Engaging Skilled Volunteers - VIRTUAL

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Connect with the abundance of talent in your community

Explore practices that support the successful engagement of 'Knowledge Philanthropists', or skilled volunteers, and learn how to proactively plan for, attract, and engage them in your work. From project managers to human resources experts, from business analysts to information technology specialists, community members are eager to contribute their skills to your cause.

In this two-hour workshop, you will gain concrete tools and templates to successfully plan for, recruit, and manage Knowledge Philanthropists. By thinking "'who?" before "how much?", you can:

  • Embrace an abundant mindset and achieve more with less
  • Give talented people the opportunity to use their skills to support a cause they believe in
  • Strengthen your connection to your community

Workshop Details

Date & TIme: January 21, 2021 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Virtual / Online Learning via Zoom

Price: Members - $99.00; Non-member - $119.00

This workshop is ideal for all not-for-profit leaders

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of engaging skilled volunteers
  • Differentiate between ‘knowledge philanthropy’, board roles, and traditional volunteer roles
  • Identify the issues that can support or hinder the work of skilled volunteers
  • Create a position description for a skilled volunteer position
  • Describe strategies for recruiting and supporting virtual volunteers

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Date: January 21, 2021 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online / Virtual
City of Vancouver
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Chris Foster

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Chris has a professional background in human resource management, volunteer administration, and social work. She has had a career in the not-for-profit, public, and municipal sectors. Recently, Chris completed her Master of Science in Human Resource Management at the University of Liverpool and received her designation as a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).

Chris enjoys all aspects of Human Resources and is especially passionate about Talent Management and performance management when working with teams and leaders. her program development skills have resulted in countries implementing the same program and sharing their successes. She is proud of a Leading Practice award from Accreditation Canada. She was recognized for her work as the Director, Volunteer Resource, and Engagement when at island Health with the Infection Prevention and Control Department for developing and delivering a patient focus initiative on hand hygiene.

Chris loves travelling, reading, gardening, and exploring Vancouver Island, British Columbia, with her beautiful wife. When not working, she enjoys paddling around Spider Lake, on the ocean, or landscaping her backyard.


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**Please note: During COVID-19 the Vantage Point team is working from home. Contact information for workshops can be found on event pages, or find a list of our staff contact info here.


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