Mandatory Volunteer Orientation

September 10, 2014

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We have been reviewing some of the training we offer to our recreation volunteers and following up on feedback we have received. In the past, Orientation training has been offered to all volunteers to attend but has never been compulsory.

After reviewing feedback from past sessions, we found that many new and existing volunteers who attended orientation found it to be very informative and a great opportunity to meet people and Rec Program staff.

Existing volunteers have often told us that they wished they had attended their orientation sooner, as it gave them a better understanding of IOE and they felt more connected to the agency and the people we work with and support. They also said that the relationships made, along with the skills, experience and learning outcomes gained from these sessions, made it easier and more fun to volunteer on camps and day activities.

We found that many volunteers have never attended Orientation training as it has not been compulsory until now, however we feel it is important that all of IOE volunteers have this same experience. We are constantly looking at ways of improving the volunteer program and meeting National Guidelines. So Orientation is now compulsory for all volunteers, and will need to have been completed by the end of December 2014 if you wish to continue volunteering with us.

We will start having regular monthly orientation sessions to allow all current volunteers an opportunity to attend. The dates and times of these sessions are: Wednesday September 24 from 10am – 2pm (with lunch break);Wednesday October 1 from 10am – 2.30pm (with lunch break); Monday November 10 from 6pm – 8.30pm As part of your Orientation you will also receive a certificate of attendance.

If you have already attended orientation a long time ago, you are very welcome to redo your training. Its a great way to learn new skills and meet new people.

If you have any questions or would like to register for orientation, please contact either Marcelo or myself on 9758 5522 or email

by Jess Van Arendonk

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