Who We Are

The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau (GPVSB) is a membership organization for the civic sector in the Northwest Peace Region, serving charitable and non-profit community organizations in the City and County of Grande Prairie and beyond.  Our member agencies and clients represent our broad region and range from small rural agricultural groups to large agencies providing services to families and individuals in distress, through to indigenous agencies, cultural agencies, sports groups, and more.

Our members strengthen communities and empower individuals to take control of their lives. They tackle poverty and disadvantage, address inequalities, increase inclusiveness, improve the environment, and enhance the overall well-being and prosperity of our region. The GPVSB mandate is to further such community development through supporting the success of our members and the non-profit sector as a whole.  We provide educational, advisory, networking and support services to our member agencies, as well as volunteer recruitment, retention and recognition programs.  In recent years, we have extended our training expertise to include direct skill development programs for marginalized groups and individuals.

The GPVSB is well-connected to networks of volunteer administrators, volunteer groups, and non-profit organizations across the communities we serve.   As such we work with and partner with a number of agencies to foster inclusiveness, belonging, and build social capital; promote social justice; foster cultural expression; generate solutions to social, environmental, and cultural challenges; and create connections between citizens, in all our communities and local governments. 

Mission Statement

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

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.

Values and Beliefs

We believe in Inclusiveness, Social Responsibility, Leadership, Commitment and Social Accountability. These believes are fundamental to our values and responsibilities and guide our everyday work and decision making.

We Lead – through our activities, supporting, empowering and working in collaboration with our local organizations to advance social goals and attain the best possible future for the communities we serve.

We Understand – we have an obligation to improve the quality of life for our community members through community advocacy and by increasing and building the capacity of our local organizations through education, learning, outreach and skill-sharing. 

We Value – our local organizations and the difference they make to the quality of life for individual community members.  We foster and promote their diversity and unique contributions in making a difference to local lives and issues.  

We Perform - by demonstrating excellence in all aspects of our work and in the provision of service to our communities.  We make and support our decisions 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 Grimshaw, East to Valleyview, South to Grande Cache and West to the Alberta-BC Border.

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.

Programs & Services

- Citizen Engagement Awards & Recognition

- Capacity & Leadership Development

- Advisory Services

- Grant Writing Research & Support

- Organizational Resources

- Youth Engagement Programs

- Networking, Advocacy & Promotion

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