4-H Ontario adopts Canadian Code for volunteer involvement

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4-H Ontario celebrated National Volunteer Week with the adoption of the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement. The Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement is a guide that will allow 4-H Ontario to strengthen their volunteer engagement strategy and commitment to creating future leaders.

The Code values volunteer involvement by championing guiding principles and standards of practice that fosters strong relationships between a non-profit and its volunteers. “Volunteers are the heart of 4-H Ontario and are the reason our organization has a long-lasting impact on 4-H members across the province. By adopting the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement, 4-H Ontario will strengthen its commitment to volunteers and ensure volunteers are involved in meaningful and proactive ways,” says Debra Brown, Executive Director of 4-H Ontario.

Several of 4-H Ontario’s current policies are based on Volunteer Canada standards and the adoption of the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement will further support volunteers within their roles. Some of the new guidelines will highlight volunteer roles and recruitment, evaluation and tracking methods, orientation and training opportunities and volunteer recognition.

“I love teaching the kids and watching them grow with their experiences and learning new things,” said Dennis Carnegie, Ontario 4-H Council President. Dennis has been a 4-H volunteer in Chatham-Kent for 10 years and has served as the Ontario 4-H Council President since 2018. This National Volunteer Week, Dennis thanked all 4-H Ontario volunteers: “Thank you for all of your hard work, time and everything you do for the kids to make 4-H the wonderful program that it is.”

On March 22, 2019, the Ontario 4-H Council adopted the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement. If you are interested in becoming a 4-H Ontario volunteer or would like to learn more about 4-H Ontario, please visit our website: www.4-hontario.ca.

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