Family Friend Program – Seeking Participants

The Family Friend Program provides mentorship, connection, resources, and ongoing support to single mothers and their children (under the age of 6). This program matches single mothers with trained volunteers for the purpose of mentorship and connection. In addition, we offer group events throughout the year to foster connection and a sense of belonging. The Family Friend Program is strengths based and family focused, with the goal of meeting individual needs and empowering families to create stable healthy futures for themselves and their children.

Great News! We currently have space in this program. Families can self-refer by calling Lisa at 250.763.8008 ext 136 or email: ac.rcknull@dneirfylimaf

Professionals/agencies may refer individuals by completing a referral form. Contact Lisa Ford for more information.

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED: Urban Older Worker Program – Starts July 20th

The next Urban Older Worker Program (UOWP) session at KCR starts on Monday, July 20th.

The primary objective of the Grey Power Employment Program is to assist individuals who are 55 years of age and over with finding employment. Job Options BC is a Job Supports Initiative for unemployed individuals and is funded through the Canada/BC Labour Market Agreement.

In order to be eligible for the Grey Power Job Options Urban Older Workers Program, Participants will be individuals who are 55 years of age or over, and who are:
  • Unemployed and seeking employment, must
  • Have not established Employment Insurance in the last 3 years or a
  • Maternity/Parental claim in the last 5 years
  • Reside in the Okanagan
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Not be a student
  • Not participating in another LMA funded program

For more information, contact Christine at 250.763.8008 ext 134 or ac.rcknull@enitsirhc.

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
Register Now

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!

Register Now

Kelowna Park & Play 2015

Park & Play encourage families with children to be active during the summer months. With a focus on connecting neighbours to each other and their surroundings, this program helps turn neighbours into communities.

Park & Play is a free family event that runs weeknights from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm throughout July and August.

Summer 2015 schedule

Kinsmen Park – Thursday, July 30*
Loseth Park – Friday, July 31

Gerstmar Park, 955 Gerstmar Road – Monday, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Quilchena Park, 347 Quilchena Dr – Tuesday, August 4*, 11, 18 & 25
Mugford Park, 425 Stetson St – Wednesday, August 5, 12, 19 & 26
Whitman-Glen Park, 308 Whitman Rd – Thursday, August 6, 13*, 20 & 27
Jack Robertson Park, 1655 Willow Cr – Friday, August 7, 14, 21 & 28

* events are in conjunction with Parks Alive!. Visit for the entertainment schedule.

For more information about Park & Play, call the Parkinson Recreation Centre at 250.469.8800 or visit

English Conversation Circle

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays until August 20th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Cost: Free
Location: Kelowna Community Resources, #120 – 1735 Dolphin Avenue

Description: The English Conversation Circle is a fun, safe place to practice English and make new friends. All skill levels are welcome.

Register: Contact Immigrant Services at 250.763.8008 or ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi.

Community Leader Awards 2015

Do you know someone that goes out of their way to help others? Are there people that you see everyday going above and beyond to make this the best community to live in? You can find these people coaching a minor sports team, volunteering at one of the many organizations that provides assistance to those in need or helping out at one of the many local events that take place in our community. Many of these people have families of their own but still find the time to make a difference by contributing their compassion, knowledge and enthusiasm to those around them.

The Capital News wants to hear who these people are so that we can recognize them by telling their stories in our 2nd Annual Community Leader Awards section as well as honouring them on the evening of September 21, 2015. It doesn’t take much to nominate someone that is very well deserving of this recognition. All we need is a nominee’s name, contact info and a brief description of why you feel they should be nominated. The nomination process is open until August 14th.

Email your submission to moc.swenpacanwoleknull@stsetnoc or enter ONLINE at Submissions must be in by August 14th, 2015.

The SUBMISSION you provide should be approximately 250 words and include information such as: length of time nominee has spent in the community; specific examples of the work and/or contribution he/she has made; community associations and memberships. Please provide references of other individuals who may be able to provide further support on the nominee’s behalf.

Nomination Categories:

Makes a positive contribution to their sport. Is exemplary in developing skills and confidence in participants. A role model who inspires and encourages high athletic achievement.

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

This person has risen above adversity or formidable challenges to become a success. As a result, they have had a positive effect on the people around them.

This person makes a positive contribution to their community through their work. Someone who goes beyond the requirements of their job to support the community and make it a better place.

Makes a positive contribution to the community by going the extra mile – over and above the call of duty. Is exemplary in the area of emergency services and unselfish shoulders enormous responsibility while accepting the potential risks and challenges of the job.

This individual makes a positive contribution to the community by volunteering their time to one community service organization. This person is well thought of and is significantly relied upon by others in the organization.

This individual makes a positive contribution to the community by volunteering their time to a variety of causes. They are dedicated to making a difference in several initiatives.

Makes a positive contribution to youth in the community. Someone who is depended upon and committed to provide direction, programs and/or support to ensure our youth have positive experiences.

Makes a positive contribution to the community by championing environmentally friendly initiatives. Someone who inspires others to be “green” by being a leader in ecologically sound practices.

Someone who has taken the initiative to engage a variety of local residents in an innovative or new community project or event. The initiative may assist different groups to work together, address a gap in community participation, or result in a more inclusive, engaged community.

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: Register Now

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: Register Now

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.

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