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Policy Lab by ECVO

October's Policy Lab Topic: Volunteer Recruitment Policy

Volunteers are an integral part of the NPO human infrastructure.

They sit on our boards, run special projects, maintain our programs, deliver goods and services, build our websites, and can even paint our walls. Every organization utilises volunteers differently. Every organization screens, trains, and empowers volunteers differently too. 

During this Policy Lab you will explore the following questions as they relate to your organization:

• What is the role of volunteers in our organization?
• What recruitment practices will empower us to have the best volunteers to meet our needs?
• How do we recruit volunteers in a way that is pleasant and engaging but minimises organizational risk?


What are Policy Labs?

These are working labs designed to support policy committees in moving forward in creating, reviewing, and designing their policy manuals. One of our guiding goals is to help you and your organisation create a policy manual that will not only support your organisation going forward but will align with sector standards (such as Imagine Canada) and funder requirement.

The intent is to have a number of policy committees present while we explore policy topics related to your organisation. 

What to expect during a policy lab: Policy labs are intended to support you in your thinking and exploration as you work to create and renew your policies. We take a systems approach to policy creation. In these labs, we spend time exploring and determining the desired impacts that you would want your policies to have and then work to create the policies to shape the desired outcomes.  We start by exploring the committees past experiences in the policy area. Your committee will the construct a frame that expresses the desired impact of the policy and then work to create the policy or policies that you need. Throughout this process, you will be supported by facilitators and topic specialists.

The topic areas will be set by balancing attendee requests and sector needs.

The Policy Labs will run monthly as long as we have a minimum of 6 attendees, preferably of two or more policy committees.

Feel free to make these labs your regular policy committee meeting as we work to support you in your work.

We will typically announce the upcoming topic at least 3 weeks before the next lab to allow us to address the issues and concerns of our attendees. If you have a specific topic area that you would like us to explore, please contact David at or 780.801.1054.

The facilitators for this lab are:

David Feldman, MA, PMP, Q.Med - Governance and Leadership Specialist

Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations

I have a strong passion for working with complex teams. I am interested in how groups think together, build resiliency in their systems, and lead from a collective approach. I have been doing governance and succession planning since my days as an Executive Director of a local charity and have continued that work with NPOs, project teams, and family businesses. I have a background in project leadership, governance, and mediation and am a trained Appreciative Inquiry facilitator.


Thursday, 13 October 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (MDT) - Add to Calendar


ECVO/AASCF Training Room - Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre 8330 82nd Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6C 4E3 -

Earlier Event: September 30
The World Meets in Wood Buffalo
Later Event: October 19
Calgary Impact Accelerator