Recognizing the Value of Association Volunteers

By |2021-04-15T15:40:49-05:00April 15th, 2021|

An association depends on its volunteer members; their work is critical to its success. Imagine setting up a lemonade stand for your entire neighbourhood during the annual block party. You can probably do it on your own, but just think about how much easier it would be if you [...]

Insurance 101 for Associations

By |2021-04-08T09:32:17-05:00April 8th, 2021|

I recently had the opportunity to connect with Olivia Reed, licensed insurance broker, and Director at BMS Canada Risk Services Ltd. (BMS). BMS is a specialist insurance brokerage that has a national team dedicated to working with associations and association members across Canada. Olivia shared information that is particularly [...]

Work Balance—How to Work Hard and Avoid Burning Out as an Association Volunteer Leader

By |2021-03-04T11:45:34-06:00February 25th, 2021|

Many volunteer board leaders have noticed that no matter how much hard work they contribute, the outcome does not reflect the long hours they are putting in. Association work never stops. Especially during this pandemic. Correspondence keeps piling up and the emails are flying in. No matter how much [...]

Board Recruitment: Pandemic Style

By |2021-02-25T12:11:46-06:00February 18th, 2021|

Without seeing one another in-person, building connections is a difficult thing to do. How do you find the future leaders for your association while using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or GoToMeetings? The Past Art of Connecting The way we connect with each other has changed in 2020 and the opportunities [...]

Connecting your Association: Part 1—Millennial Communication

By |2021-02-25T10:59:01-06:00January 28th, 2021|

As the Communications Specialist on staff at an association management company (AMC), my role is to create relevant and eye-catching content for association members. Depending on a client’s scope of work, this could mean creating: newsletters social media content website content event marketing and more! When establishing your association’s [...]

Make Meaningful Connections with Association Volunteers

By |2021-01-14T11:16:55-06:00January 14th, 2021|

Our Passions Give us Purpose People volunteer for associations to contribute to a cause that directly impacts their community. It is their passion to impact the world in a way that will improve it for themselves and those in their family, community, city, province, or country. Volunteers are [...]

A Board Role—How Can You Provide the Commitment the Organization Needs from You?

By |2021-01-14T10:57:21-06:00January 7th, 2021|

My husband, Jarred inspired me to write this article. Jarred is a board volunteer. Earlier this year, he became Board President of a minor hockey association. After an election where thousands of members of the catchment voted him into this role, he hit the ground running. The COVID-19 pandemic [...]

The Organized Association Leader

By |2020-12-10T11:37:01-06:00December 10th, 2020|

Going about our regular routine during COVID-19 is challenging since the only constant right now is change. As an association leader, you are likely a volunteer who may be working outside of regular work hours. Therefore, it can be hard for the association leader to stay organized. Currently, there [...]

The Pandemic Presents Opportunities for Partnership

By |2020-12-17T14:53:54-06:00November 5th, 2020|

Pandemic planning was NOT part of my vocabulary at the beginning of 2020. Earlier this year, an association we manage had recently welcomed a pandemic planner as a new member. Many association members didn’t understand the complexity and details of pandemic planning and how it could positively impact their [...]

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