2023 Volunteer E-Symposiums

These learning opportunities serve to inspire and invigorate 4-H Ontario volunteers while providing a forum to share ideas and best practices and find out how we can support each other as the 4-H family of staff and volunteers. E-symposiums are open to all 4-H volunteers and youth directors. Participants will be required to connect via Zoom Conferencing and, for maximum engagement, have a functional webcam on their computer. Symposium attendance is capped at 20 participants. Advanced registration is required. Please register with your volunteer support staff a minimum of two weeks in advance of the symposium date via email or telephone. Details on how to connect to the e-conference will be sent when you register.

*A minimum of six participants are required for each e-symposium.

2023 Schedule of E-Symposium Conferences:

January 23Adapting Delivery Methods in 4-H Programs7-8 p.m.
February 27Incorporating Hybrid Meetings Into Your 4-H Programs7-8 p.m.
April 3Utilizing the Strength of Senior 4-H Youth7-8 p.m.
April 24A Gathering Opportunity for Those Involved in Common 4-H Roles7-8 p.m.
May 29Addressing Youth Mental Health and Issues Today’s Youth are Facing7-8 p.m.
June 26
July 24
Succession Planning in your Association and your Club7-8 p.m.

BONUS E-SYMPOSIUM – Navigating the 4-H Ontario Website. Join us Wednesday February 15 at 12 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. to learn more about changes to the 4-H Ontario website.

Register to receive an email confirmation with details on joining these webinars by contacting your regional Coordinator, Volunteer Support via email or phone:

Region 1: region1@4-hontario.ca

Region 2: region2@4-hontario.ca

Region 3: region3@4-hontario.ca

Region 4: region4@4-hontario.ca

Region 5: region5@4-hontario.ca

Region 6: region6@4-hontario.ca

By Telephone: 1.877.410.6748

Our appreciation to our Supporters Grenville Mutual & Farm Credit Canada

The 4-H Ontario Volunteer Re-Engagement Process

Our “Learn To Do By Doing” philosophy is true for 4-H Ontario volunteers as much as it is for youth.

Re-engagement is a three-part process, and all three elements are required to be completed every three years prior to a common expiry date.

  • Attendance at a re-engagement learning opportunity through an in-person, live webinar, or self-directed session. See details below.
  • Police checks (specifically, a criminal record and judicial matters check). Volunteers will be sent the appropriate documentation and links for completing an online police check before expiring.
  • Completion of the child protection refresher course via the self-directed web-based session.

Additionally, volunteers are obligated to complete the annual volunteer participation form every year. Completion of this form will cue the delivery of volunteer participant cards for those who are in good standing.

Completion of 4-H Ontario club registration forms, activity plans, membership lists, completion lists, etc. are also necessary for programs and events in which volunteers are engaged.

NEW IN 2023 – Volunteer Re-Engagement Learning Opportunities

4-H Ontario offers a wide variety of learning opportunities for volunteers throughout the year. The volunteer re-engagement process serves as a check-in with fellow volunteers and 4-H Ontario staff. It is part of on-going education and support of volunteers to ensure the safety of all the youth participants and volunteers, as well as the quality of the 4-H program.

Volunteers must attend a re-engagement learning opportunity every three years at minimum, but are welcome to attend as many learning opportunities as they wish. Several options are offered throughout the year, including:

  • Attendance at a local 4-H association annual general meeting staff-led re-engagement learning opportunity. (Check with your local 4-H association or Coordinator, Volunteer Support).
  • Participation in a live e-symposium via webinar.
  • Partaking in a 4-H Ontario volunteer conference workshop.
  • Taking in a local association-requested learning opportunity on a topic of interest to volunteers in that 4-H association, as requested by the local 4-H association board of directors and led by local volunteer support staff.
  • Attendance at a live web-based regional town hall event.
  • Completion of a web-based self-directed learning opportunity.