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Volunteer Group

ABOUT US

SOS Volunteer Centre Society was founded in 2006 to provide volunteerism support in the Okanagan Similkameen. In 2023, a  name change to South Okanagan Similkameen Community Connections and Volunteer Centre to better reflect the services we offer to the community. At SOS Community Connections, we believe that everyone can find a meaningful volunteer role, and we are here to help residents discover their next volunteer adventure.

Volunteerism is one way to connect with your community and invest in creating a vibrant community. Volunteers support various social services programs and festivals or events. 

MEET OUR TEAM

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Subrina Monteith 
Executive Director

Joining in 2021, Subrina brings many skills and connections to the centre with her regional approach to team building.  Subrina has volunteered on many committees throughout the South Okanagan Similkameen and brings a regional connection to the team.  Subrina has been a part of many festivals, events, and organizations in the South Okanagan over the years including Penticton Peach Festival, Rotary Penticton Rib Festival, South Okanagan Crime Stoppers, Volunteer BC, Terry Fox Foundation, Air Cadets, Kaleden Community Association, etc. Subrina has a wide range of experience in volunteerism and is excited to work with non-profits, festivals, corporate partners, and events to find the volunteers they need to be successful.  

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Jean Sveinson
Director

Jean Sveinson, B.Ed; M.Ed. (School Administration and Educational Leadership), Director

Jean made Penticton her home in November 2019 after retiring as an elementary school Principal on the Coast. Jean has worked over the years as a volunteer in both hands-on and Executive positions. (a few examples: grant-writing, teaching Adult Ed.  and new arrivals to Canada, book and penny drives, mediation, conflict resolution, Food Banks, Festivals, donation sorting, Emergency preparedness, facilitating the building of a library and a soccer pitch overseas). Working with the SOSVC offers Jean incredible opportunities to help facilitate connecting local people and local organizations, as well as to raise awareness about the amazing volunteer opportunities right here in the Southern Okanagan. 

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Laura Turnbull 
Chair 

Laura is a retired United Church Minister. Laura joined the Volunteer Centre Board in 2013.  She has experience and knowledge in the area of Board development and governance, important to the governance of the Volunteer Centre.  Laura has been involved with community Boards as diverse as Art’s Councils, Hospice Society, and Crisis Centre.  Laura has been a life-long volunteer.  Laura received her Masters of Divinity degree in Saskatoon and Bachelor of Arts from Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Ontario.  She was Ordained in 1987 and has served churches in Ontario, the Prairies, and B.C.  She retired in 2019.

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Paige Schulz
Marketing & Member Services Manager

Joining the Volunteer Centre Board in early 2024, Paige brings over a decade of marketing experience, with strong ties to the hospitality and tourism industry. She received her Bachelor’s Degree of Management with a Major in Marketing from the University of Lethbridge. Having worked with Visit Penticton, a long-standing partner of the SOS Volunteer Centre, since 2021, Paige brings many community connections, including festival and events organizers, which often require large volunteer support. She started volunteering at a young age in her hometown of Medicine Hat and has been involved in volunteering with various organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society, Greater Westside Board of Trade, and ElderDog.

New Board Member 

SOS Volunteer Centre Society is looking for new volunteers to join the team.  If you have a passion for volunteerism, we would love to hear from you. 

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