Immigrant Services – Youth Leadership Week

Dates: March 20th – 24th, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: KCR, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

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Calling all 12-16-year-old immigrant youth to join KCR for our fun-filled Leadership Week! Learn how to be the best you can be with interesting guest speakers.

Make new friends. Learn about yourself. Learn from professionals.

  • Free Snacks & Drinks
  • When you finish the week, you will get a certificate
  • All of the activities and speakers will be in English

To register, please contact Joyce at ac.rcknull@ecyoj or 250.763.8008 ext. 151

Workshop: Board Boot Camp 201 – Spring 2017

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: KCR, NEW location – 620 Leon Avenue (Corner of Leon and Bertram), Kelowna
Cost: $25 per Organization (Max 2 people)
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It’s 6:30 pm. You’ve been up since 6:00 am and have just put in a full day at work. Your head and stomach are telling you it’s time for dinner. And you’re still sitting in a not-for-profit board meeting that started at 4:30 … which was supposed to wrap up at 5:45 pm. Suddenly, you hear, “I nominate [your name] for Board Chair”. What?!

Maybe your appointment as Chair of your favourite not-for-profit wasn’t quite so dramatic. Maybe you were one of the lucky ones that served as Vice-Chair for a term before becoming Chair. Even so, most future Chairs of not-for-profit Boards are not prepared (read: groomed) to take over the leadership position.

Do you want to become the Chair of a Board of Directors? How do you make that a reality? Board Boot Camp 201 will provide a quick primer to become the best leader you can be for your not-for-profit organization.

You will:
  • Learn effective qualities of leaders
  • Gain awareness about your personal leadership style
  • Understand the separation between the Board and senior staff
  • Find out how to run your meetings timely and effectively
  • Explore when your organization might need outside for expertise

Workshop: Board Boot Camp 101 – Spring 2017

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: KCR, NEW location – 620 Leon Avenue (Corner of Leon and Bertram), Kelowna
Cost: Free
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You’re standing on the sidelines of your daughter’s soccer game, completely engaged in the game. A parent approaches you and says, “hey, you’ve come to every game and practice. You must really enjoy watching her play”. You nod in the affirmative, eyes still on your daughter. The parent then says, “we’re looking for a few parents to help us out organizing the soccer club. Can you stay after the game to chat for a bit?” Still absorbed in the game, you nod your head and say “sure!” – anything for your daughter. The game ends: your daughter’s team played a great game against a worthy opposing team and you’re both excitedly breaking down the plays. The same parent beckons you over to where they, the coach, and a few other parents are standing. Uh-oh. What did you agree to?!

Often, this is how many of us start our volunteer “careers”: someone asks us to “help”, and we agree to become involved, not necessarily knowing or understanding the scope of what we’re taking on. What we do know is that we want to help and are likely passionate about the cause, club, or issue that we’ve been invited to participate in.

Do you want to make an impact in our community by becoming a member of a board of directors for a charity or not-for-profit?

Board Boot Camp 101 will help you:
  • Understand the not-for-profit sector
  • Prepare questions to ask before saying “Yes”
  • Increase your understanding of a Board member’s role and responsibilities

Workshop: Overview of Volunteer Management – Spring 2017

Dates: Monday & Tuesday, April 24 & 25, May 1 & 2, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: KCR, NEW location – 620 Leon Avenue (Corner of Leon and Bertram), Kelowna
Cost: $199. Includes materials and light refreshments.
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This 4-day workshop will help you attract and retain volunteers. Content is based on Canadian research, best practices and the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement.

You will:
  • Master the volunteer retention cycle
  • Understand current and emerging issues
  • Harness the complexities of leadership
  • Market successful volunteer programs

Special Features:
  • Learn in a variety of ways including hands on practice
  • Learn from talented specialists who have worked, or are working, in the field
  • Learn with a network of peers faced with the same challenges
  • Learn from valuable reference materials and sample forms that you can use back on the job the very next day

This workshop focuses around 8 modules.


  • Identify trends in volunteerism
  • Consider how trends affect the profession
  • Discuss the role & skills of volunteer managers


  • Understand the complexity of effective communication
  • Expand personal communication skills that will enhance relationships
  • Understand the problem solving / decision making process in managing volunteers

Planning Programs

  • Explore the purpose of planning programs for volunteers
  • Discuss budgeting
  • Identify record keeping methods


  • Explore who volunteers and why
  • Draft position descriptions
  • Enhance knowledge of recruitment strategies
  • Consider social networking in recruiting
  • Explore the implementation & evaluation of recruitment campaigns

Screening & Placing

  • Learn 10 steps of good screening practices
  • Consider ways to manage risk
  • Understand the importance of interviews
  • Discuss reference checks and records checks

Orientation & Training

  • Explore the purpose & methods of orientation & training
  • Discuss adult learning styles
  • Identify ongoing training needs

Recognition, Retention & Supervision

  • Understand the importance of supervision of all volunteers
  • Discuss creative & meaningful recognition
  • Explore the volunteer life cycle
  • Consider how discipline & dismissal apply

Volunteer-Staff Relations & Evaluation

  • Discuss volunteer-staff relations
  • Consider different types of evaluation
  • Place economic value on volunteer activity

Workshop: Fund Development Overview – Spring 2017

Dates: Tuesdays, February 21 & 28, March 7 & 14, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: KCR, NEW location – 620 Leon Avenue (Corner of Leon and Bertram), Kelowna
Cost: $199. Includes materials and light refreshments.
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This 4-day course is an overview essential for those working in, or interested in working in, the area of fund development for their non-profit organization. The course content will help you:
  • Explore strategies to attract First Time Donors and build relationships to develop Repeat and Consistent Donors
  • Learn how to foster Major Gifts, Planned Giving and Corporate Donations
  • Investigate opportunities for Earned Income and Government and/or Foundation Grants
  • Complete the funding cycle through Stewardship, Renewal and Assessment of your strategic plan
  • Content is based on Canadian research and best practices in the field

Course Goal

You will participate in a hands-on learning experience around the process, components, goal setting and best practices associated with non-profit fundraising activities to help you increase revenue to your organization and build relationships for future organizational sustainability.

Course Length

Eight 3-hour modules for a total of 24 hours spread over four days.

Special Features

  • Learn from talented specialists who have worked or are working in the field
  • Interact with a network of peers faced with the same challenges
  • Learn from valuable reference materials and record your thoughts in a participant handbook

Learning Activities

You will engage in:
  • Role play
  • Small group discussion
  • Large group discussion
  • On-line research
  • Watching videos
  • Case scenarios
  • Viewing Power points

COLIP Talk Series

I am neither for nor against anything until I fully engage with my heart then my ears and mouth get involved. – rij-

Beyond Lip Service is a talk series designed to look at the history of immigration in the Central Okanagan, what role newcomers currently play in the growth of our region and what inclusion looks like in our community. Beyond Lip Service consists of three talks on the following topics:
  • Constructing a New Frontier – before we can create a new future, we must understand our past
  • Building Community – Living well locally impacts the global village
  • Newcomers and Our Economy – How do we move forward in shaping our region so that benefits all of its residents?

January’s Talk: Constructing a New Frontier

Before we can create a new future, we must understand our past

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Date: Wednesday January 25, 2017, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Location: Kelowna Forum, 1317 Ethel Street, Kelowna
Hosted by: Jessica Samuels

In these times of uncertainty both locally and globally, it is most important that we have open dialogue about topics that affect all our lives. We do not all have to agree but it’s through empathetic listening that we can build bridges and develop connections that will deepen our communities and enable the prosperity we all desire.

About our host:

Jessica Samuels is a communicator at heart, who believes everyone has a compelling story to tell. She has spent more than 12 years in Broadcast Journalism working in almost every aspect of the industry. Most recently, Jessica has put her communication skills to use in the non-profit sector, specifically as the Okanagan Kootenay Area Manager for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Whether it is personally, in her career, or with her wide-ranging volunteer community involvement, Jessica works to bring awareness to the causes she supports.

About our Speakers:

Bob Hayes, local historian
Bob Hayes is very involved in local history, as a Director of the Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Historical Society, researcher and author, and as a member of various local history-based organizations and projects. He has written more than 230 articles about local history that has been published in local journals, magazines and books. In 2010, Bob retired from teaching, having worked for more than thirty years as an elementary school teacher. He volunteers regularly in a local elementary school and looks forward to the arrival of spring, so that he can again offer his museum-sponsored tours of the Kelowna Pioneer Cemetery. Bob was honoured, as a Life Member of the Okanagan Historical Society (2007), is the Central Okanagan Heritage Society awarded a Charter Member of the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society, recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal (2002), and in 2016 the Distinguished Community Citizenship plaque.

Tracey Kim Bonneau, TV Producer & Journalist
Tracey Kim Bonneau is Syilx woman from the Okanagan Nation. She is a teacher, writer and broadcast journalist. She devotes the majority of her time to local grassroots community development initiatives. Her passion is to fuse innovative oral storytelling techniques with technology and new media. Her most recent successful achievement was the creation of her national television series Quest OutWest – Wild Food that currently airs on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and has garnered four Leo nominations for in May of 2016. Tracey’s national work in Arts policy development is driven by her dedication to advocate for equity and justice for underrepresented Indigenous artists in Canada Her hobbies include singing, gathering & preparing her traditional food of the land. Her lifelong goal is to become a fluent speaker of the Sylix language.

Mohini Singh, Councillor City of Kelowna
Bio to follow

Shannon Jorgenson, Lake Country Museum
Bio to follow

Beyond Lip Service, brought to you by Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Canada, Ministry of International Trade, Kelowna Community Resources and the Council members of the Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership (COLIP).

Workshop: Foundation Funding Opportunities in the Okanagan

The Central Okanagan Foundation and Vancouver Foundation are partnering to offer an information session on their funding opportunities within the Okanagan. This will be a good opportunity to learn more about the granting programs the two foundations offer, and to ask your questions of Cheryl Miller, Director, Grants & Community Initiatives, Central Okanagan Foundation and Dave Doig, Director, Grants & Community Initiatives, Vancouver Foundation.

In appreciation of your time, breakfast or lunch will be offered at the sessions.

Registration will close Monday, January 16, 2017 at 4:30 pm. Maximum 25 registrants per session. Sessions are identical in content.


  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
    Workshop is filled
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
    Workshop is filled

Location: We Moved!

KCR, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna BC V1Y 9T2

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KCR Finds a New Home

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KCR will be moving to a new location at 620 Leon Avenue in Kelowna. Staff currently operating from four (4) separate sites will be together, which fulfils a long-term vision and strategic plan of the Board of Directors.

We will have limited services over the holidays (December 23, 2016 – January 2, 2017), reachable by phone (250.763.8008) or email (ac.rcknull@nelle). We will reopen at our new location on January 3rd, 2017.

Services will be somewhat limited throughout the move that will begin December 21st and will be completed by January 9th.

“Bringing staff together will enhance our work culture as we all get to know one another better,” said Ellen Boelcke, Executive Director. “Working from the same site will create a larger sense of team. Departments will be more able to share information and cross-training of staff will be easier. Ultimately, this move will increase our service quality”, Boelcke added.

One location means that KCR is easier to find. Participants, service providers, funders and stakeholders will have access to all KCR staff, programs, and services. Transportation access by public transit and major thoroughfares is improved. A downtown site is more centralized within the Central Okanagan region for people traveling from Lake Country or Peachland.

“KCR has served our community for 33 years and our investment in a single location that houses all employees, volunteers and programming confirms our continued commitment to serve the Central Okanagan and beyond,” said Rob Peter, KCR Board President.

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KCR Mentor Volunteer Committee

KCR Mentor Volunteer Committee

Our KCR Mentor Volunteer Committee has been created! Thank you to our volunteers: Julie, Rachel, Alexandra (with Settlement Workers Vicki Pilot and Marrianna Chen) for stepping up to host our quarterly Mentor-Mentee Potlucks. Other fabulous ideas and ways to network to come!

Our organization appreciates and gives back to our wonderful Volunteers in many different ways. If you are interested in participating in the Employment and/or Settlement Programs please give us a call at 250.763.8008.

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