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Volunteer Symposium 2024

We are excited to announce that this years Volunteer Leadership Symposium 'Meeting The Moment' will take place on Wednesday, May 15 from 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Doors open at 8:30 am.


This year's Keynote Speaker is Dr. Megan Conway, President & CEO, Volunteer Canada. With 20 years of diverse leadership roles in government and the charitable, voluntary and academic sectors, Megan has been recognized for her ability to scale innovation, to use evaluative thinking to build and adapt programs, and as a systems change champion. Volunteer Canada, 2024, {Volunteer Canada/Our Staff} 

Registration: 8:30 am - 9:00 am

Welcome: 9:00 am - 9:15 am

Keynote Speaker: 9:15 am - 10:15 am

The National Volunteer Action Strategy (NVAS): Dr. Megan Conway, Volunteer Canada.

In her keynote presentation, Dr. Megan Conway, President and CEO of Volunteer Canada, will delve into the National Volunteer Action Strategy (NVAS) and explore avenues to enhance its impact. Dr. Conway will unpack the intent, objectives, and desired outcomes of the NVAS, offering valuable insights into how local communities can actively participate in mobilizing for broader change. By attending her presentation, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to strengthen volunteer infrastructure nationwide and foster a deeper understanding of how collective efforts can propel meaningful change.


Morning Workshops: 10:30 am – 12:15 pm

Panel 1: Supporting More Inclusive Volunteering - Volunteers come with a range of skills, abilities and talents. Strategic changes to volunteer programs can open the door to potential volunteers who may not have been involved in your organization in the past. The members of this panel will share some ideas and perspectives about how to make volunteering more inclusive based on their own life experiences. If you are looking to broaden your pool of potential volunteers, this workshop will help you to envision how to benefit from some of the unique talents and abilities created by focusing on inclusion.


Moderator of this Panel is Kings County Accessibility Coordinator, Katie MacArthur,  She is a Rick Hansen Foundation Acessibility Professional and works to support the County to create more accessible spaces,policies and programs.

Unlocking Efficiency: How AI Can Turbocharge Your Non-Profit - Ever wondered how your non-profit could be supercharged with the magic of AI? Shaun Whynacht from Blue Cow Marketing, has the answers. Learn to get more done with less effort. This presentation will dive deep into the world of AI, especially ChatGPT, and how it can totally revolutionize the way your organization works. From making boring tasks a breeze to turbo-charging your communication, AI is like having a superhero on your team. So, if you're ready to level up your non-profit game, join us for a mind-blowing journey into the world of AI! 


Five Hacks for Good Governance - During this Workshop Presentation, Grant MacDonald will discuss /review the following five points and more for good governance including:

  • The Amazing Board Calendar

  • A friendly “Chair Check-in”

  • Your own “Rules of Order “

  • Guest in the Boardroom Guide

  • An alternative to “do you have any questions?” 

 Presenter: Grant MacDonald of Governing Good- Grant has over 25 years of experience of teaching organizational behavior at Dalhousie University and Henson College and previously did a workshop at KVRC’s 2019 Symposium.


Putting the Fun into Fundraising:  An Overview of the Key Success Factors to Effective and Respectful Fundraising - If you feel daunted by the prospects of raising funds for your organization, you are not alone.  Fundraising, if not done well, can feel like arm-twisting with endless efforts and impossible financial goals.  In this workshop, Jen Bolt will share an approach to fundraising that aims to change that experience.  Strategies to build a base of support and develop relationships, the key to all successful fundraising efforts, will be discussed along with an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of fundraising initiatives to determine whether they may align with your organization. The objective of this workshop is to make everyone feel positive about fundraising armed with some new ideas that will fit your needs.


Presenter: Jennifer Bolt has spent her career working in the non-profit sector in a wide variety of roles and sectors involving fundraising and volunteer management.  Her work in fundraising began when she led the Institute for Teaching and Technology at Acadia University whose work was funded primarily by North American Foundations.  Jen left Acadia with two colleagues to establish a fundraising consulting company, Red Letter Philanthropy.  For a decade, Red Letter provided counsel to charitable organizations throughout Canada, but primarily in the Atlantic provinces.  This work led to her current position with The McCain Foundation where Jen acts as the Charitable Giving Director supporting the Foundation's granting activities.  The McCain Foundation is the charitable giving arm of McCain Foods providing support to charities in McCain communities across Canada.  Jen also currently works at the Wolfville Farmers' Market where she is the Volunteer and Partnership Manager.


Lunch & Networking 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch will be provided as part of your registration fee. Any dietary restrictions that can be accommodated can be selected when ordering your tickets.


Afternoon Workshops: 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Panel 2: Volunteering Across the Lifespan - Volunteering is something you can do at any age but the type of volunteering you choose, how you learn about volunteer opportunities and the benefits you hope get from volunteering can change across the life span. In this workshop volunteers of different ages will share their stories about why they are volunteering and what organizations recruiting volunteers might want to consider when seeking volunteers of various ages.

Moderator of this Panel will be Angela Patterson. Since moving to Nova Scotia in 2002, Ms Patterson has dedicated herself to working in the non-profit, voluntary and cooperative sectors. Organizational development and board governance have been the focus of this work. Ms Patterson is currently the owner/operator of Angelhoeve Farm in Glenmont. Ms. Patterson is the current chair of Kings Volunteer Resource Centre.


Recruiting Volunteers in a time of Crisis - As a follow up to her Keynote earlier, Dr. Megan Conway will talk about recruitment at a time of crisis.

Legal Liability for Not-for Profits and discussion of the NS Volunteer Protection Act - Board members and prospective board members of community organizations sometimes worry about their exposure to personal liability if something happens with the organization while they are serving on the board. Retired lawyer and active human resources consultant Michael Coyle will dispel some myths and misinformation and will explain Nova Scotia’s Volunteer Protection Act and its important role in non-profit board governance.

Planning a Board Meeting - Do you find your Board or Committee meetings are in need of some improvement to make them more effective so you can get more done in the time available. During this workshop Max Chauvin will present different strategies to planning and designing effective meetings so that more will be accomplished during this important part of each not for profit ‘s organization’s successful operations.

Presenter: Max Chauvin is a nationally certified speaker, consultant, and facilitator with over 25 years of senior management and governance experience in a variety of organizations.

Max has worked both in government and community around such social issues as homelessness, health care, equity, accessibility, diversity and inclusion, poverty, and food insecurity. Max holds an MSc and an MBA, with specialisms in strategic planning.

Through his company, Chauvin Resource Development Group, Max offers training in planning, staff and volunteer management, and board governance. Through both public and private workshops Max is committed to providing people and their organizations with exciting new ideas and tools that make a real difference and are easy to use.

Max’s workshops have been described as funny, full of energy, challenging, thought provoking, and packed with practical information. He has worked with a variety of groups including Recreation Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, Community Health Boards, Real Estate Institute of Canada, Girl Guides of Canada, Nova Scotia Recreation Professionals in Health, Canadian Cancer Society, Literacy Nova Scotia and the Go for Green Initiative.

Max has been a facilitator at the Kings Volunteer Resource Centre’s annual Volunteer Symposium and has delivered various other workshops for KVRC over the past several years.


Door Prizes & Closing: 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm 


Registration is now available on Eventbrite, here.

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