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Spring Job & Volunteer Fair Free Admission Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Yukon Convention Centre 4051-4th Ave Whitehorse, Yukon

Job Seekers, Students & Volunteers Meet face-to-face with local employers and organizations! The Fair will have up to 46 different exhibitors ready to discuss your next move. Participating Businesses and Organizations (40 exhibitors- Check back for regular updates: yuwin.ca):

  • Second Opinion Society
  • Teegatha’Oh Zhe
  • Skookim Jim Freindship Center
  • Yukon Learn
  • Learning Disability Association of Yukon
  • Mental Health Association of Yukon
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Skills Canada Yukon
  • Dana Naye Ventures
  • Center for Human-Wildlife Conflict Solutions
  • Yukon Anti-poverty coalition
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Yukon women in Trades & Technologies
  • Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous
  • Yukon College
  • Yukon Status of Women Council
  • Yukon Hospital Corporation
  • Yukon Council on Disability
  • Habitat For Humanity Yukon
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 2499
  • Association franco-yukonnaise
  • YuWIN
  • Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce
  • Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon
  • Driving Force
  • Ess Support Services Worldwide
  • Canada Cartage System
  • Tim Horton
  • Employment Central
  • Wildstone Construction and Engineering
  • Northwestel
  • Northern Vision Development
  • Canadian Tire
  • BC Human Resources Management Association
  • Capstone, Minto Mine
  • McDonalds Whitehorse
  • Colbat Construction Inc
  • Total North communications
  • Advanced Education
  • Royal canadian Mounted Police
  • Public Service Commission
  • City of Whitehorse
  • French Directorate
  • Teslin Tlingit Council
  • Champagne & Aishihik First Nations
  • Yukon Fire Marshall

Prepare for Success:

Attire: Dress appropriately because image and first impressions are critical. Know what the expected attire of your profession is and dress accordingly. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.

Resume: Bring lots of resumes – Bring a portfolio including your resumes, a list of references, and samples of your best work. If you need assistance with resumes or cover letters, contact Employment Central.

Interviewing: You may only have two to five minutes to market yourself and protect yourself from being screened out, thus you need to make the most of your time. Many experts suggest that you develop a one-minute "commercial" that highlights the key benefits that you can offer the organization — and then use it at the beginning of the interview. Also remember the three keys to all interviews: make eye contact, offer a firm handshake, and show enthusiasm. You should also prepare answers to interview questions just as you would any employment interview.

Also, Thank you to Association franco yukonnaise and Northwestel for their sponsorship

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Salon de l’emploi et du bénévolat printanier Entrée gratuite Le mercredi 23 avril 2014 De 10 h à 17 h Centre des congrès du Yukon 4051 4e Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon

Chercheurs d’emploi, étudiants et bénévoles Rencontrez des organismes et des employeurs locaux. Jusqu’à 40 exposants différents seront prêts à discuter de votre prochaine étape. Voici notre liste des entreprises participantes (consultez régulièrement yuwin.ca pour les mises à jour) :

  • Second Opinion Society
  • Teegatha’Oh Zhe
  • Skookim Jim Freindship Center
  • Yukon Learn
  • Learning Disability Association of Yukon
  • Mental Health Association of Yukon
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Skills Canada Yukon
  • Dana Naye Ventures
  • Center for Human-Wildlife Conflict Solutions
  • Yukon Anti-poverty coalition
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Yukon women in Trades & Technologies
  • Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous
  • Yukon College
  • Yukon Status of Women Council
  • Yukon Hospital Corporation
  • Yukon Council on Disability
  • Habitat For Humanity Yukon
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 2499
  • Association franco-yukonnaise
  • YuWIN
  • Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce
  • Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon
  • Driving Force
  • Ess Support Services Worldwide
  • Canada Cartage System
  • Tim Horton
  • Employment Central
  • Wildstone Construction and Engineering
  • Northwestel
  • NDV Hotels
  • Canadian Tire
  • BC Human Resources Management Association
  • Capstone, Minto Mine
  • McDonalds Whitehorse
  • Colbat Construction Inc
  • Total North communications
  • Advanced Education
  • Royal canadian Mounted Police
  • Public Service Commission
  • City of Whitehorse
  • French Directorate
  • Teslin Tlingit Council
  • Champagne & Aishihik First Nations
  • Yukon Fire Marshall

Attirez le succès!

Vêtements: Habillez-vous correctement car l’image et les premières impressions sont cruciales. Connaissez les vêtements appropriés dans votre profession et habillez-vous en conséquence. Il est toujours mieux d’être plus habillé que moins.

Curriculum vitæ: Apportez beaucoup de curriculum vitæ. Apportez une chemise qui comprend vos curriculum vitæ, une liste de références et des échantillons de votre meilleur travail. Si vous avez besoin d’aide avec votre curriculum vitæ ou vos lettres de présentation, communiquez avec l’Association franco-yukonnaise.

Entrevues: Vous aurez peut-être seulement entre deux et cinq minutes pour vous vendre et éviter d’être écarté donc vous devez profiter au maximum du temps attribué. Plusieurs experts suggèrent de préparer une « annonce » d’une minute qui souligne les avantages clés que vous pouvez offrir à l’organisme et de l’utiliser au début de l’entrevue. Souvenez-vous également des trois points clés dans toute entrevue : établissez un contact visuel, serrez la main avec fermeté et montrez de l’enthousiasme. Vous devriez également être prêt à répondre à des questions d’entrevue comme dans une réelle entrevue pour un emploi.

Merci également à l’Association franco yukonnaise et Northwestel pour leur commandite

Press Release: City of Whitehorse Volunteer of the Year Announced

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Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon Office Hours: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday

Please contact Bruno at executivedirector@volunteeryukon.ca or 456-4304


Volunteer Experience Recognition Program (VERP) Certificate

The Volunteer Experience Recognition Program (VERP) was developed by the Centre d’Action Bénévole de Québec (CABQ) in 2002. In 2011, Volunteer Canada entered into a partnership with CABQ to allow Canadian volunteer centres to use the program.

As of April 2013, Volunteer Yukon is one of 18 volunteer centres across Canada test-driving the program.

What is the Volunteer Experience Recognition Program (VERP)? http://www.preb-prog.ca/:

  • VERP helps non-profit organizations to officially acknowledge and affirm their volunteers’ contributions by providing each volunteer with an individualized certificate that lists the knowledge and skills acquired and/or demonstrated during the course of their volunteerism.
  • VERP certificates function as a kind of labour market currency, ideally helping unemployed or under-employed individuals to negotiate for paid work or for a better job.
  • VERP will allow you to create a detailed certificate of achievement for your volunteers, highlighting the skills they have developed and shared as well as the experience gained through the volunteer placement, using terminology that employers will be able to apply to the hiring process.

Who can benefit from a VERP certificate?

Volunteers

Youth or student volunteers:

  • Enhances college admission/scholarship applications
  • Can document a volunteer’s interest in and commitment to a particular academic/career path, confirming motivation and initiative

Newcomers to Yukon:

  • A VERP certificate may help to compensate for the lack of work experience in Canada or Yukon
  • As a written reference, it can greatly facilitate insertion into the job market

Volunteers seeking first time employment or re-entering the workforce:

  • Identfies the skills and knowledge acquired/demonstrated though volunteering
  • Improves volunteers’ chances of getting a job that better suits their interests and abilities
  • Demonstrates social involvement and is evidence of positive character attributes

Experienced volunteers:

  • Recognizes the value and impact of their voluntary actions and of their skills and expertise

Employers

  • Helps to assess a candidate’s personal qualities (e.g., leadership, teamwork, commitment, passion, etc.)
  • Helps to assess the value and transferability of knowledge and skills acquired through a candidate’s voluntary work

Non-Profit Organizations

  • Helps to attract new volunteers
  • Helps to retain older volunteers by recognizing the true value of their involvement
  • Helps to identify volunteer positions and describe them clearly
  • Facilitates the recruitment and selection of volunteers, by letting them know precisely what skills/abilities are required
  • Helps to identify volunteers’ training needs
  • Certificates can be provided in both French and English

Yukon Chamber of Commerce, YuWin, Employment Central and Yukon Council on Disability all believe that VERP will benefit the organizations using volunteers, the volunteers themselves, and employers seeking to hire personnel with enhanced skills.

A VERP certificate highlights the:

  • Skills developed by the volunteer
  • Experiences gained by the volunteer
  • Tasks and activities the volunteer was responsible for

The description of "skills" and "experiences" is based on guidelines and terminology used by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

VERP certificate samples

Short Certificate: 1 page, includes Tasks/Activities and Skills/Competencies items

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Short Certificate

Long Certificate: 2 pages, includes Tasks/Activities, Skills/Competencies, Trainings/Achievements/Awards, and Comments items

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Long Certificate

Highlights of the certification program

For Volunteers:

  • Provides a certificate recognized by employers, which describes the volunteer service undertaken
  • Identifies the specific skills and compentencies acquired/ demonstrated during volunteer activities in a way that is applicable to the workforce
  • Demonstrates social engagement
  • Supports applications for scholarships
  • Ensures that the value and impact of the volunteer work is recognized, along with the volunteers’ expertise and personal qualities
  • Identifies any training received while volunteering
  • Uses terminology that is recognized by employers in the non-profit, government, and private sectors

For Non-Profit Organizations:

  • Easy-to-use database
  • Free access; no software to download or install
  • Recognizes and affirms the value of your volunteers’ contributions
  • Helps with volunteer recruitment and selection, identification of training needs, and performance assessment
  • Contains excellent data which can be used by funders to measure outcomes/impact of your volunteer program
  • Provides volunteers with an incentive to stay with the organization (i.e., to continue developing their resume/references)

To be able to issue VERP certificates, you need to participate in a one-on-one presentation from VY and sign an agreement.

A one-hour presentation will equip you with:

  • The ability to support volunteers looking to gain experience through volunteering in order to find paid work or to fulfill academic requirements
  • Access to free on-line software
  • Training in the use of the software
  • Certification, which will allow you to print certificates for your volunteers

Fees for a one-on-one information session:

  • $25 for VY members
  • $50 for non-members

Check membership status: http://volunteeryukon.ca/spip.php?article79

If you are interested in participating in VERP, please contact Bruno at (867)456-4304 or at executivedirector@volunteeryukon.ca.


Upcoming workshops

FOR THE PERIOD OF JANUARY TO JUNE 2014

For more information, please call Bruno at 456-4304 or contact him by email at executivedirector@volunteeryukon.ca

I-Is Your House in Order? “Building blocks for a successful Non-Profit Organization”

Volunteer Trainer: Sue Meikle

Sue Meikle has worked and volunteered in the Non-Profit Sector for 27 years, 25 of those in the Yukon Territory.

Her education & experience as a Board member, staff and consultant over the years at the local, regional, national and international level have given her a solid base of knowledge and background to share with local organizations.

Her passion is to equip Yukon Non-Profit Organizations with tools, resources and knowledge, so that they in turn can help themselves be more effective in providing their good services and contribution to our community.

Date: Monday April 28, 6:00 pm t0 8:00 pm

Location: French Association (302 Strickland Street) Accessible for people with disabilities.

Synopsis:
The opportunity for success in the Non-Profit Sector is enhanced considerably when the foundation of the Organization is solid. _

In this workshop, you will learn the various “building blocks” that will give your organization strength and stability. You will take away an assessment tool for your organization, along with various other resources. Bring your questions for good discussion and learning!

II-Human Rights and Disability

Volunteer Trainer: Tracey Wallace, from Human Rights Commission

Tracey Wallace is the Public Education Specialist for the Yukon Human Rights Commission.

Tracey has a background in education, training and community development that has included designing and facilitating educational workshops for non-profit organizations both in Canada and internationally _

Date: June 11, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: French Association (302 Strickland Street) Accessible for people with disabilities.

Synopsis: Accommodation requests on the basis of disability are on the rise. NGOs should know how disability is defined in the Yukon Human Rights Act, and the responsibility of employers and service providers to persons with disabilities under the Act. What questions can and should be asked? What medical notes are appropriate? What is reasonable accommodation? Real life scenarios will help in understanding the accommodation process.

Corporate Affairs and Non-Profit Organizations
Volunteer Trainer: Frederik Pretorius, Director of Corporate Affairs
Date: Postponed
Location: French Association (302 Strickland Street) Accessible for people with disabilities.
Synopsis: To be announced



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