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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    New Westminster Festival of Volunteers - January 29

    Find Meaning at the Festival of Volunteers Need some meaning in your life? Why not get involved in your community? If a new year has you thinking about ways to make a difference in your world, the 9th Annual New Westminster Festival of Volunteers is the place for you.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Three Passionately Local Lower Mainland Blogs

    Psssst...We've got a secret theory. We think that there is a growing, influential cadre of volunteer bloggers who are out to change the world, one local story at a time.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    How To Create Opportunities for Busy People to Volunteer – The Flying Squad at Volunteer Connections

    Here’s my dilemma: I want to volunteer. I want to be part of my community. I want to be connected. I want to contribute. But, as a chronically time-starved single mama and freelance writer, my daily reality can be summed up in this word:
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Christmas Volunteering – The Last Minute Guide to Giving Back

    Volunteer at Christmas ‘Tis the season to give back, and for many that means volunteering. But if you are a last-minute volunteer, you might find out that lots of other people had this idea first! Christmas hampers are collected and delivered, toy banks are getting ready to surprise children living in poverty, kitchens in churches and community centres are gearing up to feed the hungry.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Manny and Thelma Cruz, Volunteer Grandparents

    Interview with Thelma Cruz, by Po-Yi Liu One weekend, Manny and I were at the Confederation Park Senior Citizens Centre. We noticed a ‘Volunteer Grandparents’ poster on the bulletin board. We thought, “Oh, interesting. Does it mean volunteering as a grandparent literally?” We took note of the telephone number and called the Volunteer Grandparents Organization. Veronica, the Program Coordinator, answered our call and sent us brochures.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    In The Beginning...The Story of How Volunteer Grandparents Got Started - Part 2

    Part 2 of the story told by Marjorie Anderson, founder of Volunteer Grandparents. This story was originally published in Growing From The Roots, a "legacy book" put together by Volunteer Grandparents. One surprise was the great variety of people who became involved, from the well-off to the financially strapped – from the five-person families inviting the family-less elderly person to the grandparents with extended families wanting to bring a single-parent family into the fold. The bulk of requests were from seniors who were single and childless, and parents who themselves were single but had one or two children. I’m left with so many wonderful memories from the seven years I was there at Volunteer Grandparents.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    In The Beginning...The Story of How Volunteer Grandparents Got Started - Part 1

    Part 1 (of 2) of the story told by Marjorie Anderson, founder of Volunteer Grandparents. This story was originally published in Growing From The Roots, a "legacy book" put together by Volunteer Grandparents. Let me share a bit of history. In the spring of 1963, while driving past Nelson Park in the West End of Vancouver, I heard the usual sound of children happily at play, seeing mothers helping and watching them. Then I saw eight or ten seniors sitting on benches, sunning themselves, and watching the frolicking children. I pulled over the car to watch for a bit.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    More Great Community TV, More of the Same: Tricities TV's Geoff Scott

    Last year, after more than twenty-five years in the same field, "not yet fifty" year old Geoff Scott left his job. (He "might be forty-six. Maybe forty-seven," but he refuses to confirm those rumours.) What did he do next? A cruise? A career change? A new project, drastically different from anything he'd ever done before?
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Who Do You Know? The Power of Personal Networks

    Community Volunteer Connections and AVRBC have launched a series of workshops by leaders in the profession of volunteer management. Today Beth Cougler Blom, Volunteer Victoria’s Training & Outreach Manager and an AVRBC regional co-representative, spoke to a crowded room of Managers of Volunteers on a topic close to her heart: personal networking.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Lights, Camera, Action! - TriCities Magazine at TriCities VolunteerFest Oct 16

    We're thrilled that the Tri-Cities Magazine, our very own local community tv show, will be at the TriCities VolunteerFest on Saturday October 16. They'll be interviewing volunteer organizations, volunteers and passers-by, and capturing all the community energy on film! The Tri-Cities Magazine is a great promoter of local community groups and events -- as you'll see if you check out the clip above. Even more impressive, everyone involved in bringing this high-quality show to air is a volunteer. I've said before, and will say again, volunteers rock!
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    TriCities Volunteer Festival is THIS WEEKEND

    This weekend is IT - the Tricities Volunteer Festival is at Coquitlam Centre on Saturday October 16. If you're looking for a volunteer position, here's your chance to check in with terrific organizations working in your community, like these ones. (Okay, not "like" these ones. This is the list of organizations who will be there.)
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    ThinkInternational - Questions to Ask about Volunteering Abroad

    I’m on my annual Vancouver International Film Festival vacation (27 films in 9 days!) but had to take a break when I found out the ThinkInternational expo was happening just down the hill at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Semi-retired and More Engaged than Ever: Terry O'Neill on Volunteering with The Coquitlam Foundation and Its Laugh Out Loud Gala

    It was Winston Churchill who once said, “We make a living by what we earn. We make a life by what we give.” Taking these wise words to heart, I decided several years ago that, after a long and fruitful career in journalism during which I reported at the B.C. Legislature, edited newspapers and magazines, and hosted a television public-affairs show, it was time to put my skills as a writer, editor and communicator to a new use—to help advance causes in which I believed, people I supported, and communities I loved.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Leila Rodriguez on the True Rewards of Volunteering, and Being Port Coquitlam's "Volunteer of the Year, 2010"

    For her committed, passionate, warm-hearted, almost-daily volunteering at the Wilson Centre, Leila Rodriguez was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” by the City of Port Coquitlam. How does that feel?
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Put your ‘cognitive surplus’ to work in the community

    Continuing our theme of the last two weeks - that you can make a difference in your community by volunteering in formal organizations OR by creating your own projects - we're delighted to present a post by Briana Tomkinson, creator of Tenth to the Fraser, a passionately local blog about all things New Westminster. Since many of us WANT to contribute to our communities and volunteer but have trouble finding the time, Briana gives us some advice about how to find more time, energy, and passion to do just that.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    it all starts...with you

    by Stacy Ashton, Executive Director of Community Volunteer Connections The history of almost every single non-profit in existence today started with a few volunteers who saw a need.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Volunteer Positions Can Be Created. By You.

    When I interview volunteers, many rush to tell me “it’s not stuffing envelopes.” They’re charged with interesting, often festive, tasks. They’re interacting with people, not (usually) stuck in a room by themselves with stack of mail. When passionate volunteers tell me this, what I think they are saying is this:
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    We Love Our Volunteers at Community Volunteer Connections' Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

    Summer’s coming to a close, but we’ve got some great memories to keep us warm! August 11 was Community Volunteer Connection’s second annual Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue in Coquitlam’s Mackin Park. I’ll let the pictures and a few statistics tell the story.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    UBC Student Maria Pidgorna: Is Volunteering Worthwhile?

    Maria Pidgorna is busy. She's just completed her third-year as an International Relations student at UBC and while studying she's managed to squeeze in a trip to the Ukraine, an exchange/study trip to Belgium, a research/reception job at a law firm, a blog - and ...
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Mandatory Volunteering in BC Isn't Mandatory, After All

    Mandatory volunteering! Oxymoron! Indentured servitude! Possibly I exaggerate - but maybe not. Discussions about whether high school students ought or ought not be compelled to volunteer in order to graduate are heated.
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