Here’s What’s Going On In The North West Region

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Success Factors in Raising Financial Capital for Non-profit Organizations

Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau is pleased to offer “Success Factors in Raising Financial Capital for Non Profit Organizations” in our newly expanded video conferencing center, on Tuesday, February 14 from 11:30AM to

Financial capital for non-profit organizations refers to the financial resources and assets available to an organization so it is able to either gather the resources they need or pay for what it needs in order to provide the services and products of the organization. Non-profit organizations generally raise financial capital through sources such as donations, grants, sponsorships, contracts, Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and various fundraising activities.

Richard Larsen, MSc, a Community Development Officer with Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, focuses on building the capacity of individuals and groups to achieve their goals and accomplish their projects. With twenty-six years of experience working with a range of communities; rural, northern, ethnic, aboriginal, government and urban organizations, he identifies ‘what’s working’ and finds ways to replicate that. Richard also has an active role as a volunteer in his church and community, and is an organizer and sponsor of humanitarian efforts in the developing world.

For more information or registration email Colleen at

Grande Prairie and District SPCA – Paying it Forward Recipient Nominee

The Grande Prairie and District SPCA has been the chosen recipient of this years Paying it Forward event by last years recipient, Grande Prairie Odyssey House.  Paying it Forward is a charitable initiative sponsored by Friesen Bain Chartered Accountants.  The initiative this year will hope to raise the necessary resources to buy a transport vehicle for the society to allow for safe transport of animals in their care to and from veterinary clinics.  The event is raising these funds through selling paw print decals that will contain the sponsor name or logos to appear on the vehicle.  The vehicle will be presented to the society at a Day in the Park Event on June 10, 2012.  For more information or to help out on this worthwhile initiative please contact Jenna Campbell with Friesen Bain at 780-830-2305

Babies Best Start Program is Seeking a Part Time Outreach Worker for Sexsmith

The Grande Prairie Friendship Centre is seeking a part-time Outreach Worker for the Babies’ Best Start Program. Babies’ Best Start is a community based program which provides prenatal nutrition information, advice, support and supplements to pregnant and parenting women.

Applications will be received until a suitable candidate is found

Please forward resume to: Dawn Ferguson, Program Coordinator Grande Prairie Friendship Centre 10105 – 97 Avenue Grande Prairie, AB T8V 0N5 Fax: (780) 513-2199 Email:

Volunteer Opportunities

Below are some of
the recent volunteer opportunities,  Please visit GPVSB website at Can’t find what you’re looking Please call Colleen at 780-538-2727, She always happy to help volunteers connect with the causes they care about!

Database Volunteer, Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning:  Lifelong Learning is seeking a volunteer for database set up and entry. They are upgrading from Excel to Access and need to have their information moved from their spreadsheets to an Access database.  Please contact Cathy Torok at for more information.

Relay for Life Volunteers, Canadian Cancer Society:  Relay for Life is a 12 hour, overnight event where teams of 10 take turns walking around the track. Relay for Life starts by celebrating the life and fight of survivors, remembering and honoring loved ones lost, and encouraging and enabling people to fight back against the disease. Volunteers are the heart of Relay. Help plan and organize this local event.  There are a variety of positions available from scheduling entertainment to helping with food and beverage.  For more information contact Jaci McNaughton at (780) 538-8205 or

Casino Volunteers, The Centre for Creative Arts:  The Centre for Creative Arts will be working at the casino on March 25 and 26, 2012. The Centre is eligible to work a casino once every three years and will earn part of the money required for special projects and purchases at the Centre. In order to make this happen we need 28 volunteers over 2 days.  AGLC needs to clear our volunteers 40 days prior to the event so we need to have all of these shifts filled in the next week or so. Thank you for considering helping us out. For more information please contact Candace Hook at (780) 814-6080 or email

Newsletter Assistant, Crime Prevention:  The City of Grande Prairie’s Crime Prevention Department has a volunteer opportunity available for someone to assist with putting together their quarterly newsletter. This would involve coming into the office to work on it every quarter during office hours. Arrangements to work from home would be considered, once information has been gathered from staff contributors. The expected time commitment is for a few hours, every three months. Interested volunteers must be comfortable using Microsoft Publisher and have some experience in graphic design. Please call (780) 882-7813 for more information.

Lesson Volunteers, Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society:  PARDS has immediate openings for volunteers who are
interested in helping with Lessons and in the Barn.  If you have an hour to spare each week, please let us know. Check out our website for more information about the Volunteer roles at PARDS; give us a call at 780-538-3211 or email if you have any questions, and to let us know what hour (or hours) you would like to help out with.

Congrats to a Voluneer of the Week – Larry Bentley – Larry has been a Bingo volunteer for PARDS for the past 2 years. He is always ready to help out, even at the last minute, and always has a joke or a story to tell. Larry you are a wonderful volunteer and we appreciate all you do for PARDS

The nomination deadline for the Leaders of Tomorrow awards is Monday, March 7th, 2011. If you know of a youth, between the ages of 6 and 18 years, who is a leader in our community, who volunteers and inspires others to do the same, perhaps they would be a good candidate for these annual awards. A nomination or award of this sort can be a great asset to a youth’s portfolio. Also, such recognition has the potential to motivate a young person to continue their good work well into adulthood. Nomination forms are available in a fill-able PDF format online at, they are also available at all schools, library, recreation centre, Friendship Centre, and The Guild.

National Volunteer Week Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon!

National Volunteer Week will take place April 15 – 21, 2012 and VSB would like your input to organize our largest Volunteer Appreciation event of the year!

Each year during National Volunteer Week, Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau hosts a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Leaders of Tomorrow Awards, presented by ATCO.  To be a part of this feel good event that pays tribute to one of our community’s most vital resources – volunteers – please phone Colleen at 780-538-2727 or email

The Hinton Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) is gearing up to plan for the 3rd annual “Beaver Bike Fest”. They’d love to have people join the planning committee and/or volunteer during the day of the event, slated for Saturday, June 16th! The first planning meeting is on February 7th at 7:30 pm at Cedar Creek Restaurant on Highway 16. Spread the word, or join them on Tuesday, February 7th!

For further info contact Lisa Brett Volunteer & Information Centre Coordinator Town of Hinton | Gateway to the Rockies

p: 780.865.2670 | f: 780.865.2669 e: or

The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.  ~ Terri Guillemets


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