Now Hiring: Family Services Manager

KCR is searching for a new dynamic individual to lead our family services:

The Family Services Manager/Adoption Administrator will be responsible for all Family related services within KCR. This Department focuses primarily on early years’ prevention, domestic and international adoption/permanency planning, crisis support and community partnership programs for children and families.

The Manager is responsible for monitoring, supervision, and growth of adoption, early years’ and at-risk programs at KCR including outreach services and volunteer-based supports. Programs under this person’s guidance also include community collaboration and collective impact models requiring advanced skills in building and maintaining alliances, teamwork and diplomacy.

The Manager will have the credentials and experience to obtain and maintain delegated authority of the Provincial Office of the Director of ACBC and have familiarity with the BC Adoption Act (1996), BC Adoption Regulations, BC Agency Regulations, Practice Standards, BCCSW Standards, and Hague Convention in the context of a social enterprise organization.

The Manager will guide a team of service providers delivering programs and services to families. The Manager will build and maintain positive and collaborative contractor and community relationships. Through the demonstration of a unique blend of business savvy, social entrepreneurship, and social service understanding, they will define areas of service gaps and explore future program and funding opportunities.

All interested please direct your resume and cover letter to ac.rcknull@nelle.

For more information refer to the detailed job description

We thank all that apply and will only be contacting those we wish to interview. Recruitment will be active until a suitable candidate is found.

Immigrant Services Fair – March 25th

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Okanagan College- Trades Atrium, 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna

Immigrant Services Fair

Kelowna Community Resources (KCR) and COLIP are excited to host this FREE COMMUNITY EVENT! Join us for this year’s Immigrant Services Fair!

20 Community Organizations all in one place at one time to help you in your new life in Canada plus 3 amazing presentations on the following topics:
  • 11:30 am- Stories of Immigration and How to Start a New Life in Canada
  • 12:10 pm- Immigration and Sponsorship Law
  • 1:00 pm- Newcomers and the Growing Canadian Economy

Door prizes & light refreshments provided.

Come and visit us at the Immigrant Services Fair! We look forward to seeing you there!

Not Affiliated With Okanagan College

Peter’s Your Independent Grocer Recognized for its Work with Newcomers to Canada

Congratulations to KCR Director Peter Boyd from Peter’s Your Independent Grocer (YIG)

Peter’s Your Independent Grocer

Peter was nominated by Katelin Mitchell (Manager, KCR Immigrant Services) for the 2017 Employer Awards for Newcomer Employment through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The award recognized Peter’s YIG for tackling the challenges and obstacles faced by newcomers and striving to make them feel at home in Canada through its people-focused hiring practices.

Every year through these awards, IRCC recognizes local businesses’ innovative efforts to improve the labour market attachment and integration of newcomers across Canada. The winning organizations help reduce the barriers faced by newcomers in entering the labour market and improve their overall settlement in Canada.

“Peter’s YIG strives to be a community store, while reflecting the diversity of their neighbourhood and meeting the needs of their community members. Peter Boyd, Owner/ Operator, can often be heard saying “It is just the right thing to do” when talking about his diverse hiring practices. Their organization employs about 200 staff members.”

“Our community demographics show that only 13.9% of our population are Immigrants and yet over 22% of Peter’s YIG employees have immigrated to Kelowna from various countries. This organization’s strong belief in the benefits of hiring Immigrant workers makes them a champion in our region.”

“Many of their Newcomer employees are highly educated, yet choose to stay at Peter’s because they feel well respected. Many staff members have been a part of the Peter’s family for several years. Peter’s understands and appreciates the lives of newcomers and therefore provides flexible work schedules to meet child care needs, transportation limitations (bus schedules) and allows for longer vacations for those who travel long distances to visit family.”

Thank you Peter for all that you do in our community for newcomers and immigrants.

To learn more about our Immigrant Services department, check out their page.

It Takes A Village…

More than 200 volunteers were ready to help. After several planning meetings and organizing donations, the Central Okanagan prepared itself to welcome newly arrived Syrian refugee families. Kelowna Community Resources (KCR) worked together with many community partners to develop a plan to support and assist these families who were expected to arrive in the masses.

We have had the privilege of welcoming over 25 Syrian families to this community. The families are supported by private, government, or blended sponsorships and all are looking to make a good life for themselves and their families in their new homeland.

As a smaller community outside the larger metropolitan areas, we have had the benefit of being able to welcome small numbers of Syrians at one time. This means that we are able to provide specialized, individualized services that best meet the needs of those we serve. My favourite example is the day that we took eight adults and 21 children under the age of 11 to the dentist. Three local dentists generously opened up their clinics and volunteered their time for a whole day to assist these four families. It took four vehicles with volunteer drivers, 16 car seats, and two interpreters to pull this day off. As a result of our ability to customize the supports required we were able to make this day happen and the families all came away healthier for it. We are continuously overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness that our community has shown. Offers of household items, financial supports, dental work, English tutoring, and rides to appointments have come pouring in. In fact there has been more support than needed for the number of families our region expects.

Many of the Syrian families came to our community in a very short time period. There was little time for planning and coordination due to the need to settle them so quickly. The haste also created much stress and pressure on community relationships. Despite these challenges, our community came together to successfully support these families and ensure they felt welcomed. Many olunteer interpreters worked around the clock to help families navigate through the community. Interior Health and School District 23 adjusted their systems to help the Syrian newcomers be more successful.

Our challenges continue to be affordable housing options, dental and medical needs, coordination of community resources, transportation, and interpretation for appointments. Our successes include a focus on community collaboration such as the Sponsors Network, an opportunity to share resources and work together to support newly arrived families. Another success is KCR’s successful volunteer management process which we designed to support and protect both the participants and volunteers as they work and learn together. To sum it all up this process has been a time of learning and community capacity building. We at KCR feel privileged to be able to continue to play a part in such an important humanitarian cause.

Submitted by Katelin Mitchell, Immigrant Services & Operations Manager at KCR

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تعالوا زرونا – Taaloo Zorouna – Come Visit with Us

Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna
Cost: Free

Learn about Syrian cultures and traditions and hear from some of the families making the Thompson Okanagan their new home. Come visit, meet and share. Light refreshments will be served. Free Admission & Everyone is Welcome.

This project is funded by the Refugee Readiness Fund which is part of the WelcomeBC umbrella of services, made possible through funding from the Province of British Columbia.

The videos were produced in partnership with the Refugee Response Team – Thompson Okanagan and Kootenays, the ECO Art Incubator and the University of British Columbia Okanagan Creative & Critical Studies Department.

Workshop: Explore Your Possibilities – Opportunities for those 55 years & better

Date: Monday, March 27, 2017, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: KCR Conference Room, 2nd Floor, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: Free
Are you looking to get connected with people in your community but you don’t know where to to start? We’ll explore the different kinds of opportunities available for individuals 55 years of age and older in Kelowna in a fun, casual atmosphere. Join us for this free information session.

The Breastfeeding Art Expo – June 2-30, 2017

The Breastfeeding Art Expo will be happening from June 2-23, 2017, This will include the Rotary Centre for the Arts and the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art. A partial show will continue at the Rotary Centre for the Arts until June 30th.

Charla Maarschalk Painting
This First-Time-Ever unique exposition explores breastfeeding. The large Expo includes fifteen innovative community art projects where professional artist networked with community partners and project participants. It also includes almost 70 independent breastfeeding artworks, submitted by artists across the Okanagan, Kootenays and Thompson-Cariboo. Each community and independent art piece is accompanied by touching and memorable stories.

Join a free guided tour for the public, or a tour for school students! Visitors will be able to actively participate through our collage wall to add their own words or pictures. Observe live art drawing of breastfeeding women, view art within art! Keep checking back for a full list of events by May 2017 at

The Expo is a collaborative project between Kelowna Community Resources (KCR) and Interior Health. It is funded by the Vancouver Foundation, BC Arts Council, Interior Health, Central Okanagan Foundation, First Nation Health Authority and the Hamber Foundation.

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
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