Workshops

Community Development Workshops

The Tri-Municipal Region Community Development Committee strives to offer informative and educational workshops to residents, and community/non-profit groups in the region. These programs are offered throughout the Tri-Municipal Region and are hosted in partnership with the City of Spruce Grove, Town of Stony Plain, and Parkland County. 

Whether the role of a volunteer is basic or more complex, the same level of orientation, training and supervision must be provided in order to help your volunteers perform their tasks to the best of their ability.

Increase your ability to engage volunteers, run dynamic orientations, effective training, and provide support and supervision. As a result, you will also increase the capacity of your volunteer program – helping volunteers gain skills, expand their responsibilities, move into leadership roles or shift
their placements within your organization.

In this 1-day workshop, you will discover how to:

  • Define the importance of orientation, training and supervision
  • Discover how to organize and deliver effective orientations and training session
  • Discover best practices on evaluating training
  • Identify effective strategies for the supervisor

Workshop Information

Date: May 25, 2019
Time: 9am - 3pm
Where: Border Paving Athletic Centre
Cost: $50 +GST
Instructor: Milena Santoro

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Once you have engaged volunteers through orientation, training and supervision, you want to continue to provide them with opportunities to grow and contribute while ensuring they understand the impact they are making. Volunteer turnover can significantly affect the organization as well as other volunteers.

In this 1-day workshop, you will discover how to:

  • Discover strategies to engage volunteers by using retention strategies
  • Understanding volunteer motivation
  • Learning to be a flexible and adaptable volunteer manager
  • Implement meaningful volunteer recognition strategies
  • Create a plan to manage their engagement

Workshop Information

Date: September 28, 2019
Time: 9am - 3pm
Where: Border Paving Athletic Centre
Cost: $50 +GST
Instructor: Milena Santoro

Registration opens June 3, 2019

A performance evaluation/reviews for …MY volunteers? That’s not what we do!!!

And…why not? Don’t you think your volunteers want to know how they are doing? Or what they think about your program and organization? Feedback is essential to sustain continued engagement, commitment and growth.

Successful performance reviews provide an opportunity to open communication between you, your volunteers and organization. Outcomes from volunteer performance reviews can range from “applause” to “dismissal” by the volunteer or the organization.

In this 1-day workshop, you will discover how to:

  • Define what a mutual performance evaluation/review looks like
  • Discover the most effective process of implementing an evaluation program
  • Discuss the barriers and numerous benefits in incorporating a volunteer evaluation plan
  • Implement a volunteer recruitment, retention and recognition plan to sustain and re-energize your volunteer engagement through performance evaluation/reviews.

Workshop Information

Date: October 19, 2019
Time: 9am - 3pm
Where: Border Paving Athletic Centre
Cost: $50 +GST
Instructor: Milena Santoro

Registration opens June 3, 2019

Ethical and Fiscal management are the building blocks, for the success of any organization. Ethical Leadership is how a volunteer administrator acts in a morally responsible way. Financial management forms a picture of the organization that demonstrates sound financial planning that can be presented to all stakeholders.

 In this 1-day workshop, you will discover how to:

  • Define and commit to core values
  • Honor ethical principles and apply these to your volunteer programs
  • Define budgets, and techniques on creating effective budgets
  • Apply principals of effective resource management to maximize efficiencies

Workshop Information

Date: November 2, 2019
Time: 9am - 3pm
Where: Border Paving Athletic Centre
Cost: $50 +GST
Instructor: Milena Santoro

Registration opens June 3, 2019

Are you a new board member wanting to learn more about your role, or an experienced board member wishing to enhance your skills and work effectively as a team?

In this 1-day workshop, you will discover how to:

  • Define legal and ethical responsibilities
  • Identify their role in governing the organization
  • Avoid staff and volunteer burnout
  • Develop policies and procedures
  • Effectively make consistent decisions
  • Encourage teamwork between the board and staff

Workshop Information

Date: November 23, 2019
Time: 9am - 3pm
Where: Border Paving Athletic Centre
Cost: $50 +GST
Instructor: Milena Santoro

Registration opens June 3, 2019

Milena Santoro

The Volunteer Management Institute was developed, and will be delivered by Milena Santoro, CMM CMP PIDP. She is an author, international professional speaker, educator, award winning certified meeting and special events professional who has earned many accolades managing events for corporations, international associations, social clients and non-profit agencies.  Milena is President and CEO of MS Productions Inc. She is an active member of the volunteer community, serving in various leadership roles: facilitator for the Alberta Culture Board Development Program, President of Volunteer Management Group Edmonton Chapter and Committee, and Professional Development for CAVR.  Education is a passion and focus for Milena. Since 2000, she has been instrumental in the development of many industry programs and has spoken and delivered hundreds of seminars and workshops at various local and international industry events.

 

 

If you have a topic or theme you would like to see brought to your community in a workshop format, please email us.

Interested in receiving e-mails about upcoming workshops? If so, please visit sprucegrove.org/onlinereg and click on Create an Account. Under step 2 of creating your account, please make sure that you keep the check mark in the box next to, "Yes! Please e-mail me the latest news and information about the City of Spruce Grove."

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and refund requests must be received 8 days prior to the workshop. Written notification can be sent to recreation@sprucegrove.org, or dropped off in person at the Recreation Services Office. Following written cancellation notice, the full registration fee will be refunded. Failure to provide the required 8 day notice will result in the City retaining the entire registration fee.