Canada’s Volunteer Awards: technology and volunteerism video

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Canada’s Volunteer Awards

Celebrating Canadians Who Make a Difference

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Keeping the balance between the old and the new: technology and volunteerism

Some of Canada’s volunteers were asked to share how they are using technology in the important work they do in their communities

Ryan Hreljac, Ryan’s Well Foundation, 2016 recipent of the Emergent Leader Award

I think technology is a great platform. When you have a great story, a great message or you have great work, it’s important to showcase that and share with the world.

Carleen Joseph, Youth in Care Canada

Our organization encourages youth to get involved in volunteering through our social media platforms.

Leigha McCarroll, Volunteer Canada

So we use technology to engage volunteers through a multitude of channels. We have a Facebook page, we have a Twitter page and we have a YouTube channel as well.

Charissa Feres, Youth in Care Canada

Actually, I first got involved in volunteering with the Student Alliance for Mental Health through looking at their Facebook page and their Twitter account and getting to know them through their social media platforms first.

Carleen Joseph

Back then, we didn’t have the internet. So we didn’t have a way to connect with our members and volunteers quickly. Now, things have changed.

Ryan Hreljac

I think with old technology and new you need to be cohesive and you need to be together. I think it’s important to have so many different perspectives and different people of all ages become involved in something. And having your story spread over so many different mediums is an amazing way to do that.

Jessica Coriat, 2016 recipient of the Community Leader Award

Sometimes if the patients can’t speak I’ll use the iPad so I can use that voice that speaks for them.

Leigha McCarroll

The importance is to also remember those older volunteers who might not have access to those technological mediums. So, sending newsletters, sending mail-outs, that’s a great way to keep your senior volunteers engaged as well. Having a good balance of the new practices and the old traditional practices is a really great way to do that.

Ryan Hreljac

There’s an entire, amazing world of technology and you can find out so much about the causes you care about and things that people are doing. But you also need action. You need people to get up from their computer screens and do something. I think that’s incredibly important and we need to make sure we have that connection today.

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Nominate a volunteer, a not-for-profit organization or a business today!

For more information, visit Canada.ca/volunteer-awards

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