New Zealand Uses VolWeb.ca to Find Volunteers

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A made-in-B.C. legacy of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is now being used by the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development. Software that matches volunteers to short-term event opportunities has been licensed by New Zealand's Ministry from two local organizations, BC Games Society and 2010 Legacies Now.

Known in Canada as VolWeb.ca, this software includes a website application that connects people to volunteer positions in their local community online. VolWeb.ca was launched in 2005 by 2010 Legacies Now with support from Volunteer BC and the Province of British Columbia. In May of this year, 2010 Legacies Now transferred VolWeb.ca to the BC Games Society, an organization that runs multi-sport events, who will work in partnership with Volunteer BC to ensure the site continues to provide lasting benefit to communities beyond the 2010 Winter Games.

"We were approached by New Zealand's Ministry of Economic Development who heard about the success of VolWeb.ca in British Columbia and Canada," said Bruce Dewar, CEO of 2010 Legacies Now. "Seeing the benefits of this user-friendly tool, the Ministry decided to purchase this resource from us to boost the capability of New Zealand's event sector, while at the same time making it easier for people to get involved in volunteering."

Called VolunteerNet (www.volunteernet.org.nz), the Ministry has invested in customising and developing the software further, to meet the needs of New Zealand's event sector. The site aims to capture the enthusiasm generated by volunteering at events like the 2010 World Rowing Championships and the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the biggest sporting event ever hosted in New Zealand, by encouraging those volunteers to register with VolunteerNet and contribute to the success of other events happening in their communities. VolunteerNet provides an online tool to assist event organisers with their volunteer recruitment and management processes, while at the same time building a network of experienced and enthusiastic volunteers.

In Canada, VolWeb.ca has a database of more than 12,000 volunteers and 2,400 registered events and organizations; to date, it has matched close to 9,000 volunteers into volunteer positions. BC Games is working with Volunteer BC to continue expanding the site across B.C. and Canada.

"We are excited to see VolWeb.ca's technology being used in New Zealand as it has been a successful model for our local volunteer sector," said Kelina Kwan, President of Volunteer BC. "We've already seen the positive impact of VolWeb here with the matching of thousands of volunteers to short-term volunteer positions."

"An important legacy of the 2010 Winter Games, the VolWeb website application makes it easy for organizations and people to connect online," said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society. "This is key as volunteers are vital to hosting successful events in communities."


VolWeb.ca was an online registration tool to connect volunteers with event organizations throughout BC. VolWeb.ca was supported by the Province of British Columbia, CTV, Volunteer BC and Volunteer Canada. Visit VolWeb.ca for more information.