OAVR Newsletter - February 2019

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.
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In This Issue:

Call for Registration: Members Meeting
Job Opening: Muséoparc Vanier
VOscars Date Change
What's New : Webinars and Workshops
2019 Conference Early-Bird Registration
E-Volunteerism Articles
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Muséoparc Vanier is looking for you!

The Muséoparc is a non-profit community museum that works to safeguard and enhance the cultural and natural heritage of the Vanier neighbourhood in Ottawa. It is the only francophone museum in Ottawa and one of the few Canadian museums interested in francophones outside Québec.

Currently they are looking for a Volunteer Manager to work with the Muséoparc to oversee teams of volunteers for various purposes. French fluency is required. 

For more information, including additional responsibilities and how to apply, please click here.

VOscars Date Change!

The 2019 VOscars will now be held on Wednesday, April 17th at City Hall. Tickets are now available for purchase!

Nomiations for a VOscars close on
Monday, February 11th.

For more information and a to submit a nomination, click here!

What's New

Webinar - February 20th

Verified Volunteers and VolunteerMatch surveyed over 7,000 volunteers to ask who they are, why they volunteers, what they think about background checks, and more. 

Did you know most volunteers give 2-5 hours of their time, just a few times per year, and are more likely to donate to organizations where they volunteer? 

Gain valuable insights into how and why people volunteer in this one-hour webinar presented by Kati Zwetzig of Verified Volunteers and Greg Baldwin of VolunteerMatch.

To learn more and register for this webinar, click here.
Workshop - February 21st

Volunteers are the lifeblood of your organization. Their time and commitment power your mission in every way and ensure that the critical change you seek to make can be brough to reality. That's why effectively connecting with volunteers is so important. 

In this webinar on Building Volunteer Brand & Cause Champions, Lindsay Sage will share principles of communication and storytelling as it relates to engagement of your volunteer audience.

This webinar is free for PAVRO members and $10 for non-members.

To learn more and register for this workshop, click here.
Workshop - February 26th

Everybody needs to use numbers to do analysis. Whether you are tracking volunteer hours, counting donor dollars, or planning spending for the month, you need to keep track of numbers and use them to plan for the future. Excel can be used to conduct planning, manage budgets, create charts, analyze data usage, and keep records.

Come to this workshop, hosted by Maria Lahiffe, to learn how to use this great tool to ask more sophisticated questions of your data, and give your manager, your board or granting organization the information they are asking for.

To learn more and register for this workshop, click here.
Workshop - February 27th

This two-hour workshop offers a first look at becoming a board member for a charity or non-profit organization. This workshop invites you to a conversation about what is asked of you as a board member.

Participants will develop confidence and understand how they can make an effective contribution to the board of an organization.

Join Lola Dube-Quibell and Maria Lahiffe to discuss roles and responsibilities of boards, contributing to organizational culture, and more!

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

Early-Bird registration still open!

Volunteer engagement professionals can now register for the LiVE - Leaders in Volunteer Engagement Conference, to be held at Delta Hotels, Ottawa City Centre, May 15-16, 2019.

Registration fees for the two-day conference include the keynote speakers, lunch and workshop sessions. Early bird registrants can benefit from a discounted rate until March 31st. Members from the Professional Association of Volunteer Leaders - Ontario (PAVRO) can benefit from a preferred rate.

With Collaboration in Action as the main theme, the event will also bring together Volunteer Centres from across the country. They will gather for their Leadership Forum on May 14-15 at the same venue.

OAVR Members get a discount! Use code
for a preferred rate!


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?
Coping with Change: An Experiential Exercise

The presence of volunteers within an organization can represent change. This exercise prepares participants to re-think the way in which they generally view volunteers, particularly if you want to demonstrate that volunteers are more than a "simplistic" addition to an organization.

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!
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Offering support and encouragement to members
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