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Welcome to the 2022 PAVRO Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (LiVE) Conference! 

The theme for this year's conference is: 


Integrity to Do the Right Thing

Tuesday May 17th & Thursday 19th, 11:00am - 2:00pm EST

Workshop Outlines

May 17th

Am I Making the Right Decision? The Role of Ethics When Leading Volunteers.

Description: We all encounter ethical dilemmas in our daily work.  But rarely do organizations focus on ethics related to volunteer engagement.  This session provides an opportunity for practitioners to understand the difference between personal, organizational and professional ethics.  The core values and principles identified by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA) will be shared.  Participants will learn a process for ethical decision-making that can be applied in any situation, and then practice this using real-life scenarios related to volunteers.  Finally, several specific strategies will be offered for increasing awareness of ethics within an organization and helping both volunteers and staff become more effective at handling ethical dilemmas.   

Presenter: Faiza Venzant, CVA, Executive Director,Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.

Bio: Faiza Venzant, CVA is the Executive Director of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. With 20 years of leadership experience in volunteer engagement, she continues this work with a goal of centering community amongst the profession, improving equity and access to volunteerism and increasing diversity amongst professional leaders of volunteers.  In 2018, Faiza published her first children’s book entitled, My Mamma Wants to Eat Me Up!  As a mother of two young boys, she has not actually eaten any of her children.

May 19th 

Title: Volunteer Engagement and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Description: The Ontario Human Rights Code protects Ontarians from discrimination. Explore your obligations around volunteer engagement, access and inclusion. This interactive session will include relevant Human Rights Tribunal cases/decisions and will explore the strengths and the flaws of Ontario’s Human Rights system.

  •  What is the Ontario Human Rights Code? – history, goals, why it exists, the 5 social areas
  • Ontario Human Rights System - Ontario Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Legal Support Centre, Human Rights Tribunal
  • Organizational responsibility and protected grounds - definitions of “discrimination”, “harassment”, and the 17 protected grounds
  • Legal obligations – duty of care, accommodation (and undue hardship), Bona Fide Occupational Requirement
  • Considerations for volunteer engagement – accommodation in recruitment, screening and engagement, considering volunteer perspectives, requesting police checks
  • Ethical perspective – access to volunteering, the expectation of accommodation, and the role of volunteer managers in setting up compliant programs

NOTE: This workshop is presented as education on the Code and how it applies to volunteer managers; it is not a substitute for legal advice.

Presenter: Sammy Feilchenfeld, Manager, Learning, Volunteer Toronto.

Bio:  As Manager of Training, Sammy Feilchenfeld designs and oversees Volunteer Toronto’s responsive and accessible learning experiences for non-profit engagement professionals, grassroots leaders and volunteer seekers. With a strong focus on diverse educational interventions that support the changing needs in volunteerism, Sammy also develops training for aspiring and established non-profit Board Members. Sammy has been a volunteer for more than 20 years, a volunteer manager for more than 15 years, and an adult educator for 10+ years. He uses all of these experiences to help his training sessions come to life.

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Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors! 

Are You Ready to help support this premier event? You are invited to become a part of the 2022 Provincial Conference for Volunteer Engagement Professionals, the premier forum for sharing the latest ideas, trends and strategies for volunteer engagement professionals, whose work and dedication to our communities’ results in the betterment of society for all. Sponsor today!

In-Kind Earth Sponsors

Better Impact SAVING YOU VALUABLE TIME AND INCREASING STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT - Systems available separately – Dovetailed brilliantly when combined.

Charity Village: CharityVillage┬« is a career resource to over 170,000 charitable and nonprofit organizations across Canada.

Soil - Education Patrons

Reva Cooper Consulting: Providing Training and Consulting to Maximize Volunteer Engagement.

The Thunder Bay Association of Volunteer Administrator - TBAVA

Flower - Business Card

Kathleen Douglass, Douglass Leadership Group


Friends of PAVRO

Past President - Magda Rigo $100

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