September 2018 Business Meeting & Workshop- HANDING OVER THE BATON: Planning Successful Volunteer Leader Transitions

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • The Yonge Street Mission (Classroom B)

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Sustained achievement of any volunteer program requires careful succession planning. Yet, beyond selecting a successor, how the transition is managed can make the difference between success and failure. When left to chance, transitions for key volunteers (or leaders of volunteer programs) can be complicated and challenging, resulting in costly consequences for an organization. Fortunately, by planning and anticipating the most common challenges, organizations can move smoothly through the key volunteer and volunteer leader transitions with confidence.

Through attending this workshop, facilitated by Suzanne Clark, participants will learn to:

  • Evaluate and plan for better off-boarding and on-boarding of key volunteers.
  • Help their key volunteers set the organization up for transition success when planning their resignation or retirement.
  • Find strategies to help their next volunteer leader(s) step in with as smooth a transition as possible.

Suzanne Clark, M.A., is an Executive Recruiter and Partner at Four Corners Group, where she oversees the firm’s Non-profit and Academic Executive Search Practice. Suzanne served as the Sport Administration Supervisor (managing volunteers) for the TO2015 Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games’ triathlon and road cycling competitions and spent 6 years coordinating 300+ volunteers as the Event Director of the Toronto Triathlon Festival. Suzanne’s experience also includes serving as Executive Director of DAREarts, a national charity that uses the arts to help young people develop leadership skills. She is passionate about attracting top talent to Canada’s non-profit sector and developing outstanding volunteer leaders. 



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