In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, in 2017 Volunteer Ottawa, in partnership with Volunteer Canada and Volunteer Centres across the country, challenged Canadians to volunteer 150 hours in their community.
On March 9, 2017 Volunteer Canada participated in the National Refugee Assistance Program Conference 2017 in Ottawa. We moderated a panel entitled Building A Volunteer Base where participating organizations shared examples of best practices for managing volunteers to support newcomers and refugees to Canada.
Here are some highlights from the conference session:
HRM Canada spoke with members of Volunteer Canada’s Corporate Council on Volunteering to ask: “What Makes a Successful Volunteer Program?” Here are some highlights from their conversations exploring volunteerism within corporate culture.
Volunteering, Eh? How do you recognize volunteering in 2017? To help you plan your NVW events and make the most of your time, Volunteer Canada has put together a series of resources and check lists, which can be found in the Campaign Kit.
The review of a volunteer’s time at the organization is called an evaluation. This includes addressing performance as well as gathering and providing feedback. Ask volunteers to provide feedback on programs as another way to evaluate programs.
An exit interview is a useful tool when a volunteer leaves your organization, no matter the reason. The volunteer role may have ended, or the role may not have been the right match for either the volunteer or the organization.
Investors Group is a long-time partner of Volunteer Canada and National Volunteer Week. They are committed to corporate citizenship, volunteer recognition, and investing in communities across the Canada.
Engaging volunteers is a reciprocal relationship, and staff and volunteers work together as a team, understanding each other’s unique roles and assisting each other to accomplish mutual objectives. When it comes to assisting newcomers to Canada, it is especially important that staff and volunteers agree on their expectations of the relationship.