Monthly Bulletin – KCR Highlights

KCR Monthly Bulletin – Table of Contents

KCR Highlights

KCR December Closures

KCR’s offices will be closed the following days for the Holiday Season:
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017, 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm for a staff holiday party, reopening on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8:30 am
  • December 23, 2017 – January 1, 2018, reopening at 8:30 am on Tuesday, January 2, 2018

-Source: Ellen Boelcke, Executive Director, November 2017

Nourishing Managers of Volunteers – Shining a Light on the Past Year

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Register Now

Light as a theme seems to transcend celebrations throughout the holiday season. Enjoy a special holiday luncheon as we shine a light on what our volunteers have taught us.

-Source: Dawn Wilkinson, Manager, Community Services, KCR Community Resources, November 2017

2017 Holiday Events Guide

Holiday Events Guide 2017The 2017 Holiday Events Guide consists of a listing of hampers, volunteer opportunities, donations, and events during the Holiday Season. It is available free for download from our Publications page.

Make sure you don’t miss out on submitting your Holiday Events next year and place your name on our interest list for 2018 here.

Download a copy of our Holiday Events Guide (PDF). Please print and distribute as you please.

-Source: Dawn Wilkinson, Manager, Community Services, KCR Community Resources, November 2017

Sponsor a Family – Donate Now

In 2016, we helped:
  • 115 Families
  • 208 Children
  • 162 Adults
  • 370 Individuals
The Christmas Sponsorship program started in 2006. The main reason for the program was to help brighten the lives of families with financial difficulty during the Christmas season.

KCR’s Sponsor a Family Program is unique because it provides Christmas sponsorship to families that are already working with community supports. The families selected are working hard to rise above their circumstances and make the lives of their children better. We are familiar with the current supports the participating families are receiving, and we ensure that they are not taking part in any other Christmas hamper program.

More Information or to Donate

-Source: Lisa Ford, Coordinator, Family Friend Program, KCR Community Resources, November 2017

Central Okanagan Family Hub – Calendar of Events

Central Okanagan Family Hub - Kelowna - Calendar Of Events - December 2017

Download the December 2017 Calendar of Events for the Central Okanagan Family Hub – Kelowna.

Remember, you can always view the up-to-date online calendar at our page

-Source: Terri Scott, Central Okanagan Family Hub – Kelowna, November 2017

Flu Shot Locations – Fall 2017

Flu Shot Locations - Fall 2017

The Fall 2017 Flu Shot Locations publication for the Central Okanagan is now updated and ready for distribution. It is available free for download from our Publications page.

Please print and distribute as you please.

-Source: Dawn Wilkinson, Manager, Community Services, KCR Community Resources, October 2017

Unemployed Training & Employment Program

KCR - Unemployed Training & Employment Program
KCR has partnered with the BC Alliance for Manufacturing to offer a no-cost-to-you, 8-week training program to help get you trained and placed in manufacturing jobs. Registration is first-come, first-serve, so be sure to register as soon as possible by calling 250.763.8008.

The first group will run October 16 – December 8, Monday-Friday, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. For more information, visit our Employment Services page.

In order to be eligible for this program, you must be:
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Not currently working
  • Willing to commit to full-time training and working

-Source: Travis Schneider, Manager, Employment Services, KCR Community Resources, September 2017

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, 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, 2017

Stay Tuned: OVM & FDO Spring Dates

Stay tuned for our upcoming Spring workshop dates for Overview of Volunteer Management & Fund Developent Overview.

OVM: 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

FDO: 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.

Don’t miss out on any of our future workshops by subscribing to our Workshops Mailing List.

-Source: Dawn Wilkinson, Manager, Community Services, KCR Community Resources, November 2017

Space for Rent!

KCR has an office space for rent at 255 Lawrence Avenue, downtown Kelowna. The building has ~2,500 square feet.

For more information, contact Ellen Boelcke at 250.763.8008 or ac.rcknull@nelle.

-Source: Ellen Boelcke, Executive Director, KCR Community Resources, 2017

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 2018: Interest list signup

-Source: Kelsey Grmek, IT Coordinator, KCR Community Resources, June 2014
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