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Jan / Feb 2014 — Newsletter for Volunteers
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Featured Volunteer of the Month - With Gratitude and Appreciation for Making a Difference in the Urban Aboriginal Community

SADIE COTE PROUDLY DISPLAYS HER CHRISTMAS TURKEY ROULADE

Sadie Cote - Chef Extraordinaire

Originally from the Smithers area, Sadie Cote is a member of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation. The Nass River and its salmon fishery are part of her rich cultural heritage. Her faith and serenity has given her the inner strength to survive the many challenges facing Aboringal people today. As well as being a talented professional chef, this proud grandmother of four growing teens is learning American Sign Language to add to her repertoire of skills! — Sharing food is always a wonderful way to bring people together. It expresses love, generosity and community. But Sadie says, the greatest gift that food brings is hope.

"I am especially impressed with Sadie's style of cooking," said Jaylee the Coordinator of the Family Program. "Sadie makes everything look so easy ... yet I can see all the effort and care that she puts into each dish. I couldn’t have organised the Christmas dinner for our program without the tremendous help from all the volunteers, especially Sadie. She automatically took charge of the kitchen and food preparation like a captain on the ship!"

In addition to the the Family Program — Sadie contributes her culinary talents to the Elders Program. — Laura said: "She's brought amazing energy and spirit to our program through the gift of preparing food!"


Our gratitude and appreciation to Susan Green. With grace and foresight, as the volunteer-Volunteer Coordinator, she developed the current Volunteer Program, created a foundation for a professionally-coordinated volunteer program, rounded up her son's design shop to create the first website for the VAFCS — as well as introduced, edited and supported the Newsletter for Volunteers to assist recruitment and to acknowledge the priceless contribution of our many dedicated volunteers.

Many thanks to Anne Der. — For the past year, she's been responsible for producing the monthly Newsletter for Volunteers. During this time, she has been the graphic designer, copywriter, photo editor and roving photographer. She's given the newsletter a great start and this is appreciated !


We would like to express a very special thank you to Samantha-Julia Thokle. During the Christmas holidays, the Friendship Centre put out a call for volunteers for several special events including the Elders Christmas Craft Fair, the Native Art Christmas Craft Fair, the Children’s Christmas Party and the Elder’s Christmas Luncheon. The turnout was fantastic and we really appreciate the commitment and enthusiasm that the volunteers showed at all of these events. Volunteers have always contributed to the success of these events and are very much appreciated. We would like to express a very special thank you to Samantha-Julia who took on a leadership role at these events.
PHOTOS: CHRISTMAS 2013 AT THE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE

(above) • Santa with the Young and Young-At-Heart

SPECIAL EVENTs


Volunteers are needed for a Family Day event at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre on February 7.


To join the volunteer team for this special event contact
Teresa Rush, Volunteer Coordinator, email: — volunteer@vafcs.org


TO APPLY TO BECOME A PROGRAM VOLUNTEER


Send your resume to Teresa Rush, Volunteer Coordinator at
volunteer@vafcs.org
  • an interview will be scheduled
  • a three month commitment will be requested
  • a police record check will be requested
Current Volunteer Opportunities within the many programs at the VAFCS are llsted below.
 


ASSISTANT IN THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM


Under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator, the assistant will be responsible for producing a monthly Newsletter for Volunteers. Graphic design experience and a working knowledge of the MailChimp content management system would be very helpful.
 

STRENGTHENING OUR FAMILIES


The Strengthening Our Families Program is looking for volunteers who are willing to assist the Family Program Coordinator. The volunteers will help with food preparation and child care so that the parents can give their full attention to the program teachings.

Two volunteers are currently needed: one for the Tuesday daytime sessions and one for the Thursday evening sessions.



RECREATION PROGRAM


The Recreation Program runs an after school program every day from 3pm to 6pm. The After School Program is for children 6 to 12 years old, and encompasses learning, socializing, sports and culture.

Currently the Recreation Program is looking for two volunteers: one to tutor or assist the children with their homework on Tuesdays and one to lead or assist with arts and craft projects on Fridays.

The Recreation Program is also looking for volunteers for the Spring Break Camp which will run from March 16 to March 27, 2014, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm


ELDERS PROGRAM


Our Elders are an example to us all in their continued participation in educational workshops, healing and self care, health and nutrition. They take care of each other and ensure they check up on each other. The Elders are a resource for anyone seeking cultural safety and awareness.


The Elders Program currently is looking for volunteers who are experienced food handlers to help prepare lunches on Tues and / or Thurs from 9:30am to 1:00pm
 
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