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



Metis Nation British Columbia and Metis Youth British Columbia (MYBC) will be sponsoring 8 Metis Youth between the ages of 14 and 24 to attend this year’s Gathering Our Voices.

The Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference is hosted by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and their Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council (BCAAFC – PAYC). The Conference will be held from March 18-21, 2014 in Vancouver, BC on the shared traditional territory of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh Nations at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver and Fairmont Vancouver Hotel.

This conference will bring up to 2000 youth (14-24years), chaperones, presenters and guests to network and learn new techniques and skills in workshops, share knowledge through cultural activities, witness performances by talented individuals, explore career and education possibilities and participate in sports and recreational activities.

For more information on Gathering Our Voices, please visit their website at:


**All sections MUST be filled in to complete the registration process**

First Name: _____________________________ Last Name: _________________________________

Mailing Address: ____________________________________________________________________

City: ___________________________ Province: ____________________ Postal Code: ___________

Phone: ______________________________ Alternate Phone: _______________________________

E-mail: _____________________________________________________________________________

Gender:      ⃝ Male     ⃝ Female

Age: ____________ Birth Date: ___________________________


If under 19, name and phone number of the adult interested in accompanying you:

Adult Name: ________________________________ Phone: _____________________________

Chaperone:  ⃝ will cover own travel costs    ⃝ is seeking travel support    ⃝ MYBC chaperone required

IMPORTANT: Please note that MYBC has limited financial resources and may not be able to support the costs associated with personal chaperones. MYBC will provide chaperones for any under-aged youth attending the event.  If a chaperone wishes to attend GOV without the financial support of MYBC, we would be happy to arrange shared accommodations during the event.


What city or airport will you be departing from? _______________________________________

What is your preferred mode of travel? _____________________________________________

Preferred departure date and time: ________________________________________________

Preferred return date and time: ___________________________________________________

Any special travel needs or requests: _______________________________________________



Please note that due to space limitations, youth and chaperones will be asked to share a room.

Roommate requests will be accommodated as much as possible, but cannot always be met.

Roommate requests: __________________________________________________________

Any special accommodation concerns: ___________________________________________

Food allergies or relevant health concerns: _______________________________________


Adult Name: ________________________________ Phone: _____________________________

Relationship: ___________________________________________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________________________________

Phone Number: ____________________________ Alt Number: __________________________


Please remember that you are attending Gathering Our Voices because you are a Metis youth leader. The following behaviour is important not just for yourself, but also because you are a role model to your community:

  • Show respect for all participants of the conference.
  • Show respect for the social / cultural values of other youth from other communities.
  • Show respect for the event organizers (staff, volunteers, guests, presenters, service personnel, and hotel staff).
  • Participate fully in all event activities—workshops, discussions, evening events, and all other activities.
  • Demonstrate respect by refraining from alcohol or drug use at any time on your way to the conference, during the conference or on your way from home from the conference. There will be zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol by all delegates, chaperones and guests.
  • Honour the safety of others and commit to an event free from violence, weapons, harassment or threats.
  • Remember that your personal conduct, both in and out of the conference, reflects upon your community and it is your responsibility to safeguard the reputation and pride of all Aboriginal people.
  • The event organizers reserve the right to send home any delegates who do not adhere to this code of conduct.

I agree to the 2014 Gathering Our Voices code of ethics as described above.


Signature: ___________________________ Date: ________________

Salmon Arm Metis Association


Salmon Arm Métis Association (SAMA)   

 Newsletter January, 2014

Mailing Address:

Downtown Activity Centre

451 Shuswap Street, S.W., Salmon Arm V1E 4H9

Contact Phone: 250-832-7029



General meeting on Jan. 13th, 2014

Time:  7 PM in the DAC, in the Downstairs room (address above)                                                                                             

Support SAMA by attending this meeting.

Metis Youth Writing Project Contest (Age 14 to 25)

& Metis Coloring Contest (for 13 and under)

Final Day to submit is January 13th, 2014

 (Parents make sure to bring to meeting) Projects will be judged for the February 10th meeting.

2013/2014 CCAY Youth Workshops & Programs

…Youth come and register for programs…CORE program, 1st Aide, Food safe, Bear Aware and Culture


General Meeting is every 2nd Monday of month @ 7:00 pm

(If the date falls on a Holiday, meeting will be the following day)

(Next meeting is Monday, February 10th, 2014) 


Thanks for reading this newsletter. Eldon Clairmont….President of SAMA





Launch of Logo Competition for Team BC – North American Indigenous Games

$5,000 prize to Aboriginal artist with winning design.  

Victoria, BC (December 23, 2013) – The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) is pleased to announce the launch of a design competition for a new logo that will represent Team BC at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). The logo design competition is open to all Aboriginal artists in British Columbia and the artist with the winning design will receive a $5,000 prize.
The contest opens December 23, 2013 and closes on January 24, 2014.  The competition will be adjudicated by a panel consisting of representatives from the Partners Council’s Regional Leads.
The North American Indigenous Games is an international multi-sport event involving Indigenous athletes from across Canada and the USA.  The next NAIG will be held in Regina, Saskatchewan from July 20-27, 2014 and is for youth athletes aged 13-18 years.  The NAIG help Indigenous youth athletes realize the full potential of their body, mind, and spirit. They embody the hopes and dreams of a new generation – the Spirit Strong, Brave and True.
The Team BC program for 2014 NAIG is inclusive to athletes and coaches of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) and will consist of approximately 500 participants competing in one of 13 sports.  The Games will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the approximately 5,000 Indigenous athletes, coaches, and cultural performers, as they participate in a unique international celebration of sport excellence, cultural unity and pride. 
Team BC is seeking a new logo to reflect its participation in the NAIG and the diverse and inclusive cultural heritage of the Aboriginal sport community in BC.  The details of the Team BC NAIG logo competition, including competition rules, can be found in the Logo Competition Package available for download <CLICK HERE FOR PACKAGE>.
The deadline for submissions is January 24, 2014, 4 PM (PST).  The contest winner will be announced in March of 2014. 
For more information please refer to the Competition package or contact Lara Mussell Savage at
Lara Mussell         
Team BC Chef de Mission
Manager, Sport Development & Competitions
1-800-990-2432 ext. 233