Learn to Camp!

There is still room for 3 families to join our Immigrant Services group!

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Date: June 23-25, 2017
Location: Glacier National Park, BC
Cost: $44 for each person aged 6 and older, $22 for each child aged 3-5 years old, free for child under 3 years old
Register: Contact the Immigrant Services Team at 250.763.8008 ext 221

Are you new to camping in Canada? Would you like to give your children a new experience?

The Learn to Camp Program helps your family experience camping for the first time and enjoy one of Canada’s national parks! Parks Canada, and MEC will help you have a good first camping experience by providing tents, campstoves and sleeping mats for your family! You will need to bring your own sleeping bags or blankets and food for your family for Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Workshops: The New Societies Act – What You Need to Know

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: BDO Canada LLP, Landmark 6, #400 – 1631 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: Free for local nonprofits
SOLD OUTSign up for the waitlist


Date: Monday, June 26, 2017, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: BDO Canada LLP, Landmark 6, #400 – 1631 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: Free for local nonprofits
Register Now

There are more than 27,000 non-profit societies in BC, providing services and programs that touch virtually every citizen. All pre-existing BC societies need to transition to the new BC Societies Act by November 2018. The Act includes many significant changes. There is a two-year transition period by which time all societies in BC will have to have filed a transition application. This workshop will provide your society with the information it needs on whether to make any bylaw or policy changes necessary for your society to transition to effectively function under the new Act.

Central Okanagan Hub
Nonprofits are asked to register with the Central Okanagan Hub organized by the Law for Nonprofits. This gives you FREE access to (1) local workshops facilitated by trained mentors and (2) an information clinic. (Your questions sent via the Contact Us form are answered law students who are supervised by a lawyer).

Funded in partnership with:
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Register Now for the 2017 Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair

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

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.

Learn More about the Event

Workshop: Time Management Tools

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: 2nd Floor, KCR Community Resources, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $10
Register Now

In this workshop, “Captain Time” Garland Coulson will explore 10 free productivity tools that non-profit organizations can use to improve the productivity of their team, volunteers, and their entire organizations.

These tools can be used for:
  • Better focus
  • Task management
  • Managing your team
  • Planning
  • Brainstorming
  • Managing contacts
  • Speeding up email handling
  • Creating content
  • Managing your time better
  • Plus much more!

During the workshop, Garland will show you how to use them to transform your working day, getting more done in less time.

About the Facilitator: Garland Coulson, “Captain Time”
Garland has spent over 25 years mastering time management. At first, he was determined to learn time management for his own career but soon Facilitator: Garland Coulsonfound himself helping others wherever he worked. For the last 15 years, he has been a time management speaker trainer and coach, helping thousands of people get more done in less time.

Garland calls time management is the “missing” skill they don’t teach in school or university. No matter how brilliant or talented you are, if you always running out of time, you can’t apply your skills to their fullest.

Time management isn’t just about work. One of the reasons Garland loves to teach time management is so that people have more time for what is important in their life. Time for family, friends, community and passions. Time just to be a human “be-ing” instead of a human do-ing. More time for those moments that take your breath away…

Community Screening of MILK: Born into this World

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: UBCO Student Union Theatre, 3237 University Way, Kelowna
Cost: Suggested minimum donation $10 at the door OR Reserve your seat by e-transfer – $10 to moc.liamgnull@loocsignideeftsaerb (Password: breastfeeding)

Community Screening of MILK: Born into this World

About Milk
“Milk brings a universal perspective on the politics, commercialization, and controversies surrounding birth and infant feeding…Milk celebrates bringing a new life into this world with a strong call to action and reflection.” –

Maternal and Newborn Health
Filmblanc has partnered with the Telus Fund to promote its education program in BC, using Milk to stimulate awareness, education, and discussion about maternal and newborn health. Screenings are followed by a panel discussion.

Promote the Discussion
Get on social media with the hashtags #Breastfeeding #MILKTheFilm #MILKLIVE

More Information:
Lisa Ford, ac.rcknull@dneirfylimaf

Workshop: Fund Development Overview – Fall 2017

Dates: Tuesdays, September 19, 26 & October 3, 10, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily
Location: BDO Canada LLP, Landmark 6, #400 – 1631 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $299. Includes materials and light refreshments.
Registration Opening Soon

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
  • Interact 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

Wise & Well – Calling all Volunteers!

Wise & Well is a project led by CMHA and partnered with 5 community organizations, with a grant received from Community Action Initiative. This project promotes mental health and wellness for older adults through enhanced capacity in individuals and organizations to reach out to older adults to prevent loneliness, potential isolation, or mental health issues.

Wise & Well Outreach Volunteers visit with older adults who are vulnerable to mental health issues. The purpose of the visits is to provide older adults with social connection, resources, and connection to the community in a way that is safe and meaningful for the long-term. Volunteers that have been screened and trained will be matched with older adults, either one on one or possibly in a small group, whom they will visit 1.5-2 hours/week for 6 months or longer.

For more information, contact Marriana at 250.763.8008 x135 or ac.rcknull@anairram.

Now Hiring: Family Services Manager

KCR is searching for a new dynamic individual to lead our family services:

The Family Services Manager/Adoption Administrator will be responsible for all Family related services within KCR. This Department focuses primarily on early years’ prevention, domestic and international adoption/permanency planning, crisis support and community partnership programs for children and families.

The Manager is responsible for monitoring, supervision, and growth of adoption, early years’ and at-risk programs at KCR including outreach services and volunteer-based supports. Programs under this person’s guidance also include community collaboration and collective impact models requiring advanced skills in building and maintaining alliances, teamwork and diplomacy.

The Manager will have the credentials and experience to obtain and maintain delegated authority of the Provincial Office of the Director of ACBC and have familiarity with the BC Adoption Act (1996), BC Adoption Regulations, BC Agency Regulations, Practice Standards, BCCSW Standards, and Hague Convention in the context of a social enterprise organization.

The Manager will guide a team of service providers delivering programs and services to families. The Manager will build and maintain positive and collaborative contractor and community relationships. Through the demonstration of a unique blend of business savvy, social entrepreneurship, and social service understanding, they will define areas of service gaps and explore future program and funding opportunities.

All interested please direct your resume and cover letter to ac.rcknull@nelle.

For more information refer to the detailed job description

We thank all that apply and will only be contacting those we wish to interview. Recruitment will be active until a suitable candidate is found.

Immigrant Services Fair – March 25th

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Okanagan College- Trades Atrium, 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna

Immigrant Services Fair

Kelowna Community Resources (KCR) and COLIP are excited to host this FREE COMMUNITY EVENT! Join us for this year’s Immigrant Services Fair!

20 Community Organizations all in one place at one time to help you in your new life in Canada plus 3 amazing presentations on the following topics:
  • 11:30 am- Stories of Immigration and How to Start a New Life in Canada
  • 12:10 pm- Immigration and Sponsorship Law
  • 1:00 pm- Newcomers and the Growing Canadian Economy

Door prizes & light refreshments provided.

Come and visit us at the Immigrant Services Fair! We look forward to seeing you there!

Not Affiliated With Okanagan College

Peter’s Your Independent Grocer Recognized for its Work with Newcomers to Canada

Congratulations to KCR Director Peter Boyd from Peter’s Your Independent Grocer (YIG)

Peter’s Your Independent Grocer

Peter was nominated by Katelin Mitchell (Manager, KCR Immigrant Services) for the 2017 Employer Awards for Newcomer Employment through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The award recognized Peter’s YIG for tackling the challenges and obstacles faced by newcomers and striving to make them feel at home in Canada through its people-focused hiring practices.

Every year through these awards, IRCC recognizes local businesses’ innovative efforts to improve the labour market attachment and integration of newcomers across Canada. The winning organizations help reduce the barriers faced by newcomers in entering the labour market and improve their overall settlement in Canada.

“Peter’s YIG strives to be a community store, while reflecting the diversity of their neighbourhood and meeting the needs of their community members. Peter Boyd, Owner/ Operator, can often be heard saying “It is just the right thing to do” when talking about his diverse hiring practices. Their organization employs about 200 staff members.”

“Our community demographics show that only 13.9% of our population are Immigrants and yet over 22% of Peter’s YIG employees have immigrated to Kelowna from various countries. This organization’s strong belief in the benefits of hiring Immigrant workers makes them a champion in our region.”

“Many of their Newcomer employees are highly educated, yet choose to stay at Peter’s because they feel well respected. Many staff members have been a part of the Peter’s family for several years. Peter’s understands and appreciates the lives of newcomers and therefore provides flexible work schedules to meet child care needs, transportation limitations (bus schedules) and allows for longer vacations for those who travel long distances to visit family.”

Thank you Peter for all that you do in our community for newcomers and immigrants.

To learn more about our Immigrant Services department, check out their page.
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