It’s Our One Year Blogiversary! Help Us to Celebrate and Enter to Win!

I can’t believe that it has already been a year since we first ventured into the blogosphere!

And what an amazing year it has been! We have connected and shared with so many incredible people – learning and growing together, one baby step at a time.

We really had no idea what to expect, but knew that we wanted another way to engage our community more directly. To hear what you have to say, and how we can continue to support our sector and one another.

What we are learning is that, like anything worthwhile, it takes time, perserverance and a genuine willingness to engage to be successful.

We have learned a bit more about the topics that interest you, and what inspires you to share your thoughts with us.

To date, we have had over 5,000 visitors, and growing! And want to thank each of you for your support, re-tweets of posts, visits to our Facebook page and website, and for the thousands who have accessed our online volunteer database from the blog.

We thought we’d share the top five posts that you loved the most this past year. We look forward to bringing you more of what you love!  So let us know!

1. Announcing a new Emerging Leaders Network

2. Criminal Record Checks in Victoria

3. Join the Emerging Leaders Network Online Community

4. How Do You Define Project Success?

5. Fundraising in Challenging Economic Times

Thank you for visiting, sharing and joining the conversation! You are the reason we do this!

As a token of our appreciation, and to encourage continued sharing, here are a few ways you can be entered to win $50.00 (fifty dollars) off the price of an upcoming Volunteer Victoria workshop. (NOTE: if you are chosen, and are a Volunteer Victoria member, receive $50 off the member price. If you are chosen, and are a non-member, receive $50.00 off the non-member price).

Here’s how to enter:

By 3:00 p.m. this Monday, November 8th, 2010

  • Sign-up for our e-newsletter E-Link; OR
  • Re-tweet the link to our blog on Twitter; OR
  • Become a fan of our Facebook page.
  • Then tell us what you did to share in the comments section of this post.

The more ways you share (and show us how you did it), the more chances you have to win! Good luck and thank you!

I couldn’t end this post without thanking my incredible team of staff and volunteers who help to keep this blog running smoothly! It means alot to have such an amazing team who works together so well. (And makes it easier to keep to my part-time schedule!)

Tara Jaskowiak (formerly MacDonald) has been instrumental in helping to ensure we are keeping to our posting schedule and that things run smoothly. She assists behind the scenes, sourcing potential posts, writing great posts, trouble shooting and so much more! As well, Beth Cougler Blom has also provided great content for posts (our top five too!), and also helps behind the scenes. Thank you!

Just joining our team, are our new Media Generalist volunteers, Alan Piffer and Seymour Berg who are helping  to collect the many inspiring volunteer stories in our community.  Sarah Law, our Business Column/Twitter volunteer, also does a great job and helps us to get the word out over Twitter. And last, but not least, thank you to the many guest bloggers who have so generously provided a deeper and broader perspective on our wide range of topics. Another heartfelt thank you!

Our team looks forward to continuing our many conversations – and to growing together, one baby step at a time!

Warmly… Lori

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