THE STATE OF VOLUNTEERING Symposium brought together leading national and local experts with over 27 speakers across the day sharing their knowledge and expertise.
We were so lucky to benefit from the enormous talent across the day.
The Hon Roger Jaensch MP officially opened the event to over 120 people representing volunteer involving organisations, government and sector professionals there to hear from inspiring keynote and plenary speakers, their peers and panels. Minister Jaensch acknowledged the the enormity of the volunteering sector and thanked delegates for coming together to explore the sector further.
The Symposium was public launch of the 2019 State of Volunteering Report which provided key state-wide insights into the volunteering sector. The research conducted by Volunteering Tasmania every five years, highlights the economic, social and cultural value of volunteering to Tasmania and was the theme of the 2019 Symposium.
Keynote speaker Dr Megan Paull a senior lecturer in the Business School at Murdoch University in Western Australia and an active researcher in the volunteering sector in Australia for over 25 years delivered her thoughts on how we can meet the challenges of the future state of volunteering.
Plenary speakers included lawyer Amy Williams from Justice Connect in NSW who is a nationally recognised speaker on volunteering and regularly provides legal advice in volunteering and assistance to community organisations across Australia. Volunteering Australia’s CEO Adrienne Picone from the ACT and Kaitlyn Fassina, Silver Medallist Commonwealth Games, Weightlifting are among just a few of the other speakers who shared their insights on the day.
Delegates were also able to select from 3 different workshops and 3 sets of lightening presentations.
National and local exhibitors such as UTAS, Communiteer, Seek, Better Impact, Be Collective, AON, VIRA, Justice Connect, FIA and The Island Project provided great opportunities for delegates to connect with their products an services.
With the generous support of UTAS, we were able to provide 6 Scholarships to support delegates from regional areas including Queenstown, Port Sorell, Railton, Launceston and Burnie.
Three delegates received full scholarships including accommodation.