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Volunteer Calgary’s CCVC Wins International Award:
Fast Track Corporate Volunteer Council Award
June 19, 2012 – The Calgary Corporate Volunteer Council (CCVC), a program of Volunteer Calgary, was honoured today as the recipient of the 2012 Fast Start Corporate Volunteer Council Award at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Chicago, the largest annual gathering of service leaders from the non-profit, government and corporate sector.
The Fast Start Award is presented annually to a Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) established within the past three years that has met the CVC Principles of Excellence and demonstrated the potential for continued success. According to Points of Light Institute, Corporate Volunteer Councils are local networks that businesses join to share effective practices and address community needs through workplace volunteering.
The CalgaryCorporate Volunteer Council (CCVC) was chosen to receive this award for its commitment and dedicated efforts to empower its members to build strong and effective employee volunteer programs.
“We are extremely honoured to receive this award,” said Buffy St-Amand, Director, Community Engagement at Volunteer Calgary. “To be acknowledged this way is truly meaningful not only for the CCVC, but for Calgary. This is the first time a Corporate Volunteer Council from Canada has been recognized internationally.”
The CCVC was launched by Volunteer Calgary in 2010 with a mission to strengthen community by promoting and sharing best practice in employer-supported volunteerism within the city of Calgary. Its objectives were to develop effective partnerships between the business and non-profit sectors, foster the two-way sharing of information and expertise, promote and advance creative models of Employee Volunteering (EV), further professional development opportunities for members in this area, and increase the support and recognition for EV programs in the city.
Since its launch, growth has been continuous with CCVC membership increasing from 6 to 31 corporate members representing 9 industries. The CCVC has also consistently hosted quarterly meetings and organized annual corporate volunteering events.
“The CCVC plays a pivotal role in volunteer engagement, as members’ creativity and innovation drives the focus of the council. The CCVC has created a platform for mentoring and sharing best practices in volunteer engagement allowing members to Connect and Engage,” said Barbara Simic, Manager, Community Investment and Volunteerism at ConocoPhillips Canada and Chair of the CCVC Advisory Committee.
The CCVC will continue to lead the way as an advocate for employee volunteerism in the Calgary community.
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