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2016 National Volunteering Conference Canberra
A contingent of CFA volunteers and staff travelled to Canberra to attend the National Volunteering Conference from 6 to 8 April, which was attended by over 500 not-for-profit leaders, volunteer managers and policy contributors.
By Leanne Wilson
The theme of the conference was about the benefits of volunteering and building capability in leadership, knowledge, networks and innovation.
Keynote speakers and presenters shared their knowledge, experience, challenges and ideas on how to engage volunteers in their organisations during a time when the nature of how and why people volunteer is changing.
CFA staff Jamie Devenish (Member Engagement), Leanne Wilson (Learning and Volunteerism), along with Raelene Williams and Leanne Blenkiron (Member Engagement) showcased some of the great work we have achieved with CFA volunteers.
Jamie’s presentation ‘How to create a powerful movement by building a network of like-minded volunteers’ received much interest on how motivated volunteers can take the lead in innovation and change. Four volunteer members of the Community Safety Reference Group –Diane Lawson, Tracey McVea, Peter King and Michael Chapman – also spoke about their experiences founding the annual community safety forum.
Leanne’s presentation “Building volunteering leadership capability in brigades’ outlined CFA’s volunteer leadership and management programs. The session attracted many people, especially from other emergency service providers across Australia.
Leanne and Raelene presented their poster ‘Community leaders supporting and empowering local volunteers’ based on their work with the community and Ararat brigade.
Highlights of the conference included Robyn Moore’s opening address on ‘The power of a word: building the future of Volunteerism’ and concluded with the great debate on ‘Which generation makes the best volunteer’.
The conference was informative and inspiring and we all came away with many new ideas, networks and strategies that we can use in various roles in CFA.