3rd conference for volunteer managers presented by Volunteer Toronto
November 2nd, 2016

What's VECTor?

A full-day conference for volunteer managers to learn, connect and get inspired. Workshops, discussion groups, networking opportunities and more will allow participants to develop their volunteer management skills and discover new trends, research and innovation in the sector.

What's new?

This November, VECTor has a brand new format: two informative, inspiring sessions focusing on research and innovation, each followed by facilitated break-out discussions. Facilitators will guide participants to solve problems and generate new ideas for the profession, resulting in a VECTor Report for all to share after the conference.

What do you get?

Along with the opportunity to connect with colleagues across the sector, you’ll leave VECTor knowing your voice was heard and that you’ve contributed to real solutions for volunteer coordinators. The VECTor Report will be available after the conference featuring your ideas, and the dialogue with colleagues will help shape the direction of the profession in Toronto for the years to come.

Venue & Fees

On November 2nd, this edition of the VECTor Conference will take place at Kensington Gardens, North Building, 45 Brunswick Avenue near College & Spadina. Many thanks to this Subscriber organization for hosting!


Registration for VECTor is now open with special Early Bird pricing until October 1, 2016, and includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and all sessions & discussions. Check out the fees below:

Registrant Regular Early Bird
Full Subscribers $175 $150
Community & Non-Subscribers $290 $250
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About the Conference

Morning Session: Innovations in Volunteer Management

Volunteers are at the centre of change and growth for three organizations that will share their innovations and the impacts they’ve had on their volunteer program. Representatives from YMCA of Greater Toronto, Amnesty International and the Neighbourhood Centre will share the successes and challenges of their unique programs and you’ll go into your discussion group ready to create solutions & tools to apply these innovative ideas to your own program. Presenter announcements coming soon.

Afternoon Session: Rethinking Mandatory Community Service

Mandatory community service has the potential to be a meaningful and rewarding experience that leads to lifelong volunteering, but is often a frustrating process that leaves a bad impression for the volunteer and the organization. This session will explore two types of mandatory “volunteering”: high school students completing their 40 hours, and court-ordered community service to serve a sentence. Through engaging new research, this session explores the challenges faced by people trying to complete mandatory community service and the organizations that welcome them. With an impact-driven approach, your discussion group will explore ways to apply this research to your organization and beyond. Presenter announcements coming soon.

Each session is followed by in-depth discussion and group problem-solving led by Discussion Leaders.

Discussion Leaders

Heather Johnson, Manager, Volunteer Programs & Human Resources, Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Centre

Heather has been working within the non-profit sector since 2000 and has held a variety of roles with a focus on volunteer management and fundraising. At Dixon Hall she is responsible for the engagement of over 1600 volunteers. Heather is the current President of the Toronto Association of Volunteer Administrators (TAVA).

Kelly DeVries Harbour, Community Engagement Coordinator, Volunteer Toronto

As an experienced facilitator and volunteer manager, Kelly focuses on educating and motivating people to volunteer and become involved in their communities. Her team of staff and volunteers outreach to people in Toronto through one-on-one support, educational presentations and community events to inform and inspire people to volunteer.

Aleksandra Vasic, Volunteer & Special Projects Coordinator, YWCA Toronto

Aleks is a dedicated and enthusiastic non-profit professional with both voluntary and staff experience in volunteer management and fundraising. She currently serves as the Past President of TAVA and is on the Board of Directors for the Professional Association of Volunteer Leaders - Ontario (PAVRO).

Discussion Leader Closing Panel - Sharing Results

The three panelists will come together with Volunteer Toronto’s Training Coordinator Sammy Feilchenfeld to discuss findings and results of the discussion sessions – and present the tools and solutions you create throughout the day!

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