Get Involved: Volunteering Central Okanagan Style 2015

Check out the new Get Involved: Central Okanagan Style magazine that was launched at last weekend’s 18th Annual Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair.

In addition to a profile of all the fantastic organizations participating in the fair, the magazine includes articles about some special volunteers in our community who are giving back to our local organizations.

A big thank you to the Kelowna Capital News for producing the magazine this year.

To learn more about volunteering opportunities in the Central Okanagan, check out the Volunteer Opportunities Database.

2015 Holiday Events Guide

The 2015 Holiday Events Guide is now available for download in regular and Large Text editions. The Holiday Events Guide consists of FREE/low-cost events, community dinners, spiritual services and Christmas hamper locations happening in the Central Okanagan during the holiday season.

Also available for download are the Special Editions featuring: “Craft Fairs & Bazaars” and “Sponsor a Family, Wish List & Donations”. Also available for download are the Special Editions featuring: “Craft Fairs & Bazaars” and “Sponsor a Family, Wish List & Donations”.

Craft Fairs & Bazaars
Sponsor a Family, Wish Lists & Donations

2015 Holiday Events Guide
2015 Holiday Events Guide – Large Text

Central Okanagan Flu Shot Location List – 2015

Have you had your Flu shot yet? Download our 2015 Flu Clinics Guide to view a list of clinics, dates/hours they’re open and eligibility requirements. Includes locations from Kelowna, Lake Country, Lumby, Okanagan Falls, Peachland, Summerland & West Kelowna.

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The Law & You: A Free Information Series for Immigrants Focuses on Small Claims Actions

Small Claims with Parveen Shergill & Joel Wonnacott, Lawyers of Pushor Mitchell LLP

Small Claims is no small issue to be dealing with. Lawyers Parveen Shergill and Joel Wonnacott shed light on the process and how you can prepare for it.

Date: Wednesday, November 25th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
Location: Okanagan Sikh Temple, 1111 Rutland Road N
Cost: Free. Complimentary Child Minding also available.
RSVP: Dorothee at 250.860.4911 or ac.rcknull@eehtorod

Kelowna Community Resources (KCR) Immigrant Services, in partnership with the Law Foundation of BC and Pushor Mitchell, continues its “The Law & You Series” with a session on Small Claims.

“This workshop will be of particular interest to anyone looking to initiate a small claims action,” says Parveen Shergill, one of the two lawyers from Pushor Mitchell that will be presenting. “It will be a ‘how-to’ session, where we walk participants through the process, identify necessary steps and indicate where to find pertinent information.”

Despite its diminutive name, Small Claims is a big deal to the people initiating the action. Small Claims actions are brought before the Provincial Court to settle claims for debt, damage, recovery of personal property and specific performance of agreements only between people or legal entities such as companies or societies. While Small Claims actions are perceived as less formal than Supreme Court, being properly prepared and filling out the forms correctly could be very helpful for people to settle their disputes quickly and efficiently.

“Small Claims is an option for civil claims of less than $25,000. People will often self-represent,” adds Joel Wonnacott, the second presenter and fellow lawyer at Pushor Mitchell. “Here is a chance for people to consult with litigators who do this on a regular basis.”

While open to anyone, the series of workshops are focused in particular on immigrants in the region, and local immigration lawyer Sandra Hakanson of Pushor Mitchell, will also be on hand to address questions specific to immigrants.

Survey: Central Okanagan Family Hub – Pearson

The Central Okanagan Family Hub (COFH) is guided by the community and has a goal to connect families in the Rutland area to each other and to community services. The goal of the survey is to promote community involvement in the design and planning of the COFH. The community’s involvement in the survey will help guide us as to what the COFH should feel like when you walk in and what connections to programs/services you would like to see available there. The COFH is scheduled to open in 2016 at Pearson Elementary.

Help us engage with families in creating this community “one stop shop” at Pearson Elementary.

Take the survey and please share this link widely.

Volunteer with Opera Kelowna

Interested in the Arts? Want to have more meaning in your life? Do you want to do something that is satisfying and of great service to your community?

Opera Kelowna is looking for enthusiastic and talented volunteers to assist in many areas of our operations.

Please join us for an informal luncheon:
Date: Sunday, December 6th, 1:00 pm
Location: 2457 Selkirk Drive

Please RSVP to moc.liamgnull@sialberod by 4:00 pm, Friday, December 4th.

Try an IPad or Tablet

Date: November 26th, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Westbank Library, #31 – 2484 Main Street, West Kelowna

An easy way to keep in touch with family and friends, take pictures, google search and email. Free workshop for seniors. Call 250.768.3305 to register.

Hosted by in partnership with Westside Health Network Society, UBCO and Okanagan Regional Library Westbank Branch

Workshop: Getting Started with Volinspire

We are excited to announce the release of Volinspire, a local community platform that helps you better engage, manage and recruit new and existing volunteers.

Whether you need new volunteers or not, Volinspire will help you put your volunteers first, improving communication, engagement and retention.

To learn more about Volinspire and to learn how to get started in 3 easy steps, download their brochure by clicking HERE.

Volinspire is publicly launching in Kelowna on November 16th, 2015. If you want to be part of the initial launch along with other Charities and Non-Profits, sign up today for FREE by going to and clicking “Join us”.

*If you require extra support in getting started, please sign up for one of the 3 training workshops listed below.

Note: To get the most out of Volinspire, please use one of the following supported web browsers (updated in the past 3 years): Internet Explorer 10 or 11, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.


Date: Tuesday, November 24th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Accelerate Okanagan, #201 – 1405 St Paul Street, Kelowna
Cost: FREE
Bring: Your laptop or tablet (Browser Requirements – see note above)
Registration: Maximum of 12 people
Register for November 10th

If you would like extra support in getting started, or have already created an account and have questions, come join the Volinspire Team and KCR to get the help you need to begin to use this valuable tool and platform.

Please register for FREE. Space is limited to the first 12 that RSVP for each available time. Please bring along your lunch and either a laptop or tablet.

Parking at meters on St. Paul St or Doyle Avenue. Wheelchair accessible.

Brought to you by Volinspire Community Contribution Company


Cool Arts Society – Poinsettia Fundraiser

This Winter Cool Arts Society is selling beautiful, locally grown Poinsettias, Wreaths and Table Top Plants to help raise money for their programs. By purchasing a beautiful Poinsettia this Winter, not only will you be spreading holiday cheer, you will also be supporting an amazing cause!

  • 6.5″ Poinsettia – Red $12.00
  • 6.5″ Poinsettia – Pink $12.00
  • 6.5″ Poinsettia – White $12.00
  • 22″ Premium Wreath (Berries & Bows) $30.00
  • 4″ Table Top Holiday Pack (3 items) $22.00

Order Deadline: Wednesday, November 11th
Customer Pickup Date: Saturday, November 21st

Order Today

Dedicated to providing fine arts opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities.

KCR’s Sponsor a Family – Christmas Program

We are still in need of Sponsors!
Are you looking for a way to celebrate your holiday season with the spirit of giving? Do you want to make an impact on families in your community? You can sponsor a family this Christmas! Kelowna Community Resources offers the opportunity to reach out to those who need some extra support through the holiday season. We work with partner organizations and community members to make the holiday season less stressful and more joyful for local families who are experiencing a time of need.

Please contact us if you wish to be involved at ac.rcknull@dneirfylimaf.
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