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Newsletter No. 5 | January 2015

In This Issue

VECTor Conference
Subscriber Circle
Upcoming Training

National Volunteer Week
NOW Magazine Promotions

Featured Discount
Featured Volunteer
Contact Us


Volunteers are part of the ripple effect, the theme for this year's National Volunteer Week celebrations, reflects on volunteer action being similar to a stone thrown in a lake: its effect has a direct impact. 

NVW 2015 takes place April 12-18 and is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada's 13.3 millions volunteers. 

Volunteer Canada has a handy toolkit to help you prepare for this years festivities! 

Stay tuned to our website and e-newsletter for an announcement on our own celebrations! 


Looking to boost interest in your volunteer positions? 

Every week, four lucky organizations have the opportunity to get one volunteer position promoted to over 386,000 readers of NOW, for FREE! 

Organizations whose positions are promoted in NOW report an increase in interest and applications leading to new volunteers.

To find out more about this incredible opportunity, contact
Ainsley Kendrick.


Volunteer Impact
 was created to help leaders of volunteers manage all aspects of working with volunteers, from recruitment to retirement. By providing software dedicated to the processes of volunteer engagement we are helping our members divert time spent on simple clerical work and data entry to time invested in meaningful, management-oriented work.

Full subscribers get $100 off the $395 initial licensing free for Volunteer Impact Standard Edition Software and $500 off the Enterprise Edition. 

Learn more about this and other discounts available with a Full Subscription


Do you know a volunteer with a great story to tell? 

Each month we will feature a new volunteer on our website and in our Volunteer Times newsletter.

If you know someone who you think should be featured then get them to
  fill out this survey and we will contact them if they have been chosen. 

Check out December's featured volunteer-Victoria Nolan!

Contact Us

344 Bloor Street West,
Suite 404
Toronto, ON
M5S 3A7

Phone: 416.961.6888


Oakham House, Ryerson University
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Early Bird Registration Is Now OPEN!

Full Subscribers

Community Groups

Registration includes all conference programming and materials, lunch & snacks and networking opportunities

Early Bird Registration is in effect until February 9, 2015 


After the Early Bird window, registration is $200 for full subscribers and $300 for non-subscribers.

Remember, this conference will be a full day of programming great for volunteer engagement workers, Executive Directors and Board members. Exciting workshops and panels throughout the day will help you and your organization create engaged communities through volunteer action. 

View the preliminary conference program
and stay tuned for more information and workshop presenter announcements!

This will be an event not to be missed!

Volunteer Talks Get A New Name! 

Volunteer Talks, the monthly discussion group for full Volunteer Toronto subscribers, has a new, snazzy name - "Subscriber Circles"

Subscriber Circles
are the same great monthly discussion now with a name to reflect the purpose and audience of the group. The January Circle on "Time Poverty" is coming up on January 28 and a new Circle has been announced for February 25 on “Growing Beyond the Single Story,” read more under “Upcoming Sessions” below.

We’re also excited to announce
External Subscriber Circles, starting in February. These new monthly discussions will bring the great Subscriber Circle format to your area, rotating around the city throughout the year. 

Stay tuned to Sector Space to learn more and register soon!

Upcoming Training Sessions

"Rethinking Retention"
Thursday, February 19th

When we ask volunteer managers what the biggest issue facing their program is, the result, across the board, is the growing challenge of volunteer retention.

Informed by growing trends in the volunteer management industry, this workshop presented by Volunteer Toronto will invite volunteer managers and coordinators to rethink retention in their volunteer program. The workshop will help you reframe the values of successful volunteer retention, examine volunteer succession plan opportunities and explore the creation of project-based volunteer roles. 

Using feedback from volunteer managers and coordinators across the GTA, we’ll explore the relationship between volunteer retention and project length, skill level and more to determine the best ways to maintain and value your volunteers. 


“Subscriber Circle: Growing Beyond the Single Story”

Wednesday, February 25th

How do you move beyond “this is how we’ve always done things” or “the last time I volunteered was so much better” and create new experiences and memories for you and your volunteers?

In the volunteer world, the single story is defined as a volunteer or volunteer manager’s greatest experience or best accomplishment. Sometimes, it is difficult for people to grow beyond this experience to create new accomplishments, memories and meaningful stories. When you and your volunteers operate under the single story, you negate the possibilities and opportunities that you can create together; for you, your program and your organization. This Subscriber Circle will explore ways to ensure every volunteer is open to change and knows that every experience will be their best, while at the same time helping you create new experiences and stories to shape the growth of your volunteer program.


For Paid Subscribers-Only

January Sessions - Spots Still Available

"The Relative Impact ROI Model for Volunteers"
With guest presenter Tony Goodrow, Better Impact
Thursday, January 8, 9:30am-12:30pm

This workshop by guest presenter Tony Goodrow will demonstrate how a focus on more volunteer hours may actually devalue volunteers and how to use a Return-on-Investment (ROI) model as a more meaningful indicator of volunteer program success. 

"Expert Q & A Panel: Event Volunteers and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games"

Moderated by George Hubbard, Manager of Volunteer Outreach, Toronto 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games
Wednesday, January 21, 9:30am-11:00am

An expert panel will share the challenges and triumphs of massive-scale volunteer recruitment, training and management in preparation for Toronto’s first international multi-sport games since the 1976 Summer Paralympics.


Subscriber Circle: Time Poverty and the Glorification of Busy
Free for subscribers of Volunteer Toronto
Wednesday, January 28, 9:30am-11:00am

In this Circle, we’ll discuss the concept of time poverty and discuss best practices and strategies to take back our work lives! 


For Paid Subscribers-Only

Volunteer Toronto is a charitable organization committed to supporting, creating and celebrating volunteerism in Toronto. Through our innovative approaches to volunteering and services that empower organizations to develop engaging volunteer programs, we are supporting our mission to  create the best possible volunteer experience.

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Volunteer Toronto
344 Bloor Street West
Suite 404
Toronto, ON M5S 3A7

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344 Bloor Street West, Suite 404
Toronto, ON
M5S 3A7

T. 416-961-6888
F. 416.961.6859

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