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Issue No. 23 | May 18 2015

Issue No. 23 | May 18 2015

In this Issue:

  • Sooke Region Volunteer Centre Meeting Wed. May 20th, 5:30
  • Funding for Sooke Region Training
  • The Mock-tail Party! - A Senior Volunteer Appreciation Event
  • Giant Cheque
  • New Membership Benefit
  • GrantStation Database Access
  • Fundraisers in Action
  • Raise More Money with Win-Win Sponsorships
  • EMCS Society Presents - Destigmatizing Mental Health
  • EMCS Society Presents - Climate Change Lecture
  • Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) Annual General Meeting
  • Booking Sheila's Fence: Sooke and Drennan Roads Event Signage
  • Welcome to our Newest Members
  • National Volunteer week 2016


Sooke Region Volunteer Centre Meeting Wed. May 20th, 5:30

We invite our members to come and have a say in what we are doing, as well as planning for the future.  Our next general meeting is Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (come for all or part - we seldom run late) at the Sooke Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way.
On the Agenda:
  • Database development & membership
  • Election/Appointment of Treasurer and Secretary
  • Budgeting funds from CHI
  • New Horizons Grant (Recruit, Retain & Retrain) update
  • Rotary Auction & Fair – May 2nd update
  • CHI AGM – June 2nd 6:00 – catering
  • Canada Day – July 1st
  • Art in the Park – August 19th?
  • Sooke Fall Fair – first full weekend in September
  • Project Serve – Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
  • Festival of Trees – SEAPARC - December
  • Community Facilities Committee update
  • Review Strategic Plan

Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, except July, August & December, at the SRVC office from 5:30 – 7:30.


Welcome to our Newest Members:

East Sooke Neighbourhoods Association





Funding for Sooke Region Training

The Sooke Region Volunteer Centre’s “Recruit, Retain and Retrain” project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. There is an intergenerational component as well. This means that many exciting things and events are to come. Our plans include various training workshops, networking opportunities, appreciation events and all around fun!  We want to put this grant to a good use which means increasing seniors’ support and involvement in the Sooke Region, as well as investing in some community swag (Wii Fit fun for all!).  Please help us make this an exciting year by filling out a short survey to help us determine what types of training events you want to see in Sooke this year!

We will be working to keep workshops affordable with some planning, development and materials being donated, and also the time required for development and delivery, in some cases. If you would like to compare the value for an organization to go to RFP or contract this kind of work, the development and delivery of could easily be around $5,000-$10,000 per training.

Please fill out our survey so we know what you feel your volunteers and organization need to be more confident and self-sufficient.


The Mock-tail Party! A Senior Volunteer Appreciation Event

SRVC wishes to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our Senior Volunteers.  In this case ‘senior’ refers to active volunteers 65+ years and older, as well as volunteers with 20 years or more active community engagement.  If you fit this criteria or know others who do, please let them know we are hosting:

What: Senior Volunteer Appreciation Event - The Mock-tail Party

When: Saturday, June 13th, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00

Where: Sooke Community Hall. 

“When we first started calling key senior volunteers we received feedback that we were stereo typing seniors by having a ‘tea’.  They felt that something more fun and upbeat would show better appreciation.  Suggestions of scotch and martinis made.” laughs Marlene Barry, SRVC Coordinator, “While we weren’t likely to be able to get a liquor license under our grant, we took the jesting feedback into consideration and came up with the Mock-tail Party.” There will be food, entertain and short presentations, as well as networking opportunities.

Registration is required by June 5th so that we have enough food and drinks!  We want to celebrate and appreciate everything seniors do for the Sooke region and this is our small way of saying thank you!

To register and for more information contact Marlene Barry, Coordinator, sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or call 250-642-6364 Ext. 235.

Giant Cheque

Have your or will you be receiving funding that you wish to really showcase!  Are you doing a photo-op or press release around this?  The Sooke Region Volunteer Centre has a beautiful giant cheque for everyone's use.  Members may use the dry-erase cheque for free.  Non-members $10.00 (membership is $25/year for individuals/businesses/non-profit organizations/clubs, etc.)

There is room on the cheque to attach your or your funder's logo, for a custom look.  You may have seen it in the Sooke News Mirror on November 26, 2014 at the 2nd annual Barney Bental Grand Cariboo Oprey fundraiser event.  This community asset was funded by that event as well.  The Grand Cariboo Oprey was a collaborative production by SRVC, Sooke Harbour Players, Edward Milne Community School Society, Journey Middle School String Band, and Mel Dobre.  The completely dry-erasable cheque was beautifully crafted by Tony at Sooke Signs.

To book use of the giant cheque contact the SRVC office 250-642-6364 Ext. 235, email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or simply drop by Tuesday or Thursday afternoon to chat with us and see what else we have in the works.

New Membership Benefit

SRVC has negotiated a monthly article and a month advertising space with the Sooke News Mirror.  The article, enttitled Community Connections, will showcase volunteering generally as well as special projects and activities.  Members may submit information for inclusion in the article and we will endeavour to include something, space permitting.  The first submission will appear in the May 20th issue.

The advertising space can only be used for promotion of non-profit activities, so cannot be used by business members.  The space is 7 columns by 4" in full colour.   This space can be booked by members at our special negotiated rate.

To book your ad space or submit information for inclusion in this newsletter or the Sooke News Mirror Community Connections monthly article please contact us at sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com


GrantStation Database Access

After reviewing the options further, and with the support of our parent organization, Sooke Region Community Health Initiative, we have taken out a one year membership with GrantStation.  This is an on-line granting database which offers non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process. 

GrantStation provides access to a searchable database of private grantmakers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; federal deadlines; links to state funding agencies; and a growing database of international grantmakers. In addition, GrantStation publishes two newsletters highlighting upcoming funding opportunities, the weekly GrantStation Insider, which focuses on opportunities for U.S. nonprofit organizations, and the monthly GrantStation International Insider, which focuses on international funding opportunities.

For a small fee of $10.00, members may call and book a time to use the database on the Volunteer Centre office computer.  We are open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:30 - 4:30, though it may be possible to book other times.  To reserve a time please call 250-642-6364 Ext. 235 or email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com


Fundraisers in Action

Sooke Family Resource Society - Jazzercise Fundraiser - May 22nd, 7-8 p.m. Saseenos Elementary School - Supporting SRFS'S Caring For Community Affordable Counselling Program.  Suggested minimum donation $10.00.  50/50 Draw & Raffles.  Raffle donations are being sought from local businesses. To contribute, or for more event info, please contact Sam Wilkinson at jazzercisesooke@telus.net


Raise More Money with Win-Win Sponsorships Webinar

SRVC has signed up for this workshop.  If you wish to join us and have a discussion afterwards please let us know.  The workshop is on Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT and we will display it on a projector at our office.  To confirm your attendance contact: sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com


EMCS Society Presents - Destigmatizing Mental Health

Wed. May 20th | $30 | 6:30-9:30pm at EMCS
In this workshop, we reflect on our attitudes and beliefs about mental health with the hope of raising our awareness and understanding of people living with mental health concerns. Specifically, mood and anxiety disorders are examined, including a review of different supportive resources and coping strategies. Basic mental health fist aid skills are provided to empower anyone to be a "mental health first responder".
Register by phone: (250) 642-6371 or email Reta Vasey

Instructor: Kristin Stein, M.Sc.
Kristin as an extensive background in early intervention and crisis prevention, critical incident response, and trauma management.

EMCS Society Presents - Climate Change Lecture

Wed. May 20th at EMCS from 7 to 9pm
Admission by Donation

With the United Nations Report on Climate Change issued end of March 2014, this topic is of considerable interest to all. The Greenhouse Effect is impacting millions of people worldwide and the rise in ambient temperatures is leading to changes in traditional weather patterns. This lecture look at the causes of these changes and what the future holds for the Earth.


Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) Annual General Meeting

Since 2003, the Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) has worked to create a strong network of groups serving Sooke Region, from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew, promoting health and wellness. Many individuals participate by volunteering their time and have made a beneficial impact across dimensions of health and social care in our region. Members include local family physicians, social service agencies, Island Health representatives, other regional agencies, local government and most importantly community members, who seek to improve upon their own health and wellbeing.

CHI has a superb track record of achievements serving the community, such as the development of Sooke Youth Council, formation of Sooke Region Volunteer Centre, publication of a community needs assessment and far-reaching public awareness of health-related community matters.

[From left to right: Anne Bell (SRCHI treasurer), Maureen Rowan (SRCHI director), Nicky Logins (SRCHI member) thanking Mitzi Dean (past president)]

Sooke Region CHI invites community members to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sooke Child, Youth and Family Centre (the CASA building), 6672 Wadams Way. All are welcome to hear about this grassroots initiative to improve health and wellbeing for us all.

Refreshments will be served.

CHI is looking for new Board members for their Board of Directors.

For further information about Sooke Region CHI, its AGM, or learning more about exciting opportunities with its Board, please contact the coordinator, Christine Bossi, at SookeRegionCHI@yahoo.ca or call 250-858-3458.


Booking Sheila's Fence: Sooke and Drennan Roads Event Signage

Sooke and area non-profit groups are welcome to promote their events on Sheila Beech's fence at the corner of Sooke and Drennan Roads.  Approved signs may be posted for up to 7 days and must not exceed 8' by 3'.  'Andrea's Garden' in the boat in front of the fence is maintained by the Sooke Children's Garden Club and is in memory of Sheila's daughter. 

There is a suggested donation of $10, all of which goes to keeping the garden colourful and inviting. 

For more information and to book fence times please contact

Anne Boquist 250-642-3798 or email aboquist@shaw.ca 

The attached photo shows a sign which is 6' by 2'.  

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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