Learn how to re­cruit vol­un­teers at QAHN work­shop

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

In these chal­leng­ing times of dis­ap­pear­ing vol­un­teers, the Que­bec An­glo­phone Her­itage Net­work (QAHN) will be host­ing an im­por­tant work­shop, en­ti­tled Vol­un­teer­ing Mat­ters, at the Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum in Stanstead on April 15th. The day-long event, which will in­clude a de­li­cious lun­cheon pre­pared at the mu­seum and served in the so­lar­ium, will fea­ture a pre­sen­ta­tion by Ali­son Stevens of the Vol­un­teer Bureau of Mon­treal and a panel dis­cus­sion in­clud­ing Ms. Stevens, Town­ship­pers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Ger­ald Cutting, Bob Hunt of the Old Stone House Mu­seum in Ver­mont, and Kira Page of the Cen­tre for Com­mu­nity Or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“The con­fer­ence se­ries was es­sen­tially de­signed to help or­ga­ni­za­tions learn how to at­tract vol­un­teers, but in­di­vidu- als are wel­come to at­tend,” said Matthew Far­fan, the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of QAHN. “We’ve held con­fer­ences at the Chateau Ramezay, in Mon­treal, and at the Mor­rin Cen­tre, in Que­bec City, and the re­sponse has been very good. We have been invit­ing groups from all dif­fer­ent sec­tors,” he added.

“His­tor­i­cal So­ci­eties seem to be fac­ing the prob­lem of re­cruit­ing vol­un­teers more acutely than

other types of or­ga­ni­za­tions. It’s very tough to get younger peo­ple to join his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties but we want to have a mix of peo­ple of all ages. But it’s not just about age, but also what type of vol­un­teer is needed; ev­ery in­sti­tu­tion is dif­fer­ent. One thing we’ve found is that young adults don’t want to sit on com­mit­tees. They want to help but usu­ally for a very spe­cific task or project. These are the kinds of things we’ll be look­ing at,” con­tin­ued Mr. Far­fan.

Sev­eral Town­ships in­sti­tu­tions have al­ready reg­is­tered for the con­fer­ence in Stanstead, such as the Eaton Cor­ner Mu­seum and the Rich­mond His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. Space is lim­ited so those in­ter­ested, whether you are an or­ga­ni­za­tion or an in­di­vid­ual, need to regis­ter and pay by cheque or Paypal by April 14th. For more in­for­ma­tion call 819 564-9595 or toll free at 877 964-0409, or visit the QAHN web­site.

“Af­ter our visit to Stanstead in 2013 for our an­nual meet­ing, we’re look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to Stanstead for this con­fer­ence,” con­cluded the Di­rec­tor.

The con­fer­ence is part of a se­ries of work­shops be­ing held around the prov­ince by QAHN.

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