Monthly Bulletin – KCR Highlights

KCR Monthly Bulletin – Table of Contents

KCR Highlights

Event: Human, Not Race, Relations

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Okanagan Regional Library – Kelowna Branch, 1380 Ellis St, Kelowna
Cost: Free
More Information: Dorothee, 250.860.4911, ac.rcknull@eehtorod
Check out the Facebook Event Page

COLIP is partnering with community partners UBCO Equity & Inclusion Office and the Respect Network to present a series of Dialogues on Human, Not Race, Relations.

Join us at the Downtown Library for thought-provoking discussions on the reality of race issues in our community. April 11 focuses on Moving Forward, Active Steps. Be a part of addressing racism and hate, gain insight and tools and help the movement to a more welcoming and inclusive community.

Funding provided by IRCC and Province of BC Ministry of Trade

-Source: Dorothee Birker, Project Coordinator, Immigrant Services, KCR – Community Resources, March 2018

Celebrate National Volunteer Week – April 15-21, 2018

Join Us in Celebrating National Volunteer Week – April 15 – 21, 2018
National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. Join KCR, Volunteer Canada and Investors Group April 15-21, 2018 to recognize the contributions of volunteers in our communities.

KCR will be celebrating local volunteers at a kiosk in Orchard Park Mall on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Visit us at the mall, share your volunteer story and receive a small token of our appreciation for all you do in our community.

We will also be celebrating the contributions of our 300+ volunteers with a Volunteer Appreciation Open House on Monday, April 16, 2018.

This year’s theme is: “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections, and community”.

Volunteering is often seen as a selfless act; a person gives their time, skills, experience, and passion to help others, without expecting anything in return. And while volunteering is a form of service, many volunteers will tell you that “you get more than you give”. From opportunities to develop new skills, to find deep and meaningful personal connections, the magic of volunteering is that it creates social and economic value for all.

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

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.

Cost: Free
Location: KCR – Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Dates Available: -Source: Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator, Community Services, KCR – Community Resources, March 2018

Intercultural Awareness Training

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: KCR – Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

You are invited to the Intercultural Awareness Training Program training session at KCR. This is a free workshop with room for 6-12 participants.

The Opening:
Diversity is an increasingly important element of doing business in Canada and is a concept that managers, executives, and boards of directors are incorporating into their operational strategies. It is also an area of enhanced focus for shareholder groups and regulatory bodies. Diversity is no longer regarded as human resources issue, limited to fair hiring practices or enhancing an organization’s image. There is increasing recognition that it can also contribute to corporate strategy and effectiveness, and those diverse organizations may have opportunities and advantages that companies that are more homogeneous may not. As part of their responsibility to oversee the strategic direction, financial performance and risk management of their companies, today’s managers, executives and board of directors must have an understanding of how the issue of diversity affects key areas of their organization’s mandate.

The Opportunity:
Today’s businesses can grow and be competitive by recruiting, hiring and training newcomers and immigrants. These internationally trained and experienced workers are talented and bring new ideas and perspectives to our communities. These educated and skilled workers belong to growing immigrant communities and they know what is need, how to connect and how to market to their communities. As an Intercultural Awareness Facilitator, you will work within your organizations on:
  • Effective ways to communicating with people from different languages and cultures
  • The importance of develop policies on Cultural Diversity
  • Identify and share training information about Cultural Diversity
  • Promote your organizations commitment to Cultural Diversity

The Risk:
While successful management of diversity may lead to business benefits or competitive advantages, failure to address these issues could present a risk to a company’s ability to innovate, attract clients and partners, or keep pace within its industry. There is a growing body of research regarding the benefits of diverse teams in the areas of organizational performance and problem-solving. In addition, there are some powerful examples of leading global companies, which successfully utilized diversity to help generate innovative products and services that delivered tangible benefits to their bottom lines.

Potential Benefits:
  • Innovative and creative employees
  • An environment that recognizes and celebrates the benefits of diversity
  • Access to new markets
  • Improve customer/client services and relationships
  • An environment that fosters new and fresh ideas
  • Revitalize your organization and corporate culture

Your organization is invited to have a representative attend the Intercultural Awareness Training program. Space is limited. RSVP by April 20, 2018 to secure your spot.
-Source: Rawle James, COLIP Coordinator, KCR – Community Resources, March 2018

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.

Working with Volunteers to Manage Your Social Media Strategy
Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
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Facilitator: Marianne Dahl, Marketing & Events Manager, United Way Central & South Okanagan Similkameen
Marianne Dahl, Marketing & Events Manager, United Way Central & South Okanagan SimilkameenMarianne Dahl is a marketing and events specialist with a deep history working with marketing agencies, real estate development, and the tech sector. She has been the Marketing and Events Manager at United Way CSO for the last 3+ years where she is very involved in volunteer recruitment and manages digital media events, volunteers, and interns along with the communications strategy. Marianne will share some hands-on findings and best practices while working with non-profit staff, volunteers and social media.

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

Lake Country – Get Involved

Lake Country - Get Involved Logo

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Lake Country Community Complex, 10241 Bottom Wood Lake Road, Lake Country
Cost: Full-Table (8ft) $80 / Half-Table (4ft) $45
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2018
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Get Involved Lake Country 2018 will be the inaugural “Celebration of Volunteers & Community Spirit”, bringing together non-profit organizations, clubs and interest groups. After a challenging 2017 facing flooding and then fires, Lake Country’s community spirit seemed to shine even brighter. Local area non-profits came up with the idea to celebrate that community spirit, as well of the contributions of their volunteers, and Get Involved Lake Country was created. This trade-show style event will bring together organizations and the community at large for face-to-face conversations about causes, services, programs, interests,& opportunities to get involved.

A large selection of sponsorship packages are available.

More Information

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

Board Boot Camp 101 & 201

Workshops: Board Boot Camp 101 & 201
Boart Boot Camp 101: Introduction
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $10/person
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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

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
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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, April 2018

Central Okanagan Family Hub – Calendar of Events

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

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

-Source: Terri Scott, Central Okanagan Family Hub – Kelowna, April 2018

Dawn Wilkinson – Retirement from KCR

As of March, 2018, Dawn Wilkinson has resigned as Community Services manager as a step towards her retirement. We wish her the best in this next chapter of her life.

For all future Community Services inquiries, please contact Stephanie Moore at ac.rcknull@einahpets.

-Source: Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator, Community Services, KCR – Community Resources, April 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.

Next Training Dates: April 9, 2018 – May 25, 2018, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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.

Next Training Dates: April 24, 2018 – June 8, 2018, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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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