Volunteer Centre Council


Volunteer Centre Council

The Volunteer Centre Council (VCC) was created to strengthen the collective capacity, cohesion, and influence of volunteer centres in Canada. It is composed of up to 17 members - one from each province and territory and one from each provincial association - and strives to be reflective of the diversity of centres in terms of geography, size of centre and community served, structure of centre and urban-rural areas. 

The Council meets quarterly by teleconference or/and videoconference, with working groups meeting as required. 


  • To animate the network of volunteer centres and provincial associations
  • To build the capacity and profile of volunteer centres
  • To identify issues/trends that can inform collective action
  • To serve as a vehicle to connect volunteer centres and Volunteer Canada in a reciprocal and co-creative way in order to participate in shared directions and initiatives
  • To serve as a vehicle to facilitate sharing knowledge and practices among volunteer centres

Members of the Council 2017-2019

Daniela Seiferling, Senior Coordinator – Networks & Engagement
Volunteer Alberta

Diana Sim, Executive Director
Volunteer Lethbridge

British Colombia 
Anne-Marie Koeppen, Board Member
Volunteer BC

Mary Catherine Williams, Executive Director
Volunteer Campbell River

Dawn Bourbonnais, Manager, Communications and Outreach
Volunteer Manitoba

Nova Scotia 
Sara Langford, Board of Directors
Kings Volunteer Resource Centre


New Brunswick
Annette Vautour, Executive Director
Volunteer Centre of Southeastern NB
Co-chair of VCC

Newfoundland and Labrador
Penny Rowe, Chief Executive Officer
Community Sector Council of NL

Corine Strong, Executive Director, Volunteer MBC
Interim representative for Ontario Volunteer Centre Network

Marie Eveline, Executive Director
Volunteer Ottawa
Co-chair of VCC

Alain Arbour, Responsible of Research and Development
Fédération des centres d'action bénévole de Québec

Lynda Barrett, Executive Director
Volunteer West Island/CAB Ouest-de-l’Île

Bruno Bourdache, Executive Director
Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon

Volunteer Canada
Paula Speevak, President & CEO

Alison Stevens, Volunteer Centre Liaison

Jackie Hunt, Volunteer Canada Board Designate & Executive Director
Volunteer Manitoba

What does it take to become a member?

Qualification & Requirement of Members

  • Be a senior leader of a Canadian centre or provincial association
  • Be connected to the centres in their region/province/territory
  • Have a global perspective, be aware of trends and patterns in society
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and strategic thinking
  • Be willing and have the capacity to undertake tasks beyond simply attending meetings

Selection Process

A selection committee composed of two members of the working group, the President of Volunteer Canada and one board member collaboratively discuss the profile of applicants.

Contact us to apply or/and discuss how the Volunteer Centre Council can stregten the Volunteer Centres and provincial asociations nationwide.  

Contact:  Alison Stevens, Liaison of Volunteer Centre at astevens [at] volunteer [dot] ca.