National Volunteer Week 2014

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This year’s National Volunteer week takes place April 6-12, 2014. Get a jump start by:


Volunteer Canada


National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014) is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers.  2014 marks the 11th consecutive year we’ve delivered the NVW campaign in partnership with Investors Group, Canada’s corporate leader in volunteer recognition.

Volunteers strengthen our communities and make our country vibrant. The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, calls Canada “a smart and caring nation.” It’s our dedication to community involvement that has given us that reputation at home and around the globe.

Canadians from coast to coast are encouraged to call the Volunt-Hear Hotline and participate in a national conversation about volunteer recognition. The hotline is a toll-free number where people can call to leave a brief impact statement and say thank you to a volunteer for their efforts. Why? Because volunteer work speaks volumes!

Messages will be organized into playlists on Soundcloud. Listeners will be able to download messages, share them through social media and hear first-hand how volunteer work changes lives and shapes communities. Click here and listen to an example of a message.

We’d like to thank Investors Group for their ongoing commitment to volunteer recognition. Investors Group’s passion for strengthening volunteering across our country sets them apart as a leader among Canadian companies.


National Volunteer Week in the Central Okanagan

So what are you doing to celebrate National Volunteer Week in the Central Okanagan? Many non-profit organizations in our community will host activities to recognize the difference that volunteers make in their organizations. Join the crowd and celebrate National Volunteer Week. Here are some events to consider.

PREB Workshop

PREBIf you are working with groups of volunteers, why not attend the free workshop to become certified in using Volunteer Canada’s new volunteer experience recognition program.

The PREB website will help you identify skills and tasks accomplished using human resources terms understood by potential employers.

You save time and produce professional references that your volunteers who are job hunting or advancing in their careers can use with their resumes.

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 12 noon to 1:00pm
Location: KCR, 120–1735 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: Free, bring your own lunch and we will provide a sweet treat


VOLUNT-HEAR HOTLINE with Okanagan Heritage Museum

KelownaMuseumsDo you like chat on the phone? Do you know a volunteer you would like to thank?

Then come on down to the Okanagan Heritage Museum to access the VOLUNT-HEAR HOTLINE sponsored by Volunteer Canada and Investors Group.

Dial 1.855.372.5077 toll-free and leave a national message. Give your name and community, the name of the volunteer you are honouring and describe what they did to make an impact in your life.

Your message can be downloaded from Soundcloud and we encourage you to share these stories through social media.

VOLUNT-HEAR is a special feature of “The Ripple Effect” exhibit, which focuses on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They are not Supermen. They are the Clark Kents of our world. They are catalysts of change, and they do so with or without Spandex.

Date: Saturday, April 12th
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
12:30pm, Special guided tour of “The Ripple Effect” exhibit
Location: Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway Avenue


Board Impact Forum

BoardImpactDo you volunteer as the director of a board for a nonprofit organization?

Because of the collective leadership of boards, many people in our community are fed, clothed and housed. They connect with counselling, recreation, health, places of worship and so many other resources that strengthen them as individuals and families.

Attend the Board Impact Forum on April 14, 2014 from 4 to 6 pm at Rotary Centre for the Arts to learn more about the collective impact you help make and meet other board directors to share ideas.

The Board Impact Forum will explore The Influence and The Issues through a moderated panel with time for entertainment, dessert and networking. Seating is complementary, registration is recommended.

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue
Cost: Free

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Volunteering by the Numbers

SOURCE: Statistics Canada, 2013 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating

SOURCE: Volunteer Action Centre, Volunteer Canada, Manulife Financial

SOURCE: Volunteer Action Centre, Volunteer Canada, Manulife Financial


SOURCE: Statistics Canada, 2013 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating





SOURCE: Volunteer Canada



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