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KCR Job Fair – September 29, 2017

Date: Friday, September 29, 2017, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna



The Employment Services Department is inviting local employers to be part of our community job fair here at KCR!

Up to 8 different employers will have booths set up and we will be inviting the public to bring their resumes and smiling faces to introduce themselves to potential employers. In today’s job-seeking world, having an opportunity to talk to employers face-to-face is incredibly beneficial, so please encourage your job-seeking friends/family/clients to come down, introduce themselves and talk about local opportunities for the Kelowna area.

For more info, posters, and guides on how to prepare for the Fair, please click here.

To stay up to date, please visit our website at www.kcr.ca/employment-services, or call Travis at 250.763.8008 ext. 251.

Kelowna Breastfeeding Challenge – September 30, 2017



Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 10:30 am
Location: Kelowna Farmer’s & Crafter’s Market, 1992 Dilworth Drive, Kelowna
Register Now or on the day of the event

Join us to celebrate breastfeeding in a fun “competition” where every child “wins” because they are breastfed!

What: Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge. This fun event is a challenge for which geographic area (province, state or territory) has the most breastfeeding babies, as a percentage of the birthrate, “latched on” at 11:00 am local time.

Why: To celebrate breastfeeding and milk-banking and demonstrate promotion, protection, and support for breastfeeding women and their families. It’s a chance for education and peer support done in a fun social way.

Latch on: 11:00 am
Arrive between 10:30 am and 10:50 am to be entered in a draw! Bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic lunch!

Immigrant Services – Pre Employment Workshops

Keeping the Job & Understanding Canadian Workplace Culture

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: KCR – Community Resources, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Description: Come learn why employers are looking for Canadian Experience in their employees and learn how you can gain Canadian Work Experience before getting your first Canadian job.

Register Now: To register, please contact Immigrant Services at ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi or call 250.763.8008. Free childcare for your children when you attend.


Create Resumes & Cover Letters

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: KCR – Community Resources, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Description: Learn how to create a winning resume and cover letter.

Register Now: To register, please contact Immigrant Services at ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi or call 250.763.8008. Free childcare for your children when you attend.

Finding a Job in the Canadian Job Market

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: KCR – Community Resources, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Description: Looking for a job? This workshop will help you learn how to improve your job search skills.

Register Now: To register, please contact Immigrant Services at ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi or call 250.763.8008. Free childcare for your children when you attend.

Labour Market Information & Identifying Career Choices

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: KCR – Community Resources, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Description: This workshop will teach you about the Labour Market in the Okanagan and how you can use this information to make good career choices.

Register Now: To register, please contact Immigrant Services at ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi or call 250.763.8008. Free childcare for your children when you attend.

Discovering yourself, your Skills & Interests

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: KCR – Community Resources, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Description: Please join us for a workshop where we do different activities to learn more about our skills, interests and how to find the best job for our skills and interests.

Register Now: To register, please contact Immigrant Services at ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi or call 250.763.8008. Free childcare for your children when you attend.

Gaining Canadian Experience & Networks

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: KCR – Community Resources, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Description: Come learn why employers are looking for Canadian Experience in their employees and learn how you can gain Canadian Work Experience before getting your first Canadian job.

Register Now: To register, please contact Immigrant Services at ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi or call 250.763.8008. Free childcare for your children when you attend.


Keeping the Job & Understanding Canadian Workplace Culture

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: KCR – Community Resources, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Description: Come learn why employers are looking for Canadian Experience in their employees and learn how you can gain Canadian Work Experience before getting your first Canadian job.

Register Now: To register, please contact Immigrant Services at ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi or call 250.763.8008. Free childcare for your children when you attend.

Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair – Saturday, September 16, 2017

Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair Logo

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna

This trade show style of event brings together about 70 nonprofits organizations recruiting volunteers with hundreds of people looking for a place to volunteer. It is a time to have face-to-face conversations about causes, services, and opportunities. There are lots choices about where to get involved and how to make the greatest impact.


Workshop Series: Nourishing Managers of Volunteers

Free Workshop Series: “Nourishing Managers of Volunteers” – Encourage one another & Expand our knowledge during these lunch hour gatherings held the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Block one hour in your calendar every month and then register for one workshop at a time.

Upcoming Workshops


Volunteer Ownership Model: Oh No, They’re Taking Over!
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Register Now

Patterned after the Employee Ownership Model, consider how volunteers take out ‘shares’ in your organization.


Remember Your Calling as a Manager of Volunteers
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

It is rewarding but sometimes draining. Be energized. Feel valued. It is because of YOU that volunteers impact our community so deeply.


Shining a Light on the Past Year
Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Light as a theme seems to transcend celebrations throughout the holiday season. Enjoy a special holiday luncheon as we shine a light on what our volunteers have taught us.


Past Workshops

How to Hook New Volunteers: Recruitment as Selling
Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Time Management Tools
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Event Planning Made Easier
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Volunteer Training: What? How? Why?
Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Love Languages of Volunteers: How to Speak Them Fluently
Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Volunteers as Agency Ambassadors
Date: Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Not Just for Kids
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

What’s in Your Wallet?
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Attracting the Volunteers You Need
Date: THURSDAY, September 8, 2016, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Thank-a-thon
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Having THAT Talk
Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Tis the Season
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Hour Challenge
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Marketing and Recruitment – Hand in Glove
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Focus Attention on Your Volunteers: National Volunteer Week Ideas
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Register Now for the 2017 Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair

Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair Logo

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna
Registration is now closed.

This trade show style of event brings together about 70 nonprofit organizations recruiting volunteers with hundreds of people looking for a place to volunteer. It is a time to have face-to-face conversations about causes, services, and opportunities. There are lots choices about where to get involved and how to make the greatest impact.

Learn More about the Event

Summer Youth Program – Activities

The Summer Youth Program provides fun and exciting experiences for newcomer youth (ages 9-15) where they can enjoy local activities and meet other youth. This program runs during July and August and will include 2-3 activities every week.

Cost: $5 per activity
Register: Contact Chelsea at ac.rcknull@margorphtuoy or 250.763.8008 ext. 152.


Workshop: Board Boot Camp 101 – Fall 2017

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: Free
Register Now

You’re standing on the sidelines of your daughter’s soccer game, completely engaged in the game. A parent approaches you and says, “hey, you’ve come to every game and practice. You must really enjoy watching her play”. You nod in the affirmative, eyes still on your daughter. The parent then says, “we’re looking for a few parents to help us out organizing the soccer club. Can you stay after the game to chat for a bit?” Still absorbed in the game, you nod your head and say “sure!” – anything for your daughter. The game ends: your daughter’s team played a great game against a worthy opposing team and you’re both excitedly breaking down the plays. The same parent beckons you over to where they, the coach, and a few other parents are standing. Uh-oh. What did you agree to?!

Often, this is how many of us start our volunteer “careers”: someone asks us to “help”, and we agree to become involved, not necessarily knowing or understanding the scope of what we’re taking on. What we do know is that we want to help and are likely passionate about the cause, club, or issue that we’ve been invited to participate in.

Do you want to make an impact in our community by becoming a member of a board of directors for a charity or not-for-profit?

Board Boot Camp 101 will help you:
  • Understand the not-for-profit sector
  • Prepare questions to ask before saying “Yes”
  • Increase your understanding of a Board member’s role and responsibilities

Workshop: Board Boot Camp 201 – Fall 2017

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $25 per Organization (Max 2 people)
Register Now

It’s 6:30 pm. You’ve been up since 6:00 am and have just put in a full day at work. Your head and stomach are telling you it’s time for dinner. And you’re still sitting in a not-for-profit board meeting that started at 4:30 … which was supposed to wrap up at 5:45 pm. Suddenly, you hear, “I nominate [your name] for Board Chair”. What?!

Maybe your appointment as Chair of your favourite not-for-profit wasn’t quite so dramatic. Maybe you were one of the lucky ones that served as Vice-Chair for a term before becoming Chair. Even so, most future Chairs of not-for-profit Boards are not prepared (read: groomed) to take over the leadership position.

Do you want to become the Chair of a Board of Directors? How do you make that a reality? Board Boot Camp 201 will provide a quick primer to become the best leader you can be for your not-for-profit organization.

You will:
  • Learn effective qualities of leaders
  • Gain awareness about your personal leadership style
  • Understand the separation between the Board and senior staff
  • Find out how to run your meetings timely and effectively
  • Explore when your organization might need outside for expertise
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