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Volunteer managers and professionals of New Brunswick
Valuing your volunteers
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UP COMING EVENTS
Volunteer managers and professionals of New Brunswick
Thank you for your interest in the Volunteer Management Professionals of New Brunswick (VMPNB). It is wonderful to have individuals such as you who recognize the importance of volunteer management and who want to continue to develop this role in a professional capacity. We are a dynamic team dedicated to promoting a sense of unity, education, cooperation and partnerships among persons and organizations responsible for the management of volunteer resources.
VMPNB recognizes the intricacies and complex nature of successfully engaging volunteers. Strong volunteer programs require leaders with multiple, unique skill sets and a broad knowledge base. We appreciate that many organizations would like to improve their volunteer programs but have little time or resources to address this issue.
VMPNB can be a valuable resource to you no matter where you are in your volunteer management career, or the number of volunteers you lead, or if volunteer management is but one of many responsibilities you have. For over 30 years, VMPNB has been a source for education and networking for our unique sector.
Please consider the following key points about VMPNB:
VMPNB: A Professional Development Community
- VMPNB is a professional community of practice, offering its members a network of peers with whom they can share ideas and quickly gain wisdom.
- VMPNB is also a learning community. Our live videoconferences and in person networking offer one of the most effective ways to learn on the job.
- Our database of resources is constantly updated and our priorities for content creation are driven by the needs of our members.
VMPNB offers professional networking opportunities and resources for involving volunteers. VMPNB members are offered volunteer management education modules from national, regional and local sources on such topics as changing trends in volunteerism, skill set development and personal wellness.
Full Year Membership – $125.00 (Valid April 1st – March 31st)
Half Year Membership – $62.50 (Valid October 1st – March 31st)
VMPNB benefits of membership include:
- A list of VMPNB membership contact information
- Networking opportunities within our membership
- Opportunity to attend the Spring Conference/AGM and Fall Education Session
- Information on educational and career development opportunities
- Opportunities for professional development through Board roles
- The right to nominate and vote in Board elections
- Voting at the AGM
- Reduced rates to VMPNB sponsored events
- Access to a members only provincial website which includes resource tools and member directory – in development
- Annual membership with the Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada
- CCVA National certification discount
- Discounted VMPC conference rates
I look forward to welcoming you to our Volunteer Management Professionals of NB team!
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Information from Volunteer Canada
We are pleased to announce the release of the Updated Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (CCVI).
Originally released in 2001, the CCVI was created to support organizations that engage volunteers. The 2017 edition contains updated standards, reflects the current social context, and incorporates a more streamlined format.
NEW: Putting the Code into Action
Putting the Code into Action is a resource designed to help organizations implement each of the CCVI standards of practice.
Want to know more? Read the FAQ.
Coming Soon: Updated Code Audit tool. The Code Audit Tool is being updated to align with the new CCVI. The tool helps organizations assess and analyze its volunteer involvement strategies and practices. Watch for the launch of the updated Code Audit tool soon.
Volunteer Canada created the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (CCVI) to support organizations that engage volunteers. The CCVI is a framework for involving volunteers in all levels of an organization. This includes volunteers working in leadership, direct service and virtual roles
We encourage all organizations to think about how they engage volunteers. Download the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement to evaluate your volunteer program.
Background and Purpose
Volunteer Canada launched the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (CCVI) in 2001. In 2012, we revised it to better reflect today’s volunteer landscape. The CCVI is designed to be adaptable. It’s meant to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes, in every community across Canada. An organization with a single staff member should be able to apply the CCVI. It should also be relevant to national organizations with staff spread out across the country.
The CCVI supports organizations by:
- Stating the values and benefits of volunteer involvement
- Providing a framework for discussion and decision-making within organizations
- Promoting meaningful volunteer involvement that meets the needs of both the organization and its volunteers
Together, these components encourage organizations to consider how they work with volunteers. The CCVI aims to improve volunteer involvement from coast to coast.
The member-exclusive online Code Audit helps you assess and analyze the way your organization involves volunteers, and helps identify areas for further development. Completing the Code Audit will generate reflection and action to increase the positive impact of your volunteer program on the mission of your organization and on your volunteers. To learn more about becoming a member of Volunteer Canada, click here.
- Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement — The CCVI gives in-depth explanations of the different standards for volunteer engagement. It includes a checklist to help organizations implement recommendations in the document.
- Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement – Pamphlet — This bilingual booklet gives a summary of the information found in the CCVI.
- Volunteer Involvement Audit Tool — Organizations can use this tool to assess their volunteer programs. It’s intended both for organizations that have already adopted the CCVI and those that haven’t.
- A Guide to Cultural Competency Application of the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement — The goal of this guide is to show organizations ways to be welcoming of new Canadians. Using the guide, organizations can build inclusive volunteer programs.
- Harbourfront Centre Case Study – This case study is intended to provide an example of how Harbourfront Centre reviewed the CCVI and set forth a thorough review of each of the organizational standards.
- Adopting the Code – Barbi Lazarus of the Toronto Vegetarian Association shares her experience adopting the CCVI and completing the audit
It is our belief that by reaching out to newcomers in their own language and by actively engaging them in the community where they live and work, that they will not only gain better language skills and awareness of how our communities work, but ultimately feel more and more that New Brunswick is their new home.
Debbi Leblanc, Volunteer Centre of Southeastern New Brunswick
The video allowed volunteers with lived experience of immigration and integration through volunteering to share their stories with other newcomers. By using their words and their language, it bridges the gap between the culture they know and the one that now surrounds them to inspire newcomers to get involved.
How can your organization make volunteering more accessible for newcomers?
Debbi has some tips for you to consider during the application and intake steps:
- Create a simplified volunteer application for newcomers.
It should contain the core information you need but with less details. A complex intake form can feel overwhelming for people who are not familiar with our processes.
See the sample form by the Volunteer Centre of Southeastern New Brunswick
- Arrange a meeting.
Take the time to meet with the newcomer face to face. It acts as an informal interview (the word “interview” can be intimidating for newcomers). The meeting usually uncovers many skills and expertise that might not be listed on their application form!
Debbi noted that while many are looking to practice either French or English or to use their skills while they look for employment, the majority of those who decide to volunteer also want to fill a need in the community. To help them, here are some of her approaches:
- Capture as much information as possible from the Newcomer about their goals, and what they hope to achieve with their volunteer engagement.
This helps direct volunteers to opportunities that build on their strengths, interests and goals.
- Help newcomers develop their volunteer profile that outlines the skills and experiences they want to share and send it to the organization where the volunteer will or would like to volunteer.
Another common hurdle to newcomer involvement, is screening and more specifically, background checks. It can be hard to know how to appropriately screen newcomers who want to volunteer, especially if they will engage with a vulnerable group. There might be rigid organizational policies or requirements that make it difficult for newcomers to volunteer. We don’t want to skip those verifications though; we must do our due diligence to ensure the safety of those we serve. Background and reference checks should not be used on their own to assess a volunteer’s suitability for a role, they should be used in combination with other screening tools.
MOSAIC, a settlement organization in British Columbia, developed Capturing the Talents of Newcomer Volunteers: A Guide to Developing Effective, Culturally Inclusive Volunteer Programs which goes into detail on all aspects of engaging with newcomer volunteers. They caution that organizations cannot expect recent immigrants to provide a criminal record check from before their arrival in Canada. Here are some of the tips and alternatives they provide:
- Be sure to explain to the newcomer the need for, and the process of, criminal record checks, health and reference checks.
- Provide letters of request for health checks and criminal record checks that newcomers can take to the doctor and the police respectively.
- Accept non-traditional references such as a landlord, an ESL teacher, or a settlement worker.
It’s important to note that Permanent Residents and other immigrants are thoroughly screened for criminal inadmissibility before they come to Canada. There may be alternative verifications that a newcomer can provide instead of a traditional criminal record check. Ask them to contact their immigration officer or settlement agency to see if there is an available alternative or offer to reach out to them with the newcomer’s permission.
We should always do our best to match a volunteer to an appropriate role and provide newcomers with equivalent support provided to other volunteers. That might mean assigning a mentor or a “buddy” for a skilled volunteer that needs support to develop their language skills or providing training for a volunteer with the necessary language skills but who lacks another skill needed for the role.
Sometimes, a volunteer isn’t a good match for your organization, or you can’t accept them for other reasons despite your best efforts to accommodate their situation – and that’s okay. Avoid simply refusing the newcomer as a volunteer. Rather, refer them to another organization in the community where they could volunteer or to a volunteer centre that can help them in their search. If possible, connect them with another person that can support them. Being left to their own devices to find another opportunity can leave a newcomer feeling overwhelmed or set aside. Whereas feeling supported and valued as a volunteer (even if it’s for another organization) empowers them to keep looking for a role that will fit their needs and help their community.
To fulfil our missions, we need to meet people where they are so we can move forward together. For our organizations to reflect the communities we serve, volunteer programs must do the same. Newcomers have a wealth of knowledge and experience they want to contribute to their new home; we just need to give them the opportunity to share them with us.
Public service announcements / UP COMING EVENTS
DRIVER VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
École Mathieu-Martin is reaching out to the Volunteer Centre of Southeastern NB to offer the population of greater Moncton the possibility of becoming a Volunteer Driver for their students. This will give the volunteers the possibility of having a positive experience with the youths of Dieppe. In return, they will be helping and giving the chance to the students of École Mathieu-Martin the possibility of living a positive experience with either their sports team or committee.
The individuals interested in this program will have to go through the following steps in becoming a Volunteer Driver for the school:
STEPS IN BECOMING A DRIVER
- Getting a criminal record check
- Getting a Social Development consent check
- Getting a physician’s consent
- Follow a safe driving course on a weekend
- Perform a Class 4 in-class evaluation
- Perform a Class 4 driving test
- Read and follow the 701 policy -Protection of the youth-
Any expenses regarding these requirements will be paid by École Mathieu-Martin.
The Volunteer Driver will be asked to drive the 23 passenger school bus for the following reasons:
- Different sporting events during and after school, in and outside the Greater Moncton region.
- Different committee activities in and outside the Greater Moncton region.
- Drive a sporting team at a tournament outside of the Greater Moncton region on a weekend.
- Drive a committee during the week and on a weekend to another school.
During these outings, the school will be covering any cost that the driver may incur. On a weekend when driving out of town, the school will cover: 1. Meals 2. Hotel room
- Drive responsibly the teams/committees from point A to point B.
- Will not be responsible of the team/committee’s discipline.
- Will have to complete adequately the driver’s log book.
- If gas gage is under half, the driver will be asked to use the government credit card and fuel up the bus.
- Return his meal receipts to the school for reimbursement.
Physical Education Teacher
Head of Department Health and Social Studies
Tel : 856-2774
Fax : 856-2851
« The secret to success is to work less as an individual and more as a team member »
List of agencies registered with the Centre
- Ability Club ’81, Inc., The
- Ability NB
- Ability Transit Inc.
- Académie Sport Academy N.B.
- AIDS New Brunswick
- Albert County Food Bank
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- ALS Society of NB-NS
- Alternative Residences Alternatives Inc.
- Alzheimer Society of Southeast New Brunswick
- Apprentissage pour Adultes Sud-Est inc.
- Arthritis Society, Codiac branch Society N.B. Division, the
- Atlantic Dance Festival
- Atlantic Human Services Inc. Cannell House
- Autism Resource Centre
- Beauséjour Regional Health Authority, Volunteer Services
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Moncton
- Blankets for Moncton
- Boccia New Brunswick
- Boys and Girls Club of Dieppe
- Boys and Girls Club of Riverview
- Boys and Girls Club, Moncton
- Brain Injury Association of New Brunswick
- Breast Cancer Foundation
- CAAR – Coalition Against Abuse Relationships
- Canadian Blood Services
- Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Atlantic
- Canadian Cancer Society New Brunswick Eastern Division
- Canadian Celiac Association, Moncton Chapter
- Canadian Diabetes Association
- Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO)
- Canadian Hard of Hearing Association NB Chapter (CHHA NB)
- Canadian Mental Health Association New Brunswick Division
- Canadian Mental Health Association, Moncton Region Inc.
- Canadian Paraplegic Association (N.B.) Inc.
- Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – NB Chapter (CPAWS NB)
- Canadian Red Cross Society
- Carrefour des Amis inc.
- Cavalier Riding Club
- Centre d’accueil et d’Intégration des Immigrants et Immigrantes du Moncton Métropolitain
- Christmas Daddies
- City of Dieppe Leisure Recreation Facilities Dept.
- City of Moncton, Community Services Department
- CKUM (Université de Moncton)
- CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind
- Codiac R.C.M.P. Victim Services Unit
- Codiac RCMP Volunteer Services
- Codiac Soccer Moncton
- Comcare (Canada) Limited
- Community Employment Agency (Division METS)
- Community Forests International
- Community Mental Health Center/ Mental Health Services Division of N.B.
- Conseil d’alphabétisation Le Mascaret (Moncton-Dieppe)
- Conseil Provincial des Sociétés Culturelles (CPSC)
- Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada
- Cross Cultural Youth Project
- Crossroads for Women Inc.
- Cystic Fibrosis, Dawn MacEachern Chapter
- Defeat Depression Canada
- Dieppe Kite International
- Dream Catchers Baseball Association
- Early Childhood Family Resource Centre of Westmorland –Albert Inc.
- Elementary Literacy Inc. – Elf Program
- Ensemble Services Greater Moncton
- Enviro Plus Southeast Group Inc.
- Ergon Inc.
- FAAT Team
- Families of Multiple Births
- Famille et petite enfance Francophone Sud inc
- Family and Early Childhood Anglophone East Inc.
- Father J. Angus MacDonald Centre
- Fertility Matters
- Food Depot Alimentaire Inc. (Food Bank Distribution Centre)(Community Food Centre, Peter McKee)
- Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation Inc
- Frye Festival
- Galerie Sans Nom
- Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada
- Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce, The
- Greater Moncton Down Syndrome Society Inc.
- Greater Moncton Parkinson Support Group
- Groupe de Support Émotionnel Inc.
- Guides Federation of New Brunswick (Francophone)
- Habitat for Humanity Moncton Area
- Harvest House Atlantic
- Health Canada, Population and Public Health Branch
- Healthy Active Living/Go Ahead Seniors
- Healthy Minds Canada
- Heart & Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick
- Heritage Hillsborough Inc.
- Hockey Night in Canada Play On
- Hospice Greater Moncton
- House of Nazareth Inc.
- Hub City Theatre
- Huntington Society of Canada
- Inclusion Advocacy SENB Promotion de l’inclusion SENB
- John Howard Society of Southeastern New Brunswick
- Jordon Life Care Centre Inc.
- Junior Achievement of Greater Moncton
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
- Karing Kitchen Inc.
- Kenneth E. Spencer Memorial Home
- Kidney Foundation of Canada, The
- Kids Help Phone
- L’Association des Familles d’Accueil du Sud-Est Nouveau-Brunswick
- La Leche League Canada – Moncton
- Learning Disabilities Association of New Brunswick, Moncton Chapter
- Lions Sick Children’s Fund Inc., The
- Literacy Program for Francophones of South-East New Brunswick
- Little Treasures Child Care Centre
- Lotus Co-operative Ltd.
- Lung Association New Brunswick , The
- madd Mothers Against Drunk Driving
- Maison des Jeunes à Dieppe inc.
- Moncton Community Residences Inc.
- Moncton East Youth Center
- Moncton Employment & Training Services, Inc.
- Moncton Headstart Inc. (Early Family Intervention)
- Moncton Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae
- Moncton Kinsmen House Inc.
- Moncton Military Family Resource Centre Inc (MMFRC)
- Moncton Museum – Resurgo Place
- Moncton Regional Learning Council Inc.
- Moncton Ronald McDonald Family Room
- Moncton Youth Residences Inc.
- Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA)
- Multiple Sclerosis Society – Greater Moncton Chapter
- N.B. Coalition for Pay Equity
- N.B. Crime Stoppers
- Nature Conservancy of Canada, The
- Neil Squire Society
- New Brunswick Association for Community Living
- New Brunswick Environmental Network (Moncton)
- New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN)
- New Brunswick Human Rights Commission
- New Brunswick Ombudsman
- New Brunswick Senior Citizens’ Federation
- Office of Faith Development
- Osteoporosis Canada, Greater Moncton Chapter
- Ovarian Cancer Canada
- Oxfam Canada
- P.A.C.E. People Alone Caring Enough
- P.R.O. Kids (Ville de Dieppe)
- P.R.O. Kids Town of Riverview
- People’s Park Tower
- Peter McKee Community Food Center
- Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance
- Pregnancy and Wellness Centre of Moncton
- Prostate Cancer Canada
- Public Health
- Racquetball New Brunswick
- Ray of Hope Needy Kitchen (St. Augustine’s)
- Regional Addiction Services
- Rentalsman & Consumer Affairs
- Respite Care Services for Children with Special Needs
- River of pride
- Riverview Arts Centre
- Riverview Tennis Club
- Rogers TVNB – Community Television Cable 10/Canal 9
- S.M.I.L.E. : Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience
- S.P.C.A. (Greater Moncton)
- Salvation Army – Lakeview Manor, The
- Salvation Army, The
- Salvus Clinic
- Save the Children Canada
- Schizophrenia Society of NB (Moncton Chapter)
- Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centre of Moncton
- Scouts Canada (Moncton)
- Second Mile Food Bank
- Seniors’ Information Centre, Inc.
- Services palliatifs communautaires Beauséjour inc.
- Sexual Health Centre Santé Sexuelle
- Social Development
- South-East Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Inc.
- Southeast Regional Correctional Centre
- South-East Regional Health Authority, Volunteer Services
- Southeastern New Brunswick Mighty Drivers Chapter (Muscular Dystrophy)
- Special Olympics Moncton
- Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of New Brunswick
- St. Augustine Housing Ltd.
- St. John Ambulance (275 Division – Moncton)
- St. Vincent de Paul Society
- Tannery Court Co-operative Limited
- Tele-Care 811 Télé-Soins
- Théâtre l’Escaouette
- Thyroid Foundation of Canada
- Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada
- Town of Riverview, Parks and Recreation Department
- Tri-Community R.C.M.P. Volunteer Policing Services
- Tri-County Ground Search and Rescue
- Unicef Canada
- Unicorn Children’s Centre
- United Commercial Travellers
- United Way of Greater Moncton & Southeastern New Brunswick Region Inc
- Veterans’ Health Centre, The
- Victorian Order of Nurses (Moncton Branch)
- Villa du Repos
- Villa Héritage Inc.
- Volunteer Driver Program
- Welcome Crew Volunteer Program
- Welcome Wagon
- Wellness, Culture & Sports – New Brunswick
- Westmorland Albert Food Security Action Group
- Winners Walk of Hope
- Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission of New Brunswick
- World Vision Canada (Atlantic Canada)
- YMCA of Greater Moncton
- Youth QUEST Central
- YWCA Moncton