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  • Posted Apr 25, 2013 by Stacy Ashton

    Volunteering is All About Ability

    One of my favourite Volunteer Coordinators once said to me “Everyone who wants to volunteer , gets to volunteer.” Community Volunteer Connections takes this value to heart in our Volunteer Integration Program (VIP).
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  • Posted Apr 16, 2013 by Stacy Ashton

    Boston Marathon: The Kindness of Strangers

    When you view the footage of the bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon finish line yesterday, once you get over the shock and horror of what you are seeing, you’ll notice something else: the many average people who opted to run straight toward the blast site to clear a path to the wounded and get them to safety.
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  • Posted Feb 18, 2013 by natalie wong

    Senior Services Society, Expanding Services for Seniors by Kelly Friesen

    Seniors Services Society is a non-profit agency located in New Westminster that is dedicated to supporting the older adult. Senior Services Society has a broad range of services to support seniors to live independently. These services fall under two categories: Independent Living programs such as Meals on Wheels, Medical Transportation, Income Tax Clinic and AIRS (Assistance Information and Referral Service for Seniors) and Social Programs such as Lunch Club, Dining Club and Out & About.
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  • Posted Feb 05, 2013 by natalie wong

    Volunteering with Purpose in 2012 by Vanessa Lo

    The Purpose Society, from its humble beginning of a youth day program, which has no evolved into an accredited independent high school, impacts our community in many ways through education, childcare, family and health services.
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  • Posted Jan 24, 2013 by Vanessa Lo

    Fundraising for a THRIVE-ing Volunteer Program

    Our latest AVRBC Speakers Series featured the expertise of AVRBC member Heather Fleming and partner Melanie Crombie, co-owners of the Thrive! Resilient Community Services consulting firm.
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  • Posted Jan 13, 2013 by natalie wong

    A New Resolution by Natalie Pope

    Happy New Year everyone! Its 2013 already! Every year, many of us make New Years Resolutions. Some of the top resolutions include getting back in shape, helping others, spending time with family, and many others. Yet, it is often a challenge to keep up with our resolutions - there is a reason why gyms normally fill up in January, and are a lot emptier a few months later.
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  • Posted Dec 04, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    Royal City Writers: What is Your Story?

    Diane Haynes has been a professional writer for over 20 years. As the senior speech writer for the president at UBC and a published novelist she seems to have had no problem having her voice heard. It was not until she fell ill, when she felt like she could not be heard. She was physically and mentally drained and did not have enough energy to compose her words in writing like she was used to.
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  • Posted Nov 29, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    The logic of Logic Models and what they can do for your Volunteer Program

    Back in May the amazing Lindsay Baker, Manager of Volunteer Services at the Vancouver Aquarium, ran a workshop on “Evaluating Your Volunteer Program.” And I wrote the most awesome notes, and had the greatest blog post ever planned, and then I lost my notes. And then I found them. And then I misplaced them again.
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  • Posted Nov 27, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    Your Guide to Christmas Volunteering and Donating: 2013 Edition

    Whether it’s volunteering time, donating money, or offering toys and food items for charitable causes, there are plenty of great ways to make a meaningful contribution this holiday season. And CVC is here to help with the 2013 Edition of Your Guide to Christmas Volunteering. Sign up soon, or these volunteer jobs will be taken!
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  • Posted Nov 15, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    Congratulations Stacy, Ruby and Kendra for making the NextUp list!

    “When your organization can boast not one, not two, but three of its leaders on the New West NextUp list of people contributing to their community in a big way, it’s time to brag. Congratulations for all three!
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  • Posted Nov 08, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    Don’t be cutting yourself short!

    When it comes to your resume, there is never a direct formula to follow. Resumes are always tailored, and vary according to each individual and position. One topic that is usually up for debate is whether to include your volunteering activities on your resume.
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  • Posted Oct 23, 2012 by Stacy Ashton

    Community Meet Ups! Your Volunteer Connection

    What do Starbucks Canada, Community Volunteer Connections, and SFU Beedie business students have in common? A desire to bring community together, and support positive community action.
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  • Posted Oct 18, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    Five Hole for Food Plays Hockey for Food! (By Natalie Pope)

    Richard Loat has always been a hockey fan. When he saw how the Olympics brought the country together, he was inspired. In particular, he saw how passionate people got about hockey, and thought that maybe he could use this passion for hockey to inspire social change across the nation. He came up with the idea of “Five Hole for food” a nation-wide volunteer organization that runs hockey tournaments with the donation of food for charity for each province.
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  • Posted Oct 09, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    A Smooth Sea Never Made a Skillful Sailor

    Rhonda is a Peer Support Worker (PSW) for the Transitions Through Volunteering (TTV) program here at Community Volunteer Connections (CVC). The TTV program is designed specifically for individuals to overcome mental illnesses. Its ultimate goal is to integrate them back into the community through volunteering. This job cannot be done without the help of PSW’s like Rhonda. Her role is to be a mentor / guidance counselor to these peers and “be supportive of their goals”. After hearing her story, I cannot think of a better suited candidate to fill this important role.
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  • Posted Oct 02, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    How Volunteering Helped me get a Job - Natalie Pope

    “It looks like you’ve been a very busy lady,” my interviewer said to me. I nervously chuckled and said, “Yeah, I guess so!” I fidgeted with my blouse as my interviewer further examined my resume. All the while I sat there worried about what she was thinking.
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  • Posted Sep 11, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    Port Coquitlam Volunteer Recognition Award Winner 2012: Garry Elgear

    This year, the City of Port Coquitlam turned its Volunteer Recognition Awards spotlight onto PoCo native Garry Elgear in the category of Environmental Protection and Enhancement.
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  • Posted Aug 30, 2012 by Brian Oentoro


    Who holds one’s hand when no one is there to hold it? Who listens when no one is there to listen? Who cares when there is no one left that cares?
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  • Posted Aug 23, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    Unexpected Benefit of Volunteering

    I have heard interesting stories about other benefits of volunteering: meeting current spouse (who can beat that!) and getting a job through volunteering.
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  • Posted Jul 03, 2012 by Natalie Pope

    A Cure for the Post-Retirement Blues

    Back in my academic days, between juggling a part-time job, volunteering and family and friends, retirement was often a part of my dreams. It seems so easy to live off some savings and spend the entire day doing absolutely nothing, right? Boy, was I wrong. Though retirement is still a long ways down the road for me, one of my university courses has taught me that this dream is not all that it is cracked up to be.
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  • Posted Jun 07, 2012 by Natalie Pope

    Travelling for a Cause, A Cause for Travelling

    Volunteering is usually conceptualized as a part-time activity that many people participate in for the greater good of their local community but there is so much more than just the city limits. Nowadays, we tend to live in a bubble where we are caught up in the activities of our daily life. Many of us forget that there is actually a whole world out there for us to enjoy and nurture through volunteering abroad.
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