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Event: Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair 2015

Date: Saturday, September 19th, 2015, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna
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This annual event — now in its 18th year — draws 75+ local non-profit organizations who need volunteers to support the programs and services that make our community a better place to live. They are looking forward to meeting and talking with new volunteers face-to-face and providing all the information they need to find their volunteering ‘home’. For volunteers, this event represents a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about each organization, and how their personal involvement can make a difference in our community. One stop, with all the answers they need to make their choice (Or choices!) on where they will give of their time. At the Fair, we all come together to help make Kelowna a great place to live!

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July Monthly Bulletin

The July Monthly Bulletin is now available.

It’s an accumulation of local news, employment opportunities, events, training’s, useful resources and information for non-profits and community organizations alike!


Make sure to subscribe to the Monthly Bulletin to stay up-to-date on all of the information released each month.

Workshop: Overview of Volunteer Management

Dates: October 19-20, 26-27, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Kelowna Community Resources, #120 – 1735 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $199, Includes materials and light refreshments
Register: Registration will be opening soon

Description: 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.

Read more about the 8 modules

Workshop: Fund Development Overview

Dates: Wednesday – September 9, 16, 23, 30, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Kelowna Community Resources, #120 – 1735 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $199
Register: Registration will be opening soon

Description: 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
  • Learn 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

Live to Ride Mountain Bike Program

The Live to Ride mountain bike program still has a couple of spots left in it for this summer.

The Live to Ride program is an 8 week program for youth that have limited to no mountain biking experience. They are taken out on Mondays and Wednesdays each week starting July 6 through until August 22nd with at least one Saturday trip to the Silver Star bike park.

The program is free for any youth that qualify for our programs:
  1. Parents income is under $30,000 OR
  2. The youth parents are on social assistance OR
  3. The youth is on social assistance OR
  4. The youth is in a foster care program

We are accepting applicants until July 3rd and only have a couple of spots left to be able to run a full program. Youth are provided with bikes and transportation to and from the Mall to all of the rides.

Register by signing up through Elevation Outdoors’ website.

Free Kids Bike Giveaway This Weekend!

Date: June 27th, 8:00 am
Location: 3645 Benvoulin Road (in the rear parking lot of St. Charles Garnier Church)

Bicycles for Humanity is an organization that ships donated adult bikes to the West African country of Ghana. The shipping containers do not have room for children’s bikes so each year they have a free Bike Giveaway where families can come and get used bicycles and tricycles for their children.

Cultural Crafts Teachers Wanted!

Do you know a craft from your culture that you would like to teach to others?

Immigrant Services will have booths at the Canada Day Folk Fest and West Kelowna World Music Festival and want to teach children and adults about the amazing diversity that exists in our community.

If you have an idea for a craft that you would like to teach at the Canada Day Folk Fest or West Kelowna World Music Festival on August 22nd, please contact Aimee at ac.rcknull@eemia or 250.763.8008 ext 140.

Summer Youth Program 2015 – For Newcomer Children & Youth

  • New to Canada?
  • Want to have fun?
  • Interested in new experiences?
  • Want to make friends in your new home, the Okanagan?

The Youth Program provides new experiences for newcomer children and youth where they can enjoy fun local activities such as water activities, bowling, adventure sports, picnics, etc. and mingling with other local youth.

Participation Cost: $5 per activity

Program Duration: The Summer Program will run from July through August – an average of two activities will take place every week.

** Activity details will be provided to those who have registered for the program.

Eligibility: Immigrant Children or Youth
  • Ages 9 through 14 years AND
  • Priority will be given to those:
    • Who are new to Canada (less than 5 years in Canada)
    • Permanent Resident (PR), Naturalized Canadian Citizen or PR status in process
    • Who have NOT participated in the program before

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Contact us at ac.rcknull@margorphtuoy or 250.763.8008 to receive a list of activities and further program information.

Space is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Volunteers Needed – Kelowna Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market 20th Birthday Celebration

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Corner of Springfield Road & Dilworth Drive, Kelowna

Kelowna Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market is looking for 10-15 volunteers for 4 hour shifts between 8:00 am – 1:00 pm to help out with: children’s events, handing out cake, and inflating helium balloons. If you can help us out, please contact Gisele at 250.878.5029.

Bring the kids down for a fun day featuring free pony rides, bounce castles, face painting and more! Plus raffles and excellent local entertainers and musicians all day long! Don’t miss out on free cake at 10:30 am after speeches from our Mayor Colin Basran and MLA Norm Letnick!

Adoptive Families Association of BC – June Events

AFABCFlyer-imgIf you find yourself wishing to talk with someone about being an adoptive parent, I can provide you with resources, connections, and educational opportunities that may help you through every stage of the adoption journey. As an adoptive father of three children, I have gained first-hand experience in attachment issues, transracial adoption, trauma, eating disorders, mental health challenges, older child and teen adoption, ADHD and autism. I lead a facebook group for adoptive dads so men can have a private place to discuss topics with other men who “get it” when talking about being an adoptive parent.

There are 11 different facebook groups created by the members of the Adoptive Families Association of BC. So check them out and feel free to join an online support community where you can connect with other adoptive parents.

In many of our communities throughout the interior we have adoptive parent support groups which are led solely by volunteers.

Kelowna Adoptive Parents Support Group

We are in the process of arranging for a weekend summer camp for adoptive familes this August 14 – 16th at Camp Arrowflight in Armstrong. This will be an all-inclusive event where parents and children will have a chance to camp together, engage in outdoor activities, and have all their meals prepared for them. Watch for details to be released in June.