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Employment Opportunity: Designer/Pre-press Layout for Breastfeeding Art Expo

Apply for Short-Term KCR Design Contract
Time frame: October 2016 – March 2017
Payment: $50/hour, Estimated 40 hours
Application Deadline: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Please provide an outline of your education and experience in design, specifically in the health field, and in layout for print-ready resources, including details of the design program you work in; InDesign preferred. You will have an opportunity to bring together the design of a variety of projects including an art catalogue, teacher’s guide, how-to-guide and promotional material. An interest and knowledge of health and art, and breastfeeding, is an asset. This is your opportunity to be part of an exciting and unique Art Expo project that will have wide exposure across the interior BC and beyond. Your contribution will be recognized in the relevant resource materials. For more information on the Art Expo go to www.breastfeedingartexpo.ca.

Please send your CV and cover email to KCR attention: ac.rcknull@nelle
If you have questions, call Karen Graham, Project Coordinator, at 250.868.7846

Employment Opportunity: Consultant/Editor for Breastfeeding Art Expo

Apply for Short-Term KCR Editing Contract
Time frame: October 2016 – March 2017
Payment: $35/hour, Estimated 40 hours
Application Deadline: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Please provide an outline of your education and experience in plain language project writing and editing, specifically in the health field. This job is for you, if you are a broad thinker who is interested in editing a variety of projects including an art catalogue, teacher’s guide, how-to-guide and promotional material. We are looking for someone who enjoys dissecting sentences for plain language reading, but also can take a broad overview to editing. An interest and knowledge of health and art, and breastfeeding, is an asset. This is your opportunity to be part of an exciting and unique Art Expo project that will have wide exposure across the interior BC and beyond. Your contribution will be recognized in the relevant resource materials. For more information on the Art Expo go to www.breastfeedingartexpo.ca.

Please send your CV and cover email to KCR attention: ac.rcknull@nelle
If you have questions, call Karen Graham, Project Coordinator, at 250.868.7846

Programs, Services and Activities for 55+

Older couple playing
KCR is working on a Seniors’ Wellness project with funding from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors program. We are currently pulling together information to include in a new resource guide that will be specific to each of the four Central Okanagan Communities. The resource guide will be launched in November 2016 at community workshops throughout the region.

If you have programs or services that target the 55+ age demographic and would like to have information included in the guide, please send your information via email to ac.rcknull@einahpets.

MEDIA RELEASE – New Family Hub opens at Pearson Road Elementary

August 17, 2016 (Kelowna) – Parents and guardians of children in Kelowna will be able to access a range of early learning, health and family services in one convenient location now that the Central Okanagan Family Hub – one of the province’s new BC Early Years Centres – has opened at Pearson Road Elementary School to serve families with children under 19 years of age.

“We are very excited to open the doors to the Family Hub at Pearson Road Elementary – a one-stop-shop where families are at the centre of all services,” says Ellen Boelcke, Executive Director for Kelowna Community Resources. “We believe that investing in the early years is where we can make the biggest impact – early prevention pays back tenfold. It is our vision to transform young lives for future success.”

The Central Okanagan Family Hub is a collaborative network of local agencies that supports, informs and connects families with young children to community services. Located in Pearson Elementary school, the family centre offers a one-stop “family hub” where parents and caregivers can drop-in for information and programs. The centre’s staff can help families access the services they need by providing referrals to parenting and early learning programs, emergency shelter or food, health services and other supports available in the community.

“This Family Hub is a concept utilized in several B.C. communities and we are thrilled to be not only a major funder but a community partner in its evolution,” says Shelley Gilmore, Executive Director with United Way Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen. “We are very much in support of collaborative community solutions, and United Way and its donors want to be a part of building stronger communities through these collective impact initiatives. It’s a very exciting project, one that we know will have an incredibly positive impact on the community.”

This new centre is part of a commitment under the BC Early Years Strategy to implement a network of BC Early Years Centres across the province that will provide families with one-stop, convenient access to a range of services and supports, information and referrals. The Central Okanagan Family Hub – Kelowna is one of 47 BC Early Years Centres throughout the province. Westbank First Nation has also been designated by the province as an Early Years Centre and will be opening in the near future.

“The creation of this community hub will help bring people together to tackle complex problems through a neighbourhood lens,” said Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “United Way is a valuable partner and a champion for a robust community here in Kelowna, and I am honoured to be able to work with them as we strive toward a stronger Kelowna and a stronger British Columbia.”

The Hub is a unique collaboration of community organizations and service providers. After more than two years of consultation and planning with over 20 agencies, the centre is finally open. Initial funding for the Hub was provided by United Way CSO with $97,000 confirmed annually for three years, the Office of the Early Years provided $52,000, and the City of Kelowna offered an initial grant of $9,550. Central Okanagan Foundation provided a training grant of $1,400. The Central Okanagan School District provided the space at Pearson Road Elementary School and Kelowna Community Resources will be the host agency. They opened their doors to the public on June 13, 2016.

“The Central Okanagan Board of Education is pleased to be able to provide the space for such a valuable program,” said Board Chair Moyra Baxter. “Watching the groups and agencies come together on behalf of our children and families has shown us what can be accomplished by dedicated community members, and the Board thanks everyone involved in this endeavour.”

The community partners of the Hub include:
  • Aboriginal CATCH
  • ARC Program
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
  • CATCH (Community Action Toward Children’s Health)
  • Central Okanagan Division of Family Practice
  • Central Okanagan Foundation
  • Central Okanagan Partners for Literacy
  • Central Okanagan School District and Pearson Road Elementary School
  • City of Kelowna
  • Dr. Stan Szombathy – Pediatrician
  • Interior Health
  • Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan
  • Regional District of the Central Okanagan
  • Kelowna Community Resources
  • Ki-Low-Na Friendship Centre
  • Okanagan Boys and Girls Club
  • Metis Community Services Society of BC
  • Ministry of Child and Family Development – Central Okanagan
  • MCFD – Office of the Early Years
  • Starbright Children’s Development Centre (COCDA)
  • Success By 6
  • The Bridge Youth and Family Services
  • The F.O.R.C.E Society for Kids Mental Health
  • The Okanagan Sikh Temple and Cultural Society Kelowna
  • UBC Okanagan School of Social Work
  • United Way of the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen

The Family Hub is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, with the grand opening scheduled for late September.

Learn More


About

United Way CSO
For over 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 mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. The United Way invests in three focus areas that support all that kids can be, move people from poverty to possibility and builds strong communities. We also invest resources in local capacity building and community initiatives that support our mission. For more information, visit unitedwaycso.com or call 1.855.232.1321.

Kelowna Community Resources
KCR is a not for profit community agency serving the Central Okanagan since 1983. We are a multi-service agency with services under five departments: Adoption, Community, Employment, Family and Immigrant services. For more information, visit: kcr.ca or call 250.763.8008.

Contacts:

Shelley Gilmore, Executive Director
United Way CSO
Phone: 250.860.2356
Email: moc.oscyawdetinunull@yellehs

Ellen Boelcke, Executive Director
Kelowna Community Resources
Phone: 250.763.5169
Email: ac.rcknull@nelle

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Children and Family Development
Phone: 250.356.1553

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Hiring Foreign In-home Caregivers: Their Pathway to Permanent Residence


Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: KCR, #120 – 1735 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna

Description: Learn how families can hire a foreign caregiver to provide care, in a private residence, to children, seniors or persons with certified medical needs, when Canadians and permanent residents are not available.

Register: Contact Immigrant Services at 250.763.8008 or ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi. Child minding is available upon request.

Breastfeeding Café – Location Changes

The next café is Thursday, August 18th, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at The Family Hub (700 Pearson Road, Kelowna). We love this new location so much and think you will too! Come and check it out.

Starting in September, Kelowna Breastfeeding Café is making some changes.

New Locations & Times

  • First Thursday of every month from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Central Okanagan Family Hub (700 Pearson Road, Kelowna)
  • Third Thursday of every month from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Malachite Midwives (1955 Bowes Street, Kelowna)

Family Friend – Big Buddies Playtime – August 11th

Family Friend Big Buddies Playtime

Date: Thursday, August 11, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Central Okanagan Family Hub, 700 Pearson Road, Kelowna

Many moms in The Family Friend Program have expressed the desire for more play opportunities and connection with positive male role models for their children. We have been at work to fill this need. Think: outside, soccer balls, running, laughing and fun. Play will be directed by “dad-type” volunteers while moms watch and visit together.

KCR’s Family Friend program is really excited to be offering this opportunity to our participants! We are also looking forward to introducing you to the brand new Central Okanagan Family Hub! Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to ac.rcknull@dneirfylimaf

Summer Youth Program – August

Thank you for your interest in the Summer Youth Program! The July events were very enjoyable and memorable and we are very excited to start the program for August!

For anyone who hasn’t participated in the past, Kelowna Community Resources runs a Summer Youth Program for youth who are new to Canada in hopes of showing them the beauty of the Okanagan and getting them more involved in the Kelowna Community. We do at least two fun packed activities every week, tailored to youth ages 9 to 17.

This year there was a change in funding, and we were originally only able to offer this program to Permanent Residents. There have been many requests for naturalized citizens to participate, so that they can still attend.
  • $5 per activity per permanent resident youth
  • $15 per activity per naturalized citizen youth
In the future, we hope to be able to provide this program for all youth participants equally and thank you for your understanding.

There are many fun and diverse activities planned for this month! To provide some consistency, all events will be on either a Tuesday or a Thursday. In addition to the scheduled events, there will be “Fun Day Fridays”. Every Friday in August, youth can come to Mission Creek Park for a morning of games, free of charge! In order to participate, parents must RSVP at least 24 hours before each Friday by emailing Chelsea at ac.rcknull@margorphtuoy or by phone at 250.763.8008 or 250.681.0751. This is a great opportunity to get active; however, Fun Day Fridays will only happen if there is interest.

In this packet you will find an information sheet, registration form, and consent form. To register, kindly fill out these forms and return them to KCR (#120 – 1735 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8A6) or via email at ac.rcknull@margorphtuoy. Payments of cash or check can also be dropped off at KCR. If you haven’t done so, please fill out a Photo Release form and/or an In Take form.

To ensure the safety and well-being of the youth, all participants must abide by the Youth Program Code of Conduct. A copy of the Code of Conduct will be sent to each parent and it is requested that it is reviewed with all youth.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and we hope to see you participate in the 2016 Summer Youth Program!

Adoption – Summer 2016 Newsletter

Here is our exciting Summer Newsletter for you to read and enjoy. It includes updates on the US program, the Domestic program, upcoming workshops and more!

Download the Adoption Centre of BC Summer 2016 Newsletter today.

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