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  • Posted May 31, 2012 by Stacy Ashton

    Spot the Volunteer at the Hyack International Festival Parade

    The Hyack Festival is New Westminster’s biggest city event. Spanning an entire week of fun, the Hyack Festival literally started with a bang with fireworks on the Quay, continued with a bang at the Anvil Battery in Queen’s Park on May Day, and culminated in an amazing 107-entry parade down 6th Street and over to Queen’s Park.
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  • Posted May 16, 2012 by Natalie Pope

    Volunteering can get you a job! (by Natalie Pope)

    People constantly say “volunteer because the skills you learn and the experiences you gain will help you with job opportunities”. My Dad would often tell me this story about a pilot that struggled to get a job, so he volunteered his skills with a company and flew for free for a year. After a year, that company offered him a job. This may seem like something that just happens in stories, but my boyfriend Justin experienced this himself.
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  • Posted May 14, 2012 by Stacy Ashton

    Organizational Commitment: Organizational Behaviour Theory & Successful Volunteer Programs

    A few years ago, Charlene Dishaw decided to take an Organizational Behaviour course at SFU. Learning alongside managers and executives from the business world, Charlene was struck by how the techniques that supported excellence in for-profit organizations could be adopted in volunteer management. Find out more!
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  • Posted May 10, 2012 by Natalie Pope

    My Night at the Port Coquitlam Volunteer Recognition Awards

    This year I attended Port Coquitlam’s Volunteer Recognitions Awards night for the first time, with Stacy Ashton, Community Volunteer Connections’ Executive Director. Wow, what pride I felt as a POCO resident and volunteer Board member for Community Volunteer Connections, seeing a room filled to the brim with volunteers and volunteer supporters!
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  • Posted May 03, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    Creating Job Satisfaction and Organizational Commitment in Volunteers

    After over 10 years working in the field of Volunteer Management I was having a “heard that, seen them,” feeling. I was looking for education that would elevate my work another level. The Vancouver Board of Trade brought in the Disney Leadership workshop and my passion for working with people was renewed. What did it for me? The thrill of hearing what big business has the time and money to research. And the research can be directly applied to our sector. Since that workshop I have attended speakers who spoke to marketing and future planning, read dozens of books and taken a course at SFU on Organizational Behaviour.
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  • Posted May 01, 2012 by Natalie Pope

    Three Creative Ways to Recognize Your Volunteers

    Founded in 1972, Place des Arts is a non-profit arts centre and music school located in the historic Maillardville area of Coquitlam. The centre offers affordable, accessible arts education in the visual, literary and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities.
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  • Posted Apr 26, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    Congratulations National Volunteer Week Photo Contest Winners!

    Volunteer BC and the Administrators of Volunteer Resources BC know that Volunteers and Managers of Volunteers go together like peanut butter and jelly. That’s why in honour of National Volunteer Week it was a no-brainer to run TWO photo contests: Volunteers in Action and Volunteer Leaders in Action. The contests had a great response, yielding pictures from across BC that capture the true spirit of volunteering.
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  • Posted Apr 20, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    Women helping Women (By Natalie Pope)

    Soroptimist is taken from two Latin words which means “best for women”, and ultimately sums up what the volunteers of Soroptimist International stand for. Since the start-up of the club in 1926, there are now 89 000 members in 123 countries. This huge volunteer base also has volunteers from our area! In the Soroptimist Tri-Cities location there are 39 dedicated members and they have been working hard for 13 years. These volunteers provide opportunities for women. This can be in the form of financial awards, workshops, or even through having events to provide women with hot meals and supplies on a biweekly basis.
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  • Posted Apr 19, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    Elizabeth Fry - Providing Second chances for Women

    Second-chances are never easy to come by, and it has been traditionally more difficult for women to recover from mistakes. Fortunately, this all changed 70 years ago with the formation of the Elizabeth Fry Society in England. This non-profit organization dedicates its services to women who have been involved with the justice system. Despite any shortfalls, the organization believes that every person has the potential to be a contributing member of society, no matter what their history entails. Their goal is to make that potential a reality. For many years, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver has served as a place of solace and a silver lining for the marginalized women and their loved ones in the Lower Mainland.
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  • Posted Apr 19, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    ISSofBC: Helping New Immigrants in Your Community.

    Dedicated to the promotion of an integrated, equitable community which values diversity, the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia (ISSofBC) works in our local communities to create opportunities for sharing knowledge, skills, and experiences among cultures. First originating in 1985, the volunteer host program has expanded its horizons to offer services in Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Langley, Maple Ridge, and other locations.
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  • Posted Apr 17, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    Building a Community at Place Maillardville.

    Here on the West Coast, we are fairly separated from Canada’s Francophone side. Other than the infamous poutine, Maillardville is probably your best bet for connecting with the French-Canadian heritage. Maillardville is a small community within the City of Coquitlam which was once the site of a Francophone community. Since then, it has greatly diversified while staying true to its Francophone roots. Founded in 2001, Place Maillardville is a not-for-profit community centre where the locals gather for opportunities to further enhance their lives while strengthening the community bond and strengthening their French-Canadian roots.
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  • Posted Apr 16, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    Transitions Through Volunteering: Supporting People with Mental Illness.

    The Transitions Through Volunteering (TTV) Program has a Team of two Coordinators and four Peer Support Workers (PSW), that supports people with mental illnesses who want to further their recovery through volunteering. The TTV Team helps participants to find volunteer opportunities with organizations doing something they are passionate about.
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  • Posted Apr 12, 2012 by Stacy Ashton

    BC Volunteers: Statistics Canada's 2010 Canadian Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating

    If you like statistics and volunteering, March 21st was a great day for you – it’s the day Stats Canada released the first sets of data from the 2010 Canadian Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating.
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  • Posted Apr 11, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    The Home Depot Volunteers for the Tri City Transitions Society (By Natalie Pope)

    It may surprise you to know that big companies like the Home Depot are very involved in volunteering. They have a group called The Orange Women’s Network, a group of women that works at Home Depot and volunteer their time with organizations to use their skills in home improvement projects. The Orange Women Network partnered with Tri City Transitions Society. The Tri-City Transition Society is a non-profit organization that helps abused women and their families in the Tri-City area.
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  • Posted Apr 05, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    My Volunteer Journey: From Volunteer to Team Leader

    When I began volunteering with Community Volunteer Connections, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. I had never spent any time actually volunteering and working in the mental health field before. I wanted to volunteer because a close friend of mine suffers from Bipolar Disorder and I had seen over the years how this affected him. If he had not had a strong support group and family to fall back on then I am not sure what would have happened. I wanted to be able to be that support group for other people; I wanted to (pardon the cliché) make a difference in peoples lives but I didn’t really know how to do that.
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  • Posted Mar 22, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    Volunteering with Animals: A Life Altering Experience. (By Natalie Pope)

    “Animals…are incredibly resilient and can get over just about anything they been through”. Although he does not work with the chimps anymore, he truly misses them and says ‘ I still dream about the chimps of fauna sanctuary at least once a week’.
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  • Posted Mar 15, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    Volunteering To Gain Professional Experience

    Why do people volunteer? Most people volunteer for a combination of reasons, which may include the fulfillment of their moral, religious, civic, or altruistic responsibilities. But a growing number of Canadians turn to volunteer work for another reason: as a part of their search for paid employment.
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  • Posted Mar 14, 2012 by Stacy Ashton

    Working with Volunteers with The Brain in Mind

    As a person with a remarkably big brain, Lillian Whitmore is well-suited to teaching on the topic of “Working with Volunteer with The Brain in Mind.” So why are the brains of our volunteers so important? Read on to find out...
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  • Posted Mar 06, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    An Opportunity to Read: Friends of the Coquitlam Public Library Society ( by Natalie Pope)

    Reading gives you a chance to escape into a new world, or even a chance to learn something new! Reading is a crucial skill to have in today’s world, and the Friends of the Coquitlam Public Library Society raises money for programs that promote reading and the Coquitlam Library.
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  • Posted Feb 23, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    Are you LinkedIn? (By Natalie)

    I was sitting at the dinner table with my family, and I was telling my parents about connections on LinkedIn, and how this could be helpful for me in the future. I looked at them to gauge their reaction only to see my parents looking at one another as if to ask ‘Do you know what she is talking about?’
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