Your Connection to Canada’s Volunteering Community


New Resource – Leading with Intention: Employer-Supported Volunteering in Canada / Nouvelle ressource – Mener intentionnellement : le bénévolat appuyé par l’employeur au Canada

By Volunteer Canada at 3:14 pm Thursday, Aug, 25 2016 • 0 Comments

Volunteer Canada, with the generous support of RBC Foundation, is pleased to present Leading with Intention: Employer-Supported Volunteering in Canada. This resource explores the benefits and challenges of employer-supported volunteering (ESV); presents examples of leading practice; provides insight into how small and medium sized enterprises connect with community; and outlines some strategies for the future of this developing field.

Questions to ask yourself before volunteering / Questions à vous poser avant de vous lancer dans des activités bénévoles

By Volunteer Canada at 1:44 pm Monday, Aug, 08 2016 • 0 Comments

When individuals volunteer in their community, they have the opportunity to express their values, act upon their passions, strengthen their links to the community, and develop their skills and capacities. Those considering volunteering can ask themselves some basic questions:


Giving Volunteers What They Want / Donner aux bénévoles ce qu’ils veulent

By Volunteer Canada at 8:23 am Thursday, Aug, 04 2016 • 0 Comments

At Volunteer Toronto, we know that today’s volunteers want to give back to their local community, but they often have personal goals in mind as well. Whether it’s gaining a skill for their resume, socializing to meet new people in their new neighbourhood, getting their first taste of work experience in Canada, or simply flexing the skills they don’t get to use in their day job, volunteers today often know what they want and will only volunteer for roles that fit their goals.

Member Profile: Autism Society of PEI

By Volunteer Canada at 2:07 pm Monday, Jul, 25 2016 • 0 Comments

Volunteer Canada’s membership includes over 1,200 individuals, voluntary sector organizations, volunteer centres, non-profits and companies of all sizes. They represent Canada’s interest in keeping volunteerism strong.

Volunteer Canada features a different member on our blog every month. This month, we are pleased to feature Autism Society of PEI.


Wired for Innovation / Branchés sur l’innovation

By Volunteer Canada at 12:20 pm Monday, Jul, 18 2016 • 0 Comments
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Wired for Innovation – Ilona Dougherty on unleashing the potential of today’s youth

On Wednesday, June 15th, Canada's Public Policy Forum hosted a Lunch & Learn Event in Ottawa with Ilona Dougherty on Youth and Innovation. Ilona is a regular commentator in the Canadian media and speaks to audiences internationally about tapping into the innovation potential of Millennials and Gen Z. Ilona was also the Chair of Volunteer Canada from 2013-2015.

How skills-based volunteering can advance your career

By Volunteer Canada at 1:54 pm Monday, Jul, 04 2016 • 0 Comments

Volunteer Canada contributed an article about skills-based volunteering to Charity Village in advance of a free webinar on the topic, coming up on July 7.

Click here to read the article

Cyber Security and Privacy Risk: Vulnerability in the Non-Profit and Charitable Sector / La cyber-sécurité et le risque d’atteinte à la vie privée : la vulnérabilité dans le secteur sans but lucratif et de bienfaisance

By Volunteer Canada at 11:20 am Tuesday, Jun, 28 2016 • 0 Comments

Non-profit and charitable organizations face the same threat of a cyber breach as governments and big businesses yet are often not prepared to deal with the technical and financial consequences. 

Year-round Volunteer Recognition in Newmarket / Reconnaissance des bénévoles à longueur d’année à Newmarket

By Volunteer Canada at 4:05 pm Thursday, Jun, 23 2016 • 0 Comments

On Wednesday June 15, Volunteer Canada’s CEO, Paula Speevak, spoke to Charitable Gaming representatives at the Canadian Gaming Summit. Following Paula’s presentation, we heard from Christine Arnold, Charity Coordinator for the Newmarket and Richmond Hill Charitable Gaming Centres, home to approximately 800 volunteers representing 66 not-for-profit organizations in York Region and Toronto. Christine reached out with this message:

Highlights from the 2016 Volunteer Centre Leadership Forum

By Volunteer Canada at 11:17 am Monday, Jun, 13 2016 • 0 Comments

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.