by Deron Johnston
North Grenville Municipal Centre, the North Grenville Charity Expo took centre stage, literally. Organized by the North Grenville Community Fund, the event was created to allow residents to visit with, and learn more about, the many local charities and community organizations operating in the North Grenville area.
The morning of the event began with keynote speaker, Susan Smith of Kemptville & District Home Support, speaking on an important subject in the charity/non-profit sector: Volunteer Burnout. This situation poses a serious threat to these organizations and Susan had some great tips and observations about it.
The second part of the morning was an open panel discussion. Panelists were Samantha Rivet-Stevenson – RBC (and NG Civic Award winner for community advocacy), Jill Woodly – Volunteer & Client Services Coordinator for Beth Donovan Hospice, Maura Lepore – Programming Coordinator for the Kemptville Youth Centre, and Ann Max – President of Productive to the Max was the moderator. Those in attendance had the opportunity to make comments and ask questions of the panel.
The final piece of the event puzzle was the trade show-style gathering, featuring over 20 charities and non-profits, along with over 50 volunteers. Each organization was on hand to answer questions, give information and, in some cases, prospect for volunteers. A number of organizations are currently seeking potential candidates for their boards of directors. Many have their annual general meetings coming up, and are looking for new volunteers to fill a number of key roles.
Congratulations to the North Grenville Community Fund on organizing such a helpful event. The more that people get to know about our local organizations and the great work they do out in the community (and beyond), the more likely people are to support them financially and through volunteering.