This page contains a listing of both professional development opportunities offered through the VMPNS, VMPC as well as through external sources. More resources will be added as they become available.
VMPNS Professional Development Opportunities
Monthly Halifax Network Meetings
For up-to-date information on network meeting times and dates visit our Events Calendar.
On the last Friday of each month the VMPNS holds a Network Meeting for it's members. The monthly network meetings are an opportunity for members to meet, discuss issues they may be facing, and for the educational opportunities through guest speakers. We have been so fortunate to host some wonderful guest speakers, engage in some thought-provoking conversations and have some amazing opportunities to share resources. Below is a list of some of our past meeting topics:
*Community Sector of Nova Scotia
*HRM Volunteer Services
*Volunteer Recruitment (websites, tools, tips and more)
*Skills Nova Scotia
*Working with Volunteers with special needs
*Criminal & Vulnerable Sector searches
*Provincial Volunteer Awards
*Screening for volunteers under the age of 18
*Volunteer databases/record keeping
*Volunteer performance evaluation/feedback
*Engaging volunteers in leadership positions
VMPC Professional Development Opportunities
Webinar - Supporting LGBTQ+ Volunteers
January 30, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:15 am AST Open to VMPC Members only - Free
Learn LGBTQ+ terminology, inclusive language, how to be an ally, and strategies to support LGBTQ+ volunteers at your organization. The webinar will include scenario based activities and strategies to promote inclusion in the workplace.
Webinar - Virtual Book Club - Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
February 11, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:15 am AST Open to VMPC Members only - Free Join
VMPC President, Ruth Millard and Lindsay Baker, Chair of Professional Development, for our very first online book club meeting! We are reading Dare to Lead by Brené Brown. In this book, she is sharing the results of her 7 years of research on brave leadership and providing us with four skill sets we can hone to help us develop the potential in others. In this session, we will be outlining those skills and sharing our key insights and take-aways from the book. You will also have the opportunity to participate in discussions with others on the call and explore how we can apply our learning to our own leadership practices.
Webinar - Four Confidence Boosters to Reach Your Full Potential
February 27, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm AST Open to VMPC Members only - Free
Those lacking confidence hold themselves back. They are tentative, hedge and play small. The result is they do not do their best work and are not having the incredible impact they could potentially have. In this webinar, you will learn to take control back for how you feel and how you perform. You will learn how you can activate self-confident feelings from within yourself and will discover your inner confidence. With this sense of certainty, you will be motivated to take action towards doing your best work, advancing your career, and positively impacting those around you. The bonus effect is that you will find more joy in your day-to-day work!
2019 National Volunteer Management Conference Delta Hotel, Ottawa City Centre, Ottawa, ON - May 15-16, 2019 Registration is now open.
The CVA Professional Credential Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) is an international professional certification in the field of volunteer resources management. Sponsored by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA), this credential recognizes practitioners who meet specified standards as measured through an examination developed by their peers.
Successful candidates who earn the credential may use the designation “CVA.” An international CVA registry is maintained and publicly available on the CCVA web site: http://cvacert.org/resources-and-media/cva-registry/
Unlike certificate programs that involve classes or courses, the CVA is a competency-based professional certification program. Intended for those with a strong foundation in volunteer administration, it is a self-study program that measures an individual’s “knowledge-in-use” — the application of knowledge and skills as documented by a current competency framework. The certification exam assesses a candidate’s ability to structure tasks, process ideas, and solve problems related to volunteer engagement.
The CVA certification is:
open to paid and non-paid individuals from all types of organizations
grounded in a current body of knowledge, identified and validated by a Job Analysis process
a defining standard of excellence and professionalism in the leadership and engagement of volunteers
internationally recognized, and open to anyone who is comfortable reading and testing in English
renewable every five years by earning Professional Development Units (PDUs) via a wide variety of activities
VMPC members receive a discount on the Certification in Volunteer Administration Exam.
Professional Development Opportunities Offered by Halifax Volunteer Services
Step up to Leadership
Halifax Regional Municipality, NS - Multiple dates
Parks and Recreation’s Volunteer Services offers a free, 9-session “Step Up to Leadership” course. The course was developed by volunteers, for volunteers. It covers a wide range of topics to help you develop leadership skills and build strong communities.
Professional Development Opportunities offered by Kings Volunteer Resource Centre
Workshops Kings County, NS - Various topics and dates
Annual Volunteer Leadership Symposium NSCC Kingstec Campus, Kentville, NS - May 15, 2019 - 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
This day long, annual event includes keynote speakers, learning sessions, group discussions and a great opportunity to network with volunteers and volunteer organizations in the Annapolis Valley.