Megan Conway
    Megan Conway

    I think it's time that we at a Canadian level really think ahead to what we need moving forward to enable that level of participation and social cohesion in our communities.

    Bruce MacDonald

    You're listening to Let's Imagine, an Imagine Canada podcast for everyone interested in social issues and the non profit sector. I'm your host, Bruce MacDonald. 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 and non profit development.

    Economic and environmental justice through our collective action. Join us as we dive deep into conversations that have big implications for the non profit and charitable sector here in Canada. A special thank you to our knowledge partner, Carter's Professional Corporation. Together, let's imagine a stronger future.

    Two major interconnected challenges the non profit and charitable sector is facing today are changes to the way volunteerism is working, a shift from formal to informal, And the lack of data to inform program design and decision making to improve the work of organizations in serving their communities.

    Volunteer Canada is leading two major initiatives that aim to help address these challenges. The National Volunteer Action Strategy for Canada and the Canadian Knowledge Hub for Giving and Volunteering. To delve into these topics, we're thrilled to welcome Megan Conway, President and CEO of Volunteer Canada.

    Megan, thank you for being on the show and welcome.

    Megan Conway

    Thanks, Bruce. I'm really happy to be here and to have this conversation today.

    Bruce MacDonald

    Wonderful. So we're going to start off with a bit of a context setting question, you know, while the pandemic is largely behind us, it still has had significant effects on the sector, the disruption of volunteers and the ongoing evolution of how people engage in their communities.

    It's causing major challenges for program delivery, which in turn has an impact on the very communities that organizations are seeking to serve. This issue is top of mind for many in our sector. And as we collectively look for solutions, Volunteer Canada has launched an initiative that aims to co create a national volunteer action strategy, a roadmap that identifies gaps, assets, and opportunities in several issue areas.

    related to volunteerism, such as funding, capacity, and data. Megan, can you tell us more about how this project came to be and what the main goals are?

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