The 2016 Volunteer Centre Leadership Forum was held on May 24 & 25 at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. Representatives from volunteer centres across the country were in attendance to engage in discussion, make connections, exchange knowledge, and learn about new programs, tools and resources.
The two-day agenda included subjects from hot topics and trends, to innovation and inspiring practice. The following are some highlights from the forum sessions.
In the session called Hot Topics and Table Talk, the discussion focused on trends in the volunteering landscape, the diverse nature of each centre’s social media strategies, and how skills-based volunteering benefits both non-profits and employers by way of skills exchange and development.
In the session Volunteer Centre Resilience Mapping, facilitated by Katherine Topolniski and Annand Ollivierre from Volunteer Alberta, volunteer centres learned about the Adaptive Cycle of projects and the infinite process of change that all organizations experience.
Jane Hennig from the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo spoke of her experience responding to surges in volunteering – in both times of crisis and celebration, and shared what volunteer centres can learn from surges.
On the second day of the forum, volunteer management consultant, Reva Cooper, presented on trends and best practices in volunteer engagement, and gave volunteer centre representatives the opportunity to talk about and share what they do to support organizations in volunteer management.
For social media highlights from the forum, including pictures, check out our blog post.