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Upcoming Workshops

In an effort to meet the ongoing training needs and to best support Yukon non-profit agencies, VBY offers regular training in Whitehorse and on-line training workshops covering all topics of importance to non-profits. If you or your agency has a request for specific training needs, please contact VBY and we will do our best to offer a training session on your suggested issue or topic.

A number of local professionals, who specialize in various areas of interest to non-profit agencies’ Boards and staff, donate their time to deliver training workshops to VBY members throughout Yukon.

List of upcoming workshops/Presentations.  (updated on May 9th, 2018):

Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

Workshop Overview:

I want you to want me.

  • How do you stand out in a community where there is significant `competition` to attract volunteers from a largely finite pool?
  • What are the key pieces in drawing volunteers to you, and once you have them, how do you keep them?

Recruiting and retaining volunteers requires a people centered approach to everything that you do. There is no one set `strategy` that will determine the success of your organization's ability to find and keep volunteers.

The focus of this workshop will be to highlight some of the most effective and fun ways to not only get noticed as an organization looking for volunteers, but to become the place that volunteers want to spend their time!

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Whitehorse: The Francophone Centre, 302 Strickland St.
  • Communities: on May 30, around 9:30 am, you will receive by email a Youtube link from Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon to all registered.The workshop will be broadcast live via Youtube.

Volunteer Trainer: Crystal Shimoon: Crystal Shimoon has been connected to the world of volunteerism from a very young age. Her work across Canada as a volunteer developed her passion and enthusiasm early on for the role that volunteers play in every community. She believes that volunteers are the backbone of the community! As an avid paddler, musician and outdoorsperson, she applies the learnings from her personal experiences to her professional work.

Crystal uses a very grounded, personal approach in the development and facilitation of volunteer programs. Strong relationships are key in developing effective leadership; this belief has enabled her to successfully start up and maintain volunteer run programs and movements on both small and large scales in several communities. Prior to moving to the Yukon, Crystal worked as a program coordinator for the Town of Canmore, creating and running volunteer backed programs for youth and adults. During her time in Canmore, Crystal was awarded `Citizen of the Year` through the Rotary Club for her work spearheading a massive volunteer run relief effort in the floods of 2013. She now works at the Whitehorse General Hospital as Volunteer Coordinator for the newly created volunteer program.


  • Whitehorse: $35 per workshop for our members (up to 2 people) or $70 for non-members (NGOs will automatically become a member)
  • Communities: Free if your organisation will become a member of VBY (Membership fee: $35)

Registration: To register, contact Bruno at Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon at 456-4304 or at

This workshop is presented by Crystal Shimoon and Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon.


Upcoming Workshops:

Tuesday, June 5, Ross Burnet, Arts Fund, How to Apply to Arts Fund (It's not just for arts groups), 10:00 am to noon (Whitehorse only)

How to Apply to Arts Fund
Arts Fund eligibility: Any Yukon Non-profit, First Nation, school council, industry association, and municipality. $500,000/year in the fund.
This talk is for staff, volunteers and board members who develop projects and write grant applications.
Practical tips on how to prepare and write applications to fund activities, projects, and events. Avoid the pitfalls and learn to develop strong projects, address what the adjudicators are looking for, prepare project budgets, and write an application that is clear and easy to fund!

Presented by, Ross Burnet, Arts Advisor, Department of Tourism and Culture: Ross has worked in the Arts Section for 8 years and worked in and for several non-profit societies before that. He demystifies the application process to save you time and help you submit strong applications.

For more information, contact, 867-667-8789, 1-800-661-0408 ext 8789


Thursday June 14, Patti Balsillie, Arctic Inspiration Prize Presentation, at Association franco-yukonnaise, 10:00 am to noon

Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon invites you to learn more about the Arctic Inspiration Prize and the approaching nomination deadline of October 15, 2018.

The Arctic Inspiration Prize encourages, enables, and celebrates the inspiring achievements of the people and communities of the North. Since its inception, the AIP has awarded over $8.4 million to 22 diverse teams to support innovative projects in the fields such as education, sustainable housing, health, performing arts, traditional knowledge, language, and science.

This year, up to $3 million will be awarded across three categories: one $1 million prize, up to four prizes of up to $500,000, and up to seven prizes of up to $100,000 for youth teams.

Objectives of the presentation - you will learn:

  • What the AIP is and how it got started
  • What teams and projects are eligible for the AIP (and get ideas from previous Laureates)
  • How to help spread the word 
  • How to get nominated

Registration Fee: Free for VBY members

To register or if you have any questions, please contact Bruno Bourdache.

Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon is an ambassador for the Arctic Inspiration Prize in the Yukon.



Past 2017-2018 Workshops/Presentations:

  1. Second Hand Store Information Session, September 7 at Association franco-yukonnaise, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon (VBY), Humane Society Yukon and Little Footprints Big Steps Child Protection are inviting you to an information session about a second hand store idea that could be managed by non-profit organizations. Since the Salvation Army, Raven Recycling and the City of Whitehorse have closed their thrift store and free store, we believe that a group of NGOs could work together to open a second-hand store in Whitehorse.
  2. Arctic Inspiration Prize Presentation, September 20 at Association franco-yukonnaise, 2:00 pm to 4:00pm.This year, the AIP created a new tiered model that includes an annual $1 million prize, up to five prizes of $500,000 and a category dedicated to Youth with projects valued at $100K or less. The total prize amount has been increased to up to $3 million, which will be shared annually by up to 10 winning teams, depending on the number and quality of nominations and the funds available.
  3. Agenda, Minutes and Listening Skills, Friday,December 1, 2017 at (co)Space, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Trainer: Denise Labelle-Gelinas, PRP
  4. Procedural By-laws, Saturday December 2, 2017 at (co)Space, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Trainer: Denise Labelle-Gelinas, PRP
  5. AURORA Workshop Communication Styles for Collaboration, March 1, 2018 at Carpenter Union Hall, 106 Strikland: Every brain is unique and perceives messages differently. This experiential workshop builds your skills in learning, training, presenting, marketing, and client communication. Discover four different ways of presenting ideas and learn how to combine them to get your message across. Get specific tools and strategies to improve understanding, defuse conflict, communicate clearly, and be more persuasive.
  6. AURORA Workshop Harness Your Productivity, March 8, 2018 at Carpenter Union Hall, 106 Strikland: Feeling tired? Good news! That is the best time for creative problem solving. Surprised? In this workshop, uncover the brain science behind productivity and learn how to master your body’s natural rhythms to get more done. Discover simple ways to improve productivity and concentration throughout the day. Before the workshop is over, create a plan to apply your new skills right away and better manage your day.
  7. AURORA Workshop Boost Your Creative Problem-Solving, March 15, 2018 at Carpenter Union Hall, 106 Strikland: Problem-solving styles come in different flavours, and those different approaches can lead to conflict. In this experiential session, identify different problem-solving styles and learn how to capitalize on them. The guided activities spark creative problem-solving skills, boost collaboration, and get your creative juices flowing. The session provides concrete tips and tools you can apply immediately in your life
  8. AURORA Workshop Brain Aerobics, March 22, 2018 at Carpenter Union Hall, 106 Strikland: Have you ever thought of problem-solving as creative exercise for your brain? Your brain loves to be creative, and we’ll show you how you can exercise that ability. In this workshop, learn about the four brain functions that are essential to creative idea generation. Targeted activities help you build each function and flex your creative brain muscle, giving your brain a refreshing workout. This workshop will give you tools to spark creative thinking and jump-start problem-solving.
  9.  Funding Proposal Development: Best Practices by volunteer trainer Julie Dufresne, Thursday April 5th at the Francophone Centre, 10am to noon: During this workshop, we will review the key elements for developing a funding proposal. We will also explore the “do”s and “don’t”s, and offer a few suggestions for developing successful funding applications.  Please note that RFP, bid and tenders will not be addressed during this workshop.


Postponed Workshops/Presentations:

  • Yukon Human Rights Commission, Sexualized Harassment in the Workplace
  • Impact-Based Strategic Planning and Governance for NGOs, Governments and First Nations: The New Model. Travis Armour.
  • Practical Public Engagement. John Glynn-Morris.


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