Your Connection to Canada’s Volunteering Community


Introducing the Volunteer Management Handbook / Présentation du Guide de gestion des bénévoles

By Volunteer Canada at 11:36 am Tuesday, Jan, 24 2017 • 0 Comments

Volunteer Management Handbook: A Resource for Service-Providing Organizations Assisting Newcomers to Canada

Over the past number of months, thousands of Canadians have come forward to help the more than 25,000 Syrian refugees integrate into Canadian communities. With this came a need to support service-providing organizations who engage volunteers to assist these newcomers, as well as the many others that Canada welcomes each year.

Get Started with National Volunteer Week 2017 / Planifiez d’avance votre Semaine de l’action bénévole 2017

By Volunteer Canada at 12:03 pm Wednesday, Jan, 18 2017 • 0 Comments

National Volunteer Week (NVW) 2017 is just 14 weeks away! Last week, Volunteer Canada released the NVW2017 Campaign Kit to assist organizations to get a head start.

One of the benefits of membership with Volunteer Canada is our annual NVW mail-out. This year’s package contains a letter from our President and CEO, Paula Speevak, a poster, two thank you cards and a commemorative Heart of Volunteering Canada 150 pin.

National Volunteer Week 2017 Campaign Kit now available / La trousse de la campagne pour la Semaine de l’action bénévole 2017 est maintenant disponible

By Volunteer Canada at 2:26 pm Thursday, Jan, 12 2017 • 0 Comments

National Volunteer Week (NVW) 2017 is just 16 weeks away!

Planning volunteer recognition celebrations can take time, so Volunteer Canada has released the NVW 2017 Campaign Kit to assist organizations to get a head start. We also send out an annual NVW mail-out to our members to help them start planning their volunteer recognition celebrations.

Best wishes for a happy holiday season and a happy new year / Meilleurs vœux pour un joyeux Temps des fêtes et une bonne et heureuse année!

By Volunteer Canada at 11:34 am Wednesday, Dec, 21 2016 • 0 Comments


Pictured Left to Right: Leigha McCarroll, Sarah English (Ipsos), Betty-Ann Atwood (Ipsos), Paula Speevak, Lainie Towell, Anne Hamelin, Laura Allardyce. Volunteer Canada staff who helped but are not pictured: Deborah Pike, Martha Aynalem, Elizabeth Dove, Alison Stevens

Nominate a young volunteer for Canada’s Volunteer Awards / Présentez la candidature d’un jeune bénévole pour les Prix pour le bénévolat du Canada

By Volunteer Canada at 12:21 pm Wednesday, Dec, 14 2016 • 0 Comments

If you had $5,000 to give to a not-for-profit in your community, what difference could it make?

Communities are where everything starts.  Youth, as leaders of today and tomorrow, have continuously been part of the change in their communities.

We want to provide greater opportunities for youth to be recognized, have their stories heard and modeled by others. That is why we will be awarding five young volunteers at the next Canada’s Volunteer Award in the Emerging Leader category.

The Emerging Leader awards are for people between the ages of 18 to 30.

Volunteer BC Elects New Board of Directors

By Volunteer Canada at 12:55 pm Tuesday, Dec, 13 2016 • 0 Comments

RichmondVolunteer BC, the provincial association for promoting the value and impact of volunteerism has elected their new board for 2016 – 2017 at Volunteer BC’s AGM during the Volunteer Futures Conference in Richmond. The new board brings together a unique blend of non-profit and entrepreneurial experience to the organization.

Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge / Canada 150 pour 150 Défi des Bénévoles

By Volunteer Canada at 9:35 am Monday, Dec, 05 2016 • 0 Comments

News Release

Ottawa, December 5, 2016 – Today, on International Volunteer Day, Volunteer Ottawa, Volunteer Canada and Volunteer Centres across the country are launching the Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge - a nation-wide campaign to encourage Canadians to give 150 hours of volunteer time in 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

Volunteer Canada Update from IAVE World Volunteer Conference / Mise au point de Bénévoles Canada sur la Conférence mondiale pour l’effort volontaire de l’AIEV

By Volunteer Canada at 1:05 pm Thursday, Nov, 24 2016 • 0 Comments

The International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) recently held its 24th annual World Volunteer Conference, hosted by Cemefi (Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía) in Mexico City.

How great it was to meet my counterparts at the IAVE Leadership Forum, when leaders from 35 different national volunteer centres (like Volunteer Canada) came together to explore global trends in volunteering and citizen engagement. 

Getting ready for GivingTuesday / Préparez-vous en prévision du Mardi je donne

By Volunteer Canada at 8:31 am Tuesday, Nov, 22 2016 • 0 Comments

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GivingTuesday Countdown

Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday  … now GivingTuesday is coming to Canada on November 29, 2016.

It is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

Episode 7 RBC – Leading with Intention: An ESV Podcast / Épisode 7 RBC – Balado Mener intentionnellement : le BAE

By Volunteer Canada at 8:56 am Wednesday, Nov, 16 2016 • 0 Comments

On the final episode of our seven-part podcast series about employer supported volunteering, we are talking to RBC’s Senior Manager of Citizenship Engagement Programs, Tanya Bell. Tanya talks about RBC’s long-standing ESV program and how it has evolved and integrated with the company’s HR policies. We also talk about how RBC continues to engage its employees in volunteering after they’ve retired.