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VO Workshop: Writing a Volunteer Handbook 201

septembre 13, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Volunteer_Handbook_201.jpgDo you need to create a volunteer handbook, or update the one you already have? A good volunteer handbook should provide all the information a volunteer needs in order to represent your organization with excellence, but it also needs to be written and organized in such a way that the information is accessible and engaging. Bring your handbook-in-progress, along with your laptop, to spend the morning putting together your best handbook yet.

Learning Objectives

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to

  • State why a volunteer handbook is valuable for volunteers and contributes to minimized risk management for an organization
  • Determine how to know what information volunteers want and need in a handbook
  • List the essential components of an effective volunteer handbook
  • Clearly outline the roles and responsibilities of staff and volunteers
  • Select the policies and procedures to include in a volunteer handbook

Who should attend

  • Anyone who needs to actually write a volunteer handbook, or update an existing one.
  • Managers of volunteers, event planners or their supervisors

What to bring

  • A laptop
  • A list of suggested information about your organization will be sent to registrants. Ideally, you could bring this in digital form, to copy and paste it into your handbook.


Volunteer Ottawa, 850 Industrial Ave, Unit 17 F Ottawa

Your Instructor

As the Coordinator of Volunteer Resources at Ottawa Public Health for the past 15 years, Lola Dubé-Quibell has been active in managing volunteer resources within Ottawa Public Health, the City of Ottawa and the community.

Currently, Lola is advocating for the inclusion of National Volunteer Week information in the calendars provided to Canadians every year. She also makes it a point to support volunteer associations that try to further the profession of volunteer resources management and increase volunteerism in Canada. To that end, she is an active member of the Ottawa Administrators of Volunteer Resources, the Professional Association of Volunteer Leaders – Ontario and the Volunteer Management Professional of Canada. Lola also supports the efforts of Volunteer Ottawa and Volunteer Canada.

Academically, Lola holds a Masters and has obtained Algonquin College’s Certificate in the Administration of Volunteers. She continues her professional development by taking graduate level courses at Carleton University and intends to seek accreditation soon. To hone her skills and increase her knowledge Lola is happy to facilitate workshops for her peers.


Please contact Maria Lahiffe, Education Officer, at 613-736-5266 ext 114,

Cancellation policy: 

An email confirming this registration will be sent to the primary email address for your member account, or the email address on this form if you are a non-member. Your registration is transferrable to anyone else within your organization. The following workshop registrations are non-refundable: (a) purchased at a discounted rate, (b) purchased using a voucher, or (c) cancellation received less than five (5) business days prior to the event. Any other cancellation is refundable, subject to a $10.00 administration fee.


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