This week I attended the Volunteer Alberta book launch for the new textbook Volunteer Administration Professional Practice edited by Mount Royal University Professor, Dr Keith Seel. I will confess that this is one of the only book launches I have been to and I have been waiting for it for a very loooong time!
In the last few months since the book has been published, I’ve showed it off in our library and waved it around in training courses with so much enthusiasm that it looks a lot older than it is. Why does this mean so much to me? I’ll share a little about what book editor Keith Seel said at the book launch.
Keith shared the core competencies of the Certification in Volunteer Administration offered by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. He talked about the how this book outlines the characteristics of a true professional in contrast to someone who looks at their role as a hobby. What is really exciting is the fact that this book is more than opinion; it’s a textbook for an often overlooked profession that has been compiled with rigour and is a true benchmark for all professionals in the field of Volunteer Management.
What is really exciting is the fact that we’re witnessing a revolution here! Ok, it doesn’t have the guillotines, tea bags, or the fanfare associated with more famous and splashy revolutions, but we’re changing and growing — slowly but surely!
I’m definitely one of the biggest cheerleaders for certification, and to that end, I’m currently working on it myself. This textbook means so much more to me and my colleagues at Volunteer Calgary. It’s an awakening of our managers of volunteers, an invitation to get excited about who we are, what we do, and most importantly, gives us permission to stand up and be recognized for the valuable contributions that that can be made in our organizations and community through volunteerism.
If you would like to learn more about the profession of Volunteer Management, the Volunteer Administration Professional Practice is available in the Volunteer Calgary library.