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How Skills-Based Volunteering Can Advance Your Career

Original broadcast date: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Summary: Volunteering is widely regarded as a way to obtain transferable skills, gain valuable work experience, and explore career options, all while making important contributions to the community. This reciprocal relationship underscores the multiple benefits of volunteering that help both people and communities reach their potential. This recorded webinar presented by Volunteer Canada will provide an overview of how you can volunteer to propel your career development and in turn, help propel the development of your community.

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About the presenter

This webinar is presented by Paula Speevak, President and CEO of Volunteer Canada. Paula joined Volunteer Canada after serving as the managing director of Carleton University Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development. At Carleton, in the school of public policy and administration, she taught a graduate course in nonprofit management, and at the University of Ottawa she taught undergraduate courses in governance in the voluntary sector and community service-learning. Prior to her focus on applied research, Paula enjoyed a 24-year career as a practitioner and senior manager in the nonprofit and voluntary sector in both institutional and community-based settings, in Montreal, Ottawa and on pan-Canadian initiatives. She holds a master of management degree from McGill University in the McGill-McConnell Program for National Voluntary Sector Leaders.


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