Engaging Young Professionals in the Nonprofit Sector

by Mary Polychronis, CCVO Program Coordinator Last week, CCVO held a lunch for summer students working in The Kahanoff Centre to learn about their experiences in the nonprofit sector, and to encourage them to connect with one another. Thirteen students from nine organizations in the building joined us for an insightful discussion. The students shared stories of what brought them to their summer jobs in the sector, and what they’re learning from their experiences. Networks remain important, as some students shared, that because of their own misconception of being underqualified for the position, they would not have applied, if not encouraged by a contact. All of the students agreed that they have been welcomed into their roles, and have enjoyed the informal, collegial, and collaborative atmosphere of their workplace. They characterized their colleagues as friendly, welcoming, and as individuals who love coming into work every day, and regardless of whether the position was directly relevant to their degree or not, they were all enthusiastic about their summer jobs, and the organization of which they were a part. Building relationships, being a part of the culture and information network, and working toward a cause in which they can see the effects of their work, were some of the joys they associated with working in the nonprofit world. They also appreciate the openness and flexibility of their teams, and the opportunity to hop on different projects, giving them more insight into their likes and interests. The students are not only finding their work fulfilling and a chance for them to give back to the community but recognize that it may open...

Connections Conference 2018

Join us Wednesday, April 11 for a stimulating day of discussion that builds on CCVO’s pivotal research on adaptive capacity in the nonprofit sector.

2017 Mayoral Candidate Forum – Sept. 27

As Calgarians prepare to head to the polls in October, CCVO is convening a mayoral candidate forum on September 27 to talk about the opportunities and challenges facing our sector and city. Come hear the candidates’ views on policy, funding, and opportunities to partner and convene the sector for greater impact.

HR in a Box 2017-18 Workshops

CCVO, in partnership with the Talent Pool and CPHR Alberta, is please to present the 2017-18 series of HR in a Box. This year’s workshops are hands on, with an emphasis on group discussion and case studies.

Complexity, Unpacked: Connections 2017

Join us Tuesday, April 4 for a day of learning and connecting as together we delve into the complex issues that surround us. Hear from speakers and presenters who will stretch your thinking, challenge your assumptions, and open up discussions that can continue long after the day is over.

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