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About Us

The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau provides advisory and support services to GPVSB Member Agencies and the non-profit sector. GPVSB also collaborates and works collectively with other agencies and individuals on matters of common concern to the non-profit sector of the City of Grande Prairie and surrounding area.

The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau administers and oversees several programs which include Volunteer Recognition Programs, Wired 2 Hire Programs, Member Services, Advisory Services and Networking Coordination.

The GPVSB works to enhance the overall management skills and opportunities of community agencies by providing training and professional development for their leadership and staff based on identified needs within the community.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau is to be a proactive, leading and professional Centre of Excellence empowering the community of Grande Prairie and area through provision of services to non-profit organizations and community volunteers.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to enhance community development through success of the non-profit sector.

Core Values and Beliefs

Caring - we care about all of our stakeholders, clients, partners and community members. We listen with empathy and respect to others and act ethically and with integrity, honesty and grace in all situations.

Vision - we balance the needs of our stakeholders, stimulating excellence and innovation by building knowledge and capabilities and inspiring and encouraging commitment and initiative.

Inclusiveness - we believe in fostering a trusting, open and inclusive environment by accepting without reservation abilities, age, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation. We treat each individual person with respect, listening without judgement and valuing their diversity and unique contributions.

Social Responsibility - we have an obligation to improve the quality of life for the residents of our local community and society at large by performing activities that directly advance social goals.

Flexibility - we have the ability to adapt, change and rise to new challenges by challenging the status quo, seeking out opportunities and taking calculated risks, being open minded and embracing the needs of our stakeholders and community.

Commitment - we demonstrate excellence in all aspects of our work and in the provision of service to our stakeholders and community. We act with honesty and integrity, not compromising the truth.

Leadership - we lead by example, guide and facilitate others to make a positive difference in their own lives and to contribute to a larger good. We endeavor to be role models by being accountable, striving for excellence and showing leadership in all that we do.

Social Accountability - we make and support business decisions through experience and good judgment based on the four pillars of good governance: transparency, accountability, predictability and participation.

Our Service Area

The City and County of Grande Prairie, extending North to Alberta-NWT Border, East to Slave Lake, South to Grande Cache and West to the Alberta-BC Border.

Background

The Volunteer Services Bureau was established in 1969 and managed by the founding group until 1971 when the Canadian Mental Health Association received a PEP (Priority Employment Program) grant to hire a part-time coordinator.

In 1974, funding was obtained from Preventive Social Services, and the Preventive Social Services Director became an ex-officio member of the Management Committee. Arrangements were made with the City of Grande Prairie to process Volunteer Services Bureau accounts and payroll through the Preventive Social Services system. The Management Committee continued to direct and manage the Volunteer Services Bureau with the Preventive Social Services director providing some supervision to the staff as required until the project was terminated in 1975.

Understanding the value of a volunteer centre, the Management Committee began negotiations with City Council for funds to reinstate the project under the original mandate. Confirmation of the original mandate was obtained by Motion of City Council in January of 1979. The project was re-evaluated and incorporated as an independent society on April 12, 1983.

The original objective of the Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau was to place volunteers in worthwhile and meaningful activities. Over the years this has translated into the current mission and vision included in this document.

Core Functions

  • To operate a community information centre where volunteers, community organizations and other stakeholders are able to access information, services and support.
  • To provide volunteer recognition programs that celebrate and support community involvement.
  • To build community capacity through the provision of professional development opportunities, advisory services and coordination of networking groups and activities.
  • To work in conjunction with other community groups to develop and maintain an integrated community system in order to remedy service gaps and decrease duplication of services.
  • To advocate for our region’s volunteers and the non-profit voluntary sector within local, provincial and federal associations and with government representatives.

Key Initiatives (2014-2019)

  • Volunteer Recognition Programs
  • Professional Development Programming
  • Wired 2 Hire Programs
  • Collaborative Partnerships and Networking Coordination
  • Community Capacity Building
  • Governance And Management
    • Five (5) Year Plan
    • Communication/Branding
    • Board Development
    • Succession Planning
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