Original broadcast date: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Summary: When we look at the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that Canada and others committed to achieving by 2030, there is not a single goal that does not involve volunteers. Volunteers contribute to eliminating poverty, advocating for human rights, protecting the planet, and creating thriving and resilient communities. In 2017, Volunteer Canada began to collaborate with Employment and Social Development Canada to explore the link between volunteer activities of Canadians and the SDGs. This recorded webinar provides an overview of our early findings and support organizations and those who engage volunteers in examining the relevance to their missions.

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Additional Links

Thanks to everyone who contributed a variety of links to various resources during the webinar. We’ve done our best to round up most of them here:

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development
A Look at the Sustainable Development Goals (video)
Sustainable Development Goals Communications Materials
Thematic clusters of the Sustainable Development Goals (UN)
Teacher-specific posters and other resources (Alberta Council for Global Cooperation)
Government of Canada Sustainable Development Goals Data Hub
Together 2107: Alberta’s Notebook for the Global Goals
Impact 2030: Employees for the Global Goals
Community Foundations of Canada: Alliance 2030 and the No Little Plans podcast
Together 2018 Symposium in Edmonton, AB on November 5 & 6, 2018
Volunteer MBC’s Youth LEaD program, incorporating the SDGs – also a video with more information
The Canadian SDG Initiative LinkedIn group
Volunteer Canada 2013 Volunteer Recognition Study

About the presenter

Paula Speevak, President and CEO, joined Volunteer Canada after serving as the Managing Director of Carleton University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development. At Carleton, in the School of Public Policy and Administration, she taught a graduate course in Non-Profit 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 non-profit and voluntary sector in both institutional and community-based settings, in Montréal, 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.

About Volunteer Canada

Volunteer Canada provides national leadership and expertise on volunteerism to increase the participation, quality and diversity of volunteer experiences. Since 1977 we have worked closely with our network of more than 200 volunteer centres across Canada, over 1200 Volunteer Canada members, charitable and nonprofit organizations, businesses, educational institutions, and government departments.


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