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  • Tell YOUR community's story YOUR way
    Become a Youth Ambassador!

    Volunteer Manitoba, in partnership with RBC Future Launch and Manitoba 150, are thrilled to announce a new program giving young Manitobans an opportunity to showcase their community through creative storytelling!


    The MB 150 Youth Ambassador program is a five month program where participants will be given the opportunity to tell their community's story - their way!

    MB 150 Youth Ambassadors will showcase their community's history, culture, diversity, and identity through storytelling methods and exciting learning opportunities. By participating in this program, youth will increase their leadership skills, promote mutual understanding, and be positioned to bring awareness of their communities.

    "We're excited to be working with Volunteer Manitoba and Manitoba 150 in this creative and meaningful way," said Kim Ulmer, Regional President, RBC. "We encourage eligible youth to take advantage of this very special opportunity to commemorate this milestone through their own community lens. This a chance to cultivate relationships and acquire knowledge, skills and experience which will be adaptable to their current or future careers, while leaving a legacy for generations to come."

    Youth Ambassadors will be paired with a Coach for the duration of the program. The Coaches will be community leaders and professionals who want to give back and share their skills and expertise with the younger generation. They will guide their participant through their project, provide support and advice, and be an invaluable part of helping MB 150 Youth Ambassadors build their network and increase their skillset.

    "Manitoba's 150th anniversary is a tremendous opportunity to share stories about who we are as Manitobans," said Monique LaCoste, Co-Chair of the Manitoba 150 Host Committee Inc. "By encouraging Manitoba's young adults to strengthen their creative and leadership skills, the MB 150 Youth Ambassador program will enhance our community," added Manitoba 150 Co-Chair Stuart Murray.

    The program is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 29, who lives in Manitoba and is willing to travel to Winnipeg for group activities and training (travel expenses will be covered by Volunteer Manitoba). The deadline to apply for the program is December 9th, 2019. Participants will be informed of their acceptance by mid-December. For more information, or to submit an application, please visit www.volunteermanitoba.ca.

    "Every year, thousands of citizens across the province strengthen their communities by being involved," says Jackie Hunt, Executive Director of Volunteer Manitoba. "We are thrilled to be able to provide this kind of unique programming to Manitoba's young generation, and to partner with such great supporters to showcase and celebrate the incredible strength of our communities, and the people that make them vibrant and strong."

    For more information, please contact:

    Kamillah El-Giadaa, Youth Program Coordinator
    P: 204-477-5180 ext. 225
    E: kamillah.elgiadaa@volunteermanitoba.ca

  • This past year we put a lot of time and energy into renewing our Training Department and we are thrilled with the results!

    We are very proud of the work we have accomplished in our training department and we are excited to move forward and assess all of the opportunities that are now available to help us continue to grow and to support the non-profit sector in its professional development.

    What's new & exciting in our fall calendar? We had a quick chat with Tracy Douglass, VM's Training Coordinator.

    Over the past year, you've been introducing new training and development opportunities. What new events do you have planned this fall?
    Meeting the needs of our clients is my number one priority. We offer workshops in the areas of Capacity Building, Volunteer Management and Board Governance. We heard loud and clear that funding is top of mind; I've scheduled a webinar to introduce different fundraising strategies, plus we have a new workshop with fundraising expert, Mike Duerksen, called What Donors Want - How to Find, Attract and Retain Donors. I have also heard that volunteer recruitment, particularly youth volunteers, is a priority for many organizations so we're offering a workshop in December led by Marianne Cerilli called Engaging and Empowering Youth Volunteers.


    Last year you piloted some new programs and events. Will any of them be offered again?
    I'm really proud of our new Emerging Leaders Program that we piloted last spring. It's a program specifically designed to build leadership skills for those who are taking the next steps to pursue or advance their management career in the non-profit sector. We received excellent reviews and suggestions for improvement, we are happy to be offering the entire program again this fall. We also received a lot of positive feedback on a special event we held to help volunteer engagement specialists build their network. To continue this support, we're holding a Hybrid Conference in October. This conference focuses on how technology trends are transforming the way we engage volunteers. Keep watching for more networking events coming up throughout the year!


    Our motto this past year was 'putting Manitoba back into our name'. Do you have any workshops offered around the province?
    Through the partnerships we built around the province I plan to offer more workshops in communities other than Winnipeg with plans almost finalized for Gimli, Brandon, Carman and Winkler. We've also started to explore using webinar technology so rural participants can join workshops in Winnipeg remotely. I understand that the need for training exists across our province and I'm committed to build a provincial network of partners and facilitators and to use technology so professional development is available in all regions.

    We look forward to seeing you all this fall as we kick off what is sure to be another successful year for VM Training! To see our full training calendar please click here!

  • Leading From Within with Wendy Bulloch

    Leadership Skills for Emerging Non-Profit and Community Leaders

    April 10, 18 and 25 | 9 am to 4 pm

    This workshop is part of Volunteer Manitoba's new Emerging Leaders Program and is being piloted in Brandon for a reduced rate of $300!

    Register Here!

    Take the next steps to pursue or advance your management career by learning about the knowledge and skills required to excel as a leader in your organization. If you want to rise through the ranks of your organization into management, or if you want to become more effective in your current leadership role, you'll need to cultivate a specialized set of skills and a particular mindset that is needed in today's dynamic non-profit sector.

    Leading from Within is a 3-day workshop designed for those who are planning on, or have just begun leading a non-profit program or volunteer team. In this course you will develop skills to prepare you for your new environment and the common pressures faced by the non-profit sector. You will move forward with an informed and strengthened foundation, critical leadership competencies, and new resources that will help strengthen you own leadership journey.

    For more information, please call us toll free at 1-888-922-4545 or send an email to training@volunteermanitoba.ca


    Community Outreach in Brandon!

    Volunteer Manitoba attends outreach events throughout Manitoba to celebrate and encourage volunteerism, and to help people connect with opportunities to volunteer. We also visit with classrooms, community groups and organizations to deliver presentations on volunteering and its many benefits.

    Volunteer Manitoba will be in Brandon on April 6th for the United Way of Brandon & District Volunteer Fair, taking place at the Shoppers Mall from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

    We are also participating in the Brandon Career Symposium as an exhibitor, so come by and visit our booth from April 15 - 17 and learn more about volunteerism and giving back to the community!



    Non-Profits, Charities and Community Groups in Westman - We want to hear from you!

    We are looking for input from non-profits, charities and groups across Manitoba on the types of volunteer opportunities they have available. This information will help us provide the most current information to people who are looking for places to volunteer their time.

    If you would like to share your current, or upcoming volunteer opportunities with us, please email Kamillah El-Giadaa, Communications and Outreach Assistant or call us at 1-888-922-4545