Community Dialogue

19 Nov

Please join us at the 2012 Community Dialogue

featuring the Ambassador Program

You are invited to participate in a dialogue on how Vanderhoof can be a welcoming place for all.
There will be a panel representing new Canadians, and a presentation of the Saik’uz & Settlers Teachers Resource featuring the Ambassador Program for Youth. There will be opportunities for connection, learning and action.
This workshop is for leaders and citizens interested in learning from each other about the promise and potential of living in a diverse and welcoming Vanderhoof.
Snacks and beverages will be served.

7—9 pm, Thursday, November 29, 2012 Village Inn

RSVP by Nov 28 to Charlyne Smilinski,

CNC-Nechako at (250) 567-3211 or

International Volunteer Managers Day – Nov 5, 2012

23 Oct

Universally, people recognize the contribution of volunteers – in sport, health, emergency services, faith communities and the environmental lobby. Volunteers are involved in just about every aspect of service delivery in all walks of life.

Behind this army of volunteers lies an equally dedicated group of individuals  who are responsible for the coordination, support, training, administration and recruitment of the world’s volunteers.

That is why we celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day every year on November 5.

It is important to let those people know that the spirit of volunteerism is enhanced and enabled by them. Make sure you thank those who organize and manage volunteers in your local organizations.

International Volunteer Managers Day website

Volunteer Opportunity

23 Oct

Would you like to become part of a team working together to improve the quality of life for stroke survivors? 

The Vanderhoof Stroke Recovery Group is looking for volunteers to join their team.

Vanderhoof Stroke Recovery’s goal is to encourage stroke survivors to improve their lives through education, exercise, work groups, crafts, outings, etc.

  • No special skills required; training and orientation are provided. Patience and caring understanding a necessity.
  •  Volunteers share responsibilities: assisting with activities, exercises, education, crafts, outings, fundraising.
  • Time commitment: 3 hour meeting each Monday morning (excluding stat holidays), from September through mid-June.

Stroke Recovery Association of BC

Please  contact Volunteer Vanderhoof for further information.    250-567-4879  ~


Vanderhoof Ambassadors

3 Oct

Welcome… is the word

Chances are this fall you will see the Welcome word used frequently in the community.  And, chances are you will be invited to participate in a dialogue or conversation that talks about being welcoming or to wear a pin or t-shirt that tells your neighbor that ‘Welcome is the word’.   The Good Neighbours Committee presents the Ambassador Program as the completion of the current projects and moves  us to the next phase,  Welcoming Communities.  The Ambassadors Program will foster the dialogue in community that will take us to the next level of becoming a Welcoming Community. 

One of the definitions of an Ambassador according to is, an authorized messenger or representative.   We are currently seeking community members who are new-comers to Vanderhoof and have immigrated to Canada as an adult to be part of our Ambassador Teams. The immediate goal of the Ambassador Program, is to open the dialogue between community members about the joys and the challenges of immigrating to Canada; and for the newcomer to be the Ambassador or authorized messenger sharing their story with community.  We believe there is a richness that resides in the heart of each person and a story waiting to be told.  The Ambassadors Program will be one of the conduits for those stories. 

Informal community meetings will take place over the next two months and a Community Dialogue will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012.  If you are interested in learning more about the Community Dialogue, the Ambassador Program or other projects of the Good Neighbours Committee please contact Charlyne Smilinski, CNC  250.567.3211. 

If you are a new-comer to Canada and interested in participating in the Ambassador Program, there will be an Information Session at the College of New Caledonia, Vanderhoof campus, 12 pm – 2 pm, Friday, October 5, 2012.  Lunch will be provided.   Please register with CNC by Thursday, October 4, 2012.  To register or for more information call 250.567.3200 

Ambassador Program Team Goals:

  • Create awareness in the community about newcomers’ experiences and how they enrich the life of our community.
  • Facilitate cultural understanding.
  • Support the community to learn from newcomers’ experiences.
  • Promote the ideals of the Community Accord.
  • Support new residents to become active in the community.

Benefits to Ambassador Program Team members:

  • Meet and network with others who share a passion for social and economic development.
  • Enjoy opportunities to enhance and/or build relationships with long-term community residents.
  • Build community together.
  • Participate in training opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunity

21 Aug

The LACE Campaign (Live Aware, Create Empowerment)

LACE works to promote regular Pap tests and prevent cervical cancer among women in BC. Pap tests save lives by detecting pre-cancerous changes to the cervix, and LACE wants to make sure that women across BC know why a Pap matters and where to get one in their community.

Pap Awareness Week (Pap12) is an annual province-wide event, taking place at the end of October, and is the main focus of the LACE Campaign!

We are seeking volunteers to join our Outreach Team for Pap Awareness Week 2012!

Volunteering with LACE can take many different forms. We need volunteers in Vanderhoof to get the word out in the community, as well as online. Please click on the link below for more details about the activities that our volunteers can expect to participate in. 

LACE Campaign Volunteer Details

We’ll provide all the materials, training and instructions. The time commitment depends on you – It can be a few hours a week or an hour or two a month!

Lace Campaign email:     Website:

Volunteer Opportunity

13 Aug

SunSational Summer Bash

(Penny Carnival, Bouncy Tents, Prizes, Games, Popcorn, Sno Cones, Magician, Clowns, Face painting)

August 25, 2012   ‑  11am – 4pm    ~at the Gospel Chapel

Volunteers needed for:
“manning” carnival games, bouncy tents and popcorn/sno cone machines.

Benefits include experience working with the District of Vanderhoof Recreation Department, working in a family friendly setting, helping organize events, etc.


Ashley Kuznak Raby at the District of Vanderhoof 250-567-4711 or by email

Debra-Ann on The Light 98.5 FM!

26 Apr

On March 6, 2012, The Light radio station aired Debra-Ann Bishop presenting information about Seniors Connected and Volunteer Vanderhoof! She is asking for seniors who would like support or companionship and volunteers willing to help them out. Could be anything from stopping by to have coffee, to helping the seniors get to their doctors appointments.


Debra-Ann at (250) 567-0623 (cell) or 567-4879,

or stop by the Neighbourhood Space located on First street beside the Subway,

or email