Monthly Bulletin – Employment

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Election 2018: Call for Workers

The City of Kelowna is looking to hire nearly 350 workers to assist with the 2018 General Local Election in October. Positions are available during advanced voting on October 10, 13, 17, 18 and 19, and on General Voting Day on October 20. While polls will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, election staff will work full days from as early as 7:00 am and up to 10:00 pm. It is expected staff remains at the voting location for the full duration of their shift, with breaks scheduled during the day.

“This is an opportunity for people in the community to get involved and gain behind-the-scenes election job experience,” says Karen Needham, Kelowna’s Chief Election Officer. “We’re looking for people who are passionate about public office, our community and who enjoy connecting with people.”

Presiding Election Officials (PEO) play a critical role at each voting location, ensuring that all electors experience a voting process that is conducted openly, fairly and in compliance with all legislative requirements. The Alternate Presiding Election Officials support the PEO, electors and all election staff at the voting locations. This includes providing assistance to electors, curbside voting, and demonstrating use of the voter assist terminal and voting machines. The Election Officials primary role is to register and distribute ballots to eligible electors and assist with keeping the voting location accessible to all electors.

A mandatory training session will be provided for all positions. The daily rate of pay ranges from $250 to $450 depending on the position, with the training sessions pay built into these rates.

Apply today: applications are now being accepted through the City’s online careers postings, linked from the election webpages: The deadline to apply is August 15.

-Source: Newsletter, City of Kelowna, 1 August 2018

Hiring Grant Available

Career Focus helps facilitate the transition of highly skilled and/or post-secondary educated young people into the labour market. These youth possess an eagerness to jumpstart their careers by gaining work experience that aligns with their specialized skillset and/or post-secondary education.

The Program, funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, provides employers in the BC Southern Interior with a Wage Subsidy when they hire eligible applicants 15–30 years old for full-time employment.

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-Source: Newsletter, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, 2 August 2018

KCR is Hiring: SNAPP Worker – South Fraser

Position Summary
The primary responsibilities of the SNAPP worker are to work together with the child(ren)’s planning team to assist in transition planning for approximately twelve children at a time in the care of the Ministry of Children and Families, so that they have a clear understanding of their history, are supported in the preparation of their Lifebook and when appropriate, are prepared for their adoption or other permanent placement. In the event that the children are placed locally, post-placement supports will also be offered to the child and the family.

Reporting Structure: Reports to KCR Family Services – SNAPP Coordinator
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $22.00 to $24.00 /hour

Prime Functions
Listening to others and communicating in an effective manner that fosters relationship building and teamwork
  • Communicates effectively; Adapts content, style, tone and medium of communication to suit the target audience’s language, cultural background and level of understanding
  • Engages with the child, listens to their words, validates their personal story and creates a safe space
  • Maintains ongoing communication with participants and their families
  • Acts as a member of a multi-function team, appreciates the value of diversity and uses effective communication skills
  • Provides support and education to the foster family throughout the process
  • Regularly updates members of the planning team on child’s work with the program
  • Communicates the organization’s mission, vision and values to external participants
Researching and defining steps to achieving a successful permanency placement
  • Actively participates as part of a team to develop a transition plan and regularly evaluates the plan and modify as need
  • Gathers and collates historical information, photographs and anecdotal stories for Lifebooks. Contacts and interviews birth family members as required
  • Seeks to understand the child’s needs and interests so that effective planning and delivery of session work can be implemented
  • Assists the child’s caseworker in his/her assessment of the child’s readiness for adoption consideration and placement
  • Develops an inventory of the child’s needs for adoption placement; Provides input in the selection of potential adoptive parents
Fostering the development of others while providing participant centred services
  • Fosters a client-focused culture; Anticipates and adapts to client needs
  • Provides intensive emotional support to the child before, during and after the transition process
  • Engages and guides the child through their journey increasing his/her understanding of their history and prepares Lifebook
  • Creates a pre-placement visiting schedule; Introduces the child to the adoptive family; Facilitates the transition plan
  • Educates, trains and supports adoptive parents, foster parents and other professionals around the preparation and support needed for children and families to be successful in their adoption journey
  • Provides support for the child throughout the pre-placement and placement phase
  • Arranges and facilitates the presentation of adoption preparation information for families and professionals as identified by the Ministry of Children and Families
  • Assumes personal responsibility and follows up to meet commitments to others
Collecting, storing and compiling program and evaluation data effectively in order to identify program impact
  • Stores all participant documents and information in a confidential manner
  • Tracks and reports data for the SNAPP program to maintain CARF and SharePoint standards and requirements
  • Evaluates program Effectiveness, Efficiencies, Stakeholders Satisfaction and Program Accessibility and outlined in the Annual Performance Measurement Report. All annual recommendations are acted upon.

  • Post-secondary education in a humanistic field; preference is given to a degree
  • Previous extensive experience working with children in areas to include developmental stages, attachment issues, trauma, loss and grief, and special needs
  • Knowledge of custody and permanency placement processes regarding children in the care of the Ministry of Children and Families
  • Cultural sensitivity and knowledge including First Nations culture and history
  • Previous experience in education and facilitation an asset
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to work collaboratively within a team
  • Strategic thinking skills, flexibility and creativity in problem-solving
  • Good organization and reliable follow-through skills
  • Participant-focused service delivery and advocacy
  • The ability to teach others about the SNAPP program when called upon
  • Clear Criminal Record check
  • A reliable vehicle (with business insurance) that can be used for work

Apply Now
Application Deadline: Posting will remain open until a successful candidate is found
Apply: Send your resume and cover letter to Nancy Kilbrei, SNAPP Coordinator, at ac.rcknull@ycnan

KCR – Community Resources is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all with the passion, skill and knowledge to apply

-Source: Nancy Saura, SNAPP Coordinator, KCR Community Services, July 2018

KCR Employment Programs – Apply Today!

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

KCR is hosting their Job Readiness and Essential Skills training programs. Both programs are free to participants and involve 6-week, 3-hours-a-day training to help individuals identify career goals and take the steps necessary to reach these goals. In addition, individuals are provided with an additional 12 weeks of one-on-one follow-up support to help them meet their goals.

Information Sessions:
Dates: Tuesdays, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: KCR, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Job Readiness for the 21st Century
The primary objective of the Job Readiness for the 21st Century Employment Program is to assist individuals who have a disability, are an immigrant, or are over the age of 50+ with finding employment.

Essential Skills for the Workplace
Would you like to improve your Math, Reading, or Study skills to get a job or pursue further education? We will train you at your level and help you to get back to work or continue with school.

Don’t hesitate to call, even if a program date has passed, at 250.763.8008, or email ac.rcknull@secivrestnemyolpme. Visit our website at to see if you’re a good fit for these programs.

Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund’s Employment Services and Support Programs. For more information about B.C.’s labour market programs, visit

-Source: Travis Schneider, Manager, Employment Services, KCR – Community Resources, 2018
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