About

Engaging a Community That Volunteers

Our Vision

The Kamloops Community Volunteer Services Society, operating as Volunteer Kamloops, is committed to the concept that volunteerism improves the quality of life in the community and, therefore, supports and strengthens volunteerism through promotion, recruitment, education, orientation, and referral services for volunteers and organizations in our community and surrounding areas.

Since 1985, Volunteer Kamloops has recruited and referred volunteers to our members who could be a non-profit organization or anyone taking on a volunteer project in the community. We are a Registered Charity (132712670RR0001) and a BC Society with our own voluntary Board of Directors.

A key annual event is National Volunteer Week during the third week of April. Through training and networking opportunities, we support the efforts of organizations to provide high-quality volunteer programs and opportunities. Our staff members participate on community committees and collaborations to achieve shared needs or address issues that affect voluntary agencies. We advocate on behalf of volunteers and the value of voluntary service in all aspects of our work.

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We currently provide three main programs

FOCUS Program

Purpose:

To link or integrate mental health consumers with community organizations in a way that promotes their involvement and enhances community awareness about various mental health issues.

We would like to thank Interior Health for their support in our twelfth year of providing this program.

For Volunteers:

The FOCUS Program assists adults 19 and over who are challenged by mental health concerns to find suitable volunteer placements. Conditions may include depression, anxieties, or any other mental health condition.

In addition, the Therapeutic Volunteer Program is a specialized program for those diagnosed with a mental illness and meeting the admission guidelines of the program. It is a long-term program and has limited intake numbers each year.

Enrollment:

Anyone is welcome to make an appointment, either directly or through a professional referral, to find out how the program works and what opportunities are available. Contact focus@volunteerkamloops.org

Referral:

The FOCUS Coordinator has extensive contacts with organizations in the community which offer opportunities for personal growth and development through volunteering. Skills development might include team-building, clerical, computer, communication, and interpersonal relationships. Each volunteer creates an action plan that can include career planning, which involves seeking volunteer opportunities that could build skills and lead into future employment in the community.

Link Program

Through the Link Program potential volunteers are able to learn about the various volunteer opportunities across our community. The Link Program Coordinator works with these potential volunteers to help them meet any personal goals by screening them and referring them to the volunteer opportunities and organisations that would help them meet their goals.

How to Volunteer

  1. Check out current Volunteer Opportunities and learn more about our member organizations.
  2. Complete a Volunteer Application
  3. Call 250-851-1994 to set up an appointment
  4. If you are planning to volunteer at Volunteer Kamloops or become a Snow Angel, you can start the Criminal Record Check process.
  5. At the appointment the Link Program Coordinator will look at your interests, skills, career goals, etc. and will match you to volunteer opportunities from our member agencies that will help you accomplish those goals.
    • Please note that we are a referral service and we will provide you with all the information to make contact with the member organisation.
  6. A month after you were referred to volunteer opportunities, we will do a follow up to see where you started volunteering, however, if at any time you need the assistance of the program coordinator please call our office or email program@volunteerkamloops.org.

It’s that easy! We also have some organizations’ volunteer application forms and program information on hand for you to get more information about their volunteer position(s).

 

Snow Angels Program

Snow Angels Program
The Snow Angels Program gears up every November to help seniors and individuals with mobility challenges by removing snow from their driveways and sidewalks. Each year, Snow Angels volunteers assist over 100 seniors and individuals with mobility challenges in Kamloops with snow removal services.

Volunteers:

  • Shovel snow from the driveway and sidewalk within a 24-hour window
  • You must be physically fit to complete the job and be reliable
  • Must be ready/prepared to shovel snow when needed
  • Family volunteering welcome (children ages 14 and under must have supervision)
  • Volunteers will be matched with seniors in their area
  • Police Information Check Required (PIC)

How to get started:

  • Please fill out the Volunteer Application and write “Snow Angels” under the section –  “Are you looking for a specific volunteer opportunity” and if you can shovel more than one place in that area, please let us know how many you would like to assist with.
  • Contact the Snow Angels Program Coordinator at snowangels@volunteerkamloops.org to learn more about the program
  • Complete a Police Information Check (PIC) forms, and drop them off at the RCMP or complete the check using an online link provided by the Snow Angels Program Coordinator
  • Once the PIC is received back from the RCMP you will get matched to seniors or individuals with mobility challenges in your neighbourhood.

We promote volunteer opportunities through:

  • Community volunteer/job fairs
  • Media articles and interviews
  • Our website Current Volunteer Opportunities
  • By direct contact and referral of the hundreds of individuals who call or drop in to our office through the year
  • Listings of new requests distributed around the community through email, television, radio, and various publications

Basic Volunteer Center roles as outlined by Volunteer BC:

  • Connecting people with opportunities to serve
  • Promoting and recognizing volunteerism
  • Building capacity for effective local volunteering
  • Providing leadership on issues relating to volunteerism

Get to know our wonderful Staff, Board Members, and Volunteers!

Board of Directors

Kamloops Community Volunteer Services welcomes new volunteer board members with strong connections in the community. For more information please contact us via email at info@volunteerkamloops.org.

Devin Gambler, President

Devin Gambler is a community developer who works with many partners in the City of Kamloops to develop healthy, sustainable leadership. Devin believes in servant leadership & being a go-giver, he is purpose-driven to promote organizational & personal potential.  Devin has over 20 years of non-profit experience, he is a successful entrepreneur, keynote speaker & facilitator, his work in e-learning in BC Post-Secondary has garnered him award-winning recognition.

Devin can be reached at president@volunteerkamloops.org

Lindsay Davidson, Treasurer

Lindsay Davidson is a professional accountant, currently working as Controller at Teck Highland Valley Copper.  She has worked for Teck at various minesites in British Columbia for nearly thirty years.  She joined the Board of Directors at Volunteer Kamloops in the fall of 2019.

In addition to being a Director of Volunteer Kamloops, Lindsay is a current pet foster parent through Kamloops Four Paws foster agency.  Lindsay has additional volunteer experience through the Sparwood Children’s Centre in Sparwood, BC.

Lindsay can be reached at treasurer@volunteerkamloops.org

Terri Hadwin, Secretary

Terri Hadwin is a community leader with a wealth of knowledge of the Kamloops and Thompson Nicola Region area. Born in Kelowna, but moved to Kamloops in her early teens, graduating from Brocklehurst Secondary before moving to the west coast, and returning back to BC Interior years later. Her earlier career path included Early Childhood Education, where she was a pre-school teacher for a brief period of time, then found her passion working in tourism, the arts and non-profit work.  She pursued her graduate degree in Tourism Management through Royal Roads University.  

She has recently started a position with the TNRD as the Grants and Research Assistant, she volunteers as Treasurer for Chimera Theatre, Secretary for Volunteer Kamloops and BC Alliance for Arts and Culture.  Previous volunteer and Board engagement include, Big Sisters, Scouts, Historic Hat Creek Ranch, Thompson Nicola Film Commission, BC Geocaching Association and New Pathways to Gold. Terri has also just recently become a Kamloops Rotarian. Giving back to community is a driving force for her volunteer work.

Katherine Ancheta, Director

Katherine is currently Human Resource practitioner  with a major in Human Resource Management from Thompson River University. She has a passion for continuous learning and personal development.

Her mission is to gain knowledge and experience that is related to her career goals , gain valuable connections , and find opportunities that align with my values.

Katherine is currently working as a Recruiter at Horizon North and plays a key role in recruitment for manufacturing in Kamloops , Aldergrove, and Calgary. She has gained a lot of experience recruiting for many other divisions for Horizon North. Katherine has been in  the working in the HR field for over 3 years and hopes to pursue her Masters in Business Administration in the near future.

In her spare time she loves spending time with her young daughter, hiking, reading , and going to the gym.

 

Shruthi Menon, Director

Shruthi is from India and has five years of experience as a stress engineer for the aircraft industry and a master’s degree in Business Administration.

She was an avid volunteer back in India focusing on educational development and soft skill training for kids. In addition, she also takes great pleasure in organizing events in corporate companies.

Being quite passionate about bringing communities together coupled with her job in Kamloops provides her with wonderful opportunities to network with people of different cultures and spread the values and mission of Volunteer Kamloops. She joined the board of VK in 2019.

She is also a trained classical dancer who spends her spare time cooking and exploring places.

Matt Schultz, Director

Matt has been apart of the community of Kamloops since 2016, coming as the lead Pastor of Gateway City Church.

Previous to coming here he spent about 8 years living in the Middle East and Asia and was involved on a volunteer basis helping with the Syrian refugee crisis. He has a passion for empowering others when it comes to getting involved in the communities that they live in and making a difference in the lives of others.

Steve Konkin, Director

Stephen Konkin is a Regional Manager for Mining Technology and Autonomy employed by Finning in Kamloops.

He has a Bachelor of Applied Science from UBC in Mining Engineering and 7+ years working in the mining industry.

While relativity new to Kamloops, Stephen enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing, mountain biking and hiking in his free time. Stephen looks forward to lending his project management and organizational skills to help Volunteer Kamloops exceed as a non-profit.

Staff

Focus Program Coordinator – Amber Briglio

Amber is has a passion for mental health. Her background comes from her degree in Social Work from the University of Victoria. Before working at Volunteer Kamloops she worked in Child Protection.

Amber has a history with Kamloops because she was born and raised here.

In addition to her employment history, Amber has a passion for photography and loves spending her extra time camping with her family.

 

 

Link Program Coordinator  – Ainsley Tymchyna

Ainsley relocated to Kamloops from Alberta in 2019. Prior to becoming Link Program Coordinator she facilitated the Snow Angels Program.

Ainsley’s educational background is in business and she has worked for various non-profit organizations. She has a passion for animals and has fostered over 100 animals through a rescue organization.

When Ainsley isn’t working she is exploring Kamloops with her family, curled up with a book or cooking up vegan food in her kitchen.