Volunteer Forum held

 

Brent Collingwood

Kneehill Regional Family and Community Support Services sponsored a Volunteer Forum and catered supper at Bethel Evangelical Church on November 7.

Invitations were issued to the numerous churches, businesses and organizations in the region who use volunteers in their outreach. Close to 50 attended.

The speaker for the evening was Brent Collingwood of “Brent Collingwood Consulting”. Under the theme of “Volunteers: The Renewable Energy Resource”, Mr. Collingwood engaged the guests in a very practical presentation as to how the various organizations could go about to: “Recruit, Retain, Refine, Recognize and Refresh volunteers.

There were several sub-points but perhaps one of the most striking challenges was when he asked the audience members to discuss how they could express the “mission” or “why?” of their organization in seven words or less.

The overall impression seemed to be that the participants were being equipped with many practical suggestions to take back to their organizations as to how they might engage new volunteers and bring new enthusiasm to the ones they already have.