It was a whirlwind trip to Toronto, and I wish the sessions could have been extended over three days so I could let it set in. However, I did take some great notes.I will break this down into sessions to give a few things that really stood out for me.
Session One: John L Lipp- National Director, Volunteer Engagement- JDRF
|"If you want to make long-term changes, you have to include the whole community"|
He went on to explain that volunteers, to be successful, have to care about the organization. It is up to the staff to ensure that each volunteer cares. He gave examples of doing this, but I think the most important point he made was to make sure that the volunteers skills are being used appropriately, and check in with the volunteer regularly.
What he spoke of, and what I found most important in my own personal repertoire of skills: how to run a committee. He talked about effective leadership without making your committee members feel like they need to be led. He talked about how to run meetings and the kind of language to use when addressing committee members.
What I took as most important to Mr. Lipp was that volunteers are just as important as paid staff members to JDRF, and it's vitally important to recognize this. It was a fabulous session to take in.
I will post about the two research updates tomorrow :)