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  • Posted Aug 02, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Families Volunteer Through the CVC Flying Squad

    Lives are busy, but giving back to community is still a priority for many Tri Cities families. The Community Volunteer Connections Flying Squad has been evolving into a fun and practical way for families to volunteer together, in all kinds of ways.
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  • Posted Aug 02, 2011 by Kelly Elliott

    Terry Fox Foundation: Volunteers Continuing the Work of a Canadian Hero

    Terry Fox Foundation continues Terry's dream of finding a cure for cancer.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    National Volunteer Week: Doctors Without Borders Documentary Coming up at Vancity Theatre

    National Volunteer Week wouldn't be complete without recognizing the contributions of Canadian volunteers who see the whole world as an opportunity to make a difference. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders sends doctors and other medical professionals overseas to provide "medical help to people caught in many kinds of catastrophes, including armed conflicts, disasters such as floods and earthquakes, epidemics of disease and malnutrition crises."
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    National Volunteer Week: Port Coquitlam Billboard Catches Eye of Hundreds of Commuters Daily

    The City of Port Coquitlam loves its volunteers. To honour volunteers during National Volunteer Week, and to get commuters thinking about volunteering themselves, the City of Port Coquitlam put up a billboard celebrating volunteers at one of the busiest intersections in Port Coquitlam: Shaughnessy & Lougheed Highway.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    National Volunteer Week: We Celebrate the Port Coquitlam Volunteer Recognition Award Recipients!

    Sold Out House at the Port Coquitlam Volunteer Recognition Awards Ceremony Judges for the Port Coquitlam Volunteer Recognition Awards had their work cut out for them: a record-breaking 42 nominations were received. Judges were last year's award recipients because, as Mayor Greg Moore said "that's how volunteering works!" Once you start, you just can't stop. Even if you want to. But why would you want to?
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    National Volunteer Week: SHARE'd Treasures Volunteers are Super-Heroes

    Krissie Sondles, Store Manager of the SHARE'd Treasures Thrift Store knows her volunteers are Super Heroes. "I have always been a believer that if it wasn't for the dedicated volunteers we have throughout the agency, we would not be the agency we are today."
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    National Volunteer Week: SHARE CEO's Hand Hurts from Appreciating SHARE Volunteers

    Faced with a stack of certificates to match a 900-person strong team of volunteers, many CEOs might have gone with a robo-signature. Not Martin Wyant, SHARE Community and Family Services’ new CEO. Martin Wyant took on the task of hand-signing each SHARE volunteer’s appreciation certificate as a labour of love.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    National Volunteer Week: Volunteers Too Busy for Appreciation This Week!

    Volunteer Keeping the Gardens Beautiful at Hawthorne Care Centre Vicki Robertson, Coordinator of Volunteers at the Hawthorne Care Centre, knows it's always best to give her volunteers what they want. And what Hawthorne volunteers wanted in April was to be appreciated on April 28. "We found that during National Volunteer Week our volunteers have other engagements so we are doing ours on the 28th instead," says Vicki, always eager to accommodate.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    National Volunteer Week: Thank You Ad in Tri City News

    Community Volunteer Connections joined forces with local non-profits to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the many volunteers who step up to make a difference in our community. On Wednesday April 6 the Tri City News ran stories of local volunteerism and ads from people, organizations, and businesses wishing volunteers a Happy National Volunteer Week.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    National Volunteer Week: Stroke Recovery Volunteers Try Their Luck!

    Annie & Bud are organizing Strides for Stroke, June 25 at Rocky Point Park The Coquitlam Stroke Recovery Association is taking everyone out to lunch at the Grand Villa Casino's Scala Lounge to celebrate National Volunteer Week in style at the Flavours of the World Buffet. About 35 volunteers and members will be there.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    The Salt Spring Island Voluntour

    It's my birthday! For my birthday I got to go to an amazing cabin on Salt Spring Island. I will not disclose the exact location because, well, I don't want to have to fight for reservations when I go back. Anyhow, that's not the point! The point is how many volunteers does it take to make the island paradise of Salt Spring run?
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    APRIL 16 - Burnaby Festival of Volunteers @ Lougheed Mall

    The Lougheed Mall is a great location for volunteers in Burnaby, New Westminster and Coquitlam to come find out about local volunteer opportunities. On Saturday, April 16 Volunteer Burnaby is bringing together over 40 non-profit organizations that need YOU to make a difference.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    APRIL 12: Port Coquitlam Volunteer of the Year Awards

    "If you prepare food for them, they will come." We interviewed Leila Rodriguez shortly after she was one of Port Coquitlam's 2010 Volunteers of the Year, and she knows what makes a successful intergenerational cooking program.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Laurel Foundation - Helping Homeless Persons with Mental Disabilities Fundraiser!

    The Hope for Freedom Society has been doing outreach into the Tri-City's homeless population since 1997. One key service they offer is a psychiatric nurse who connects with homeless persons where they hang out, and helps guide them to appropriate resources. Her work is integral to the process of bringing people out of homelessness. Her funding runs out at the end of this month.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    New Westminster Festival of Volunteers: Loving Your Volunteers

    It takes a lot of volunteers to run a Festival. At the Festival of Volunteers on Saturday January 29, we had 40 organizations showcasing their volunteer opportunities, with between one and eight volunteers at each table! Over 130 volunteers signed in to do the great work of getting other people enthused about contributing to their community.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Blue Jackets – “The Undisputed Heroes of the Games”

    The Olympics and Paralympics took over our city and our hearts last February. Community Volunteer Connections, the volunteer centre for the Tri-Cities and New Westminster, is joining with Volunteer BC to thank the real heroes of the 2010 Olympics, the volunteers.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Some Blue-Sky-Thinking about The Built World, Community Building….and Peace

    For most of human history the ambient noise was wind, rain, insects, birds, animals and people talking. Now the soundtrack of our lives is the hum of computers, the drone of appliances, the dull roar of traffic.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    The Volunteer Festival Debate: Which is the Superior Girl Guide Cookie?

    City Councilors Lorrie Williams and Betty McIntosh rose to the challenge, with Lorrie taking the side of the Classic, and Betty relishing the chance to defend the honour of the Chocolatey Mint. Trish Kinsey of the Girl Guides moderated.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    The Peak and JRfm at the New West Festival of Volunteers!

    Two of the city's best radio stations will be reporting LIVE from the New Westminster Festival of Volunteers on Saturday January 29. We're pleased to welcome 100.5 The Peak and 93.7 JRfm to the Festival of Volunteers. I wonder whose listeners are the most community-minded? I guess we'll see who shows up! ;)
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    The Philanthropic Gamer

    cross-post by website developer, gamer (and philanthropist!) Amanda Farough It was seven in the morning when the troupe of gamers arrived in my tiny, one-bedroom apartment in the suburbs of Vancouver. They came armed with gaming consoles, televisions, a handheld camcorder (with a tripod), many snacks, and their most comfortable clothing (in duplicate). I opened the door and they rushed in, eager to plunk their armament down in order to set up for a gruelling task: gaming for twenty-four hours straight in order to raise money for BC Children's Hospital.
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