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Issue No. 5 | October 31, 2014
 
 

In this issue:

  • Sooke Primary Health Care Services Public Forum Sat. Nov. 1st, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
  • Attention local charities
  • Afterlife the Musical Opening Oct 31 for 9 shows
  • Barney Bentall Grand Cariboo Oprey  Nov. 20, 2014 fundraising concert for the Sooke Food Bank
  • The Sooke Fall Fair is having their annual Christmas Market on November 29th
  • Community Health Facts 2013 - Western Communities and Sooke


Sooke Primary Health Care Services Public Forum Saturday, November 1st, 2014

10:00 - 12:00 at the Prestige Hotel, 6929 West Coast Road.  Do you want more information on Primary Health Care Services in the Sooke region?  The Primary Health Care working Group will be reporting back on their achievements since the 2013 'A GP for Me" forum, and to discuss current and planned initiatives.
Community members are invited to participate in roundtable discussions on local health care priorities and will learn about opportunities for participation in organizations that are working to build a healthy community.  For more information please contact Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) at sookeregionchi@yahoo.ca

 

 

Attention local charities:

The Victoria Times Colonist's runs a Planned Giving feature once a year, Wed. Nov. 5th.  This feature is all about where people can make a charitable donation.  If you are interested, contact:  Kim Prince, Advertising Sales Representative, Victoria Times Colonist Newspaper, (250) 380-5313
 

Afterlife the Musical

Opening Oct 31 for 9 shows - tickets on sale now! Including online throu Eventbright.  Written by local playwrite, Thom Southwood, See Sooke News Mirror article for full details.  For more information please contact Steve Anderson at: elwinander@hotmail.

 

 

 

 

Barney Bentall Grand Cariboo Oprey in Sooke November 20th, 2014 7:00 p.m. at EMCS Theatre. 

Brought to you by Sooke Harbour Players, Mel Dobre, Sooke Region Volunteer Centre and other volunteers.  This event is a fundraiser for the Sooke Food Bank.  Last year we raised $11,500.00 through song sponsorship, and the event was almost sold out!  This year we are going bigger and better......better get your tickets... in Sooke at Shoppers Drugmart, EMCS and the Stick Coffee Shop, and on-line through Eventbright. Barney Bentall and the Grand Cariboo Opry 

 

The Sooke Fall Fair is having their annual Christmas Market on November 29th

from 10:00 - 4:00 in the dining room of the Sooke Community Hall, Eustace Road entrace. We also invite folks to come and build Christmas swags help to decorate Sooke. Or, for a donation of $5 build your own!  We supply the greenery and the decorations.  Pre booking $20 per table by calling Carol Chalmers at 250-881-1169.  Early set up Nov 28, 6-8 pm or Sat 8:30 am.  Concession and donation to the Sooke Christmas Bureau at entrance. For more information contact Ellen Lewers, President: mrslewersfarmhouse@shaw.ca

 

Community Health Facts 2013 - Western Communities and Sooke

Do you want to know how our area compares to the rest of the province?  Or perhaps you are looking for local statistics to add to your report or grant application.  For further details check out:

Island Health Authorities website.

 

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Issue No. 4 | October 24, 2014

In this issue:

  • Name this Newsletter!
  • Welcome to new members.
  • Food CHI looking for input on their strategic plan.
  • Sooke Fine Arts Society plea to donors
  • Sooke Community Arts Council looking for poster art for Winter show and sale!
  • Sooke Region CHI looking for more seniors to interview
  • Improving Community Facilities: Information Session on Referendum Question Oct. 28/14
  • Bring Back the Results: 2013 A GP for Me Forum Results Nov. 1/14
  • Societies Act White Paper review by Peninsula Streams
  • Seniors BC Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 10
  • Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce presents: New Comers Luncheon
  • Annual Sooke Santa Parade on November 30th!
  • Of Interest to PAC's - BC Hydro Funding
  • Inspirational Video Link from Transition Sooke

 

Name this Newsletter!

The the options are:

  • The Benevolent Post
  • Non-Profit Links
  • Common Connections
  • Community Compositions

 

Just for the heck of it, send your votes to soookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

Welcome to new members.

Thank you and welcome to our newest member, Jane H.

 

Food CHI is looking for input on their strategic plan. 

Click here to view their newsletter. Or here to go straight to their survey

 

Sooke Fine Arts Society puts out a plea

to donors to help fund grant applications.  Please spread the word!

The Victoria Foundation has put out a plea to donors to help fund some of the grant applications, including our own project to convert gallery lighting to LED (and a beautiful picture by Ken Miner, as well). LED has been a hot topic the last few years and the technology has improved greatly, to the point where LED lighting is virtually indistinguishable from more conventional lighting, making it appropriate for our gallery setting. 
 
The conversion would have a positive environmental impact, saving more than 

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Sooke Community Arts Council looking for poster art for Winter show and sale!

URGENT CALL!

We are now creating the posters for our Winter show and sale and are looking for artists to contribute their work. Please submit your work as soon as possible to help celebrate this exciting event!  Contributing artists will be acknowledged on the poster.

For further details contact: sookearts@gmail.com
Our mailing address is:  Sooke Community Arts Council, Box 46, Sooke, British Columbia V9Z 0E4 Canada

Mail can now also be dropped off at the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre office in the Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way, Sooke (new entrance) in the mail slot across from reception.
 

Sooke Region CHI and the Sooke Primary Health Care Working Group

are looking for more seniors to interview for their Study of Support Needs of Sooke Seniors. 

  • Are you a senior who plans to stay in your own home?
  • Do you have health issues and wonder how you will cope?
  • Do you need help with things around the house, or other kinds of support?
  • Do you know a senior who does?

This is local research to guide us in addressing the real needs of Sooke seniors. The 1.5 hour interview at your home will be kept totally private and we will give a $20 honorarium to the seniors who volunteer for the study.

If you are interested please call 250-642-5585 and leave your name and phone number. Linda or Anna will call you back.

Improving Community Facilities: Information Session on Referendum Question Oct. 28/14

Are you interested in finding out more about the referendum question: Would you spport the District of Sooke working with community to develop multi-use community centre facilities?

A public information session is bein held at the Sooke Community Hall, Sheilds Road, on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 7:00.  This information session is hosted by the District of Sooke and a number of local organizations interested in improving our community facilitites.  The Sooke Senior Drop-in Centre started the discussions with their Visioning Document.  Let's see what can be done over time to improve space for the benefit of all.

 

Bring Back the Results: 2013 A GP for Me Forum Results Nov. 1/14

The Sooke Primary Health Care Working Group will be holding a Public Forum to report back on their achievements since the 2013 “A GP for Me” forum, and to discuss current and planned initiatives.

Community members are invited to participate in roundtable discussions on local health care priorities and will learn about opportunities for participation in organizations that are working to build a healthy community.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
at the Best Western Prestige Oceanfront Resort, 6929 West Coast Road
For more information, please contact:
Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) at sookeregionchi@yahoo.ca

 

Societies Act White Paper review by Peninsula Streams,

via Shirley Lowe, President, B.C. Pensioners & Seniors Organization, Br. #88.  The writer believes there are serious implications especially environment focused organizations.

More detrimental interference by governments!

Hi there,
Not sure if you have heard about this but 'non profit societies' might want to take heed.

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Seniors BC Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 10

Inside this issue:  (italics are our notations)

  • Message from Parliamentary Secretary Michelle Stilwell
  • 2014 BC Seniors Games: Everyone Wins!
  • Age-friendly Planning and Project Grants - a municipality or regional director must apply for these grants, with direction and support from community
  • Eight More Age-friendly Recognized Communities in B.C.
  • Women’s History Month: Profiles of BC Community Achievers 
  • Accessibility 2024    
  • Elder and Youth Legacy Program - First Nations Art funding
  • Cabbage Rolls Deconstructed

 

Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce presents:

THE NEWCOMERS CLUB LUNCHEON  

"The Newcomers Club is a get-together for relatively new residents to the Sooke region (3 years or less) to meet with other newcomers as well learn about our local community in the areas of history, recreation, volunteer opportunities, local amenities, services and businesses, along with other topical items that are important to the future of the community and its residents."

Meetings take place at various venues throughout the Sooke region, typically on a monthly basis with local guest speakers.                    ~All newcomers to our community are invited~

 Please RSVP to the Chamber office by October 17th: 250-642-6112 or info@sookeregionchamber.com 

Anual Sooke Santa Parade on November 30th!

With the holidays just around the corner, 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.
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 

 

Of Interest to PAC's

BC Hydro encourages you to support this Organization and win!  Cowichan Energy Alternatives (CEA), a non-profit organization, is focused on providing energy & greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories & planning services, renewable energy feasibility studies & implementation, & leading community carbon offsetting initiatives through Community Carbon Marketplace (CCM). They recently conducted assessments on Sooke facilities including the Sooke Community Hall. Classrooms can win $1,000 by entering Community Champions and supporting this organization. 

How Schools Can Receive $1,000 For Their Own Project

Learn about the Community Champion finalists and tell us which video inspires you to take action and start a sustainability project in your school.

BC Hydro will list your school along with the organization you're supporting and enter you in the chance to win a $1,000 award to get your school's project started! School Support Form

 

Transition Sooke presents:

If You Build It, an inspirational video about building community by....building community!  It is great for our youth and great for us all!  And timely as well.

 

 

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Issue No. 3 | October 10, 2014

In this issue:

  • Name this Newsletter!
  • Next Sooke Region Volunteer Centre meeting Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 5:30 - 7:30
  • Welcome to new members.
  • Managing at Home: Study of Support Needs of Sooke Seniors
  • Community Fundraisers in Action
  • Wanted/Needed/Looking for??
  • Food CHI is looking for input
  • Job Opportunities

 

Name this Newsletter!

We just received the Volunteer BC Newsletter 'The Connector'!  If you find this newsletter informative and like the idea of reducing emails, please help us find a unique name.  Send ideas to sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

 

Next Sooke Region Volunteer Centre meeting Wednesday, October 15th, 2015 5:30 - 4:30  at the Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way (new access - come to reception end of building).  Bring snacks to share if you can.  Meeting is open to all.  Email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com if you haven't already received the Agenda and Minutes and would like to view them prior to the meeting.

This is not the best shot though it is of us celebrating securing part time office space!

 

Welcome to new members!

Welcome to our newest members, Sooke Community Arts Council and Bev L. as our first individual member.  Welcome!

Sooke Community Arts Council brought us a challenge that we had not considered organizations may be in need of.  That is: a place to drop things off.  More specifically in this case mail that people did not want to put into Canada Post. This is a service of membership, the details of which can be negotiated e.g. we can't (at this time) handle large items.

 

Managing at Home: Study of Support Needs of Sooke Seniors

This is a project of the Primary Health Care Working Group, a project of Sooke Region CHI.  They are still looking for more at-risk seniors to interview.

Are you a senior who plans to stay in your own home?

Do you have health issues and wonder how you will cope?

Do you need help with things around the house, or other kinds of support?

Do you know a senior who does?

Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) would like to better understand what help Seniors need to remain in their homes as they get older. Please join us in a 1.5 hour interview at your home and tell us about yourself and what you need. Whatever you tell us will be kept totally private.

To learn more or be part of the study, please call 250-642-5585 and leave your name and phone number. Linda or Anna will call you back. As a way of saying “thank you,” we will give a $20 honorarium to the seniors who volunteer for the study.

 

Community Fundraising in Action:

Sharing the Wealth:  The Grand Cook-off Collaborative Fundraiser held on September 27th is proving successful.  We have blackberry-apple crumbles for sale ($5/each or 4/$15) and will have blackberry jam and plum jam ($4/jar) for sale once they have been Island Health tested.  Contact sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com to order.

Baking supplies (30kg flour, sugar, lard, baking powder, salt & lemon juice) remaining were donated and shared between:

  • Vital Vittles,
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Sooke Hospice
  • Sooke Senior Drop-in Centre,
  • Sooke Fall Fair Assocation and
  • Sooke Family Resource Society.

 

Wanted/Needed/Looking for: 

Sooke Fall Fair is looking for a water dispenser bottle.  They have a water dispenser but no bottle.  If you have a spare bottle to donate please contact Ellen Lewers at mrslewersfarmhouse@shaw.ca

 

 

 

Food CHI is looking for input on their strategic plan.  To view their newsletter click here.

To go straight to their survey click here.

 

Job Opportunities:

1.  Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) is looking for a Leadership Development Coordinator.

Expressions of interest are invited from qualified individuals (the “Proponent”) to provide leadership and development services for the Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) for an 8 month period, ending June 30th.  This term may be extended subject to funding and performance. Deadline for submissions is: October 21, 2014  For full details click here.

2. Board Voice Society Looking for Executive Coordinator – Contract position P/T

The Board Voice Society of B.C. is looking for a P/T Executive Coordinator to oversee and coordinate the activities of Board Voice and provide advice and support to the board of directors in their activities. This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual to help build an innovative provincial organization. Closing Date: October 19, 2014 For full details click here.

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Issue No. 2 | September 2014

In this issue:

- Introduction to The Connector Newsletter and what the Volunteer Centre has been up to lately

- Managing at Home: Study of Support Needs of Sooke Seniors

- The Grand Cook-off Collaborative Fundraiser Event

-  Community Fundraisers in Action

- New Free Marketing Toolkit for Non-profit Organizations and Small Businesses

- CHI leverages funding for community

- Ministry of Finance reviewing the Society Act

- Canada Revenue Charities and Giving Guide to 'Ineligible Individuals'

- Recent additions to the Community Resources website

- Job Opportunity

 

What the Volunteer Centre has been up to lately:

Creating this newsletter means we have made good on our promise to reduce emails, while still keeping organizations informed.  Now you can brows through the table of contents to locate the topics relevant to you and your organization. The Connector newsletter is not intended to be another source of information so much as a place to collect information relevant to non-profit organizations and volunteers alike, and to share it beyond the normal channels.  As a member organization, your newsletter could be featured here if you wish to connect beyond your own membership. The general public can sign up to receive this newsletter, sharing it beyond the limits of any membership list. 

When prospective volunteers come into the office we sit down for an interview process.  We look to find...

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MANAGING AT HOME: Study of Support Needs of Sooke Seniors
Are you a senior who plans to stay in your own home?  Do you have health issues and wonder how you will cope?   Do you need help with things around the house, or other kinds of support?  Do you know a senior who does?

Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) would like to better understand what help seniors need to remain in their homes as they get older.   Please join us in a 1.5 hour interview at your home and tell us about yourself and what you need.  Whatever you tell us will be kept totally private.

To learn more or be part of the study, please call 250-642-5585 and leave your name and phone number.  Linda or Anna will call you back.   As a way of saying “thank you”, we will give $20 to the seniors who volunteer for the study.

The Grand Cook-Off Collaborative Fundraiser

Back in May we heard about Project Serve, a University of Victoria and Volunteer BC initiative to encourage university students from around the world to engage in community.  Members of Volunteer Victoria were asked to submit proposals for projects these students might be interested in, to be scheduled for September 27th.  We at the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre went over several ideas that might be doable and benefit the greater community.  Our proposal of a collaborative bake-sale type event was accepted and we were initially anticipating 7-10 students to help with the work.  Our proposal was so enthusiastically embrased that we received 15 students!

In a nutshell, we collect as many donations of fruit as we could, freezing the early varieties, in

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Community Fundraisers in Action

For Sale now: Individual serving sized, fresh-frozen, blackberry-apple crisps.  Made in a commercial kitchen.  $5/each or 4/$15.  Call 250-642-6364 Ext. 235 or email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com to order.  Proceeds support:Sooke Thearpeutic Yoga Society and Sooke Region Volunteer Centre

Use the above noted contact information to have your fundraiser listed in the next issue of The Connector.

 

Together we can do more!

 

New Free Marketing Toolkit for Non-profit Organizations and Small Businesses
A new communications and marketing toolkit is now available to Sooke’s volunteer organizations. There is no cost to use and information is tailored to our local community and the needs of volunteer organizations.

What can you find there? Here's a sample: Steps to take and a template for news releases that get noticed and covered; ways to reach your members; how to get people to take action, and guides for school and sports team reporting. New information will be added on a regular basis.

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CHI Leverages Funding for Community

September 19, 2014 Joint Agreement Signed for Sooke Community Health Initiative SOOKE –

District of Sooke residents will soon benefit from additional funding for the Community Health Initiative (CHI) which seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of people in communities extending from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew.

Island Health and the District of Sooke have signed a key memorandum of understanding agreeing to match $17,500 of funding towards the Sooke CHI, which aims to address the region’s determinants of

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The Ministry of Finance is currently reviewing the Society Act to modernize and update the statute that provides rules for the incorporation and governance of not-for-profit organizations in B.C. While this Whitte Paper may be too much to read all the way through, we at the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre, found it helpful to read the summary and then jump to areas that stood out as possibly releavant to our organization.  If noting else, a glance through this document will give your organization a heads up so that future changes do not put your organization in jeapordy or even a mild panic!

The Society Act outlines the rules that govern B.C.'s approximately 27,000 societies. Societies are non-profit corporations organized primarily for social purposes. They make valuable contributions to B.C.'s families and communities, and range from small community-based organizations to large charitable foundations.

The deadline for feedback on the changes is October 15, 2014. Please direct your comments in electronic form to: fcsp@gov.bc.ca.

Society Action White Paper

 

Charities and Giving: What's new.

A Guide to 'Ineligible individuals' being on your board. This guidance explains how the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) interprets and applies the law as it relates to charities and Canadian amateur athletic associations and ineligible individuals who may pose a risk to the assets and beneficiaries of the charity or association. 

 

 

 

Recent additions to the Community Resources website:

On the 'Links' page:

Community Health Profile - Sooke 2014: When we think of “health” we often think of health conditions like diabetes or cancer, visits to the doctor’s office, or wait times for medical services. But evidence shows that, long before illness, health starts in our homes, schools and jobs.

 

 

Job Opportunity:

Pacific  Centre  Family  Services  Association  is  seeking  to  hire  a  contractor  to  support  theircommunications and resource development plan.  To see the full Request for Proposals click here.  Please share widely and have any interested parties contact Mitzi Dean directly mdean@pcfsa.org.

 

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Issue No. 1 | October 2013

 

We haven't been sitting back cooling our heals.  The Sooke Region Volunteer Centre and Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) have been working dilligently to support and increate the health and wellness of the communities and residents of the Sooke Region.

Whether you’re publicizing a local event, seeking a service, or wondering what’s happening in our area, the Sooke Region Resource Inventory (RI) can help.  This electronic resource was launched in 2010 by the Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) in partnership, and funded by the District of Sooke and Island Health, and may be viewed at www.sookeregionresources.com

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Barney Bentall in blue

Barney Bentall & The Grand Cariboo Opry

Fundraiser Presented by The Sooke Harbour Players, Sooke Regional Resources Centre, Edward Milne Community School and Mel Dobres

Sooke, BC - The Sooke Harbour Players, Sooke Regional Resources Services, the Edward Milne Community School Society and Mel Dobres are proud to present Barney Bentall & The Grand Cariboo Opry, at the Edward Milne Community Theatre on November 17th, 2013. A treasured tradition in British Columbia, this fundraiser and one-of-a-kind variety show brings concertgoers together to support the Sooke Food Bank Society on Vancouver Island.

2013 marks the first year the popular show has hit the community of Sooke, though it's been raising money on Vancouver Island in Victoria/Saanichton for the last seven years, totaling over $50,000 in raised funds for food banks. In addition, this year also marks the first year the Opry will expand all the way east to Winnipeg, playing shows between in Victoria, Saanichton, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Bragg Creek. Each Opry show benefits a different charitable organization, and to date the multi-artist event has raised over $150,000 towards charitable organizations such as the Potluck Cafe Society in Vancouver and the Mustard Seen Food Bank and Sidney Lions Club Food Bank on Vancouver Island.

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Sooke - A Volunteer Capital of Canada?

A brief history of our claim to ‘Volunteer Capital of Canada' - Historian, Elida Peers, April 15, 2010

1.   Many years ago (around 1980 I think) the Toronto Star weekly publication did a feature story on Sooke holding it up as an example of perhaps the most outstanding example of volunteerism in the country. I can’t remember the exact words off the top of my head, but I did remember that the story had happened. More than anything, it featured the Sooke Community Association and how its tremendous volunteer effort made so much possible within this community.

2.   In 2008, when Liz Johnson and I attended (as volunteers and at our own expense) the provincial Communities in Bloom conference and awards dinner in Castlegar, one  of the judges made a point of saying that because of the high marks given to Sooke’s volunteer effort by the judges who visited Sooke to adjudicate that year, that we should consider styling ourselves as the “Volunteer Capital of BC”  That went  over big with us of course, so when we did our report to Council that year, we told them these stories, and proposed that at our welcome to Sooke signage, we follow through with the idea, and suggested that we go a step further, that we upgrade the term from BC to Canada. Our comments were that it was a fun type suggestion, that we didn’t know whether other communities in Canada may have also given themselves that name, but if they had, it was not intended to make claims to cause a war, but perhaps even have a fun time getting to know, greet, etc any other communities that were similarly known.

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