February 2018

Planning for 2018

The Volunteer BC Board & Staff had a very productive planning meeting in January to explore new ideas and set strategy for 2018. It was an opportunity to discuss strategic priorities that the organization needs to focus on to achieve our vision. As a non-profit we have to stay current with trends and policy issues that affect our sector and the key is to be prepared to adapt to the constant changing environment. To kick off 2018, we prepared an action plan with strategic priorities which includes review of: our membership program; training opportunities; Volunteer Futures and our role as a key advocate for the volunteer sector.

Volunteer BC looks forward to moving into the new year together! If you are interested in being a part of these discussions and join a committee, contact us.

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Upcoming Events

What’s New for 2018 - Provincial Volunteer Opportunities HUB

Volunteer Canada, in collaboration with 48 volunteer centres to-date, has created a Pan-Canadian Volunteer Matching Platform, as part of the recently launched Canada Service Corps, the new federal youth service program. Aside from providing youth with easy access to volunteer opportunities,  the platform is able to track trends and identify gaps between what people are looking for and how organizations are currently engaging volunteers. More info.

Following many discussions with Volunteer Canada and BC Volunteer Centres, Volunteer BC has entered into discussions and an agreement with Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (formerly Volunteer Richmond) to upgrade and improve RCRG's recently developed data management system so that RCRG can provide a BC Volunteer Opportunities HUB with the primary goal of improving and strengthening existing database systems and communication between BC organizations.  Volunteer Canada has provided funding to enable Volunteer BC to launch this project and get it connected to the National Platform as soon as possible. Stay tuned for more details.

Training Opportunity with Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC)

Volunteer BC is a LIRN partner and works with several other partners to bring trainers and facilitators to rural and Northern communities to deliver a meaningful local learning event. Community stakeholders work together to plan, deliver and evaluate a local learning initiative.

If you are interested in hosting a LIRN Session that is volunteer sector-related/organizational management, Volunteer BC will help support you and cover trainer fees/travel costs. LIRN's Expression of Interest deadline is Feb. 23.

Volunteer Burnaby - Training Launch

Our friends at Volunteer Burnaby have launched their Online Training for Administrators of Volunteer Resources. With your busy schedules and limited hours in a day, they want to make it easier for you to brush-up, learn and develop your volunteer management professional skills to the fullest in the comfort of your own desk or at home.


Volunteer Centre Highlight - KCR

Volunteer Centres work in local communities to strengthen volunteering and citizen engagement. This month we are highlighting Kelowna Community Resources (KCR) and interviewed Dawn Wilkinson, KCR’s Community Services Manager about how KCR contributes to the community.

See full story.