Volunteers impact our world, nation city

Monday, Dec. 5, marked the International Day of Volunteers and the International Year of Volunteers 10th Anniversary.

This is a good week for volunteerism. Monday, Dec. 5, marked the International Day of Volunteers and the International Year of Volunteers 10th Anniversary.

The United Nations released its first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report. Volunteer Canada committed to develop online volunteer resources and tools. The City of Kelowna opened the nomination process for Civic and Community Awards.

The UN report states that “strong and healthy economies are desirable, but only inasmuch as they enable people to lead lives that bring them wellbeing.” Solidarity, passion for a cause and the desire to give back to society are inherent in both well-being and volunteerism.

Migration and travel, employer supported volunteering and web-based technologies are substantially changing volunteerism worldwide.

Volunteer Canada intends to forge ahead with creating online resources. Two such resources were launched here in Kelowna last month at an event hosted by Kelowna Community Resources.

Watch for learning opportunities this coming spring on topics of boomer volunteer engagement as well as volunteering and retirement planning. 2011 will bring a fresh focus on training and advocating for volunteerism in the Central Okanagan.

The City of Kelowna wants you to take action and nominate volunteers, artists, businesses, athletes or athletic teams who helped make our community a great place to live.

Nomination forms are available at City Hall and on the city web site Kelowna.ca. The deadline is noon, Jan. 27.

The Civic and Community Awards Gala will be held on April 19 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Tickets are $25.

The Gala helps us celebrate Canada’s National Volunteer Week that runs April 10 to 16. Canadians have a rich volunteering history for which we are known internationally.

You can make a difference by volunteering. Create your own volunteer profile at www.kcr.ca, and clicking on Volunteer Opportunities Search.

 

 

 

 

Dawn Wilkinson is the coordinator for the Community Information and Volunteer Centre. Go to www.kcr.ca to create your volunteer profile and find out about other volunteer opportunities in the Central Okanagan.

250-763-8008, ext 24

informkelowna@kcr.ca

 

Just Posted

Kelowna council puts controversial Capri-Landmark plan on hold

Councillors concerned about proposed plan to extend Sutherland Avenue

Kelowna overdoses prevented with supervised consumption site

Supervised Consumption Services helping people avoid overdose and receive health services

Two bands and dueling guitars come to rock in Kelowna

Secondhand Habit and Not Even Noon bring their passion under one roof for one night

UPDATE Downtown Kelowna winery evacuated due to gas leak

Kelowna Fire Department evacuating the Sandhill Winery on Richter Street Monday afternoon.

B.C. tent city ‘devastated’ after flash flood

Maple Ridge mayor says that residents shouldn’t have to return to their flooded tents

Parents of B.C. toddler who died in unlicensed daycare sue over negligence

‘Baby Mac’ was only 16 months old when he died in a Vancouver daycare

Syrian family can, finally, feel safe after settling in B.C.

Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity White Rock meets sponsored family for the first time

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

The Big Falcon Rocket is scheduled to make the trip in 2023, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced at an event Monday at its headquarters near Los Angeles.

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mrs. Maisel’ triumph at Emmys

In a ceremony that started out congratulating TV academy voters for the most historically diverse field of nominees yet, the early awards all went solely to whites.

Korean leaders meet in Pyongyang for potentially tough talks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in began his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.

Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile

A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was brought down over the Mediterranean Sea as it was returning to its home base inside Syria, killing all 15 people on board.

Vancouver park board passes motion to learn Indigenous place names

The name of Vancouver’s Stanley Park is now up for debate as the city’s park board confronts its colonial past and pursues reconciliation.

Champ golfer from Spain killed in Iowa; suspect charged

Police said Celia Barquin Arozamena was found dead Monday morning at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, about 30 miles north of Des Moines.

Most Read