National Volunteer Week 2016

April 10 to April 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week (NVW), a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers!  

Based on statistics, about 900,000 Canadians volunteered in arts and culture organizations in 2013. The 896,000 arts and culture volunteers represent 7% of all 12.7 million volunteers in Canada. Arts and culture volunteers contribute more hours, on average, than volunteers in any other type of organization. The equivalent of 56,000 jobs were volunteered by 900,000 Canadians in arts and culture organizations in 2013.

In honour of Canada’s National Volunteer Week, Ontario Presents is pleased to recognize the work of Ontario’s volunteer arts presenters who work year-round to bring the very best in the live performing arts to their communities. In doing so, these volunteers enrich the lives of their fellow citizens and deeply engage them in live performance arts experiences that open their minds to our shared world. 

Webinars on Volunteer Enagagement

To help volunteer-run arts oragnizations access quality professional development, Ontario Presents has partnered with the Department of Canadian Heritage and Atlantic Presenters Association, to deliver free Webinar Series for Arts Presenting. Designed to support volunteer presenters working across Canada, topics include webinars dedicated to Volunteer Engagement.

Join us on Wednesdays this month (April 20th and 27th) at 1 pm EST / 2 pm ADT for FREE webinars with Donna Lockhart. 

Engaging Youth as Volunteers

This introductory webinar has been designed for organizations not currently engaging youth or who might be having challenges with youth. Participants will learn about “new strategies for engaging youth” and how to adapt general volunteer roles to be more appealing.

April 20, 2016 - learn more and sign up

Volunteer Burnout: Symptoms, Signs and Solutions

As volunteer recruitment gets more challenging and the work of the organization gets bigger and more complex, the stage is set for volunteer burnout. The session will explore some practical tips, ideas and suggestions to prevent burnout.

April 27, 2016 - learn more and sign up

3 R’s - Recruitment, Retention and Recognition of Volunteers

To learn more about best practices in volunteer management, please also view the 3-part series titled “3 R’s - Recruitment, Retention and Recognition”.