By Ida Teolil, Chair, Volunteer Management Council

The Volunteer Management Council (VMC) met in April to review the activities of our volunteer committees. As a reminder, the VMC is a new governance structure that helps manage volunteers at Hope & Cope. The Council is made of up 10 volunteers and 5 staff who meet regularly to discuss issues of importance to volunteers.

The committees have been busy at work planning activities for volunteers in 2019.

The Training Committee has 4 education series planned for the year. The presentation on new treatments for cancer patients took place in April and is summarized in this newsletter. The much-anticipated Self Care / Skills for Wellness workshop with Dr Rutledge took place in early June and two more events will take place in the Fall. The committee is also busy reviewing and updating the Volunteer Manual. You will hear more about this in the months to come.

The Recognition Committee is planning a Volunteer Brunch for Sunday, October 6th, and will introduce a new way to recognize the dedicated service anniversaries of volunteers at that event. We think you will really like what they have proposed. Stay tuned for the official “save the date” invitation; you will not want to miss this event.

The Communications Committee has introduced a new vehicle for communications from volunteers for volunteers. You are reading the first issue! This newsletter aims to keep you informed of news concerning your work at Hope & Cope, provide helpful hints about volunteering, and help you discover the multi-faceted opportunities of volunteering by profiling a volunteer in each issue. The newsletter will also provide a mechanism for you to communicate with the Council to make suggestions, provide feedback and generally express your thoughts about volunteering at Hope & Cope.

On the subject of volunteering, we could use more help on some of our committees especially on the Recognition Committee, and we could use someone with graphic design skills on our Communications Committee. If you want to help, please send me an email at ida.teoli@sympatico.ca and let me know what your interests are. As a matter of fact, I would be happy to hear from you about any thoughts you might have concerning the Council. Throughout the year we will be providing regular updates about the work of the Council and any changes on policies or procedures that might affect your work at H&C.

Happy volunteering!