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Recognizing Volunteer Managers

Written by Patti Foley

Today, on Thursday, November 5th, Volunteer MBC is pleased to acknowledge International Volunteer Managers Day. Now in its 16th year, International Volunteer Managers Day provides the opportunity to celebrate the dedication and leadership that volunteer engagement professionals bring to their role.

Universally, people recognise the contribution of volunteers – in sport, health, emergency services, faith communities and the environmental lobby. In fact, volunteers are involved in just about every aspect of service delivery in all walks of life.

Volunteering does not take place in isolation. Behind each and every volunteer there is someone who takes on the responsibility of coordinating, supporting, training and recruiting volunteers who help to fulfill a specific need that the organization may have, but also to help fulfill the personal objectives that a volunteer may have and the reason behind why they give of themselves.

That is why we celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day every year on November 5. It is important to let those professionals know that the spirit of volunteerism is enhanced and enabled by them – and to thank them.

Over the years this day has grown to now receive support by volunteer involving agencies and organizations – both large and small – from all around the world. Just as important is the opportunity to educate others about this important work, which is why the catch phrase “Education through Celebration” is used to acknowledge International Volunteer Managers Day.

Volunteer MBC, the local Volunteer Centre serving the Region of Peel, provides a direct link in helping volunteer engagement professionals find individuals to support their organization’s programs and services through the centre’s On-line Volunteer Referral System and volunteer referral service. Additionally, through their Training Centre for Service Excellence volunteer engagement professionals gain access to a wide array of sector-related topics to include: volunteer engagement recruitment (following the Canadian Code for Volunteer Engagement); the 10 Steps of Volunteer Screening; volunteer retention and training; and standards related to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

The theme of International Volunteer Managers Day 2015 is “VOLUNTEER MANAGERS: the power behind Super Hero Volunteers”.

You can find out more about Volunteer MBC (Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon) at 

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About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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