Fair brings volunteers, organizations together

Seventy-six organizations met with hundreds of potential volunteers Saturday in an attempt to fill much-needed volunteer positions.

Hundreds came out to Parkinson Recreation Centre Saturday for the 16th annual Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair.

Seventy-six organizations met with hundreds of potential volunteers Saturday at Parkinson Recreation Centre in an attempt to fill much-needed volunteer positions within the community.

The 16th annual Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair was busy from start to finish, according to Dawn Wilkinson, manager of community services for Kelowna Community Resources.

“We’re really delighted with the turnout,” said Wilkinson.

She noted there are many different factors that brought Kelowna residents out to Saturday’s volunteer fair.

“We’ve got people who are doing a lot of volunteering and are looking for something different…we’ve had a number of students from UBCO looking for experience and ways to gain some skills.”

Heather Wilson is already a volunteer with the Kelowna Community Theatre; she came to Parkinson Recreation Centre Saturday to discover a few more opportunities.

“It’s important for the whole community to get involved in volunteering. We wouldn’t be able to provide a lot of the programs that we have going on through the city without volunteers,” said Wilson.

According to Wilkinson, there are 550 not-for-profit organizations in the region.

“Every one of them needs a volunteer board, so that’s an absolute minimum of five to nine people on board. Other organizations are very grassroots and deliver their programs totally through volunteers,” said Wilkinson.

“Volunteers are absolutely essential.”

Tony Jansen, manager of case workers for Kelowna Gospel Mission, echoed Wilkinson’s thoughts.

“We could not exist without volunteers,” said Jansen, noting a recent Kelowna Gospel Mission volunteer appreciation event was held for more than 100 people who had helped out over the past year.

“From the thrift store, to helping the drivers, to cleaning the dormitory, to gathering funds, to being on the board or serving in leadership roles. There are just so many (needs).”

He added the Kelowna Gospel Mission has benefitted significantly over the years from the annual Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair.

“We’ve been here every year; we find it very effective to be here.”

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

Twitter: @PatersonWade

 

Just Posted

Cleanup scheduled for massive dump site near Peachland

The Okanagan Forestry Task Force is cleaning up an illegal dump site near

Traffic being redirected due to grass fire on Drought Hill

Crews responded to a grass fire on Highway 97 and 97C

Lake Country uses bylaw enforcement to try and stop Airport Inn’s operations

Bylaw enforcement is ongoing, said the district community development manager

Kelowna kitchen fire quickly extinguished

A fire in a home on Cadder Avenue was put out Wednesday afternoon

Smoky stop for Greyhound bus

Bus was seen with smoke coming from its brakes, Wednesday.

Pizza places help make dreams come true

The fourth annual Papa John’s Dreams for Kids Day is held today in Kelowna and West Kelowna

Former Social Credit MLA dies at 88

Lyall Hanson was mayor of Vernon in 1981 and moved to provincial politics from 1986-96

Ailing health care biggest hurdle for Okanagan jail

PART SIX: Inmates reportedly wait weeks for broken bones to be seen, challenges with maintaining medical staff

Police searching for escaped prisoner in B.C.

Ralph Whitfield Morris, 83, is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder

B.C. set to introduce pot laws, but years of fine tuning likely: minister

Legislation regulating recreational marijuana is expected to be introduced Thursday

Accused murderer found guilty in unrelated Penticton robbery

McGenn sentenced to 5 years, now faces 2nd-degree murder trial over Abbotsford man’s 2016 death

Canadian driver uses lawn chair as driver’s seat, gets caught

Ontario police detachment caught the male driver during a traffic stop

B.C. moves to restrict pill presses in opioid battle

Minister Mike Farnworth says federal law doesn’t go far enough

VIDEO: Vets, volunteers set up vaccination station for sick bunnies

Volunteers, vets try to stop spread of lethal virus

Most Read