Who are we?
• Volunteer Calgary is the volunteer centre
• It has over 400 member non-profit
organizations looking for volunteers every
How it started
• Created in 1955, became a registered
non-profit charity in 1971.
• Originally called the Central Volunteer
• Founded by the Junior League of Calgary
• Long term core funders are United Way
and The City of Calgary.
Engaging more people,
to volunteer in the
Our vision is to one day see all
Calgarians take responsibility for creating
a healthy and caring community by
getting involved in local issues.
When this vision becomes a reality, our community will
reflect a warm and caring place where diversity is
accepted, the basic needs of all citizens are met, and
citizens routinely look out for one another.
What do we do?
Our 4 Pillars:
• Promoting the value of volunteering
• Connecting people with opportunities to
• Strengthening the ability of groups and
individuals to support volunteers
• Providing leadership on issues related to
• Event Displays / Community involvement
• Advertising (transit ads)
• Media partnerships
• Volunteer recognition –
(Annual Leadership Awards)
• Volunteer Speakers Bureau
• The Volunteer Calgary website is an excellent
source for finding volunteer positions in Calgary.
• There are over 500 volunteer positions listed at any
• In 2008, there were over 294,000 searches for
volunteer positions conducted on the website.
• Training/Workshops for strengthening the ability of
non-profit organizations/volunteer managers to
effectively involve volunteers into the work of their
• Consultations with non-profit organizations to enhance
and strengthen volunteer programs.
• Bursaries are available to non-profits to offset training
• Customized Training
Flexible delivery to suit unique training needs of a non-
profit organization around volunteer management.
VC In a nutshell
• Volunteer Calgary is…
– …the one-stop website for volunteer opportunities in
– …Has over 500 volunteer opportunities from over 400
member non-profit organizations at any time.
• We offer…
To the public: Searchable website for volunteer
To a non-profit: training, consultations, other
Calgary: The Volunteer Capital
• 71% of Calgarians Volunteer on average
15 hours per month.
• Calgarians spend an average of 3.7 hours
per week volunteering.
• There are over 5,000 non-profit organizations in the
Calgary area, most of which use volunteers
• 63 % of volunteers in Calgary are female, 37 % are over
the age of 55, 46 % are married and 62 % have a post
• 65 % of volunteers in Calgary are involved with activities
surrounding youth and children, but many are also active
with sports and recreation (44 %), social services (42 %),
education/research (41 %) and faith/religion (36 %)
• 76 % of volunteers in Calgary are driven by a desire to
give back to their community, by an appreciation of
volunteering as something of value for the social good,
and the belief that volunteering helps volunteers feel
good about themselves.
• Approximately 50 % of volunteers in Calgary are
motivated to volunteer because they have a close
personal connection to the volunteer work through
family, friends and neighbours; 40 % are ―self starters‖
meaning no one influenced them to get involved, 8 % are
motivated by teachers, 5% by church leaders, 4% by
employers and 3% by community leaders
• 50 % of volunteers in Calgary are looking to develop new
skills and 47 % volunteer for an organization where they
have personally received services
• 61 % of volunteers in Calgary list lack of time as the
primary reason for not getting involved
• 40 % of volunteers in Calgary see volunteering as a
habit, while 25 % consider it as something to do to pass
Volunteer Calgary’s 2005 Ipsos Reid Survey
What is the Speakers Bureau?
• The Volunteer Calgary Speakers
Bureau is a group of volunteer speakers
with relevant experience and knowledge
who represent Volunteer Calgary and
deliver presentations on its behalf.
Why a Volunteer Speakers
• Lots of people want to learn about
• People want to hear it straight from the
horse’s mouth – why do volunteers
• People sometimes need a little inspiration
to start volunteering.
• …or a push in the right direction!
Who are the Speakers?
• Talented and enthusiastic public
• Passionate and dedicated volunteers
• Participate. Represent Volunteer Calgary
and increase awareness.
• Motivate. Inspire/encourage people to
• Educate. Inform people of the benefits of
volunteering and refer them to the website
for volunteer opportunities.
Talk is NOT cheap.
Perks of being a speaker:
• Learn. Practice speaking ability.
• Shine. Gain confidence.
• Diversify. Different venues/variety of audiences to
• Inspire. Share your story.
• Encourage. Promote volunteerism.
• Activate. Be a catalyst for change.
• Socialize. Expand networks. Meet new people.
Who do you talk to?
• Non-profit Organizations
– Volunteer events
• English as Second Language (ESL) Learning Institutions
– New immigrants, long-term foreign students
• Corporate Sector –
– employee volunteer groups
– High School
– Employability Programs for Youth
Common Discussion Themes
• Where to volunteer?
• How to Volunteer?
• What volunteer opportunities are out
• How do I choose the right volunteer
opportunity for me?
• What are the benefits of Volunteering?
Audience Specific Themes
• I don’t have time, can I volunteer?
• How can volunteering help my employees/team?
• How can volunteering help my career?
• How can volunteering boost my resume?
Non Profit Organization
• My volunteers need inspiration!
• We want to tell our volunteers how valuable they
Audience Specific Themes
English as Second Language (ESL) Learning
• How can this help me get a job?
• How can it help me improve my english?
• I want to have fun.
• I want to make a difference.
• I want to spend my time wisely.
• I want to continue using my skills.
1. Request for a speaker is received by VC.
2. Email goes out to notify Bureau in the form of a
3. Send an email if you want to volunteer for a
- Assigned on a first come, first served basis with
consideration to give everyone a chance to
4. Once assigned, you will receive a confirmation
including all the other details.
Sample List of Upcoming Speaking
Date Time Event # of Speaker Address Contact Person
29-Apr 11:30am - Good Companions 65 Catherine Henely
1pm Club (Seniors) 403-249-6991
motivate volunteers Dwight Foster 2609 - 19 Ave SW
s youth 403-250-9005,
8-May 10AM Building Futures years Scott? Old 'Y' 2nd Floor, buzz 206 .org
13-May 11-12 am Immigrant Services 10 100-Castlebrook drive N.E.— Parveen - 265-1120
Calgary Lokiel O.S.Geiger School
May 25 10 - 12 or Just Say Yes Program 12 Tessie Dubois
- 28 1-2 Central United Church tessie.dubois@janpat
downtown .com 4032929330
28-May 3pm - Safeway 90 -
4:30pm 100 email@example.com
Employ Dianne / Carriage House Inn, Windsor om
ees Shabana Room 403-730-3380
Chinook Rotary Club 50 plus, Bart Dailley
July 14 12.15 - 70 firstname.lastname@example.org
or 28 1.30pm years Ray M to be emailed. 251-5577
Blue – confirmed
Red - TBC
Items to help prepare, deliver, and
evaluate your presentation.
If needed, Audio-visual tools are available at the
VC office to check out.
•Speakers’ Bureau Laptop – reserve 3 days
•LCD Projector - reserve 3 days before
•Portable Flip Charts
Available at the Volunteer Calgary Library!
Annual Leadership Awards Videos – inspiring stories of real volunteers!
Hannah's story / National Film Board of Canada. -- Halifax, NS: National Film Board
of Canada, 2007. http://www.nfb.ca/collection/films/fiche/?id=54288
This documentary gives new meaning to the term 'role model'. Normally we think of
children learning from their elders, but here is the story of an 11-year-old girl who is
already inspiring adults to make a difference.
When she was just 5, Hannah Taylor spotted her first homeless person in the back
alleys of Winnipeg. That sighting not only troubled her but it drove her to do
something to change the world, which in turn lead to the establishment of the
Ladybug Foundation. Under Hannah's leadership, that charity has raised over a
million dollars, literally making a change for those lacking life's basic needs. Whether
it's organizing "Big Boss" lunches, speaking to students or to a prime minister,
Hannah's capacity to help others is huge, unflagging, and ultimately, humbling." -
from the cover. Written and directed by Juanita Peters.
Speaker Book List
• Be prepared to speak / Toastmaster international. Toastmaster International;Kantola productions,
• Communications: A positive message from you / Seita, Trudy. -- Downers Grove, IL: Heritage Arts
• Cutting edge PowerPoint 2007 for dummies / Bajaj, Geetesh. -- Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
• Effective presentation skills / Mandel, Steve. -- Menlo Park, CA: Crisp Publications Inc. 1993.
• Effective presentation skills: practical guide for better speaking / Mandel, Steve. -- Los Altos, CA:
Crisp Publications Inc. 1987.
• How to be an outstanding speaker: eight secrets to speaking success / Dutton, John L. -- Appleton,
WI: Life Skills Publishing Company, 1986.
• How to give an effective seminar / Watson, Walter; Pardo, Luis; Tomovic, Vladislav. -- Toronto, ON:
Stoddart Publishing Co. Ltd. 1989.
• Life is a series of presentations: 8 ways to inspire, inform, and influence anyone, anywhere,
anytime / Jeary, Tony. -- New York, NY: Fireside, 2003.
• Life is a series of presentations: 8 ways to punch up your people skills at work, at home, anytime,
anywhere / Jeary, Tony. -- New York, NY: AUDIOWORKS, 2004.
• Lois Hole speaks: words that matter / Hole, Lois. -- Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press, 2008.
• One peace: true stories of young activists / Wilson, Janet. -- Victoria, BC: Orca Book Publishers,
• Powerful ways to persuade people / Briefings Publishing Group. -- Alexandria, VA: Briefings
Publishing Group, 1998.
• Secrets of power presentations / Bender, Peter Urs. -- Toronto, ON: Achievement Group, 2000.
• Speaking out. How to plan speakers committee / Fels, Lynn. -- Toronto, ON: Metro Toronto
Volunteer Centre, 1988.
• Words of wisdom for writers, speakers & leaders -- Silver Spring, MD: Philanthropic World
• Bookmark with
• A listing of the latest volunteer
opportunities emailed to subscribers
Evaluation forms help us measure the impact
of your presentation. We have 2 kinds:
• Requestor Evaluation
• Audience Evaluation
available at the
Speaker Feedback Form
• This form is to be filled in by the speaker.
• This will us help keep track of your
speaking engagement and get feedback
After your presentation
• Returned borrowed equipment to the
• Returned Evaluation forms.
• Breathe. Relax. You did a great job!