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Issue No. 7 | November 14 2014

Issue No. 7 | November 14 2014

In this issue:

  • Fundraisers in Action
  • 2014 Sooke Region Santa Claus Parade November 30th, 2014
  • Sooke Region Food CHI hosts Virtual Food Connections webinar
  • East Sooke Flu Clinic
  • Funding Opportunity for School Food Gardens
  • How healthy is your Board of Directors?


Fundraisers in Action:

Sooke Food Bank Fundraiser: Barney Bentall's Grand Cariboo Oprey at the Edward Milne Community Theatre on November 20th, 2014 doors open at 7pm...show starts at 7:30pm.  Tickets are on sale now at Sooke Shoppers Drugmart, The Stick in the Mud Cafe and through Eventbright.  This event is brought to you by Mel Dobre, Sooke Harbour Players, Sooke Region Volunteer Centre and the many businesses and individuals who sponsored songs.  Don't miss your chance to attend this lively event here in Sooke.

Sooke Fall Fair Celebrates The Biggest, Little Craft Fair: Saturday, November 29, 2014
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the newly renovated Diningroom of the Sooke Community Hall.  Click here for more details and to book your table to sell your non-profit tickets and fundraising items.

T ’Sou-Ke Arts Group (TAG) Presents the 6TH Annual Christmas Art’s & Crafts Show, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 10 am to 6 pm, 6221 SOOKE Road.  To book your table contact llbristo@gmail.com  (note it IS llbristo NOT llbristol).  Cost  $25 per table space. Here is another opportunity to fundraise while helping fundraisers!

Grand Cook-Off Collaborative Fundraiser:  We now have our Island Health approvals to see the jams made at the September 27th event.  For Sale:  Yellow Plum Jam, Prune Plum Jam and Blackberry Jam (already wrapped for Christmas gifts) $4.00 per jar.  Also individual serving sized, fresh frozen blackberry-appl crumbles $5.00 each or 4 for $15.00.  Proceeds to to support the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre and the Sooke Therapeutic Yoga Society. 
To order please contact sookeregionvolunters@gmail.com, or stop by the Volunteer Centre office on Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, or stop by the Ahmisa Yoga Studio in the new Hope Centre on West Coast Road.

Click here for a poster which we hope you will be able to display and share.

Sooke Volunteer Firefighters are selling a 2015 wall calendars to raise funds for the Fraternidad De Bomberos project.  At $20 each, these 13-month calendars glossy colour 2015 calendars are available during the day at the main fire hall at 2225 Otter Point Rd, at The Stick in the Mud coffee shop, at Western Foods customer service desk, at the Sooke Craft Fair, or by delivery (orders can be placed on Twitter @FDBSooke, or by phone at 250-642-5422 or on the Sooke firefighters Facebook page). Payment in cash is preferred.
In 2013, six firefighters participated in a trip to Panama, where they trained local firefighters in a small village there. In 2015, six to eight firefighters will participate in the rewarding pro-gram (including three who attended in 2013).

This information was collected from the Sooke Voice News.


Click here for the registration form.


Sooke Region Food CHI hosts Virtual Food Connections webinar

Join us on November 19 for Virtual Food Connections – a full day of webinars and live discussion about food security issues in rural communities.
Sooke Food CHI is hosting this year’s Food Connections, an annual conference intended to support food security efforts – join us in person or participate online from your home or office.
Wednesday, November 19 - 9:30am to 4:00 pm
Sooke Child Youth and Family Centre, Volunteer Centre Room
6672 Wadams Way (end of Townsend)
Everyone is welcome – local governments, non-profit organizations, public health professionals, community food security advocates, educators, farmers, fishers, food retailers and people interested in food!  
Register today see here for details
More info on Food CHI Site here


East Sooke Flu Clinic

Saturday November 22, 2014 10:00 am to 12 Noon

•WHERE:  East Sooke Country
•Doctor administered
•No Cost
•Free coffee courtesy of East Sooke Country Grocer

It might seem like a strange place to advertise this but it's harder to get the word out to the more spread out communities so any opportunity seems like a good opportunity.


Funding Opportunity for School Food Gardens

Whole Kids Foundation: Canadian School Garden Grants

The Whole Kids Foundation believes that student involvement in school gardens fosters a relationship between students and their food. Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Whole Kids Foundation Canadian School Garden Grants program provides $2,000 grants to support new or existing edible gardens on school grounds.

In order to be eligible for support, gardens must be edible school gardens (growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc.) and be located on the grounds of a nonprofit Canadian primary or secondary school, including public, private, religious, and charter schools.

Eligible applicants include Canadian public schools, public charter schools, private schools and private charter schools with charity nonprofit status, and charity nonprofit organizations supporting a garden at a public or a nonprofit private school. Applicants do not need to be located in a community with a Whole Foods Market in order to apply for School Garden Grant.

Applications must be submitted online by November 30, 2014. 


How healthy is your Board of Directors?

Many organizations are seeking new members for their Board of Directors.  It is the top area of concern with the changing dynamics of volunteering.  One of our area's longest standing non-profit organizations is about to fold due to its inability to find people to be on its Board.

If you are already a Board member, it may be helpful to review the health of your Board before you reach your next annual general meeting. 

If you’re interested in volunteering on a board, first consider your skills, interests and experience. Board members should know an organization’s history and mission. And they should understand the board’s role before joining.

Volunteer Canada has more information to help with both scenerios.

Imagine Canada has information on Board Governance which outlines key processes, policies, and practices to have in place to support board effectiveness. - See more at:


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