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  • Posted Jul 23, 2015 by Stacy Ashton

    Volunteer Case Study: The Case of the Curious Chemist

    Sometimes helping people find volunteer opportunities that match their skills is easy, and sometimes it's not! Yesterday I received a call from a chemist seeking ways to volunteer his skills. Specifically, his skills in things called plasma spectrometry, mass spectrometry, chromatography...
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  • Posted Jun 29, 2015 by Stacy Ashton

    Youth tell it like it is: What makes a great volunteer?

    Can you be a great volunteer at 14? We work with youth in a volunteer program called CVC Flying Squad. Most (as in 85%) of our Squad volunteers are under the age of 19, and they volunteer with the Squad to help out at community events all over the Tri-Cities and New Westminster.
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  • Posted May 04, 2015 by Stacy Ashton

    Congrats Place Maillardville! 2nd Place Winner of Volunteer BC's National Volunteer Week Photo Contest

    Place Maillardville's photo of a volunteer in action captured SECOND PLACE in Volunteer BC's National Volunteer Week Photo Contest!
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  • Posted Apr 26, 2015 by Stacy Ashton

    Virtual Assistants: A Secret Weapon for Volunteer Program Success?

    Executive Directors of small organizations and Managers of Volunteer Programs have at least one thing in common: a tendency to do their own administrative work. Natasha Golinsky of Next Level Nonprofits and presenter of our most recent workshop “Less Stress, More Success: Working with Virtual Assistants” does not think this is the most effective use of time for non-profit leaders.
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  • Posted Mar 02, 2015 by Stacy Ashton

    Return on Investment for Volunteer Programs: Making a Better Impact

    Some musings about our latest Practical Management workshop on “Calculating the Return on Investment for Volunteer Programs”, led by Better Impact’s Tony Goodrow.
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  • Posted Feb 12, 2015 by Stacy Ashton

    A Life of Giving Back: Couple Wins $500 Shopping Spree at New Westminster Festival of Volunteers

    Joe and Christine didn’t expect to win the $500 Royal City Centre shopping spree at the New Westminster Festival of Volunteers, but they sure deserve the prize.
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  • Posted Dec 18, 2014 by Stacy Ashton

    Breaking Research! The Volunteer Impact Report 2014

    Check out this brand new research on how non-profits from all around the world are measuring volunteer impact. Thank you Software Advice and VolunteerMatch for doing this work!
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  • Posted Dec 08, 2014 by Stacy Ashton

    Getting Into the Spirit of Giving: Volunteer Edition!

    December seems to come earlier every year, and volunteering can be a great way to get into the spirit of Christmas before the season is over. Here’s our Seasonal Wrap-Up of some great ways to make sure everyone has a merry and safe holiday.
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  • Posted Nov 28, 2014 by Stacy Ashton

    Advanced Volunteer Management: Chopping Our Way Out of the Box

    Sometimes when you've been working in your field for a while, you forget that you actually know a lot. It takes skilled facilitators and peers like Carol Dixon and Charlene Dishaw to remind you. Carol also wants me to remind you, “If you steal our workshop idea, we will hunt you down and eat you for dinner.”
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  • Posted Nov 03, 2014 by Stacy Ashton

    Welcome to Canada! Here, win the Tri-Cities VolunteerFest Grand Prize!

    New Canadian Ramilla Shah wins the Tri-Cities VolunteerFest grand prize: a $500 shopping spree at Coquitlam Centre!
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  • Posted Nov 03, 2014 by Stacy Ashton

    Savvy Space Management: Making Office Space & Filing Work For You, Not Against You

    What does Daniel Craig's chest have to do with office space and filing? Guess you'll have to click to find out!
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  • Posted Dec 19, 2013 by Stacy Ashton

    Volunteering and the Seasonal Spirit: 2013 Edition

    Although many people make their holiday volunteering plans way in advance, there are still some great ways to make a difference at the last minute. My personal favourite Christmas volunteer experiences is Operation Red Nose!
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  • Posted Aug 27, 2013 by Stacy Ashton

    Mariah's Journey from Summer Student to Volunteer

    Mariah has been helping at the Lodges as a summer student. This experience has helped Mariah gain a better perspective on the issues surrounding mental health recovery. Now that she has finished her summer position, she will continue as a volunteer at the Lodges, which she feels will benefit her future, education, and career choices.
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  • Posted Aug 19, 2013 by Stacy Ashton

    Raising Awareness and Funds for Lodges

    Tri-Cities Community Comes out for a good cause for Krispy Kreme Donuts at Thrifty Foods and a carwash at Apel Auto. CVC raises much-appreciated funds for programs at the Lodges.
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  • Posted Aug 12, 2013 by Stacy Ashton

    Volunteering Tips for Students

    With summer almost over and school starting, many students will be looking for volunteer opportunities either for fun, to fulfill their work experience hours or both. So here are some tips to make volunteering a worthwhile venture for students.
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  • Posted Jul 31, 2013 by Stacy Ashton

    Sylvia Dubickas, BC’s Salute to Seniors Service Volunteer of the Year

    In front of colleagues, friends, and family members, Sylvia accepted her Salute to Seniors Service Volunteer of the Year Award at a ceremony held on July 15 at the Eagle Ridge Hospital; where she has been volunteering for the past 18 years.
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  • Posted Jul 24, 2013 by Stacy Ashton

    Why I continue to volunteer

    CVC intern Anna Santiago has been a student volunteer for many years. As a student writer, IABC/BC volunteer and now CVC intern, Anna recognizes the value of sharing the passion and interest with the organization she volunteers for.
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  • Posted May 02, 2013 by Stacy Ashton

    Port Coquitlam Volunteer Recognition Awards 2013 (Part 2 of 2)

    The Port Coquitlam Volunteer Recognition Awards always draw a full house of fascinating people from all over the community. This year 27 community volunteers were nominated in 7 categories.
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  • Posted May 02, 2013 by Stacy Ashton

    Her Quest in Life Led to Unique Volunteer Experience

    As a university student, the same question runs through my mind everyday “What do I want to do when I grow up?” Like many, I decided that volunteering in a sector that best suits my interest would help towards choosing my career.
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  • Posted May 01, 2013 by Stacy Ashton

    Port Coquitlam Volunteer Recognition Awards 2013 (Part 1 of 2)

    I love the Port Coquitlam Volunteer Recognition Awards because they always draw a full house of fascinating people from all over the community. Whether you are a nominee or an award recipient, you are at the Recognition Awards because you know the value of volunteerism.
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