Workshops & Training

Workshops & Training

JobWorkshop-imgBelow is a list of the workshops and training being offered by the Community Services department. These workshops are focused for nonprofits, volunteer managers and volunteers. Click on the title of the workshop for a full description and to register.





Networking for Non-Profits - Unique Partnerships

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Kelowna Curling Club, 551 Recreation Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $7 Advance Ticket / $10 at the Door
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Join us June 28, 2018, for Non-profit Networking featuring Unique Partnerships. Learn about interesting ways that local non-profits are working together to serve our communities.

This is the first of a series of networking events to be held throughout the year. Each event will include a theme to help inspire discussion and networking.

Doors open at 4:30 with presentations beginning at 5:00 pm. Stay for the refreshments and the chance to mingle and connect with others in our sector.


Grant Writing Essentials - Fall Session

Dates: TBA


Board Boot Camp 101: Introduction

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

Fall Session
Date: TBA


Board Boot Camp 201: Executive Committee

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.

Board Boot Camp 201 will give you a quick primer and overview to become the best leader you can be for your not-for-profit organization. Learn effective qualities of leaders and your personal leadership style. Understand the separation between the Board and staff, and between the senior staff and the Chair. Find how to run your meetings timely and effectively  - one of the best ways to retain current directors and attract new ones! And, when you think you or your organization might need outside help, explore the circumstances when going outside for expertise is of benefit to your organization.

Fall Session
Date: TBA


Fund Development Overview

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

Fall Session
Dates: November 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2018, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Overview of Volunteer Management

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

Fall Session
Dates: October 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2018, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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KCR Volunteer Orientation Sessions

Are you interested in volunteering for KCR, but not sure where to start? Sign up for one of our Volunteer Orientation Sessions to find out more about our organization and the various volunteer opportunities available.

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.

Workshops provided by:
United Way of the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen - logo

Upcoming Workshops

Your Best Volunteers – How to Keep them Happy & Coming Back
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
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We all know the time and energy it takes to find volunteers. So, when we find great volunteers, we want to ensure we keep them. At this workshop, you will learn some tips and techniques for engaging, supporting and encouraging your volunteers.

Workshop Take-Aways:
  • Twelve Questions to measure volunteer satisfaction
  • Six Questions you can ask to keep your volunteers loyal and happy
  • Recognizing and Rewarding our Volunteers – come prepared to share the methods you currently use and hear what others have found to work and not work.

Facilitator: Faye Wales, BA, CHRL (certified human resources leader)
Faye is a human resources, training and communications professional with over 25 years’ experience in the corporate environment and as a consultant. She is currently the owner of People Time, a consultancy firm which provides a broad range of human resources services to small-medium sized businesses as well as the design, development and facilitation of employee training programs in the areas of management, leadership and customer relations.

Faye has recently moved to Kelowna from Burlington, Ontario and is enjoying life in BC. Faye worked as a volunteer for a number of not-for-profit organizations in Ontario and is now considering some volunteer opportunities in Kelowna.


July: No Session

August: No Session

September: No Session


Recognizing Flexibility in Volunteers Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Facilitator: Stephanie Moore, BBA, Project Coordinator, KCR Community Resources
Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator, KCR Community ResourcesStephanie Moore has worked in the Non-profit sector since 2001. Her career has included project coordination, business development, fitness, recreation, wellness, cultural services, tourism, fundraising, and non-profit development. This path has provided the experience of working alongside volunteers, supervising volunteers and reporting to volunteer boards and committees. Stephanie also enjoys giving back to the community and has volunteered her time to various local boards, committees, and fundraising events. Stephanie believes that matching the right volunteer to the right opportunity creates a positive and energized environment that is mutually beneficial.


Developing a Volunteer Advisory Group Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna


December: No Session


Past Workshops

Working with Volunteers to Manage your Social Media Strategy
Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Being a Volunteer Tattle Tale
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Volunteers Impact at Community, Family and Individual Levels
Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Value of Volunteers in Dollars & Cents
Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Shining a Light on the Past Year
Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Remember Your Calling as a Manager of Volunteers
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Volunteer Ownership Model: Oh No, They’re Taking Over!
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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


  • Networking for Non-profits – Unique Partnerships Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Location: Kelowna Curling Club, 551 Recreation Avenue, Kelowna Cost: $7 Advance Ticket / $10 at the Door Register Now Join us June 28, 2018, for Non-profit Networking featuring Unique Partnerships. Learn about interesting ways that local non-profits are working together to serve our communities. This ...

  • 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. Workshops provided by: Upcoming Workshops Your Best Volunteers – ...


KCR Refund Policy
Up to 4 days prior to the workshop: non-refundable amount = $50.00 (Effective July 31, 2012)
3 days or less: non-refundable amount = $100.00 (Effective July 31, 2012)
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