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Wanted: Volunteers!

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Every year, hundreds of actuaries give their time and expertise to volunteer on the CIA's Board, committees, councils and task forces, and their contribution to the Institute's success is greatly appreciated. The CIA will be making a special effort to thank all its volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 15–21. It is also urging all those who work with CIA members who volunteer to thank them for their efforts on the Institute’s Board, councils, committees and task forces.
 
The CIA’s Committee on Volunteer Initiatives (CVI) has a wide range of resources for those interested in volunteering to serve the Institute in any capacity, and it actively encourages members to express an interest in being more involved in the profession. The committee and Secretariat are always happy to answer questions about volunteering, and point prospective committee and task force members in the right direction.
 
For those who have never volunteered, or are relatively new to the ethos of volunteering, joining that first committee or organization can be a daunting experience. Fortunately, prospective members can call on the CIA’s extensive resources, and the New Member Committee has been formed to promote education, networking and volunteering opportunities specifically targeted to new Fellows and Associates.
 
But if that is still not enough, the website of Volunteer Canada should prove useful.
 
Formed in 1977, the Ottawa-based national organization is committed to "increasing and supporting volunteerism and civic participation through ongoing programs, special projects and national initiatives, by developing resources and by engaging in research and training across the country".
 
If you need extra information on volunteering, the site offers:
  • An interactive quiz that enables you to discover your "volunteer type": are you a Type A, a rookie, or a groupie? Do you want to help individuals, your community, or perhaps the whole world? It also links you to openings that suit your personality and talents; and
  • Resources to help manage volunteers.
 The CIA relies on its volunteers to support and develop the actuarial profession in Canada. Thanks to the hard work and resources of the CVI, and Volunteer Canada’s website, there is no time like the present to step forward and volunteer.
 
For more information on volunteering, contact Carmelina Foti, coordinator of member services and volunteer initiatives, at 613-236-8196 ext. 126 or carmelina.foti@actuaries.ca.
 
 
 
 
 

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