PIN offering new technology training day

GUELPH – Two area volunteer associations are partnering to offer a technology training session.

The event, scheduled for Oct. 23, is hosted by The People and Information Network (PIN) and Waterloo Wellington Learning Alliance (WWLA) partner the Volunteer Action Centre of Waterloo Region.

It will run from 9:30am to 3:30pm at United Way Waterloo Region Communities’ boardroom at 50 Sportsworld Crossing Road in Kitchener.

“The future is now: Tech trends for 2020 and beyond” will focus on understanding emerging technologies and how to utilize them in organizations.

Designed for those who engage volunteers, service delivery programs and non-profits, this training event features four speakers and will be broadcast live on Oct. 23 from Hamilton to the host site.

Participants will receive handouts, worksheets, and will connect with hundreds of their peers at over 40 remote locations across the United States and Canada.

“This is a great opportunity to bring national and international speakers and trainers directly to our community,” state PIN and WWLA officials.

“With many of our community agencies working with limited resources, we can provide a quality learning experience without our local participants having to travel.”

Attendees will also receive credit for recertification of the certified volunteer administrator (CVA) credential, an international professional credential for those who manage volunteers or programs.

A streamlined portion will be hosted by Dana Cory Litwin, CVA, a transformational coach, strategic advisor and public speaker with a background in team building and environmental conservation.

Faiza Venzant, CVA, CVRM, will be lead a session on “Strengthening inclusion through technology”.

Liza Dyer, CVA. will present “I, for one, welcome our new robot volunteers: How to prepare your organization for the robotic workforce.”

Rob Jackson, CVA, will present “World of mouth: The importance of verbal communication in an increasingly technological world.”

Erin Spink will present on “Becoming a data-informed volunteer engagement professional”.

The cost to attend this training is $65 for members and $75 for non-members, including refreshments and lunch. Space is limited; register now at or

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