Twestival Victoria 2013

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Posted on 7th August 2013 by mfriebel in Community |Events

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Social Media Club Victoria supports Twestival Victoria. In lieu of a September mixer, the Social Media Club Victoria leadership team encourages you to attend:

TwestivalVictoria

Tuesday September 24th

7-10pm

at the Bengal Lounge

in support of

The Cridge Centre for the Family

Tickets are available here and are $40 (with twag bag) or $25. Please note – advance tickets only!

In addition, you will be able to purchase your own food and drink at the event.

Tuesday September 24th from7-10 pm, join the local Victoria BC #yyj social media community for Twestival Victoria 2013, an evening of mixing, mingling, music and fun as we fundraise for The Cridge Centre for the Family.

Our generous hosts The Bengal Lounge at the Fairmont Empress Hotel have provided the venue, musicians are lined up to entertain you, and there will be opportunities to bid on fabulous silent auction items donated by local businesses and individuals.

Tickets are $25 and $40 (with “twag” bag) and all proceeds go directly to the sponsored charity. Every ticket includes a chance to win amazing door prizes. (In addition, food and drink tickets will be available for purchase).

Take your online community offline and connect for a cause.

Funds raised by Twestival Victoria 2013 will be used to purchase a new (used) van for The Cridge Centre for the Family’s Transition House. The Cridge Centre celebrates 140 years of serving the community in 2013, and is the oldest charity in Western Canada. For more information visit http://cridge.org/ or contact Shannon Whissell, Manager of Communication and Fund Development

Twestival Victoria is part of the global fundraising movement, Twestival (or Twitter-Festival) – a movement that has seen over $1.75m raised for 285 charities around the world since 2009.

the delicious chocolate fountain from Twestival Victoria 2011

Social Media Club Victoria has been instrumental in the formation of Twestival Victoria.  Leadership committee member Janis La Couvée met Vancouver blogger Rebecca Bollwitt (Miss 604), who suggested the event. She then recruited SMC members for the Twestival Victoria committee. Many members volunteer, provide sponsorships, and donate prizes or silent auction items as well.

Since the original Twestival Victoria in September 2009, Twestival Victoria has raised over $20,000 for local (Power to Be, Victoria Cool Aid) and international (Concern Worldwide) charities. Victoria has always been a top Twestival city, placing 8th in fundraising per capita and 17th worldwide in total donations in 2011. The goal in 2013 is $10,000 towards the purchase of a van. Your #yyjtwestival team is excited to see the possibilities.

Volunteers are always welcome. We have opportunities for photographers, videographers, live bloggers, ticket sellers, greeters, etc. Send us a tweet to @yyjtwestival or email yyjtwestival@gmail.com.

If you or your business would like to provide a sponsorship, or donate a draw prize or silent auction item, please contact us at yyjtwestival@gmail.com.

Even if you are not able to attend, you can make a donation on the “tickets” page. Every dollar raised through ticket sales goes directly to The Cridge Centre for the Family.

The Twestival Victoria team is: José Albis, Anabelle Bernard Fournier, Sean Dhillon, Linley Faulker, Andrina Fawcett, Alan Ford, Janis La Couvée, Chantele McPhee, Scott McDonald, Asmâa Methqal, Theresa Scholes, Heather Solomonson.

Website: http://victoria.twestival.com

Tickets: http://stayclassy.org/TwestivalVictoria2013

Information: yyjtwestival@gmail.com

Twitter: @yyjtwestival

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/YYJTwestival  

2013 Spring Mixer – Wednesday, March 6th

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Posted on 15th February 2013 by mfriebel in Uncategorized

Please join us as we welcome spring, be social, mingle, share and learn what’s happening in Victoria in regards to social media. We meet from 7:00 – 9 :00 p.m., with the Social Media Help Desk available at 6:30 p.m.

For our March Mixer we welcome:

Mark Dusseault from the Belfry Theatre.
The Belfry is Victoria’s largest contemporary theatre, producing up to 12 plays per year. Mark will share what he has learned working with the Victoria community – knowing that community and social media go hand in hand.

Krista Loughton
Krista is the writer and director of @_UsandThem_, a film focusing on compassion being the answer to homelessness. Utilizing IndieGoGo, Krista was part of a team that launched a fundraising campaign that managed to raise $25,000, coming right down to the wire!

Social Media Help Desk
If you have any social media questions or need assistance, come early for the “Social Media Help Desk” which runs 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. for all levels of users. Bring your questions regarding Facebook pages, what a hashtag means and how to best gather search engine optimization.

Location: Our new location, Yates Street Taphouse at 759 Yates Street.

$5 at the door with all proceeds going to Mustard Seed Food Bank.

See you then!!

And save Wednesday, June 5th for the Summer 2013 Social Media Club Mixer!

(If you have topics you’d like to present for future mixers, please email Melanie Friebel).

December Mixer – Wednesday, December 5th

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Posted on 22nd November 2012 by mfriebel in Uncategorized

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Join us as we wrap up a social 2012 for a time of mingling, interaction and discussion, PLUS a couple of presentations on the latest tools, discoveries and what & how innovators in Victoria are doing social media. We meet from 7:00 – 9 :00 p.m. but the Social Media Help Desk is available at 6:30 p.m.

For our December Mixer we welcome:

Helen & Chris Edley of Landsharkz
Helen & Chris will be talking about geocaching, what it is, it’s history and how to get involved. They’ll also look into the relationship between geocaching and tourism on Vancouver Island and around the globe. Chris has served as President and Director of the BC Geocaching Association and together they have liaised with parks departments in BC and across Canada, as well as tourism regions, to use geocaching as a tool to bring a new group of visitors to the parks or to offer a new activity to repeat visitors.

Thomas Okuszko, The Hero Network
Thomas is the Founder and CEO of the HERO Network; aiming to create a core vision of community through technology. Identifying a need to replace the current alert systems he created a mobile network commented to child safety through community participation. Thomas will be presenting the HERO Network initiative and speaking about the experiences that lead him to create this mobile application of goodwill. He will expand on his goal of the social benefit and outline the development roadmap set ahead for the project.

Please take a moment to download the app by searching ‘HERO Network” on either you Iphone or Android device. www.GetHeroApp.com

Social Media Help Desk
If you have any social media questions or need assistance, come early for the “Social Media Help Desk” which runs 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. for all levels of users. Bring your questions regarding Facebook pages, what a hashtag means and how to best gather search engine optimization.

Location: The cafe side of Veneto Tapa Lounge in the Hotel Rialto, on the corner of Douglas and Pandora.

$5 at the door with all proceeds going to Mustard Seed Food Bank.

See you then!!

And save Wednesday, March 6th for the Spring 2013 Social Media Club Mixer!

(If you have topics you’d like to present for future mixers, please email Melanie Friebel).

Fall Quarterly Mixer – Wednesday, September 5th

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Posted on 11th August 2012 by mfriebel in Community |Events

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Okay, it’s not technically fall, but you know what we mean…

Join us from 7:00 – 9 :00 p.m. for a time of mingling, interaction and discussion, PLUS a couple of presentations on the latest tools, discoveries and what & how innovators in Victoria are doing social media. (If you have topics you’d like to present for future mixers, please email Melanie Friebel).

For our Fall Mixer we want to welcome:

Rhonda Daye,  Customer Care Manager for BC Ferries
In the last two years BC Ferries has gone from having virtually no online social media presence to keeping travelers up to date with ferry sailing, delays and capacity levels. Plus they’ve learned the importance of interacting with their audience. Rhonda will share some of their experiences in building a social media presence.

Coralie McLean, Digital News Producer for CTV News (Vancouver Island)
Join Coralie as she shows us how CTV News utilizes social media on Vancouver Island ,along with success stories and hurdles.  This is a brand new position at the station (as of April) and she will discuss how they’re experiencing changes in the newsroom as a result.

Social Media Help Desk
If you have any social media questions or need assistance, come early for the “Social Media Help Desk” which runs 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. for all levels of users. Bring your questions regarding Facebook pages, what a hashtag means and how to best gather search engine optimization.

Location: The cafe side of Veneto Tapa Lounge in the Hotel Rialto, on the corner of Douglas and Pandora.

$5 at the door with all proceeds go to Mustard Seed Food Bank.

See you then!!

Psst – Wednesday, December 5th – Save the date for the final Social Media Club Mixer of 2012!

Social Media Club Quarterly Mixer – Wednesday, March 7th UPDATE!!

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Posted on 28th February 2012 by mfriebel in Uncategorized

Just a quick update to the notice below – due to the awesome move for Cabin 12 to their new location across from Cedar Hill Recreation Centre we are no longer able to hold our Spring Mixer at the Cabin.

BUT WAIT! There’s more. Veneto Tapa Lounge has kindly offered us the use of their cafe side for all us #yyj social mediaite’s.

It’s the same day and time, Wednesday, March 7th, 6:30 (for the Help desk) till 9pm. But the location is now Veneto, in the Hotel Rialto on the corner of Douglas and Pandora.

There’ll still be great conversation, cool presentations, yummy food and bevvis available. Hope to see you there!

Social Media Club Quarterly Mixer – Wednesday. March 7th

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Posted on 20th February 2012 by mfriebel in Events |News |Uncategorized

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As social media evolves, the way the Victoria Social Media Club operates has evolved as well. The SMC Victoria leadership is pleased to announce some exciting changes to our meeting format!

Firstly, as of March 7th, we will begin to meet quarterly. When possible the group will meet the first Wednesday of every “seasonal change” month (meaning March, June, September and December).

Secondly, our meeting format will turn to more of a mixer & informational session. Every meeting will host a “Social Media Help Desk” from 6:30-7pm for all levels of social media users. Bring your questions about how to start up a Facebook business page, what does a hashtag mean and how can I best gather search engine optimization.

The meeting will continue from 7-9pm with a serious time of mingling, interaction and discussion, and up to three people giving 5-10 minute presentations on the latest tool, discovery or even what & how they’re doing social media. (If you have topics you’d like to present, email Melanie Friebel).

Thirdly, bring cash or a food donation which will go to Mustard Seed. Social media is, in part, about community, and we want to support OUR community and those less fortunate.

Finally…the details for our Spring Mixer:
As mentioned, Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 6:30-9pm (Help Desk 6:30-7) at our favourite cabin in town, Cabin 12. Our new location will be at the Veneto Tapa Lounge, on the corner of Douglas and Pandora.

$7 at the door which will cover appies inside and yes, the bar will be open.

One more thing – IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY!!!! Yes. March 2012 marks our 3rd Birthday, so who knows…there might even be cake.

Come one, come all and tell your friends!

Social Media, Citizen Engagement and Municipal Politics – October 17, 2011 @ 6:45pm

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Posted on 11th October 2011 by Paul Holmes in Events

You are invited to attend Social Media, Citizen Engagement and Municipal Politics on Monday, October 17th at 6:45pm at the University of Victoria, David Strong Building, room C126.

Mat Wright will be asking a panel of municipal candidates and political organizers their thoughts on Social Media as it effects municipal issues, in particularly the challenges and opportunities for citizen engagement at this level.

All municipal candidates who are using social media as a component within their campaign are invited to be part of the panel. Please contact @MatVic on Twitter.

Social Media Basics – September 19, 2011, 6:45pm

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Posted on 7th September 2011 by Paul Holmes in Events

Join us at UVic on September 19th, 2011 for our first Social Media Club meeting of the new season!

To kick off the new year, we’ll have 3 presentations targeted to beginners, as well as some networking time:

The meeting kicks off at 6:45pm, and wraps up at 9pm. Meet in the David Strong Building C126 at UVic. The meetings costs $5 at the door; UVic Students are free (with valid ID).

Social Media Club Taking a Break This Summer and Back Again in September

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Posted on 6th July 2011 by Cindy Stephenson in Uncategorized

Hope everyone is enjoying our warm summer weather and taking time to relax and kick back!

We at Social Media Club are taking a break as well, with no meetings in July or August.

However, we’ll be back at it in September with a session we’re calling “Social Media 101″. Come to learn more about and share your own insights in terms of Facebook, Linked In and Twitter tips and tricks.

Join us September 17 – venue details to follow!

In the meantime, enjoy your summer.

Copyright and Creative Commons Do’s and Don’ts

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Posted on 8th June 2011 by Cindy Stephenson in Events |Speakers

Our June 20th meeting focuses on Creative Commons Licensing: the do’s and don’ts of content sharing and the right way to “borrow” information, quotations and images for your blog and social networking profile. On the flip side, we will also look at how to go about copyrighting and licensing content for the online world.

Our featured speaker is Scott Leslie.

Scott is a self-described educational technologist, hacker, researcher and open content/open network activist. He currently works as the Manager of Client Services in Open Education for BCcampus, a province-wide post-secondary agency in British Columbia, Canada.

Well known to the local #yyj Twitterverse, Scott is an engaging presenter, and very passionate about open content and open educational resources. Follow him on Twitter here. He blogs at EdTechPost.

Please join us!

  • Monday June 20th, 2011
  • University of Victoria - SSM A102 (Social Sciences and Mathmatics Building Room A102)
  • 6:45 – 9:00 pm
  • Cost is $5.00