Monthly Bulletin – KCR Highlights

KCR Monthly Bulletin – Table of Contents

KCR Highlights

KCR Holiday Closures

KCR Holiday Closures
KCR’s office will be closed:
  • December 24-28, 2018
  • January 1, 2019
KCR’s office will be open:
  • December 31, 2018
  • Back to regular office hours on January 2, 2019
Phone Service will be available during office hours on December 24, 27 & 28 at 250.681.0751.

-Source: Ellen Boelcke, Executive Director, KCR Community Resources, December 2018

Celebrate 10,000 Visitors with the HUB!

Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2019, 9:00 am
Location: The HUB, Pearson Elementary School, 700 Pearson Road, Kelowna

The Central Okanagan Family Hub is excited to be celebrating its 10,000th visit! Through a truly community-based collaborative approach, the Family Hub was opened in June 2016 at Pearson Road Elementary School, with the support of United Way CSO, School District #23 and the Ministry of Children and Family Development – Early Years Services.

The 10,000th visitor was Alba, a regular at the Family Hub. Alba recently moved to Kelowna from Mexico with her husband and two boys aged 2 & 9. While her husband goes to work to support the family, Alba is left alone to raise their boys. This often makes her feel very lonely and isolated. English is not her first language, the community and culture are all new and she knows no one here. Alba found the Family Hub at Pearson Road Elementary School and everything changed for her.

Read the Press Release

-Source: Terri Scott, Community Engagement Facilitator, Central Okanagan Family HUB, December 2018

KCR is Hiring: Family Hub Facilitator

Hours of Work and Rate of Pay: 25 hours per week, $22.00 – $24.00 per hour – Contract position until March 31, 2019, with the possibility of an extension

Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible

Position Summary:
Both the Family Hub Facilitator and the Community Engagement Facilitator are responsible to plan, develop, implement and oversee the day to day operations of The Hub location together with the Family Services Manager. Their primary responsibilities are to assess families’ needs and eligibility for specific services, coordinate learning opportunities, liaise with other social services agencies and health care providers involved with families while maintaining confidentiality and track program statistics for purpose of evaluation.

The Family Hub Facilitator and the Community Engagement Facilitator are the face of the Family Hub. These roles provide the initial contact with families and are key to building meaningful and trusting relationships with families. The Facilitator acts in a triage role in providing information and referrals to the necessary community resources. They will provide one-to-one support in accessing services and supports required to be resilient, healthy and well-connected within their community in a confidential manner.

  • Preferred Bachelor’s degree in Humanities/Social Work/Child and Youth Care or related field
  • Minimum of 3 years of recent related experience
  • Knowledge of community resources and agencies and how to use these resources for the benefit of the participants
  • Knowledge and direct experience with cultural safety for Aboriginal and Immigrant families
  • Excellent interpersonal verbal and written communication skills
  • Competent computer literacy skills
  • Understanding of human development and family dynamics
  • Success at managing a wide array of tasks and projects and an ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment
  • Willingness to work select weekends and to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the job
  • Standard First Aid with CPR is an asset

Application Deadline: Posting will remain open until a successful candidate is found. Read the Full Posting & Apply

-Source: Katelin Mitchell, Director of Servies, KCR Community Resources, December 2018

KCR is Hiring: SNAPP Worker – South Fraser

Hours of Work and Rate of Pay: Full time; $22.00 – $24.00 per hour

Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible

Position Summary:
The primary responsibilities 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.

  • Post-secondary education in the 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 SNAPP work when called upon
  • Clear Criminal Record check
  • A reliable vehicle (with business insurance) that can be used for work
  • KCR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all with the passion, skill, and knowledge to apply

Application Deadline: Posting will remain open until a successful candidate is found.

Read the Full Posting & Apply

-Source: Nancy Kilbrei, SNAPP Manager, KCR Community Resources, December 2018

2018 Holiday Events Guide

The 2018 Holiday Events Guide contains a listing of holiday events, craft fairs, and Christmas hamper locations in the Central Okanagan.

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Please print and distribute this publication as you please. To provide a link to the publication on your website, please contact our website administrator. To keep in touch about submitting your event for the 2019 Holiday Events Guide, subscribe to our mailing list.

-Source: Kelsey Grmek, IT Cooridnator, KCR Community Resources, December 2018

Nourishing Managers of Volunteers: Volunteer Resolutions

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: Free
Facilitator: Stephanie Moore
Register Now

How do you assess the volunteer needs of your organization? How do you determine the best fit for new and existing volunteers? When and how do you make changes to your volunteer program?

-Source: Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator, KCR Community Resources, December 2018

Save the Date: Taste of Home

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Main Street Centre, 2041 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $1 pp / Max $3 per family – Food tickets available

Tastes, smells, dance, music—those are things which remind you of home, wherever that home may have been or how different it is from where you are now. So come have a Taste of Home. Amazing food at small prices will help you eat your way around the world—there’s a huge variety of authentic ethnic foods, from appies to yummy desserts and everything in between. Non-stop stage shows keep the festive atmosphere. And, special this year—A Living Library! There’s something for everyone! Bring your family, friends and neighbours. We are grateful that this year’s event is hosted by staff and volunteers from KCR Community Resources.

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-Source: Dorothee Birker, Contractor, KCR Community Resources, November 2018

KCR 2019 Workshops – Save the Dates!

KCR has released the list of workshop dates for 2019! Make sure to mark your calendar so you don’t miss out.

Check out the workshops list here

-Source: Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator, KCR Community Resources, December 2018

Immigration Consulting Services

We are happy to announce KCR is now offering reduced cost immigration consulting services for low-income families and individuals. Aimee Jensen, a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, is currently preparing immigration applications for:
  • Open work permits, study permits and visitor visas
  • Family sponsorship applications
  • PR Card renewals
  • Canadian Citizenship Applications

If you are interested in learning more about this new service and if you qualify, please contact one of our Settlement Workers at 250.763.8008.

New Blog Post Series!
Aimee will be producing bi-weekly blog posts titled – “Ask a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant”. Stay tuned and check out the posts on our website for all your FAQ’s answered!

-Source: Aimee Jensen, KCR Community Resources, December 2018

KCR’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Clinic

KCR’s Community Volunteer Income Tax clinic is open and ready for appointments! Those with appointments are prioritized but Walk-ins are welcome depending on availability. The clinic will be open Fridays from 9:15am – 10:30am.

The Community Volunteer Income Tax clinic helps eligible taxpayers who have a modest income and a simple tax situation. Please read the full page to know if you qualify and what you will need to bring to your appointment.

A modest income is defined as:
  • Single person/up to $30,000
  • Couple/up to $40,000 (add $2,500 for each dependent)
  • One adult with one child/up to $35,000 (add $2,500 for each additional dependent)

A simple tax situation:
  • No Income or
  • Income from these sources:
    • employment
    • pension
    • benefits such as CPP, disability, CCB, EI, social assistance
    • RRSP
    • support payments
    • scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants
    • interest (under $1,000)

Your tax situation is not simple if you:
  • are self-employed or have employment expenses
  • have businesses or rental income and expenses
  • have capital gains or losses
  • file for bankruptcy
  • are completing a tax return for a deceased person

Please bring to your appointment:
  • Valid, government issued, photo id – Essential
  • 2017 Tax Slips – Essential
  • Receipts – Essential
  • Tax Forms
  • Copy of last year’s Income Tax Return
  • 2017 Tax Assessment

For more information or to book an appointment:
250.763.8008 ext. 221

-Source: Jo-Anne, Community Income Tax Volunteer Program, 2018

Central Okanagan Family Hub – Calendar of Events

Central Okanagan Family Hub - Kelowna - Calendar Of Events - December 2018

Download the December 2018 Calendar of Events for the Central Okanagan Family Hub – Kelowna.

-Source: Terri Scott, Central Okanagan Family Hub – Kelowna, December 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, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Location: KCR, 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

KCR’s Mailing Lists

Monthly Bulletin: Sent electronically each month, plus time sensitive information updated periodically on the website

Publications: Our updated publications will be sent right to your inbox

KCR Workshops: Information about upcoming training opportunities

Adoption Centre of BC: Upcoming information sessions, newsletters and general adoption information

Holiday Events Guide 2019: Interest list signup

-Source: Kelsey Grmek, IT Coordinator, KCR Community Resources, 2018
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