2017 Volunteer Futures Symposium Highlights

2017 Volunteer Futures Symposium Highlights

Volunteer Futures Symposium – World of Opportunity was a huge success. For the 2nd year, Volunteer BC and BCACG have combined their event to offer a cost-effective conference for individuals around BC interested in learning more about volunteerism, non-profits and charities.

Highlights included Keynote Bill Walters, Diversity onBoard – presented by Vancity set the tone for the event and discussed the importance of diversity in leadership. Second keynote, David Battey, President and Founder of Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC), a nonprofit organization operating in the U.S. and Canada spoke about the importance of increasing service opportunities for youth and helping them develop a lifetime ethic of service.

Other topics were: Updates from the Community Gaming Branch; Volunteer Management Workshops, The Mobile Office and Working with At Risk Youth.

Over 175 delegates from all over BC attended and we look forward to planning the 2018 Event!

Volunteer BC Announces New Board of Directors for 2017/18!

Volunteer BC Announces New Board of Directors for 2017/18!

Volunteer BC’s Newly Elected 2017 – 2018 Board

Pictured above (L-R): Andy Telfer, Lorelynn Hart, Jocelyn Wong, Stacy Ashton, Louise Howes, Lawrie Portigal, Debbie Smith, Oscar Cruz, Tracey Davidson, and Anne Marie Koeppen

Missing: Rob Gloor

New Board 2017-2018

New Volunteer BC Board was elected at the AGM at the 2017 Volunteer Futures Conference. The new board brings together a unique blend of non-profit and entrepreneurial experience to the organization.

 

Volunteer Centre Highlight: Volunteer Kamloops

Volunteer Centre Highlight: Volunteer Kamloops

Edith Farrell , centre, at Volunteer Kamloops 30th Anniversary (1)       Volunteer Appreciation Lunch with awards 2017 (1)

Left: Volunteer Kamloops staff + volunteers getting ready for 30th Anniversary Celebrations.
Right: Tracey Thacker, Link Program Coordinator with volunteers celebrating National Volunteer Week.

Since 1985, Volunteer Kamloops has been a source of opportunities and training for people in the community of Kamloops interested in volunteering. They are the advocates for volunteers and believe in the value of volunteer service in their community.

We recently had the opportunity to ask Tracey Thacker, Volunteer Kamloops’s Link Program Coordinator some questions about what Volunteer Kamloops contributes to the community.

Which community does your volunteer centre work with?

Volunteer Kamloops: We serve the over 90,000 people in the area of Kamloops. We also occasionally serve the people in Chase and Barriere over the phone.

What is your role as a volunteer centre?

Volunteer Kamloops: We are a centre that primarily focuses on recruitment and referral of people. Volunteer Kamloops presents the benefits of volunteering to the community at Thompson Rivers University to international students. We also meet with students in grades 8 – 12 at school presentations and share how valuable volunteering is in developing one’s resume, building citizenship and references, and learning how to network.

What programs and support do you provide to volunteers in your area?

Volunteer Kamloops: At our volunteer centre, we offer two types of programs. The Focus Program supports people who are suffering with mental illness through volunteerism. The Link Program supports volunteers in the community who want to help with special events, fundraising and specific programs. The Link Program also works with people in the Restorative Justice Program or on probation who need community service hours.

How is your organization celebrating Canada’s 150 celebration?

Volunteer Kamloops: We are supporting organizations who are celebrating Canada 150 and also giving away Canada 150 pins.

What does Canada’s 150 celebration mean to you?

Volunteer Kamloops: I am proud to be a Canadian who is able to serve and volunteer to help the people in my community.

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2017 Volunteer BC National Volunteer Week Photo Contest Winners!

2017 Volunteer BC National Volunteer Week Photo Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our 2017 Volunteer BC National Volunteer Week Photo Contest Winners & Honourable Mentions!

Thank you to Volunteer Canada and Investors Group who have partnered to deliver the NVW campaign.

Check out all the photos of our dedicated winners!

Volinspire Collage

 

Volunteer Centre Highlight

Volunteer Centre Highlight

Volunteer Campbell River is a non profit organization that helps people and projects come together

Established in 1988, the Campbell River Volunteer Society has grown and flourished from a person answering a home phone to a vibrant, community not-for-profit agency that supports over 100 organizations. They recruit and place volunteers with member agencies. provide training, consultation services and offer community engagement programs.

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