Thank a volunteer this April

A few spots left for the Board Basic workshop on April 12, sponsored by Volunteer Smithers. The Grant Writing Boot Camp, April 15, is taking names for a waitlist. Information at www.scsa.ca or contact Kim at volunteer.kim@scsa.ca.

April 10-to-16 is National Volunteer Week. Celebrate and thank volunteers by nominating them as a “shining star”. Nominate individual volunteers or a volunteer group (or both!), also outstandingly helpful community members and organizations that are not your direct volunteers. Information will be posted on www.scsa.ca. Check out www.volunteer.ca/nvw (Volunteer Canada’s National Volunteer Week website). Create an e-card to honour volunteers.

There is a movement afoot to put together an Adult’s Clubs Day in September to promote and encourage active bodies and brains in our community. Opportunities exist for groups to get the word out on their organization, attract new members. Interested? More information can be found by calling Lorraine at 847-4797, or e-mail gradoir@telus.net.

Help seniors get ready for warmer weather with yard clean up or garden set up. Volunteer for Helping Hands is now accepting registration from seniors and persons with disabilities who need a bit of help as well as volunteers to help. Call Andrea at 250-847-9515.

The Health Information Hub (HI Hub) needs volunteers to provide publicly available health information and help individuals find more information for their health situation. Call 250-877-4424 to get more information.

Community Learning Smithers needs tutors for their one-on-one adult literacy program.  Free training provided. Call Joanne at 250-847-9515.

Support your local Art Gallery for these  upcoming events: Divas & Friends concert at the Della Herman Theatre in May; Midsummer Music Festival chili bowls; and the 6×6 show. Put your organizing skills to work and take on an entire event, or just help out for a shift or two. Gallery Sitters are also needed for two-hour shifts. View the exhibits, greet visitors, and answer questions. (Cheat sheet provided!)  Call Caroline at 250-847-3898, or e-mail info@smithersart.org.

Planning a vacation out of Canada? Passport Canada has changed their proof of Canadian citizenship as of Feb. 1, 2011. They will only accept a birth certificate or certificate of citizenship as proof.

Charting a Course to Wellness Workshop on April 9 at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George. Wellness is a process, take responsibility for making, balancing, healthy lifestyle choices to ensure well being. Call 250-562-3813 for information or e-mail zoomerstoday@gmail.com.

Lorraine Doiron writes the weekly View from the Porch column.