Professional Development

January is one of our special meetings!

LAVA Holiday Breakfast & Digital Writing Workshop

We are pleased to present Jo Ann Johnston, an award-winning communicator with extensive experience in social and traditional media, business writing and issues management. She’s provided strategic counsel and media relations support for over 15 years. Joanne currently works as part of the Communications & Public Affairs team at Western University as community relations specialist. She also teaches at Western Continuing Studies in the public relations post-degree program

When: Tuesday, January 21st, 2020. 8:30-11:00 a.m.

Where: Windermere Manor, North Meeting Room

Cost: $30 for Members, $35 for non-members

How: Click HERE to Register today! Please register by January 13, 2020

Why: Learn best practices, trends in communication and how to write content to inspire your volunteers and stakeholders to read it. Gain tips to write content for blogs, websites, newsletters, emails & social media that you can then apply to volunteer recruitment, recognition, etc.

All are welcome! Guest rates apply for non-members.

 Monthly Meetings

LAVA meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at Innovation Works from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m., excluding July and August.

Attendees learn from others in the following ways

Member Profiles

Our member organizations have the opportunity to speak about its work and the nature of volunteers within that organization. Afterwards questions and discussion are taken up.

The Soapbox

Many times the discussion is opened up for general topics in a Soapbox atmosphere, either presented by an attendee or collected at previous meetings. This often generates more discussion than the time allotted allows for and becomes a topic for follow up in the program portion of a future meeting.

Guest Speakers or Self-Led discussion

At every meeting either a guest speaker will be on hand to speak on a timely topic or issue, or group discussion will be led by our program chairs on subjects that have been determined by our members.

Special Meetings

We have 2 workshop Breakfast Meetings throughout the year; one in January and another in June.

Both events bring in special guest speakers to bring information and resources that we can grow as a profession and keep current with trends, policies and best practices.

The June meeting is also our Annual General Meeting where the executive slate is presented for the upcoming year.