Hear success stories, learn how to manage and develop your trail, and find out where Ontario Trails is headed.
Volunteers are the backbone of many non-profit organization yet finding and managing volunteers is one of the most challenging aspects of non-profit life. This workshop brings resources to you to address recruitment, development and retention of your greatest asset – your volunteers!
Great Trails are well planned and designed, well constructed, and well maintained to ensure they are safe, readily accessible and aesthetically satisfying,
Great Activities meet the needs and expectations of trail users and Great Trail Users ensure the long-term viability of the trail or the experience through commitment and stewardship
Discover best practices, innovations and ideas from across the country.
Gain insights from a range of influential leaders and experts.
Exchange ideas with fellow attendees and those shaping the future of trails in Ontario.
The 1-day workshop is based on the “Ten Best Practices in Volunteer Management” and the “Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement. Also being used is the Signature Trail Evaluation to demonstrate all the important components of trail destination development and how it feeds the visitor experience.
These “Ten Best Practices in Volunteer Management” follow a natural progression. The first three focus on laying the foundation for an effective program. The next three deal with developing safe and appropriate volunteer jobs and getting the right people for the positions. The final four center on creating an environment that provides successfully recruited volunteers with the skills, support, and desire to stay involved.
This creates the best environment for the delivery of great user experience.
By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:
Volunteers will add great value to the Hastings Trails initiative by:
By providing volunteering opportunities we can offer opportunities for social inclusion, skills development and potential routes to employment.
The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on overall psychological well-being. Volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety, it helps combat depression, increases self-confidence, provides a sense of purpose and helps you stay physically healthy.
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Trailhead Hastings Volunteer Training will be held at the Loyalist College, 195 Hastings St. North, Bancroft Ontario, just steps from the beautiful York River Water System.
A big thank you to our sponsors, Ontario Highlands Tourism Organisation, the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Trails Council. OTC Member NGO’s that sponsor through OTC will have 6-8 seats set aside for their members to attend the event.
$2,000 event champion
$1,000 sponsor coffee breaks/subsidize lunch
$500 host a table or booth
$180 sponsor a speaker
Trailhead Ontario has great sponsorship opportunities available for companies looking to extend their brand within and beyond the trails community.
Your tax-deductible conference sponsorship is a great way to reach trail directors and decision-makers, showcase your organization, and support healthy communities.
“Awesome speakers, great networking and a wonderful atmosphere. Highly recommend. I’ll be back next year!”
“Excellent presentations and good debates around practices that are changing how trails are used in Ontario.”