction at the annual Sooke Region Volunteer/Non-Profit Fairs, together with free 4’ table display space.
  • Benefit from engagement in other networking, collaboration and training opportunities, up-lifting us all, moving past feels of lack, loss and frustration!  Getting together with like minded people inspires and rejuvinates everyone. 
  • You receive the benefit of group discount rates in Volunteer Victoria training opportunities through your membership with SRVC.
  • Further discounts and benefits will be added as they are developed. 

 

Members Training Opportunities

Thank you to those who attended Wild Apricot's expert webinar on Recruiting Members for Keeps with Patricia A. Hudson, MPsSc, President Melos Institute. Ideas inspired by the webinar were discussed afterwards. We now have a link to the video so members can still benefit from the webinar and templates provided even if they were not able to attend. Contact us at sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com to become a member and learn about this and other member benefits.

Workshops available through our membership with Volunteer Victoria:

Virtual Collaboration: A how-to primer

Volunteer Victoria $69/$89 - Friday, 16 January 2015 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PST)

Board Development Series: Effective Investment Oversight for the Non Profit Investment Committee

Volunteer Victoria  $20 - Thursday, 22 January 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

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Fundraisers in Action:

Hospice Fundraiser:  Sooke Soil and Landscape are disposing of Christmas Trees for a donation, all proceeds go to us the Sooke Hospice Society. Please let all your family and friends know, if you have face book could you please post this information. Sooke Soil and Landscape is located at 2800 Ramsden Road phone 250 642 6600.


Plan H

The PlanH program supports local government engagement and partnerships across sectors for creating healthier communities. Recognizing that community policy, plans, and decisions affect health and well-being, PlanH provides learning opportunities, resources, and leading-edge practices for collaborative local action.

PlanH is a partnership between BC Healthy Communities Society and Healthy Families BC, and is informed by health authorities and other key stakeholders.  Check out their downloadable guide.

How do Local Governments Improve Health and Community Well Being Guide

 

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

The Sooke Branch #88 of the B.C Pensioners & Seniors Organization official closed its books after 50 years serving the Sooke region and providing a local voice in matters important to seniors specifically and all of us generally.  Shirley remains a member of the provincial organization and provides intersting articles and links for your consideration.

Net Positive Dispatch: In that issue:

The International Living Future Institute will host the Net Positive Energy + Water Conference at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, January 22-23rd. The conference will bring together leading experts from around the world to develop net zero energy and water concepts through the restorative framework of the Living Building Challenge™, the world's most rigorous green building

Visit the Zero Cottage and more!  ZeroCottage is an ambitious project of David Baker and Partners, Architects to create the first Net Zero Energy, LEED Platinum, Green Point Rated, PassivHaus Certified Residence in San Francisco.

Also from Shirley: a Robyn Allan vido on pipelines and oil tankers.

 

Job Opportunities

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. 

Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria is seeking a part-time After School Care Program Leader for Harbourside Club. The positions is 16.25 hours/week at $16.00/hour. This position will remain open until filled. Position starts on January 5, 2014. Details and information can be found on BGCSGV's website.

Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria is seeking a part-time Support Worker for the Harbourside Club. The positions is 23.75 hours/week at $16.07/hour. This position will remain open until filled. Position starts on January 5, 2014. Details and information can be found on BGCSGV's website

 

 

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Issue No. 10 | December 2014

 

The non-profit Job Options BC program at WorkLink Employment Society is currently recruiting for our paid employment program that starts on Jan. 5th, 2015. This program is open to both Westshore and Sooke residents only.

 

Would you be able to print our attached flyer and post it where the public can view it?

 

We really appreciate your help in getting the word out there. It is a great program that helps people get trained to enter back into the labour market while receiving income to supplement their work search efforts.

Who is Eligible?  Anyone who:

  • Is Unemployed                                                                                          
  • Is between ages 18 - 64 (planning to work for 2 or more years)                              
  • Is legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Lives in the West Shore communities: Highlands, Langford, Colwood, Metchosin or Sooke
  • Is not a student or planning on being one
  • Is not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI)                                        
  • Ready and committed to returning to work                                             
  • Is not currently participating in another supported employment initiative  
  • Session Start Dates: January 5, February 23, and April 6, 2015
 

 

 

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Issue No. 9 | December 8, 2014

In this issue:

  • Welcome to our newest members
  • Sooke Region Volunteer Centre Members Benefit
  • Santa/Candy Cane Run Saturday, Dec. 13 - Sooke, Otter Point and East Sooke
  • State of the Board - BC Pensioners, Sooke Branch #88 closes
  • John Horgan, NDP Leader, statement on the changes to the Societies Act
  • Job Opportunities:

 

Welcome to our newest members:

Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce

West Coast Family Medical

 

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre Members Benefit:

We have signed up for a  webinar on refcruiting and retaining new members.

Join us for a free to members j(Non-Member Fee: $10.00) live webinar on Thursday, December 11th,2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Patricia A. Hudson, MPsSc, President Melos Institute and discover how simple changes in the recruitment conversation can make all the difference.

Recruiting new members is so much more than “selling” a membership. The way you recruit has a direct impact on the way new members participate…and whether or not they renew.

In this webinar, we will:

  • Examine why current approaches fail to produce desired results
  • Explore a recruitment technique that resonates across generations
  • Learn practical ways your fellow members can become successful recruiters
  • Discover how this approach can be incorporated in print and digital ways
  • Gain access to samples and templates for your immediate use

RSVP to sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com.  Members may send more than one respresentative.

 

Santa/Candy Cane Run Saturday, Dec. 13 - Sooke, Otter Point and East Sooke

Does anyone know if the Shirley Fire Department will also be doing a run on this day?  I haven't heard.

For those in the District of Sooke and Otter Point & East Sooke areas, your local fire departments will be doing their annual Santa/Candy Cane Runs on Saturday, December 13th.  For more details on the routes and times check out the listing on the community resources website.

 

State of the Board - BC Pensioners, Sooke Branch #88 closes

You probably saw this in the Sooke News Mirror about the BC Pensioners and Seniors Organiation Br. #88 (formerly the OAP Organization) closing down after 50 years of service!  The article hits some of highlights of what this group has done for our community over the years, and for seniors specificially.  Is it not ironic in this time of the largest sector of people entering 'senior-hood' in the history of the world, that one of our seniors based organizations is folding?! 

We can only say we are sorry, and thank you for all the hard work that you (all those who helped over the decades) did for the community at large and seniors specifically!  Good luck and good rest!

It is not only seniors organizations that are having troubles fulling the board of directors positions.  This is a growing challenge across the nation, possibly across the world.  That doesn't mean there are not solutions and rethinking the task is likely one of them.

The Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) understood some of the challenges facing volunteer based organizations and has been taking steps to find creative solutions.  One of those was to open our very own Sooke Region Volunteer Centre.  On top of that Sooke Region CHI recently merged with a registered cooprerative charity and now has a Board of Directors for the first time!  We are all eager to learn together!

If you are interested in learning more and being part of the solutions (there will be more than one), please contact us at soookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or sookeregionchi!yahoo.ca

This is a sad farewell to the B.C. Pensioners and Seniors Organization members and board of directors.  We hope to see you again soon in happier times!

 

John Horgan, NDP Leader, statement on the changes to the Societies Act

You won’t believe this.

Christy Clark is trying to change the BC Society Act to give deep-pocketed interests new powers to drag any community group that opposes them into court.

The changes would allow private interests to sue environmental and community groups for opposing their projects, tying those groups up in expensive court battles. Environmental organizations, neighbourhood associations, churches, you name it -- they could all find themselves targeted if Clark’s plan goes through.

The potential impact of this policy is chilling. It could effectively muzzle free expression and public debate across British Columbia, striking at the very heart of our democratic values and giving unprecedented power to those with the deepest pockets.

This is wrong and the NDP is going to fight it. But we need your help. Please visit www.DontMuzzleBC.ca right now to add your voice and show Christy Clark that we won’t stand for this.

This plan affects over 27,000 groups across the province. It could bankrupt small community organizations, muzzle public dissent, and force non-profits to fight against constant legal proceedings from anyone who disagrees with their work.

The legislative session ends this Thursday, and we have a simple goal: get as many people as possible to join our campaign before the legislature adjourns.

Please add your name to www.DontMuzzleBC.ca now to send Christy Clark a message before it’s too late.

With your help, we can stop this.

-John Horgan, Leader – BC New Democrats

 

Job Opportunities:

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.

 

The Mustard Seed is seeking a full-time Shipper Receiver.  Position is 37.5 hours/week. Closing date is Dec. 13 or when suitable person found. Please click here for details and application process.

 

The MS Society is hiring a Community Services Coordinator in our Client Services Department.  28 hours per week.  Deadline is December 28th. For information, please check here.

 

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.
 

 

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Issue No. 8 | November 28, 2014

In this issue:

  • Santa Parade this weekend!
  • SRVC Membership Benefits - Access to funding database
  • Recruiting members for keeps!
  • BC Pensioners share concerns for Medicare
  • This illustrates how truly fortunate we are!
  • Victoria Foundation's Vital Signs Report
  • On the Move, the CRD Regional Transportation Newsletter.

 

 

Santa Parade this weekend!

Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce is again hosting the 2014 Sanata Parade in down town Sooke. 

The parade starts at noon, leaving from Sooke Elementary School parking lot.and ending at the Sooke Community Hall, Eustace Road. Refreshments will be available af the end of the parade. Sooke Harbourside Lions will serving.  The proceeds going to the Christmas Bureau and Sooke Food Bank.

If possible, please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Sooke Food Bank/Christmas Bureau. 

To participate (by entering a float, walking in the parade or volunteering to help with the parade or refreshments afterwards), please contact Aline at info@sookeregionchamber.com or call 250-642-6112.

The parade is brought to you by the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the District of Sooke and EPCOR Water Services.

Click here for a route mapClick here for a detour map.

 

SRVC Membership Benefits:

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre (SRVC) members are invited to call our office to book an appointment for a 1/2 hour consultation to review our granting database GrantStation.  Come tell us what you are looking for and we shall see if we can find  you some additional sources.  To book your appointment leave a message at 250-642-6463 Ext. 235. 

As a newly developing organization we are still working on our official membership package.  We have been offering a number of services for some time with no membership requirement.  Some of these, like listings on the community resources website www.sookeregionresources.com will remain open to all regional non-profits at no cost to them.  Other services are being developed or expanded on to provide additional benefits to members.  Individual and regional non-profit membership is $25.00 per year.

Recruiting members for keeps!

Recruiting new members is so much more than “selling” a membership. The way you recruit has a direct impact on the way new members participate…and whether or not they renew.

Join us for a free live webinar on Thursday, December 11th with Patricia A. Hudson, MPsSc, President Melos Institute and discover how simple changes in the recruitment conversation can make all the difference.
In this webinar, we will:

Examine why current approaches fail to produce desired results
Explore a recruitment technique that resonates across generations
Learn practical ways your fellow members can become successful recruiters
Discover how this approach can be incorporated in print and digital ways
Gain access to samples and templates for your immediate use

Date: Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (PST)
Register today! (limited space available)

If you are interested, you need to register with Wild Apricot and you could then join us at the Volunteer Centre to participate together and have discussions afterwards.  Please register first and then contact us at sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

 
BC Pensioners share concerns for Medicare

Taking a Stand for Healthcare

Sent by Shirley Lowe, B.C. Pensioners & Seniors Organization, Sooke Branch #88

This week is Medicare Week!
On Tuesday, hundreds of public health advocates will arrive on Parliament Hill to ask our politicians to commit to protect and strengthen our universal public healthcare system during their election campaigns.
They need your help to stop the sabotage of Canada’s healthcare. Email your MP and all the party leaders today to show that Canadians will support politicians that make universal public healthcare a priority in the 2015 federal elections.

Our healthcare is being sabotaged by the federal government, and facing legal attack in the courts.
From the Harper government’s deep budget cuts, to a lawsuit in BC that could shatter the legal foundation of Canadian public health care, our healthcare system is facing attacks on various fronts. Now Leadnow is joining with the Canadian Health Coalition and other public healthcare advocates to fight back.

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This illustrates how truly fortunate we are!

It is amazing when you put things in perspective......We are lucky!  Take a deep breath, let it out and say 'Ahhhhhhh!  Global statistics reduced down to something that is relatable.

This illustrates how truly fortunate we are

 

 

Victoria Foundation's Vital Signs Report

Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada. It measures the vitality of communities in key areas, providing critical information that can help set priorities and identify opportunities for action. Yesterday, 27 community foundations across Canada launched their own local reports.
 
The Victoria Foundation released its 9th edition of the report, sponsored by Island Savings Credit Union. This year adds results of the first ever Victoria Capital Region Community Wellbeing Survey conducted earlier this summer. The Vital Signs report combines public opinion with statistics and relevant facts to provide a snapshot of the livability and wellbeing of the community.
 
Back again for the sixth year is a special eight-page Youth Vital Signs section that examines what people aged 15 to 24 think about life in Greater Victoria.
 
Visit our website to read the report, and for a complete listing of all indicator sources.

 

Welcome to On the Move, the CRD Regional Transportation Newsletter. This quarterly publication will provide you with information on news, events, resources and stories related to multi-modal forms of travel. Feel free to share this newsletter and provide us with ideas for future content. Enjoy!  Sooke is mentioned in this issue a couple of times.

 

 

 

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Issue No. 7 | November 14 2014

In this issue:

  • Fundraisers in Action
  • 2014 Sooke Region Santa Claus Parade November 30th, 2014
  • Sooke Region Food CHI hosts Virtual Food Connections webinar
  • East Sooke Flu Clinic
  • Funding Opportunity for School Food Gardens
  • How healthy is your Board of Directors?

 

Fundraisers in Action:

Sooke Food Bank Fundraiser: Barney Bentall's Grand Cariboo Oprey at the Edward Milne Community Theatre on November 20th, 2014 doors open at 7pm...show starts at 7:30pm.  Tickets are on sale now at Sooke Shoppers Drugmart, The Stick in the Mud Cafe and through Eventbright.  This event is brought to you by Mel Dobre, Sooke Harbour Players, Sooke Region Volunteer Centre and the many businesses and individuals who sponsored songs.  Don't miss your chance to attend this lively event here in Sooke.

Sooke Fall Fair Celebrates The Biggest, Little Craft Fair: Saturday, November 29, 2014
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the newly renovated Diningroom of the Sooke Community Hall.  Click here for more details and to book your table to sell your non-profit tickets and fundraising items.

T ’Sou-Ke Arts Group (TAG) Presents the 6TH Annual Christmas Art’s & Crafts Show, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 10 am to 6 pm, 6221 SOOKE Road.  To book your table contact llbristo@gmail.com  (note it IS llbristo NOT llbristol).  Cost  $25 per table space. Here is another opportunity to fundraise while helping fundraisers!

Grand Cook-Off Collaborative Fundraiser:  We now have our Island Health approvals to see the jams made at the September 27th event.  For Sale:  Yellow Plum Jam, Prune Plum Jam and Blackberry Jam (already wrapped for Christmas gifts) $4.00 per jar.  Also individual serving sized, fresh frozen blackberry-appl crumbles $5.00 each or 4 for $15.00.  Proceeds to to support the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre and the Sooke Therapeutic Yoga Society. 
To order please contact sookeregionvolunters@gmail.com, or stop by the Volunteer Centre office on Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, or stop by the Ahmisa Yoga Studio in the new Hope Centre on West Coast Road.

Click here for a poster which we hope you will be able to display and share.


Sooke Volunteer Firefighters are selling a 2015 wall calendars to raise funds for the Fraternidad De Bomberos project.  At $20 each, these 13-month calendars glossy colour 2015 calendars are available during the day at the main fire hall at 2225 Otter Point Rd, at The Stick in the Mud coffee shop, at Western Foods customer service desk, at the Sooke Craft Fair, or by delivery (orders can be placed on Twitter @FDBSooke, or by phone at 250-642-5422 or on the Sooke firefighters Facebook page). Payment in cash is preferred.
In 2013, six firefighters participated in a trip to Panama, where they trained local firefighters in a small village there. In 2015, six to eight firefighters will participate in the rewarding pro-gram (including three who attended in 2013).

This information was collected from the Sooke Voice News.

 

Click here for the registration form.

 

Sooke Region Food CHI hosts Virtual Food Connections webinar

Join us on November 19 for Virtual Food Connections – a full day of webinars and live discussion about food security issues in rural communities.
 
Sooke Food CHI is hosting this year’s Food Connections, an annual conference intended to support food security efforts – join us in person or participate online from your home or office.
 
Wednesday, November 19 - 9:30am to 4:00 pm
Sooke Child Youth and Family Centre, Volunteer Centre Room
6672 Wadams Way (end of Townsend)
 
Everyone is welcome – local governments, non-profit organizations, public health professionals, community food security advocates, educators, farmers, fishers, food retailers and people interested in food!  
 
Register today see here for details
More info on Food CHI Site here

 

East Sooke Flu Clinic

Saturday November 22, 2014 10:00 am to 12 Noon

•WHERE:  East Sooke Country
•Doctor administered
•No Cost
•Free coffee courtesy of East Sooke Country Grocer

It might seem like a strange place to advertise this but it's harder to get the word out to the more spread out communities so any opportunity seems like a good opportunity.

 

Funding Opportunity for School Food Gardens

Whole Kids Foundation: Canadian School Garden Grants

The Whole Kids Foundation believes that student involvement in school gardens fosters a relationship between students and their food. Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Whole Kids Foundation Canadian School Garden Grants program provides $2,000 grants to support new or existing edible gardens on school grounds.

In order to be eligible for support, gardens must be edible school gardens (growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc.) and be located on the grounds of a nonprofit Canadian primary or secondary school, including public, private, religious, and charter schools.

Eligible applicants include Canadian public schools, public charter schools, private schools and private charter schools with charity nonprofit status, and charity nonprofit organizations supporting a garden at a public or a nonprofit private school. Applicants do not need to be located in a community with a Whole Foods Market in order to apply for School Garden Grant.

Applications must be submitted online by November 30, 2014. 

 

How healthy is your Board of Directors?

Many organizations are seeking new members for their Board of Directors.  It is the top area of concern with the changing dynamics of volunteering.  One of our area's longest standing non-profit organizations is about to fold due to its inability to find people to be on its Board.

If you are already a Board member, it may be helpful to review the health of your Board before you reach your next annual general meeting. 

If you’re interested in volunteering on a board, first consider your skills, interests and experience. Board members should know an organization’s history and mission. And they should understand the board’s role before joining.

Volunteer Canada has more information to help with both scenerios.

Imagine Canada has information on Board Governance which outlines key processes, policies, and practices to have in place to support board effectiveness. - See more at:

 

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Issue No. 6 | November 7, 2014

In this issue:

  • Fundraisers in Action
  • Sooke Harbour Players presents: Afterlife the Musical
  • Sooke Community Arts Council's Winter Show and Sale
  • Registration for Sooke Santa Parade Sunday, November 30th.
  • Transition Sooke's Open Spaces Report
  • Vote 'Yes' for Community!
  • Deryck Thomson Award information

 

Fundraisers in Action:

Sooke Philharmonic Society is selling poinsettia, wreaths and arrangements. 

We are selling these as a Christmas fundraiser and would appreciate your support if you’re interested. 
The plants are beautiful and come from a reputable Nursery on the mainland.  They will be delivered to the home of Margaret Lintern at the end of November for your pick-up, and must be paid for at the time of ordering. Orders must be complete by Nov. 13th so I would appreciate hearing from you a.s.a.p. if you would like to order. Click here for the order form. I could arrange to come to you for your order and money before Friday this week but then will be away.  You could also contact Kathryn Mainguy, an SPS Board director at 250-534-0405 © or 250-425-1106 (home)  email kathray1@gmail.com
 

Sooke Food Bank Fundraiser

 

Sooke Harbour Players presents: Afterlife the Musical

EMCS Theatre, 6218 Sooke Road, Sooke
Only 6 shows left!
Fri Nov 7 @ 7pm
Sat Nov 8 @ 7 pm
Sun Nov 9 @ 2 pm
Fri Nov 14 @ 7pm
Sat Nov 15 @ 7 pm

Sun Nov 16 @ 2 pm

Everything you want in a great musical! Action! Adventure! Drama! Comedy! Fantasy! Romance! Even a sword fight! And, of course, awesome music! An all-ages show, with an all-ages cast!
Written by local playwright and songwriter, Thom Southwood.

Click here for more information.
 

 

Sooke Santa Parade Sunday, November 30th. 

Please mark your calendar for this year's annual Sooke Santa Parade on November 30th!  The parade starts at noon from Sooke Elementary along Sooke Road to Shields Road, culminating at the Sooke Community Hall of Eustace Road where hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available.
Please see the attached registration form for more information and to participate.  There is no charge to participate.  If you know of anyone who is interested in participating in the parade with a float, vehicle, walking group or as a volunteer, please forward and share the attached form to submit to the Chamber office.
Thank you so much for your support!  Best regards,
Aline Doiron, Office Administrator
Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, #201-2015 Shields Road, Box 18, Sooke, B.C., V9Z 0E4
Telephone: (250)642-6112
Email: info@sookeregionchamber.com                Web: sookeregionchamber.com 

 

Transition Sooke's Open Spaces Report

A group of 33 concerned citizens – the three mayoralty candidates and five individuals running for council included – huddled with six of Transition Sooke’s core team to discuss and map out next steps related to the day’s discussion topic: “In a spirit of cooperation and self-reliance, the people of Sooke have successfully established lives, overcome hardships and responded to change for more than 160 years. (And the people of T’Sou-ke have done so for much longer). Within this tradition, how can we elect and support a council that will transform current and future challenges into opportunities?”

Seven discussion topics were determined at the day’s start in an open process by the attendees:

i) energy independence and collaboration with the T’Sou-ke Nation;

ii) health, education and social services;

iii) jobs and transportation;

iv) local food economy; v) quality of life (beautification, trails and parks, infrastructure);

vi) council/community relationship (structure, communications, integrity); and

vii) emergency response services.Open Space meetings allow participants to express diverse opinions, self-select into discussion groups, work through each issue and, at day’s end, reach firm and meaningful conclusions.

Invites to the event were extended to Transition Sooke members, election candidates and to the community at large via ads, bulletin-board posters and social media.

Prepare to be inspired!  Click here for the final summary of ideas generated at the Open Space meeting on Oct. 18 at the Sooke Harbour House They are circulating the report to the District, local community organizations, the media and as many other interested parties as possible. Please share with your own circles as well.  Check out their website for more information on


Vote 'Yes' for Community!

On November 15th, 2014 Voters will be asked:

“Would you support the District of Sooke working with the community to develop multi-use community centre facilities?     YES or NO”

This question is designed to allow the electors of the community an opportunity to give direction to the newly elected Council as to whether or not the renovation of existing buildings and / or construction of a new building for multi-use purposes is a community priority.

Representatives of community groups and non-profit organizations have been working to assess the needs of the community. Involving community groups in the process from the visioning stage to planning and beyond is of primary importance to ensure community ownership of the project.  Extensive work is required to expand on information already collected, including a full review of existing facilities, further exploration of sharing opportunities, detailed functional planning, location identification, prioritization, as well as funding opportunities.

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Deryck Thomson Award

The Deryck Thomson Award was established by the SPARC BC Board of Directors to recognize individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to social planning and social justice in BC. December 19th, 2014 is the deadline for submissions and winners will receive $5,000.00 to help continue their good works.  Click here for more information and here for the application form.

 

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