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  • Posted Jan 26, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    The Year of the Dragon: A Year to Volunteer! ( by Natalie Pope)

    Gung Hay Fat Choy everyone! I associate this time of year with a lot of red and gold clothing, lion dances, and red envelopes because I was born into a family with Chinese heritage. Although not everyone has a Chinese heritage, it is still a fun time for everyone! There are many public events around this time to celebrate the New Year, and they are worth checking out!
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  • Posted Jan 23, 2012 by Stacy Ashton

    True Colours for Managers of Volunteers

    Carol Dixon, Director of Volunteer Resources (and Retail) for the Providence Health Care, oversees the management of volunteers at seven health care facilities in Vancouver. In her job knowing how different people do their best work is key to success - and to sanity.
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  • Posted Jan 17, 2012 by Stacy Ashton

    Group Interviews: More Screening, Less Time

    Carmen Bressanutti is Coordinator of Volunteer Resources at Eagle Ridge Hospital. VolunTEEN is her main focus, with up to 75 sixteen- to eighteen-year-olds providing companionship and dining assistance to Eagle Ridge Hospital patients and residents at the Eagle Ridge Manor. When Carmen heard about a colleague doing Group Interviews, she was intrigued!
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  • Posted Jan 12, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    CVC staff volunteers too! ( By Yogita Grover)

    Happy New Year everyone! I am sure many of you have had the pleasure of knowing the incredible, Brian Oentoro, the Events and Communications Coordinator at CVC. But, keep reading because Brian has some very inspiring volunteer stories to share with you.
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  • Posted Jan 04, 2012 by Brian Oentoro

    "Opening Our Eyes" to Volunteer ( By Natalie Pope)

    “I felt that in contributing my small part to this film that I had accomplished something I was put on this earth to do.”
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  • Posted Dec 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Christmas Lights! Volunteering Christmas Spirit

    One of the many moments of discovering I was an adult now was when I realized that the "magic" of Christmas is actually created by a lot of dedicated and unsung workers! My favourite example of the adult conspiracy to celebrate Christmas is the way entire houses are lit up in festive colours at the beginning of December.
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  • Posted Dec 15, 2011 by Brian Oentoro

    How to be on Santa's Nice List! ( By Yogita)

    Hello CVC rockstars! As you all know…tis the season to be jolly Fa la la la la, la la la la.While it is the season to be merry, it is also a great time to give back to our community ( or just to be on Santa's Nice list). Volunteering is an easy way to give back to the community. Here are a few places you can volunteer!
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  • Posted Dec 08, 2011 by Brian Oentoro

    Your "Where to Donate" guide for New Westminster.

    You want to be on Santa's good list this year? Well, helping out our neighbours in need will put you on Santa's good list.
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  • Posted Nov 29, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Volunteer Interviews That Engage

    Beth Couglar Blom of Volunteer Victoria and AVRBC South Island runs on the motto "do what you love". Her second motto is "be strategic." She brings these mottos to her philosophy on volunteer engagement. How can you find out what people love, and find ways to get them into positions in your organization where they get to love what they are doing?
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  • Posted Nov 23, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Volunteering for Science (and Fun)

    TedXVancouver blew my mind. I was among 1,000 enthralled listeners at the Chan Centre listening to amazing speakers talk about things they are passionate about ... and finding out extremely cool ways I could volunteer for science.
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  • Posted Nov 17, 2011 by Brian Oentoro

    Your Guide to Christmas Volunteering in New Westminster (Natalie Pope)

    Around December, people start thinking about the Holidays and giving back to those in need, however, around this time many volunteer positions are already filled or many organizations don’t have the time to process new volunteers. One way to avoid this is to sign up to volunteer early!
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  • Posted Nov 10, 2011 by Brian Oentoro

    Natalie Pope, CVC Blog Writer

    Welcome to the CVC blog! My name is Natalie. I am a Simon Fraser University (SFU) student studying Communications and English. Helping Community Volunteer Connections (CVC) to promote volunteerism, I write articles for this blog. But first, here’s a little bit about my first volunteering experience!
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  • Posted Nov 10, 2011 by Brian Oentoro

    Yogita Grover, CVC Blog Writer

    My name is Yogita. I currently work at BC hydro. I grew up in India and moved to Vancouver to study 10 years ago. I loved it so much I decided to make it my home. Vancouver has embraced me with open arms and made me the self-aware and strong individual that I am today.
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  • Posted Nov 04, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Thank you, Managers of Volunteers (Herders of Cats?)!

    November 5 is International Manager of Volunteers Day. Today always gets me thinking about the amazing skill and energy that goes into managing volunteers. It's a bit like herding cats...
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  • Posted Oct 27, 2011 by Brian Oentoro

    Meet Borgny, an 89 year old volunteer

    Some may think that one is too old to volunteer, but that’s not true! Meet Borgny Olsen! Borgny is an 89-year old New Westminster resident. She first got in touch with the Seniors Services Society about 25 years ago when she was still working at Woodwards.
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  • Posted Oct 06, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Tri Cities VolunteerFest @ Coquitlam Centre this Saturday!

    Thinking about volunteering but don’t know where to start? You want to help others in your community? Thinking about how you can make a difference? Or simply just killing time while helping others? The Tri-Cities VolunteerFest, will be a good start! On October 15th at Coquitlam Centre, 25+ organizations will come and inform you about volunteering. These are local organizations so you don’t have to travel much to volunteer! You will also be entered for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate courtesy of Coquitlam Centre.
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  • Posted Aug 02, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Betty Fox: Hero in Her Own Right

    One of my favourite moments from the 2010 Olympics was watching Betty Fox proudly carrying a corner of the Olympic flag at the Opening Ceremonies in Vancouver. Although Mrs. Fox was joined by hockey star Bobby Orr, singer Anne Murray, racecar driver Jacques Villeneuve, gold medallist figure skater Barbara Ann Scott, Senator Romeo Dallaire, astronaut Julie Payette and Emmy Award-winning actor Donald Sutherland, it was Betty Fox I was proudest to see representing Canadian heroism.
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  • Posted Aug 02, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Volunteers and the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot

    Volunteers show the real Vancouver as thousands turn out to clean up in the aftermath of the Stanley Cup Riot.
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  • Posted Aug 02, 2011 by Kelly Elliott

    Who Are Volunteers?

    "Volunteers...choose to get involved and to give the perceived problem their best shot within the constraints of their time, energy, knowledge and skills."
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  • Posted Aug 02, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Port Moody Station Museum: History is Made by Volunteers

    Volunteers are the heart of the Port Moody Station Museum. Started by a group of volunteers, the Port Moody Heritage Society worked to purchase the former Port Moody train station and turn it into a community Museum in the late 1970s. Over the years, volunteers have contributed to important Museum projects like the purchase and renovation of the train car and the establishment of a heritage garden.
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