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About Professional Development

There are many ways to demonstrate your educational commitment to your Profession:

  • Watch for the regular editions of Exchange, where current educational opportunities are listed.
  • Watch for the Canadian Journal of Volunteer Resource Management, which also has very good articles and information (www.cjvrm.org).
  • Attend the National Conference and Provincial Conferences
  • Access the VMPC Membership list to network with colleagues in the same field and benchmark, glean new ideas, talk about projects, new legislation, etc.
  • Access the Continuing Education and Certificate Programs page. With constant changes, the web site addresses give you access to the most current information. Help us continue to build this list by informing us of other programs offering volunteer management or similar programs.

If you have any ideas for Professional Development or new programs for VMPC to promote, email our Chair, Professional Development

Continuing Education and Certificate Programs

If you know of an degree program of interest to the field of Volunteer Management, please contact the Professional Development Chair.

Other Opportunities to Learn:

The CharityVillage® Learning Institute:

The CharityVillage® Learning Institute (CVLI) is the place to start when you're looking for educational programs or professional development opportunities as a non-profit professional in Canada. They offer links to dozens of courses available across the country.

Charity Village Listing of Post-Secondary Education in Non-Profit Management:
This is a quick list of post-secondary institutions across Canada and in the USA that offer programs in Non-Profit Management, Fundraising, Arts and Culture, as well as Social Work and Event Planning.
Want to stay up to date with the latest information? Subscribe to e-Volunteerism A Journal to Inform and Challenge Leaders of volunteers.

Muttart Foundation:
Since its founding in 1953, the Muttart Foundation has provided millions of dollars to support worthwhile projects in Canada and overseas. Since the early 1990's, the Foundation has focused its funding in Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. Most of its funding has supported social service programs, particularly those related to children and youth. In recent years, the Foundation has also been active in programs that increase the capacity of the charitable sector generally. The Foundation makes available bursaries to pay for the tuition or registration costs of short-term courses, conferences and other training opportunities.

Queen’s Volunteer Resource Bank

Maryanne Wainman CVA and Sarah Indewey CVA are members of the Volunteer Relations Unit in the Department of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving at Queen’s University have compiled an extensive list of online resources. For all volunteer management professionals, the Queen’s Alumni Volunteer Resource Bank is first class!  It offers a complete list of free online resources that are essential additions to any volunteer manager's toolkit.  


Volunteer Management Institute:
Volunteer Management Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to making real, meaningful differences for volunteers. We’re proud to effect change by offering the only Volunteer Management Certificate Program in Alberta.