2021 Volunteering Symposium

Our Volunteering Symposium, held on Tuesday 18 May 2021, was a great success and proved the volunteering spirit is alive and well in the Canberra region. We look forward to reinvigorating our monthly Member events.

Thank you to all our speakers and attendees of the 2021 Volunteering Symposium, in-person and virtual, including: 

  • Ngunnawal Elder Violet Sheridan for a deeply personal Welcome to Country. 
  • Minister for Volunteering Emma Davidson for providing an opening address; 
  • Volunteering Australia CEO Mark Pearce for sharing findings from Volunteering Australia’s research into the impact of COVID-19 on volunteer involvement; 
  • Mental Illness Education ACT CEO Heidi Prowse and volunteer Penne, on how to create a mentally healthy volunteer engagement framework; 
  • Not-for-profit lawyer and trainer Mae Tanner on legal considerations in volunteer involvement; 
  • International volunteer management consultant Rob Jackson, who connected with us digitally all the way from the U.K; and, 
  • Galent Management Consulting’s Sharon Winks, for an engaging presentation for Board and Committee Members on not-for-profit governance. 

Volunteering Symposium attendees were taken through recent research findings, exploring how the volunteering landscape has changed over the past 12 months, and how we can leverage the events of 2020 to further enhance the pivotal role volunteers play in creating a more connected, diverse, and resilient Australia.

Attendees heard from volunteers who shared their own powerful stories of living with or caring for someone with a mental illness; heard practical tips on how to balance legal obligations while embracing a diverse volunteer workforce; and took a look at volunteering experiences from across the world to understand how to succeed at volunteer engagement in our changed environment.

Thank you to those who attended in person and online for making the Symposium such a warm and collaborative transition back to face-to-face events.

View the 2021 Volunteering Symposium Program Guide Here

VolunteeringACT would like to acknowledge the ACT Government for their support of the 2021 Volunteering Symposium. Thanks to their generous support through a COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant, attendance at the Symposium was completely subsidised.