Live Streaming of the National Volunteer Management Professionals Conference

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016, 8:15 am – 2:30 pm
Location: KCR, #120 – 1735 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $25
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Join Us May 26th for Live Streaming of the National Volunteer Management Professionals Conference

This year’s conference theme is ‘Beyond the Waves: the Potential of Volunteer Management.’ This conference is about exploring new ideas, sharing tools and techniques, and gaining new perspectives. Conference participants will learn, network, be engaged and stretch their potential in volunteer management.

Learn and connect virtually with your peers across the nation!

**Please bring a bagged lunch. There will be no lunch break. Snacks & refreshments will be provided.


Volunteer Management Professionals AGM 8:15 am – 9:30 am

Panel: Difficult Conversations 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Pre-onboarding, During and Releasing a Volunteer From Their Duties

Keynote: Surf’s Up! 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
How to Ride the Heavies and Unleash Your Volunteer Management Potential with Gerard Murphy

Welcoming Newcomer Volunteers 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Supportive Practices and Resources You Can Use (Denise Scott, Melissa King, and Rose Huh from Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia)

Assistance for Fort McMurray

RED CROSS: The Canadian Red Cross is accepting monetary donations through their website. A $5 donation can also be made by texting REDCROSS to 30333.

SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army is collecting monetary donations online. It says it will provide food, clothing and shelter, among its emergency services.

SAMARITAN’S PURSE: The Samaritan’s Purse says it is assembling a team that will head to Fort McMurray to provide physical and emotional help once the evacuation order on the city is lifted. It is accepting monetary donations through its website.

WOOD BUFFALO FOOD BANK: The Wood Buffalo Food Bank, which serves the regional municipality that includes Fort McMurray, is taking PayPal donations through its website.

AIRBNB: Airbnb has activated its Disaster Response Tool, encouraging its host community around Edmonton to help displaced residents with free housing. The tool, on offer until May 21, allows existing hosts and local residents with extra space to host people through Airbnb for free.

FORT MCMURRAY SPCA: The Fort McMurray SPCA is working with partners and local authorities to reunite displaced residents with pets they were forced to leave behind. It is accepting monetary donations online.

UNITED WAY FORT MCMURRAY: They have launched a campaign to raise funds for the recovery and rebuilding phases of this disaster. Donations are now being accepted at

Anyone impacted by this disaster can call 211 or visit This free service will connect those in need to critical supports that will help over the short and long term.

The New Societies Act: What You Need To Know

There are more than 27,000 non-profit societies in BC, providing services and programs that touch virtually every citizen. The BC Society Act, which provides the rules for governance and incorporation of non-profits, is set for important changes. The official proclamation of the new Societies Act will take place in November 2016, and there will be a two-year transition period by which time all societies in BC will have to make the switch to the new Act.

All organizations that are incorporated under the current Society Act will have to complete a “transition application,” and many will have to revise their constitution and bylaws by the end of the transition period. This workshop, delivered by lawyer Martha Rans, will provide the information on the bylaw and policy changes necessary for your organization to effectively make the transition when the new Act is proclaimed.

Click here for a brief summary of changes in the new Act.


Workshops are open to any registered non-profit organization operating within the Central Okanagan, between Lake Country and Peachland.

If you prefer to attend a workshop with peer organizations from your sector (sport, arts and culture or social service), please register for the sector-specific workshop. However, organizations are welcome to attend any workshop that suits their schedule. All three workshops provide similar content.

Cost: Individual $15 / Organization $20 (Admits up to 2 attendees)
In order to provide space for as many organizations as possible, each organization is limited to a maximum of 2 attendees.

Location: Coast Capri Hotel – Horizon Room South, 1171 Harvey Ave, Kelowna

  • Workshop #1: Social Service
    Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Workshop #2: Sport
    Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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    Please Note: Workshop names were made to accommodate similar groups. Actual content is the same.

  • Workshop #3: Arts & Culture
    Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The Facilitator
Martha Rans is the Legal Director of Pacific Legal Education Outreach Society (PLEO), which operates the Artists’ Legal Outreach and Law for Nonprofits programs. She has been practicing law in British Columbia since 1997, and works extensively with arts organizations, non-profit societies and visual and multimedia digital artists.

Mentor’s Reception

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Coast Capri Hotel – Fireside Grill, 1171 Harvey Ave, Kelowna

During the two-year transition period, organizations may need assistance as they prepare their application and revise their constitution and bylaws. Local mentors are being recruited in a number of communities to provide this assistance as part of the Law for Non Profits Societies Act transition project. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, join Martha Rans at the Mentor Reception where you will learn more about the mentorship role and how to get involved.

Anyone interested in becoming a mentor, please RSVP to ac.anwoleknull@trebliga

Registration is Now Open for the 2016 Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair


Saturday, September 17th, 2016
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna

Register Now

This annual event — now in its 19th 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!

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Employment Programs – Apply Today!

Employment Services program photoNeed to get ready for post-secondary training, or improve your Math, reading, and study strategies?

Need better Math or English to get in to a Trade, go back to school, or improve your skills for a better career?


Are you an immigrant, person with a self-identified disability, or over the age of 50 and need help seeking employment?

If so, please contact our employment services team at 778.484-5587, ac.rcknull@secivrestnemyolpme, or visit our website at for more information on the two, no-cost-to-participant programs.

Our next groups are starting May 2nd, so be sure to contact us soon!

National Volunteer Week – Recognition Ideas for Volunteers

What have you tried in your organization? As a volunteer, what recognition was most memorable?

Recognize Volunteers Year Round

Volunteers and charities have different ideas about recognition.

Research by Volunteer Canada reported that charities relied on formal strategies such as banquets and media attention. 80% said they did not have enough money to recognize volunteers properly.

Volunteers, on the other hand, prefer to hear two things. 80% wanted to hear about the difference that their work made. 70% wanted regular, in-person and informal recognition. Formal gatherings and media recognition were the least preferred by volunteers.

This is good news. It is not about money and event planning. It is about being personal and talking about impact.

It is time for charities to think differently about planning and budgeting to recognize volunteers.

The first change is to plan for year-round recognition. Identify simple, heartfelt ways. Include ideas for making volunteers feel welcome each and every time they show up. Everyone in the organization needs to be on board.

Use their names. Smile. Check in to see how they are doing. Provide practical support. Remember physical touch like a hand shake or light touch on the arm or shoulder.

Talk often about the agency’s mission and how that specific volunteer contributed. Highlight the results experienced by others in the community.

Get to know each volunteer so that your ‘thanks’ can be personalized. Link recognition to what motivates them. Be specific.

Since many volunteers are motivated by gaining or sharing skills, consider expanding volunteer opportunities to be more skill-based. Write that into the volunteer position description. Offer feedback about how the volunteer’s skills are growing or how they are nurturing those skills in others.

Invite volunteers to suggest ideas, give input and participate in planning as well as implementation and evaluation. Emphasize the impact of these activities on the volunteer program and/or agency-wide contribution to people served.

Consider demographic differences in recognition preferences. Students and young professionals want to link reference letters, certificates and award nominations to career development.

Some ideas are winners for all ages. Small informal gatherings are appreciated, like a barbecue where people bring their own meat and maybe share side dishes.

Introduce volunteers to managers, senior executive and board members. Provide opportunities to network in the community. Offer opportunities to attend local training and then share what was learned.

To summarize, here is a list of best practices when it comes to recognizing volunteers.
  • Make it year-round.
  • Thank volunteers in-person, sincerely, and on an ongoing basis.
  • Tell them how they have made a difference.
  • Try ideas that build on volunteer motivations and preferences.
  • Develop volunteer positions that use or develop their skills.
  • Try a variety of ideas, even customize some for different volunteers.
  • Enhance events with training, networking and celebration.
  • Bring staff and volunteers together (include board members).
  • Ensure volunteers feel welcome.

Volunteer Canada also produced a list of “Top 12 Volunteer Engagement Tips for 2016”. Many of these ideas also lend themselves to ideas about effectively recognizing volunteers.

The bottom line for charities is to stop worrying about having enough money to recognize volunteers and become thoughtful and creative. Volunteers are people who want to feel needed in the ways they contribute to making our community a better place to live.

What have you tried in your organization? As a volunteer, what recognition was most memorable?

The KCR Volunteer Open House was a success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Volunteer Open House during National Volunteer Week! We appreciate all your hard work.
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BC-IYSI Parent Engagement Session

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: CMHA Kelowna boardroom, 504 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna (corner of Sutherland and Pandosy)

Parents, we want to hear from you! We’re working on a proposal to open a youth clinic so that it is easier for youth and young adults to get help with mental health and substance use and we want your ideas.

Please attend this engagement session to provide feedback and participate in discussion to help shape the future of this proposed clinic. The clinic would be part of the BC Integrated Youth Services Initiative.

Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited so please register to attend.

What will be discussed?
  • Design and development of the facility
  • How services can be delivered in a way that addresses some of the key access -challenges currently experienced by parents/families
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