OAVR Newsletter - May 2019

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
- Herman Melville

In This Issue:

Hybrid Conference Announced!
VOscars Recap
AGM Reminder
What's New : Webinars and Workshops
E-Volunteerism Articles

Hybrid Conference has been announced!

Save the date, and stay tuned for more details about where we'll be hosting it this year!

VOscars Highlights

Congratulations to OAVR Board member Jo-Anne Turple and The Ottawa Food Bank for winning this year's Outstanding Volunteer Program VOscar! 
Spotted: past OAVR Chairs at the VOscars! 
From left: Kathy McGee, Heather Wallace, and Lola Dube-Quibell
We look forward to seeing you all at our AGM on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 4:30pm at the Delta Hotel on Lyon Street. 

Click here for last year's AGM minutes
Click here for this year's Annual Report

We will also have a presentation from Blake Daly regarding HourThanks
After the meeting, please join us for dinner. We've made reservations at 3 Brasseurs on Sparks Street. This will be a great networking opportunity as this is one of the conference dinner events and we'll be seated close to them. 
OAVR will be providing 3 Brasseurs gift cards of $10 to all AGM attendees!
Please RSVP to if you haven't done so already. We hope to see you there!
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What's New

Workshop - May 14

Being a member of a board or officer of a charity or not-for-profit (NFP) is a big responsibility. Along with the volunteer commitment comes a number of duties, responsibilities and liabilities to the organization and to yourself as a director or officer.

This session will help you to understand what those duties and liabilities are so that you can comply with those obligations and reduce exposure to liability. 

To learn more and register for this Volunteer Ottawa workshop on Duties and Liabilities of Directors and Officers of Charities and NFPs, click here.
Workshop - May 17

With mounting pressure to do more with less, non-profit leaders are increasingly being challenged to diversify their revenue streams through the creation of social enterprise ventures. Earned-income opportunities have the potential to support complex social, economic and environmental objectives while also generating profit to support operational sustainability.

Are you an Executive Director or part of a Board of Directors who is considering what it would take to develop and/or operate a social enterprise for your non-profit or charitable organization? If yes, then this workshop on
Social Enterprise: Are you Ready? A Board Orientation is for you.

To learn more and register, click here.
Workshop - May 21

Volunteer Ottawa is partnering with the organization 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 by a certified Project Manager.

Are you struggling with how to deliver projects and making the best of donor dollars? Do you know where to even start? Can you articulate your real success criteria?

This Volunteer Ottawa workshop on Project Management for NPOs includes 20 hours of one-on-one coaching following the workshop.

To learn more and register, click here.
Webinar - May 23

Want a ticket to become a futurist leader? Then get off your status quo derriere and join us for a deep gaze into your own crystal ball!

A SWOT analysis takes a structured approach that looks at where you are and where you’re headed, based on discernible internal and external factors. It’s a great starting point for divining what lies ahead and maximizing your potential. A good one will help you identify trends, anticipate change, and be open to possibilities that will enable you to work more effectively and have greater impact. 

To learn more and register for this webinar SWOT's Up? How to Do a Strategic Self-Audit of Nonprofit Strengths and Weaknesses, click here.
Workshop - May 23

Does just the thought of calling a journalist make you sweat? And what about actually doing the interview? What will you say and how will you prepare for difficult questions?

Rest assured that journalists are actively seeking stories and actually welcome your ideas. But, they are being pitched stories from all sides. With careful planning your story idea will grab a journalist’s attention and you’ll give an interview that generates results for your organization

To learn more and register for this workshop on Working with the Media, click here.
Webinar - May 30

Bringing volunteers together in person for orientation and training events can (and should) be both meaningful and engaging, but it takes intentional design to make them so!

Come to this one-hour online session on
Engaging Activities for Training Events and Meetings to learn some useful strategies about how to make your training sessions and meetings more engaging and inclusive and where to find easy-to-use, “plug and play” activities.

This webinar is free for VMPC members. To learn more and register, click here.
Webinar - May 30

It's time to ignore any conjecture you've heard. Ignore the anecdotal advice.

In this webinar called
How Do I Convince My Boss? Why Breaking Through the Ignorance Ceiling is Essential, Tom Ahern will provide proof-positive, airtight answers to the questions that are crucial to your fundraising success - each one world-sourced from top fundraising practitioners, creative agencies, and veteran researchers working in seven different countries.

To learn more and register, click here.
Webinar - June 6

This webinar is for CEOs and Executive Directors with at least 10 team members. Change management is an essential function for every leader. Whether shift needed is for improving donor engagement process or launching a new service line, people tend to react similarly to change.

You need the tools to have awareness around your own change style, how your team tends to respond to change, and what you need to do to lead effectively so everyone takes responsibility for new results.

To learn more about this webinar on How to be a Pro Troublemaker: Essential Change Management Skills for Every CEO, and register, click here.

e-Volunteerism Free Articles of the Month

S#%& Words We Need to Stop Saying: Words and Phrases to Erase from the Lexicon of Volunteer Management
Rob Jackson and Erin R. Spink present their thoughts on the words and phrases that no longer serve the volunteer engagement profession -- and, in fact, may actually hurt us. They review and present new ways to communicate about our field
Examining Moments of Truth

Every organization has negative "moments of truth." Someone on staff has a bad day; human error rears its head, etc. Author Sue Waechter provides a plan to identify and work to eliminate negative moments so that you can create mostly positive moments of truth for your volunteers.

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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