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.

Workshop: Happiness & Choices

Date: Saturday, October 24th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Ramada Hotel, 2170 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $5 each

How do the choices we make impact our preferences? How can the availability of choices impact our happiness?

Dr. Mark Holder is an award winning teacher and researcher with over 70 publications including two recent academic books on well-being. He is now an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, where he studies the science of happiness.

He leads a research team that is identifying factors that contribute to happiness in children (e.g., temperament, social relations and spirituality). His team is also investigating strategies to enhance happiness in adults, and the links between personality disorders – such as psychopathy – and happiness.

To purchase your tickets:
Sherry Wezner, Okanagan Chapter MS Society of Canada
250.762.5850, ac.yteicossmnull@renzew.yrrehs

Maribeth Friesen, Braintrust Canada
250.762.3233 ext. 110, moc.adanactsurtniarbnull@neseirfm

Free parking. Wheelchair accessible. Care aide on site from Home Instead Senior Care.

Brought to you by the MS Soiety of Canada and Braintrust Canada

KCR is Hiring: Employment Services Manager

Kelowna Community Resources is looking to hire an Employment Services Manager.

Position Summary: Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Employment Services Manager is responsible for the monitoring, planning and supervision of all aspects of the Employment Services Department within Kelowna Community Resources. They will be responsible for guiding a team of professionals in the delivery of employment supports and services. The Manager will prepare and review program evaluations, assess strengths and objectives to achieve successful program outcomes. Building and maintaining positive and collaborative funder, employer and community relationships is a key aspect of this position.

This position is full-time and requires an individual with a strong background in program and financial management, supervision, administration, meeting target outcomes, marketing, scheduling, career development and job search skills, life skills and counselling.

Minimum Qualifications: Undergraduate degree in a related field is preferred, 3 to 5 years of direct experience in management and 5 years of direct experience in providing employment assistance.

Competition closes by midnight on Monday, October 5th, 2015. Please submit cover letter and resume to the attention of Ellen Boelcke at ac.rcknull@nelle.

Workshop: The Relative Impact Model for Measuring the ROI of your Volunteer Engagement

October 6, 2015 – October 6, 2015

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This workshop addresses the flaws of a more-hours-for-the-sake-of-more-hours approach and offers a better alternative

For a couple of decades, the volunteer sector has established a notion that more volunteer hours is better than fewer volunteer hours, without regard for what gets accomplished in those hours. For the past few years now though, we’ve begun to look at things differently. It’s not that more hours is inherently a bad thing. It is that more hours for the sake of more hours is a bad thing. Achieving the same results with more hours is wasteful of those extra hours. And those extra hours don’t come for free. Those hours belong to volunteers, who through their generosity, are letting us spend them, just like financial donors give us their money and let us spend it.


The Law & You: A Free Information Series for Immigrants

Presented by KCR Immigrant Services

Dates: See individual dates below
Time: 6:30 ­pm ‐ 8:30 pm
Admission: Free – Complimentary Child Minding also available
Pre­-registration Required: ac.rcknull@eehtorod or 250.860.4911

Law & You - Poster - imgKelowna Community Resources (KCR) Immigrant Services is pleased to present “The Law & You: A Free Information Series for Immigrants” in partnership with the Law Foundation of BC and Pushor Mitchell. The fall series focuses on issues of interest to individuals and families who are immigrants and migrants to the region with sessions on Family Law, Debt & Financing, Small Claims and Citizenship. The spring series will feature information more relevant to employers.

The demographics in the Okanagan are changing with an increasing number of immigrants and migrants working and living in the region. Working with newcomers on a daily basis, KCR Immigrant Services has determined that im(migrants) often require more customized support when using legal services and these “The Law & You” sessions will allow for a more in depth overview of major issues facing im(migrants) and also offer participants an opportunity to ask questions. All sessions are free with complimentary child minding available.


Family Law
Date: Thursday, October 1st
Location: Kelowna Community Resources, #120 – 1735 Dolphin Avenue
Brian Anslow, Lawyer of Glazier Polley

Debt & Financing
Date: Wednesday, October 7th
Location: Kelowna Community Resources, #120 – 1735 Dolphin Avenue
Stewart Rennie, CPA, CGA, CIRP, Trustee in Bankruptcy of BDO Kelowna

Date: Thursday, November 5th
Location: Kelowna Community Resources, #120 – 1735 Dolphin Avenue
Sandra Hakanson, Lawyer of Pushor Mitchell LLP

Small Claims
Date: Wednesday, November 25th
Location: Okanagan Sikh Temple, 1111 Rutland Road N
Parveen Shergill & Joel Wonnacott, Lawyers of Pushor Mitchell LLP

For More information contact:

Dorothee Birker, “The Law & You” Project Coordinator, KCR
Phone: 250.860.4911
Email: ac.rcknull@eehtorod

Katelin Mitchell, Immigrant Services Manager, KCR
Phone: 250.763.8008 ext.130
Email: ac.rcknull@niletak

United Way Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen – Bus Pull Results

The community is the big winner at the 2nd Annual United Way Bus Pull today as 12 teams and multiple sponsors raised over $13775 for the 2015 campaign. Today, at the foot of Bernard Avenue, 12 teams competed for the coveted United Way Community Cup in an epic bus pull that saw City of Kelowna Powerhouses win for the 2nd year in a row.

Honourable mention and other notable achievements go to:
  • Strongman Noah Normandale – Top individual Fundraiser who dared to pull a 24000 lb bus with 4 people inside! Noah raised $1424.
  • Top Fundraising team – Hyper Hippo’s “Haulin Hippos”
  • Best Costume “Caped Crusaders” trophy – Nature’s Fare “Healthy Haulers”
  • Top Male Team ”Supermen” trophy (and 2nd place finishers) – Total Restoration
  • Top Co-ed Team “Community Guardians” trophy – City of Kelowna
  • Top Female Team “WonderWomen” trophy – Mighty KCR
  • Most Enthusiastic “Mod Squad” trophy – Aberdeen Hall Geek Squad
  • AND, the United Way Possibility Posse put in a team after a last minute team cancellation and made it to the 2nd round thanks to staff, board members, friends and family!

Thanks to all teams for your fundraising efforts, participation and energy!

This year’s event was held at the foot of Bernard Ave between Water and Mill St. and was hosted by media sponsors Kelowna’s Best Rock K96.3 and Country 100.7 who emcee’d the event.

Thanks to all of our sponsors and partners for supporting this year’s event:
  • City of Kelowna
  • BC Transit
  • Lamar Transit Advertising
  • K96.3 and 100.7
  • Kelowna Now
  • Castanet
  • Kelowna Capital News
  • Kelly O’Bryans

About United Way CSO
For 65 years, the United Way of the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen has served the region from Lake Country in the North, to Osoyoos and Princeton in the South. Our Community Impact mission captures the essence of what we do: We improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. The United Way community fund is invested in three focus areas that support all that kids can be, move people from poverty to possibility and building strong communities. Visit for more information.

Applications Open for the Carma Project

Kelowna is a very car dependent area. This is especially true for families who have daycare, work, school and community activities to attend. But not all families, can afford a car.

The CarMa Project will assist low-income families in obtaining a source of transportation. Be it a car or van, CarMa Project will obtain the vehicles, through donations and sometimes purchase. These vehicles will receive mechanical and repair work, to ensure a safe and reliable source of transportation for the recipient.

Applications are available online and the DEADLINE is October 9th, 2015. Priority will be given to families that are actively involved in services provided by a not-for-profit in the Central Okanagan.

The Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society – Leaders For Change Featuring Dr. Jackson Katz

The Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society in collaboration with the Kelowna Women’s Shelter invite you to join us for the Leaders for Change event taking place October 7th & 8th, 2015.


Dr. Katz is an American educator, author, flimmaker and cultural theorist who is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. Dr. Katz will discuss how everyone can play a role in preventing and interrupting various forms of harassment and abuse. He will also discuss the role of media in shaping ideas about masculinity and femininity.

To purchase tickets to the following events:
The Mask You Live In Premiere –

The Leadership Breakfast –

The Okanagan College Theater –

Any questions for ticket purchases or event information contact 250.763.4613.

Community Leader Awards – Congratulations Laura!

Community Awards - Mentor
Pictured: Dave Cronquist (YMCA, Sponsored the award), Colleen Keeler, Laura Thurnheer, Rachel Neufeld (on behalf of Tracy Ross)

Congratulations to Laura Thurnheer, Board Vice President of Kelowna Community Resources. We are so excited for you. Laura won the Mentor category for the 2015 Community Leader Awards sponsored by The Kelowna Capital News.

The MENTOR Award recognized positive contribution by being a true leader. An influential counselor, teacher or educator that provides support or sponsorship. This person demonstrates a high level of ethics and professional standards, is an inspirational motivator, excellent communicator, good listener and a reliable resource to the community.

Congratulations again Laura!

Employment: Work Opportunities in the October 19th Election

Elections Canada needs election workers in your riding.

Elections Canada is now recruiting poll workers for advance polls (October 9-12) and Election Day (October 19).

To qualify, you must be a Canadian citizen, at least 16 years old on October 19 & live in the riding where you’re applying to work.

Find out more and apply for the position that’s right for you at
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