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Volunteering 101 – open up to the awesome

From the Hinton Voice – April 14, 2011 Tyler Waugh Karen Lynch was everything I’d hoped she would be as executive director of Volunteer Alberta. She’s outspoken and doesn’t sugarcoat emerging and ongoing challenges within the volunteer world, but is equally optimistic about how boards and committees will adapt to those challenges. Lynch spoke to…

Edmonton Sun – Province launches volunteer-based bursaries

By Tanara McLean,Edmonton Sun There’s a new $1,000 incentive for post-secondary students to volunteer. The government of Alberta, in collaboration with Volunteer Alberta, has launched the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP), that will award $1,000 bursaries to post-secondary students who complete internships with any non-profit or volunteer organization. “This is so much more than painting…

Number of Canadians Concerned about Charity Fraud Up Considerably

CanadaHelps and Capital One Canada launch the second annual charity fraud awareness quiz with $20,000 grand prize Toronto, ON (February 24, 2011) – Canadians are generous donors, but two-thirds (65%) of them are worried about fraudulent charities, which is up considerably from a survey done in November 2009 (51%). These beliefs, coupled with the difficulty…

News Flash – KnowledgeConnector.ca launches

Attention senior leaders and volunteers: Regional Capacity Coordinators now working in Alberta communities   Leaders of nonprofit/voluntary organizations often raise concerns that they don’t always know where to find professional development and learning opportunities and don’t have time to search. KnowledgeConnector.ca is the solution! KnowledgeConnector Initiative Phase One is now launched, where five Regional Capacity Coordinators are working in communities across Alberta…

Edmonton Journal -A letter from Volunteer Alberta on how generous Albertans are (December 10, 2011)

Is Canada’s culture of giving actually falling? Some lament that rates of charitable giving and volunteering are on the decline. There is a false perception that too many charities pay their CEOs “over a million dollars with unlimited expenses” and non-profit misspending leaves only small portions of donations for actual charity. Myths need to be dispelled…

National Study Finds Pitfalls and Opportunities in Changing Volunteer Landscape

Organizations Urged to Strengthen Strategies to Improve Volunteer Satisfaction  A new national study shows that while Canada’s voluntary sector is the second largest in the world after the Netherlands, a significant number of volunteers report an experience that is less than satisfying.   The latest data on the changing culture of Canada’s voluntary sector was released today by Volunteer…

Letter: Volunteer Alberta –Submission to the Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy

August 10, 2010 The Honourable David Emerson, P.C. Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy 11th Floor, Legislature Annex 9718 – 107 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5K 1E4 Attn: Honourable David Emerson, P.C. Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy, Council member Re: Volunteer Alberta –Submission to the Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy Dear Mr. Emerson: The recent acknowledgement by the…

Letter: Submission for the Advisory Committee on Health

July 23, 2010 Mr. Fred Horne MLA, Edmonton Rutherford Chair, Minister’s Advisory Committee on Health c/o Legislature Office #721 Legislature Annex 9718 – 107 Street Edmonton, AB T5K 1E4 Re: Submission for the Advisory Committee on Health Dear Mr. Horne, I am writing as Executive Director of Volunteer Alberta, Alberta’s only provincial capacity builder for…

Concerns over the Government of Alberta’s Charitable Gaming Model Review

Back in September 2009, the Hon. Fred Lindsay, Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security, responsible for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) appointed a three-member MLA committee to examine aspects of the province’s charitable gaming model. The government of Alberta’s reasoning was that the “committee came in response to concerns from some charities…