Course description

This course gives students a broad overview of the framework organizations and volunteer programs need to engage and support volunteers effectively. It incorporates current professional standards from the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement, VMPC professional standards and competencies, the Screening Handbook by Public Safety Canada, and HR Council National Occupational Standards. The diversity, scope, and changing landscape of volunteerism in Canada are explored. The impact of current trends and volunteer motivations are introduced. National screening standards, risk management, policies and procedures, and organizational readiness are highlighted. There will be an opportunity to develop an organizational policy and procedure for a volunteer program and assess volunteer activities for risk using a risk assessment tool. The role of a volunteer manager, professional competencies and ethics are introduced and evaluated using professional tools. Students will identify their values, beliefs, and connection to volunteerism by creating a personal philosophy on volunteerism. The role of volunteer Board members in not-for-profit organizations is explored. This online course has optional virtual classroom components.

Course details

Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

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Credit transfer

Have you taken this course or an equivalent course? Contact the Credit Transfer Office.

Registration dates

Not all courses are offered each term.

Spring 2024 registration opens March 11, 2024. Fall 2024 registration opens July 22, 2024.

Delivery options

In person: classes held in person on a campus/site in a classroom/lab/shop/studio for the course duration

Online - Asynchronous: ​100% online delivery, no scheduled day or time course requirements with the instructor, assigned due dates

Online - Synchronous: 100% online delivery, scheduled day and time course requirements with the instructor, assigned due dates

Hybrid: any combination of in person, timetabled, on campus, online, and hyflex delivery