David Spencer's Education Paragon is a free educational resource portal helping David Spencer's secondary school students, their parents and teaching colleagues with understanding, designing, applying and delivering assessment, curriculum, educational resources, evaluation and literacy skills accurately and effectively. This wiki features educational resources for Indigenous Aboriginal education, field trips for educators, Davids Music Jam, law and justice education, music education and outdoor, environmental and experiential education. Since our web site launch 10.5 years ago on September 27, 2006, online site statistics and web rankings indicate there are currently 1,868 pages and 11,682,604 page views using 7.85 Gig of bandwidth per month. Pages are written, edited, published and hosted by Brampton, Ontario, Canada based educator David Spencer. On social media, you may find David as @DavidSpencerEdu on Twitter, as DavidSpencerdotca on Linkedin.com and DavidSpencer on Prezi. Please send your accolades, feedback and resource suggestions to David Spencer. Share on social media with the hashtag #EducationParagon
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Every day, volunteers work in our community to make it a better place for everyone to live and play. Imagine your community without volunteers. Who would coach the local soccer teams, or deliver meals to the elderly?
In Canada almost 12 million individuals volunteer their time to charities and organizations every year and contribute almost 2 billion volunteer hours. While this is a staggering number, it is important to note that the face of volunteering is changing. The "super" volunteers, those 11% who contribute 77% of all volunteer hours, are part of an aging population. We must continue our work with the government of Canada to ensure that front-line community organizations will have access to a sufficient supply of volunteers to match the demand. This is where you can help.
Here, you will find tools and resources, posted and updated on an ongoing basis, for you to use in moving forward with public policy issues that are relevant to you in promoting and supporting volunteerism.
Some of their resources include:
- The Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement
- Become a member of Volunteer Canada and create an ongoing connection to the national leader on volunteerism in Canada
- Donate to Volunteer Canada and help fund a project in your community and/or other communities in Canada.
- Canadian Directory of Volunteer Centres
- Corporate Community Involvement Resources to help businesses encourage their employees to volunteer
Volunteer Centres are non-profit organizations or groups dedicated to fostering and developing volunteerism in the community as a whole. While other organizations contribute to sustaining our national heritage of volunteering through their programs and outreach, Volunteer Centres serve the broadest membership: including volunteers and organizations/volunteer-involving organizations. Volunteer Centres reach across the non-profit and public sectors to include organizations working in human and social services, health care, education, the arts and recreation - regardless of their source of funding. Source: <http://volunteer.ca/en/about/partnerships/volunteercentres>.
Canada fosters volunteerism and recognizes volunteer involvement as essential to building healthy, quality communities.
Volunteer Canada leads the advancement of volunteerism in strengthening society and improving quality of life in Canada.
National Dialogues and Public Policy Discussions
Lead and participate in national discussions and public policy dialogues to ensure a volunteering lens is considered. Be a reference point for government and decision makers on matters relevant to volunteerism.
Capacity Building on Volunteer Involvement
Develop and implement tools and initiatives that strengthen the ability of voluntary organizations to involve volunteers, engaging in knowledge transfer and dissemination where appropriate.
Develop and implement national campaigns, public education activities and media relations initiatives that promote volunteerism, raise awareness of the role and value of volunteers and enhance the visibility of Volunteer Canada.
Relationships with Volunteer Centres in Canada
Foster and maintain effective relationships with volunteer centres and provincial / territorial associations in Canada, providing leadership and support to build and strengthen volunteer centres and the volunteer centre network. Work collaboratively and cooperatively with volunteer centres to advance volunteerism in Canada.
Establish and maintain effective relationships with partners / stakeholders and other existing voluntary sector organizations and networks, and identify and nurture cross-sectoral alliances to maximize Volunteer Canada’s profile and enhance our ability to achieve our mission.
Knowledge Development and Trend Identification
Monitor volunteerism as a component of the broader social context to identify new / emerging trends, drive the research agenda and develop knowledge and understanding of volunteerism that is relevant to policy makers and those who involve volunteers.
National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week will be held from Sunday April 19 to Saturday April 25, 2009.
"As one of Canada's 11 million baby boomers, you are a member of a diverse group. Born between 1946 and 1964, you are now in your late 40s, 50s or early 60s. You're coping with teenagers, sending them to university, or enjoying your grandchildren. You're working full-time or part-time. You're thinking about retirement, or are already retired.
Your interests and aspirations are as diverse as you are. You run marathons, bike in remote parts of the world or go on yoga retreats. You're learning a new language, taking an art course or planting a perennial garden.
You're always looking for new experiences, personal challenges and how to make a difference."
It's time for you to use your skills and enthusiasm to help others.
- Volunteer50plus.ca <http://www.volunteer50plus.ca>