Neighbourhood and Volunteer Services is pleased to present our very first Virtual Volunteer Conference!
As with our traditional conference, the virtual conference is a celebration of the tremendous contributions of volunteers in the region. It gives citizens an opportunity to participate in training and learning that help them become more effective in their work and provide strong volunteer capacity in the municipality.
We will be offering a series of four FREE Virtual Workshops:
November 5, 1pm – 3pm [BARCODE 00033553]
Boards 101 & Effective Meetings
In this workshop we’ll be splitting the presentation into two sections. The first half will focus on the basics of how boards work (Board Roles, Responsibilities and Teamwork). The second half will focus on how to make meetings more effective, address common complaints and talk about strategies you can implement to minimize them.
November 12, 10am – Noon [BARCODE 00033554]
Micro-Neighbourliness – Small Actions, BIG Results!
As COVID-19 restricts our movements, we’ve spent increasing time in our hyper-local neighbourhoods. In response to lockdown there has been a proliferation of acts of micro-neighbourliness that inspire a sense of hope and connection when most needed. Learn about the concept of micro-neighbourliness, share and explore how acts of micro-neighbourliness inject a valuable sense of play and belonging, and get ideas for how to sow seeds for larger change and collective action.
November 19, 1pm – 3pm [BARCODE 00033555]
Supporting Diversity in Volunteerism
This webinar will dive deep into how to be an ally for marginalized communities as it relates to volunteering. The goal of this webinar will be to provide each of you with the foundation and knowledge for supporting an inclusive volunteer experience within your organization and individually.
November 26, 10am – Noon [BARCODE 00033556]
Turning Ideas into Actions – Grants & Funding
Join our expert panelists as we talk money! We will have representatives from the municipal, provincial, and non-profit sector featured as we talk about what kinds of government grant funds are available as well as what the fundraising sector is doing to raise much-needed capital as we deal with the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
The workshops will be presented using Zoom in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries. You won’t need to download any special software; simply click the link we will send you via email approximately 24 hours prior to the workshop.
How to Register for the Virtual Volunteer Conference:
1. First, have a look at all the amazing workshops we are offering this year.
2. Choose the ones you are interested in and note the barcode beside the title.
3. Register online at halifax.ca/myrec to register for each workshop you are interested in. Please note: Conference registrations are processed using the municipal recreation registration system. If you don’t already have an account, you will need to create one. If you need help, you can call any municipal Recreation Centre for assistance.
4. Please ensure your email is correct when you set up your account/register for your workshops. You might want to also add the following email address as a “trusted sender” as workshop information (including the link to sign in) will be sent to your email from this address: email@example.com
5. Please contact Shawna Shirley, 902-456-9683, if you have any questions.
Registration deadline: 24 Hours prior to each workshop
- Do I have to download special software to watch?
No. Simply click the link in the email we send you and it will open to the virtual workshop
- Do I have to turn my camera on?
No. But it does make it really great for those who would like to connect with you. The facilitators may place you in a virtual breakout room and you might feel more comfortable turning your camera on for that small group conversations.
- Will a recording be available if I can’t tune in at the time of the workshop?
Yes. We will make the workshop recordings available on the Halifax Regional Municipality website. Please check the https://www.halifax.ca/about-halifax/volunteering/volunteer-conference website for updates.
- It’s my first time doing an online workshop – is there anything special or different I should know?
We have a few ideas to make your first experience as smooth as possible:
- Having your camera on is optional but we love seeing your faces!
- When you are getting ready to sign in you do not have to use your first and last name if you would prefer to keep that private. You can simply leave your last name blank or use initial(s) if that helps you feel more comfortable.
- Please mute your mic when you sign in. We’ll remind everyone and you’ll also have opportunities to unmute if you’d like to ask a question.
- We’ll be using a moderator so will be using the “raise hand” function and our moderator will acknowledge you. You can also post questions and comments in the group chat window.
- Feel free to log into the meeting a few minutes early to get familiar with the setup.
- Please contact Shawna at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need additional help with how to sign into a Zoom meeting.
Some of what our past participants have said about the annual conference:
- “...I really look forward to it every year. I find it really inspiring and energizing.”
- “Great experience. I learn something new every time I attend.”
- “Exceeded my expectations”
- “Great variety of topics. Excellent networking opportunities...”
- “It was very informative and a lot of fun!”
- “Always an amazing opportunity to network and learn”
- “Amazing!...I feel energized and excited to put to use all the suggestions and strategies I learned.”