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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
  • 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
  • Meet the 2017 Leaders of Tomorrow, presented by ATCO!

    Meet the 2017 Leaders of Tomorrow, presented by ATCO!

    Meet the outstanding youths who exhibit dedication and excellence in a field of volunteer work including school, community, social activism, athletics or arts; and, inspire the spirit of volunteerism in others by being a Leader of Tomorrow. Read More
  • HR Recipes for Success

    HR Recipes for Success

    The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau is happy to offer our "HR Recipes for Success" series – This is 10 practical HR focused workshops instructed by a leading non-profit Human Resources expert. HR Recipes for Success returns in September. For more information click on 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!
  • Caught in the Act: Mick Bayko

    Caught in the Act: Mick Bayko

    Our latest Caught in the Act is Mick Bayko. Nominated by Scouts Canada, Mick volunteers as the organization’s Group Commissioner of the 3rd Grande Prairie Scout Group. Read More
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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

Kathleen Lawrence - The Society for Support to Pregnant & Parenting Teens

July

July's Tim Hortons Volunteer of the Month Draw Winner is Kathleen Lawrence! Tim was nominated for our Volunteers of the Week program, on July 11th by The Society for Support to Pregnant & Parenting Teens; here’s a look back at Kathleen's nomination:

“Pregnant & Parenting Teens nominates Kathleen who is the designer of the Tea House playhouse this year, this is Kathleen’s first playhouse with us. Kathleen has shown us her passion and dedication to the designing of the playhouse and her commitment to getting the job done, she personal laid down the flooring in the house one square at a time and did an amazing job! We appreciate Kathleen’s time and efforts in designing and working on the playhouses and hope she continues with us in the future for more houses to come! Thank you Kathleen for the time and hard work you have donated to our agency!”

For being named Volunteer of the Month Kathleen has won a $100 Gift Card from Tim Hortons! Congratulations Kathleen!

 

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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