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Issue No. 24 | May 22, 2015

Issue No. 24 | May 22, 2015

In this issue:

  • New Events Funding for those not already applying to BC Gaming
  • SEAPARC Open House Tuesday, May 26, 3-8pm
  • The Mock-tail Party! A Senior Volunteer Appreciation Event
  • Please complete Victoria Foundation's annual Vital Signs survey!
  • EMCS Student Volunteer Information
  • Sooke Night Market still has a few vendor spots available
  • Sooke Country Market have a community table for local non-profit organizations
  • Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) AGM June 2nd, 2015 6:00 p.m.
  • Pacific Centre Family Services Association's 47th AGM June 25, 2015 12.30pm
  • Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards 2015 - Call for Nominations
  • Guides to Exemplary Practices in Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
  • How to Build Thriving, Resilient Communities


New Events Funding for those not already applying to BC Gaming

Please pass this information on to your local sports, arts and community groups:

Up to $5,000 in funding to help community events
The Government of British Columbia is providing one-time funding to eligible non-profit organizations for small community events that strengthen volunteer capacity for event hosting throughout the province.
EventHostBC will provide a total of $250,000, divided among the six provincial tourism regions, to encourage events that are currently ineligible for other provincial government funding.
Eligible non-profit organizations may apply for up to $5,000 per event. As long as the broader community can participate, the type of event is fairly open – it could be sports, arts or culture related, or some other creative idea supported by the community.
Applications will only be accepted between May 19 and June 30, 2015.
Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so please help get the word out to organizations within your community that might benefit from this funding.  For more information check out their website.
Susan McLean, Communications Officer
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Arts, Culture & BC Arts Council Branch
PO Box 9819 Stn Prov Gov, Victoria, BC, V8W 9W3

SEAPARC Open House Tuesday, May 26, 3-8pm

The Sooke Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Commission is undertaking a Strategic Planning study to determine facility requirements for the next 5, 10 and 20 years. The population in the Sooke region is expected to grow significantly in the coming years placing new and greater demands on the recreation facility. The study is examining options for short-term expansion and improvements plus the acquisition of more land; medium-term additions; and, long-term re-investment in facilities.

You and your family are invited to an information open house at SEAPARC located at 2168 Phillips Road, Sooke. On Tuesday, May 26 between 3PM and 8PM there will be an information display as well as SEAPARC staff, Commission members and their consultant there to answer your questions and hear your thoughts. We’re hoping you can give us a few minutes of your time on that day to help shape the future of SEAPARC and your community.

Please feel free to share this invitation.


The Mock-tail Party! A Senior Volunteer Appreciation Event

SRVC wishes to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the Senior Volunteers in our communities.  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!

We may be able to arrange carpooling or provide a travel subsidy for Senior Volunteers travelling from outlying communities (20 km or more). 

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


Please complete Victoria Foundation's annual Vital Signs survey!

It’s time for Greater Victoria’s annual checkup! If you live or work in the Capital Region (including the Southern Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island, and Juan de Fuca up to Port Renfrew), take the 2015 Victoria’s Vital Signs® survey and tell us what you love about living, working and playing in Victoria.
We’ve made the survey shorter this year, and, for the first time, you can complete it on your mobile device!  Please share the survey widely.
When you complete the survey before July 1, 2015, you can be eligible to win one of several gift cards to local restaurants.
Take the survey today! 

EMCS Student Volunteer Information

As many of you know, Grade 11 & 12 students are required to give volunteer hours to receive credits towards graduation.  Students generally sign up in the Career Centre at the high school and it’s best to keep Susan Percival, Career Counselor, in the loop  to monitor those.

Community groups can submit student volunteer hours to Susan via email either in a separate letter per student or a “bulk” email listing event, date, times and student’s full names so she can document those hours in the data base.

Typically organizations write a “Thank you” letter on letterhead to the student outlining the details of their volunteer hours, and forward that to Susan at school. The letter is filed in the students on–going Career Center file and can be used by them for other purposes (ie: job applications). 

To submit volunteer opportunities and to submit student volunteer hours please contact Susan Percival. Career Counselor at spercival@sd62.bc.ca



Sooke Night Market still has a few vendor spots available

The Sooke Night Market is set to begin again this year on June 4, and will run until September 3.

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Sooke Country Market have a community table for local non-profit organizations

For most weeks of the season, we have space for one community table for a local organization and I wanted to share this information in case the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre would be interested in a presence at market in the season this year.

I've attached our guidelines and application form here, and our transferring over to our new website this week which will have additional information posted. Please feel free to review and email me with any questions and/or an expression of interest. We'd love to have you there this year!

Tp book and for more information contact Keeley, keeleynixon@gmail.comt



Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) Annual General Meeting June 2nd, 2015 6:00 p.m.

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.

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)]

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.

Pacific Centre Family Services Association's 47th Annual General Meeting

When: June 25, 2015 12.30pm

Where: 345 Wale Road

GUEST SPEAKER: Suzanne Williams, Associate, International Institute for Child Rights and Development

Everyone welcome.

RSVP: imason@pcfsa.org

Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards 2015 - Call for Nominations

The Government of Canada is committed to recognizing the enormous contribution volunteers make to Canada. The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards (PMVA) were created to celebrate the exceptional contributions that individual volunteers, not-for-profit organizations and local businesses make to improve the well-being of Canadian families and communities, and to highlight the best practices in community leadership that these outstanding volunteers have demonstrated.

In 2013, 12.7 million Canadians, or 44 per cent of the population over the age of 15, volunteered their time, energy and skills helping not-for-profit organizations and communities deliver programs and services to Canadians. Volunteers devoted almost 2 billion hours to the benefit of others or the equivalent of about 1 million full-time jobs.



Guides to Exemplary Practices in Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

For more information on the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards and highlights from the 2014 Exemplary Practices Session check out this page.


How to Build Thriving, Resilient Communities

Even if someone wants to start moving toward a more resilient community, it's easy to get bogged down in the muck and mire of "Where do we start?" That's when it's good to turn to the Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory (TRCC). Their five-part Building Thriving, Resilient Communities was put together from a multitude of sources who walked the walk before they talked the talk, so they know of what they speak. From initial research to actual lifestyle changes, here are some of TRCC's collected pearls of wisdom:
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