Monthly Bulletin – KCR Highlights

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KCR Highlights

Emergency Operations – Looking for Volunteers

Central Okanagan residents wishing to help with flood protection measures can contact KCR – Community Resources by phone at 250.763.8008 ext. 221, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, or by email to ac.rcknull@reetnulov, to sign up as a volunteer.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre has contracted KCR – Community Resources to match volunteers with property owners looking for help with flood protection, such as sandbagging.

For emergency information, please refer to

-Source: Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator, Community Services, KCR – Community Resources, May 2018

Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Coordinator

Hours of Work: 25 hours per week, Monday to Friday

Rate of Pay: $23.00 per hour

Anticipated Start date: August 6, 2018; on contract till March 31, 2019 with possibility of an extension

Position Summary:

The LIP Coordinator provides indirect services that bring about a new form of collaboration at the community-level related to newcomer settlement and integration.

The Coordinator’s aim is to:
  • Foster a systematic approach to engage SPOs and other institutions to integrate newcomers;
  • Support community -based knowledge-sharing and local strategic planning; and,
  • Improve coordination of effective services that facilitate immigrant settlement and integration.
Reporting Structure:
Reports to Immigrant Services Manager

Prime Functions:
Community & Committee engagement
  • Maintains strong working relations with agency programs and partner agencies
  • Consults, guides and supervises the implementing partner organizations in developing all project deliverables to ensure that the project meets and exceeds the set targets
  • Coordinates research to be used to create local settlement strategy and action plans
  • Facilitates monthly meetings to catalyze development of innovative and collaborative solutions for newcomer attraction and integration; acts as the liaison between Working
  • Groups and the Steering Committee to enhance synergies and collaboration among the respective action plans
  • Researches the best practices and suggests project ideas to enhance the newcomers’ cultural and community integration that will feed into LIP strategic and action planning
  • Recruits and trains volunteers to assist with the project, provides development for volunteers
Participating as a proactive member of the Immigrant Services team
  • Makes community presentations as requested by the Immigrant Services Manager
  • Ensures effective two way communication between Immigrant Services team and KCR; Assists in identifying gaps and issues in the delivery of Settlement services
  • Markets and promotes COLIP and Settlement services under the direction of the Immigrant Services Manager
  • Participates actively in professional development and training opportunities
  • Participates in team meetings; assists in short and long term planning
Monitoring, documenting and maintaining accurate COLIP data- Administration
  • Understands the monthly cash flow and monthly expense claims, and assists in the preparation of the financial and narrative reports
  • Creates meeting minutes and distributes to LIP members
  • Takes the lead role in the majority of LIP communication and administrative tasks
  • Conducts evaluations utilizing the measures outlined and collect stories attesting to the project impact
  • Researches streams for further funding and works closely with Immigrant Services Manager to develop project proposals based on strategic needs
  • Participates in local or regional networks, boards, or councils to raise awareness of newcomers’ needs in the community and informs decisions and priorities.
  • Participates in team meetings; assists in short and long term planning
  • Post-Secondary Education in a related field and/or equivalent experience
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Proven skills of developing and implementing media campaign on sensitive public issues
  • Keen understanding of diversity issues, experience of working in multicultural settings
  • Ability to work with volunteers and proven track record of working with multiple stakeholders to catalyze collaboration
  • Effective interpersonal, cross-cultural, written and verbal communication and public speaking skills
  • Knowledge of other languages is strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of community resources and agencies, including professional and specialized services for at-risk or marginalized populations, and how to use those resources for the benefit of the participants
  • Familiarity with issues facing newcomers and vulnerable populations and barriers facing immigrants in regards to integration in education, social, cultural, and economic aspects of Canadian life
To apply: Email resume and cover letter to Anima Anand, Immigrant Services Manager at ac.rcknull@amina

Application Deadline: July 13, 2018

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

KCR is Hiring: Child Minder

Hours of Work and Rate of Pay: On call, as needed (2-4 hours/week, Monday – Friday), $15/hour
Anticipated Start Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018, on contract until March 31, 2019; with the possibility of an extension
Reporting Structure: Reports to Immigrant Services Manager

Position Summary:
Your main duties will include planning and implementing child-minding activities for immigrant and refugee children under the age of 12 whose parents are attending workshops or appointments on site.

Prime Functions:
  • Set up the childminding room; prepare for the day
  • Ensure the appropriate forms are completed when parents drop off and pick up their children (check-in and check-out)
  • Plan age appropriate play and activities
  • Ensure all children’s needs are met
  • Clean up after each shift as well as regular sanitation of toys and inspection of the child-minding room to ensure it remains a safe environment for children
  • Follow all safety protocols; perform practice drills with the children

  • Post-secondary education in a relevant field and/ or equivalent experience
  • Current First Aid certification
  • Fluent in English; Excellent interpersonal, cross-cultural, written and verbal communication skills
  • Additional languages and cultural proficiency; knowledge and experience in cross-cultural communication and service methods appropriate to participants with low literacy/English skills
  • Familiarity with issues facing newcomer children

To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to Anima Anand, Immigrant Services Manager at ac.rcknull@amina

Application Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

-Source: Anima Anand, Manager, Immigrant Services, KCR – Community Resources, May 2018

KCR is Hiring: SNAPP Worker – South Fraser

Reporting Structure: Reports to Family Services – SNAPP Coordinator

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.

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 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 needed
  • 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 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 in 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 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

To Apply: Email resumes and cover letter to Nancy Kilbrei, SNAPP Coordinator, at ac.rcknull@ycnan

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

-Source: Nancy Kilbrei, Coordinator, SNAPP, KCR – Community Resources, May 2018

KCR is Hiring: Employment Enhancement Specialist

Hours of Work: 28 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Anticipated Start date: May 21, 2018; on contract til September 30, 2018, with the likelihood of an extension of our current government-funded contract
Reporting Structure: Reports to Employment Services Manager

Position Summary:
Primary role is to promote and develop employment opportunities and work experience opportunities for Program Participants. Establish and maintain relationships with employers, gather labour market information and develop collaborative community relationships. Assist Participants with implementing their Return to Work Action Plans and support Participants with achieving employment objectives.

Prime Functions:
Job Coaching/ Employment Counselling
  • Conduct an introductory needs assessment on Participant’s background, including culture, education, past work experience, career goals and identification of barriers to employment
  • Assist Participants in developing a suitable career goal based on abilities, interests, aptitudes, and employer demand in our community
  • Provide individual job coaching which includes weekly meetings with Participants to review action plans and adjust Participants’ return to work goals and action plans
  • Provide on-going support to Participants to ensure that the work experience or paid employment is successful
  • Facilitate employment information sessions and group presentations as required
  • Arrange short-term certificate training for Participants as identified in the Return to Work Action Plan
  • Identify and assist Participants with accessing supports and/or accommodations as identified on their Return to Work Action Plan
  • Provide Participants with referrals to community resources

Marketing and Job Development
  • Direct marketing of Participants to employers to promote employment opportunities through paid employment or work experience placement
  • Complete employer/employee wage subsidy applications and ensure all supporting documentation is attached
  • Gather current labour market information and employment trends
  • Develop and maintain job boards on employment opportunities and resources in the Central Okanagan
  • Enter employer information and job leads into employer database
  • Mediate Participant and employer conflicts and assist Participants with job maintenance
  • Attend relevant community events and provide program information to attendees

  • Attend staff meetings and professional development in-services
  • Use technology-based applications
  • Follow policy and procedures for completing and submitting internal forms and documentation
  • Assist with preparation and submission of reports of the project activities and Participant outcomes
  • Provide front desk coverage over the lunch hours
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Post-secondary education in humanities – Preference to Undergraduate degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Solid knowledge of local labour market, community resources and services
  • Experience providing employment assistance to persons with specialized populations
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Valid British Columbia Driver’s license and own reliable transportation to be used for work purposes

To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to Travis Schneider, Employment Services Manager at ac.rcknull@sivart

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 5:00 pm

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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

Board Boot Camp 201

Workshops: Board Boot Camp 101 & 201
Board Boot Camp 201: Executive Committee
Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $25/person
Register Now

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.

-Source: Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator, Community Services, KCR – Community Resources, May 2018

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

-Source: Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator, Community Services, KCR – Community Resources, May 2018

2018 Okanagan Volunteer Opportunites Fair

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna
Cost: Full Participation Cost (Fair & Magazine) $65 / Magazine Only $150
Early Bird Deadline: June 30, 2018
Register by the Early Bird Deadline to be entered in to win 1 of 3, $100 gift cards
Register Now

This trade show style of event brings together about 70 nonprofit organizations recruiting volunteers with hundreds of people looking for a place to volunteer. It is a time to have face-to-face conversations about causes, services, and opportunities. There are lots choices about where to get involved and how to make the greatest impact.

-Source: Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator, Community Services, KCR – Community Resources, May 2018

Central Okanagan Family Hub – Calendar of Events

Check out the brand new HUB website at!

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

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

-Source: Terri Scott, Central Okanagan Family Hub – Kelowna, May 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, 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 2018: Interest list signup

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