OAVR Newsletter - November 2019

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
- Pablo Picasso

In This Issue:

Excellence in Volunteer Management Award Winner Announced: Atoosa Adnani
Cinq à Sept
Hybrid Conference 
Volunteer Managers Progress Survey
Connect with us on LinkedIn
Maintain Momentum Event
Mark Your Calendars
Past Newsletters
What's New: Webinars and Workshops
E-Volunteerism Articles
Congratulations Atoosa Adnani for winning our 2019 Excellence in Volunteer Management Award!

Atoosa is a leader when it comes to volunteers. She recruits newcomers from across the world as volunteers to provide them with all the necessary training and resources needed to help them gain Canadian work experience. She connects with a variety of industries to engage different professionals who are interested in helping newcomers get a better understanding of the career options available in their field of work. 

Atoosa advocates for the profession in several ways. She is always willing to connect her volunteers to her network and she openly shares her knowledge in the community. Atoosa is also part of OAVR team to help promote the development of volunteer management. She volunteers relentlessly within the community both on a professional and a personal level. 

Congratulations Atoosa. Well deserved!
Our annual 5 a 7 was a blast this year. 

It was so wonderful to gather with you in celebration of the 20th International Volunteer Managers Day. We loved learning how you plan on 'changing the tune' this year. It is also always great to hear volunteer management stories, and be able to make new connections within our community.

Take a look below at few shots from the night and we hope to see you all next year!
The 2019 Hybrid Conference: "The Future is now" was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who joined us. 

It was a fun filled day fun of learning how tech trends in volunteering are transforming in 2020, as well as lots of informative discussion and networking opportunities.

We hope you had as much fun as we did!
2020 Volunteer Management Progress Survey Now Live!
Make your voice heard!
The fifth annual survey by VolunteerPro is now available. This year’s theme is “Benchmarking.”  They will be diving deeper into some key themes, including:
  • Top challenges for leaders of volunteers 
  • Training requirements for volunteers 
  • Current capacity levels of volunteer organizations
  • Average ratio of volunteers to direct supervisor
  • Technology use and trends
  • Salary & budget trends, cross tabbed by agency characteristics
  • And more ...
Survey closes November 26 - To learn more and to take the survey, click here!
Join us on LinkedIn and stay connected - we are posting new content all the time, including events, webinars, articles, surveys and much more!

Click here to join.

Maintain Momentum Event

Back in June the Senate released a landmark report, Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector, with 42 recommendations on a way forward for the charitable sector. What do they mean? What should be prioritized for the future of the sector? 
Join Imagine Canada’s public policy team and Impact Hub Ottawa to reflect on the opportunities recently opened for the charitable sector and to share future advocacy priorities for the sector.

When: Wed, 20 November 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Click here for information and to purchase a ticket.

VMPC National Conference -> June 8-10 2020 in Saskatoon.
PAVRO -> May 14-15 2020 in Toronto

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What's New

November 19

How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? Are you struggling to find ways to best use their volunteer resources?

This introductory workshop will take you through the volunteer cycle, including planning, recruitment, orientation, supervision, and recognition. You will learn how all of these stages interlink, and how they all contribute to excellent performance and volunteer retention. 

To learn more and register for this workshop at Volunteer Ottawa on Volunteer Management 101,
click here.
 November 19

The age of one-size fits all volunteer engagement is coming to an end.

This webinar hosted by VolunteerMatch will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important.

To learn more and register for this webinar on Engaging the Volunteer of the Future, click here.
November 26

Wondering how to prevent discrimination and address diversity within the workplace? Would you be able to recognize a “toxic work environment”?

Volunteer Ottawa is partnering with Nelligan O’Brien Payne and the Human Resources Professionals Association (the “HRPA”) to offer this condensed course in Human Resources management. This workshop will include an introduction to policies and procedures to address and prevent workplace harassment and bullying, understanding your obligation to accommodate employees and much more.

To learn more and register for this workshop on Human Resources 101, click here.
November 28

Not sure how to deliver projects or where to even start?

Volunteer Ottawa is partnering with NPO PM to offer this one-of-a-kind opportunity for non-profit organizations: a Project Management skills workshop, followed by one-on-one support coaching. This workshop will provide you with high-quality, immediately applicable, Project Management skills specifically for non-profits to achieve better project outcomes, to utilize your resources efficiently, plan and execute more consistently, reduce “Scope Creep” and uncontrolled change, and so much more. 

To learn more and register for this workshop on Project Management for NPOs, click here.
December 3

What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers?

This webinar hosted by VounteerMatch will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You'll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. 
To learn more and register for this webinar on Social Media and Volunteer Engagement, click here.
November 5

Do you struggle with feeling like simply tracking volunteer hours doesn’t adequately illustrate volunteer impact? Unsure how to prove volunteer impact when you’re called upon to demonstrate your program’s value?

In this webinar, you will learn how to design outcomes metrics specific to volunteer engagement and demonstrate the true return on investment of volunteer programs so that you can more accurately paint a picture of volunteer effort. 

To learn more and register for this webinar on How to Set Key Outcome Metrics to Track Volunteer Impact, click here.

e-Volunteerism Free Articles of the Month

Two steps forward, one step back. . . In this Points of View article, Erin R. Spink and Rob Jackson ask some questions that every volunteer engagement professional will want answered about professional associations. Namely, what is the current and future state of our various professional associations? Why should we care? And what should we do about it..

In this archived article an overview of the problems in this profession:how we cannot find each other, we don't always know where to throw our pearls of wisdom and we don't usually have the kind of numbers (of professionals, that is) that impress politicians, funding sources, the media, or others we need to educate or to whom we need to advocate. Finally there are a lot more professionals out there to whom leadership could be listening or from whom leadership could be learning.
Interested in reading more? Subscribe to e-Volunteerism to get access to current volunteer management articles in each quarterly issue, and 18 years of archives!
OAVR's Mandate:
To promote professionalism in volunteer resource management
To support our members in the pursuit of their goals
To provide a forum to share information and resources
To network with peers

OAVR's Goals:
Exchange ideas and resources
Share information and concerns
Offering support and encouragement to members
Liaising with organizations involved with volunteers 
Promoting professionalism among our members
Assisting our members with their professional development
PDU Reminder:
Don't forget that Professional Development Units can be applied to written submissions to this newsletter!

If you're working towards or maintaining your CVA or a similar certification, part of the application process requires a minimum number of PDUs.

So get writing and share your expertise with your fellow volunteer managers by submitting your articles to!

Writing related to volunteer resources management (blogs, articles, research reports, website content, etc.)

500 words = 2 PDUs

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