Learn how to recruit volunteers at QAHN workshop
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.