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KEYNOTE

MIKE SHAW

Never Part of The Plan: A Story of Courage, Resilience, & Gratitude

Session Description

Our world is changing—and, when struggling with resilience and mental toughness, your mind is a huge determinant for personal and professional success. But let’s face it— to achieve prosperity in an ever-morphing society, you must overcome adversity, and the way you handle challenges and hardship can propel you from surviving to thriving. The bottom line?

It’s time to take control.

In this keynote, Mike shares his story about how a life-altering, critical accident transformed my perspective on courage, resilience, and gratitude. Just when he was ready to give up, Mike learned to channel positivity, changing everything for my future. He tackled obstacles, conquered failures, and learned the power of a positive mind. In short?

He changed for the better.

As an organization, you’re most likely experiencing the same difficulties, only on a different level and, perhaps, from a contrasting perspective. But, here’s the cool thing—Mike is no different than anyone else, and his lessons apply to all individuals, including their organizations.

Outcomes:

  • Enhance individual mental health and wellbeing, grit, resilience, and gratitude
  • Learn proven perspectives to better manage change in the internal and external environment
  • Learn strategic techniques involving gratitude to motivate, appreciate, and retain individuals in your organizations
Mike Shaw's Bio

Mike Shaw comes to the Volunteer BC & BCACG Conference 2023 from a decorated background in professional freestyle skiing as a former competitor and coach of the Canadian Development Half Pipe Ski Team. A severe accident in December 2013 forced him to give up the sport and career he loved. However, Mike has been helping individuals, teams, and organizations with his experience since that fateful day. His strategies help people achieve their full potential and excel in the face of adversity.

Mike is now an entrepreneur, author, and keynote speaker. Mike’s story has been documented on Red Bull TV, CBC, NBC, CTV, Global and City TV, and YouTube. His TEDx talk continues to help those facing challenging times. In his presentations, he shares a gracious perspective that will motivate you and leave you with an unforgettable learning experience.

SPECIAL GUEST

Megan Dykeman

Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development and Non-Profits to the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

Megan Dykeman's Bio

Megan Dykeman is the Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development and Non-Profits to the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. She was elected in 2020 and represents the community of Langley East. Megan is deeply connected to her community of Langley, where she has worked as a small business owner and farmer and has taken on many public service roles.

 Before being elected to provincial office, she served as Chair of the Langley Board of Education. First elected in 2011, she served three terms as a trustee with the Board, working hard to make public education in Langley better for kids and families. Megan holds a Master’s in International Relations from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where her research focused on food security. In 2017, she completed a certificate in Negotiation and Leadership at Harvard Law School. She lives on her specialty poultry farm in Langley with her two children and their farm’s turkeys, geese, ducks, quail, chickens, and goats.

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Amy Bond

BC Community Gaming Branch

Face-to-face with the Gaming Branch

Session Description

Face-to-Face with the Gaming Branch

This session with staff from the Gaming Branch will provide updates to the current situation, a look to the future and a Q&A session where participants can ask questions that concerns the sector and their own organization.

Amy Bond's Bio

Amy Bond is a Manager of Policy and Community Outreach with Community Gaming Grants. She leads the development, implementation and evaluation of the guidelines and related policy and supports the strategic, operational and legislative work. She also manages the program’s relationship with stakeholders and community organizations that rely on Community Gaming Grants for the delivery of their programs through delivering presentations and providing individual application advice.  Amy has supported community groups through her work in gaming programs for nine years. Previously, she volunteered in community building activities with various non-profits and provided operational management in the sales and personal care services. In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time in her garden, writing, and exploring the mountains and beaches of Vancouver Island.

 

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David Pyatt

BC Community Gaming Branch

Face-to-face with the Gaming Branch 

Session Description

Face-to-Face with the Gaming Branch

This session with staff from the Gaming Branch will provide updates to the current situation, a look to the future and a Q&A session where participants can ask questions that concerns the sector and their own organization.

David Pyatt's Bio

David is the Executive Director for the Community Gaming Grants Branch wich is based in Victoria. He holds both a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner designation. Having grown up in Ontario and Quebec, David has been happily settled on the West Coast since graduating from the University of Toronto. David’s career has for 20 years been with BC provincial Government with the last eight years in Community Gaming Grants has been the most rewarding. Prior to joining the Province in 2001, David worked in a variety of roles both in industry and public practice. 

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Parm Basi

BC Community Gaming Branch

Understanding Gaming Grant Financials

Session Description

Understanding Gaming Grant Financials

This workshop is your chance to learn how the Gaming Branch wants to see your financials presented. Attendees can submit financials for grant applications and the branch will discuss it and point out any issues. This can be anonymous if you want.

Parm Basi's Bio

Parm Basi is a Manager of Audit with the Compliance Division of Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB). He supervises staff that conduct audits of charitable organizations and groups to ensure that funds received as a grant or raised by licensed gaming are used for eligible purposes, and licensed gaming events are conducted in accordance with all applicable legislation, regulations, policies, and directives under the authority of the Gaming Control Act and Regulation, and conditions of the grant and licence. Parm is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) as well as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). In his spare time, Parm enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and playing and following sports.

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Harmeet Johal

BC Community Gaming Branch

Understanding Gaming Grant Financials

Session Description

Understanding Gaming Grant Financials

This workshop is your chance to learn how the Gaming Branch wants to see your financials presented. Attendees can submit financials for grant applications and the branch will discuss it and point out any issues. This can be anonymous if you want.

Harmeet Johal's Bio

Harmeet Johal is an Gambling Auditor with the Compliance Division of Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB) for the last 12 years. She conducts audits of charitable organizations, and licensed gaming events to ensure they are conducted in accordance with all applicable legislation, regulations, policies, and directives under the authority of the Gaming Control Act. Harmeet loves spending time with her family, which includes her husband and 3 kids, and she keeps busy by being actively involved in all their sports activities – hockey, baseball, football, and soccer.

SESSION

Dorothee Birker

KCR Community Resources

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Matters!

Session Description

How welcoming is your volunteering program and your organization? Do you use a social justice lens to build your programs and to recruit volunteers, staff or participants? Our communities are increasingly diverse. Ensuring your programs and organizations are safe, just and welcoming for all is a key responsibility and an amazing opportunity to set your organization apart and have it thrive in today’s culture.
Join us for an eye-opening discussion of systemic racism and marginalization that seeks to help you understand a few of the key issues facing communities. Learn tools and explore opportunities to actively acknowledge, mitigate and redress these issues for the health and well-being of your entire team and organization. Participating in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Matters! allows you to learn, connect and reflect so that you can enact transformational change within yourself first, and then in your relationships, programs and organizations.

Dorothee Birker's Bio

Dorothee is the Communications & Development Manager for KCR Community
Resources, a multi-service agency serving the Central Okanagan. As an immigrant
settler, Dorothee is grateful to make her home in the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan people. In her role as Team Lead for the Community Services Department, Dorothee implements and develops a variety of capacity building programs that serve the non-profit and volunteer sector. Dorothee is a writer who loves sharing stories of the extraordinary people that make the world a better place through their work and volunteerism. Dorothee is passionately and actively trying to create more just and inclusive communities through facilitating programs like KCR’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs and being part of the development team of the Disruptive Leadership, an innovative social justice lens leadership program that has been developed by partners KCR and the United Way of British Columbia.

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Kay Hacker

Community Volunteer Connections

Disability, Inclusivity and Volunteerism

Session Description

How can you make your volunteering more inclusive for people with disabilities? Kay Hacker shares how to support volunteers with disabilities and create more accepting, inclusive volunteer environments. 

Kay Hacker's Bio

Kay Hacker is the Volunteer Integration Program (VIP) coordinator at Community Volunteer Connections. They bring a community inclusion perspective for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Kay would like to thank all of their VIP volunteers for teaching them how to be a better advocate, a better ambassador, and a better dishwasher.

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Lee Dodd

BCLC (British Columbia Lottery Corporation)

The Social Media Circus

Session Description

Step right up and join us under the big digital tent for “The Social Media Circus”! In this exciting and informative session, we’ll take you on a thrilling journey through the captivating world of social media. Prepare to be dazzled as we explore the tricks and techniques that will make your social media presence truly spectacular.

Act 1: Opening Act – “The Ringmaster’s Guide to Social Media” Get introduced to the basics of social media marketing. Learn how to set the stage for your brand’s success in the digital arena.

Act 2: Content Carousel – “Creating Content that Wows” Discover the secrets to crafting engaging and shareable content. Learn how to juggle various content formats, from text to images and video.

Act 3: Engagement Extravaganza – “Interacting with Your Audience” Explore strategies for building and nurturing a loyal online audience. Master the art of responding to comments, messages, and feedback.

Act 4: The Viral Vault – “Unleashing the Power of Virality” Unlock the mysteries behind viral content and campaigns. Explore case studies of social media sensations and how they made it big.

Act 5: Analytics Amazement – “Measuring Your Social Media Success” Learn how to use data and analytics to track your social media performance. Discover the key metrics that matter for your brand.

Act 6: Social Media Circus Grand Finale – “Putting It All Together” Witness a grand finale showcasing successful social media strategies. Gain actionable tips and tricks to take your social media game to the next level.

Lee Dodd's Bio

With over 16 years of experience in the field of marketing, social media & communications, Lee Dodd is a seasoned Social Media Manager. He has a strong track record, currently holding the position of Social Media Manager at BCLC since August 2015, where they’ve excelled in areas like Social Media Marketing, Paid Social Media Advertising, Editorial work, Storytelling, Content Strategy development, and Campaign execution. Prior to BCLC Lee has helped run social media for global corporations like Electronic Arts, and Organo Gold Coffee.

PANELIST

Lisa Mort-Putland

Volunteer Victoria

Advocacy and Volunteerism

Session Description

When you think about the key messages shared by the volunteer-led organizations in your community, what comes to mind? Are there any memorable messages? And if there are, are the messages current, relevant, and actionable? In this panel workshop we will explore tools to help build advocacy skills within an organization with the intention of strengthening our connections and messages to volunteers, community members, champions, and donors. We will also explore political advocacy and the roles we can all play in building our advocacy toolkits.

Lisa Mort-Putland's Bio

Lisa joined the Volunteer Victoria team as Executive Director in June 2011. Lisa holds a B.A. in Drama and a Masters in Public Administration with a focus on non-profit management. Prior to working with Volunteer Victoria Lisa was the Development Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria and spent more than 25 years working and volunteering in the museum and heritage sector. Lisa is Chair of the Board of Volunteer Canada. Lisa provides governance assistance to organizations and is often asked to speak at conferences, events, and celebrations.

SESSION

MELANIE JEFFS

BCACG

Five Things You Can Do To Improve Your Digital Marketing Right Now

Session Description

Digital marketing is a huge topic, and there are countless tools and wervices in the market, all of them claiming to be the one thing you need. For a non-profit it can be hard to know how allocate limited resources. In this presentation Melanie Jeffs identifies five things you can do that will improve your digital presence and help you get your message out to the right people.

An overview of what digital marketing is – intro to the various components and how they overlap or interact (social media, websites, email, etc). Followed by 5 simple things organizations can do to improve their websites (the backbone of all digital strategies).

Through storytelling, case studies, and collaborative discussions, this presentation hopes to leverage the incredible talent in the room and provide attendees with a whole page of ideas and actions they can bring back and apply in their roles.

Melanie Jeffs' Bio

Melanie Jeffs has worked in the digital realm since 2009 when she ran the digital publishing program for Orca Book Publishers. Digital marketing and communications has been her focus since 2016. Melanie has planned and executed successful digital campaigns in the business and non-profit sectors.

Melanie is a devout word nerd who wants everyone to get the most out of the exciting digital tools available to them. She has developed and executed digital marketing strategies in the non-profit, arts and culture, business, and higher education sectors.

SESSION

MAGGIE STEWART

Vancouver Aquarium

Need for Speed: Responding Quickly, and Better, to Emerging Trends in Volunteerism

Session Description

In our rapidly changing world, volunteerism continues to play a pivotal role in fostering social & environmental change, community development, and individual empowerment. This interactive conference presentation, titled ” The Need for Speed: Responding quickly, and together, to emerging trends in volunteerism,” invites attendees to hear Maggie’s personal success stories but also, actively participate in discussions on how to respond to latest trends.

Through storytelling, case studies, and collaborative discussions, this presentation hopes to leverage the incredible talent in the room and provide attendees with a whole page of ideas and actions they can bring back and apply in their roles.

Maggie Stewart's Bio

Maggie Stewart (she/her/hers) is a dynamic and interactive speaker with 9+ years of experience in volunteer management.

She brings a wealth of expertise, a mindset for innovation, and knowledge from 7 diverse post-secondary credentials, such as certificates in volunteer coordination, management skills, and a Bachelor of Sciences Degree. She is currently the Manager, Volunteer Services at the Vancouver Aquarium, and the Chair of the BC Regional Committee for Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada (VMPC). She received the Emerging Leaders Award for Volunteer Managers in 2017 and Valedictorian Award for her graduating cohort in 2022.

Many of her program designs (such as the C Change or Health & Safety Hero Programs) have been widely recognized and used as models for other organizations.

In her spare time, Maggie enjoys quiet date nights with her partner, patios with friends, taking her nieces and nephews to their sports, and trail walks with her Golden Retriever, Rio.

SESSION

MEENA DAS

NamasteData

Designing Inclusive Surveys for Community Engagement

Session Description

If it’s designed and structured thoughtfully, a single survey is the most powerful tool a nonprofit can leverage to reach out to its past, present, and future supporters. Through such a survey, you can collect rich data that informs potential opportunities for future engagement.

Join this session to rethink design and analysis strategies for your next donor survey. Bring all your questions and ideas around donor surveys.

We will learn together on:
– How to design an inclusive donor survey
– The steps to take to ensure a successful survey launch

By the end of this session, participants will be ready to create their own donor survey.

Meena Das's Bio

Meena Das (she/her) is a the founder, consultant, and facilitator of two practices – NamasteData and Data Is For Everyone. NamasteData focusses on advancing data equity for nonprofits and social impact agencies, while Data Is For Everyone provides invaluable tools and resources to help people learn how to navigate the world of data.

Meena is a specialist in designing and teaching equitable research tools and analyzing engagement. She supports nonprofits in three critical areas: data collection assessments, community surveys, and staff workshops on improving data equity, incorporating data collection, visualization, and human-centric algorithms.

You can learn more about her work through NamasteData’s website (namastedata.org), or directly connect with her on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/meenadas.

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ROWENA VEYLAN

The New School of Fundraising

Taking Fundraising to a New Level

Session Description

Whether you are new to fundraising or a seasoned professional, this workshop will re-connect you to what it means to raise money. Join us as we explore donor motivation, explore giving trends and delve into some current hot topics. Participants should leave with some new ideas of how to strengthen your fundraising efforts!

Rowena Veylan's Bio

Rowena is a mixed-heritage woman with Dunne-za and European roots. She is a proud member of the West Moberly Lake First Nations in northern British Columbia.

A fundraiser, consultant, teacher and mentor, Rowena has been working within the non-profit industry since 2003. She is currently the Founder and Lead Instructor of the New School of Fundraising and Indigenous Initiatives Lead with Mediate BC.

She whole heartedly believes in building capacity within the non-profit industry and also that everyone has a little bit of a fundraiser inside of them. She looks for opportunities to share her expertise and enjoys working with individuals and organizations who may not be as excited about the prospect of fundraising.

Rowena loves what she does and regularly speaks about her own career path and personal journey. Her passion for her work has been described as contagious.

SESSION

SHELDON FALK

Pacific Legal Education & Outreach Society

Law for Non-Profits

Session Description

As a director or staff member of a non-profit, have you ever suspected that you’re wandering in the dark when it comes to legal compliance? This session will help participants recognize common legal pitfalls for non-profits and explain how to take proactive steps to prevent issues from becoming a crisis. Participants will be provided with practical, actionable information and introduced to a collection of innovative tools and resources designed specifically for non-profits to manage legal risks and compliance.

Sheldon Falk's Bio

Sheldon Falk (he/him) is the Project Lawyer for Law For Non-Profits, which was created by the Pacific Legal Education & Outreach Society (PLEO). As Project Lawyer, he develops free legal information and resources for non-profit directors and senior managers. He also leads legal education outreach initiatives. For nearly a decade prior to becoming a lawyer, Sheldon occupied various governance and leadership roles in the non-profit sector. In addition to his work with PLEO, Sheldon has a law practice serving non-profits and charities.

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TIM AGG

Board Voice Society of BC

Advocacy for Non-Profits

Session Description

“Advocacy” conjures up a variety of images and anxieties for non-profits. We will explore how advocacy can be part of every organization’s work, and within everyone’s comfort zone. We will also look at key federal and provincial rules related to political activity and lobbying. The session will speak particularly to volunteers on boards of directors.

Tim Agg's Bio

Tim has been the Executive Director (ED) at Board Voice since December 2022. He was the ED at PLEA Community Services from 1982-2015; facilitated the Re-Imagining Community Inclusion Initiative in 2018-2019; and in 2019-2021 was the Interim ED at QMUNITY. He is a board member of the PARCA community justice network and the McCreary Centre Society, and previously chaired the board of the United Community Services/Realize Strategies Co-op. He is a member of the Social Services Sector Round Table. He is a recipient of the Renate Shearer Human Rights Award and is an Honorary Fellow of Douglas College.

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TINA STREHLKE

Minerva BC

The New Leadership Skills

Session Description

This session will review some of the opportunities and challenges we are facing in the post-COVID workplace and share perspectives on what leaders need to do to support their teams now and into the future.

Tina Strelhke's Bio

Founded in 1999, Minerva BC is a registered charity that is dedicated to advancing the leadership of women and girls. As CEO, Tina has more than 15 years’ senior leadership experience in the social impact sector. She has knowledge and expertise in gender equality, career development, inclusive leadership, and creating equitable workplaces. Tina has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from UBC (1994) and a Master of Arts in Communications from Royal Roads University (2008). She has lived and worked in Germany, Costa Rica, Guyana and Taiwan. Tina currently volunteers with Her Mentors and Locelle, and is a member of the Essential Impact Advisory Group.