Taking the Tension Out of Volunteer Retention

May 28, 2019
09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

After spending lots of time recruiting volunteers, it is heartbreaking when they leave shortly after they start. This is an organizational issue. In this half-day workshop you will examine what impacts a volunteer's decision to leave or stay including the volunteer work that is being offered, the climate where it is being offered, and the support given to volunteers. Take control and change those aspects that negatively impact on volunteers.


Dawn Bourbonnais is Volunteer Manitoba's Manager of Communications & Outreach. She oversees VM's internal and external communications, manages the website and referral services, and is responsible for increasing awareness of Volunteer Manitoba's mission - to encourage and promote volunteerism across the province. She also manages Volunteer Manitoba's social media profiles.

Prior to working for Volunteer Manitoba, Mrs. Bourbonnais spent the past fifteen years working in the not-for-profit and arts sector, most recently in the music and film industries. She is a communications specialist with a talent for interpreting what others mean to say and what some want to hear.

Dawn has also managed volunteers for a many festival and community events held in Winnipeg, and is especially fond of the volunteers at the Jazz Winnipeg Festival (whom she has been managing since 2004).


For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations (ex. dietary, scent) please contact Tracy Douglass at 204-477-5180 ext. 222 or tracy.douglass@volunteermanitoba.ca. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least 1 week prior to the scheduled event.


Volunteer Manitoba
410 - 5 Donald Street
Winnipeg MB  R3L 2T4




Dawn Bourbonnais

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