Welcome to Volunteer Management Group (VMG) of Edmonton


A one-stop resource for people working in the field of volunteer management and coordination.
We provide professional development and networking opportunities, important information about the nonprofit sector and connections to employment in the field.

Our membership is comprised of managers and coordinators of volunteers from a diverse range of organizations. VMG provides relevant and timely information and resources that allow our members to keep up with the demands of a sector that is constantly evolving.


Guest Speaker for Wednesday January 18, 2017 - Barb Read, CPHR, RPR


Barb Read is a Human Resources Consultant with JUNA Consulting and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and a Registered Professional Recruiter with a generalist background that spans all functional areas of the human resources practice.  She brings expertise in business and operational process, recruitment and selection, new employee orientation, policy and procedure development, compensation, performance management, workplace investigations and employee relations.  Barb has experience across private, public and not-for-profit sectors, and has a strong operations background to complement her HR expertise.


Barb is a certified member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta and a member of the Institute of Professional Management.  She completed a two-year term as Committee Chair for the HRIA Edmonton Chapter and served as Co-Chair for the 2014-2015 year.



Happy New Year VMG Members!


2017 promises to be an exciting year for the Volunteer Management Group!  We are excited to announce some changes and ideas we have to make the VMG a more practical resource as you navigate the exciting and rewarding field of volunteer engagement!

 However, we want your input on the direction of the VMG.  So, our first meeting of the year will include a short and informal focus group discussion about the following possibilities:

  • Changing the location and length of monthly Members Meetings
  • Introducing a Volunteer Sharing initiative for members
  • Implementing a Mentor Program for volunteer managers
  • Discussing the merits of the June BBQ event
  • We want to know what your needs are and how VMG can better serve them.


Don’t miss this important meeting!  Come and have your say.


Member meeting Topics for the next few months:

January 18, 2017 – Certification for Volunteer Managers

Speakers:  Jeffory Magson (CVA and CAVS info sheet), Barb Read (CPHR), Will Kunyk (focus group)

February 15, 2017 – Recognition

Different and new ideas.

March 15, 2017 – Casinos

A casino advisor will be on hand to talk about how to manage your casino with little stress.

April – No Meeting

May 17, 2017 – Volunteer Program Evaluation

Have you ever taken the time to really audit your organization’s volunteer program? 


Volunteer Management Group meetings are a great way to connect with other volunteer managers in metro Edmonton.  Listen to speakers who share their knowledge and experience with the goal of inspiring, motivating and mobilizing you.  Share tips and practical tools with your colleagues and learn from each other.  Volunteer managers often work in isolation in their organizations – but not so at VMG.  Together we are better!


January Meeting format:

8:30 AM to 9:00 AM -  Coffee, muffins and networking

9:00 AM to 9:45 AM – Speakers talk about certification options for volunteer managers

9:45 AM to 10:30 AM – Focus Group discussion

Location:  Bonnie Doon Professional Centre (2nd floor Bonnie Doon mall). Parking is available on the west side of the mall and there is a direct entrance to the stairs.  Access from inside the mall is located across from Stitches (formerly Target).



 VMG still looking for a couple of Board Members - does this sound like you? 


On a team, are you the person who really keeps things running while someone else does all the PR work?  Are you organized and efficient?  Do you like to keep everyone on task?  Secretary is just the volunteer position you are looking for!

The Secretary basically keeps all the records of the Board, like agendas, minutes, reports, etc.  After Board meetings, the Secretary will type up meeting minutes and send them to all Board members, as well as sending out notices and reminders to the VMG members. The Secretary invests about 5-8 hours per month in this volunteer role.

Are you the kind of person who hates it when other people complain about volunteers but won't step up themselves?  When someone at a meeting says "we should do something about this", do you understand that you are part of that "we"?  Well, if this is you, coupel that feeling of wanting to contribute with your passion for the work you do as a volunteer manager and join our Board as a Member at Large! 

This Board works collaboratively and Members at Large contribute as much as the other Board members in the planning of Member's Meetings, and sharing ideas for the direction of VMG.


PLEASE NOTE:  This is an exciting time for the VMG Board.  We have a vibrant and dedicated slate of members for the upcoming year and are poised to make some exciting changes in VMG – but we need more like-minded people on the Board.  If you are committed, reliable, follow through on what you say you’ll do and want to truly build capacity in the sector by supporting the work of volunteer managers – we’d love to have you involved!  Volunteer managers tend to work in isolation in our organizations – serving on the VMG Board will not only give you excellent experience to add to your resume, you’ll get to be part of a great team!  Please contact Jeffory Magson if you are interested in any of these positons at jmagson@winspearcentre.com