OAVR Newsletter - August 2019

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.” —Mahatma Gandhi

In This Issue:

Thank you: Summer Social
Message from your Co-Chairs
OAVR Connect
Save the Date: Hybrid Conference
Volunteer Management Certificate Program
Mark Your Calendars
Past Newsletters
What's New: Webinars and Workshops
E-Volunteerism Articles
Thank you to everyone that showed up to our Summer Social in July. Unfortunately, we did not get any pictures as we were having too much fun.

Keep on the look out for our next social. 
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to attend our Summer Social on July 25. It was a great opportunity for us to network and enjoy such great company. These get togethers are so important as it provides us the chance to connect and share with each other.  Our next social event will be in November to celebrate Volunteer Managers Day.
Our registration for membership and membership renewal will open in September. At that time, we’ll also open registration for the Hybrid Conference in October. We expect that these spots will fill up quickly, stay tuned for more information.  For more information on the conference
click here.
As you enjoy these last few weeks of summer as you no doubt prepare for a busy autumn, we hope you’re able to take some time to rest and recharge!

Denise Hawken and Ulyana Osorio
This is the place where members can ask questions about everything related to Volunteer Management! 

This month's question comes from Jake Harding:

"Does anyone have an incident report form that they use for their volunteers. I’m in the process of creating an incident report for our volunteers that is similar but less exhaustive than our report form for staff. If anyone has any materials they could share with me I’d be super appreciative."

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

To submit your own question, email it to!
Get excited! The 2019 Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference is right around the corner. 

Volunteer Management Certificate Program

Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada is offering a Volunteer Management Certificate Program for VMPC members.

This program is ideal for anyone who works with volunteers. The skills you will learn are highly transferable for supervisory or leadership roles. It provides a foundation for individuals wishing to pursue a CVA designation in Volunteer Administration.  

It runs September through June and consists of three concurrent courses that can be completed online.
 Each course is 12 weeks long and 42 hours in length. You will complete one module per week at a time that is convenient for you.

Wondering how much this will cost you? Each course will be approximately $350 and there is two textbooks you will need.

Individuals are required to submit a brief description about their goals for taking the program and describe their experience working with volunteers to ensure an appropriate fit for the program. Once your status is confirmed, you are required to officially apply to the program and complete a program registration form. 

For more information or to register please contact Deborah Young,

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

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What's New

Webinar - August 15

So many programs and organizations depend on volunteers that have been with them for years. What happens when those volunteers start to get older? If your volunteers are aging, this session can help. Learn strategies for identifying how can we work with our aging volunteers to modify placements to keep them involved.

To learn more and register for this webinar on Managing an Aging Volunteer Corps, click here.
Webinar - August 20

Volunteer engagement is changing. It is time to start using different tools to both engage and recruit volunteers. Ever thought of using social media?

This webinar will offer an introduction to how you can include social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans.

To learn more and register for this webinar on Social Media and Volunteer Engagement, click here.
Webinar - September 10

More and more volunteers are looking to get involved and make a difference in a single day of service. How do you create meaningful work that can be completed in a single day by a large group of diverse volunteers?

This webinar will walk you through the first steps for incorporating single days of service into your program, and help you begin to think more creatively about volunteer engagement.

To learn more and register for this webinar on Single Days of Service: Make 'em Work!, click here.
Workshop - September 12

Do you struggle with keeping volunteers interested, involved and engaged?

This workshop presented by Volunteer Ottawa will introduce you to the volunteer cycle, including planning, recruitment, orientation, supervision, and recognition. You will learn how all of these contribute to excellent performance and volunteer retention.

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

e-Volunteerism Free Articles of the Month

In this Points of View, Rob Jackson and Erin R. Spink consider the “wisdom of Seth” – Seth Godin, is a Hall of Fame marketer, and a hugely popular daily blog writer about marketing. As they dissect his work they identify different perspectives, thoughts, and ideas that Volunteer Engagement professionals should consider, and explore. You never what helpful tips you will find when studying a totally different fields! 
When it comes to your organization you have high expectations for not only staff but also for volunteers to be completely aligned. Sometimes you get those few volunteers whose behaviour is problematic, and causes issues among your organization. In this article, Marla Benson will provide both the core steps to prevent conflict issues from occurring when it comes to volunteers and links to even more information. 
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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