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Issue No. 25 | June 16 2015

Issue No. 25 | June 16 2015

In this issue:

  • SRVC meeting Wed. June 17th, 2015
  • Heads Up! Updating the BC Societies Act Legislation Changes
  • Top Ten Volunteer Recruitment Tips - Brought to you via Volunteer Victoria
  • Community to Community Forum Funding
  • UPCOMING WEBINAR! Enhancing Social Connectedness for Healthier Communities
  • Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit
  • Coaching Opportunity | August 5 - 6 Royal Roads University
  • The Top 10 Happiest Countries and What Makes Them Happy
  • How to Integrate Open Collaboration into Your Project
  • Introduction to Implementing Workplace Democracy in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Job Opportunities


Sooke Region Volunteer Centre general meeting Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

5:30 - 7:30 at the Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way, Sooke.  Come help us serve you better.  What have we been doing well? What could we do better?  Where do we want to be in the world of volunteer coordination and training, as well as non-profit sustainability?  Everyone welcome, members and non-members.


Heads Up! Updating the BC Societies Act Legislation Changes

The BC Society Act is being repealed and replaced it with a new Societies Act. If your society is incorporated under the present Society Act you'll have two years to update your constitution and by-laws.

Volunteer Victoria is organizing a workshop on this topic June 17, 5-7PM Join Ann Moskow and Claire Rettie as they walk through the key changes.  Cost is $15.00 (plus GST).  Contact us if you are interested as we may be able to arrange carpooling and get a group discount rate.


Top Ten Volunteer Recruitment Tips - Brought to you via Volunteer Victoria

This article is written by Susan Ellis
This month, I want to share some very specific recommendations that are too often neglected in the volunteer recruitment messages I see, whether online or on paper. I've only listed ten here - please share your tips, too.

1.Be specific. You will always be more successful in inviting people to do something they can picture in detail than to ask them vaguely to "give us time for free." This means never starting a recruitment pitch with anything like "Volunteers Needed." To do what?

If you doubt the importance of this, think about whether someone looking for a paying job would respond to a classified ad saying simply "Company XYZ needs employees." To do what?

2.Titles matter. I've just explained that "volunteer" is a pay category, not a work identifier. It also does not need to be an adjective in a title, as in "Volunteer Tutor" or "Volunteer Tour Guide." Unless you have a clear reason for calling attention to someone as unpaid, it's unnecessary to append the word volunteer to the role. Since we often recruit people seeking paid work experience, they will be more attracted to having a title that means something on a resume.



Community to Community Forum Funding

Applications are currently being accepted for this program.

In January 1997, UBCM and the First Nations Summit jointly organized the first province-wide Community to Community (C2C) Forum.  This event brought together First Nations and local governments from across BC to discuss common goals and opportunities for joint action.  The success of the event was due to a spirit of goodwill and an open exchange of concerns, ideas, and constructive viewpoints.  There was consensus among the participants that regional C2C Forums should be supported.

For most years, from 1999 to 2014/15, the provincial Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development and Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada provided funding for the C2C program.  The provincial government has continued to fund the program in 2015/16.  In this time close to 500 Regional C2C Forums have been held in communities across the province.



UPCOMING WEBINAR! Enhancing Social Connectedness for Healthier Communities

MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2015

10:00 - 11:30 am PDT


PlanH is pleased to announce the upcoming release of our new action guide for local governments, entitled “Local Government Action Guide: Social Connectedness.”  To launch this new resource and to learn more about this important topic, please join us for a free online learning and dialogue session for local governments, health authorities and community partners interested in building healthy communities by cultivating social connectedness and belonging.



Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit

How can local governments link planning principles to health outcomes?

Download (PDF)

The Healthy Built Environment (HBE) Linkages Toolkit,  developed by the PHSA Population and Public Health team in partnership with the Healthy Built Environment (HBE) Alliance,  is the first evidence-based and expert-informed resource that links planning principles to health outcomes.

Intended to inform built environment design and decision-making, the Toolkit summarizes health evidence related to the five physical features of the built environment (neighbourhood design, transportation networks, natural environments, food systems, and housing).  


Read about what other communities across BC are doing in the PlanH Newsletter.


Coaching Opportunity | August 5 - 6 Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University (RRU) is pleased to offer you an opportunity to be coached by one of our Executive Coaching students as part of their final exam process.

The intention of these coaching sessions/panels is for students to demonstrate the International Coach Federation competencies learned during the Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching program.



The Top 10 Happiest Countries and What Makes Them Happy

Everyone wants to be happy, and increasingly, countries around the world are looking at happiness as an indicator of national well-being and considering happiness in policy making. As this year’s World Happiness Report states, “Happiness is increasingly considered a proper measure of social progress and a goal of public policy.” But what makes people happy, and which countries have the highest levels of happiness?

For the World Happiness Report, researchers ranked countries based on factors including healthy life expectancy, social support, GDP per capita, the happiness of a country’s children, social capital, the civil economy, the absence of corruption, and subjective well-being.



How to Integrate Open Collaboration into Your Project

Open collaborations are more open, non-hierarchical, transparent, participatory, and non-owned. Examples are Burning Man, the Transition Town movement, Food not Bombs, Alcoholics Anonymous, gift circles, Wikipedia, open source software and the internet.
Here are principles to creating open collaborations that work:

Rapidly prototype, & iterate
Get immediate yields
Create feedback loops
Create gradations for involvement
Connect people with each other
Listen to and anticipate each other
Facilitate diversity and synthesis
Help individual passions flower
Allow autonomy
Create autonomous circles/guilds of people

Here are questions to think about to make your project more open collaborative:


Introduction to Implementing Workplace Democracy in Nonprofit Organizations

Here is the recent webinar recording from Shareable partners at the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC). Learn more


Job Opportunities

Edward Milne Community School Society is seeking two Summer Literacy Camp Assistants for the Play & Learn Summer Camp. The camp helps children ages 6-9 improve their literacy skills in reading, writing, and math. This position aids Camp Coordinators in administering literacy activities and assessments to children who need assistance meeting grade level expectations.
Successful candidates will also be involved in the Youth Engagement Program for approximately 3 weeks to deliver activities and programs to youth ages 13-21 in the Sooke region.     READ MORE   

Aquatic Worker 1 (Lifeguard/Instructor): SEAPARC, Sooke

(Information first seen in SookePocket News)

Sooke Fall Fair needs to hire two trained Flag people for traffic control on Sept. 12 and 13 during Fair hours. Please phone 250 642-0108 or email sookefallfairemail@gmail.com for more information or to apply.  Read more.

Under the supervision of the Aquatic Programmer, the aquatic worker lifeguards and assists in the delivery of public aquatic programs. The incumbent must be conversant with emergency procedures and able to respond accordingly. Employees are expected to be knowledgeable of the aquatic facilities rules and regulations and are able to implement the same while maintaining a co-operative and positive relationship with the public.

For the full job description and application information click for More

There are a number of local job opportunities posted in this issue of the Sooke Pocket News. and Sooke Pocket News

These in from Volunteer Victoria's News Letter

Pearson College Advancement is looking for a Manager Annual Fund & Stewardship. Full job description is available on their website. Please send cover letter and resume to hr@pearsoncollege.ca 

The Men's Trauma Centre is looking for a part time Executive Director - this is a one-year contract position in a small non-profit organization. In addition to some administrative and leadership responsibilities, the successful applicant will be responsible for expanding the financial resources of this agency by increasing fund-raising efforts, building relationships with potential donors and funders, researching and writing grant applications and raising the profile of the agency in the community.  Job description is available here. Please send cover letter and resume to alana@menstrauma.com.

Pacific Peoples' Partnership (PPP) is looking for an accounting/bookkeeping firm or qualified individual to perform bookkeeping services beginning mid to late June 2015, with an annual contact agreement. If you are interested in this position, please review the information package online and please submit your CV and cover letter to  info@pacificpeoplespartnership.org  before June 19th, 2015 @ 5 PM.

WorkLink Employment Society in Colwood is hiring for a Skills Link Job Developer and a Skills Link Facilitator for an upcoming youth employment program in the Western Communities. Please see their website for more details. Email resume and cover letter to info@worklink.bc.ca before June 16, 2015  

Pacifica Housing is currently filling two positions - Manager of Supported Housing Victoria & Manager of Supported Housing Nanaimo. The Supported Housing Managers are accountable for the successful and efficient operation of Pacifica's supported housing sites. For more information please visit here.

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria is looking for a Casual Childcare Worker. $17.36 - $21.72/hour. Full job description is available here. Please send cover letter and resume before 4:30 pm on June 17, 2015 to evanniekerk@icavictoria.org 



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