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Volunteer Seniors in Action

posted Sep 14, 2015, 11:42 AM by Josie Baker

Media Release

August 28, 2015

Project Reference Group: Flora Thompson, Alice Sullivan, Marie Burge, Sylvie Arsenault, Josie Baker

The Voluntary Resource Council (VRC) is beginning a new project for 2015-16, called

Volunteer Seniors In Action. The aims of this initiative are: to build capacity for seniors’ volunteer leadership in community groups that have non-senior-specific mandates.

The project consists of 5 three-hour sessions of instruction and skills-development for work in non-senior-specific voluntary organizations. About 10 seniors will participate in these interactive training sessions and will design ways of promoting other seniors to be more involved and self-confident. Each of the five sessions will feature a senior guest presenter, already engaged in a leadership capacity in a non-senior specific organization. The categories of organizations which the presenters will represent are: service clubs; social movements; coalitions; advocacy; and front-line service.

We are aware of the wealth of knowledge of seniors involved in the leadership of so many community-based organizations. We want to give other seniors an opportunity to share in this rich experience” says Sylvie Arsenault, Manager of the VRC. She continues. “We are proud that members of a former VRC seniors’ training program are taking leadership as organizers of Volunteer Seniors In Action”.

The VRC knows from experience how enthusiastic seniors are about having an opportunity to further develop their leadership skills with other seniors. The themes of the program are important, but even more significant is the way that participants appreciate and inspire each other during the training sessions.

The Volunteer Seniors In Action training will include presentations and interactive workshops on: re-kindling and up-dating the spirit of the founders of your organization; communicating your organization’s purpose and current work to your own members and to the wider community; recruiting, nurturing, and retiring volunteers; cooperating with others in coalitions; discovering and accessing funding for your organization.

The Training Program will be held at the Voluntary Resource Centre, 81 Prince St. Charlottetown on Thursdays, 10:00 am -1:00 pm, beginning October 22, 2015 and ending November 19, 2015.

The Volunteer Seniors In Action project is funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program of Human Resources. The project is managed by a five-person reference group, including seniors’ representatives. The training program will be designed and directed by Cooper Institute.

For more information and to enroll in the training program, contact Sylvie Arsenault by phone (902) 368-7337 or e-mail vrc@eastlink.ca.

Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

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Contact: Sylvie Arsenault 902-368-7337