OAVR Newsletter - March 2019

Even if you just change one life, you've changed the world forever
- Mike Satterfield

In This Issue:

Conference Program Now Available and Last Chance for Early Bird!
Message from the Chair
OAVR Connect!
Get Ready for National Volunteer Week!
Membership Meeting Wrap-up
What's New : Webinars and Workshops
E-Volunteerism Articles

Conference Program is Now Available and Last Chance for Early Bird Rates!

The Conference program is now available online! Take a look inside to peek at the stellar speaker roster and learn more about what you can learn at Conference this May!

Click here for the program

Early bird rates expire April 1st, so get your tickets at a discount while you can!

for a preferred rate!

Message From the Chair

Happy (almost) spring! First off, I want to say a warm welcome to all of our new OAVR members. It's so wonderful to see new organizations join our networks and we look forward to some new faces at our upcoming OAVR events. 

Are you planning to write the CVA exam this year? If so, and if you are interested in forming a study group, please email me at and I will connect everyone to each other. We had a successful study group two years ago and it was extremely helpful to share notes and knowledge with each other. If you want more information on the CVA process you can visit their website here:

Lastly, our OAVR board is recruiting! We are looking for someone for our Newsletter Role. This role puts together our monthly OAVR newsletter and participates in OAVR Board meetings. Get experience and build your knowledge while working with an excellent team. All interested candidates can send me an email at Preference is to an OAVR member but feel free to share externally if you have someone that would be interested.

Stay tuned for more information regarding our upcoming AGM in May! 

Angela Begin, CVA
OAVR Board Chair
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Send your questions, comments, or newsletter submissions to:
Welcome to the first edition of OAVR Connect, where members can ask questions about everything related to Volunteer Management! 

This month's question comes from Kristy Taylor:

"Just a quick check in regarding how you handle Youth Volunteers under the age of 18. Our agency has a policy that our students/volunteers require a vulnerable sector check. As of Nov. 1st 2018, any Non-governmental agency is no longer allowed to request a police records check from anyone under the age of 18.

This is having some implications on our processes, and so I am looking to you all for guidance on how you proceed with hosting students! If you are able to share any draft/policy with us to compare I'd be most appreciative!"

To respond, email Kristy at We will post a round up of the answers next month! 

To submit your own question, email it to!
Get ready - National Volunteer Week (April 7th - 12th) is fast approaching! 

Send in your photos and stories of what you and your organizations are doing for NVW and we'll feature them in a future newsletter! 

Membership Meeting Wrap-up

Thank you to Paula Speevak, President and CEO of Volunteer Canada for the wonderful presentation on the revised Canadian Code of Volunteer Involvement (CCVI). We had a great learning session and some dynamic conversations throughout and after. It was wonderful to welcome so many new guests to our meeting, as well as new OAVR members. If anyone would like a copy of Paula’s presentation, you can download it right here.

Please stay tuned for details of our upcoming AGM!

What's New

Workshop - March 20th

Your website tells a powerful story about your business. Google Analytics is key to unlocking that story, but you need to ask the right questions. 

In this workshop on Google Analytics for NPOs, hosted by David Bird, bring your questions and be ready to have some fun!

After the seminar, you will be able to hear your website's compelling story about your business and customers.

From there, you will be making strategic decisions for your business that will make your story even better.

To learn more and register for this workshop, click here.
Webinar - March 21st

Much has been written about the growing importance of managing uncertainty to protect and enhance organization value.

Some will wonder, however, what managing the downside and upside of risk or uncertainty looks like. Others may wonder what the process and role of a risk management practitioner entails, and some will ponder over the key steps needed to shift from theory to practice.

In this webinar hosted by Monica Merrifield, learn practical approaches, techniques and tools to build risk management capabilities in your organization.

To learn more and register for this webinar, click here.
Workshop - April 11th

The need for more volunteers, clients, and members leads many not-for-profits to cast their communications net at the 'general public' using every method possible without measuring what's working for you - ultimately losing opportunities to generate meaningful results and real change.

In this 3-hour working session on Communications Planning for NPOs, you'll be guided through the process to create an effective communications plan, from setting goals and understanding your target audiences, to crafting key messages and making informed decisions between communication methods.

To learn more and register for this workshop, click here.
Webinar - April 25th

Volunteer programs are more successful if staff is fully engaged in the process. From planning to recruitment to retention, staff can play a key role in ensuring that volunteer programs are responding successfully to the needs of the organization and the volunteers. 

This workshop on Building a Fulsome Volunteer Program Through Engaged Staff will look at best practices in staff/volunteer relations as it related to the volunteer management cycle. Topics include how to avoid conflict with staff and how to engage staff in the volunteer onboarding, retention, and off-boarding process.

To learn more
and register for this webinar, click here.

e-Volunteerism Free Articles of the Month

Unleashing the Untapped Power of Volunteers as Advocates
Rob Jackson and Erin R. Spink as an important question: In responding to scandals and controversies that have tarnished the previously good name of trusted organizations, why aren't nonprofits making the most of some of our most passionate advocates - volunteers?
Isolation is Not an Option

Susan J. Ellis and Rob Jackson insist that in volunteer management, the need to connect remains critical, even as communication methods change. But, with all the tools and technology at our disposal in the modern world, are we networking and collaborating effectively?

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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