Arts Council joins Volunteer Centre

 At their March Board of Directors meeting, the Oliver Community Arts Council (OCAC) voted unanimously to take advantage of a membership in the South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre. 

The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is a registered non-profit Society designed to build community through the advocacy and promotion of volunteerism. Community Liaison Corinne Janow of Oliver (pictured below) has been working closely with the council, making a presentation at the arts council’s recent AGM and answering questions about the services available.

Arts council president Penelope Johnson attended a Board Training workshop presented by the Volunteer Centre, and came away impressed with the personnel and resources available for training boards and for finding willing volunteers.  “The whole arts council improves as more Board members receive training in what makes a board effective, what makes an organization operate professionally. The Volunteer Centre also relieves us of a big burden by helping us recruit and maintain volunteers. Finally, for this initial year of membership at least, all fourteen of our arts groups receive the same benefits of training leadership and access to volunteers.”

OCAC Vice President Darryl MacKenzie made the decision easy for the Board of Directors when he explained, “The $135 annual fee pays for itself if just one new volunteer is found to work 10 – 15 hours.”  That does not even include access to free, low-cost or subsidized workshops and consulting services provided by the Volunteer Centre. MacKenzie, the curator of the Oliver Museum,  represents the Oliver and District Heritage Society on the arts council. This member group has already joined the Volunteer Centre as its own entity. MacKenzie described the decision to join as “a no-brainer”. The arts council Board agreed.

The Volunteer Centre supports non-profit organizations through a variety of services, including:

*advertising non profit volunteer positions to the public,
*providing training to boards of directors and managers of volunteers,
*helping to increase the overall pool of volunteers available,
*advocating on behalf of volunteer based organizations

The Centre will support volunteers by:

*providing a list of available volunteer opportunities
*helping them to understand their rights and responsibilities

Their Membership Programs and Services are:

* Webpage listing of volunteer opportunities
* Emailing opportunities to their volunteer database
* Newsletter Spotlight of organizations and opportunities
* Volunteer Fair (discounted registration fee)
* Listing in Volunteer Opportunities Directory
* Workshops
* Consulting Services (discounted fees for service)
* Resource library (request free custom information services)
* Use of Volunteer Centre Logo

Thanks to Corinne Janow, the SOS Volunteer Centre and its website for providing some of the informational content in this article. More information about the centre can be found at

Assembly of BC Arts Councils Conference




Conference and AGM 2009



The 30th Annual Conference and General Meeting will be held on May 1 – 3  2009 at the Grand Okanagan Lakeside Resort, Kelowna, BC

The weekend will begin with an exploration of Kelowna’s Arts District and an evening Early Bird reception at the Centre Culturel Francais (French Cultural Centre) on Thursday, April 30, 2009.  Registration for the conference will begin Friday morning at the Grand Okanagan Lakeside Resort, followed by opening ceremonies. 

The workshops offered are listed below. For more details about workshop content and speaker bios, visit
Friday, May 1, 2009

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009


 The Friends of the Oliver Library present
Monthly Coffee Mornings
Tuesday June 16th
10 a.m. – 12 noon
(once a month, third Tuesdays)
Help boost library use! 
When you enter you are automatically counted! 
Let’s set those front doors swinging!
Showcase of Talent: Part Two
Wednesday June 24
7:00 p.m.
Studio Building
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre
So much talent, we had to book a second show!
Come out to enjoy young local musicians! 
Support their ongoing education with your donation!
CALL For Backstage Crew! 
The South Okanagan Amateur Players
Sand Mountain by Romulus Linney
a set of two Appalachian folk tales
July 17 -18, 2009
at Tinhorn Creek Winery Amphitheatre
Technicians needed: Sound, Lighting, and Properties (Props)
Will train newcomers!
Attendance at tech rehearsals in June and July required.
Info: Jennifer Mapplebeck (Producer) 250-498-3597
Coffeehouse Concert
Penny Buhr Johnson
Singing a variety of  music from gospel to jazz and blues
Thursday June 25
7:00 p.m.
Studio Building,
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre
$10 tickets at the door (includes refreshments)
A former Oliver music teacher, Penny moved to Saskatchewan and her musical career took off!  She was awarded the Country Gospel Music Assoc. Female New Artist of the Year in 2008, and has performed in several venues in the USA, Mexico and  the Canadian Prairies.  She has produced three CDs her latest being “Vision” which was released in 2008.   An exceptional musician with a great voice, Penny’s concert is sure to delight!

The South Okanagan Concert Society
2009-10 Concert Series
Four-way Flex Pass $55
at Miss Molly’s Quilt Shoppe, Main Street, Oliver
Regular price: $55 for four tickets
Door Price: $20 per ticket
The South Okanagan Amateur Players present
Sand Mountain
a set of two comedic Appalachian folk tales
by Romulus Linney
Friday July 16
Saturday July 17
Tinhorn Creek Winery Amphitheatre
$15 Adults
$10 Students
Tickets NOT yet available ! (date TBA) at
Tinhorn Creek Winery, Oliver
Your Dollar Store with More, Osoyoos
and one other venue
Adult themes. Recommended PG-13.
Bring cushions and blankets. No chairs.
Wine and concession available for purchase.
Information: 250-498-3597 
Group Bookings for 10 or more:
Presented under license with Dramatists Play Service