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Issue No. 11/December 31, 2014

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)


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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