Volunteers are the lifeblood for the festival sector. As both event-day support staff and core organizing or leadership team members, volunteers are key to the success and longevity of a festival. In this episode, the Advisors, Gina Maddalena and Cynthia Allan are bringing you a lively discussion on the latest trends and challenges in volunteer management. We talk about some best practices for volunteer recruitment, performance management and the importance of implementing strong policies and procedures.
As a Human Resources professional with over 15 years of experience fulfilling organization talent management needs, Gina has a proven track record of using her dynamic skills and curiosity to improve programs with human resources processes and lend her expertise in hiring and coaching talent. Gina is passionate about learning and development professionally and personally. As a Strategic HR Business Partner with one of the largest HR and Payroll system providers, she guides leaders in the development of their talent and teaches part-time with WorldatWork, an association dedicated to supporting the total rewards practice. She also volunteers with other non for profit associations including the Women’s Business Network to help drive the strategic vision and operations. Giving back to the community is also an important aspect of life to Gina. After living in Ottawa for several years, a member of her extended family introduced her to the Italian Community as a volunteer for the festival in 2009. As the generation before her leaves us their legacy, it’s very important to Gina to stay connected to her Italian heritage. More than ten years later, she is still actively involved as a Board member with the festival to ensure Italian culture is shared in the community.
Cynthia Allan (She/Her/Elle) Career Development and Experiential Learning Specialist, Career Corner (University of Ottawa)
After 20 years in the human resources and recruitment field for multi-national service, scientific and financial companies, Cynthia focussed her passion for helping people demystify the world of work, to the students at the University of Ottawa. As a Career Development and Experiential Learning Specialist with the Career Corner, Cynthia uses her experience as a recruiter, as well as the latest in industry knowledge, to coach students on how to navigate their job search and properly brand themselves to employers. A life-long learner, Cynthia is currently focusing her time on becoming a better coach. She is also the host of the Career Corner Coffee Chats on Instagram Live (@uocampus)
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