SOS Volunteer Centre gets two new leaders at the helm

New leaders for volunteers

Contributed SOS Volunteer Centre

The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre has some new leaders at the helm who are passionate about giving back to the community.

Subrina Monteith and Michael Magnusson have joined the team as executive director and general manager, respectively.

Monteith, who is also the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen director for Area I Kaleden/Apex, jumped at the chance when it arose.

"I have always been a community volunteer and strong advocate for volunteerism. With my Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen director position, I believe I can bring a regional approach to the Volunteer Centre as I understand rural communities needs,” said Monteith.

Volunteering goes way back for Monteith, who has spent her life in the area between Oliver and Penticton.

Her resume includes previously being vice-chair of Penticton Peach Fest and a sponsorship director of Peach Festival as well as many years as a Parent Advisory Committee Chair.

“I believe in giving back to a community and investing my time into making a community vibrant,” she said. “I see many growth opportunities for the organization (SOSVC) to expand programs and can’t wait to see how things develop over the coming years.”

For Magnusson, working with non-profits has also long been a passion. He feels the role of general manager will be a good fit because he loves the purpose behind the organization.

"When you really buy into a vision, the question isn’t if the position would be a good fit for me, but if I would be a good fit for the SOS Volunteer Centre," Magnusson said.

Over the years Magnusson has worked on developing strong financial controls, HR skills - including training and development, and most importantly, effective communication with individuals and groups.

“I am thrilled the board saw value in what I could bring,” he said.

Magnusson's goals include attracting more volunteer members and non-profit members to benefit in what the Volunteer Centre can provide as a volunteer hub for organizations, making it “a one-stop-shop.”

“I want people who are interested in volunteering to know that if they register with us, they will be provided with opportunities and training, and likewise for those looking for volunteers," Magnusson said.

The SOS Volunteer Centre is a registered non-profit society that has operated since 2011, providing resources and support services for volunteers, volunteer managers and volunteer-based community organizations.

Find out more about how to get involved, including entering their current 50/50 raffle raising funds for the organization, here.

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