IGNITE Okanagan 2019 Employer Symposium – Wednesday, March 6

IGNITE Okanagan 2019 Employer Symposium

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
Location: Coast Capri Hotel, 1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $9.52 – $61.90
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019, 12:00 pm
Register Now

KCR – Community Resources is excited to partner with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and the Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership (COLIP) in hosting a half-day symposium on Wednesday, March 6th to help local employers better understand the benefits and opportunities for creating a more diverse work environment. Entitled Ignite Okanagan, the symposium features a keynote address by Cicely Belle Blain, an award-winning diversity, inclusion, and social justice speaker and consultant.

  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Registration
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Ignite Keynote Luncheon
  • 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Ignite Coffee & Networking Break
  • 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Ignite Symposium & Workshops
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Ignite Networking Reception

Keynote Speaker: Cicely Blain – Cicely Belle Blain is the CEO of Cicely Blain Consulting, a diversity and inclusion consulting firm which is committed to making organizations more inclusive, more diverse and more equal. Her award-winning work extends across North America, Europe and Asia. Cicely was listed as one of CBC’s 150 Black Women Making Change in Canada and named one of the 50 most influential people in the city by Vancouver magazine.

Unlocking your Board’s Potential – Thursday, February 21

Unlocking your Board's Potential - Thursday, February 21

Many boards are challenged with how to strengthen and unlock the potential of their organizations.

KCR Community Resources, Vantage Point and Valley First invite you and members of your boards to come out, network and learn how you can strengthen and build the capacity of your board.

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Innovation Centre, 460 Doyle Ave, Kelowna
Cost: Free – Registration required
Register: 250.763.8008 ext 254, ac.rcknull@eehtorod

Three dynamic speakers address relevant topics on Board Recruitment and Governance, Different Approaches to Earned Income and Balancing Mission and Money. Then attendees will participate in networking and relationship building to discuss key opportunities and challenges facing their organizations. Participants include local funders, not-for-profit consultants and trainers, capacity builders, and not-for-profit leaders from the community in order to hear and learn from one another.

Approaches to Earned Income – the Kelowna Women’s Shelter
with Roberta Fidalgo, Chair, Kelowna Women’s Shelter Board
For 39 years, Kelowna Women’s Shelter has offered safe refuge and support to women and children fleeing intimate partner violence and abuse. Since 2003, they have operated a social enterprise Thrift Store that accepts quality donations and resells them at affordable prices. The Store raises funds to support free programs and services offered to the community by Kelowna Women’s Shelter, and supports its own clients and other community members in need by allowing them to shop for free.

Balancing Mission and Money: See if you are strategizing for success
with Kerry Rempel, Professor, Okanagan College
How do Boards and Executive Directors know that they are making long term decisions that are in the best interests of their organizations? What information and data do they use to help? How do they ensure that organizational mission remains at the heart of the decisions being made? The sustainability matrix can help pull all of this information into one tool to support long term decision making. It enhances the flow of communication between board and organization, is easy to use and simple to create.

Recruitment, Governance, and the “Future Ready” Board
with Lesley Dyck, Consultant, Ideas to Impact
There is no one-size-fits-all governance model … but there are promising practices we can consider when recruiting board members and pursuing other transformative approaches to NFP governance. This presentation will highlight current trends impacting governance as described in the recent Mowat Centre report and explore key questions related to getting your board “future ready”. Lesley will draw on examples from her role as Board Chair of OneSky Community Resources.

Family Friend Program – Looking for Volunteers

KCR Family Friend Program - Looking for Volunteers

You could make a difference in the life of a single parent. The Family Friend Program is a woman-to-woman mentorship program that matches trained volunteers with single mothers who are either pregnant or parenting young children. You can offer support, encouragement, and connection to valuable resources. Training is provided by KCR.

*Must be over 21 and parenting experience is an asset*

Contact: Lisa at ac.rcknull@dneirfylimaf or 250.763.8008 x136

Gratitude to our amazing KCR Sponsor a Family 2018 Sponsors

Goodwill – This year we received gifts for 115 local families in need from 100 sponsors in our community

Rejoice – Our sponsored families were completely blown away by their sponsor’s generosity

Ages – Family members, older and soon-to-be-born, were sponsored this year

Tree – One family received their FIRST EVER Christmas tree

Immigrants – New families to Canada were shown Canadian kindness

Tradition – Local families struggling to make ends meet were able to maintain holiday traditions this year despite financial strain

Unwrap – 183 children and 161 adults opened their gifts from you this holiday

Dads – Almost half of our sponsored families were 2-parent families

Exceeding – This year Sponsor a Family matched the most families EVER IN OUR HISTORY with an overwhelming response from recurring and new sponsors

We are grateful for each and every sponsor who chose to work with us, ensuring that those in need of a hand up, were offered support. Your generosity of time and resources, as well as the thought and care evident in your donations, impacts the community through the holiday season and beyond. We wish you a wonderful New Year and look forward to working with you again in the future.

  • 115 families received Christmas Hampers
  • 100 sponsors
  • 183 children
  • 161 adults

The Sponsor a Family Team at KCR – Community Resources

Legal 101: A Free Information Series for Immigrants

Legal 101: A Free Information Series for Immigrants
Dates: January 29, February 12 & 26, March 12, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
Location: KCR – Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: Free – Complimentary Child Minding also available
Register Now: ac.rcknull@eehtorod or 250.860.4911

KCR – Community Resources is pleased to present Legal 101: A Free Information Series for Immigrants in partnership with the Law Foundation of BC. Please join us for an informative evening and bring your questions. All sessions are free and complimentary child minding is available.

Tuesday, January 29 – Citizenship with Sandra Hakanson (Ocana Law)
There have been significant changes in the application and it will be important for Permanent Residents who may now qualify for Citizenship to educate themselves on the new forms and how to submit the correct info.

Tuesday, February 12 – Permanent Resident Options with Sandra Hakanson (Ocana Law)
This session is important for Temporary Residents who are interested in permanent immigration options. Even those who believe they know what immigration stream could work for them may benefit from the information being shared.

Tuesday, February 26 – Business Law & Consumer Protection with Dani Brito & Jane Otterstrom (Touchstone Law Group)
Starting or running your own business? This is will be an Introduction to Business Law and will cover various topics including business structures, advantages and disadvantages for various structures, approximate costs for establishing as well as processes and considerations for getting set up. We will also cove Consumer Protections laws.

Tuesday, March 12 – Personal Injury Law with Matthew Canzer (Pushor Mitchell LLP)
Participants will learn how the Canadian legal system tries to make people accountable for their actions by ordering them to pay financial compensation for any damage that they cause. We’ll discuss some of the most common types of such cases, including 1) ICBC claims for those injured in car accidents, 2) Workers Compensation claims for those injured at work, and 3) civil claims for victims of assaults.

Now Hiring: SNAPP Worker – South Fraser

Position Summary:

The primary responsibilities are to work together with the child(ren)’s planning team to assist in transition planning for approximately twelve children at a time in the care of the Ministry of Children and Families so that they have a clear understanding of their history, are supported in the preparation of their Lifebook and when appropriate, are prepared for their adoption or other permanent placement. In the event that the children are placed locally, post-placement supports will also be offered to the child and the family.

Reporting Structure: Reports to Family Services – SNAPP Coordinator

Prime Functions:

Listening to others and communicating in an effective manner that fosters relationship building and teamwork
  • Communicates effectively; Adapts content, style, tone, and medium of communication to suit the target audience’s language, cultural background and level of understanding
  • Engages child, listens to their words, validates their personal story and creates a safe space
  • Maintains ongoing communication with participants and their families
  • Acts as a member of a multi-function team, appreciates the value of diversity and uses effective communication skills
  • Provides support and education to the foster family throughout the process
  • Regularly updates members of the planning team on child’s work with the program
  • Communicates the organization’s mission, vision, and values to external participants

Researching and defining steps to achieving a successful permanency placement
  • Actively participates as part of a team to develop a transition plan and regularly evaluates the plan and modify as need
  • Gathers and collates historical information, photographs and anecdotal stories for Lifebooks. Contacts and interviews birth family members as required
  • Seeks to understand the child’s needs and interests so that effective planning and delivery of session work can be implemented
  • Assists the child’s caseworker in his/her assessment of the child’s readiness for adoption consideration and placement.
  • Develops an inventory of the child’s needs for adoption placement; Provides input in the selection of potential adoptive parents

Fostering the development of others while providing participant-centred services
  • Fosters a client-focused culture; Anticipates and adapts to client needs
  • Provides intensive emotional support to the child before, during and after transition process
  • Engages and guides the child through their journey increasing his/her understanding of their history and prepares Lifebook
  • Creates a pre-placement visiting schedule; Introduces the child to the adoptive family; Facilitates the transition plan
  • Educates, trains and supports adoptive parents, foster parents and other professionals around the preparation and support needed for children and families to be successful in their adoption journey
  • Provides support for the child throughout the pre-placement and placement phase
  • Arranges and facilitates the presentation of adoption preparation information for families and professionals as identified by the Ministry of Children and Families.
  • Assumes personal responsibility and follows up to meet commitments to others

Collecting, storing and compiling program and evaluation data effectively in order to identify program impact
  • Stores all participant documents and information in a confidential manner
  • Tracks and reports data for the SNAPP program to maintain CARF and SharePoint standards and requirements
  • Evaluates program Effectiveness, Efficiencies, Stakeholders Satisfaction, and Program Accessibility and outlined in the Annual Performance Measurement Report. All annual recommendations are acted upon.


  • Post-secondary education in the humanistic field; preference is given to a degree
  • Previous extensive experience working with children in areas to include developmental stages, attachment issues, trauma, loss and grief, and special needs
  • Knowledge of custody and permanency placement processes regarding children in the care of the Ministry of Children and Families
  • Cultural sensitivity and knowledge including First Nations culture and history
  • Previous experience in education and facilitation an asset
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to work collaboratively within a team
  • Strategic thinking skills, flexibility, and creativity in problem-solving
  • Good organization and reliable follow-through skills
  • Participant focused service delivery and advocacy
  • The ability to teach others about SNAPP work when called upon
  • Clear Criminal Record check
  • A reliable vehicle (with business insurance) that can be used for work
  • KCR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all with the passion, skill, and knowledge to apply

To Apply:

Email resumes and cover letters to Nancy Kilbrei, SNAPP Coordinator, at ac.rcknull@ycnan.

Application Deadline:

Posting will remain open until a successful candidate is found.

Ask a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant: Sponsoring Family Members

Frequently Asked Questions: How do I bring my sister, brother, niece, nephew, friend, etc. to come live in Canada?

When it comes to sponsoring people to come to live in Canada permanently, there are rules about what kinds of family members can be sponsored. If you are a permanent resident of Canada or a Canadian citizen, you can usually sponsor the following people:
  • Your spouse or partner and their dependent children (under the age of 22)
  • Your dependent children (under the age of 22)
  • Your adopted child (under the age of 22)
  • Your dependent child over the age of 22 if they can’t financially support themselves because they have a mental or physical condition and they have depended on you for financial support since before they turned 22
  • Your orphaned sibling who is under the age of 18 and not married/common law
  • Your parents
  • Your grandparents

If you do not have any family members living inside or outside of Canada who fit any of the above descriptions and you do not have any other relatives living in Canada already, you may be able to sponsor a different family member such as an adult sibling, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew. But if you have even one family member who fits the above descriptions anywhere in the world or a different relative who already lives in Canada, you are not able to use this exception.

So if your family member or friend does not fit into any of the categories above, how can they come to Canada? Depending on how long they want to stay in Canada, they may want to consider coming as a visitor (temporary resident visa), an international student (study permit), a temporary worker (work permit), or apply to immigrate permanently through Express Entry or one of the various Provincial Nominee Programs.

Aimee Jensen is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) at KCR Community Resources. To learn more about her reduced cost services for low-income families, including parent and grandparent sponsorship applications, please contact Aimee at ac.rcknull@noitargimmi or 250.763.8008.

Information on this blog is not immigration advice and is for informational uses only. To get specialized immigration advice on your situation and unique circumstances, you should contact a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) or Immigration Lawyer.
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