Keynote Announced for Volunteer Futures Symposium 2018!

Keynote Announced for Volunteer Futures Symposium 2018!

Cropped VF 2018 LogoWe are honoured to have Kris Archie, Executive Director, The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada as the keynote at Volunteer Futures Symposium.

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (The Circle) transforms philanthropy and contributes to positive change with Indigenous communities by creating spaces of learning, innovation, relationship-building, co-creation and activation.

Kris Archie, a Secwepemc and Seme7 woman from the Ts’qescen First Nation, is passionate about heart-based community work and facilitating positive change. Prior to her role at The Circle, Archie was the senior project manager for the Vancouver Foundation’s youth homelessness initiative, called Fostering Change.


How to Find Summer Volunteer Opportunities For Youth Webinar

How to Find Summer Volunteer Opportunities For Youth Webinar

Youtube - How to Find Summer Volunteer Opportunities

So you want to volunteer this summer? Need hours or work experience? This recorded webinar, hosted by CharityVillage and Volunteer BC and presented by Stacy Ashton of the Alzheimer Society of BC, provides you with the tools you need to find the perfect summer volunteer role – and succeed once you are hired.

Missed the webinar? Watch the recorded video to get all the tips and tricks to volunteering.

Volunteer BC’s National Volunteer Week 2018 Photo Contest Winners!

Volunteer BC’s National Volunteer Week 2018 Photo Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our 2018 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 volunteers across British Columbia!

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Volunteer Centre Highlight: Kelowna Community Resources (KCR)

Volunteer Centre Highlight: Kelowna Community Resources (KCR)

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Left: KCR volunteers Suzie and Tiffany at the Festivals Kelowna Canada Day celebrations.
Right: Selfie on #KCR150 anyone? KCR volunteers Ellen, Micah, and Stephanie at the Festivals Kelowna Canada Day celebrations.

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As a social agency passionately committed to empowering individuals through services and training, KCR believes that a community is made stronger through the work of others. KCR is a not for profit agency that provides tailored service to meet the needs of the community, family or the individual to foster diversity, collaboration and resourcefulness.

We recently had the opportunity to ask Dawn Wilkinson, KCR’s Community Services Manager some questions about how KCR contributes to the community.

Which community does your volunteer centre work with?

KCR: We serve the Central Okanagan region which includes Peachland, West Kelowna, and Lake Country areas.

What is your role as a volunteer centre?

KCR: KCR Community resources offers a variety of diverse programs within our four departments: Family, Immigrant, Employment, and Community Services. The Community Services department champions volunteering, hosts learning opportunities, and provides a gateway to community information online, and also by email, telephone, and in-person.

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

KCR: We champion volunteering in a variety of different ways. This includes promoting volunteer opportunities, organizing the annual Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair, and producing a free annual Get Involved magazine about volunteering and volunteer opportunities. KCR also speaks to groups about volunteering, connects with the media, participates as a volunteer centre leader with Volunteer BC and Volunteer Canada, and lead a Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge in their region. Some of the learning opportunities KCR hosts include a four-day Overview of Volunteer Management course, monthly lunch hour Nourishing Managers of Volunteers sessions, and topical workshops throughout the year.

How did your organization celebrate Canada’s 150 celebration?

KCR: We have participated in the national Advisory Committee in the planning of the Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge and lead our own challenge in our region. We also organized media spots through local newspapers, radio, television, and social media, and provided volunteer recognition materials for non-profits. Kelowna also succeeded in being the leading nation for the first six months of the Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge.

What does Canada’s 150 celebration mean to you?

KCR: The cumulative effect of celebrating Canada’s 150 stimulates a deeply felt appreciation for being born Canadian. It’s a time to reflect upon and embrace our national culture. Many additional opportunities exist for engaging in wholesome activities that improve individual, family, and community growth and development. Canada’s 150th means being engaged and engaging with others.