Celebrate Giving Tuesday with the Volunteer Centre

Volunteer Campbell River is offering the community a new training opportunity.

The initiative is in celebration of Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1 and International Volunteer Day on Dec. 5, in partnership with Volunteer BC and with support from the Administrators of Volunteer Resources, the Learn in Rural Communities Initiative and SPARC BC.

The purpose of these workshops is to bring regional training to the local area for community members to learn, share, network, and better understand responsibilities within the non-profit sector, whether as a board member, staff, manager of volunteers, a volunteer or for community interest. Everyone is welcome.

Day one includes: Risk Management, RCMP police information check and Ministry of Justice criminal record review, a Summary of Community Conversations during lunch and the BC Culturally Welcoming Volunteer Programs.

The Risk Management workshop provides an understanding of possible areas of risk in managing programs, clients, volunteers and organizations; a template for risk assessment; strategies to deal with risk; resources to develop risk management policies and procedures; national best practices and resources and, an overview of insurance options.

As discussions arise in the community about the cost of having RCMP checks done, the next session will talk about the differences between the checks. Real life examples will be used with the opportunity to ask questions and gather information to decide which screening practice best suits your needs.

The afternoon will consist of the Culturally Welcoming Volunteer Programs workshop which will provide participants with the skills to recruit and manage volunteers who are new to Canada.

Day two includes: Ten Common Legal Pitfalls and How Healthy Non-Profits Can Sidestep Them, Networking for Non-profits over lunch and the New Societies Act in the afternoon.

Non-profit lawyer Martha Rans will lead the day to explore how organizations can avoid some of the most common legal problems a non-profit in B.C. can face, based on real life examples.

The objective of the workshop is to help participants learn what they need to know to transition effectively under the new Society Act. Rans will cover major changes, their impact and how to prepare – everything there is to know about the New Societies Act.

Workshops will be held on Dec. 1-2 at the Maritime Heritage Centre, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and participants can attend for one or both days. Registration is required and includes workshops, coffee service, networking and lunch each day. Cost for members is $125 per person for the two-day conference or $70 for one day. Non-members are $160 for the two-day conference or $90 per day. To register, contact mail@volunteercr.ca or call 250-287-8111.