Volunteer: Women join voices to discuss community issues

During National Volunteer Week women are gathering to discuss issues of newcomers to our community, volunteerism and leadership.

During National Volunteer Week women are gathering to discuss issues of newcomers to our community, volunteerism and leadership.

Why not join us? Women—Voice for Action! will be held at the Ramada Inn on Friday, April 15. There in no cost to participate. Lunch and child care services are included, but you must sign up in advance to attend.

The Forum is sponsored by the Women’s and Community Advisory Committee, City of Kelowna. The purpose is to seek your ideas. Are there barriers that prevent you from participating in our community? What could be improved?

Three panels of local women will share information from different perspectives. Round table discussions will follow each panel so that you can talk about your own experiences with a small group of women.

The first panel will focus on newcomers to the Central Okanagan. Some of the questions to be answered are: What is currently available to help people settle into our community? What have some organizations done to make services more accessible and the content of programs more inclusive? What are some challenges in dealing with a diverse population? What is it like to move here from another country and become involved?

As Canadians, we are known around the world as a volunteering nation. The second panel will set the stage for small group conversations. What is done locally to encourage volunteering? How important is volunteering to organizations serving our community? What are some of the challenges? What could we do to invite and support more volunteers?

Women in leadership is an essential part of a vibrant community. Hear the stories of how three women gained skills as leaders. Who helped them along the way? Were there difficulties to overcame? How could other women be encouraged to grow as leaders?

Would you like to attend this forum? Please register through the Kelowna Women’s Resource Centre at 250-762-2355 or email womensforum2011@gmail.com.

Dawn Wilkinson is the coordinator for the Community Information and Volunteer Centre.

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