Imagine Canada - Sarah

    What we've seen, over the last three years in particular, is when there's challenges in communities, the volunteer sector steps up.


    You're listening to Let's Imagine, an Imagine Canada podcast for everyone interested in social issues and the nonprofit sector. I'm your host, Bruce McDonald. At Imagine Canada, we believe that by leveraging our national vantage point, building cross-sector relationships and sharing and developing our knowledge base, we can advance social, economic, and environmental justice through our collective.

    Join us as we dive deep into conversations that have big implications for the nonprofit and charitable sector here in Canada. A special thank you to our knowledge partner Carter's Professional Corporation and our supporting partner, Sage Canada. Together, Let's Imagine a stronger future.

    The Let's Imagine Podcast has, to this point, focused on issues facing Canadian charities and nonprofits. Today we're gonna go global and hear perspectives from a counterpart organization, the National Council for Voluntary Organizations, or NCVO that supports the sector in England.

    Over the past couple of years, an informal network of leaders from organizations like Imagine Canada and NCVO, the National Council of Nonprofits in the US, the Community Council of Australia and others, have been meeting to talk about a variety of issues. Some that are unique to our respective countries and others that we share. Sarah Vibert, CEO of NCVO, has been a regular contributor to these conversations, and we're delighted that she's agreed to participate in this episode.

    Sarah, welcome. It's good to have you on the podcast.


    Hi, Bruce. Thank you so much for having me on.


    Great. Well, to kick off, we're gonna chat about the differences and similarities facing charities and nonprofits in England and Canada. Having an international perspective on issues helps us to really broaden our own thinking.

    But before we kick it off, it would be great to get to know you a bit more. Sarah, perhaps we could start with your connections to charities and nonprofits. Tell us why, for you, the work of the voluntary sector is so important.


    I guess put simply because the voluntary sector is so embedded in our society, in our communities, in our everyday life. What we've seen over the last three years in particular is when there's challenges in communities, the voluntary sector steps up.

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