You are invited to attend our Volunteer Forum

Raise your hand if you want to help your community! Are you looking to learn more about some of the service organizations in our community? Interested in connecting with other volunteers?

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to explore volunteering opportunities in the service sector and connect with those who are already volunteering. On Thursday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., we are hosting a forum for just these purposes, and we hope you’ll join us.

There will be time to visit with our exhibitors and network all day.

Our exhibitors include Almonte Civitan Club, Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor, Alzheimer Society, Bridging Generations Pakenham, Carebridge Community Support, Carleton Place and District Civitan Club, ConnectWell Community Health, Home Hospice North Lanark, Lanark County Interval House (Interval House will also be providing information on volunteer opportunities with the Distress Line and Shelter Movers), Lanark County Paramedic Service (will be providing blood pressure assessments), Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, Mississippi Mills Fire Department, Municipality of Mississippi Mills, Orchard View by the Mississippi, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 192 Ladies Auxiliary (Carleton Place), Carleton Place Terrace, and Shelter Movers Ottawa. 

In the afternoon, we are offering some interesting education sessions and a panel discussion.

Between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. there will be three 20-minute education sessions. The sessions are: “Boundaries Set You Free” with Sarri Gilman, psychotherapist and author, via video with special message for this event; “Age-friendly communities in rural Canada,” with Danielle Shewfelt RN; and “Foundations for an active lifestyle” with Dr. Elizabeth Carter from Trillium Family Chiropractic.

Between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. there will be an interactive panel discussion, moderated by Kelly Thomson RN, that will allow audience participation. There will be opportunities to ask questions, provide feedback and contribute to the empowerment and development of today’s volunteering experience. We will discuss the volunteer perspective of challenges, issues and successes; as a volunteer what supports do you have now and what do think is needed; and how do we sustain volunteering.

There is no greater service than that of volunteering. As we move forward in the world today volunteers will continue to be the backbone of those organizations providing services, programs and caring that are so essential to our wellbeing.

Please join us as we make the journey.

Lunch will be available between noon and 1:00 p.m. for the public to purchase from the Civitan Club. During lunch, our Program Coordinator, Emily Ballinger RPN, will give a presentation “An introduction to Home Hospice North Lanark.”

We are grateful to the Government of Ontario for providing a Seniors Community Grant (SCG) that allows us to offer this forum.

Volunteer Forum Agenda
Thursday, April 11, 2024  •  10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Almonte Civitan Hall, 100 Almonte Street, Almonte

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.     

Welcome from Jan Watson
Chair of the Board of Home Hospice North Lanark

All day
Visit with exhibitors and networking

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Program Coordinator Emily Ballinger, RPN
“An introduction to Home Hospice North Lanark”

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Education sessions — 20 minutes each

  • “Good boundaries free you” with Sarri Gilman, psychotherapist and author, via video with special message for this event
  • Age-friendly communities in rural Canada, and how the health unit review resource can help groups advocate and plan programs/services for older adults using this framework, with Danielle Shewfelt RN
  • Foundations for a healthy lifestyle with Dr. Elizabeth Carter from Trillium Family Chiropractic

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Interactive panel discussion, moderated by Kelly Thomson RN

  • Volunteer’s perspectives of challenges, issues and successes
  • As a volunteer what supports do you have now and what would you like to see
  • How do we sustain volunteering

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Closing remarks Jan Watson


Carleton Place_Civitan_Club_logo
Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor
Alzheimer Society
Bridging Generations Pakenham Logo
Carebridge Community Support
connect well community health
lanark county interval house
lanark county paramedic service
mississippi mills fire department
mississippi mills
Orchard View by the Mississippi logo
carleton place legion
carleton place terrace symphony
Shelter Movers Logo
CPDMH Foundation
meal for all

Thank you to the Government of Ontario for providing a Seniors Community Grant (SCG).