Today, the increasing demand for health care, coupled with rising delivery costs, makes having a strong volunteer base more critical than ever. Volunteers continue to play an integral role in the health care system and one that is more essential than ever.
Three provincial organizations provide collaborative volunteer leadership in Ontario; the Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario (HAAO), the Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources –Ontario (PAVR-O) and the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA).
HAAO represents 157 hospital auxiliaries and associations and provides numerous education opportunities and grants to members, resource development and networking opportunities through an executive and board structure. Through its work with members to achieve a common goal – excellence in health care in our communities – one of HAAO’s prime objectives is to provide the vehicle for education and to emphasize the need to educate the members of those auxiliaries serving their healthcare facilities throughout the province.
PAVR-O represents professionals working in health, social services and non-profit sectors throughoutOntariowho manage volunteers. PAVR-O is a provincial organization which promotes professional standards of excellence in the administration of volunteer resources throughoutOntario. With almost 400 members, PAVR-O contributes to volunteer engagement dialogue, conducts research and facilitates resource development.
Founded in 1924, the OHA uses advocacy, education and partnerships to build a strong, innovative and affordable health care system for all Ontarians. Today, representing approximately 150 public hospitals, the OHA plays a leadership role, focused on patients, promoting an efficient and effective health system.
As we move forward into a new era of hospital accountability and transparency, these partnerships will continue to embrace the challenges and continue to look for new ways to enhance our health care system and the patients we serve. Volunteers play a vital role in our system and together we will continue to work to build a better health care system for all Ontarians.
The OHA’s annual Leaders of Volunteers conference is being held in Toronto on February 27, 2012. To learn more about enhancing your organization’s volunteer involvement, visit www.oha.com/conferences.