LEARN together

Training Ottawa's Not-For-Profits

Volunteer Ottawa offers over 40 unique, practical workshops designed specifically for the sector, and they are free for learners from VO member organizations. 

Continuing professional development is essential for individuals working in not-for-profits. Every year, Volunteer Ottawa trains hundreds of staff and volunteers on topics like creating and running successful volunteer programs, developing more diverse and effective Boards of Directors, or increasing capacity in their everyday operations. Our training provides an environment to acquire new skills, network and learn best practices specific to the sector. 

Join one of our upcoming workshops or contact us to have a workshop designed specifically for your organization.

Logo: a braid made of the 3 VO colours leading into the words Learn Together, Gather Together, Recover Together initiative.

Learn, Gather, Recover Together

Volunteer Ottawa is committed to building capacity within the local not-for-profit sector. As part of our new Learn, Gather, Recover Together initiative, we are now offering all of our workshops at no cost for Volunteer Ottawa members.  

We’re excited to offer free workshop attendance to learners from our member organizations! Register early: each workshop will have limited seats to maximize learning outcomes and interactivity. Open spots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register for an upcoming workshop:

  1. Consult the calendar of upcoming workshops and select the ones that you or your team members would like to enroll in.
  2. Email [email protected] and include: your workshop selection(s) and the full name, position/title, and e-mail address of proposed participants.
  3. Participants will receive an email confirming their registration within 24 hours of their request.

Become a member or renew your membership to access this and many other benefits.

Not sure if your organization is a current member?
You can search our member directory here: Search Member Directory

Not a member yet?
Read about our benefits and see if registering is right for your organization.

As part of Learn, Gather, Recover Together, VO is offering free membership for organizations with annual revenues under $75,000 for the remainder of the 2022–2023 membership year. This includes full access to all VO membership benefits, including no-cost workshop access. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Yes! Volunteer Ottawa workshops are open to non-members for the usual $145 registration fee. Browse our workshops and register here: Upcoming Workshops

Interested in becoming a member?
Read about our benefits and see if registering is right for your organization.

As part of Learn, Gather, Recover Together, VO is offering free membership for organizations with annual revenues under $75,000 for the remainder of the 2022–2023 membership year. This includes full access to all VO membership benefits, including no-cost workshop access. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Learn Together 2024:
Spring Learning Path for Volunteer Leaders

This spring, enhance your skills in volunteer management with Volunteer Ottawa's series of workshops!

About the Program:

Designed for anyone involved with volunteers, this program suits both new and experienced individuals in volunteer engagement roles. The workshops aim to provide practical insights and skills applicable to your work, fostering a community of practitioners focused on effective volunteer management. 

Program Details:

When: Thursdays from April 4 to May 23, 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Where: Conducted live online via Zoom
Learning Experience: Led by experts in volunteer management, the sessions offer interactive learning through discussion and activities, alongside non-profit peers from the Ottawa area


  • A Zoom-compatible device 
  • A microphone and/or camera is recommended for participation 

This series is a great opportunity to refine your volunteer management skills and connect with others in the field. We hope to see you there. 

These workshops are open to staff and volunteers of member organizations at no additional cost. If you’re interested, please contact us at [email protected] for registration information.

Spring Learning Path: Scheduled Workshops

April 4: Kickoff Session for participants in the full Learning Path: Lunch and Learn with Angela Begin and Adam Janes

April 18: Session in development — stay tuned for details

May 23: EDI Foundations for Leaders of Volunteers with Dwaine Taylor

For more information, email us: [email protected]

April 18, 2024$145.00 9 Qty Available

Bridging Generations: Strategies for Engaging Youth, Seniors, and Newcomers in Volunteerism

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May 2, 2024$145.00 3 Qty Available

Volunteer Supervision: Supporting Volunteers in Our Communities

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May 9, 2024$145.00 9 Qty Available

Enhancing Engagement: Technical Resources for Volunteer Engagement

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Customized Workshops

Let VO create a workshop customized to your learning needs.

Volunteer Ottawa offers workshops customized for your organization and budget. Whether it is training for Board members, management or staff, we will meet with you to determine your needs.

Customized learning experiences can be offered on any subject required, including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Not-for-profit governance – Board training
  • Strategic Planning
  • Volunteer Management
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Faculty of Instructors

Our Faculty of Instructors include over 25 highly regarded professionals who are leaders in their field and dedicated to giving back to the community through volunteering their time and expertise.

What Ottawa’s not-for-profits are saying about VO’s education program:

"VO offers a broad education program designed with organizations like ours in mind. This means that we have access to valuable training and networking opportunities that we would not otherwise have".
Canadians Sharing Locally and Globally
"Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs has benefitted gratefully from the vast knowledge and expertise that is available through Volunteer Ottawa’s professional development training programs".
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs
"Volunteer Ottawa offers such a range of workshops suitable to different staff members. We have found it to be a very cost effective way to provide staff training, encourage networking and sharing of information!"
Canadian Parents for French, National
"The professional development opportunities offered by Volunteer Ottawa provide skill development at an affordable cost. The training facilitators are …highly skilled professionals in their field, offering valuable expertise….The sessions that Volunteer Ottawa offers result in increased skills and networks…."
Neil Squire Society
"I am so grateful for the resources and training programs Volunteer Ottawa provides… Thanks to the …Professional Development workshops they offer … I have gained so much knowledge and empowering tools to help me fulfill my mandate…Without these training programs offered by VO, I would not be as successful in my role as I am today".
Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre
"The professional development programs (VO) offer to us…have been invaluable for our staff…"

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