Tapping into our resource of seniors

If there were a better place to launch a tool kit aimed at recruiting seniors to volunteer, Kelowna’s volunteer coordinator can't imagine.

  • Nov. 11, 2011 9:00 a.m.

If there were a better place to launch a tool kit aimed at recruiting and extolling the virtues of volunteering in retirement, Kelowna’s volunteer coordinator says she can’t imagine it—at least in Canada.

While Kelowna’s aged population might be a bane for hospitals, its a boon for those seeking an able, willing and engaged workforce willing to volunteer time simply for the satisfaction of doing so.

So when Dawn Wilkinson, volunteer coordinator at Kelowna Community Resources, discovered Volunteer Canada had done some research and developed tool kits aimed at getting boomers and seniors into the volunteer workforce, she jumped at the chance.

“This is the key place to come and launch your resources,” she remembers telling a Volunteer Canada representative at the conference where she first heard the news.

And Volunteer Canada agreed with her pitch.

This month, the non-profit organization, which advocates for volunteerism across the country, will be in town to introduce not one, but two written resources aimed at pitching the 55-plus crowd on the merits of volunteerism and helping non-profits make that pitch.

Wilkinson said the information focuses on selling the idea that volunteerism can keep a person engaged and actively contributing in society for the rest of their life. One resources targets seniors themselves; the other targets the organizations needing their help.

The event is free and will run from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at Apple Valley Seniors’ Housing, 2055 Benvoulin Crt. To register call Dawn Wilkinson at 250-763-8008, ext. 24 or email informkelowna@kcr.ca.





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