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Issue No. 9/December 8, 2014

Issue No. 9 | December 8, 2014

In this issue:

  • Welcome to our newest members
  • Sooke Region Volunteer Centre Members Benefit
  • Santa/Candy Cane Run Saturday, Dec. 13 - Sooke, Otter Point and East Sooke
  • State of the Board - BC Pensioners, Sooke Branch #88 closes
  • John Horgan, NDP Leader, statement on the changes to the Societies Act
  • Job Opportunities:


Welcome to our newest members:

Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce

West Coast Family Medical


Sooke Region Volunteer Centre Members Benefit:

We have signed up for a  webinar on refcruiting and retaining new members.

Join us for a free to members j(Non-Member Fee: $10.00) live webinar on Thursday, December 11th,2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Patricia A. Hudson, MPsSc, President Melos Institute and discover how simple changes in the recruitment conversation can make all the difference.

Recruiting new members is so much more than “selling” a membership. The way you recruit has a direct impact on the way new members participate…and whether or not they renew.

In this webinar, we will:

  • Examine why current approaches fail to produce desired results
  • Explore a recruitment technique that resonates across generations
  • Learn practical ways your fellow members can become successful recruiters
  • Discover how this approach can be incorporated in print and digital ways
  • Gain access to samples and templates for your immediate use

RSVP to sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com.  Members may send more than one respresentative.


Santa/Candy Cane Run Saturday, Dec. 13 - Sooke, Otter Point and East Sooke

Does anyone know if the Shirley Fire Department will also be doing a run on this day?  I haven't heard.

For those in the District of Sooke and Otter Point & East Sooke areas, your local fire departments will be doing their annual Santa/Candy Cane Runs on Saturday, December 13th.  For more details on the routes and times check out the listing on the community resources website.


State of the Board - BC Pensioners, Sooke Branch #88 closes

You probably saw this in the Sooke News Mirror about the BC Pensioners and Seniors Organiation Br. #88 (formerly the OAP Organization) closing down after 50 years of service!  The article hits some of highlights of what this group has done for our community over the years, and for seniors specificially.  Is it not ironic in this time of the largest sector of people entering 'senior-hood' in the history of the world, that one of our seniors based organizations is folding?! 

We can only say we are sorry, and thank you for all the hard work that you (all those who helped over the decades) did for the community at large and seniors specifically!  Good luck and good rest!

It is not only seniors organizations that are having troubles fulling the board of directors positions.  This is a growing challenge across the nation, possibly across the world.  That doesn't mean there are not solutions and rethinking the task is likely one of them.

The Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) understood some of the challenges facing volunteer based organizations and has been taking steps to find creative solutions.  One of those was to open our very own Sooke Region Volunteer Centre.  On top of that Sooke Region CHI recently merged with a registered cooprerative charity and now has a Board of Directors for the first time!  We are all eager to learn together!

If you are interested in learning more and being part of the solutions (there will be more than one), please contact us at soookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or sookeregionchi!yahoo.ca

This is a sad farewell to the B.C. Pensioners and Seniors Organization members and board of directors.  We hope to see you again soon in happier times!


John Horgan, NDP Leader, statement on the changes to the Societies Act

You won’t believe this.

Christy Clark is trying to change the BC Society Act to give deep-pocketed interests new powers to drag any community group that opposes them into court.

The changes would allow private interests to sue environmental and community groups for opposing their projects, tying those groups up in expensive court battles. Environmental organizations, neighbourhood associations, churches, you name it -- they could all find themselves targeted if Clark’s plan goes through.

The potential impact of this policy is chilling. It could effectively muzzle free expression and public debate across British Columbia, striking at the very heart of our democratic values and giving unprecedented power to those with the deepest pockets.

This is wrong and the NDP is going to fight it. But we need your help. Please visit www.DontMuzzleBC.ca right now to add your voice and show Christy Clark that we won’t stand for this.

This plan affects over 27,000 groups across the province. It could bankrupt small community organizations, muzzle public dissent, and force non-profits to fight against constant legal proceedings from anyone who disagrees with their work.

The legislative session ends this Thursday, and we have a simple goal: get as many people as possible to join our campaign before the legislature adjourns.

Please add your name to www.DontMuzzleBC.ca now to send Christy Clark a message before it’s too late.

With your help, we can stop this.

-John Horgan, Leader – BC New Democrats


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.


The Mustard Seed is seeking a full-time Shipper Receiver.  Position is 37.5 hours/week. Closing date is Dec. 13 or when suitable person found. Please click here for details and application process.


The MS Society is hiring a Community Services Coordinator in our Client Services Department.  28 hours per week.  Deadline is December 28th. For information, please check here.


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.


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