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Shopping for Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by: in North West, Uncategorized

We all choose a volunteer opportunity that engages our heart with experiences that create fond memories for life. Better yet, I like to compare the fit of choosing a volunteer opportunity to that fit of a perfect pair of shoes (ladies you know what I mean…). Beat the winter blues with a little retail therapy “volunteer style” – give back to your community. What’s on your Community “Volunteer” shopping list.? What Volunteer Opportunity best suites or matches your personality? Volunteer Retail departments to browse  or select from (but not limited to):

– Support Local Causes

– Working with Seniors

– Working with kids

– Service Clubs

– Sports and Recreation

– Arts and Culture

Where to go shopping:

1. govolunteer is a one-stop-shop online portal where interested Albertans can easily search volunteer opportunities best suited to their skills and interests in communities across Alberta.

2. Local Community Websites

3. Local Family and Community Services (FCSS Agency)

4. Your local Schools

On a side note; April 15 – 21 2012 is National Volunteer Week and many communities are celebrating their volunteers .

It’s important that we take time to express our gratitude to all volunteers. The most effective way to thank them for their great efforts is to highlight how their voluntary contributions are making a positive impact in each of our communities. Volunteers want to know the impact of their efforts.

I am proud to acknowledge I am just one of many volunteers in my community and I am always “shopping” for new volunteer challenges or opportunities.  As women, we want several good pairs of shoes to choose from depending on our outfit or mood. Lets go shopping together…

Yvonne Rempel | 780.827.1464 |

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Family Day, More Than Just a Day Off….

Posted by: in North West, Uncategorized

Building Community capacity; adding one family at a time, community leadership at its best “volunteering”.

Throughout the North West, “family day volunteers” have been frantically planning and creating activities so you and your family are able to have a “Family fun day” off . Please check out your local newspaper, community website, Facebook or your local bulletin board to see what each community has to offer through the Family Day weekend.

Family Day is on the third Monday of February (observed in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan). This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.

Did you know? Family Day was first held in Canada in the province of Alberta in 1990. It is supposed to reflect the values of family and home that were important to the pioneers who founded Alberta, and give workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families. Family Day was introduced in Saskatchewan in 2007 and in Ontario in 2008. One of the reasons for introducing Family Day was that there was a long period when there were no holidays from New Year’s Day until Good Friday.

As the weather is usually very cold in February (we are spoiled for unseasonal good weather this year), so what a better time to take a break and spend it with friends and family. Popular snacks of choices for the day may include (but not limited to) hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies. The long weekend is an opportunity for a short winter break or to travel to visit family members or friends.

So what do you do on Family Day Weekend?

  • fishing licenses are FREE for the weekend, so register for your local ice fishing derby – You could win some cool prizes
  • go pond skating with the family
  • participate in winter festival activities (Grande Prairie, or Edmonton)
  • backyard BBQ with roasted marshmallows
  • snowshoeing or cross-country skiing
  • build a snowman or an ice sculpture
  • walk “fido”
  • indoor family board games

Whatever you decide to do, get out and enjoy a winter day with family and friends and have a great day off. Happy Holiday!

My hat goes off to the many volunteers who make this weekend fun and enjoyable for all of us!!!

Yvonne Rempel | 780.827.1464 |

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Cultural Idiosyncrasies: Rural Alberta vs. Mexico

Posted by: in Central East, Central West, Uncategorized

I am blogging from Mexico and thought I would share some thoughts on cultural similarities and differences between rural Alberta and sunny Playa de Carmen. Although I am away it is hard to forget that the launch of just transpired and how exciting the implications this will have for rural Albertans in the nonprofit/voluntary sector. So let me share some observations on the idiosyncrasies that rural Alberta and Mexico share and why my excitement about the new phase of is growing.

Rural Albertans are smart and hardworking yet know how to slow the pace of life down in comparison to urban centres. Like Mexicans, many realize the value of taking time to slow down. In general, I see many Albertans, like myself, working hard to do a great job and invest in their community. In Playa, I also witness a culture of very hardworking people. That may sound surprising as Mexico is known to have a culture that is relaxed and involves siestas, time on the beach and slack work hours.

Now, don’t get me wrong, rural Alberta most definitely contains organizations that are moving along as fast or faster than their urban counter parts. And the same goes for some Mexican organizations. In general though, the pace seems slower from an outsider’s perspective. But, that does not mean that there is less work going on. In fact, the opposite may be true. Here in Play de Carmen, I see the street vendors and workers working extremely hard, albeit on their shorter work days. They are so motivated and determined to offer only the best to all of their clients and customers. On the same token, I see rural Albertans working just as hard to offer their best to their organization and community.

An advantage Alberta now has over Playa de Carmen, is that we are now able to work even smarter using the A.S.K. Leadership Assessment online via We can learn how to work smarter rather than harder by utilizing our assessed leadership skills. We can then learn how to strengthen our leadership gaps to do our job more efficiently so that we can do our job at a pace that does not burn us out. Yes, balance is the key to success in both the Mexican and Rural Alberta cultures and now we just learned how to do it even better.

If you haven’t filled out the online A.S.K. Leadership Assessment yet get started! If you would like to have an A.S.K. Leadership Assessment workshop facilitated for your board or staff give me a shout so you can get started on working more efficiently with your leadership skill set to make time for your siesta.

Victoria Poschadel | p: 780-945-6134 | e:


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