New Free Employment Program in West Kelowna BC

Employ-Ability Program

Employ-Ability is a twelve week program. It assists you in identifying a career and improving your wellness. Half of the classes are delivered online with classrooms around BC. You will have practice using a computer that can be adapted to meet your needs.

Some of the topics include:

Career Development
• Identify your skills, values and interests
• Explore career choices
• Write a resume and cover letter
• Improve your job interview skills
• Boost your self confidence
• Enhance your communication skills
• Better manage your disability and emotions
Wellness for Work
• Boost your self confidence
• Enhance your communication skills
• Better manage your disability and emotions

Working Together Program
Our wage subsidy employment program helps persons with disabilities find and maintain employment. Job seekers are connected to employers for a minimum of six months with the intention of long-term employment.

At no cost to the client, details include:

• Reasonable, competitive wages paid.
• Workplace ergonomic accommodations provided if required.
• Opportunity to gain new skills and experience.

Computer Comfort Program
Our one-on-one, no cost to the client, computer tutoring program. This is a great starting point for persons with disabilities to develop basic computer skills.

Once a week you will work with a tutor on your self-determined goals such as:
• Word processing
• E-mail
• Internet
• Office software
• Windows
• Social Networking

Computer Comfort provides:
• Free computer skills tutoring
• A great starting point for adults with disabilities to develop basic computer skills
• Self-paced, client-centred learning
• Ongoing technical support

For more information please contact:
Derek Wilson

Our Partner Office
First College
209 – 3011 Louie Drive
West Kelowna

Aboriginal Sports, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council

Local Sport Program Development Fund
The Local Sport Program Development (LSPD) Fund allows community sport to be more accessible to people of all abilities by providing funding support to sport programs initiated by municipalities, sport organizations and Aboriginal communities.
STATUS: Intake is OPEN.
Submit applications before the deadline of Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:59pm PDT.
Application Information:
• Grant guidelines
• Application form
Next intake: May, 2014
Funding for Girls and Women in Sport
Founded by ProMOTION Plus and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) the Girls Only (GO) and Forever Active Bodies (FAB) 55+ grants are part of an overarching funding program geared towards the development of sport opportunities that inspire girls and women to get active in British Columbia. A program with two available categories, Girls Only focuses on supporting girls and women of all ages, while FAB 55+ is limited to women aged 55 and above.
STATUS: Intake is OPEN.
Submit applications before the deadline of Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:59pm PDT.
Application Information:
• Grant guidelines
• Application form
Next intake: May, 2014
Hosting BC Grant Program
The Hosting BC grant program provides funding to sport event organizers to facilitate sport, economic, social and community development.

STATUS: Intake is OPEN (for events taking place between April 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015).
Submit applications before the deadline of Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:59pm PDT.
Application Information:
• Grant guidelines
• Application form
Next intake: May, 2014


MÉTIS NATION BRITISH COLUMBIA is pleased to provide an introduction to the elements of Proposal and Grant Writing.

In conjunction with the MYBC Annual Youth Meeting.

 This course will have a health and youth focus.
 We will cover many topics in this 1.5-day course such as: purpose
and responsibility, organizational readiness, research, development
of a formal proposal/grant, and presentation.
 Participants will gain skills through hands-on practice identifying
potential funders, and developing and refining their proposal.
 MNBC will also offer a bonus workshop on social enterprise as an
alternative business model for those with business experiences.

*Please note interest in attending social enterprise workshop on the
registration form.
*Those who have never written a proposal are recommended
to attend the full 1.5 days for best success.

Please request a registration form from Tracey Thornhill at:
Fax to 604-557-2024.
Phone: 1-888-850-0832

Metis Community Services Society of BC Youth Program

Tracking Our Futures: MCSSBC Youth Program

2949 Pandosy Street, Kelowna BC (250) 868-0351

January thru March 2014
Employment Readiness Skills Training (Ages 14—25)

We pay for & help you register for job skills training, including WHMIS, First Aid, Foodsafe, skill certification through OUC programs & more!

Youth Cultural & Leisure Activities (Ages 14—19)
Learn Traditional Metis Weaving, Jig, Drum & Rattle Workshops
Wednesdays: Cultural Activities @ MCSSBC
Saturdays: Guiding Circles Employment Skills
Training, Leisure Activities & Day Trips
Limited space for most activities & training!

Talk to your Aboriginal Advocate for updates
For registration & more information contact: Graham Angus
M.C.S.S.B.C. office (ext. 108) or (250) 306-3275 (cell)

Metis Community Services Society of BC

YMCA—Silver Lake Lodge just outside of Peachland, BC

Free event, transportation & food provided
Sledding, ice fishing, cultural workshops, drumming, singing

Metis Community Services Society of BC

Aboriginal Fathers & Young Children’s Retreat Silver Lake Lodge

Children’s Activities
Open to Grandfathers, Uncles, and male caregivers

February 15th, 2014
9:30am– 6:00pm
Register by calling 250-868-0351
or email
Hosted by Aboriginal CATCH

Community Sport Hero Awards

You are cordially invited to attend the 2014 Community Sport Hero Awards

As a leader in the Okanagan sport community, PacificSport and the City of Kelowna invite you to be our guest at the 2014 Community Sport Hero Awards Reception. At the reception, we will recognize and honour Okanagan volunteers, athletes and service providers for their outstanding contributions to sport in our community.

Along with the recognition of this year’s winners, the 2014 Community Sport Hero Awards Reception will take some time to celebrate both the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (Sochi, Russia) and the BC Winter Games (Mission, BC). Once again, this year’s reception will feature a keynote address from a community Sport Hero.

Kelowna Metis Association member, Richard Gauthier, will be one of the recipients of the 2014 Community Sport Hero Awards for his work coaching racquetball. Coach Richard has developed strong racquetball programs in Kelowna, heading up the Kelowna Junior Racquetball Association and the Kelowna Master’s Racquetball Association. Additionally, Richard has been the Assistant Coach for Team BC at the 2012 and 2013 Canadian Junior Racquetball Championships.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Mary Irwin Theatre (Rotary Centre for the Arts)
421 Cawston Avenue – Kelowna, BC
Welcome Reception at 6:00pm
Awards from 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Business Casual
Drinks & Appetizers provided
RSVP by January 24th, to (250) 469-8852 or

B.C. Aboriginal Network on Disability Society

Dear Community Partners: 

I would like to provide you with details on the Province of BC – on increasing accessibility for people with disabilities – Conversations:

 This is an opportunity for all to participate in a conversation on persons with a disability.  There is a wide range of topics identified, such as  housing and accessibility, work, personal supports, etc.  There are various options to participate in the conversation, including community engagement sessions held in parts of BC from January 20, 2014 to February 26, 2014, which range from late afternoon to evening events.  There are other ways to participate in the conversation, by mail, phone, internet, hose an event.  Overall, you will be able to participate until  March 11, 2014.

 The conversations will be transferred into a briefing document, called a white paper, which will form the discussions for a summit gathering proposed for June 2014.  There is an opportunity to learn more about the summit on the website.

 For more information, please go the following link:

 Please participate and provide input on Aboriginal persons with disabilities.  Please feel free to forward this information to your contacts.

 Thank you for your time and attention.

Carrie Tom                                                          
Resource and Support Worker                                                    
B.C. Aboriginal Network on                                                                       
Disability Society                                             

1179 Kosapsum Crescent
Victoria British Columbia – Canada – V9A 7K7

Telephone: (250) 381 – 7303
Fax: (250) 381 – 7312