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Newsletter No. 4 | December 2014

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VECTor Conference
Upcoming Training

Digital Storytelling Offer
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We are offering a unique opportunity to get trained as a digital storytelling workshop facilitator!

Digital stories – personal narrative in the form of a short video
– are becoming more and more popular, and are being used by organizations around the world to share impactful, personal stories that make their organizations tick.  Volunteer Toronto wants to train a member of your organization to deliver workshops and learn how to use this practice to best suit your organization’s specific needs.  Normally these types of workshops cost over $3000, but we’re giving it to you for FREE!

Workshops will begin early next year.  More details to come soon. Feel free to contact
Rani Sanderson for information or to reserve your advance spot now.  Spaces are limited!


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

Organizations report an increase in interest and applications leading to new volunteers.

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



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Holiday Hours

December 24 - 9am-1pm
December 25 - Closed
December 26 - Closed
December 29 - 9am-5pm
December 30 - 9am - 5pm
December 31 - 9am - 1pm
January 1 - Closed
January 2 - Closed


VECTor: Volunteering, Engaging, Connecting Toronto

Creating Engaged Communities Through Volunteer Action

Oakham House, Ryerson University
Save the Date – Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Announcing Our Keynote Speaker:
Andrea Cohen Barrack, CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation

Andrea Cohen Barrack is the CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada’s largest granting foundation works to build healthy and vibrant communities through investments in human and social services, arts and culture, sports and recreation, and the environment. A transformative leader, she has a demonstrated history of both developing strategies which promise positive change and leading others to deliver on those promises.

A long-time volunteer, Andrea serves as the Chair of International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region. She is an Advisory Board Member for the Centre for Effective Philanthropy, a mentor with CivicAction Diverseity Fellows and is the Vice Chair of the Dean’s Council for the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. Her community involvement includes participation in initiatives that seek to find creative and collaborative solutions to community and human rights issues.

Join us as Andrea discusses the impact of volunteers and how they create engaged communities in the GTA and throughout Ontario.

Conference registration starts in January 2015 – stay tuned for more announcements soon!

January Training Sessions


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

How do you prepare for four languages, dozens of venues, hundreds of dignitaries, thousands of athletes and tens of thousands of spectators while ensuring the needs of volunteers are met between sporting events, celebrations and backstage preparations?

In July 2015, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area will host Canada’s largest multi-sport event ever, the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. With double the athlete participation of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, over 350 events across the Greater Golden Horseshoe and a massive logistical challenge ahead, the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Organizing Committee must rely on a key element: the dedication and support of over 20,000 volunteers. George Hubbard 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.


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

“We don’t brag about spending more money…so why do we brag about spending more of our volunteers’ time?” 

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. In three hours, Tony will help you work with boards and upper management to define priorities of volunteer engagement, calculate return on investment of volunteer engagement and monitor the performance of volunteer engagement for internal process improvements.



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

“Can you help me with this? Can you start a new project? Can you train a new volunteer? Can you meet with me for an hour?”

When we’re asked these questions in our sector, the most common response is often “I don’t have time” or “I’m too busy.” In recent years, the concept of “time poverty" has gone beyond the initial confines of academics into the realm of non-profit workers. Have too much to do and not enough time? Can’t invest any time to train volunteers on a new project or task? Simply finding yourself worrying that there aren’t enough hours in the day? You may be time-poor yourself.

In this Volunteer Talk, we’ll discuss the concept of time poverty and discuss best practices and strategies to de-glorify “busy” and take back our work lives! Utilizing volunteers well, and ensuring they don’t suffer from time poverty themselves, will ensure successful work for you and your organization.


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