Improving the volunteer experience since 1977
The DVPA was started by paid volunteer coordinators who wanted to shed light on a much needed, yet sometimes undervalued, profession. The founding coordinators donated their time in 1977 to build the DVPA to encourage and promote volunteer management as a profession while providing a network for local managers. The intention was to provide a resource for professional development while embracing a variety of volunteer opportunities to better serve the community.
The DVPA continues to value the same vision that the founding coordinators had. Through support of city and county proclamations, celebration of National Volunteer Week, IVMD Day and many similar recognition events, the DVPA strives to promote and recognize volunteer managers as professionals. In 2010, the DVPA unveiled the Anne Turner Award to honor a deserving DVPA member that embodies the spirit and dedication of long time DVPA Board Member and volunteer advocate Anne Turner. See the Anne Turner Award page for previous recipients.
More DVPA History Info available here.
The DVPA Executive Board consists of paid and unpaid volunteer managers who donate their time to coordinate development opportunities to raise the professional standard for local managers. Board members network while strengthening professional skills and benefitting from mentoring opportunities.
Sherry Braga (Fort Vancouver Regional Library District) - Co-Chair
Bernie Gerhardt (Friend's of the Carpenter) - Co-Chair
Bobbi Cassanova (St John's Catholic Church) - Treasurer/Membership
Hailey Heath (City of Vancouver) - Awards Chair & Conference Planning
Kelly Cheney (Vancouver Police Department)
Our Mission Statement:
To promote excellence in volunteer management, provide the opportunity for idea exchange, encourage professional development, and advocate for volunteer leadership in Southwest Washington.