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Volunteer Canada has posted for the part time position…

The role: this is an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to contribute to the learning and development of business professionals in the field. Supporting the Director, Corporate Citizenship, the Associate will contribute to the learning and development activities of the Corporate Community Engagement Council (CCEC) peer community of practice, co-leading this program with the Director; the design and management of key learning events; the creation of new learning and development opportunities for business, and corporate consulting projects.

 Associate, Corporate Citizenship

Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference October 18, 2022 PT – REGISTRATRION IS NOW OPEN

Volunteer Burnaby, in partnership with Burnaby Citizen Support Services, Volunteer BC and the BC-VMPC Committee brings again this great learning together opportunity. We will again offer catered lunch, printed and digital materials, engaging presenters, great group discussion of the topics, in an excellent venue to welcome more participants than ever. Register now.


Volunteer Opportunities: Burnaby Arts Council


Volunteers are an integral part of the success of the outstanding work of the Burnaby Arts Council! They dramatically increase the capacity and effectiveness of the organization and all of our programs, projects, exhibitions and events. Volunteering with the Burnaby Arts Council in any capacity assists in enriching the overall quality of life in this community where we live, work and play. Click on the links below to see the descriptions of the volunteer positions.

Summer 2022 Volunteer Calls are OPEN. 

Currently we are only accepting applications for volunteers to work with us on two Burnaby festivals this summer – Blues and Roots Festival and Fruit Beer Festival. If you are interested in applying please read the Festival Attendant post below and fill out our application form! 

Festival Attendant

If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail Veronica at 

Hats Off Day 2022!

“One of my favourite things about volunteering for Hats Off Day was meeting  and working with wonderful people. Everyone I talked to was just so happy to be there and see the community come together. It was great to see how much Hats Off Day really means to everyone in the community and it was a truly amazing experience to help it all come together.”

Despite the cloudy sky, the first post pandemic Hats Off Day festival was filled with smiles and excitement. As one Youth Ambassador wrote to me after the event, “children were having fun at the bouncy castle, holding Foosball contests with peers… visitors enjoyed street food and drinks from around the world while listening to amazing music from talented musicians and watching vintage car shows. Smiles were on everyone’s faces, and without doubt, the event was a huge success and I am looking forward to next year with the parade back.” More importantly than any cinnamon sticks or music performance, however, was the incredible community building that took place over the course of a mere five hours. 

Volunteer Burnaby begins recruiting barricade volunteers for Hats Off Day in early March, while Youth Ambassadors are found throughout April. However, due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 conditions and future regulations, planning for Hats Off Day 2022 didn’t begin until March, and volunteer recruitment didn’t start until May. While people are understandably hesitant to begin volunteering at large events where the risk of infection is higher and the barricade position doesn’t seem like the most glamorous volunteering opportunity, by June 18th we had 37 adult volunteers and 45 Youth Ambassadors from across Burnaby helping with barricades, information booths, lunch deliveries, activity support, and more. 

Festivals such as Hats Off Day are integral to a community’s life, and their importance is recognized year after year by the thousands of people who attend. However, the people who make it all happen – the volunteers – also get a lot out of their experience: A sense of belonging while doing something they are passionate about. “As a resident living in Burnaby Heights for more than one year,” one barricade volunteer wrote to me, “I found this Burnaby Hats Off  Day event a great blessing for my family. I myself felt so proud to live in the neighbourhood. As a person who loves doing volunteer work related to community, family and kids activities, I registered right away when I saw this opportunity.” Additionally, local volunteer opportunities give the youth of our community a chance to not only find belonging, but to develop critical teamwork, social, and critical thinking skills. One Youth Ambassador said that “I moved from China to Canada last year, so I am really grateful to have these opportunities to participate in local events related to culture and customs which not only help me improve my professional skills but also give me chances to learn more about and make connections with the community.”

 It was my first time ever directing volunteers, let alone 82 of them – but despite my stress and 20,000 steps logged that day, I had a wonderful time. Every barricade volunteer I visited greeted me with a smile. Adult volunteers were supporting and bonding with younger ones. Snacks were shared, stories were traded, and the return of one of the largest festivals to Burnaby was a success. The best part of all of this, however, came Sunday afternoon instead, when a volunteer told me that “this is the first time I feel I am home. After the event, now I walk out the street, things are not the same, the sense of community and the care for our local business is in my heart now.”

Natalie Sparrow, Volunteer Burnaby’s Summer Employment Staff.

If you are interested in volunteering in your community, find more opportunities at or

Volunteer BC News

Volunteer Management Training

New to managing volunteers? Need a refresher? Check out the following VIRTUAL Volunteer Management Training:
Volunteer Burnaby – Volunteer Resources Administration Online Training
Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives – April 20 (virtual) Effective Organizational Leadership for Pandemic Times presented by Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives and Trinity Western  University. Participants will gain an understanding of actionable practices to help their leadership thrive, even in challenging times.

Tuesday, June 21 is National Indigenous People’s Day – an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect, learn, support, and participate in celebrations of Indigenous culture in our communities.

Learning about Indigenous Peoples is a step forward each Canadian can take on the path to reconciliation. Here’s some ideas:

Whatever you do, you are encouraged to use National Indigenous Peoples Day as an opportunity to celebrate Indigenous resiliency, art, achievements, and diversity!

Summer is here!
Summer is the perfect time to volunteer.
Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity this summer ?
Are you an organization hosting summer events and need help?
Start with your local volunteer centre to see what opportunities are available in your community or how you can post a position? 
Check out Volunteer Now – our online volunteer posting and recruitment tool. 

Experts Wanted! Call for Session Proposals 
Our in-person conference is back – October 13  &14 in Richmond. Have a session idea? Submit your proposal idea here by July 30, 2022.
Don’t have a Gmail account? Submit your form using the following steps:

  1. Use your current email to create a google account.
  2. After you create your account, submit the speaker form.

    Questions? Email: hello@volunteerbcacgconference.comStay tuned for conference details –
Resources, News & More
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June 22 – Provincial Consultation: Volunteer Recruitment and Retention in the Community-based seniors serving (CBSS) Sector – Hosted by United Way. Bring together staff and volunteers from the CBSS to share current effective volunteer recruitment and retention strategies and resources.

Participate in the latest research on BC’s non profit workforce. Vantage Point and SPARC BC received funding to research long-term strategic and sustainable workforce solutions and provide the first new data about BC’s non profit workforce in a decade. Interested in participating? Sign-up here.
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Job Opportunity with VMPC – contractor wanted with experience in marketing, communications, and project management to manage deliverables for a project with Volunteer Canada, Imagine Canada, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and to assist the board of directors. Apply by June 30, 2022.

Board Profile

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