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Community Connector - Issue No. 26 | July 7, 2015

Issue No. 26 | July 7, 2015

In this issue:

  • Welcome to our newest members!
  • SRVC Members:  Do you want to go bigger on volunteer recruitment?
  • October 1 is National Seniors Day.
  • Independent Living Workshops
  • How Does Social Connectedness Affect British Columbians?
  • 13-year old Sooke cyclist seeks community support
  • Charities and Giving
  • Job Opportunities



Welcome to Our Newest Members!

Juan de Fuca Trails Society

Rotary Club of Sooke

Loretta B.



SRVC Members:  Do you want to go further afield on volunteer recruitment?

If so contact us today.  Through our membership in Volunteer Victoria we can get you listed in their weekly media column in the Times-Colonist at no cost! We will need a short paragraph on a current volunteer recruitment opportunity that your organization might have. The column appears in the LIFE section of the Times Colonist every Tuesday under the banner "Volunteer Opportunities". It also appears in numerous other local media outlets such as the Black Press and as PSA's on local television stations.

Please submit your material on a Tuesday for publication the following Thursday.


October 1 is National Seniors Day.

The Government of Canada is proud to pay tribute to the seniors who have helped build our country and continue to make valuable contributions to Canadian communities, workplaces and society.

National Seniors Day is an occasion for all Canadians to appreciate and celebrate seniors. You will find tips and resources to celebrate the day and commemorate the seniors in your life on here.

National Seniors Day is important because it formally recognizes and raises awareness of the importance of contributions seniors have made in shaping this great nation.

What would you like to see done in our communities to celebrate National Seniors Day?  Alternately, what events are you planing to celebrate this date?  Send us your ideas and we will see what we might be able to arrange.  sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com


Independent Living Workshops

I am from the Victoria Disability Resource Centre and we are holding a series of Positive Independent Living Workshops for people with disabilities. They range from how to use the computer to health and wellness and our completely free to attend. Our financial literacy and Transition into Your Pension Years starts next week so we are trying to find people to attend. You can visit our website here for all the information and how to sign up or call our office at 250-595-0044 and ask for Jessica (if not there leave name and number and I will return your call). Please share with anyone you think may be of interest.

Jessica - jessica@drcvictoria.com


How Does Social Connectedness Affect British Columbians?

We are pleased to announce the release of the PlanH Social Connectedness Action Guide.

This action guide is a useful resource for local governments, health authorities and community partners interested in building healthy communities by cultivating social connectedness and belonging.

The benefits of increasing social connectedness can include:

  • increased neighbourhood safety,
  • people connecting with the services and support they need,
  • strengthened resilience during emergency events,
  • increased volunteering, and
  • a stronger sense of community pride.

Learn more with the following resources found on www.planh.ca.  

1. Enhancing Social Connectedness for Healthier Communities Webinar Recording
Find the webinar recording and resource list from the social connectedness online learning and dialogue session hosted by PlanH. Featuring the following special presenters:

Milton Friesen – Program Director of Social Cities and a Senior Fellow, Cardus
Louise Roberts Taylor – Manager of Community & Neighbourhood Services, City of Kelowna
Stacy Barter – Learning & Engagement Specialist, BC Healthy Communities Society and Facilitator, Building Resilient Neighbourhoods Project

2. Taking Action on Social Connectedness
Explore additional articles, publications, links and examples of policy, planning, processes, partnership and programs here.

The Social Connectedness Action Guide was developed by PlanH, a partnership between BC Healthy Communities Society and Healthy Families BC.



13-year old Sooke cyclist seeks community support

(Article first appeared in Sooke Pocket News)

Piper Allman, a 13-year-old cyclist from Sooke, is in her third race season. This season, Piper has taken first in all her downhill races, and is already the Vancouver Island Downhill Cup Women’s Expert Champion. She is poised to take the BC Cup in the under 15 Women’s category.  To help offset costs, including  ferry and fuel costs, camping fees and meals, a GoFundMe campaign has been started.

To find out more, visit Piper Allman’s GoFundMe site.


Charities and Giving


Economic Action Plan 2015 advances the Government’s ongoing commitment to improve the quality of life for all Canadians by promoting safe and healthy communities, celebrating our cultural heritage and protecting the environment with initiatives that will:

  • Encourage charitable donations and provide greater investment flexibility to registered charities.
  • Help the most vulnerable in our communities through support for social housing providers.
  • Enhance support for Canadians with disabilities and their families.
  • Help Aboriginal communities reach their economic potential, including through achieving better education outcomes for First Nations and Inuit youth.
  • Ensure that Canada’s international assistance efforts are aligned with broader priorities and lead to concrete results for the world’s poorest.
  • Build stronger communities by bringing people together through shared artistic and cultural  experiences.
  • Recognize our natural heritage by promoting a safe and clean environment.

This includes:

  • Providing $150 million over four years, starting in 2016–17, to allow cooperative and non-profit social housing providers to prepay long-term, non-renewable mortgages held with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation without penalty.
  • Enhancing support for Child Advocacy Centres across Canada.

For more on the 2015 Federal Budget


Job Opportunities

And people say there are no jobs in Sooke.  The last stats we viewed in 2004 showed that 48% of the 'working population' of Sooke, worked in Sooke!  It would be great to find out how those stats have changed in over 10 years. 

Sooke Pocket News has regular articles about jobs in Sooke.


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

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