Upcoming events

    • 14 Sep 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Jun 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Meeting locations change every month
    Registration is closed

    The Volunteer Managers Network is a community of practice for Volunteer Engagement Professionals in Guelph Wellington. Through monthly education, networking sessions and discussions, participants explore best practices, elevate volunteerism in the community and create a network of resources.

    Due to COVID, we have altered our sessions to virtual on the second Tuesday of each month video Zoom from 9:30 - 11:00 am. 

    For inquiries and support, contact Kim Cusimano, Executive Director at or by phone at (519) 822-0912 ext. 229.  

    Why you should join the network? This is what participants listed as the top reasons why they found the network a valuable experience. 
    1. A chance for continuing your education and keeping tabs on trends in volunteer engagement. 
    2. Generate and share new ideas. Plus there is a wealth of knowledge in the group, which is a great resource. 
    3. Building connections with PIN, The People and Information Network and other volunteer engagement professionals. 
    4. A practical way to build community and support one another. 
    5. A way to generate ideas to advocate for the field of volunteer engagement and your role. 

    "The Volunteer Managers Network, organized by the PIN,  provides an opportunity to make connections with other professionals in the field, where we share ideas, problem solve, collaborate and learn!” Barb Carscadden, Manager, Community and Volunteer Engagement, East Wellington Community Services

    • 28 Sep 2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • 28 Jun 2022
    • 9:30 AM
    Registration is closed

    The Executive Director Peer Group (EDPG) is a community of practice that meets on a regular basis to learn and grow from one another in a supportive space.

    Through personal experiences and from guest speakers, EDPG meetings are focused on professional development, sharing opportunities and finding creative solutions to common challenges. 

    Criteria for participation:

    • Participant holds the role of an Executive Director of a nonprofit or charity in Guelph Wellington.


    • Season begins September 28 and continues to the end of June. 
    • The last Tuesday of each month from 8:00 - 9:30 am

    For inquiries and support, contact Kim Cusimano, Executive Director at or by phone at (519) 822-0912 ext. 229.  

    Members tell us they appreciate EDPG because it gives them: 
    1. Access to community expertise in an inexpensive format that respects a busy schedule
    2. The opportunity to build connections with peers and become part of a supportive network of professionals
    3. Access to a library of 'real world' shared resources and learnings to build personal and professional capacity 
    4. The chance to work with peers and collaborate on sector wide issues and opportunities

    "My experience with the network was very positive. The content covered in the monthly meetings was always very practical, and extremely relevant and frequently included valuable take home tools and concepts to assist those working in the sector. This is a peer group that goes above and beyond to plan meaningful topics, discussions and speakers to the benefit of all those involved and ultimately to the benefit of our volunteers, our organizations and our communities. Being involved in this group puts you at the table with a network of people who are wonderful at sharing ideas, solutions and support around some of our commonly shared challenges. I highly recommend the group.” – Kelly Schafer, Executive Director, Career Education Council

Past events

24 Sep 2019 2019 - 2020 Executive Director Peer Group Registration
10 Sep 2019 2019 - 2020 Volunteer Managers Network Registration
25 Sep 2018 2018 - 2019 Executive Director Peer Group Registration
11 Sep 2018 2018 - 2019 Volunteer Managers Network Registration
29 May 2018 Executive Director Peer Group - May Meeting
24 Apr 2018 Executive Director Peer Group - April Meeting
27 Mar 2018 Executive Director Peer Group - March Meeting
27 Feb 2018 Executive Director Peer Group - February Meeting
28 Nov 2017 Executive Director Peer Group - November Meeting
31 Oct 2017 Executive Director Peer Group - October Meeting
19 Sep 2017 Executive Director Peer Group - September Meeting
19 Sep 2017 EDPG - September Meeting
19 Sep 2017 Executive Director Peer Group
12 Sep 2017 2017-2018 Volunteer Managers Network Registration
27 Jun 2017 EDPG June Meeting - Building Effective Organizations
25 Apr 2017 EDPG April Meeting - Sylvia Plester-Silk
28 Feb 2017 EDPG February Meeting - Jim Estill
22 Nov 2016 EDPG November Meeting - Telling Your Story
27 Sep 2016 EDPG September Meeting - Theory of Change
11 Jul 2016 2016-2017 Volunteer Managers Network Registration
28 Jun 2016 EDPG June Meeting - Strategic Planning
23 Jun 2016 Volunteer Centre 2016 Annual General Meeting
01 Jun 2016 Funder Speed Dating
10 May 2016 On The Record: Public Workshop
26 Apr 2016 EDPG April Meeting - Hot Topics
15 Apr 2016 Time to Give Breakfast 2016
23 Feb 2016 EDPG February Meeting - The Evolution of Performance Management
09 Dec 2015 EDPG December Social - The New Face of Philanthropy
24 Nov 2015 EDPG Meeting - Volunteer Engagement in the New Age
17 Sep 2015 TB Test Focus Group
08 Sep 2015 2015-2016 Volunteer Managers Network Registration
23 Apr 2015 Volunteer Gateway Story Lab
06 Jan 2015 Volunteer Managers Network Registration
25 Nov 2014 ED Peer Group - Funder Speed Dating
30 Oct 2014 Best Practices in Volunteer Screening Workshop
03 Jun 2014 Volunteer Managers Network 2013-2014
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