OAVR Newsletter - June 2019

Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. – Desmond Tutu

In This Issue:

Nominations Open for Canada's Volunteer Awards
Conference Wrap Up
Tell Us Your Thoughts: Volunteers to Pay for Police Screening?
New Position
Summer Social
What's New: Webinars and Workshops
E-Volunteerism Articles

Call for Nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards

This is an opportunity for all Canadians to nominate exceptional individuals, a not-for-profit organization that helps to find innovative solutions to social challenge; or a business or social.

The program recognizes and celebrates volunteers across the country through its five award categories:
  • one national award – Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award for individuals who have volunteered for at least 20 years;
  • five regional awards – Emerging Leader for young volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30;
  • five regional awards – Community Leader for individuals or groups of volunteers; 
  • five regional awards – Business Leader to recognize businesses that demonstrate social responsibility in their practices, including promoting and facilitating volunteerism locally, regionally and nationally, as well as for-profit and not-for-profit social enterprises dedicated to creating social, cultural or environmental benefits for their communities; an
  • five regional awards – Social Innovator to recognize the contributions of not-for-profit organizations, including not-for-profit social enterprises that find and use innovative approaches that address social challenges in their communities.
To submit an online nomination, please visit click here.

Conference Wrap Up

Wow! It’s hard to believe that this year’s Synergize: Collaboration in Action Conference has already come and gone! Hosted by Volunteer Canada, PAVRO, and VMPC, it was truly a synergistic and collaborative experience, bringing the Volunteer Centers and the national, provincial, and local AVAs together for the first time. A number of OAVR Board members worked on the planning committee and helped bring this conference to life, including: Denise Hawken, Atoosa Adnani, Jo-Anne Turple, Javier Clavelo-Robinson, and myself. 
OAVR was also honored to sponsor PAVRO’s Linda Buchanan Award, in recognition of our support for the conference and our role as Ottawa’s local AVA. It was a special experience having such a large conference in our backyard, and we are beyond happy that Ottawa was this year’s location, and excited that we got to show off our wonderful city. We were also able to sneak in some time for our OAVR AGM and a networking event where we welcomed new Board members Adam Janes and Carissa Harkins!
From the first keynote session with Rob Jackson to the panel discussion hosted by Erin Spink, and all the amazing workshops in between, it was inspiring to be able to network with so many new faces, discuss challenges and solutions within the volunteer management profession, and bring new ideas to light.
For an in-depth take on the conference that highlights some key takeaways from the whole experience, 
check out this article written by Katrielle Ethier for a wonderful breakdown of a truly special conference.

- Lexi White, OAVR Vice-Chair

Tell Us Your Thoughts: Volunteers to Pay for Police Screening

The conversation has been opened again! The Ottawa Police Services Board is considering fee options for police screening. 

In order for us to best support you, as we know this may be a worry for you and your organization, please share with us your concerns, ideas, suggestions, and if possible statistics with us.

We will reach out to OPS and will request to be involved in the consultation process. We will also share your messages with them.
Please send this information to

New Position!

The Canadian Foundation for Animal-Assisted Support Services is seeking a new volunteer with extensive proven experience to join the Foundation's Board of Directors. 

Responsibilities include working with the National Director to recruit, screen, orient, and mentor a Volunteer Coordinator to grow a much needed volunteer base and fundraising culture.

For more information click here.
Does anyone have suggestions for online training for volunteers that covers Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and Violence and Harassment. 

Please send responses to
Please RSVP to if you haven't done so already. We look forward to seeing you all!
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What's New

Webinar - June 20

Is it time your nonprofit modernized its approach to volunteers?

This masterclass features forward-thinking VolunteerPro members who have taken on calculated risks and realized big rewards. You are invited to join an hour of insider inspiration and lively insights. Hear fresh ideas and the best bets for driving your volunteer strategy forward.

To learn more and register for this webinar Volunteer Management Game Changers: How VolunteerPro Members Mastered Their Biggest Challenges, click here.
Workshop - June 22

Whether you are currently on a Board of Directors with a not for profit or charitable organization or you’re seeking a position on a Board, this is the one “must-take workshop” for ensuring effective leadership and accountability. Ben Schlussel, a highly sought after consultant and facilitator will presenting on this topic and why effective governance is a crucial element of an organization's success.

To learn more and register for Volunteer Ottawa's workshop Board 201 - A Complete Look at Being on a Board of Directors, click here.
Workshop - June 25

Volunteer Ottawa and Drache Aptowitzer LLP want you to tell your organization’s story inside and out of an election period without risking tens of thousands of dollars in potential fines. In this workshop you will learn how to navigate the grey zone between partisan and non-partisan messages to protect your organization’s charitable status. As well as learn the new, low threshold for election advertising that your charity might accidentally cross with a single non-partisan social media post, and what to do when that happens.

To learn more and register for Advocacy by Charities during the Fall 2019 Election, click here.
Webinar - July 11

New to volunteer management or looking for a refresher on the basics?

This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs - recruitment, retention and recognition. Touching on important topics like managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

To learn more and register for this webinar on The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit presented by VolunteerMatch, 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:
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