#BurlON til April 24

We’re about midway through April and it’s warming up here in #BurlON so it’s the perfect…

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Hats Off to Tourism Volunteers

April 7 – 13, 2019 is National Volunteer Week, so it is the perfect time…

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Halloween Fun 2017

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to break out the decorations and…

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Canada Day 2017 in Burlington

The fun, the festivities, the fireworks …. this year Canada Day in Burlington is going…

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Oakville Children’s Festival moves to QEPCCC due to flooding

Thursday, May 18, 2017 – for immediate release

Oakville Children’s Festival moves to QEPCCC due to flooding

High water levels also impacting event permits for lakeside parks

As a result of rising lake levels and ongoing flooding at Coronation Park, the Town of Oakville is relocating the 2017 Oakville Children’s Festival to the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) on Sunday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We don’t expect lake levels to recede until mid-summer which means Coronation Park will likely experience more flooding in the coming weeks,” said Sarah Douglas-Murray, senior manager of Cultural Services. “Unfortunately there is not enough dry space in the park to accommodate all the festival activities and we’ve determined that QEPCCC offers the best alternative location.”

The move to QEPCCC, located at 2302 Bridge Road, will not impact the Oakville Children’s Festival line-up of free entertainment designed to encourage children and families to explore and discover arts and culture. All the event details including special guests, performances and activities will be announced early next week.

Wet conditions in Coronation Park, Bronte Heritage Park, Lions Valley Park and Gairloch Gardens have also impacted permitted events booked over the next few weeks such as wedding photo shoots and picnics. Town staff are working with permit holders to reschedule or relocate their events. While lakefront parks remain open and accessible to the public, some areas are cordoned off with caution tape or fencing due to ponding water and saturated ground conditions.

Canada Day celebrations will remain in Bronte Heritage Park. The town is working with the Bronte Business Improvement Association to make any necessary adjustments to activities that may be impacted by further flooding.

Residents are encouraged to our Oakville Children’s Festival page for the latest updates on closures or contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or ServiceOakville@oakville.ca.


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Burlington Halloween Events 2015

In October, it is inevitable that I will regain my child-like glee as we head closer to Halloween and all the fun and festivities associated with this “spooktacular” holiday.  Burlington Halloween events are plentiful which means I will children will … Continue reading →

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Canada’s Largest Ribfest Celebrates 20 years

What started as a new fundraising venture for the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore in 1996 has grown over the past 20 years into the largest Ribfest in Canada, a signature event at the waterfront for residents and visitors.  It … Continue reading →

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What’s happening at Town Hall — May 19 to 22, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall — May 19 to 22, 2015

Do you want to know what’s happening at Town Hall? Are you interested in participating in local government? Here’s a highlight of what’s happening May 19 to 22, 2015.

May 19

Open House for Bronte Village growth area review 
Location: Walton Memorial United Church, 2–8 p.m.

Administrative Services Committee meeting 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 7–10 p.m.

Community Services Committee meeting
Location: Town Hall, Bronte and Palermo Rooms, 7–10 p.m.

May 20

Forest Health Ambassador information and training session
Location: Town Hall, 6:30 p.m.

May 22

Appeals Committee meeting
Location: Town Hall, Palermo Room, 10–11:30 a.m.

What’s happening at Town Hall provides an overview of upcoming Town of Oakville meetings and other events. The public is welcome to attend these meetings. For agendas and copies of reports, please visit the agendas and minutes page. For more information and additional upcoming meetings, please visit the Council calendar or news and notices page.

For more information

Kathy Patrick
Supervisor, Council and Committee Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4235
kathy.patrick@oakville.ca


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Top 10 ways to renew your volunteer gene pool

OREA’s 2014 Member Profile research identified a troubling trend. Over the past 8 years, organized real estate in Ontario has witnessed a decline in voluntarism. Since 2007, involvement on a real estate board or committee has slipped from 1 out of 4 members to just 1 out of every 7. The challenge now is to renew, re-energize and re-activate your board’s pool of professional volunteers.

As you create strategies at your association, here are the 10 tips I recently shared at the 2015 Leadership Conference.

  1. Strategize: Bring your board and staff together to develop a strategy and refine your volunteer engagement goals. Volunteer engagement involves all the same steps as effective business planning – market research and analysis, goal-setting, resource allocation, planning, implementation, management and measurement.
  2. Research: Assess your data and observations regarding volunteers. Where are the gaps in your board’s volunteer gene pool? What skills and perspectives are you missing? Who is most likely to step forward?
  3. Define: Let people know what is expected of them before they sign on. When did you last re-visit your executive or staff mandates? Are additional responsibilities undocumented? Are there critical roles that are missing, such as responsibility for volunteer engagement?
  4. Underload (vs. Overload): Giving back to the profession is the number one reason cited by REALTORS© in Ontario who already volunteer. Nearly half of OREA members surveyed say they would volunteer up to 4 hours per month. Remember, however, the surest way to loves volunteers is to overload them, so be sensitive to their time limitations.
  5. Lead: If you want it done right, put someone in charge. Do you have a dedicated volunteer engagement or recruitment committee headed by an inspiring leader? Do you have a measurable goal? Who are the best people to help you engage new volunteers and/or re-engage lapsed volunteers?
  6. Recognize: A simple “Thank You” may be all it takes for some but consider how else you can leverage that recognition to engage others. A formal recognition ceremony can focus attention on current volunteers but also on the real benefits they get from their volunteer service.
  7. Inform: One of the most significant findings of OREA’s volunteer research is that some REALTORS© believe they lack the necessary experience to serve on a board or committee. This perception was most prevalent among women, new REALTORS© and salespersons. If it is new ideas, different perspectives, more time or more energy you are after, you will want to change this perception.
  8. Target: Recruitment committees frequently go back to the same pool of talent instead of broadening the scope of their appeal. Consider who has not already stepped forward to volunteer or who has not stepped forward lately.
  9. Promote: Prospective volunteers want more information about the opportunities that are available. Events, newsletter articles, web profiles, email and social media blasts, and even local media coverage can advertise volunteer opportunities and highlight the benefits of volunteering.
  10. Ask: You know how to close a deal – you need to ask! Face-to-face communication is your most persuasive promotional tool. In fact, OREA’s research found that the number one reason why non-volunteers do not step forward is all too often because nobody asked.

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National Volunteer Week 2015

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