Volunteer Centre Council


Volunteer Centre Council

The Volunteer Centre Council (VCC) was created to strengthen the collective capacity, cohesion, and influence of volunteer centres in Canada. It is composed of up to 17 members - one from each province and territory and one from each provincial association - and strives to be reflective of the diversity of centres in terms of geography, size of centre and community served, structure of centre and urban-rural areas. 

The Council meets quarterly by teleconference or/and videoconference, with working groups meeting as required. 


  • To animate the network of volunteer centres and provincial associations
  • To build the capacity and profile of volunteer centres
  • To identify issues/trends that can inform collective action
  • To serve as a vehicle to connect volunteer centres and Volunteer Canada in a reciprocal and co-creative way in order to participate in shared directions and initiatives
  • To serve as a vehicle to facilitate sharing knowledge and practices among volunteer centres

Members of the Council 

Alison Besecker, Senior Coordinator – Networks
& Engagement
Volunteer Alberta


British Colombia 
Anne-Marie Koeppen, Board Member
Volunteer BC


New Brunswick
Annette Vautour, Executive Director
Volunteer Centre of Southeastern NB
Co-chair of VCC



Carine Strong, Executive Director, Volunteer MBC
Interim representative for Ontario Volunteer Centre Network
Co-chair of VCC

Joanne McKiernan, Executive Director
Volunteer Toronto


Audrey Lambert-Hamel, Responsible for Development
and Mobilization
Fédération des centres d'action bénévole de Québec

Lynda Barrett, Executive Director
Volunteer West Island/CAB Ouest-de-l’Île


Volunteer Canada
Megan Conway, President & CEO (ex-officio)

Shaminda Perera, Knowledge, Practice, and Learning Lead

What does it take to become a member?

Qualification & Requirement of Members

  • Be a senior leader of a Canadian centre or provincial association
  • Be connected to the centres in their region/province/territory
  • Have a global perspective, be aware of trends and patterns in society
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and strategic thinking
  • Be willing and have the capacity to undertake tasks beyond simply attending meetings

Selection Process

A selection committee composed of the Co-chairs and one Volunteer Canada staff member collaboratively discuss the profile of applicants.

Contact us to apply or/and discuss how the Volunteer Centre Council can strengthen the Volunteer Centres and provincial associations nationwide.  

Contact:  Shaminda Perera, sperera [at] volunteer [dot] ca.