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  • Welcome

    Welcome

    The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau is the centre of Grande Prairie's community non - profit sector. We work collaboratively with individuals, non-profits, educational institutions, and the corporate sector to provide programs opportunities and advocacy to develop a vibrant, growing community that cares. Read More
  • Meet Me at the Mall

    Meet Me at the Mall

    Meet Me at the Mall returns October 16 to 27, 2017 to the Prairie Mall! This is a FREE event giving our members the opportunity to promote and advertise their services to mall patrons at the mall’s Community Booth, located by the Food Court. This is a popular event and spaces are limited. For more information and to reserve your spot call 780-538-2727 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Read More
  • Strengthening Volunteer Boards

    Strengthening Volunteer Boards

    Are you a new board member wanting to learn more about your role, or an experienced board member wishing to enhance your skills and work effectively as a team member? Then check out Strengthening Volunteer Boards presented by The GPVSB & the Board Development Program (Alberta Culture & Tourism)! Read More
  • Caught in the Act: The Stitch Club of Grande Prairie

    Caught in the Act: The Stitch Club of Grande Prairie

    Our latest Caught in the Act is The Stitch Club of Grande Prairie nominated by Marilyn Woloszyn. The Stitch Club makes knitted items & donates them to organizations that help those in need in the Grande Prairie area. Read More
  • Member Spotlight

    Member Spotlight

    Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta North West Region promoting mental health awareness and providing the resources & services to help foster a mentally healthy community. Read More
  • GPVSB Member Benefits

    GPVSB Member Benefits

    There are many benefits to being a GPVSB member such as 3 free workshops for 2 participants, website linkage, volunteer listings, member pricing on professional development opportunities and more! Read More
  • Bookkeeping Services

    Bookkeeping Services

    The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau is now offering very affordable bookkeeping services to non-profit agencies! Call Carol-Anne at (780)538-2727 for more information!
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VSB Highlights

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

With Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation coming into effect July 1, there is a need for volunteer centres and your network of organizations to obtain explicit consent from individuals in order to send out various electronic messages, whether it be newsletters, special events, or donation requests.

While some of you may be using free or paid mass email marketing services, such as Mailchimp or IndustryMailout, we know that many of you do not. Some of these email services also may not have a built in “opt-in” mechanism.

You can obtain consent by manually emailing your contacts and tracking their responses individually, but depending on how large your list is, this could be very time consuming!

Here is another option that might work for you:  we've created a sample Google form that you can use to obtain consent. The form can be sent out to your email contact list, and people can opt-in to receiving emails from you of a commercial nature in the future. The results of people providing consent will automatically be stored in an excel spreadsheet. The sample live view of the form can be found here, https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dGdXRW9FbWFiSWxlYUU0cEpWWHhRNUE6MA#gid=0

 Directions to use the Google template:

The downloadable template for the form can be found here at Google Templates, https://docs.google.com/templates (you will need to login to a gmail account to access this template).

Search for “CASL Consent Form”. Click on “Use this template”, and the document will be saved onto your Google Drive. 

Edit the form to include information about your organization (Form -> Edit). 

Edit the confirmation page (that lets people know they can opt-out in the future) to include information about your organization (to edit confirmation page, on the form click “More actions” -> “edit confirmation”).

Once the template is edited and saved to your Google Drive, you will be able to send the link to the form to your email list (Form->Go to live form, then copy the web address). This will allow you to compose your own email to send to your email list, and allows you to preface it how you would like. 

All their responses and consenting email address from the form will be saved onto an excel spreadsheet. You can now just copy all the names and emails that are in the sheet, and that is your list of people who have consented to receiving your electronic messages.

It may not seem all that clear right now, but it should all be a little clearer once the template form is downloaded and you test it out a bit. 

So if you feel like this could be of use, or if it could be of use to your network of organizations, feel free to download the template or share it with your network.

If you have any questions or need a walk-through of anything, please contact Simon at (780) 482-3300 ext. 223 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you,

Volunteer Alberta 

Volunteer of the Month

Taylor Lowen - Camp Heal-A-Heart

September's Volunteer of the Month Taylor Lowen

September’s Tim Hortons Volunteer of the Month Draw Winner is Taylor Lowen! Taylor was nominated for our Volunteers of the Week program, on September 6th by Camp Heal-A-Heart; here’s a look back at Taylor’s nomination:

“Taylor has been volunteering with Camp Heal-A-Heart for 3 years now, and she takes a week of her summer vacation time from work to come to our Overnight camps and spend time with the kids. Taylor is so involved with the kids and brings a deep level of compassion and empathy to the volunteer position. She also stays actively engaged with volunteering throughout the year, coming to the evening follow ups to stay connected with the youth.”

Congratulations Taylor!

The staff and board of the GPVSB would like to thank our sponsor Tim Hortons for helping us fuel the volunteers of Grande Prairie.

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