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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Want a Busy Social Life and Lots of Friends? Volunteer. The Story of Coquitlam's Joan Brooks.

    Helga Ovington is leading me to her office in Glen Pine Pavilion, a stunning, modern, glass enclosed space in Coquitlam. There are pool tables, a computer lab, a gym, a movie room, a cafeteria – and throngs of smiling people in each of these rooms, and in the common spaces. The place is bustling.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    "Mandatory Volunteering" isn't the Opposite of "Meaningful Volunteering"

    All education is mandatory. It's the experience that students have through their scholastic lives that helps them find their interests, passions, and role in life. A great Science teacher inspires new scientists -- even though taking that Science 8 class is mandatory.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    The Magic of Social Networking, Skype and Senior Citizens who Volunteer: An Interview with Coquitlam's Dorothy Brovold

    Dorothy Brovold’s in love with her tech. “I’ve got an Apple,” she tells me, her smile wide and her delight palpable. “And I’ve never had a problem. Never had a virus, it’s always fast, and I just love it. I spend a lot of time on Skype.” Who’s the lucky Skype-ee?
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Mobilizing Volunteers: How to win $25K in 24 hours

    I knew New Westminster had a 50/50 chance of winning $25,000 in The Sports Network Kraft Celebration Tour contest. We were going up against a curling club in Nelson, BC. From 9:00 a.m. July 23 to 8:59 a.m. July 24, people could vote on which community they wanted to see win.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Volunteer Recognition: Say Thank You - And MEAN IT

    by Desiree Adaway It is a paradox—people’s willingness to volunteer versus the system’s capacity to use them effectively~Tom Weidmeyer, COO of United Parcel Service
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Eighty Two Reasons to Volunteer, According to Charlie Hartner

    It’s a good thing Charlie Hartner is married because he’s the kind of guy who throws a woman off her game. (Especially if her game is “impartial” journalism.)
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    How (and Why) To Volunteer: Giving Thanks by Giving Yourself

    It's Christmas in July! Whaaaa? you say. That's right...Christmas in July. The tricities Share Food Bank says that
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Opening Doors: An interview with Port Coquitlam's Renee Chadwick

    by Jessica Murdoch A Port Coquitlam resident for 13 years, Renee Chadwick is an active volunteer in her community. And that’s an understatement.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    A Dedicated Young Volunteer: Interview with Nicole Cameron

    by Jessica Murdoch “Helping people feeds the soul.” This is Nicole Cameron’s simple answer when asked how volunteering has enriched her life.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    What Will "Save" a Struggling Non-Profit? Volunteers. The Story of Canadian Mental Health Association.

    Want to do something meaningful? You can save an organization. I'm not kidding and I'm not exaggerating. Recently, I interviewed Rodney Baker, who is the Executive Director of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA Simon Fraser Branch) in New Westminster, BC.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    How To Be A GREAT Volunteer. Have...Faith?

    "Volunteers are those citizens who believe that something is out of kilter between individuals and society and believe they have an obligation and an opportunity to do something about it now. They do not believe they should sit back and
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Sharing Volunteer Stories on Facebook

    The Retiree Storytelling Project has a facebook fan page - we'd love it if you joined. We'll be sharing volunteer stories there - so feel free to tell us yours!
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Introduction To Seniors Advocacy - By Seniors Advocacy Network

    The volunteer training is free and includes gaining knowledge and skills on being an effective Advocate and how to support vulnerable seniors who may be alone and dealing with complex situations. Participants must attend all three Thursdays.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Why I Volunteer - An Interview with Vi Meech of New Westminster, BC

    Yesterday, I talked to Vi Meech, who volunteers at the CMHA's (Canadian Mental Health Association) thrift store in New Westminster. This is just one of her many volunteer activities.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    How One (Resentful) Morning of Volunteering Turned into Five Years of (Ecstatic) Service

    One of our readers, Heather Williamson, left such a poignant comment about the impact of volunteering that I e-mailed her to ask her if we could run it as a guest post. She agreed, and I'm so glad she did, because volunteer stories like these are truly heart-warming.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Volunteers: Are You On Facebook? So Is Community Volunteer Connections! Let's Connect.

    The Retiree Volunteer Storytelling Project has a page on Facebook, and we'd love to connect with you, there. Add us! And we'd love it if you connected with us the Community Volunteer Connections main page on Facebook, too.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Looking for a Volunteer Position? We Can Help!

    If you're looking for a volunteer position, check out Community Volunteer Connections' volunteer resource page. It helps you connect to volunteer opportunities in your community. http://www.volunteerconnections.net/forVolunteers.asp
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    A Simple, Paradoxical Truth About Volunteering: Helping Others Helps You, Too

    Statistics help illustrate a story, but they are not The Story. As Andy Goodman writes (and I just can't stop quoting, it is that good): Even if you have reams of evidence on your side, remember: numbers numb, jargon jars, and nobody ever marched on Washington because of a pie chart. If you want to connect with your audience, tell them a story.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    Info Session - New Horizons for Seniors Program (Funding Available!)

    The New Horizons for Seniors program is a great little funding stream focused on projects that will engage "seniors" (defined as retirees, so think 55+!) in their communities as leaders.
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  • Posted Jul 20, 2011 by Stacy Ashton

    The R Word (Retirement)

    Let’s say the R words together: Retirement. Retired. Retiree.
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