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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
  • 2017 International Volunteer Day Celebration Breakfast

    2017 International Volunteer Day Celebration Breakfast

    The Annual International Volunteer Day Celebration Breakfast was on December 5th, 2017! The free breakfast shows appreciation to volunteers in our community. The Volunteer of the Year Award, the Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award, as well as the Outstanding Members of the Community Awards were presented to truly deserving volunteers in our area during the breakfast. Read More
  • Member Spotlight

    Member Spotlight

    Grande Prairie Voice for Life is a non-profit, educational organization that offers free health presentations about life development at various stages to schools, community groups and parents. Read More
  • Today's Indigenous Employability Services

    Today's Indigenous Employability Services

    Our T.I.E.S. project focuses on the personal skills and talent that contribute to the transition from unemployment and depending on family, community or government financial sources to self-sufficiency. This leads to self-empowerment for the individual and eventually the whole Community. If you are of Indigenous ancestry and looking for work, click Read More
  • Member Spotlight

    Member Spotlight

    Creating life-enhancing opportunities for the growth and development of all people in spirit, mind and body. 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 

Tim Hortons Volunteer of the Month

Sharon Lejeune - Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning

Sharon LejeuneNovember’s Tim Hortons Volunteer of the Month Draw Winner is Sharon Lejeune! Sharon was nominated for our Volunteers of the Week program, on November 22nd by Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning, here’s a look back at Sharon’s nomination:

“The Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning nominates volunteer tutor Sharon Lejeune. Sharon has been helping GPCLL morning ESL (English as a Second Language) students in the classroom. She plans weekly  lessons & teaches students who require that   extra support in learning the language. We thank her for her hard work and for her time! We greatly appreciate all that she does!”  

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

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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