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In a few weeks the first of many festivals will begin!

South Okanagan Similkameen Community Connections Volunteer Centre


April 2024 Article


Submitted by Laura Turnbull – Board Chairperson


In a few weeks the first of many festivals will begin! This implies that countless

volunteers will be required to help with ticket taking, crowd control, support to the

vendors, and many other tasks. Are you willing to help?

Perhaps you are saying to yourself, “what is in it for me if I volunteer?” Experts in

the field of volunteerism have written entire books on the subject, but I’d like to suggest 11 key points that I believe motivate me and others like me to volunteer.

By volunteering one meets wonderful people and increases your social network.

You help the community or a sphere of the community when you give time to a cause or purpose you believe in. By volunteering you get to know the community in a new way, perhaps by being introduced to a new aspect of life. Meeting folk from other cultures can be a rich and rewarding bonus of volunteering. This often results in doors being opened and new opportunities happening. Volunteers often speak of the skills they develop while giving time. Whether one gives an hour a month or many hours at a time one’s resume may be enhanced. And what a wonderful way of enhancing self esteem!

One’s volunteer contributions enable oneself to feel understood in a unique and

enriching way. Some of the volunteer experiences I have had have enabled me to rub shoulders with some of the giants of the field. And that brings me to the eleventh and final point. The South Okanagan Similkameen Community Connections Volunteer Centre is ready and willing to support you in your volunteer endeavour!

If you want to do something rewarding this festival season, contact the South

Okanagan Similkameen Community Connections Volunteer Centre

at 1-888-576-5661,

email the Centre at info@volunteercentre.info or drop into its new location in The

Cannery at 110-1475 Fairview Road. Office hours are generally 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Monday to Friday. Calling ahead first is highly encouraged. Our Executive Director

Subrina Monteith would love to talk to you about volunteering for one (or many) of our

wonderful festivals!

Expand your day, your insights, your life, by volunteering!

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