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In This Issue:
2009 - A Year in Review
Spirit of Volunteerism Nominations- due Mar 19th
National Volunteer Week
DCO AGM Sept 24,2010
2009 has been an exciting and challenging year for the membership of Distress Centres Ontario.The year started with a very visible sign of support from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. By offering one-time funding for several of our Moving Forward Initiatives they assisted, DCO is helping its member centres build increased capacity. The initiatives were developed as a result of the strategic planning exercises we had completed in late 2008 and supported our six strategic priorities.
The initiatives and the funding support have allowed our members to partner in ways that had not been possible over the past several years. Volunteers and staff from the member centres have been working alongside staff from DCO and its contractors to bring the projects to fruition.
The committee working on the SIOM initiative along with support from Neil and Britt from iCarol have successfully developed the schema for harmonizing our data collection provincially and providing centres with the on-site support to ease the burden of downloading the information. The Accreditation committee recommended CARF Canada as our Accreditation partner. With support from project manager Frank several centres have completed their gap analysis, are actively addressing any areas of low compliance and are rapidly moving to the next steps of submitting their ‘intents to survey’.
The Education Committee was very instrumental in helping build the partnerships that allowed us to produce our Learning Forums website and fourteen video vignettes that will allow our entire volunteer community, all over the province, to have on demand access to education and in-service training support. With help from videographer Hugues, web designer Dave, educational coordinator Lynn, and support from assistant Leah, we have crafted easy to use tools that provide our call takers with even greater confidence on the lines.
2010 Spirit of Volunteerism Award- in memory of Rev Chad Varah
Each year, a member centre can nominate up to four candidates (3 adult and 1 young adult volunteer) for their exemplary volunteer service and allows us to acknowledge our often 'unsung' heroes. All nominees are profiled in a special edition of the e News+Views published during National Volunteer Week - April 18 -24, 2010 and celebrated during the awards ceremony in September 2010.