Resources for Students
1. Programs for Career
Exploration & Experience Resources
ENCOUNTERS WITH CANADA
Encounters with Canada is a one-week program of Canadian
studies held at The Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre, in Ottawa. From mid September to early December and from late January
to early May, more than 138 high school students per week, aged 14 – 17 come from across the country to our Nation’s
Capital for a once in a lifetime opportunity.
What sorts of people come to the Shad Valley program?
Our candidates tend to be creative and talented individuals—musicians, inventors,
and young businesspeople—with strong leadership skills, the ability to work in a team, and solid academic records, particularly
in math and science.
spend the month of July at one of twelve excellent universities across Canada, where they attend lectures and workshops, and get involved in group projects. Some go on to five weeks of
paid work with Shad partner companies, combining their own talents with the skills honed at Shad to tackle real-world challenges.
TREV & JOYCE DEELEY CANCER RESEARCH CENTRE IN VICTORIA
BC Cancer Agency′s Trev & Joyce Deeley Research Centre (DRC) opened in Victoria in July 2003 and is the first cancer
research centre on Vancouver Island. This state-of-the-art Research Centre is supported solely by the BC Cancer Foundation
through generous contributions by donors. A research facility of this calibre offers many opportunities to the surrounding
community, the DRC is pleased to be able to offer High School Programs that are geared towards Grade 11 and 12 students.
programs have been designed to offer high school students the opportunity to explore cancer research from the front lines
and learn the latest techniques being used today in the fight against cancer.
High School Outreach Program
The High School Outreach Progam (HSOP) was developed to bring the science research to the schools. This year we are taking the program to all the secondary schools
in the Greater Victoria Area. To find out about when this program is coming to your school please go to the HSOP page
2. Volunteer Service Resources
How Students Who Care works.
local high schools have formed youth advisory committees of students which are supported by a teacher advisor and the Victoria
Foundation. During the school year they:
• Visit and learn about community
grants to local charities as determined by the students
a hands-on and hearts-on experience for young people – and most importantly, it promotes the lifelong value of giving
back to the community.
interested high school can participate in this program by contacting the Victoria Foundation at 381-5532 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Youth Volunteer Connections Program (YVCP) is for all youth 15 to 29 who are looking
for volunteer experience in their community and need some help finding the right fit.
Assistance to service
providers in finding
presentations to Youth
Groups and Schools
Saanich Volunteer Services Society
(SVSS) is a non-profit agency that is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Society provides coordinated volunteer
assistance to persons living within the Municipality of Saanich.
provide service to people of all ages; however, most of our clients are seniors who need help to remain in their own homes,
apartments or condominiums. Some are experiencing temporary mobility impairment or awaiting placement in a supported living
site, all are trying to maintain their independence and quality of life.
volunteer services include:
Minor Home Repairs
Income Tax Form
BURNSIDE GORGE COMMUNITY CENTRE
VICTORIA HOSPICE SOCIETY
Volunteers are involved in every
aspect of the Victoria Hospice program as an essential part of our interdisciplinary team. Over 500 people are active as trained
Victoria Hospice volunteers, providing companionship and practical support to our patients and family members. Volunteers
may work in people’s homes or on our in-patient unit, or may make contact regularly by phone.
except for our Thrift Boutique volunteers, complete 35 hours of classroom training followed by 15 hours of on-the-job training
on our unit. Victoria Hospice offers three volunteer training programs per year. Read our volunteer commitment guidelines before applying, and then complete the volunteer application form.
CANADIAN RED CROSS
For further information about these and other volunteer opportunities
with the Canadian Red Cross contact the BC Coastal Region Office located at 909 Fairfield Road, Victoria, BC V8V 3A3
Telephone: 250-382-2043 or 1-800-661-9055, E-mail: email@example.com
Operation Trackshoes (OT) is a provincial sports festival held at the University of Victoria for
the citizens of British Columbia who have a mental disability. Operation Trackshoes includes a full-length competitive track
and field meet, events for athletes in wheelchairs, and many fun and recreational events as well.
We see thousands of cats, dogs, and small animals every year and we need YOU to help make their
stay more comfortable. Please consider volunteering!
VICTORIA GENERAL HOSPITAL http://www.viha.ca/volunteer_resources/locations/locations_southisland/volunteer_vgh.htm
Patient Support Youth Volunteer
This is a year-round, program for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18
years. The volunteer will provide patient support through visiting, library service, escorting patients to Hymn Sing
or other leisure programs and office helpers.
NEED CRISIS AND INFORMATION LINE http://www.needcrisis.bc.ca/html/volunteer/volunteer.htm
Volunteering at the NEED Crisis & Information Line gives you the opportunity
to meet caring, like-minded people. There are social events, guest speakers and advanced training workshops throughout the
DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
The Dragon Boat Festival - “Duan Wu Jie” in Chinese - is traditionally celebrated on
the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Each year hundreds of volunteers and committed
event organizers whose tireless efforts make this event such a tremendous success.
Victoria AM is a non profit society, incorporated in 1984, with the mission “to enhance and
support Tourism in Victoria”. Students are always welcome to volunteer as greeters for cruise ships visiting Victoria
The Mustard Seed relies on our volunteers to provide many of the services we offer to our guests.
In 2004 we had over 9,987 volunteers that gave of their time and energy on either a weekly, monthly, quarterly or one-time
occasion. We are most thankful for each and every one of them and what they gave to The SEED.
QUEEN ALEXANDRA HOSPITAL
You can give the gift of time. If you would you like to volunteer to help the Queen Alexandra
Foundation For Children, simply fill out an online Volunteer Application Form and send it in to the Foundation at:
2400 Arbutus Road, Victoria BC V8N 1V7
Phone: 250-721-6843 Fax: 250-721-6715
3. Community Awards
& Recognition Resources
YOUTH & ACTION AWARDS PROGRAM
The Youth in Action Award Program
was started in 1990 as a way to recognize the positive contributions of young people in the community. Initially, it was a
program of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and the winners from School District #61(Greater Victoria) were recognized
with a plaque presentation at a Chamber luncheon.
Originally, there were five categories
of recognition – Academics, Athletics, Community Service, Performing Arts and Perseverance. In 1994 a sixth category
of award was added to recognize the Practical Arts since it was felt that the trades and technology areas of study were being
The Student Entrepreneurs’ Program, initiated in the Spring of 1995,
provides students with real world business issues and challenges for resolution. Students participate in partnership with
business people and teachers, enhancing their appreciation and understanding of the business world, and in the process, sampling
potential career options including entrepreneurship.
STUDENT OF THE MONTH AWARD
Do you know a Vancouver Island Amazing Kid doing
great things in school, sports or the arts? A kid that has overcome adversity, volunteers his or her time or has done something
We want to celebrate the accomplishments of these Amazing Kids by highlighting them every Thursday
on A-Channel News with Hudson Mack and awarding them a $1,000 scholarship!
Youth Now Volunteer Leadership Awards | Every year we hold a gala event to recognize the
amazing contributions youth make to our community. Individuals and groups from ages 11 through 24 who have provided extraordinary
community service are nominated, and winners are selected by United Way’s Youth Advisory Council. Four individuals and
one group receive the award each year.
SAANICH YOUTH RECOGNITION PROGRAM
The Youth Recognition Program recognizes
Saanich youth between the ages of 11 and 19 years for noteworthy achievements in the face of adversity,
and for community
service dedication. All nominated candidates will receive a certificate acknowledging their nomination.
The District of Saanich will present
both cash and awards in two categories:
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AWARD
Recognizes a youth or youth group that has demonstrated
outstanding achievement in the face of adversity. This award also recognizes youth who exhibit exceptional achievement in
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Recognizes a youth or youth group that has made
significant contributions to the community. Contributions made while working with neighbourhood groups, school groups and
other non profit organizations or volunteer agencies will all be considered.
4. Scholarships and Bursaries Resource
BC AWARDS ONLINE
to BC Awards Online, the online database of scholarships, bursaries, and awards for B.C. students. BC Awards Online includes
awards for Grade 12 students from governments, post-secondary institutions, private industry, and non-profit organizations
and is searchable by school district, career area, keyword, or deadline date.
BC Awards Online will help you find scholarships,
bursaries, and awards available to you and will assist you in successfully applying for them:
See Reynolds Career Centre Site
http://courses.reynolds.sd61.bc.ca/TeacherFolders/CareerCentre/index.htm for other resource links
See Oak Bay’s Career Centre site
http://oakbay.sd61.bc.ca/~career/CareerCentreLow.html for more resource links