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Job Posting VPG Staff person

PROGRAM MANAGER, May 2022

THE OPPORTUNITY:

Volunteer Prince George (VPG) has a part time position opening for a skilled, diligent, dynamic, and outgoing professional to oversee overall strategic and operational responsibility for VPG’s programs, the efficiency of our programs, and the execution of our mission. The incumbent ensures that a high standard of program delivery is maintained; those services are delivered in a professional/efficient manner; and promotes the agency’s activities through contact with the community and membership. Do you speak another language along with English fluently? Mention it, it might add points toward your future career with us!

ABOUT VOLUNTEER PRINCE GEORGE:

VPG is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the needs of volunteers and the community organizations that require volunteer help. We operate as a stand-alone volunteer centre recognized by Volunteer Canada and function as a key resource for volunteer involvement.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum completion of a high school diploma. Additional post-secondary education or training in a related field is considered a strong asset.
  • Experience working in a not-for-profit, charitable environment is considered a strong asset.
  • Experience in developing and managing budgets and grant writing considered a strong asset.
  • Experience with volunteer management and sector; experience as a member of a board of directors, experience supporting the work of a board of directors, or a similar organization is considered an asset.
  • Advanced marketing, promotion and public speaking experience including writing effective, concise copy for multiple platforms, websites, and social media channels
  • High level of proficiency in digital marketing including email, blog, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok
  • Experience and high-level understanding of the WordPress platform
  • Clear criminal record check.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Excellent ability to organize, manage multiple tasks and prioritize; able to exercise independent judgment in the resolution of problems
  • Excellent networking skills and exemplary interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Proactive self-starter responsive to the needs of both internal and external stakeholders
  • Able to interpret and communicate operating and Society’s policies
  • Ability to work independently and meet demanding work schedules and timelines

SALARY: $20.00 PER HOUR

HOURS: 20 HOURS PER WEEK

START DATE: AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 20, 2022, AT NOON

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please forward your resume and cover letter clearly outlining relevant skills, abilities, and experience, to info@volunteerpg.com. We would like to thank all applicants in advance for their interests, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted




Kin Canada Honours Volunteer

(reposted from The Prince George Citizen, Christine Hinzmann)
Thanks for all you do!

Mike McGuire

Mike McGuire, Kinsmen Canada

Mike McGuire has volunteered with Kin Canada since 1984 and recently received was honoured with the designation of a Life Member of Kin Canada because of his dedication to the Prince George Kinsmen Club and community at large

It’s a funny story and who better to live it than a stand-up comedian who got his start and developed his comedic talent through his extensive volunteerism.  Mike McGuire started volunteering with the Kin of Canada in 1984 in Prince Rupert.  “I was new to town and I didn’t know anybody and the best way to get involved in the community is to meet people,” McGuire said. “Since then it’s been what I do.”  Kin Canada is the country’s biggest all-Canadian service club organization. He joined the Kinsmen Club of Prince George when he moved back to town in 1989. “For any member it’s how much you can give,” McGuire said. “And I don’t have a lot else going in my life so I can volunteer as much as I want. So from organizing events to selling raffle tickets to recruiting members and we administer that hall (The Kinsmen Complex) on our own so sometimes you’re just sweeping floors or setting up tables – so nothing cool or fun but just being involved.”

An hour a week, or an hour a month, whatever a volunteer can offer the Kin Club is welcome, McGuire said, who puts in about 10 hours a week. Over the years the rest of the club members have developed into friends, McGuire added. “So you don’t really want to let them down,” McGuire said. “You want to be out there and you want to help. As a club last year we grew from four to 14.  As a four-member club the slogging was tough”, he added.  “All of a sudden we started growing and that’s a relief,” McGuire said.

With the pressure off, McGuire took on the additional role of governor for B.C., which consists of 40 clubs, and duties include communicating with the national club and disseminating information, and making sure everyone’s dues are paid.  “I make sure all the biddily bits are looked after,” McGuire said.  Stand Up for Charity is a dinner and a show event hosted by the local Kin Club.  “We’re going to be doing our 20th event on Sept. 30,” McGuire said.

Oddly enough, the event was not McGuire’s brainchild.  “A former member said we had to do something fun to show people we’re not all business and he said what about a comedy show,” McGuire said. “Everybody jumped on and it just went from there.”  McGuire took over about show number four when they were looking to make it bigger.  Amateur local comedians were included on the show’s roster.  To decide who would be part of the show, there was a showcase of talent at a different venue. When there was a callout nobody responded, so McGuire threw his hat into the ring, and of course Prince George being the last minute town there were about seven people that ended up in the showcase.  “That exposed me to the comedy community here and from there I got invited to do other amateur shows with the other comedians and it just went from there,” McGuire said.

During one of the early shows, Vancouver comedian Toby Hargrave was featured and when McGuire got to chatting with him Hargrave told him that if he was ever in Vancouver that he could get him in an amateur show on stage there.  “And then I was hooked, right?” McGuire said.  Bookings were through Yuk Yuks and he went down to Vancouver and saw professional comedian Erica Sigurdson. After the show he asked her if she’d come to Prince George to perform. That led to McGuire doing the bookings for the show himself and getting to know the comedic community in B.C. very well.

As McGuire’s volunteerism grew into the entertainment sector, so did his career as a stand up comedian.  He has recently been cast to be part of the Debaters that will be taping in Prince George next Tuesday, a project he spearheaded when he launched a Facebook page called Let’s Bring CBC’s The Debaters to PG last June and got the producer’s attention.  “You want to talk about a Canadian resume for comics?” McGuire said. “The Debaters has to be on it. As a volunteer it opens you up to so many possibilities. It’s crazy. You know you put yourself out there and you just don’t know where it’s going to take you. My public speaking ability is because of Kinsmen, my comedy is because of Kinsmen and you look at all these things and it’s all because of Kinsmen.”  McGuire will be in a 27-minute debate against a guest comic during the show about which is better – Prince George the city or Prince George the person.

McGuire’s volunteerism doesn’t stop at the Kin Club. He spent six years on the board of the Friends of Children board. The non-profit society helps with travel, accommodations and meal costs associated with out of town expenses when families must leave Prince George to seek treatment for their ailing children. He also volunteers with the BCNF, the BC Neurofibromatosis Foundation and what McGuire calls the tumor foundation, because his nephew has the condition. So McGuire’s efforts are inspired by him. Through Kin Canada McGuire has been acknowledged in the past for his volunteer efforts with Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

McGuire is on the board of the Kinsmen Foundation where the goal is to assist adults with mobility issues.  Most recently McGuire was surprised with the honour of being designated as a Life Member of Kin Canada because of his dedication to the Prince George Kinsmen Club and community at large.  “It was humbling,” McGuire said, whose family came from all over Canada to attend the event that was held in his honour recently. “The people I meet who are Kinsmen are not there to fill their pockets, they are there to fill their hearts.”


 

 

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International Volunteer Day 2016

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary by giving back to your community and country and making a difference in the lives of Canadians.

We are pleased to announce that Volunteer Prince George is joining Volunteer Ottawa, Volunteer Canada and Volunteer Centres across the country in the launch of the Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge – a nation-wide campaign to encourage Canadians to give 150 hours of volunteer time in 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

This announcement comes on International Volunteer Day on December 5th.  International Volunteer Day (IVD) was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. This year, volunteer organizations are orchestrating a round of #GlobalApplause on social media to recognize all volunteers everywhere and the contribution they make. While “giving volunteers a hand”, we also encourage everyone who has not yet volunteered to join in and take part! For more information, please visit the UN Volunteers website at https://www.unv.org/international-volunteer-day-2016.

Volunteering offers vital assistance to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, transforming both the lives of the people who volunteer and those who benefit. Canadians volunteer an average of 154 hours per year –59% of the population have volunteered at some point in their lives. The Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge will build on these numbers, engaging tens of thousands in making a difference in the lives of Canadians.

With a special focus on New Canadians, Aboriginals, seniors and youth, the Challenge will culminate in a ceremony in Ottawa to recognize those individuals who contributed the most hours in each province and territory, and the city that contributed the greatest number of volunteer hours.

Volunteer Prince George would like to invite all residents of Prince George to participate in the Challenge, give as many hours as they can to meet the 150 hour milestone, give back to the community in celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary and make our city proud. Whether it is volunteering for a non-profit organization or informal volunteering that contributes to our community, be part of the 150 for 150 Volunteer movement!

How can you participate in the Challenge? To participate volunteers will be asked to register onto the Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge on-line and mobile platform to create their volunteer profile, track their volunteer hours and share their volunteer stories. The platform will be accessible in late December 2016 through our website at www.volunteerpg.com.

For more information on the Challenge, please call Volunteer Prince George at 250-564-0224, or email info@volunteerpg.com.

 For more information, please contact:

Sarah Foot
General Manager
250.564.0224
volunteerpg@telus.net
http://www.volunteerpg.com
https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerPG/




Upcoming Promo Events

Connect IN PERSON with Volunteer Prince George at an upcoming promotional event:

  1. Thursday, August 18th 10am to 5pm: Senior’s Info Fair, British Columbia Northern Exhibition, Kin 3
  2. Thursday, September 8th 10am to 2pm: Student Expo, College of New Caledonia
  3. Saturday, September 10th 10am to 6pm: City of Prince George’s Active Living Market, Pine Centre Mall
  4. Sunday, September 11th 11am to 5pm: City of Prince George’s Active Living Market, Pine Centre Mall
  5. Tuesday, September 13th 11am to 2pm: Students in the City, University of Northern British Columbia 

Are you interested in having Volunteer Prince George attend your promotional event?  Please contact us at volunteerpg@telus.net with event details, date, and time.

Happy volunteering,
Sarah Foot

General Manager

Volunteer Prince George




Volunteering & New Comers to the City of Prince George

This month, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting more than 50 new comers to the City of Prince George during two events:

  • The College of New Caledonia’s International Student Spring Fair.
  • The Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society’s (IMSS) Spring Job Fair.

Logo for Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society. Learn more at http://www.imss.ca/.

Logo for Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society. Learn more at http://www.imss.ca/.

IMSS estimates that there are 2700 individuals who will need support as new members of our community.  So, how can volunteers in our community help new comers?  So far, I’ve been involved with two great volunteer projects that assist new comers to Prince George:

  • Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Network – Learn more through the article “Project seeks immigration partnerships” in the Prince George Citizen on March 4, 2016.
  • ConnectPG – Volunteers help newcomers to Prince George find positive relationships, opportunities, and support within their first few weeks in our city.

Thompson Ayodele is the local immigration partnership liaison at the Immigration and Multicultural Services Society. - Citizen photo by James Doyle - See more at: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/project-seeks-immigration-partnerships-1.2191290#sthash.xDroDyeM.dpuf

Thompson Ayodele is the local immigration partnership liaison at the Immigration and Multicultural Services Society. – Citizen photo by James Doyle – See more at: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/project-seeks-immigration-partnerships-1.2191290#sthash.xDroDyeM.dpuf

As an organization, when you practice being culturally welcoming, you encourage new comers themselves to volunteer.  Volunteering could be considered one of the most fundamental acts of citizenship in Canada and offers incredible benefits:

  • Becoming part of the community family and meeting new people!
  • Using current skills and gaining experience for future careers!
  • Practicing language skills and building self-confidence!
  • Keeping active and enjoying a happier and healthier life!

How are you helping new comers to our community?  Do you want to learn more about helping new comers to our community? Please connect with me at volunteerpg@telus.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerPG.

Take care,

Sarah Foot

General Manager

Volunteer Prince George




Notice of Annual General Meeting

Volunteer Prince George will hold its Annual General Meeting:

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 12pm at #505 – 1600 3rd Avenue

(Board room on 5th floor of the Native Friendship Centre)

You're invited!

RSVP the number of guests attending to volunteerpg@telus.net or 250-564-0224.




Leadership Forum for Volunteer Centres across Canada

I’m extremely excited to be attending the Volunteer Centre Leadership Forum hosted by Volunteer Canada at Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB on May 24-25, 2016.

Volunteer Canada Logo

Besides enjoying incredible networking opportunities, I will get to participate in discussions on:

  • Trends in Volunteering and Volunteer Management
  • Common database platforms
  • Employer-supported volunteering
  • Social media
  • Skills-based volunteering
  • Celebrating Canada’s 150th
  • Volunteer screening
  • And more!

I am looking forward to bringing this information back to volunteers and volunteer managers in our community and to developing workshops and partnerships using these new trends and knowledge.

YOUR feedback is wanted on “Professional Development Opportunities for Leaders of Volunteers” in our community:

  1. What training and capacity building in volunteer management/engagement is currently available in the City of Prince George?  How is it provided? Do you think there are gaps in what is available to meet needs?
  2. Are there unique models or partnerships to share (ex. with educational institutions)?

Please email your comments to volunteerpg@telus.net or share on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerPG.

Cheers to Volunteers,

Sarah Foot

General Manager

Volunteer Prince George




Volunteers Keeping Us Safe on the May-Long Weekend!

Are you going camping this weekend? A tradition in our family is to go camping every May-Long Weekend, no matter how awful the weather or mosquitoes.

Camping Photo Image courtesy of think4photop at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of think4photop at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Whether you are fishing, ATVing, or hiking, please take a moment to thank the dedicated volunteers, employees, and organizations fighting the terrible wild fires in northern BC.

Fireman Image courtesy of dan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Image courtesy of dan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Learn more about how you can stay safe this camping season by volunteering with one of several community organizations dedicated to wilderness safety and training!

Which safety organizations do you volunteer with? I’d love to hear your story through email at volunteerpg@telus.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/volunteerpg.

Happy camping,

Sarah Foot
General Manager
Volunteer Prince George




Why can you never be bored in the City of Prince George?

 

Have you ever felt bored in the City of Prince George?  No way. I’ve been the General Manager for Volunteer Prince George (VPG) for one month now and I am continually amazed by the amount of volunteering opportunities available in our city – every day, week, month, and year!

Just this weekend alone April 28th to May 1st, there are 5 events that need YOUR help:

  • Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s fundraising event on May 1st
  • Wellness North Expo from April 29 to May 1
  • Special Olympics BC – Prince George Screening for individuals with intellectual disabilities on May 1
  • Healthy Kids Day hosted by your local YMCA on May 1st at Canada Games Plaza
  • Theatre North West’s production of GIRL IN  THE GOLDFISH BOWL

Not what you are interested in?  Well, check out the HUGE list of volunteer opportunities on VPG’s website.  From “Arts & Culture” to “Children & Youth” to “Sports & Recreation”, there is bound to be a volunteer position that matches your interests, skills, and availability.

Do you need convincing that volunteering is for you?  Just read this article by Firespring.org “Nonprofit Marketing: “What’s In It for Me?” Five Ways Volunteering Actually Benefits Your Volunteers.”  From fueling your passion to expanding your network, volunteering offers tremendous benefits to individuals as well as make a positive impact on our community!

How did you volunteer this weekend?  I’d love to hear your volunteer stories.  Email me at volunteerpg@telus.net or connect with me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerPG #volunteerpg.   Have a great weekend!

Sarah – GM for Volunteer Prince George

“Empowering action . . . building Community”




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