MAVA Conference Wrap-Up!

May 23rd, 2011

Our apologies!  Due to an unpredictable WiFi connection, we were unable to blog daily from the Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators (MAVA) Conference, as anticipated!  Our entire department enjoyed three days of learning from May 18-20 at the Kelly Inn & St. Cloud Civic Center.

Highlights from the event:

  • Hearing from the director of a large hospital system in British Columbia, presenting on “How The Olympics Made Me A Better Volunteer Manager” (she processed over 70,000 volunteer applications for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics!)
  • A session highlighting collaborations with volunteers from immigrant (Hmong, Hispanic, & Somali) communities
  • A keynote address & multiple workshops by Andy Fryar, founder of OzVPM (a volunteer consulting company in Australia & New Zealand)
  • A keynote address from Linda Graff (another international volunteerism consultant) on the value of volunteerism
  • A workshop on obtaining the CVA (Certified in Vounteer Administration) credential 
  • Our department’s own Lisa Munson & Sandy Bergeron, in collaboration with Jay Haapala (Minnesota Children’s Museum) and Shelli Beck (Lyngblomsten Care Center), presenting on “Weaving Agency Needs With Today’s Youth”
  • Time to network with volunteer coordinators & directors from across the state, nation, & world!

The conference was a wonderful experience, and we were truly fortunate to have the opportunity to get away for a few days!  Huge thanks to volunteers Kathy Dowd, Diane Kastner, and Maria Miller, who generously provided office coverage for us last week!

P.S.  May is a month of conferences for us here in Volunteer Services…volunteer coordinator Jenna Barke will be traveling to Chicago to present at the National Child Life Conference this coming weekend (May 25-29), so she will be blogging about her experiences there, as well!

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