Where Did Everyone Go? Volunteerism and Civic Engagement in the Nonprofit Sector

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Webinar with Megan Conway and Bruce MacDonald

Where Did Everyone Go? Volunteerism and Civic Engagement in the Nonprofit Sector


Megan Conway – President & CEO, Volunteer Canada

Bruce MacDonald – President & CEO, Imagine Canada

Over the course of the pandemic, many organizations have reported drops in volunteer participation – ranging from modest to dramatic decreases. Lockdowns, social distancing and isolation kept many volunteers away from supporting and working with their favorite organizations. With the widespread easing of restrictions, organizations are indicating volunteer participation isn’t returning to pre-pandemic levels. So, what has happened? Where did everyone go?  

In this free webinar, subject matter experts Megan Conway, President & CEO of Volunteer Canada, and Bruce MacDonald, President & CEO of Imagine Canada, will discuss what’s transpired over the past few years and look ahead at ‘what comes next’ for volunteering and civic engagement. Organizations of all sizes will learn about changing trends and fresh perspectives that can help them think about their own strategies for running a volunteer program.

About Megan

Megan Conway loves sparking creativity, curiosity and capacity across teams, organizations and networks to mobilize social change.  With twenty years of diverse leadership roles in government and the charitable, voluntary and academic sectors. Dr. Conway earned her PhD at the University of Waterloo in Urban Planning with a focus on community development and scaling social innovations across sites and scales.

Megan is the President and CEO of Volunteer Canada and serves as an Executive in Residence at Capacity Canada and as a Fellow at Carleton University’s School of Public Administration and Policy where she leads international research on charitable sector capacity building and place-based change.  Megan loves the snow and any chance she can to get on to a bicycle.  She lives with her husband and two young children in the Ottawa Valley.

About Bruce

When carnivals and social good combined, it pointed to a path and for 30 years Bruce has been walking that route. From working for organizations that provide services to young people, older adults, persons with disabilities, community service clubs and sports and recreation groups, Bruce’s experiences have led him to Imagine Canada, where he is the President & Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada where he participated in a collective effort to bring mentoring programs to kids. Bruce holds a Bachelor Degree in Sports Administration from Laurentian University, a Masters in Management in the Voluntary Sector from McGill University and a former record in the Guinness Book of World Records. Since 2019, Bruce has served as Co-Chair of the Permanent Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector working with the federal government.

This webinar is presented in partnership with Keela and Imagine Canada.

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